PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Smartphones are getting smarter and smarter and they’ve added a long list of features, like wireless sharing and advanced cameras.

Consumer Reports recently tested more than 100 phones and can help you focus in on the features you really need.

Apple’s iPhone 5s can scan your fingertip to unlock the screen.

A Samsung phone lets you just wave your hand to answer calls.

Sony has a phone that can survive a dunk!

“The newest phones do loads of things, but you can easily get lost in all their features. In our labs, we’ve identified the essentials,” Mike Gikas, from Consumer Reports, said.

A high-quality display is a must-have. It makes surfing the web, reading an e-book, or watching video a pleasure.

“Displays of four-and-a-half inches used to be the exception. But now we’re seeing more phones with even bigger screens squeezed into cases that fit your hand,” Gikas said.

Next up, a really good camera. No phone should be without it.

“Cameras keep improving. And a lot of new phones have controls and editing tools that make your pictures even better,” Gikas said.

Also important is the battery life. What good is a phone that can’t keep up with you?

“There are some that actually let you talk for more than 24 hours on a single charge,” Gikas said.

If you’re shopping for a phone, Consumer Reports found many to recommend.

Among Androids, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is top-rated. It has a high-quality display, a great camera and long-lasting battery life.

Also consider the LG G2 for its excellent display and super battery.

If you prefer Apple’s operating system, Consumer Reports says the iPhone 5s is the best iPhone yet.


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