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You've read all the reviews, but now you're actually ready to buy something and need to make a decision. The Verge Buying Guides are here for you — these are our go-to recommendations for the ultimate question: which one do I buy? Our picks aren't necessarily the best in every category, but they are the best choices for most people. We also aim to provide an alternative option if our main selection isn't the right one for you. Buying Guides are updated as new products are released and tested, so be sure to check back frequently for new information.

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The best budget laptop of 2023

The best budget laptops for video editing, gaming, and more.

The best smartwatches for Android users

WearOS is much better than it used to be, so there’s never been a better time to consider a smartwatch.

The best fitness trackers to buy right now

From simple fitness bands to rugged sports watches to rings, these are the best trackers you can get.

The best laptop you can buy in 2023

The best laptops for you, from ultraportables to high-powered editing machines

The best robot vacuum you can buy right now

I’ve tested close to 50 robot vacuums. Here are the best, from budget robot vacuums to vacuum / mop hybrids with and without auto-empty docks and other fancy features.

The best Fitbits for your fitness and health

Whether you want a basic fitness tracker or a smartwatch, there’s a Fitbit for everyone — though the best Fitbit smartwatch isn’t technically a Fitbit.

The best streaming device to buy right now

The Apple TV 4K checks all the boxes and is the most pleasant to use, but plenty of people will be just fine with a Chromecast, Roku, or Fire TV.

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Modern phones are too thick and heavy for cases.

A trend I’ve noticed about modern phones is they have crossed the threshold for being too thick and heavy to make cases comfortable. Adding a case has always introduced more thickness and weight — that’s the trade-off with getting better protection. But I spent months looking for something for my iPhone 13 Pro that didn’t make the thing miserable to hold and came up empty.

I love this guide by Allison Johnson for people like me — I’ve been using the dbrand leather skin on my iPhone in lieu of a case for about a year and I’ll never go back.

The best instant cameras you can buy right now

We found the best cameras for your budget and needs