The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, with built-in storage starting at 128GB, needs...

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, with built-in storage starting at 128GB, needs no accessories for wireless charging. Credit: CBS Interactive

Though not a universal feature in phones yet, built-in wireless charging is a big convenience for some users. With one fewer wire to plug in, you can simply place your phone on a charging pad to re-up its battery — no special case or accessory needed. These four products are at the top of CNET's list of phones you can charge up, no wires required.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

CNET rating (out of 5)

4.5 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD It's a big, beautiful phone with top-tier specs including a massive battery, wireless charging and internal storage that starts at 128GB. The new S Pen doubles as a wireless remote for taking long-distance selfies.

THE BAD It's expensive and offers few real innovations over last year's Note 8. The fingerprint reader is uncomfortably close to the camera.

THE COST $994.58 to $999.99

BOTTOM LINE One of the year's best phones, but it's pricey.

Apple iPhone Plus 8

CNET rating (out of 5)

4.5 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD In addition to wireless charging, the phone's fantastic dual-lens camera shoots better than ever with improved portrait mode. It also boasts fast speed and the best battery life in the current iPhone line. It still has a home button, if that's important to you.

THE BAD Its look is dated, and it lacks some of the extra iPhone X camera features. The large body makes it hard to hold.

THE COST $764 to $1,070

BOTTOM LINE It's a great phone that offers a lot of what iPhone X has under the hood, but Apple will no doubt release an upgrade later this year.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

CNET rating (out of 5)

4.5 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD It one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos, and it supports wireless charging.

THE BAD Battery life falls short of last year's model, and the dual-aperture camera tends to overexpose low-light photos in auto mode.

THE COST $659.88 to $914.99

BOTTOM LINE A robust phone and the one for power users to get.

LG V35 ThinQ

CNET rating (out of 5)

4.5 stars (outstanding)

THE GOOD The super-fast, water-resistant LG V35 ThinQ has a headphone jack, a brilliant OLED screen and a long-lasting battery that can be charged wirelessly.

THE BAD This is LG's priciest phone to date, and its AI camera features still need work.

THE COST $699.99 to $899.99

BOTTOM LINE A well-designed phone and a better option over the slower Google Pixel 2 XL.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: section editor Jessica Dolcourt, senior associate editor Lynn La, and senior editors Scott Stein and Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit

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