BEST SMART PHONES OF 2015
BEST SMART PHONES OF 2015
These phones are considered to be the best in 2015, if you have any suggestions please feel free to comment.
Samsung finally ditched the plastic for its most recent smartphone design and, aside from a few reservations, the result is a real triumph. The S6 looks glorious with Gorilla Glass 4 at the front and rear and coloured metal beneath it to give it a glitzy, shimmering look.
It isn't only the exterior of the handset that sees improvements, however; Samsung has significantly beefed up the innards without impacting on battery life.
The highlight, however, is the phone's improved camera, which boasts optical image stabilization and a wide f/1.9 aperture, allied with fast, phase-detect auto-focus, for stunning image capture in all conditions.
The S6's sibling - the Galaxy S6 edge - is just as good and arguably the more attractive device, but its considerably higher price means we'd recommend going with the standard S6.
* NEXUS 6
Google's best ever phone is also its biggest ever
OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.96-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3,220mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP
Google's latest Nexus is a phone that moves away from the usual 'super cheap superphone' and into phablet territory with its latest offering. The good news is the screen is also supercharged: massive at 6 inches, it's also got a stunning QHD resolution.
You'll always be getting the latest updates to Google's Android OS with this one, and while it's certainly something you'd have to use two handed (make sure you're fine with that before buying, as it's put a lot of people off that we've shown it to) it's tremendous display, premium specs and great use of Android 5.0 Lollipop make one of the best phablets to date.
It's not cheap, but it's the best Nexus ever made. And, when you think about it, you're not going to need to hold onto your money, as you'll require both hands to grab onto this two-handed monster.
* SONY XPERIA Z3 COMPACT
Sony’s pint-sized smartphone packs in a host of premium features without the high-end price, including fast performance and waterproofing. It's the battery life that really sets this handset apart from the crowd, however, regularly delivering one to two days of use per charge.
If you’re against the trend towards bigger handsets and bigger screens, then the Xperia Z3 compact is simply the best Android option out there.
* IPHONE 6
It's a brave new world for Apple's larger iPhone, with a larger screen, a sleeker design, and it's much the better for it. Superfast, beautiful to look at and lovely to use. It's practically the dictionary definition of a flagship handset
* SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4
Samsung has produced the finest phablet yet, and nearly a year after it's initial launch, the Note 4 is still a fantastic handset. The quad HD display is just fabulous, the battery life brilliant, and Samsung has upped the ante just about everywhere else, with a great camera and a huge range of features. Big-screened phones don't get any better than this.
* HTC ONE M9
HTC took the One M8's design and refined it for 2015, creating a truly stunning smartphone. The internals have been upgraded as well: Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC; the camera goes from the M8's 4-megapixel snapper to 20 megapixels; and HTC has added a host of features to its Sense Android launcher software.
It's a beautifully crafted and highly competent smartphone, just like last year's HTC One M8. But it's only a small improvement on its predecessor.
* Motorola Moto X
Motorola’s second-generation Moto X hits most of the right notes, coupling beautiful design with a hatful of innovative and useful features. This is hands down the best phone for anyone who like to be different, with thousands of design and customisation options available through the Moto Maker scheme.
* Nokia Lumia 930
The Lumia 930 is a knock-out from the first moment you pick it up. It's a Windows Phone device, so it can't compete on apps, but the design of Nokia's flagship is sumptuous and right up there with the best around.
* LG G3
A thoroughly pleasant surprise from LG last year – the G3 is powerful, packs a ridiculously high-resolution screen and superfast camera. The newer LG G4 is a big improvement, particularly when it comes to battery life, but the G3 is now ridiculously cheap, and worth considering for that alone.
13. Samsung Galaxy Alpha
The Galaxy Alpha is among Samsung's best-looking smartphones and, now that the Galaxy S6 is here, the price has sunk to a tempting £280 – almost half its original price. If you want a feature-packed smartphone at a reasonable price, it's worth a look.