Christmas 2015 is just around the corner, so what better time than to treat yourself to one of the best smartphones in the world right now.
The arrival of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will surely keep Apple fans well and truly happy while those looking for the best Android smartphone are in for a treat.
Samsung unveiled the incredible curved-screen Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge at MWC 2015 while HTC decided to take on the iPhone visually with its excellent HTC One A9.
Most recently LG unveiled the LG G4. With a stunning 5.5-inch ‘Quantum Dot’ display, the G4 features a leather back and an SLR-style camera that hopes to beat even Sony’s superb efforts.
Google decided that 2015 was the year it would fight back with the LG-built Nexus 5x and the larger Huawei-made Nexus 6P.
Last but not least there’s the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, the world’s first 4K smartphone and the latest effort by Sony Mobile to capture the imagination and wallet of customers.
To make the quest for the right phone for you easier, we’ve selected our favourite nine smartphones available in 2015. Take a look at our selections of the best smartphones available right now.
1 Apple iPhone 6s
The iPhone 6s on the surface at least looks like your bog standard update. Visually it’s very much the same animal but look a little deeper and this is an entirely different phone. There’s now a pressure-sensitive display utilising a feature called ‘Force Touch’ while a blistering new processor means it’s one of the most capable gaming devices outside of your living room.
2 Google Nexus 5X
The Nexus 5X strikes the ultimate balance between power and affordability. Taking over the responsibility from the frankly excellent Nexus 5, Google’s new smartphone boast an ultra-light body but still crams in a fingerprint sensor, the latest version of Android marshmallow and a Full-HD display.
3 HTC One A9
The HTC One A9 is the iPhone for people who love Android. There’s simply no denying the design similarities between the two phones. Thankfully HTC’s packed this with more flagship features than you can shake a indecently sized stick at. There’s a fingerprint reader, 5-inch Full-HD display, 13MP camera and the A9 can play high-resolution audio.
4 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Sony has created the world’s first truly 4K smartphone. While you might be wondering why, the fact is they’ve gone ahead and done it anyway. Utilising Sony’s amazing screen expertise it should come as no surprise to learn the display is an absolute stunner. There’s a fingerprint reader and the ability to play high-res audio.
5 Google Nexus 6P
The Google Nexus 6P is Google’s answer to the big-screen phone. Sporting a 5.7-inch Full-HD panel, the 6P has a beautifully thin unibody enclosure while the subtle fingerprint scanner on the back can be used for security and for paying. You’ll also get the added advantage of owning a phone that’ll always get Google’s Android software before anyone else keeping it safer than ever.
6 LG G4
The LG G4 is LG’s most advanced smartphone yet. Combining a massive 5.5-inch 2K display with a powerful F1.8 lens camera this is a phone that means business. If you can get past the size of it then you’ll be richly rewarded. Thanks to that F1.8 lens LG claims that the G4 is the closest you’ll get to a professional SLR on a smartphone without spending thousands on a camera.
7 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
The Galaxy S6 Edge is probably the most advanced phone available right now. With it’s stunningly curved 2K display and powerful octa-core processor this is a return to form for Samsung that was much needed. If you’re after the absolute cutting-edge then this is for you, just don’t expect the battery to last any longer than a day.
8 Motorola Moto X 2
The Moto X 2 is significant for two reasons; the first of which is that you can almost entirely design it yourself. On top of that you get a stunning 5.2-inch display that’s matched with a phone that measures in at just 3.8mm at its thinnest point. Thanks to Motorola’s agreement with Google it’s pure Android and will get updates from Google as soon as they’re announced. For now, this is your Nexus replacement.
9 Samsung Galaxy Note 4
This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and it shows the biggest departure from Samsung’s design thinking yet. Gone is the cheap plasticky body, replaced with a thin metal frame and smooth leather back. The screen is still 5.7-inches but Samsung’s upped the resolution to a massive 2K.
10 Nokia Lumia 930
The Nokia Lumia 930 is the flagship phone for Microsoft. Running the increasingly impressive Windows Phone operating system the 930 is a serious contender against the iPhone 6 and S6. It also happens to be a seriously powerful smartphone as well with a 5-inch Full-HD display, 20MP camera and professional levels of film recording thanks to four mics for full stereo pickup.