Buyer's Guide: The Best Mobiles & Smartphones
Android, iOS, Windows Phone
Editor's Choice : Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung made some seriously impressive choices in this update to its Galaxy S line, some of which could be said to follow Apple's line of the thinking in terms of price and, sometimes, hardware. Be that as it may, the Galaxy S6 is currently the best mainstream smartphone for photography and screen quality (along with the S6 Edge). It has long battery life and remarkable materials and design, plus the TouchWiz UI has finally grown into its own, becoming fast and fluid no matter the circumstance. The GS6 is currently the best Android phone on the market.
Best with an Under-5" Screen : Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The Xperia Z3 Compact is pretty darn close to perfect. It once again proves that a "mini" model can be just as good as its larger counterpart. Given its record-breaking battery life, top-notch performance and reasonable price, we consider the Z3 Compact to be the true flagship model in Sony's 2014/2015 catalogue.
Top Value : Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (4.7")
If you're looking for a speedy and affordable smartphone under five inches, then look no further—the Idol 3 (4.7") is the one you need. Of course it's not up to the standard of the excellent Sony Z3 Compact, but it's half the price and good across the board.
Budget Option : Huawei Honor 3C
The Honor 3C is a nice little surprise with a fluid EMUI interface, a very decent screen and a solid camera function. It doesn't do 4G (it's compatible up to 3G+), but if that ins't a deal-breaker for you, then we say get it. You won't find anything better under Android at this price.
The Apple Option : Apple iPhone 6
Faster, more comfortable and longer-lasting, the iPhone 6 is definitely a great successor to the 5s. It's versatile and similar in performance to the iPhone 6 Plus, though more reasonably sized. It goes without saying that the iPhone 6 is one of the best smartphones of the year. How could we not recommend it?
Windows Phone : Microsoft Lumia 640
This is Microsoft's mid-range smartphone for 2015. It's an even better way to experience Windows Phone 8.1 than most other models, thanks to a gorgeous 5" HD screen, a fast system and long battery life—not to mention a reasonable price tag!