The LG G3 is a more than worthy follow-up to the fantastic G2. We love the way it handles, the big display's picture quality, the flawless performance and the camera's ability to quickly snap photos in any lighting. Both highly competent and versatile, the G3 is easily one of the best smartphones of this year, if not the best!
Best of the rest
Best with an Under-5" Screen
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The Xperia Z3 Compact is pretty darned 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.
Best Value for Money
In sum, the Meizu MX4 is pleasantly surprising, especially after the sluggish MX3. The device doesn't have any major flaws and even manages to challenge its far more costly high-end competitors across the board. Granted, it's not completely free from fault—the lack of memory card and removable battery could be a point of contention (as with the Nexus and iPhones)—but it redeems itself with a great screen, superb fluidity, a solid user interface and impressive multimedia credentials.
ZTE Grand S Flex
While 4G connectivity might be its major selling point, the Grand S Flex certainly lacks in other departments. Not only does it run the ageing Android OS version 4.1.2, but its GPS fixes aren't accurate. That said, it has an excellent HD screen and a great camera for a phone 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?
Nokia Lumia 735
We can certainly recommend the new Nokia Lumia 735. The latest phone from Microsoft Mobile is really nice to use, providing a fluid interface, top-quality screen, excellent battery life and a great media player. We like the way Windows Phone is evolving, and the ever-expanding choice of apps. If you're looking for an easy-to-use 4G smartphone with a great set of features, you won't be disappointed by the Lumia 735.