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 of the rest
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.
Best Value for Money
Archos 50 Diamond
Archos hit hard, very hard, with the 50 Diamond. Sure, it may not be perfect, but it's an overall excellent smartphone, even without considering the price. That's rare for a mid-range model. Even a serious tech geek could have fun with this phone. So when you add price to the equation, it becomes no more, no less than the #1 Choice for anyone who wants a great all-round smartphone without breaking the bank.
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?
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.