The best flagship phones you can buy today

The best flagship phones you can buy today

Choosing the perfect smartphone to fit your needs isn't an easy task. There are tons of devices on the market and it's tough to know which are the best ones, let alone which one is the right one for you. In this article, we've rounded up the best of the best Android and iOS smartphones in 2020.

In order to help you find the right smartphone for your needs, we've divided our top picks into categories. We're not thinking about budget here. This is a list of the best phons if money is no object. If you're on a budget or would like to see what you can get in the mid-range or entry-level markets, skip to our tailored best lists.


  1. Samsung Galaxy S20+
  2. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
  3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  4. Huawei P40 Pro
  5. Sony Xperia 1 II

Editor's Choice: OnePlus 8 Pro

Launched back in April 2020, the OnePlus 8 Pro remains my personal top pick for 2020. I have used all of the top flagships this year, and the OnePlus 8 Pro left the biggest impression on me in terms of how premium the whole experience felt.

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The OnePlus 8 Pro is my personal favourite smartphone today. / © AndroidPIT


Bewertung Design und Handling


  • Fluid 120 Hz AMOLED display is sublime
  • Triple camera module with a telephoto lens
  • Powerful Snapdragon 865 chipset
  • OxygenOS 
  • Quality/price ratio


  • Colour Filter Camera disabled
  • No Warp Charge 65T
  • The OnePlus 8T is newer

The 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED panel in a 19.8:9 format has a resolution of 3,168 x 1,440 pixels (QHD+), and is one of the most enjoyable things about the phone. As soon as you fire it up, its so easy on the eye. Combine this with OnePlus' Oxygen operating system and you're looking at the undisputed king or smooth, slick smartphones. The OnePlus 8 Pro's display achieves a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, by the way.

A Snapdragon 865 from Qualcomm makes sure everything runs quickly and you'll have no performance issues with this octa-core processor, Adreno 650 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage for a good few years to come. The combination of 48-megapixel wide-angle and a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera works well too. Sony's IMX689 as the main camera and the IMX586 as the ultra-wide-angle camera.

The battery is a 4,510 mAh, but its the Warp Charge 30T that makes the OnePlus flagship a breeze when you do have to plug it in, charging the phone to around 50% in less than 30 minutes. You also get the fast-charger in the box.

For a fast, snappy smartphone that can handle anything you can throw at it, looks great, feels amazing in your hands, and takes pictures that are more than good enough for most users in 2020, look no further than the OnePlus 8 Pro.

You can read the full OnePlus 8 Pro review by NextPit here

The best smartphones on the market today, according to NextPit

After revealing this editor's choice, which is subjective and will certainly not the pick for everyone, let's move on to the rest of our selection. Remember, these are the best phones to buy in 2020, according to our opinion. This is not a definitive list of every flagship phone on the market in 2020. Many will disagree, and that's fine. Have your say in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

Samsung Galaxy S20+: the best from the biggest brand

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the best regular Samsung smartphone on the market right now in terms of user experience. Both on paper and in practice, it is excellent: the build quality and finish are impeccable, the performance and camera are flagship-worthy, and it comes with Android 11 right out of the box.

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The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is still a winner in 2020. / © NextPit


Bewertung Design und Handling


  • Versatile and powerful cameras
  • Sublime display
  • Good performance
  • Slim and ergonomic design


  • Somewhat middling battery life
  • Slowdown and overheating occurs when gaming play
  • No major difference from the basic Galaxy S20

This is the ideal smartphone for those who want to carry an elegant, ergonomic device that is perfect down to the last detail and can play games and videos without any compromise in quality. Even the battery life is improved in this Plus model when compared to the regular S20. You also get more cameras and there, for opportunities for creativity.

If you're more productivity-focused, you also can't go wrong with the Note 10 and its S-Pen.

You can read the full Samsung Galaxy S20+ review by NextPit here

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: the best iOS phone for 2020

If the Android universe is rebuffing you, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is certainly the best option you can find in 2020. Running on iOS, the iPhone offers optimal performance and lacks nothing for everyday use. Apple managed to erase all the faults of the previous generation by delivering a smartphone that's more successful, including battery life that is ideal and a camera that delivers good shots in all circumstances.

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The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max. / © NextPit / Ben Miller


Bewertung Design und Handling


  • Triple camera system
  • Equal front camera
  • Brightest smartphone HDR display
  • Precise workmanship, high-quality materials
  • Faster Face ID
  • Battery life
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with beamforming, two antennas for longer range


  • USB 2.0 Lightning port, no USB-C, no USB 3.
  • Display only 60 Hertz, no Pro-Motion
  • Entry-level model is only 64GB

The iPhone 11 Pro Max takes all the qualities of its little brother, the iPhone 11 Pro, while adding longer battery life and a larger screen. Sure, we know that the Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are now out, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max is our pick because a) it has everything that an iPhone flagship needs even in 2020 and b) 5G is not really a thing in 2020 and you don't even get a charger with an iPhone 12.

You can read the full Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review by NextPit here

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: the coolest phone in 2020

We all got a bit excited when the Samsung Galaxy Fold was launched and then relaunched. There were those that were disappointed but our man Pierre like the Fold. The reaction to Samsung's second foldable smartphone, however, the Galaxy Z Flip, was much more positive all-round. The form-factor is closer to what we saw on with the Motorola Razr 2019, and we think that's a good thing. It's also the most usable foldable smartphone for everyday usage. From a technical standpoint, the Z Flip is the coolest smartphone you can buy today.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the clamshell smartphone of the future. / © NextPit


Bewertung Design und Handling


  • Excellent hinge
  • Cover screen swiping
  • Good performance
  • It's the future - trust me!


  • Not much camera creativity
  • Just OK battery life
  • You can still see and feel the display crease

Sure, you can get better hardware, a better display, faster charging, longer battery life, a better camera, and all the rest of it, for the same money, but nothing feels as fun as the Galaxy Z Flip in 2020. The Z Flip is the kind of phone you buy if you buy phones like we used to - before spec sheets and bickering on the internet and fanboys - when you'd just pick whichever design looked the coolest, the most fun, the most you!

You can read the full Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review by NextPit here

A mad alternative: the Huawei Mate Xs

For those who like the idea of having a tablet-sized device that folds into something that can fit into your pocket - instead of a regular smartphone-sized device that folds down even smaller - then the Huawei Mate Xs is the smartphone for you. Huawei got off to a bit of a false start with the original Mate X, which never really rolled out in Europe or the USA due to the problems the Chinese firm is having with The White House. However, Huawei is back with an improved version and it ticks all the boxes in terms of what we wanted to see from the interesting-looking device.

Huawei P40 Pro: the best for photography

With its new generation of the P series, Huawei has pushed the limits in photography. The P40 Pro is no different, and the latest entry in the series offers superb smartphone photography and elegant design.  Huawei pushed the camera setup of the P40 Pro even further than it did with the P30 Pro, and calling this one its UltraVision Quad Camera. This consists of a main camera with a 50-megapixel image sensor, f/1.9, optical image stabilizer, an ultra-wide-angle camera with a 40-megapixel sensor, f/1.8, optical image stabilizer, a periscope telephoto camera with a 12-megapixel image sensor, 5x optical zoom, f/3.4, optical image stabilizer, and a ToF camera for 3D depth information.

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The camera is the real highlight of the Huawei P40 Pro. / © NextPit


Bewertung Design und Handling


  • Beautiful design
  • Great 90 Hz display
  • Current Android
  • Very good camera
  • Long battery life


  • Huawei Mobile Services is not yet a full replacement for Google Mobile Services
  • App library still limited and confusing

Huawei was not stingy and has put everything that the company had on its shelves or could develop from scratch into this device in terms of hardware. The software was also going to be the sticking point, but things are improving with Huawei Mobile services and especially with EMUI 11. For photo purists who know their way around smartphones and can manage the sometimes baffling software, the Huawei P40 Pro is a great choice.

You can read the full Huawei P40 Pro review by NextPit here

The alternative for photos: the Google Pixel 5

If the interface of Huawei is not the one you like the most, the Google Pixel 5 deserve its place in the category of the best cameraphones. Google managed to make a very good camera with a single sensor thanks to a perfect optimization between the software and the hardware in the past, and the new Pixels do not really surprise us with their design, but the camera is once again one of the best on the market.

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The Google Pixel 5 is also a fantastic smartphone for photography. / © NextPit

Google Pixel 5 review: more steps forward than steps back

Sony Xperia 1 II: the best for consuming media

With the Sony Xperia 1, the Japanese manufacturer brought a new 21:9 cinema format to the smartphone landscape. The notch-free 4K-HDR OLED display was ideal for viewing content, and the trend is now in its second generation. IN addition to that incredible display, you also get a 3.5 mm audio jack, meaning that for settling down and watching a movie on your phone, there really is nothing better in terms of the visual and audio experience.

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The Sony Xperia 1 II is also great for capturing video. / © AndroidPIT


Bewertung Design und Handling


  • Classic and minimalist design
  • Powerful hardware
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Nearly stock Android
  • Good camera with a strong suit of apps
  • Good battery life
  • Stereo loudspeakers


  • Weak front-facing camera
  • Display not bright enough
  • Only 18W quick charging
  • Expensive

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a smartphone that goes against the grain in terms of important smartphone trends such as high refresh rates, extreme fast charging, insane zoom levels, but that's why we like it. It really feels like Sony is not making any effort at all to compete against the top smartphones from other competing brands, and that's a win for us. Be different, be interesting.

You can read the full Sony Xperia 1 II review by NextPit here

Good flagships from 2019

Galaxy Note 10+

With a hole-punched display, a large bezel-less screen, a triple camera, the 2019 flagship from the South Korean manufacturer clearly showed the ambitions of the brand. The Galaxy Note 10+ is still an elegant smartphone, technically fantastic and offers especially remarkable battery life with two days of juice even in conditions of intensive use. Powerful and original in its design, Samsung's 2019 device delivers perfectly in all areas where it was expected to do well. Its screen and camera will delight most users who are also looking for a versatile smartphone. And as a bonus, you are a fan of the S-Pen.

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The Samsung Galaxy S10+ offers a simply remarkable battery life. / © NextPit

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei phablet brings battery life and cool features that should inspire all smartphones on the market. The Mate 20 Pro reaches a full 48 hours of battery life. Even better, Huawei has a system to detect power hogging apps to improve the management of resources. The 4,000 mAh battery can be charged very quickly thanks to Huawei's ultra-fast charge technology.

What can you expect from a flagship smartphone?

This is the top price range. Sure, there are special edition phones like the OnePlus McLaren Edition or the collaborations between Huawei and Porsche we have seen in the past, but for the purposes of this article, we're talking here about phones that typically go for more than £600 right up to the £1,500 mark.

You can therefore expect to find the best tech such as AOLED screens with high refresh rates up to 120 Hz or 144 Hz. High-range processors like the Snapdragon 865 are commonplace and in my opinion, a minimum requirement for a 2020 at this price. Some flagships from the likes Xiaomi, Poco, or Realme, offer completely premium specs at the level of 2020 standards, but most can be found for less than £500 and are therefore on our corresponding lists rather than this one.

Triple and quad-camera modules with a main sensor that sports 48, 64, and even 108 MP are standard in this price range. We are also more likely to have dedicated telephoto lenses plus ultra-wide-angle and 3D and macro sensors. You can expect to find two selfie cameras on most flagship models these days, usually a regular and an ultra-wide-angle.

In this price range, compromises tend to vary from one manufacturer to another. Battery life is still the one areas where you could argue where flagships differ wildly. It's also worth pointing out that brand loyalty is strongest in this price segment. The kind of consumer who picks up the latest iPhone every year is unlikely to move to Samsung and vice versa, whereas further down the food chain where budget plays a bigger factor, branding becomes less of an issue for those looking for a good price-to-performance ratio. Here is what you should look out for in the flagship segment.

Key criteria:

  • AMOLED screen at 90/120/144 Hz refresh rate
  • Snapdragon 865 or 865+ chipset
  • Solid batteries at over 4,000 mAh capacity
  • 64 or 108 MP main camera sensors, with at least two cameras on the front and back


  • Storage is not always expandable
  • Wireless charging and IP certifications vary
  • Often experimental designs in the foldable space

How did NextPit select its best smartphones

As explained in the introduction, this list is arbitrary since it is based on the preferences of the author (in this case, me) and the rest of the editorial staff (the list was discussed among all the reviewers).

We decided not to make a catch-all list and to select only the best smartphones according to several categories: the best all-in-one, the best value for money, the best in photography, with possibly the best alternatives.

But the goal here is not to rank the list in order of greatest to the least. Purchasing a smartphone is the product of several selection criteria. One rarely chooses his smartphone for a single criterion such as battery life or screen, the idea here is to offer you an entire device and its experience delivered.

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  •   46
    Deactivated Account Apr 30, 2017

    No LG phones again!! Come on people why are you so biased against LG? The V20 and the G6 should be on the list.


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  • What about Xiami Redmi Note 9 Pro?

  • I think LG phones are good

  • Motorola Edge should be released soon,and with Samsung now struggling with the sales of there new S20 models,they have got stop over pricing there phones,or they will be struggling soon,and its there own problem cause by copying the pricing policy of Apple

  • storm 8 months ago Link to comment

    OnePlus is too expensive to merit best value.

  • The upgrades are coming day by day but there is some new phone nowadays and it is amazing

  • Thanks

  • Been Using Galaxy Note 8 for 3 years and S10+ for awhile and they have the best Specs and Features!! Lovin' it!!

  • I've been using the s10+ since it's release. This phone is simply a pleasure to use. I really have no complaints. All the premium features. Display, cameras & battery are excellent, there is no finer even after 8 mos of very heavy use!

  • GT Ohh Oct 31, 2019 Link to comment

    I'm rockin a Samsung Galaxy S10 and loving it, my only gripe is the lack of an LED notification. That said its great so far. My wife has the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and she says its the best device shes ever owned. Does anyone know when Samsung is releasing android 10 & the new One UI 2?

  • marco sarli
    • Admin
    Oct 29, 2019 Link to comment

    Only expensive ones

  • Android phones are the best in terms of cost because iPhones are expensive! Recently, one of my friends has bought Huawei P30 Pro. This phone has excellent features and less price.

  • £234 as 'best value'?! Come off it. My Moto G5+ was £159 nearly 2 years ago, the G6 and its Play version are now similarly priced...
    While I'm at it, imo it's high time smartphone users, makers and commentators started demanding that ALL battery-powered devices (not only phones...) have batteries that can be replaced by the user. Getting a new phone because the battery is failing is simply unsustainable - and we all KNOW that in our hearts of hearts...

  • The Mate 20 X has the best battery life. I get around 11-13 hours of screen on time daily. The S9+, Note 9 would be one of the best phones if they gave us a non edge screen version. I'm not a fan of the curves.

  • Why is there a crappy iPhone on the middle of your main image when you are talking about android. No android user would be stupid enough to fall into the the Apple arena. I would rather not have a phone then buy Apple. Bring on the Galaxy F. I have used all of the phones above and in my opinion the Samsung Note 9 and Galaxy S9 are by far the best paired with the Galaxy watch they are fantastic.

  • The s9 series for me are the best phones on the planet. Design, display and of course every premium feature. They are the swiss army knife of all phones. Viewing movies & videos are an extreme pleasure, there is no finer. These and the Huawei mate 20pro are the absolute best phones money can buy!

  •   25
    Deactivated Account Dec 24, 2018 Link to comment

    I think Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro are the best. Next year I will probably be buying P30 Pro.

  • I found the Umidigi s2 pro to be even better than the Samsung S9 and it only costs a little over $500.00! Cheers! 👍😀

  • WEll xz2 is better than s9, don't know why they put s9 and p20 at the top

  • Honor 7X / Huawei Mate SE

    LG Stylo 4 (Cricket Wireless has 3gig Ram 32gig ROM 6.2 screen built in stylus)

    Moto E Supra (Cricket Wireless has 3gig Ram 32gig ROM 6.0 screen LED flash on front and back laser auto focus 5000 mAh battery)

    Those are all decent no contract phones for around the $180-$200 range (I guess we won't see a new ZTE for a while?). It's a bummer there are no shops where you can walk in and check out and Honor or Huawei (that seals the deal).

  • Mike Feb 6, 2018 Link to comment

    For years, "compact smartphone" was synonymous with the low-end...
    Seriously?? Have you ever heard of the high end xperia compact series? Don't mention only the X compact which is a mid range old device. Put in your comparison the XZ1 compact which is way better than the competition.

  • Why don't you do a best for hearing impaired? You seem to always over look us.

  • Note 8 best phone on the planet period!

  • Android Pit:

    Pixel 2 / 2XL are best for photography.

    Also Android Pit:

    Camera blind test results: Samsung and Apple on top as Pixel 2 tanks

  • S8 best phone

  • I think the Honor 7X / Mate 10 impressed me enough to buy both this year ( Huawei gets a 👍 from me)

    For dirt cheap? The ZTE Blade Z Max from MetroPCS is alright (I wouldn't mind a 2nd Gen Axon7)👍

  • RMDC Dec 11, 2017 Link to comment

    I'm pretty happy with my LG V30. Samsung is junk.

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  • I'd like to see the razor phone, essential phone, the OnePlus 5T added to the list.

  • The just announced Huawei Honor 7X is a $300 successor to the Huawei Honor 6X (5.9 screen, bigger battery, 4 gig RAM, etc) 👍

  • This list is so wrong in so many ways that makes me wonder why people like this make this kinda of articals. looking only for specs are really sad. honor 6x vs xiaomi Mi A1, samsung worst device after 1 year of pick only for design? all makers have now 18:9..and better they dont have distorced corners like samsung plus 5 is just a bad. its a beta device, needing every week for "fixes", its a win on paper..on real life...not really. htc u11 is kinda better in every aspects...and you only give better on alternative in photos? lolol but whos me to contest this pro

  • You say the Galaxy S7 variants as the best under $500 but the LG G6 subjectively the better phone.
    Better CPU.
    Better camera.
    Better or more sturdy build.
    Newer phone.

  • Its realy nice

  • I'm really expecting androidpit to be renamed samsungpit as you really are biased in every way to samsung! Funny that you say the S8 and S8 plus are the absolute best smartphone out there at the moment but there's better phones out there that are better and cheaper, as i said the xzpremium dosent even get a mention by androidpit erm samsungpit and its better in everything even antutu gives it higher marks. So lets give other phones a bit more of a mention instead of this continual samsung favouritism?

  • As someone that has had an Essential PH-1 for a week. I find that it didn't make the list a surprise. I don't understand how you can list phone like the OnePlus 5 as one of the best when it's not a viable option for at least 40% of the American market. I'm on Verizon and any phone that is not compatible doesn't matter.

  • No love for the U11?? Shocked at its absence from the list.

  • Bit dated but xzpremium is better than the s8 but doesn't get a mention! why.

    • Because it objectively can't compete.

    •   16
      Deactivated Account Feb 22, 2018 Link to comment

      xzp has gigantic bezels and a horrible camera. s8 has a lot more features and is a much more manageable size and shape.

  • I'm not sure about the overall performance of HTC U11 but I saw the camera samples shared by the "HTC Offcial FB Page" and they were mind-blowing.

  • S8 I said pretty cool phone

  • Let's wait for the end of the year. There will be Pixel 2 and S8 note and probably many more great devices.

  •   46
    Deactivated Account Apr 30, 2017 Link to comment

    No LG phones again!! Come on people why are you so biased against LG? The V20 and the G6 should be on the list.

  • I personally love the Axon 7 by ZTE. I haven't looked back since I've gotten it.

  • I've now tried several games including asphalt 8, plants v zombies 2, fifa mobile, song pop and there is no lag. Loading times are fairly brisk. The specs of one plus 3t sound good though. I chose s7 as I like slightly smaller phone. I did own one plus x and it felt like a project half finished. The auto brightness was forever adjusting itself, speaker was horrid lag was bad despite components being fine. I think poor software optimisation was to blame and rooting it nearly fixed it. One plus wanted owners to mention problems on forums so they could gradually fix them. I just wanted something that worked on purchase and sold it. I think one plus has come a long way since then.

  • As you might have gathered the s6 struggled with ram management and wasn't great for games. The s7 seems to not have this problem. What sort of games do you like? I fancy downloading some to test out how good the s7 is at these. It scores highly in benchmarks but so did the s6.

    • I play games that probably wouldn't be your style like Dragonvale and Dragonvale World. Games where u can pay for extra content and u need friends via FB. I've played Dragonvale (the original) for over 5 yrs since it was released but World is newer and supposedly 3D, I played as a beta tester before official release and now as they get bigger lag is bad and it takes time for buildings to load from square boxes. Plus I need more speed in an area where speed means success or failure when buying items in a world market. When it comes to other games I have kept all the consoles I ever bought and the games and prefer these to online gaming. I get motion sickness from 3D and discovered this back when Doom was the game to play.

  • I'm looking for an upgrade from a Samsung Galaxy S6. I need a gaming phone, the S7 has 4G ram but OnePlus 3T has 6G ram. I don't know enough about specs to choose wisely but have always used Samsung. Can anyone tell me what would be the phone to choose for best gaming experience without the lag?

    • Yvonne, I use the s7edge. I can't say anything bad about this phone. I've have used it for over a year. Just as fast as the day I bought it, especially with the Nouget update. The display, camera, IP68 are excellent. Plus it's in the 500.00 range. It's the best phone I have ever used. Take a peek at it!

  • I have an s7. Camera is amazing. It beat my compact system camera (csc) for twilight pictures and pictures zoomed out in good light. In low light it loses to my csc but beats my compact camera. Impressive. Battery life is reasonable. Usually makes a day. I have been using it lots. Performance is very good although there is still a little lag and stutter for which I blame marshmallow. I haven't used android that doesn't have this issue. It's miles better than my old z3 plus. Speaker could be better but that's it for negatives. Screen is superb and it feels nice in the hand. The fire issue concerned only the note 7 not the s7 edge. One plus 3 looks tempting but a bit big for me and also not available on O2 refresh upgrade. The new Google pixel might beat the Samsung with less bloat ware and even better camera if it didn't have no expandable memory. What were they thinking.

  • I have a Galaxy J7 (2016) and it's amazing. Under $200, fast (it runs Marshmallow 6.0), battery lasts and pics are great.

  • I have the Motorola droid turbo 2 and absolutely love it. I'm running 6.0.1 and it gives me a lot of options that other phones would need root to do, pretty good cam, excellent battery life and rapid charge. Damn good processing, the ONLY thing I hate is the bootloader is locked tight and there still isn't a solid exploit to get root! If you're worried about security Motorola has it! It's a real difficult phone to crack

  • The Moto Z Play unlocked is inexpensive, and I can talk to it while it is lying by my bed, to set an alarm, call someone, whatever. Don't even have to reach for it. The camera is terrific and battery life is usually at least 2 days of moderate use.
    Mac E Pooh

  • I can not open play store

    • I hope this helps you & anyone who's having trouble with apps (including Play store & Services and system functions) closing, crashing etc even after a factory reset. An APK mirror (read the info regarding what it is & does if you're not familiar) I've never had to use the others but the Play Services and it saved me when I couldn't even get to factory reset because of the continual closing of my phone's system functions. Just follow the 3 step instructions from the developers (check the # of your version, download and install) Let me know if it helped, if you do it!

    • Login to your google account.

  • i think one plus 3 is the real winner when compared to price and specs

  • Think everyone that buys an Samsung S7 should be supplied with a free fire extinguisher!

  • farhan Sep 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Galaxy S7 edge, amazing smartphone by Samsung. I have never seen a smartphone like this.

  • I Like the APPLE IPHONE 6S

  • Samsung S7 edge is one of the Best phones to buy but its the pricing of phones that make them more popular nowdays, batterylife is were Samsung at last deserves some respect with the S7 models after the Note 7 saga carrying on, galaxy S5 and Note 4 seems to be the Best value phones as we got the Best options on these phones the removable battery & micro sd card slot and no more worrying about how much batterylife you have left

  • OnePlus3 and Sony Xperia Z5 are two best Android smartphones.

  • OnePlus 3 is fastest, Samsung Galaxy S7 is low-cost and Sony Xperia Z5 is best of Selfie-freaks. Cool..!

  • I don't understand why you have missed out reviewing ZenFone 3 which is good and value for money.

  • the title is incorrect. it should be "The Most Expensive (Rip-off Priced) and Show-off Phones for 2016". There is no such thing as the best phone etc as most users never use more than about 10% of the phones` features. It is a fact that phones are dirt cheap and then advertised to levels of "WANT" that people buy it on CREDIT just to show off.

    •,here. I've been hoping to find someone of a like mind... I've seen it. People who buy top dollar stuff, don't use it..., don't know how to. Just 'cause it looks good sitting on the bar... Shmuck city. I've got Nexus 9,i see no reason the get anything more than the most basic handset...

    • its absolutely right man.......while searching best........the price is not an issue.....

    • Agreed,cheap zenfone 2 user here,knowing how to use apps to there full potential is far more important than how fast or how good the phone looks.

  • I want sony z6. Actually I have z3plus dual but z5 dual and z5 premium is disappointing me because same SD 810 chipset same ram 3gb not improvements front facing camera with flash. Z5 not use 2k. Full HD I want QHD and amoled display like samsung. Much battery 🔋 life 3200mah. Sony does not provide us. So I want slim phone 6.00 mm thickness. I hope z6 provide us all above demand.

  • Man you gotta give the 6P and 5X some points for purity!

  • This is so old article. AndroidPIT please bring, every year, this article in August or September month as most of the flagship phones are released till 8th or 9th month of the year. Thus we get good view of best phones in the market at particular price range and specifications. Also you will not be needing to edit the article more often as this article, which needs an urgent update.

  • Glad to see xperia getting some justice :)

  • I still think the Blu Life Phone Series is the best. I mean at $160, for an unlocked android phone. You can't get much better. Remove one of the P's in http to have access to the link: httpp://

  • I was looking through your list /reviews of Samsung phones but didn't see the one I was interested in. The Samsung J3.Can I have a review of this particular phone.

  • HomTom HT10 - 10 cores!
    2x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A72
    4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
    4x 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
    Main Camera Resolution - 21.46
    Display Size - 5.5 Inch
    Display Resolution - 1080 x 1920 Pixels
    Ram - 4 GB
    Rom - 32 GB
    Full specification

  • LG Stylo 2 ($170) -- better specs than that piece of shit from Motorola -- Cricket Wireless will have their version available this Friday the 13th (I'm told Boost Mobile will have their version available , too)

  • Blu vivo 5 best budget phone at the price of $199. It outperforms some phones that cost $450 + , this is a list more like a comercial for a handful of brands what a shame cause you left off some good phones because their name isnt samsung or sony

  • Alex May 8, 2016 Link to comment

    The list can be much better !!

  • david May 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I have a note 5 and a iPhone 6 and can't decide which one to use

  • Is the camera performance exactly the same on the Z5 and the Z5 Compact?

  • Alex Apr 30, 2016 Link to comment

    RedMi Note 3 32Gb gold version should be in the list!!

  • Alex Apr 29, 2016 Link to comment

    xiaomi mi5 and redmi note 3 are missing in the list

  • Got to agree with you that the Z5 has the best camera! although a lot would disagree! daytime photos on my Z5 are fantastic and night shots which the phone comes in for a lot of criticism with some tweaking are just as good as anything. But have to say the phone itself is the best I've ever had.

  • Nexus 6p

  • For god's sake. How can you actually just use the 2015 list with just the galaxy s7 added? Seriously.....horrible editorial team

  • How many people have bought Sony Xperia Z5 ?

    • tariq Apr 29, 2016 Link to comment

      i used a z5 compact and own a z3 compact. Z3 compact feels much better! And way better price

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    Deactivated Account Apr 29, 2016 Link to comment

    To make the best of the best phones list. I think a phone need to have durability. So it can be dropped several times without being destroyed and water resistant . Also sustainability so it can last for years. You need to be able upgrade memory via Micro SD, and be able to replace a failing battery easily. The S7 lacks the durability with it's all glass design and only part of the sustainability with Micro SD support. I think the Note 4 is still the best phone Samsung has produced for those reasons. LG is on the verge of taking the title away. The LG V-11 due out later this year my take the crown away form the Note 4 if they add the IP 68 rating to it.

  • storm Apr 29, 2016 Link to comment

    I really don't understand your love of the OnePlus 2. I was sadly disappointed in it.

  • When is lollipop 5.1 available for Vodafone prime ultra 6??

  • I know the note 4 is not new but I'm interested in what others think of it? I've tried other phones but I always end up going back to my trusty note 4

    • I have a Note 4 almost two years ago. It's an excellent device that has everything I need and everything a device must have: excellent camera, brilliant screen, wonderful performance and a long etc.
      This phone has too much development, in this moment I'm running a Note 5 port ROM, without words.
      Also battery life is great, despite it's big screen, Samsung do an excellent battery management (in my opinion).
      Few devices can beat Note 4, for me, a device made to last.

  • And I also think the Mi5 deserves a spot on the list. The top version if it's not better at least comes close to the S7- not so glossy and sparkling like a mirror and has got great camera stabilization. And the low end version is definitely best in under 400USD range.

  • But doesn't the Z3 Compact have better battery life than the Z3?

  • They all look terrible. "Why don't we make a good looking phone guys, without a massive dumb button on the front" "pfft silly, what's the point in that?"

  • Enrico Mar 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I have Motorola Moto g 2nd gen and I already have android marshmallow.

  • S7 is hardly an upgrade to my Note 5. Pass.

  • rick Mar 15, 2016 Link to comment

    its all through away garbage. In 2-3 yrs, all these phones will be garbage. Like disposable lighters. Who cares!

  • OBVIOUSLY, The S7 will be the best. No surprise there.

  • Well......I've had a Z5 Compact since November 15 and I can't fault it except for the Battery, it doesn't last as long as my previous Z3 but it's still good and the Exmoor CCD is gorgeous, I've got a 1080p Sony Camcorder and the Z5 is equal to it plus it does 4k Video recording as well but does it eat up the Mb's, about 100mb a min @ H264 and 60mb @ H265.

  • No:-[ not a Samsung again.

  • Guys, if anyone likes phablets, do try huawei mate 8 if you could find one. It's a great phone apart from Samsung s7 edge. Especially the mocha brown colour is really adorable!

  • Z5 i nowhere near best camera on phone. LG G4, V10, S6, S6 edge - they all have better cameras. S7 especially.

  • What a bullshit article. The lowest version of the mi5 is less than 400 and it still includes the snapdragon 820. Yet the one plus two.

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    Deactivated Account Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Nexus 6P for sure but right now can't go for it so whichever phone suits your budget & requirements and able to deliver good performance is the best phone for you.

  • vicky Mar 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Nexus 6P

  • The new Samsung s7 has everything you would ever need. Perfect in every way. Great job Samsung

  • I just got the Galaxy S7 yesterday and it's awesome! I just switched from and iPhone 5S :)

  • Steve Mar 9, 2016 Link to comment

    Just got Samsung Galaxy A5 and I love it. High end not for me. Rip off!

  • Nice list. One thing I'm interested in is a phone that has a 1080p display, micro SD slot, NFC, marshmallow, a decent camera, a fingerprint sensor, and which works on verizons network for under $400. A removable battery would be a bonus. The nexus 5x comes close. Pretty much sounds like a dream.

  • STZ Jan 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Gotta show my oneplus x some love. Here in Canada the OPX has the right lte bands(in the US it is missing one). Really a good phone for cheap. It is hard(impossible) to find good 5" phones anymore.

  • I have moto g 2015 and its really a fine mobile

  • Personally, I have the Nexus 6, and I love it!

  • Very informative article but I would like to suggest another brand to be included in this list, iDROID USA is making extraordinary smartphones which have lots of cool features. The best android smartphones by iDROID USA include models like Tango 2, Royal V5, Tango A5 etc. I personally own a Tango 2 which has a Gorilla glass screen and a front flash to take selfies in the dark.

    • Thanks for the tip. Haven't heard about them before. The BLU phones look interesting as well, but unfortunately they don't mention them here.

  • If the Samsung S6 or S6 edge is getting a 1st place rating it's not because it actually deserves it. It has no removeable battery and the one it has is weak at best. No option for expandable storage since they wanted to make SD cards obsolete. Frankly, Samsung's latest offerings are pure junk. They are all flash because they wanted to make something that resembled an iphone yet they failed to follow the market trends in that people today want versatility and Samsung shot themselves right in their own azz on this one. No matter how good that phone looks, you will find more knowledgeable people will agree that an unlocked Galaxy S3 blows both S6 models out of the water when it comes to WHAT MAKES SENSE!. All that power and memory they are trying to put in their phone is not even necessary but they sure think we all would fall for their gimmick. We were content with having the option to buy extended batteries and SD cards for expandable storage and instead of keeping the customer base happy, they decided to go and try to prove a point that they can make iphone's too. How stupid. What a waste of time and money. Way to go Samstupid. Since Samsung is starting to lose a very big following (follow the well known Android forums and you can verify this) as they are not recognizing what makes sense but instead fell right into the snare of what the majority of knowledgeable cell phone users call PURE STUPID. Way to go Samsung what will you not think of next!?

    • Yes I agree!

    • And this is why I will hang onto my Galaxy S5 "on FREEDOMPOP" until I eventually replace it with a Nexus or a Note 4 (that will also be on "FREEDOMPOP"). I'm done buying ridiculously expensive new phones that don't work any better than a slightly older phone, just so I can pay AT&T, Verizon or Sprint a huge amount of money each month for terrible service.

    • Llon Jan 29, 2016 Link to comment

      that's a matter of opinion. I have the S6 and it's great. No battery or lag issues. Samsung pay is great. The camera launches very quickly and the pics are near perfect. Most people don't use anything near 32 gb and the pictures I do take store nicely in the cloud whereas a SD card can easily corrupt and I will most likely be upgrading in two-years so a removable battery is moot since I never used the one I had with my G4. No gimmick there. Samsung is now able to compete.

    • And with respect to micro SD card slot, oddly enough Samsung still manufactures and sells micro SD cards. Go figure.

    • I couldn't agree more.

    • Did you come up with your name all by yourself?
      *Extra credit: do you have a tinfoil hat on? Ever?

  • What??? How could you forget Nexus 6p? It is an excellent phone and no bloatware. Samsung is filled with apps that run your battery down every time.

  • Sony z5, sadly, is far from having best camera on smartphone. Actually its camera is bad.

  • The best android phones according to you sport Touchwizz??? If you say so....

    Typed on a proper Android device - Nexus 6p.

  • I detect so much burn from Samsung haters! AndriodPIT got it spot-on.

  • The S6 is an amazing phone. I was reluctant at first selling my S5 to get it, but as soon as I brought it home I fell in love with it. Amazing feel to the hand and great features. I couldn't care less about the non removable battery (that's what battery packs are for should the occasion arise) or the lack of SD card (I trade it for the faster UFS 2.0 internal memory anyday).
    Good job Sammy!

  • I can't believe that the Nexus 6P didn't make not even one spot on the best new phone list!

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    Deactivated Account Dec 30, 2015 Link to comment

    I don't think any phone without Micro SD support and removable battery should even be in the running for best phone. None of the phones on your list have both features. Consumer Reports rates the S6 under the S5 because of these features. You call them the best?

  • I can't see half of the screen vertically in my LG g3 is there any way to fix.

  • This is not really a great list. Where did the Moto X Pure Edition go? And how can any features make up for a non removable battery and no as card slot? Seriously.... Samsung sucks.

  • G4 feels too cheap to be number 1

  • Bubba Oct 31, 2015 Link to comment

    How can Samsung Galaxy S6 rate so high when it has problems w/ battery life, a non replaceable battery, and a missing memory card drive? Plus, wasn't there a problem with the exelerometer? (sp?)

    • Llon Jan 29, 2016 Link to comment

      No issue with my battery. Why do you need a replaceable battey, most people will NEVER replace it. SD cards are slow and deteriorate quickly. Bye bye pics!!

  • Ummm... I think you forgot Moto X Pure Edition!

  • Gabz Oct 21, 2015 Link to comment

    Such a shame they didn't include best phone for music.
    I have had the HTC One M8 for 2 years now, and due to their latest failures I am hesitating in buying their next flagship.
    I know that even now the M8 is in the top 3 best smart phones for music (even though its old), if not the best.
    But I am doubting whether their next flagship will be worth its price. So I'm looking for the next best alternative.

    • Paul Nov 26, 2015 Link to comment

      Doesn't the Sony Xperia Z5 come with a built in DAC? If music is important to you then that would be the one to go for.

  • In Premium budgets for me Microsoft Lumai 950XL and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium are the devices that win my heart.
    When it comes to the mid budget devices then I must say that Motorola Moto X Play and Style both are the best one.
    And in the budget segment who can ever forget the Motorola Moto G 2015, just gifted one to my sister on her birthday and it's just awesome.

  • India is a home to some of the top iphone app development companies, delivering, supporting and monetizing iOS apps for global clients. Businesses in United States, Germany, Australia are sourcing their Android app development initiatives to companies in India.

  • What about Nubia z9 mini

  • Great Work!!! Writers!!

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    Deactivated Account Oct 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Moto G, when I get past my insane desire for spec's and bling, its not what I want but it really is all I need...
    multi core processor and decent screen, in the UK on a very very cheap contract it's basically free....
    It's just about the best bang for my bucks I'm ever gonna get..

  • i am surprised that why NOTE 5 and HUAWEI MATE S is not on ghe lidt
    they are beasts friends

  • you've omit an error about the samsung galaxy note 5. I think samsung galaxy note 5 is the best phone of 2015

  • LG G4 is the Best phone and its got the Best camera! Try one and you will see its #1

  • Pls.update me tnx

  • nexus 6 is best

  • S6 is best of all time! but just lack Sd card support and removable battery

  • i m comportable with HTC, SAMSUNG and HUAWEI just love their phones otherwise others are not my type

  • LOL since when does the 2014 moto x has "Touchwiz UI" and a S Pen???? Big mistake guys hahaha

  • LoL this is worst rateing ever

  • Please anyone who would be able to help me to update Samsung s4 to lollipop

  • n13L5 Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I'm waiting to see an article on "The best Android sewing machines of 2016"

    Because its about time Android gets used as a sewing machine OS for custom stitches and automated routines without end!

    I'd say Android makes more sense on a sewing machine than on a television!

  • Kyle Jul 26, 2015 Link to comment

    These are nice phones, im happy LG G4 made it, even though i didn't buy it cause im waiting for that rumored "super premium phone from them. hehe. that could be the number one if not note 5!! :bd #lgfan

  • Toooooo Wrongg

  • Galaxy note 4, it's the best phone I've owned and I have owned quite a few, my girlfriend just picked up the sony Xperia z3, and after playing with it for awhile I'm surprised that Sony's not selling a Crap ton of these, now I just have to convince her to let me take in the tub for some underwater photography, it's truly the one want for my gn4, the waterproofing that is.)

  • The Galaxy S6 is a good phone but in my personal opinion battery life puts it out of he number one slot for me. the LG G4 should probably be in the number 1 slot.

  • One truly great cell phone missing from this list is the Motorola XT1225 (aka Moto Maxx and Droid Turbo).
    This phone has a two day battery with a 15 minute recharge to 80% capacity, 64GB memory, 3GB RAM and a 21mp camera to name a few features. It also allows you to ring your phone plus send and receive phone texts through your computer via a Motorola Connect extension on a Chrome browser. My carrier ATT doesn't offer this phone yet so I bought one online through Fusion Electronix, got a great price and the discount ATT gave me for buying a phone actually saves me money over leasing this phone from Verizon. Look into it. You'll like what you see.

  • wtf is oneplus one

  • Flagship from asus is coming out (or rather HAS come out)
    Asus Zenfone 2 ze551ml. 4gb ram, 64gb rom, intel 64bit quad core 2.3ghz.

    still waiting on mine to arrive, but looking purely on specs, it beats most of the devices here on the list.
    Sadly i can talk about the specs only for now, until i have it in my hands.

    On a side note, never thought the s6 was such a big bump up from older models until i read this article. Guess i gave up on samsung (all previous andro's i owned were samsung) because of low customer support.

  • So you are telling me that the Galaxy S5 does not make the top 10 list and all those other non-Samsung phones are better? I'm gonna have to call bulls**t.

    I just can not imagine that a $179 Motorola is a better phone than the S5. That's just for starters...

  • i own a G3 and it was well deserved at no.3 and the M9 mannn if the overheating issue and the camera i didnt like the m9 not worth it to upgrade m7 to m9 look the other way like the s6 or the g4 even the Note5 or the Next Nexus

  • Hi ,please Up date android 4.1.2 tablet asus fonepad 7, thanks,mazrouei

  • Why there is no mention of Motorola Turbo...?

  • Dean Apr 1, 2015 Link to comment

    No Galaxy Note edge, it is a awesome phone, note 4 is almost the same. I don't agree with your list. Imho

    • "Let's put the S6 and the S6 Edge, that is just a variant, in the same position of the ranking, but let's not put Note Edge together with Note 4 because... We don't want to! :D"

      • Yeah man samsung company sucks just because of their integrated os Touchwiz. Now i m never gonna buy any sasmung phone in my whole life.
        Even i'll prefer to live without any phone instead of samsung's laggy devices.

      • You are absolutely right, S6 is the worst phone I have had in recent time. So many software issues, I will never buy Samsung phone again. Living in regret now.

      • @Alex That's interesting. The S6 edge is the best phone I've ever had and I can honestly attest to the fact I've had zero software or any other problems whatsoever. How is that possible? Can you explain that?

  • Nexus ? - No external - (SD-card) memory ???!!! - You must be kidding !!! The best ?!!! Who writes these articles ? - And for who's fee-for-task agreement ?!!!

  • Stfu Bojan. I made an account just to say that.

    • Good for you. But now that you are a member, might try sharing something inteligent and constructive. Or come back when you grow up a year or two or ten.

  • I think a sort of favourite sports team loyalty and debate is not particularly constructive? However, what I think IS relevant is the overriding principle that ALL these great Android phones really satisfy their owner. I'm on my 2nd & 3rd Galaxy Mega 6.3 (1st cracked & then wrecked by so called repairer so now have new 1 plus 1 spare! - so perfect are they FOR ME!) The point is that they ARE great and really do now satisfy our need for excellent, truly effective Mobiles. I recall how I was mocked initially for the huge size of the Mega - now they're all that size and who would want less when you can actually see and read whole web pages, messages, images, etc.,! The I-Phone is a joke by comparison - AND - my Galaxy 10 3G Tab, acquired when I was still on a teeny Galaxy S1, is an equally redundant piece of rubbish when the Mega does all it (the Tab) can do and more MUCH BETTER! All these new Androids are terrific and aren't we, as owners and users thereof of, lucky!

  • C'mon! 2014 phones in the "Best Android phones in 2015"?

  • Indeed, 2015 is still the year of the smartphones as we can see they continue to grow in the market. I really Sony Xperia Z3 because it has unique features and specs that are really great help for your daily and technology lifestyle.

  • worthless without the amazing moto x 2014. it has the screen which counts battery life for my usage is one and half day almost . it has the smartness which makes it different from the list . if nexus 6 can make to the list no reason moto x can't, its smaller but smarter nexus 6. Name any device in this list which can be compared to moto voice , moto action . Its named the smartphone of the year by Forbes because it tells you the highest end specs and price don't necessarily propose the highest end user experience .

  • Surprising there are no comments on the Galaxy Note4.

    I'm in the market for my first Android phone after using an iPhone since its first launch. These reviews and comments are invaluable. Of course I am now suffering analysis paralysis but desperate. My current phone is almost bricked; it rings audibly sporadically no audibles for texts, and phone conversation only functional if on speaker. Goodbye iPhone, it's iPhucked.

    • Here is the one you need to know: Note 4 is a beast, a phone like no other, a category of its own. If you buy it you won't regret it. A bit big some may say, but there are bigger phones that can't compare to it.

  • Greetings to all first of all, although it is hard to believe I've read quite all comments on this post, actually I'm a lover of smartphones since ANDROID hit home .. But being a poor country practically as far as technology terms (VENEZUELA) I could more than hold three smartphones which are BLACKBERRY CURVE 8330 BLACKBERRY CURVE 9360 and now own the SONY XPERIA SL, thank GOD I achieved this year the possibility to get me a phone outside and I thought of several I have visited many forums and pages like this and seeing images, videos, photos, tests, etc ... I have come to the decision 3 phones, actually have never liked the SAMSUNG phone but I think they've done a great job with regard to hardware and software, but the material they are made simply do not convince me, that's why I obtado by these three decisions: MOTOROLA MOTO X (2014), LG GOOGLE NEXUS 5 Then SONY XPERIA Z3 COMPACT .. If I would buy out the MOTOROLA MOTO MAXX but money does not reach me, so help me to decide between those 3 phones. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

  • Although now 8 months old, l agree that the S5 should be in the top 5. It's been an easy phone to live with any has awsome specs. The plastic build does not bother me as it has been in a rubber back cover all this time, and had I bought a HTC M8, the premium aluminium body would have been in a rubber back cover. At least the S5 has an awsome camera, and gives me the opportunity to use the Gear, which has come to in very handy.

  • Moto Maxx? Droid Maxx? kkk

  • I really wonder .. how could you make this list without mention of note 3 or nexus 5 .. I think they are still high end devices right now .. great performance ..

  • looking forward to the lg g 4 in 2015 and all the other phones to come Happy Holidays.

  • the lg g 3 is the best phone in the world this is how it should be
    1-lg g 3
    2-galaxy note 4
    3-nexus 6
    4-Sony z 3
    5-oppo f 7
    6-xiomi 3
    7-HTC m8
    8-galaxy s5
    9-one plus
    10-Motorola moto x

    and there is the other oppo phone I forgot the name but its the thiness phone in the world and could easily get on the list .

  • So what about the Droid TURBO? I dont see it in the list...




  • I think the HTC One E8 deserves consideration based on specs vs I just bought one :)

  • I would put my Moto Droid Turbo up against most of those any day but it's not listed. Moto G???

  • NeonHD Nov 17, 2014 Link to comment

    Seriously? No OnePlus One? Sigh. With a FHD 5.5" screen and a 2.5Ghz quad processor and 3GB of RAM, how could it not be on this list?? If you didn't put the Nexus 5 on here, at least put the OnePlus One...

  • How is the Moto X (2014) not on this list? Nearly every review site I've been on has it with AT LEAST four stars.

    • Hey Ronald, I also rated the Moto X (2014) four stars (just), but compared to the devices on this list I can't think of a compelling enough reason to put it on here compared to the others: the screen is only just ok, the camera sucks and the battery is pretty bad. In my estimation, all of the phones on this list have less issues than that!

      • you may be the admin sir but I am sorry you are not totally correct about your view on moto x 2014 , which has actually shown how can smart phone be really smart and affordable at the same time . Your list has got nexus 6 that means you have purposely overlooked moto x . good luck with that but the verdict it out now moto x is the smartphone of the year

      • Not even close mangesh, give it a rest already.

      • Hahaha!

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    Deactivated Account Oct 26, 2014 Link to comment

    Note 4 king definitely

  • whay mi3 is not in the list??

  • I don't think Moto G deserves a place in here.I use a Asus Zenfone 5 which is far better than Moto G.

  • Am I reading it right? Two terrabyte storage for the LG??? My PC doesn't have this kind of storage! And why do all the others have a maximum of 128GB??? Can it be that there has been made a mistake?

    • Sjaak, it is true, it's just that LG shares the limit of what the tech itself can handle, whereas everyone else tells us what their phone can handle in terms of what is actually available. Right now, 128 GB on a microSD card is the limit, but it won't be forever.

  • Sony Xperia Z3 is peerless. Sony company always come up of unique and first of its kind smartphone that makes you drool once you've seen it.

  • many good phones are missing. biased list.

  • I think xiaomi mi3 should have been included.

  • I think xiaomi mi3 should have been included.

  • "Sony recently dropped the Xperia Z3". Smash. No wonder their profits have gone to the dogs.

  • Oppo Find 7 and Huawei Ascend Mate 7 are both great Android Smart Phones. If I do not finance a "no contract" Moto X (+1)? I will be seriously looking into either of these Android Smart Phones (sorry OnePlus One, but you're silly tactics just to get an invite to purchase, are not going to impress most of the public) ...

    Thank you for an interesting article, Kris Carlon :-)

  • I'm falling in love with huawei ... I'm looking forward to have mate7 in my hand! :)

  • Sony has released the Xperia Z3 smartphone to take on the very best from Samsung, HTC and Apple. What makes this smartphone unique and a must have is its features being waterproof.

  • What about the OnePlus one? For me it's better than any of the phones on this list

    • You're so right, it's the fastest and nonsense phone. Never settle! and cheap.

    • Hey Pedro, not sure if you caught the earlier versions of this article but the OnePlus was on here, it was just bumped after the addition of the Z3. I agree it's a great phone but we have to draw the line somewhere.

      • I agree about drawing lines, but I kind feel that Sony's Z3 & Z3 Compact should be one entry. Since the alternate version of the Oppo Find 7 was listed with it (and the 7a lower spec alternate at that--maybe it shouldn't even have been mentioned on a best list) the text portion could've been longer to extol appropriate virtues to each version, then specs listed side-by-side, like the Find 7 & 7a. Oh, disclosure, I have a OPO (and a Note 4) and I'm totally in love with it!

  • if value for money is considered, then S5 won't be in the list

  • steve Aug 25, 2014 Link to comment

    The S5 is my pick, it offers finger print id, water resistant, beautiful soft touch back, probably the fastest processor out of the bunch and usb 3.0 for very fast recharge time, not to forget ultra power saving mode...

  • So far no phone released this year have tempted me to switch from the Nexus 5. I think I may keep it for another year.

  • Scott Aug 22, 2014 Link to comment

    Kris, how on "god's green earth" (figure of speech) lol , could you all ever call the htc one m8 bulky? Thats is absurd. Heavy? Maybe in comparison to the plethora of plastic devices out there. But you get a feeling of a solid device in your hand with the all metal htc. Also, it really should have been #1. Better UI, front facing speakers, better design, better battery life, more vivid screen, Faster, and more likely to receive faster updates due to htc advantage and the unintrusive sense 6 ui. I think tge G3 is an awesome phone. I just think the m8 is a better overall phone. Between the m8 and the g3, i would say the g3 was bulky because it is wider, making it a bit harder to hold in the hand too. Just my 2 cents. Thanks!

    • We all have personal preferences, for you it's M8, for me it's Z2. Since I tried almost all the phones on this list, and if I really have to force myself to be objective, I would say G3 is overall the best device at the moment. Forced objectively, I would say that Z2 is also better than M8. But, that doesn't matter in the end. Enjoy the M8, m8 :)

    • Hey Scott, thanks for your pick. I think you and @Robert Reid could have an interesting debate about the Z2 vs M8 question! I still think the M8 is heavy and bulky though! :D

  • Your rating of the Z2 placing 3rd because the 4K overheats shouldn't be a consideration considering many others do not have this feature (M8 does not and cannot be added by software). Its a very high tech offering (something to make a big noise about that will lead others). It doesn't overheat on normal use. Additionally the Z2 offers significant waterproof prowess, the very best camera, with 3GB ram with 3200mAh battery (M8 2600mAh)! The M8 is barely an upgrade of its predecessor.

    The Z2 beats the M8 (easily) on many levels including many beneficial software comforts like being lag free during navigation and UI generally (if it isn't broken don't fix it). As NDTV Gadgets said "the M8 will appeal only to those who either place a high value on design, or seriously dislike Samsung and Sony. We're less enthusiastic about the M8 than we are about the inevitable price cut the M7 will receive. HTC seriously needs a reinvention, and the One (M8) is not it."

    I appreciate your note that it was a tight race for 3rd spot, but considering these points it shouldn't have been. The Z2 is the outlier.