Best Smartphones 2015

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Best Overall Phone

Samsung Galaxy S6

Editor's Choice

The Galaxy S6 is the Android phone to beat and the best smartphone overall. The new glass-and-metal design looks elegant and feels sturdy. The Galaxy S6 sports a bright 5.1-inch QHD display that's more colorful and higher-res than the iPhone and a sharper 16-megapixel camera that lets in more light. The front 5-MP camera takes awesome selfies, too. You also get a very fast octa-core processor and built-in wireless charging, plus longer battery life than the iPhone 6.

If you can afford the $100 premium, the Galaxy S6 Edge boasts a curved display that provides quick access to your favorite contacts.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review

  • Best iOS Phone

    Apple iPhone 6

    The iPhone 6 combines a striking, rounded design with a bright, 4.7-inch Retina display. But it's what you can do with this phone that makes it our top pick. The A8 processor delivers swift performance, especially when you're playing games, and the improved iSight camera offers faster autofocus and captures crisp 1080p video at 60 frames per second. With Apple Pay, you can buy items (in the real world or online) with just a touch of your finger. Add in easy access to the hottest apps, and the iPhone 6 is an excellent choice.

    The iPhone 6 Plus is also great if you're looking for a bigger and sharper 5.5-inch display along with longer battery life, but the iPhone 6 is more one-hand friendly.

    Apple iPhone 6 Review

  • Best Big-Screen Phone

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    The king of phablets, the Galaxy Note 4 wows with its bright and sharp quad-HD display, which serves as a great canvas for the included S Pen. The 16-MP camera is the other big highlight, because it snaps gloriously detailed images even in low light, thanks to the built-in optical image stabilization. Want a taste of virtual reality? You can plug the Note 4 into the $199 Gear VR to enjoy a whole new world of 360-degree entertainment.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review

  • Best No-Contract Phone

    OnePlus One

    The OnePlus One is not easy to get. You can buy one during the company's open sale each week; otherwise, you need to be invited by a friend. But the hassle is worth it, because no other phone gives you this much for just $299. The One packs a 5.5-inch, full-HD screen; a Snapdragon 801 processor; and a battery that lasted an epic 13 hours on our test. The OnePlus One is also great for tinkerers, as its Cyanogen Mod software lets you customize the look and feel and security options.

    OnePlus One Review

  • Best Cheap Smartphone

    Moto E (2nd Gen)

    No, the price isn't a typo. For less than $150, you can nab an Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass display, 4G LTE capability and a perfectly decent Snapdragon 410 processor. The Moto E also delivers an above-average battery life of 8.5 hours in a body that you can customize.

    Moto E Review