PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Smartphone
posted by PhoneArena Team / Dec 17, 2015, 2:05 AM
Reviews are something we have a ton of. In 2015 alone, we brought you well over 100 reviews of smartphones and tablets, as well as reviews of gadgets and accessories made for smartphone users. Needless to say, some of these products we didn't quite like, while others delighted us with their features. This article is about the latter kind. To be more specific, with the latest post in our PhoneArena Awards of 2015 series we're announcing the best smartphone of 2015.
To some of you, our top pick will not come as a surprise. After all, the phone got one of the highest review scores we had given in recent history. And rightfully so, as it is a masterpiece of a phone. In fact, it comes from a company that's been at the top of the smartphone market for many years and has been making some of the most influential handsets ever. Ladies and gents, the best smartphone of 2015 is the...
Apple iPhone 6s
There's no such thing as a perfect smartphone. There never was, and our guess is that there never will be. But every once in a while, we come across a phone that gets very close to that point, and the iPhone 6s is one of them. Of course, some of you will argue that Apple's flagship device is inferior to many competitors in terms of specs – that its screen has only 326 ppi, that its camera is just a 12MP shooter, that its battery cell holds only ~1700mAh worth of charge. Sure, some other phones exceed these figures by a considerable margin, but let us not forget that the smartphone experience goes beyond the device's specs. And a great overall experience is what the iPhone 6s has to stand out with.
Right off the bat, the iPhone 6s is a thing of beauty, just as a phone of the high-end class is supposed to. The iOS software experience makes Apple's phone reliable, easy to use, and always up to date on the latest software, not to mention the superb catalog of iOS applications and media that are at a tap's distance. Speaking of taps, the 3D Touch technology built into the display is innovative and brings a new level of smartphone interaction. In fact, some other phone makers are already trying to emulate it. Then there's the camera, which, despite its seemingly average resolution of 12MP, snaps consistently great photos and videos. And as far as real-life battery life goes, the highly efficient iPhone 6s is in no way inferior to its competitors. All in all, the iPhone 6s may be a pricey handset, but there's just so much value that you get in exchange!
Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S6
The Samsung Galaxy S6 was a worthy candidate for the top spot and ended up only a few votes short of grabbing it. Indeed, it is a well-made smartphone, and one setting a milestone in the evolution of Samsung's S-series. How does it do that? With design, performance, and efficiency. Made of glass and metal, the Galaxy S6 is probably the best-looking smartphone in the series, and one that's radically different when compared to its plastic-made predecessors. Oh, and did we mention the potent hardware under its hood? The speedy SoC, RAM, and storage, shot the Galaxy S6 to the top of the performance charts when it launched. Add an awesome camera to the formula and you get a smartphone well-worthy of its review score.
This story is part of:PhoneArena Awards 2015 (6 updates)
18 December PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best apps of the year Well, guys, 2015 was yet another great year for smartphones. Maybe we didn't see the first-ever bajillion-core processor, but we got to see the first in years super-shiny Samsung flagship, the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display of the iPhone 6s, and a 4K display adorning the front of a smartphone – the Xperia Z5 Premium.
Now reading17 December PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Smartphone To some of you, our best smartphone of 2015 will not come as a surprise. After all, the phone got one of the highest review scores we had given in recent history. And rightfully so, as it is a masterpiece of a phone. In fact, it comes from a company that's been at the top of the smartphone market for many years and has been making some of the most influential handsets ever. Ladies and gents, the best smartphone of 2015 is the...
15 December PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best large smartphone Today's post in our PhoneArena Awards series honors the best extra-large smartphone of 2015. And our top pick will hardly come as a surprise. It is made by the company that single-handedly kickstarted the phablet category and made us rethink what the upper limit to a phone's size should be. Ladies and gents, the best large smartphone of 2015 is the...
14 December PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best value-for-money phone Today's post in our PhoneArena Awards series is where we honor the year's best value-for-money phone. Our top pick comes from a company that knows a thing or two about making phones delivering great bang for the buck. In fact, its budget-friendly G series has been selling by the millions. But it wasn't a member of this particular lineup that got the first price. Instead, our award for best value-for-money smartphone goes to the...
12 December PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Tablet As 2015 is coming to an end, the time has come for us to honor the coolest gadgets of the year. On Thursday, we kicked off our PhoneArena Awards series by naming our favorite smartwatch, and today, we'll reveal the most impressive tablet we got to handle in 2015...
- Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
Samsung Galaxy S6 OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop View Full specs
- Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
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posted on Dec 17, 2015, 2:10 AM 54
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Ha, like there's any reason to pay them. Give thirty seconds of thought to the "tech-review sites are secretly on the take from Apple, Samsung, [insert brand you don't like here]" conspiracy theory and you'll realize it makes no logical sense. Whatever helps you rationalize this, I guess...
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 2:12 AM 5
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They awarded the Note 5 "Best Large Smartphone", and named the Nexus 6P the runner up, with nary a mention of the iPhone 6s+. How can you claim bias or corruption?
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 2:52 AM 3
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In the past majority of people were ignorant and scared of changed; they thought the planet was flat and that one could fall off the edge and that was 'the best ideology'. Any smart observation scared people and was thought of as evil. Now, most people think the iphone is "the best smarthphone" lol. I see history repeats. Good for apple shareholders atleast.... For now..
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 3:42 AM 7
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posted on Dec 17, 2015, 10:08 AM 4
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iphoneareana. Isn't that blatantly obvious? Iphonearena has only one master, and that's Apple. This website had review of iphone 6S splashed across the top for two months!! Meanwhile, superior Android phones like Nexus 6p, Moto Droid Turbo 2 got tiny little rectangle off to the side for coverage. Check out pocketnow or phonedog for much more even handed coverage of all smart phones.
posted on Dec 19, 2015, 4:30 PM 0
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i had iphone 5s, swapped it for lumia 930, sold lumia get samsung s6 edge, so far my thoughts: iphone works well with my macbook, i really like that music sync, because i love tol isten a lot of music, othe than that terrible phone, battery is bad, bazels are huge, UI is boring. windows- best virtual assistant(cortana) very simple UI, still it is more interesting than IOS, because of live tiles. not much apps available, considering apples appstore has millions of useless apps, really USELESS. samsung s6 edge- my phone of the year, its more less same size as iphone 6, but display is bigger, when compared display quality reading and checking pictures, i can easily say samsungs one is way sharper, it charges from 0-100 in 1h, battery goes all day, even on heavy usage, pretty much i was able to remove all touchwiz look, so only thing i dont like about it is, i cant really find proper music app which i would really like. this is just me and my opinion, if price same then all other features better on samsung(display, charging, battery life, wireless charging, UI which can be adjusted, design is better as well) sometimes simplicity on iphone is ok, but it gets so boring. performance wise, i think my macbook has more lags than my samsung, macbook pro is late 2013.. clear winner here is samsung, every single category.
posted on Dec 30, 2015, 5:56 PM 0
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Best phone by ecosystem: IPhone Best phone by hardware: Galaxy note 5 Best camera phone: Lumia 950 xl
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 2:17 AM 4
Lumia 950xl isn't even close to the best camera phone. The 1020 and 808 beat it still. Besides, I don't see any site claiming it's better than G4 or note 5 or 6s+ yet.
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 2:21 AM 8
The dream is real!! IPHONEARENA JUST REVEALED
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 2:43 AM 12
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As I said above, they gave the Note 5 "Best Large Smartphone" and the runner up was the Nexus 6P, and never even mentioned the iPhone 6s+. I'm far from Apple's biggest fan, but I'm not enough of a twat to claim that PA is biased towards Apple.
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 3:22 AM 0
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Nexus 6p would probably be my choice for phone of the year. It has everything(and more) that the reviewer praises the 6s for, except force touch.
posted on Dec 17, 2015, 2:52 AM 1
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