PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place
Can you see it? Can you hear it? Can you sense it in the air floating around us? That's 2015 coming to an end – a time to relax, take a break from our duties and responsibilities, and have some good old-fashioned fun. The time is also right to take a look back at the events and devices that left their imprint on the mobile industry. In fact, that's what we've been doing over the past few weeks, but you're surely aware of that if you've come across our PhoneArena Awards series. 

The PhoneArena Awards honor the best mobile products of the year – the ones that got the best review scores, the ones that impressed us the most, the ones that we'd totally recommend to friends and family. The best smartphones, best tablets, and best wearables of 2015 all get a mention. And if you've missed any of the posts in the series, now is your chance to catch up, as all posts are listed below. 

UPDATE: We've added our favorite apps and games of 2015 to the list. Check them out below!

PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Smartphone


PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

The best phone of 2015 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. 

PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Large Smartphone


PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

Because sometimes, being of average size is not enough. Our pick as best extra-large smartphone of 2015 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. 


PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Value-for-money Phone


PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

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.

PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Tablet


PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

2015's best tablet is made of durable magnesium and has a built-in kickstand. Its screen is big and beautiful, and its Intel processor packs a mighty punch. Its set of accessories includes a high-tech stylus and a lightweight keyboard. Also, it is designed by Microsoft and runs full-blown Windows.


PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best Smartwatch


PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

Many are the reasons why this particular model deserves the spot as 2015's best smartwatch. It is fast, good-looking, well-designed, and not outrageously expensive. But perhaps most importantly, it has the true potential to appeal to both ladies and gentlemen, as well as to both tech aficionados and regular folks willing to give a smartwatch a try. 

PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best apps of the year


PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

What are smartphones, if they are not filled to the brim with great innovative content from the App Store and Play Store? Well, hypothetically, they could still be pretty useful tools, but let's not get literal here. This past year, we saw quite a bit of cool, interesting, or just plain well-working apps get released. And while Google and Apple both did their own selection of best 2015 apps on the Play Store and App Store, we thought we'd go ahead and comb through our own favorite downloads for the past 12 months.

PhoneArena Awards 2015: Best games of the year


PhoneArena Awards 2015: all of the year's best mobile gadgets in one place

With thousands (literally!) of great new games for Android and iOS in 2015, it was a particularly challenging task to narrow it down to just a few dozen. In order to be perfectly fair, we have tried to break the top picks in a few game genres that we find are the most common on mobile: first and third-person shooters, action RPGs / hack'n'slash games, fighting games, adventure, platformers, puzzlers, racing games, casual releases of various genres, indie releases with particular non-commercial ambience, sports games and, finally, ports from PC or the console world.

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11 Comments

1. Shocky unregistered

How about a reader vote for best smartphone of 2015?

2. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Yeah, I'll vote for LG V10!

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I will vote for V10 also

3. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Literally happening right now.

4. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

What is so intelligent about ios?

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

The Surface Pro 4 is not a tablet. Its a laptop pretending to be a tablet.

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The term "tablet" is anything without a fixed keyboard. In the SP4's corner, the keyboard is not fixed. Just like my Asus T300chi, its also a tablet.

7. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm the MS Surface Pro 4 won CES 2015 best Tablet award. I think there should be 2 tablet awards because there are really 2 types of tablets Type 1= touch screen apps only tablets the Apple Ipads, Android tablets. theses tablets do not run PC desktop soft ware Microsoft's DEAD Windows RT tablets were in that catagory. The Ipad Pro would win this category Type 2=Tablet PC's. these Tablet run Full Windows or Linux desktop software as well as touch screen Apps. The Microsoft "Surface Pro 4 would Win here

8. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Seems like you're reaching for a win for Apple to me.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

But why would you just want just bastardized apps alone on a tablet? Why limit yourself when you're not saving anything? In fact you'll be paying significantly more for less: 128GB non-expandable storage 4GB RAM iPad Pro ($950) + 12 hour-battery Apple Pencil ($100) + non-backlit, single-angle and trackpad lacking "Smart" keyboard ($170) = $1220. The 128GB, expandable storage, 4GB RAM 5th gen i5 13" MacBook Air ($1000, still not even 1080p full-HD display in 2015) The 128GB, expandable storage, 4GB RAM 6th gen i5 Surface Pro 4 ($1000, includes all-year battery Surface Pen) + backlit and trackad equipped Type Cover ($130) = $1130. So, you're paying $1130 for what the competition is selling for $2220 (Surface Pro = MacBook Air + iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Smart Keyboard).

11. pt020

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

And where is my award?

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