PhoneArena Reader Awards: Vote for the best of 2015


Regular readers might have noticed — okay, must have noticed — that while we're consistent in standing behind our expert opinion, we live in no ivory tower and actively labor to include you into the conversation. For the most part, we do this through surveys (or polls), which typically garner a lot of attention and occasionally spawn some very interesting discussions. It's a sort of a win-win, as it's beneficial for both sides: we all learn something new every week.

In a bid to keep this spirit alive, instead of limiting the obligatory year-end look back and awards process, we thought we'd garner them currently trending PhoneArena Awards series with a Reader Awards counterpart. So instead of the editorial team at PhoneArena calling the shots, this time around we concede the stage to you — if temporarily — and give YOU the opportunity to crowd-source 2015's best in tech. At the very least, subsequent comparisons with the two competing selections ('ours' and 'yours') will give you some extra ammo for 2016.

Let's start with the three most important categories: Best smartphonesBest large smarpthones, and Best value-for-money phones of 2015.

Smartphones



PhoneArena Reader Awards: Best smartphone of 2015

Apple iPhone 6s
15.97%
Asus ZenFone 2
1.02%
BlackBerry PRIV
2.74%
Google Nexus 5X
2.66%
HTC One M9
1.18%
HTC One A9
0.73%
Huawei P8
1.69%
LG G4
9.01%
OnePlus X
0.51%
Microsoft Lumia 950
3.63%
Motorola X Pure Edition (2015)
5.73%
Motorola DROID TURBO 2
2.34%
Motorola DROID MAXX 2
0.38%
Samsung Galaxy S6
16.26%
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
25.59%
Sony Xperia Z5
7.93%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
2.63%

PhoneArena Reader Awards: Best large smartphone of 2015

Apple iPhone 6s Plus
9.85%
Huawei Mate S
1.98%
Google Nexus 6P
18.81%
LG V10
8.52%
Microsoft Lumia 950XL
4.51%
OnePlus 2
1.38%
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
35.86%
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
8.17%
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
9.99%
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
0.92%

PhoneArena Reader Awards: Best value-for-money phone of 2015

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
2.97%
Asus ZenFone 2
14.14%
BLU Pure XL
2.27%
Meizu m2 note
3.83%
Microsoft Lumia 640
7.16%
Motorola Moto G 2015
23.17%
Motorola Moto E 2015
1.99%
OnePlus 2
18.3%
OnePlus X
15.55%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
8.2%
ZTE Axon
2.42%


                                                                                                      








Tablets and smartwatches



The remaining two award categories aren't unimportant, of course, but are both relatively minor in comparison to the smartphone group: Best tablets and Best smartwatches of 2015. So they're part of the second wave.

With tablets, it's hard to argue against their declining relevancy in the market, with sales shriveling significantly as of late. There have been many proposed reasons for this drop in appeal, with their considerably longer life (you don't necessarily need the latest and greatest in order to simply consume media, which is what tablet users do most) and the rise of large-screened smartphones being central. Especially in terms of phablets, the line between a tablet and a really big phone have started blurring, and so people feel less and less inclined to invest extra money into dedicated devices that overlap in functionality with their handhelds.

As for smartwatches, even with most of the major players now part of the still nascent industry, demand is overall rather tepid. It'll be a while longer, perhaps, until manufacturers figure out some truly nifty use for these small wrist computers, or maybe they'll forever remain a tiny category that, ultimately, was over-hyped.

Our own musings aside, how do you vote?

PhoneArena Reader Awards: Best tablet of 2015

Apple iPad mini 4
7.56%
Apple iPad Pro
12.28%
Asus ZenPad S 8.0
1.06%
Google Pixel C
8.13%
Huawei MediaPad X2
2.43%
Lenovo YOGA Tab3 Pro
1.63%
LG G Pad X 8.3
1.24%
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
43.97%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch
3.54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch
6.72%
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
11.44%

PhoneArena Reader Awards: Best smartwatch of 2015

Apple Watch
14.22%
Asus ZenWatch 2
2.4%
Huawei Watch
13.16%
LG Watch Urbane
8.82%
Motorola Moto 360 2015
21.7%
Pebble Time
2.77%
Samsung Gear S2
36.33%
Withings Activité
0.6%

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