We have some 90 smartphones in front of us, ask us anything about them!


For nearly 15 years now, PhoneArena has been one of the web's most recognizable mobile tech venues. As far as web sites go, that's a pretty long stretch. In that times, the various members of the team—some past, others still present—have brought, and will continue to bring, more news pieces, reviews, and articles than we care to count. We honestly wouldn't even risk querying our database lest it halts and catches fire. In any case, and as you can imagine, during all these years, hundreds—perhaps even thousands—of phones have passed through our halls for a closer inspection.

Undeniably, one of the significant perks of working at PhoneArena is having early access to the hottest smartphones on the planet. The official company policy towards these is very liberal, meaning that colleagues are not only allowed, but encouraged to use them as their own. A neat job benefit? Sure, but also a prerequisite to informed opinions. And while we can't claim to have laid a finger on each and every smartphone ever made, we're probably as close as anyone. This helps paint the bigger picture, instead of looking at devices in a vacuum.

Most of the phones that have visited our offices are long gone. Gifted, broken, out of fashion and ditched, or just sold, they've passed onto the Nether. Regardless, we still have enough devices to supply a small shop, or alternatively—build an awesome fort. According to our latest count, our inventory numbers over 90 different devices available at our head office—some of them in number. Why care to make this public? Well, because we thought it'd be fun to hold a sort of Reddit-style AMАA (Ask Me Almost Anything) as a one-off experiment, and answer as many questions as you may have about any one of them.

Obviously, it goes without saying that requests to somehow damage the devices will be left ignored. Instead, try and think of questions that aren't a Google search away, and that won't require an unreasonable amount of man hours for us to address, and we'll be happy to get back to you!

Here's the list:

AppleSamsungLGHTCGoogleSony
iPhone 6sGalaxy S7G5One M9+Nexus 6PXperia Z5
iPhone 6s PlusGalaxy S7 edgeV10One M8Nexus 5XXperia Z5 Premium
iPhone 6Galaxy Note 5G4One M7Nexus 6PXperia Z3
iPhone 6 PlusGalaxy S6 edge+G3One MiniNexus 5Xperia Z1
iPhone 5sGalaxy S6 edgeG2Desire 510Nexus 4
iPhone 5Galaxy S5L70Desire 500
iPhone 5cGalaxy Note 4
iPhone 4sGalaxy Note Edge
iPhone 4sGalaxy K Zoom
Galaxy S3 Mini
Galaxy S1
MicrosoftMotorolaHuaweiOnePlusBlackBerryNextbit
Lumia 950Moto G 2nd GenP8OneClassicRobin
Lumia 920Mate S2Passport
Lumia 735Mate 7X
Lumia 635Honor 7
Lumia 630Ascend P7
Lumia 520Ascend G700
AsusAlcatelAcerBLUXiaomiMeizu
ZenFone 2OneTouch Hero 2Liquid Jade SPure XLRedmi Note 3 ProPRO 5
OneTouch Idol AlphaLiquid S1Vivo XLMi 4im2 Note
OneTouch Pop C1Liquid S2Redmi Note 2m2
Mi 3MX5
OppovivoZTEElephoneNubiaUMi
Find 7X5 ProAxon miniVowneyZ9Zero
R7 PlusP9000
R7 Plus
R1x
R5
N1
N3

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180 Comments

1. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Which phone has the best sounding speakers? Display? And battery life?

27. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I doubt if there is such a phone.. According to me, Speakers - HTC Display - Samsung Battery - Sony

31. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Sony used to have excellent battery life. Not anymore thanks to Snapdragon 810. Huawei mate 8 beats any flagship in battery life AFAIK.

38. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Sony is best when it comes to battery life.. They did it, they can do it again.. I am referring brands who are best in a particular department.. Not all the HTC have best speakers and not all the Samsung's have best displays..

63. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Was**

58. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Yeah phonearena u have 90 phones so u can give me those 88 (two are crap iphones) as u hate them bcos they are android so you don't need them.. Please send them to me..and keep iphones..

61. Tythas

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

There's so much salt in your post bro

83. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

#2edgy4me

155. dazed1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Mate 8 is 6" phone with average camera, making it irrelevant.

156. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Still better camera than sony phones.

166. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Depend. Sony Camera app on the phone are crap but the camera itself is amazing. My Z1 using Camera FV-5 beat the crap out of most phone thats came out in 2015 and take better looking picture than S7 ( in day light ) But empty hating is always welcome right?

69. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

True. There's no all around perfect phone. Each OEM phone takes a win in a particular category

100. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Where is iphone 6 fitting in the picture?

149. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

not at it's fullest we've seen manufacture don't stick to a single idea for ever! prove? Speakers- LG G3 has one of the very best "speaker" ever fit into a cell phone!U see now HTC dropped the ball! with the upcoming 10. Display- It all comes in preference pros and cons from ips's and oled's, yes definitely Samsung has the right color temperature and the blacks but the tech being used to accomplished this suffers from usage! go and check display's S7, S6, S5, Notes and so on your carrier's kiosk, they're all burned! Battery- Samsung Galaxy S5 plus the "active" were good if not the best! now the s6 back to house! and I'd guess sony has been pretty govod at this department! well now using mediatek chips....... There's no such a thing as this manufacturer is recognizable for such and such. They don't keep their own ideas more than 3 gen in a row. It's all about marketing and what's trending!

129. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Xiaomi Redmi note 3 pro has the best battery life among the others. I've used it myself. battery life is phenomenal.

130. Mrinal

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

Chris P you missed samsung s6 in your list! :/ Its not good! :(

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Did you update the Z5P to Marshmallow, and if so how is it? Some users are reporting the battery life and heat issues are gone.

167. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I dont have the Z5P just the normal Z5. But marshmallow made it a beast. Better camera , battery life and yeah the phone dont heat as much anymore ( even if before its was far from intolerable and the phone always was butter smooth.

3. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

why dont you do a giveaway?

88. Xperia_droid

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

YaY i want Z5 6P and G5

5. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How do you fit them in your pocket?

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Build a shelf in your pocket.

8. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

How is the MX5 after time? Is it stil smooth? How many updates it received since you get it?

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

How many of them run the latest Android/iOS version? How many of them have bogged down overtime?

99. Unordinary unregistered

Samsung devices bog down the fastest over time. This is a known fact, unfortunately.

135. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

My S4 runs hasn't bogged down. In fact performance is much better in Lollipop. This is a known fact. I've been using it since October 2013

168. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Iphone user should not talk about android phone if they dont use them or work with them at least. Samsung dont slow down over time in fact usually they get smoother and smoother but battery life do tend to go on the down side.

181. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

+1 I've had the same experience. Battery degrades over time

10. ram_qashow

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

1-what's the best smartphone at the moment ? 2-Do you think the nexus 5 will get the final release of android N ?

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

1. IPhone 6s plus soon to be iPhone 7. 2. Depends your guess is as good as any. Also if you know how to flash ROM then definitely.Android N will be at XDA waiting for you.

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