Which phone maker do you think will create the best 2015 flagship?

Which phone maker do you think will create the best 2015 flagship?
If you thought this year, which saw even the mighty Samsung bend under the pressure, was competitive in terms of flagship phones, wait until you see what will be coming in 2015. The phone-making abilities of the big manufacturers are almost on par now, nobody has a significant competitive advantage, and things could go in many directions.

That is why we wanted to ask you to take an educated guess as to which phone manufacturer will manage to go above and beyond the extra mile, and wow our specs-hardened hearts with design, performance, extra features, or value-for-money proposition with their 2015 flagship. Will Samsung make a comeback with the Galaxy S6, or will it be Sony with the Xperia Z4? Maybe HTC will ditch its camera shenanigans and finally shine with the One M9, or LG has something up its sleeve for the G4? Let's not forget the myriad of Chinese manufacturers that are just waiting for one of the big boys to slip, and immediately take their place - juggernauts like Huawei or Xiaomi should not be underestimated at all, too. 

Finally, Apple will be making an iPhone 6s or a 7 or another Plus, and that's the company everyone will be eyeing next fall, so take your pick in the poll below, and sound off in the comments. We are including a slide with a few of these babies expected to be announced in H1 to help with your musings.


Which phone maker do you think will create the best 2015 flagship?

Sony
18.56%
Samsung
30.32%
HTC
15.71%
Apple
7.63%
Huawei
0.72%
LG
10.03%
Xiaomi
2.48%
Microsoft
6.85%
Lenovo/Motorola
5.84%
Other
1.87%

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72 Comments

1. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I have to say, Motorola was the only company that impressed me around 2013/2014. I believe they will bring that magic along with them in 2015

3. DBounce

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

You don't have to, you could throw a monkey in the wrench and say Microsoft☺

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7184; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think Motorola is the best so far. If they can come out with project Ara in 2015 (its suppose to). Then that will beat all others in my books. If they have a 64bit with 2-4gb of ram in a module. Then it will definitely be a hit with me, and I will get that above all others. It will be nexus like for the hardware.

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think Ara is or will be ready for prime time in 2015. Most likely we will see it in 2016 and so I will be betting on Samsung for this next one. The fact that they are starting from the ground up (zero) for the next one gives me hope after seeing the Note 4. It is an amazing device and if they have seen it fit to take it a step beyond then that means they might just come out with something amazing.

61. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm planning on getting a new phone in 2015. I'm hoping Ara will be ready.

54. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

It's already been stated it will be released in 2015. It may not be up to it's full potential with modules and such, but I don't see Google releasing the phone if it's not ready for prime time.

55. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

And Project Ara is Google's modular phone concent, not Motorola.

22. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

To make ideal and best smartphone Samsung need to make: 1) Metal body (in S series) 2) PWM with normal amplitude 3) Normal camera color reproduction 4) OIS (in S series) 5) Fast display sensor (in S series) 6) Good sound in headphones (especially in Note series) To make ideal and best smartphone HTC need to make: 1) OLED display 2) Thin bezels 3) Good camera 4) Normal display color reproduction To make ideal and best smartphone Sony need to make: 1) Normal display color reproduction 2) Normal camera color reproduction 3) Normal audio quality in headphones 4) OLED display To make ideal and best smartphone LG need to make: 1) Metal body 2) To fix oversaturation and oversharpness in display 3) OLED display 4) To fix cold colors in camera To make ideal and best smartphone Apple need to make: 1) OLED display 2) OIS 3) To make very good stereo crosstalk parametre in sound in headphones (it was very good in iphone 5s but it worsened the iphone 6) 4) To fix bug in white balance (search about it)

39. bendgate unregistered

All OEMs need to have: Good battery.

72. altanjack unregistered

not everyone likes oled display. the others are almost all unanimous, but oled is preference so you entire list is wrong

43. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

My heart says Motorola, but my head says Sony. Moto has the best ergonomics and lightest UI, but they lack the vertical integration that gives Sony, Samsung, and LG the edge in screen quality.

2. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

APPLE ! for the next 100 years !

44. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You, sir, get the Hyperbole Award! Just remember, 100 years ago, IBM was the one to beat.

4. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

xiaomi the best

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

No doubt, together with the killling price, nobody stand a chance

5. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

i think samsung. samsung making a great flagship every year ! :). And I think sony will improve this year :)

26. maherk

Posts: 6768; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would say Samsung, followed by HTC. My eyes are already on the m9

6. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Note 4 will be the best phone ever!!!

7. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Note 5#

8. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I have no reason to love android But i love apple for no reason :)

9. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I've to admit - Samsung / Sony Both are very innovative in bringing better technology in terms of hardware. Also, Samsung is well known for bringing new user experience to the UI (except that 'lag' thing .. it is still not gone .. it still is same as is) ..

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is the only downside to Samsung, but I think their corporate strategy might have changed for the better for the next one. They've decided to go back to 0 and work from there, and hopefully software is included in that revision.

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes Korea vs. Japan. Classic! +1

50. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Lg is king of innovation you dump asss

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Given the write ups, it's looking like we can expect nothing but oversized devices. I'd probably give the nod to the one that comes in as close as possible to being legitimately useable with a single hand.

13. poptart

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 28, 2014

Vivo trumps all others with their xplay 5s. That phone, like the xplay 3s when released in 2013 will probably raise the benchmark for all others to follow.

14. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Without factoring in the price, Sharp. If you factor in the price then some smaller brand in China.

15. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I'm hoping for Microsoft to give the excellent flagship but sadly I choose Samsung, it's more creative and gives out the best hardware on the market

16. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

All that matters is that the Snapdragon 810 reaches phones as soon as possible! SD805 phones should be affordable as well.

17. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

best smartphone is iphone 6, worst is xperia z3/z3c

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