9 reasons why 2015 was the best year for Android lovers

The year 2015 came with a lot of promise as far as advancement in smartphone technologies were concerned. Samsung was still reeling from the disaster that was the Galaxy S5, Microsoft Lumia and BlackBerry were on virtual life support and we wondered how Sony kept its mobile division alive despite mounting losses. With the only bright sparks in the industry coming from Apple and the twin Chinese phone makers- Huawei and Xiaomi, things could only go up.

As far as Android was concerned, boy were we surprised. From Samsung's new Galaxy S6 devices to Huawei's Mate S to BlackBerry's Priv to Sony's Xperia Z4 with a 4K display, we were treated to some amazing new smartphone design and technologies. Here's a look at nine reasons why 2015 has so far been the best year for Android lovers.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Drop-dead-gorgeous, metal, curved and rounded with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, the Galaxy S6 Edge was stunning when it was launched. It symbolised Samsung's newfound love for better looks and revolutionary technology.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge came with wireless charging, a non-removable battery that charges up in a flash, curved displays on the sides that showed notifications and an eye-watering 576ppi display. The phone is indeed so beautiful and efficient that it won Most Innovative Device, Phone of the Year and Best Design awards at the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2015.

BlackBerry Priv

Symbolising a spectacular return for BlackBerry, the Priv runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and has thankfully not spoiled the beauty of Android with any overburdening UIs.  A few pre-installed BlackBerry apps like BlackBerry Hub, BBM and DTEK security let you enjoy BlackBerry's services without ruining your Android experience.

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The grip-able membrane like woven material which prevents the phone from slipping out oozes pure class. The awesome keyboard slider doesn't hamper your view and still offers a great way to type in your texts. The phone's Plastic AMOLED screen also looks very similar to the displays in LG G Flex 2 and in Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge- sharp, crystal clear and brilliant detail in terms of light and imagery.

Android Marshmallow

Even though Android Lollipop wasn't disappointing in the least, a look at Marshmallow's offering seemed like we were really missing something we didn't know much about.

Probably the best and the most user-friendly feature is revamped app permissions. You will now be able to download apps without conceding access to many of your phone's features that are closely related to your privacy. You can now basically decide when and which phone features an app can access, including your photos, contacts, microphone or your location.

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Marshmallow also syncs Android Pay with fingerprint technology so you'll still be able to permit payments via biometric authentication even if your phone doesn't have a fingerprint scanner. The new 'Doze' feature closes down several internal functioning of your phone as well like searching for mails or automatic app updates, thus saving a big chunk of your phone's battery life and there's a new Standby mode as well wherein all your idle yet open apps will be shut down to save battery.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Launched along with the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, the Xperia Z5 Premium is the most spec-rich and performance-oriented device among the triplet. Featuring a 5.5-inch 2160p Ultra HD display, the phone is the first in the world with the ability to play 4K videos.

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The 23MP camera has a  5x clear zoom, a world-record 0.03 second ability to autofocus and a SteadyShot feature which ensures shaky pictures and videos are things of the past. With a completely waterproof metal body with a frosted glass back, the latest Snapdragon 810 processor,  Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 support and tasty gold, chrome and black colour variants, the Xperia Z5 Premium is as premium as it gets.

Nexus 6P

Being the first phablet to support Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Nexus 6P is a joy to behold. An engineering marvel in itself, Nexus 6P is utterly recognizable thanks to its beautiful rear glass panel and a fingerprint sensor on the back. The phone's 6-inch display packs 518ppi and shows off of pleasing contrasts, glorious shades of colours and doesn't over-saturate unlike Samsung's displays.

Thanks to its 64-bit octacore Snapdragon 810 processor and a 2.0 GHz processor, Nexus 6P is capable of playing 15 minutes of YouTube videos over 4G with brightness set to 100% and losing just 6 per cent of battery charge in the process.

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The 12.3MP rear camera is stupendous, offering you choice of resolutions at which you want to take pictures and can record 4K UHD videos as well. At just £449, Nexus 6P offers pure Android experience with great cameras, robust battery life and a solid build.

Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen

Showcased at the IFA in Berlin this year, the new Moto 360 smartwatch is an enhanced second generation timepiece with advanced functionalities, style and battery power. Running Android Wear, it can sync well with iPhones as well and features a 512MB RAM, a 4GB storage, IP67 dust and water resistance rating and a 400mAh battery which you can boost through wireless charging!

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Moto 360 2nd Gen is available in 46mm and 42mm cases with 22mm and 20mm bands respectively for men and 42mm cases with thinner 16mm bands for women.

Vodafone Smart Ultra 6

Vodafone launched the Smart Ultra 6 with a challenge: you won't find a more perfect combination of features and competitive pricing than and it's still winning the bet.

Running on Android Lollipop, the Smart Ultra 6 comes with a feature-packed camera and 4G LTE connectivity, all for a super-low £125 price tag. A grey plastic back, no metallic trim down the sides and a very slim metal frame around the glass makes it look pleasing to the eye and it's 5.5-inch screen has a resolution of 401ppi making it best in class in the price range.

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A CAT 4 phone for £125 is unimaginable given that networks still charge extra for 4G data packages, but Vodafone has brought 4G to this handset at no extra cost. Until now, Motorola’s Moto G at £150 was the uncrowned king but Vodafone has blown all competition away with this skinny one and like how!

Huawei Mate S

Having beaten Apple in the 'Force Touch display' race, the Huawei Mate S is a truly capable phablet at a price which will make you wonder why iPhones cost so much higher.

Pulling in the best from HTC One M9, iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 designs, the Mate S is a flagship wonder.  Beautiful milled metal back in a shimmery shade of bubby champagne immediately draws oohs and aahs just like HTC's One M9 did when it was launched.

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Costing just £625, the Mate S features a Full HD AMOLED display, a HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor with 8 ARM Cortex A53 cores, four at 2.2GHz and four at 1.5GHz, CAT 6 LTE, a fingerprint scanner/ mini-touchpad button, a 2,700 mAh battery and storage of up to 128GB.


One of the very few devices which grab five-star ratings from our Editor, the G4 is a phablet that has everything that a heavy-duty android user will demand from their phone and then some more.

A removable 3000mAH battery is absolutely top drawer, the camera is the best in class and with minimal bloatware, and with all the bells and whistles that LG's previous offering had. The phone also features a very impressive Quad HD IPS Quantum Display, a 4GB RAM, a Snapdragon 808 chip, 32GB and 100GB of free Google Drive storage for a year and the microSD card slot can accept cards upto 2TB.

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Offering a phone with a removable battery, expandable storage and a camera and display that is second to none at a price point of £499 SIM-free, LG have hit the ball out of the park.

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