The big daddy of all awards, the Phone of the Year award every year has gone to devices we remember not just for being the best in class but also for bringing something different into the mix.
The winner was lauded by our Mobile Choice Consumer Club members and a wider audience of 80,000 for not just packing an incredible performance but also being utterly gorgeous.
In fact this year, we have had a surfeit of phones that are so gorgeous that they made us forget that they were actually walking talking pieces of technology. So, without further ado, the best phone to buy in 2015 is:
Winner- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
‘Revolutionary in design, the S6 Edge is an infinity pool of uniqueness’
The S6 Edge burst onto the world of phones earlier this year and left us in a whirl of cool curves. Last year, Samsung toyed with the ‘edge’ on the utterly unique powerhouse ‘Note 4 Edge’ and when the Galaxy S6 Edge came around, we knew to expect beauty and brains in equal measure.
Two screens, all metal body and an incredibly high 577ppi, the QHD curved panel and the 2560X1440 resolution is the best in the industry. Media guzzling is a joy on this curvy beauty and both sound and visuals are so immersive that you will find it difficult to go back to a more linear phone after using this.
This is what some of our Mobile Choice Consumer Club members had to say about it:
Great,stylish design. Love the side screen and the around performance of the Samsung galaxy s6 edge
Different design thin light elegant
It's unique and sleek design is like no other phone… performance is much greater than the equivalent iPhone and it's android interface is much easier to use than that of the HTC and LG. It's a long way out in front.
Samsung offer what no other phone can:- fantastic build, great internal specifications, great battery life and great camera. Android also surpasses Apple products due to the ability to not be limited or confined to the AppStore, not to mention iTunes connectivity for simply adding music to your phone. In terms of Android devices, the s6 edge is bar none head and shoulders above the rest.
Apple iPhone 6
‘Apple upgraded every aspect, and added them to the one thing Apple wasn’t offering - a big screen. Boom!’
Design counts for more than it ever used to, and although the competition has produced strong alternatives, the iPhone is still king of design. Finger print sensor, Apple Pay, robust health tracking features and that display gave it the va-va-vroom. Our survey members were particularly floored by its superb build and aesthetics.
The people have spoken and, with the iPhone 6, Apple has given them what they wanted.
HTC One M9
‘HTC delivered the style, pizzazz and chatter usually reserved for pieces of jewellery with the One M9’
We called the HTC One M9 the ultimate example of jewel-tech and our survey takers agreed with us when it came to voting. The M9 delivered what the consumer wanted: size, performance, battery, camera and looks. The predecessors of the M9 were faultless as is HTC’s flagship.
The two-tone metal body is pure class and the 20MP camera brilliant/ It always had the upper hand, but with the M9, HTC have the upper hook in a fiercely competitive market.?
‘Leather-clad, with a camera and display that spells a quantum leap from the ordinary’
The LG G4 stands out not just for sheer value but also for being different- one with an arc, removable back plate, expandable storage and when you see something that is such a worthy competitor to the crowd, you can’t do anything but applaud the effort for sheer gumption.
Everything about the G4 is well thought-out, considered and impeccably executed. They even went to the extent of cladding the handset in leather- usually associated with the top-end of the market. ?
Samsung Galaxy S6
‘If you love a gorgeous screen and supermodel looks in your phone, this is the one for you’?
Samsung's showstopper received the kind of unveiling that's usually reserved for Hollywood blockbuster premieres. And you know what? Consumers loved it. Image is everything and Samsung’s revised design ethos was met with loud applause. Slimline not just in terms of looks but also user experience and functionality, The Galaxy S6 is the phone that will, for a long time, be remembered as the one that heralded the reign of Samsung in the world of Android ?
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
‘A pocket rocket if ever there was one’
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact blends top-end performance, a brilliant camera and shiny new software with solid build quality, an attractive, comfortable design, and waterproofing. Looking at the results of the survey, this small Sony perfectly tapped consumers’ demands for a five star phone without the pocket-stretching five inch screen.