December 7, 2015


What is the best phone? The one that beats all others? The best of the best that you should buy? The one you should ask Father Christmas for this year?

If you’re a tech aficionado, this is probably a question that you’re asked quite often. We know we are often asked for advice on what the best phone to buy is, and we thought we’d help answer this question for you with the ultimate smartphone comparison. Welcome to Best of Android 2015.

What makes the ultimate smartphone?

Often a smartphone can look great on paper only to disappoint in real world usage, so the best smartphone has to be good on paper and excel in real life. To test this, we conducted a range of measured and objective tests to check out these six key areas on smartphones:

How we plan to crown the winner

While all of the test areas above are certainly more important than others and to calculate the actual winner, we need to take the importance of a feature into count.

For example, for most users the camera, display and battery are the more important features so these have double weighting. Throughout all the testing, we’ve been ranking each smartphone in order (from 1st to 6th) and we’ll be using this ranking to decide the overall winner. For each category, the smartphone coming first gains six points, second place gets five points and so on: at the end, we add up all the points (including double points where applicable) and crown the Flagship of the Year 2015 in our awards next week.

Ready to dive in? We’re kicking off Best of Android 2015 tomorrow (8th December 2015) at 10am EST (7am PST, 3pm UK) with a new installment every day at the same time, here on and over on our YouTube channel. We’ll be updating this page every day with each new installment of Best of Android so keep this page in your bookmarks!

Set a reminder, clear your schedule and get ready to dive in as we answer which smartphone truly is the best of the best! Don’t forget, you can also have your say in our new Reader’s Choice Smartphone of the Year 2015 award and you could be in with a chance of winning the handset that is crowned the winner!

And the winner is…

We’ve announced the winners of Best of Android 2015 and Smartphone of the Year: Readers’ Choice. Check them out!