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The best Android phones released in 2015 to buy this holiday season

ByinTips & Guides | December 6, 2015

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Since we’re pretty much at the end of 2015, it’s the highest time to prepare the list of the best Android smartphones launched this year. Which phone deserves the title? Well, there is no simple answer here, since everything depends on what you need your new phone for. Some people are looking for an expensive stylish gadget, others want a phone with a massive, long-lasting battery. We shouldn’t also forget about those of us who seek for a photo-oriented phone, or those budget conscious customers who want a phone offering best performance to price ratio. Below we will try to present our choices for the best Android 2015 phones, that you may turn out to be a perfect holiday gift ideas.

Best Android Phones of 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is the absolute premium player in all categories

Although the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus surely isn’t a perfect smartphone pick for everyone because of its ginormous size-factor and a more than whooping price, it’s hard to find any better, more advanced handset in terms of design and performance than the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

Going far beyond what other available on the market phones can offer us, the handset provides its users with an extremely sharp QHD 5.7-inch screen with curved edges, delivering unforgettable viewing experience and more comfortable than ever fast access to your unique set of the most necessary features and notification, ultra-powerful octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with 4GB RAM and a great 16MP main camera.

Additionally, next to great top-notch specs the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus offers its users one of the best designs, combination of materials like glass and metal and the soft line of the chassis makes the phone a real good looker able to meet all aesthetic tastes of even the most picky fashionista.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge if you prefer more compact size

If the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is too big for you can always pick its smaller sibling the original Galaxy S6 Edge with only one curved edge or the curved-edge-less regular Galaxy S6. Breaking up with the plastic body design the whole Galaxy S6 deserves the best 2015 Android phones title since it redefines the company’s approach to creation of phones as well as sets new standards other manufactures have to catch up if they want to count on the market. While getting rid of the microSD slot and removable battery Samsung bravely states that the Galaxy S6 line is so complex than you simply don’t need to add anything.

Although as you see the reasons why Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is the best phone released in 2015 are endless, the bleeding edge quality is also accompanied by a premium price that rates from $699 for the Galaxy S6 to $899 for the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Huawei honor 7

Huawei Honor 7 offers flagship specs at budget-friendly price

Put off by the close to a grand price of the Galaxy S6 Edge? Don’t worry there are many other phones that offer similar to the Galaxy S6 line quality performance at relatively low price. Despite we have been lavished with many great mid-tier phone this year, the Huawei Honor 7 seems to offer the best price to performance ratio. Being a $400 offering the phone provides its users with flagship specs and a look that may be find in phones from the $700 price sector.

Of course, the Honor 7 isn’t free of several compromises, but they of minor character so most of us won’t even notice them. Closed in a metal, premium-looking body, The Honor 7 comes with features like a fingerprint reader, long-lasting battery, selfie-friendly front snapper with LED flash and a powerful 20MP main camera. Hard to resist for 400 bucks, isn’t it?

The Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 offers the best battery life

If you often forget to charge your phone or take the charger with you then you should definitely get yourself a phone with a really powerful battery. The Sony Xperia Z3 seems to be the best choice for all those customer who consider battery life the most important aspect. Equipped with a 3,100mAh battery the phone isn’t only able to keep alive its energy-consuming QHD 5.2-inch display offering long hours of work and entertainment, but it also provides its users with a multiple battery saving optimization we admired the Xperia Z2 for and the Quick Charge 2.0 mode allowing for really fast charge cycles.


LG G4 is the best choice for the photo-oriented users

LG is famous for equipping their phones with great cameras making their devices a kind of a compact camera you can always carry in your pocket. Although we were mesmerized by the camera found on the released this January LG G Flex 2, the optics featured by the South Korean recent flagship–the LG G4 – were the ones that conquered hearts of all those of us wanting their phones to capture all those precious moments of our lives on a high-quality photos.

Why the LG G4 is best for photographers? The phone delivers a 16MP main camera sporting an improved laser autofocus delivering brilliant low-light performance and ultra-fast focus. Additionally, accompanied by great photo software the handset’s camera sensor is equipped with OIS, manual mode and RAM support.

Despite some of you may say that the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge offer even better camera than our choice, the difference is so unnoticeable that it isn’t surely worth these few hundred bucks more Samsung charges for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2 is the best under $400 offer

Praised for its nice design, display parameters and performance the OnePlus 2 represents an excellent value for money. The phone offers a flagship-like features for a half of the price tag carried by most flagships for 2015. Naturally, in order to cut the manufacturing costs down, the company has to resign from several features, depriving the OnePlus 2 of NFC, fast-charging and wireless charging mode. Although all those lacks appear to be unimportant when we consider the phone’s value to price ration, the OnePlus 2 biggest downside is its invite system. This means that those of you who want to put their hands on the phone, shouldn’t hesitate and act fast since the new edition of reservation kicked off on October 22.

The 3rd Gen of the Moto G

The Moto G 3rd Gen is the best Android phone for less than $200

Being a third generation of the Moto G line, the phone just as its predecessor delivers pretty solid hardware labeled with a budget-friendly price tag. Dressed in an attractively looking body, the Moto G 2015 offers a package full of great specs, including LTE connectivity, Android 6.0 Marshmallow update and great 13MP main camera. However, if you can spare a bit more money, it would be more reasonable to buy Motorola X 2014 or the Huawei P8 that offer better specs at only slightly higher costs.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact wins the best “compact phone” category

There are still many people who prefer smaller phones over large 5.5-inch phablets considering the sub-5-inch size-factor the most handy one. The problem here is that manufacturers, while focusing on phablet sector, seemed to forget about customers opting for more compact handsets. Hence the choice here is so limited.

Most Android mini-phones, even those released by giant Samsung, are less than modest in terms of specs. But the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is an exception. Luckily for us Sony decided not to ignore the compact phones niche and redefined the common approach to small phones while putting its flagship handsets’ specs into a smaller body. Featuring a 4.6-inch 16M colors display, the Xperia Z5 Compact is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 810 chip supported with 2GB RAM and sports an outstanding 23MP primary camera sensor. And all these it’s just a tip of the iceberg of features that make the Xperia Z5 Compact a perfect choice for users staying loyal to smaller phones.

Hope that our list of the best Android phones of 2015 will help you buy a phone tailored to your needs and expectation or perhaps even find a perfect holiday gift for your dearest ones.

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