From the Apple iPhone 6 to Sony's Xperia Z3, tech critics heap praise on market's top smartphones
The Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are among the hotly anticipated new smartphones for 2015 but, for now, there is still a large range of top mobiles available to buy. Here are five of the most popular among tech critics:
Sony Xperia Z3
Another updated version of Sony's flagship Xperia smartphone, the Z3 offers up to 890 hours of battery life despite its new slimmer design. Chris Hall at Pocket Lint gives the waterproof phone five stars, praising its design, power, 5.2-inch display and camera. "If you're looking for a big-screen device that's easy to manage then the Sony Xperia Z3 has it all," says Hall. "It's a compelling flagship set to rival any of the top handsets currently out there." The Xperia Z3 Compact version, with its 4.6in display, has also been held up by critics as "the best 'small' screen Android phone around".
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The large 5.7-inch screen, S Pen stylus and expensive price-tag might not be for everyone, says John McCann at CNET, but the Note 4's power, display and great camera make it an "excellent smartphone". McCann says it is "the best phablet around", with a "fantastic" QHD resolution screen that makes everything "pin sharp". He adds: "Your eyes alone will thank you for picking up the Galaxy Note 4, and those of you who love gaming and watching movies on your phone, it's perfect."
Apple iPhone 6
A record four million pre-orders were placed for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in just 24 hours last September – and, according to Madeline Bennett at V3, the handsets do live up to the hype. "Featuring a powerful A8 processor, sleek metal design and stunning Retina display, the iPhone 6 is one of a select few handsets to earn V3's hallowed five stars," she says. The iPhone 6 Plus is even larger with a 5.5in display and longer battery life.
Chris Martin at PC Advisor claims the LG G3 was the best smartphone of 2014. No other phone has outdone its "amazing" Quad HD screen, he says. The phone also has a camera with a laser auto focus and the ability to record 4K-resolution video. "The device is surprisingly small considering the 5.5in display and we like the more premium design," says Martin. "It's another winner from LG."
HTC One M8
It has been almost a year since HTC launched the One M8, but the phone has nevertheless remained popular among critics. Jonathan Bray at PC Pro describes it as a "beautifully crafted, highly competent smartphone, packed with clever features". Compared to its predecessor, the HTC One, it has a microSD slot for extra storage and improved cameras and software. Bray says it is the One M8's "superb" display and battery life that makes it "the best smartphone we've seen from HTC".