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iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus

You can't deny that the iPhone 6 Plus is a stylish phablet, perhaps the most premium-feeling and great-looking phone of its size in existence. It marks a big step forward for Apple in terms of their marketing strategy, and also for the user in terms of increased speed, better design, better battery life (compared to previous iPhones, that is), and increased versatility. The problem is, who really wants to own a phablet that costs hundreds more than most tablets?

Having what is essentially an iPhone 6 - a phone that's just catching up with progress that Samsung and other rival companies made long ago - only larger comes at a cost: its cost. You'll pay nearly $1000 for this phone (nearly 800) in its 128 GB form, and all that's really changed from previous iPhones is its size, design, and a few incremental things like the Health app and increased speed. iPhone users dying for more screen space may enjoy this phone, but then they'd be used to being overcharged for what is essentially inferior hardware compared to rivals like the Galaxy Note 4.

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iPhone 6

iPhone 6

iPhone fanboys rejoice: the 6 has arrived and it's the best iPhone yet, or at least the best in the smaller-size iPhone market (the 6 Plus being superior at least in size). The Apple train marches on with turgid predictability, upgrading the 64-bit A7 to another 64-bit A8 processor as well as doing the usual thing of slightly improving on what's already there. The 4.7" screen also shows Apple bending to the market for perhaps the first time ever.

The processor certainly cements the iPhone 6 firmly ahead of the race for speediest smartphone, but what of the negative aspects? Well, you can't remove the battery for one thing, and though this has always been the case it's an extra insult that the battery life is still inferior to its rivals. Lack of SD storage will also annoy power users; you'll pay a massive premium for the 128GB version. The iPhone 6 isn't going to make Android users switch sides, but it will keep iPhone users happy and maybe wow a few that were already wowed by Apple's expensive products.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

For Some, size is everything when it comes to mobile phone hardware: these people were born to own the Galaxy Note 4. You'll struggle to find a bigger handset than the Note 4 - until the Google Nexus 6 is released that is - and one that has such a stunning display. 515ppi pixel density is no laughing matter - it looks sharp as you can possible hope for on a 5.7 inch phone and lags behind the LG G3 by only 13ppi. The size of the phone may put many people off choosing it as their next handset, but for those that enjoy larger phones, the Note 4 should be on their shortlist.

It isn't just aesthetics with this handset however: 3GB RAM and a 2.7Ghz quad-core processor make it one of the fastest-performing phones available. Android runs very smoothly as you would expect, and it handles even the most challenging of apps and games with ease; it's a great multi-tasker. The Note 4's camera is also a feature of note (pardon the pun): 16 megapixels' worth of notability to be precise, and 3.7MP front-facing for the selfie-takers out there. Whether you should buy the phone comes down to budget: if money is no object, the Galaxy Note 4 is simply the best Samsung device yet.

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Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

All the Xperia Z2 owners out there - no doubt happy with their purchase since it is a great phone - may have been dismayed at the release of the Z3. After all, Sony's latest flagship only just manages to improve various aspects of its predecessor to justify a brand-new handset a mere six months after the Z2. But the Z3 is simply stunning, and not just in terms of its premium-feeling chassis either. The phone has premium performance, of that there's no doubt (3GB of RAM and a 2.5GHz quad-core processor ensure this). It's also got one of the best smartphone cameras out there.

If 20 megapixels for its camera, up to 128GB expandable storage, a 3100mAh battery, 4K video capability and PS4 remote play don't impress you, it's unlikely that any other phone will either. Some will be disappointed at the bugs present in the operating system while others may not enjoy the 4K video app crashing if the phone overheats, but these are minor issues in a major-league phone. The battery life is even superior to most of the competition as well, making the Z3 a serious contender for the top spot.

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LG G3

LG G3

The LG G2 wasn't quite a year old when the G3 was released, but for fans of the former handset the release of the latter was quite an occasion. There aren't gigantic differences between the two: the G3 has a 5.5 inch screen to the G2's 5.2, the G3 has a Snapdragon 801 instead of an 800, the G3 3GB RAM (on the 32GB model) to the G2's 2GB. The biggest gap between the two is definitely the screen, all 5.5 inches of QHD goodness that sets it apart from its predecessor, and indeed all but a few rivals.

Android users will absolutely love this phone because LG's take on the OS is more refined than on the G2, making it somewhat faster (though the nippy processor and increased RAM also help with this) and more pleasurable to use. The camera is still 13MP but with laser autofocus and dual-LED; it performs well in well-lit conditions yet struggles a tad in low light. If you're used to iPhones, the lightweight nature of the phone may not please, but there's nothing lightweight about the G3's performance.

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HTC One M8

HTC One M8

Premium is the word that comes to mind when handling the HTC One M8. Its 90% metal chassis feels almost as weighty and well-balanced as an iPhone, but for a lower cost you can own the One M8's stylish and powerful Android-based hardware. Though its 5 inch screen doesn't quite have the wow factor that the LG G3 or the Samsung Galaxy S5 possess, the 441ppi pixel density means what you see will be more sharp and colourful than even the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

As you would expect with a top-end an Android device the One M8 has expandable storage and a decent battery life due to the more efficient Snapdragon 801 chipset. 2.3 GHz of quad-core processing power and 2GB of RAM ensure the HTC software runs smoothly, and the dual camera allows for some fantastic shots in the daytime. If the phone had better battery life and the camera was improved for low-light use, then the HTC One M8 would be the perfect Android phone.

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Samsung Galaxy S5

samsung galaxy s5

The S5's power and beauty is such that it will likely be the only rationale needed for those iOS users who are thinking of switching to Android. As far as Android devices go, the Galaxy S5 is quite simply one of the best; this still rings true even 7 months after its release. The S5 has mountains of processing power, a generous 5.1" Super-AMOLED display, expandable storage, incredible battery life, supreme security with its fingerprint scanner, and has IP67 certification for resistance to dust and water.

Already-loyal Samsung users will likely notice the fairly incremental nature of the company's design plans for the phone, namely in that that it really hasn't changed enough over the years. Thankfully, the S5's plastic chassis is probably the most disappointing thing about it, and it's not like the phone looks bad, it just that it could look much, much better when taking the competition into account. The Galaxy S5 remains at the higher end of the Android food chain regardless, and gives the iPhone a run for its money as well.

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Owners of the full-size Z3 may wonder why anyone would want to shrink their beautiful handset down, but the Z3 Compact is a mighty phone packed into a device with a much daintier frame that sports a 4.7" display. This smaller display still packs in 319ppi pixel density and the entire phone is completely waterproof/dustproof, certified to the maximum IP-68 rating. It's no slacker on power either: it has the Z3's quad-core 2.5GHz processor, though only 2GB of RAM to the Z3's 3GB.

Power is one thing you get with the Z3 and style is another: the metal and glass construction makes the phone feel almost as premium as an iPhone but build to withstand the outdoors more than its iOS counterpart. The 20.7 megapixel camera also puts many other phones to shame, but it's also a shame that the camera and its app doesn't perform as well as the original Z3. You can't fault Sony's muscling in on the iPhone market however: the Xperia Z3 Compact is a seriously stylish and powerful handset.

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

It seems Samsung are opting to deviate from normal procedure with the Galaxy Alpha. In addition to the generously-sized handsets of the S Series, the South Korean company have gone for a device with 4.7 inch display and a reduced price tag. The screen is fairly sharp and feels like a Samsung screen but its processors are where the real action is: the Samsung-brand processors inside allow fo some seriously fast performance - the phone runs without a stutter or stumble.

You won't be getting more than a day of use from a single charge however due to the puny 1860mAh battery. There are other downsides to choosing the Alpha as well including the lack of expandable storage, a display that could be sharper, the annoying TouchWiz software, and a sub-standard fingerprint-scanning system. These are fairly minor flaws taken separately but when combined may make a serious smartphone user think twice about going for the Alpha.

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HTC One Mini 2

HTC One Mini 2

"With the HTC One Mini 2 the Taiwanese firm has manage to keep the beautiful stylings, but on the inside it feels like attention to detail waned a little, with a sub-par processor and a battery which doesn't do the phone justice."

"That said, compare it to its size rivals - the iPhone 5S and 5C, Xperia Z1 Compact and Ascend P7 - and the One Mini 2 is still a very capable handset at a reasonable price point." (Read Full Review of HTC One Mini 2)

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