Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
As soon as we laid eyes on the Galaxy S6 Edge, we knew Apple and its conservative iPhone design team would struggle to match it. Samsung was first to bring a curved smartphone to the mass market and it did so with one that is absolutely gorgeous. The thin edges may cause the phone to suffer in the comfort stakes but the huge resolution, classy design and double curves added up to produce the best smartphone of 2015.
Apple iPhone 6s
It may not have had the killer design of the Galaxy S6 Edge but Apple still produced an excellent iPhone this year with the S6. As the “tock” of Apple’s “tick-tock” update cycle, this was never going to be a revolutionary handset, but the introduction of 3D Touch went a long way to, quite literally, make the 6s feel like an upgrade from the iPhone 6.
Motorola Moto G third generation
You might be wondering how a £170 phone can possible mix it with £600+ flagships – but the Moto G has always been a giant-killer and this third generation model is no different. It gives you the full Android smartphone experience, with a 5in HD screen and 13-megapixel camera, plus waterproofing, at a fraction of the cost.
Google Nexus 6P by Huawei
After dropping the ball with the Nexus 6 in 2014, Google’s Nexus programme is back to winning ways with the 6P. The screen (and phone generally) is slightly smaller than last year’s behemoth, making it more comfortable. There is also a better camera and a fingerprint scanner on the back, which is lightning-quick at unlocking the phone.
HTC One M9
After producing two excellent handsets in the One M7 and M8, HTC took a bit of a fall in 2015 with the M9. It wasn’t a bad phone by any stretch of the imagination, but where the first two were award-winners, the M9 did little to move the game forward in the face of tough competition.