While some may argue that there are many criteria that can be used to categorize a phone as top-notch, let's look at this from a different angle by putting the phones in their different categories and let each person get to see where their taste of choice lands their favorite gadget.
The crème de la crème: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
While doing the categorizing, it is definitely hard to snub the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Despite the fact that it is not a device for everyone due to its price that's worth a fortune, a close look at it will leave you with no doubt that it goes beyond an ordinary smartphone, with its top-of-the-game features such as the unique octa-core processor, amazing QHD display as well as a 16MP rear camera among many other stunners.
One thing that makes the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ irresistible is its sleek design which comes tweaked from the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in terms of screen size, construction and price. However, this is not the main thing that makes the S6 Edge+ different from its siblings. Its larger, deeper and modish edges and more angular look give it that beauty that is hard to resist beholding.
All Rounded: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Vs S6 Edge
Though it may seem a bit immodest to put two devices in the same level, it would be somehow legal to add the Samsung Galaxy S6 to the same bowl with the S6 Edge. The two share features such as their sleek glass finish that looks all glossy and the metallic touch that overshadows the previous plastic forerunners.
Adding to these, it's hard ignoring the fact that Samsung has also wiped out the removable back cover feature and microSD slot, which in other words means that everything you need is now contained in these two devices, thus no need of hassling for adjuncts.
Battery Life Heavyweight: Sony Xperia Z3
The battery life is always the first considertaion for many buyers when purchasing any device. The Sony Xperia Z3 has proven itself worthy of its title against all the flagships in 2015, not only in the Sony Xperia category but also in the whole crop category generally.
In comparison to its colleagues, the Xperia Z3+ had multiple issues that hindered its upgrading, while the Xperia Z5 did not seem to have the ability to swallow so well the combination of the QHD jump plus battery life.
The Sony Xperia Z3 comes with the same battery optimizations that many users loved in the Xperia Z2.
Below US$400 Price Knocker: OnePlus 2
The category of the below $400 devices is one that is getting the competition with mid-range devices trying their best to creep into it as they keep on upgrading their other features. The OnePlus 2 seems to be topping this club with its flashy hype and well-established features. Despite the little setbacks which are wireless charging, NFC and fast charging that are missing here, there is much more to get from this device. If interested in this one, you are advised to hurry while stocks last since the invite system will not be taking any more new reservations from the 22nd
The Photogenic LG G4
When the LG G Flex 2 made its entry early in the year, it was unanimously agreed that it had the best camera. The advent of the LG G4 was marked with an improved camera that makes it better than its close competitors, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, due to the fact that it comes at a cheaper price. It has been ranked as the best camera on Android devices.
The rear camera features 16MP resolution as well as an incredible laser auto-focus and OIS. Adding to these amazing features is its sensational software, manual mode and RAW support.
Below US$250 Charmer: Moto G (2015)
Even at 1/3 of the price of many forerunners, there is still a group of devices that stand out with their combination of cheap price, update speed and features. In this category, the Moto G stands out, despite stiff competition from Huawei P8 and Asus ZenFone 2.
The Moto G comes with amazingly fast Moto line update speeds and a nice Android interface, which have given it the step ahead of the P8,which is just getting the Lollipop OS while the Moto G has landed in the lucky list for the Marshmallow.
There are many other features to consider in the wide array of Android devices. The above are just but a few to give you an idea of the best place that your taste may land you.