Most powerful large-screen phone around
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is excellent overall, and the only phone to buy if you want to write by hand. However, you'll pay a huge premium for a modest upgrade from last year's model, and less pricey competitors will satisfy many.
Striking curved design makes this the S6 to crave
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung's striking, high-end Galaxy S6 Edge has the beauty, brains and brawn to take down the iPhone 6 and all the Android competition.
Inexpensive but good, with a software surprise
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (5.5)
Delivering midrange features at an entry-level price, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is the company's best smartphone to date -- and a great deal for the money.
This powerful, fast beauty takes too few chances
Though it feels too similar to last year's G3, the LG G4 is an excellent big-screen smartphone that will appeal to budding photographers, and has old-school features missing from rival flagships.
One of our favorite budget Androids
Motorola Moto G Late 2015
With added water resistance and a better camera, the LTE-enabled Moto G is one of the best affordable unlocked smartphones around right now.