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Best phones of 2015

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iPhone meets its match

Samsung Galaxy S6

Worldly looks and top-notch specs make the impressive, metal Samsung Galaxy S6 the Android phone to beat for 2015.

Price: $0.00 - $649.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding The first great smartphone of 2015

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.

Price: $0.00 - $775.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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.

Price: $249.99 - $999.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

iPhone grows up

Apple iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.

Price: $0.00 - $699.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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.

Price: $249.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

This powerful, fast beauty takes too few chances

LG G4

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.

Price: $0.00 - $609.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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.

Price: $179.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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