Sony Xperia Z5 ( graphite black)
Even with strong specs befitting a high-end phone, the Sony Xperia Z5 adds little over its predecessor to make it an exciting option over rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Google Nexus 6P ( 32GB, graphite)
The Nexus 6P doesn't have the most inspiring design, but when it comes to hardware prowess, value for money and Google extras, this best-ever Nexus is hard to beat.
The LG Leon is a passable budget smartphone, but it's worth spending a little more for the Motorola Moto G or the 4.7-inch Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3.
Apple iPhone 6s Plus ( 64GB, space gray)
The iPhone 6S Plus has a few key advantages that give it an edge for serious iPhone users, but its big body still may not fit for a lot of people.
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 ( 4.7)
A rare smaller-screen Android handset that's worth its price, Alcatel's 4.7-inch Idol 3 is a solid buy for those seeking a low-cost, sub-5-inch phone.
Asus ZenFone Selfie ( aqua blue)
The ZenFone Selfie is an ambitious phone with an interesting camera feature, but performance issues stand in the way of unlocking the camera's full potential. Most buyers should keep looking.
Apple iPhone 6S ( 16GB, space gray)
The newest iPhones are top-to-bottom better phones with lots of enhancements; iPhone 6 owners don't need the upgrade, but everyone else should seriously consider it.
The Blackphone 2 delivers the most secure consumer smartphone for the privacy-minded, but it will have an uphill battle against more established players for government and corporate markets.
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ZTE Boost Max+
ZTE's Boost Max+ is a decent choice for a large-screen phone, but go with the more reliable, comparably priced LG G Stylo instead.
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HTC Desire 626 ( white)
This may be one of the best-looking phones you can buy for the price, but keep shopping for a faster, savvier device than the HTC Desire 626.