Updated on 7 January 2016 by

The best cellphone list of 2015-16 has still been dominated by the iPhones, though Android devices are slowly and steadily catching up. Google has rapidly iterated on the Android Operating system which has been paired by hardware manufacturers - most notably Samsung, to create stunning and powerful smart phones competing with the latest iPhones.

2016 should hopefully bring the Android side on parity with the iPhones - maybe beat it even. Also, 2015 saw the best smartphones beat all other computing devices in sheer computing power. The best cellphones of 2015 now routinely come with Quad and Octa Core processors and super 4.5 inch screens at cheaper prices. This trend should continue in 2016 and hopefully with bigger screen sizes smartphones will start taking on more office productivity functions and replace low-end notebooks and netbooks.

The best cell phone list of 2015 below is based on reviews from over a hundred different experts and ranked by our patent-pending algorithms. This list is also updated once a month to make sure the recommendations are accurate.


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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
Huawei Nexus 6P
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
Huawei Nexus 6P
$645 - $1,087
$753 - $1,264
$630 - $800
$499 - $855
$499 - $889
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Apr 2016
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.3 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
4.0 inch
5.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
1.2 MP
8.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, A9
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
1624.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
iOS 9.3, iOSĀ 9.3
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.7 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
81% Positive
19% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
54% Positive
46% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
Camera
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
68% Positive
32% Negative
61% Positive
39% Negative
Display
81% Positive
19% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
66% Positive
34% Negative
Waterproof
100% Positive
100% Positive
Storage
57% Positive
43% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Positive

Buying tips to find the Best Cell Phones of 2016


  • Apple
  • Best Apple CellPhones
  • iPhone is a trademark for the smartphones developed by Apple which runs on their proprietary operating system - iOS. Introduced in 2007, the original iPhone has got various hardware and software advancements until today.

    iPhones are generally known for their deep integration between hardware and software along with their intuitive touch interface with various multi-touch gestures like swipe, tap, scroll and pinch. Apart from the phone storage, the best Apple cellphones allow you to store your content like music, photos, apps, mail, contacts, calendars, documents etc., on cloud using the iCloud client - granting you the ability to access your content on any other Apple device.

    The latest generation Apple smartphone - iPhone 6(6 plus) sprawled through the various predecessors including iPhone (first generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The latest iPhone supports a storage capacity of up to 64GB, Apple A8 processor, 4G LTE network and ultrafast wireless, 8MP camera and a 4.7 inch Retina Display.

    The recently released iPhone runs on the Apple's latest iOS 6 operating system with the ability to upgrade when a newer version is available. Along with various inbuilt productivity apps, iTunes and App Store on an iPhone provide you the access to a huge number of apps (over 800,000), music, movies, and TV shows.
  • Android
  • Best Androids Best Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich Best Android 5.0 - Lollipop Cell Phones Best Android 6.0 - Marshmallow Cell Phones
  • Android, an open source platform for mobile devices developed by Google accounts for 52% of smartphone sales in US market and 75% globally. The smartphones running on Android are powerful; affordable to most since it is a free operating system and hence it is the most popular smartphone operating system today.

    Android runs on some of the best cellphones from the manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Motorola and more; along with LG which also manufactures Google Nexus as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). The best Android cellphones of 2015 offer you different screen sizes, vibrant displays and high-resolution cameras along with different form factors to opt from. The best Android smartphones can be chosen through a global partnership network of over 300 carriers in over 169 countries.

    With the ability to access over a million apps and games on Play Store, along with the millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies. Android being a product of Google, you could get various integrated useful Google apps specially designed for the operating system: Play Store, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google+ and Google Drive (a cloud service from Google).
  • Windows
  • Best Windows CellPhones
  • The best Windows Phones from the brands like Nokia, HTC and Samsung offer you a fresh look along with live-tiled powerful and fluid interface. The Windows Phone operating system from Microsoft has exceptional integration with its own products like Outlook, Office, Xbox games and music, syncing perfectly and delivering outstanding performance.

    Windows Store is the official Microsoft's hub for downloading thousands of apps, games and books for your Windows Phone. The Windows phone has inbuilt basic apps like People, Messaging, Skype and Mail for connectivity, the latest version of Internet Explorer for faster browsing and Bing - a search engine from Microsoft.
  • Screen
  • Best Large Screen CellPhones Best 5 inch Screen CellPhones Best 4 inch Screen CellPhones
  • Bigger screen cellphones generally offer higher resolutions like 1280x720 (720p) or 1920x1080 (1080p), which are of high definition (HD) format. Smartphones come with bigger screens sizes, greater than 4 inch and range up to 5.5 inch useful for watching videos, reading books and playing games. Combining the functionalities of smartphone and a tablet, the touchscreen smartphones having screen sizes between 5 inch and 7 inch are termed as Phablets.
  • Battery
  • CellPhones with best Battery life
  • Battery life, the most important for a mobile device for functioning all the day, is measured in terms of standby time or talktime. Most of the battery power is utilized for multimedia purposes when your screen, camera and speaker are in use. And if it is a smartphone, it is your processor and the 3G or 4G networks which are responsible for draining of your battery. Lower-end phones offer battery life upto 10 hours and just the half of it from smartphones.
  • Camera
  • Best Cameras for taking pictures.
  • For capturing pictures, you can get a phone with better camera as you pay more from a basic VGA resolution to a 13 megapixel resolution and more. And a greater resolution camera doesn't always translate the better image: meaning a good quality lens and a great image processor are at the core.
  • Connectivity
  • Best 4G CellPhones CellPhones with Best Reception
  • If you are buying a cellphone with a contract, or the one which is unlocked, the carrier you choose should be able to provide you a wide network coverage, high data speed, flexible talk time, SMS and data plans. And for mobile internet access, most of the carriers in US support 3G and 4G LTE network for faster data speeds. Since you may change your mind buying a new cellphone before your contract expires, you can prefer spending much on a unlocked phone rather than a cellphone with contract.
  • Carriers
  • Best AT&T CellPhones Best Sprint CellPhones Best T-Mobile CellPhones Best Verizon CellPhones Best GSM CellPhones Best Unlocked CellPhones
  • Major carriers in US: AT&T and T-Mobile support GSM network, and Verizon and Sprint are support CDMA network. Since GSM is a global technology standard, the best GSM cellphones support international roaming and can be unlockable sometimes. Whereas CDMA cellphones are known to have limited international coverage and are difficult to unlock.
  • Memory
  • Best CellPhones with Atleast 4GB RAM Best CellPhones with Atleast 2GB RAM
  • Memory is the most essential thing on your cellphone if you want to store lots of music and videos. A sufficient internal storage, which you will get in between 256MB and 64GB, is always good as you don't have to spend extra on memory expandability via SD cards which most of the best cellphones support. If you store a lot of music, videos and photos, always prefer buying a cellphone with higher storage capacity.
  • Feature Phones
  • Best Feature Phones
  • Feature phones are the basic cellphones necessary for voice calling and text messaging arriving in different form factors like flip, candybar, QWERTY, swivel and sometimes touchscreens too. These cellphones generally run on a software developed by the hardware manufacturer itself. Feature phones generally have lower screen sizes and limited features available at lower costs.