15 best smartphones 2015: our pick of the very best phones you can buy today

T3 Elite's roundup of the very best smartphones money can buy.

Welcome to T3 Elite's roundup of the very best smartphones money can buy. We only include the best phones in this list, so you can be sure you're always geting the very latest cutting edge tech.

The T3.com team has tested every handset under the sun, and this page is designed to provide you with all the key info you need so you can choose the best smartphone for you. And we've listed in order of preference too, so there's no confusion. The first is the best.

So whether you're after the best Android smartphone money can buy, an iPhone upgrade or a new Windows 10 mobile to pair with your laptop, we've seen and extensively tested them all so you don't have to.

Take a look and we guarantee you'll find the best smartphone for you, beginning with the very best phone currently available...

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1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Curving into the future with impressive specs

Premium design
Fast and powerful interface
Very expensive
Battery life disappointing

The best smartphone in the world right now is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It boasts the world's first dual curved display, with the screen bending around on both sides so it looks like no other phone ever made. Yep, this futuristic smartphone is a looker, and it'll have your friends begging for a chance to play with it. That combined with industry leading power, an amazing display, decent battery life, an excellent camera and amazing performance make it not only the best-looking smartphone, but the overall best smartphone in the universe.

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2. Apple iPhone 6

Bigger, better, sleeker and faster than the iPhone 5S

Stylish design
Slick hardware and software
Screen not full HD
Expensive

In at number 2, the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone Apple has ever created and certainly worth the extra money over an iPhone 5S. The larger screen, better keyboard and improved battery life make it a much more useable device than ever before. For our money, the Galaxy S6 Edge above is a better phone, but if your heart is set on an iPhone, this is the one to buy.

Read the full review: Apple iPhone 6

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3. Samsung Galaxy S6

A brilliant phone that shows Samsung still has what it takes

Great camera
Strong design
A little pricey
Battery not great

We feel a bit sorry for the Galaxy S6 - it has a claim to be named the best smartphone in the world. But it misses out simply because the Edge has all the same features and a little bit more. Whether it's the improved camera, the metal-and-glass chassis, the oodles of power involved (from Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos chipset) or just the fact that the TouchWiz software it runs on top of Android looks less childish these days, Samsung's got a lot right here and this is a brilliant phone.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S6

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4. LG G4

LG's best ever phone has a leather back

Great screen
Lots of power
Plastic option feels cheap
Leather?!

This phone is aimed at the fashion conscious, and while it doesn't look as special as the Galaxy S6 Edge, it does have a kick-ass unique feature. This phone, you see, has a leather-clad rear. If leather really isn't your thing then LG also offers three plastic back colour options; gold, grey and white - which feel decidedly cheap in the hand sop leather is the way to go with this one. And with leading specs, an excellent screen and the latest version of Android, this is definitely LG's best smartphone ever and comes highly recommended.

Read the full review: LG G4 review

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5. HTC One M9

Not quite up to the 5 star standard, but HTC still has the most beautiful phone

Cool theme generator
Improved sound
Battery isn’t great
Camera rather average

The HTC One M9 is a phone that takes the design heritage, DNA and all the other good bits of last year’s One M8 and, well, does them again. It’s again shown the rest of the competition how to make a premium smartphone, and its camera and performance is right up there too. However, HTC has merely polished last year’s model without adding many new features so it's a very good phone, but not brilliant. And that's why in 2015 this is the fifth best smartphone and not the absolute best smartphone.

Read the full review: HTC One M9

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6. LG G Flex 2

LG's new flexible phone has a higher resolution display and faster self healing power

Flexible full HD display
Huge power
It's pretty big
Expensive

The LG G Flex 2 with it's sexy, curved screen follows in the footsteps of the G Flex. Luckily it's a lot easier to hold than its monster 6-inch banana shaped predecessor, and so ultimately it's more desirable. Other than the curved screen and self-healing backside, it's very similar in specs to the LG G4 so it's got all of the features you'd want from a modern smartphone. The only real catch is the price.

Read the full review: LG G Flex 2

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7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung's latest phablet is the best bigscreen phone available

Beautiful screen
Loads of power
S Pen is questionable
It's really expensive

The Galaxy Note is the phone that made big screens fashionable and it's still the best phablet available today. The Note 4's 5.7-inch screen is simply gorgeous, extending almost to the edge of the handset and with amazing colour reproduction. That's crucial because it means the chassis is as small as possible to accomodate that large display, so you can still hold it on one hand comfortably. With extremely powerful internal components, a great camera and boat loads of other features, the Galaxy Note 4 is an exceptional phone for those who crave a big screen.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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8. iPhone 6 Plus

Apple's first bigscreen phone is a stunner

Gorgeous phablet design
Biggest iPhone ever
It's hyper expensive
Specs don't match up to Note 4

In at number 8 we have the iPhone 6 Plus - probably the best-looking phablet around. Its specs don't match the Android powerhouses above it in this list, and its sheer size does make it tricky to hold, but there's no denying Apple's beautiful 5.5 incher is a winner. If you're an iPhone user and you fancy picking up a much bigger phone, this could be for you. But beware - it's super expensive! If the price doesn't suit, the obvious alternatives are the standard iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 above.

Read the full review: iPhone 6 Plus

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9. Google Nexus 6

Google's best ever phone is also its biggest ever

Powerful components
Fast charging
Will prove too big for some
Battery life isn't amazing

Google chooses a different hardware partner for each yearly refresh of its Nexus flagship smartphone, and the Nexus 6 is built expertly by Motorola. It's certainly not a small phone: its near 6-inch display is about as big as it gets when it comes to smartphones and for that reason it's somewhat of an acquired taste, some will find it far too big, others will be absolutely besotted by it. Aside from its sheer size, it's a superpowered phone with all the mod cons, and because it's a Google device it's guaranteed regular and timely Android updates throughout its lifespan.

Read the full review: Google Nexus 6

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10. HTC One M8

Last year's best phone, the M8 is still a fantastic phone

Stunning build quality
Nice camera features
Dot View case is frustrating
Not the latest generation

The biggest problem with the HTC One M9 at number 5 in our list is that it really isn't a big step forward from this phone, the M8. The M8 was 2014's best smartphone, and things don't change much in a year so it's still a brilliant phone and one we'd highly recommend to anyone. With industry-leading build quality and solid features all-round, you'll save money by opting for this phone over the M9 and you won't be missing out on much performance either.

Read the full review: HTC One M8

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11. Moto X

Motorola's flagship smartphone offers a true Android experience

Fantastic build and feel
Moto Display
Far from excellent camera
Battery life could be better

If you want a stock Android phone but you don't fancy a Nexus 6 (hey, it's massive) then this is the best smartphone for the job. Running a totally clean version of Android, it's lightweight, responsive and gorgeous. It may sit at number 11 in our list but it's only knocked down because it's a year old now and it's out-specc'd by those above. OK so the camera isn't the best but it's not terrible either and certainly no reason to turn you off. We're really quite fond of this phone.

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12. Sony Xperia Z3

A solid phone with a good screen and excellent battery life

Great design
Powerful hardware
Phone can over heat
Camera slightly disappointing

Sony has been releasing new phones thick and fast of late, and the latest in a long line of flagship handsets is the Xperia Z3. It's got all the high-end specs you'd want, and the screen is the brightest of any on this page. It's all-round a superb Android phone, but we think it lacks the wow-factor. Sony phones are able to tap into Sony's Remote Play services, which means you can stream your PlayStation 4 games over a network to your phone, so PlayStation gamers could see this phone as the one to buy. For everyone else, you're better off going for one of the phones above - unless you can find a superb price.

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13. Microsoft Lumia 930

A solid phone with a good screen and excellent battery life

Distinctive design
Decent camera
Windows Phone still lacks apps
A bit chunky

The Nokia Lumia 930 is the best mainstream Windows smartphone out there and while a bit chunky, its size and shape are easier to get on with than the Lumia 1020, and the sharp 5-inch screen offers the same sort of pop you got with the Samsung Galaxy S5. It's by no means a leading smartphone anymore (it's a year old) but if you want a phone to play ball with your Windows PC, this is the one.

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14. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

A solid phone with a good screen and excellent battery life

Great design and screen
Very good battery life
Camera slightly disappointing
Camera app overheats

If you are looking for a feature-packed phone that looks fantastic and performs brilliantly, then you'll be very pleased with the Xperia Z3 Compact. It's actually a smidgen smaller than the iPhone 6, which means it's still packing a good-sized screen but it's more manageable for small hands. And unlike many other 'compact' versions of flagship phones, the Z3 Compact holds its own on specs and performance alike. It's a super little phone and ideal for anyone who wants a feature-packed Android phone without going for one of the really big ones

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15. LG G3

A superb flagship phone for an excellent price

Great design and screen
Very good battery life
Camera slightly disappointing
Camera app overheats

The 15th best smartphone in the world right now is the LG G3. Like its predecessor, if you're after power and precision (perhaps over design and form) then this is a winner. The camera and battery combo is sure to win some hearts, and the improved user interface will attract new users and give relief to those that were put off by the clutter on the G2. But really, unless you can find this phone for a bargain price, we'd recommend something higher up the page.

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