Top 5: The Best Android Smartphones

Chart: Looking for a new phone? Here are the best Android smartphones available in Australia as of April 28, 2015.

Gizmodo includes scores (out of 100) on Australian reviews: full 'How We Rate' info available here. That scoring is reflected in this chart, along with scores from a selection of other leading tech sites. In doing so, our goal is to make this meta-chart as useful as possible to you.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was bumped into sixth potition and, notably, the HTC One (M9) ranked behind it, the LG G3 and last year's HTC One (M8).

We'll be looking forward to see how things shake up with incoming LG G4. Then there's the potential for localised/international variants of the HTC One (M9)+ and Sony Xperia Z4 — currently China and Japan-only, respectively.

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What's next as we march towards 2016? The Galaxy Note 5 (with the third iteration of Gear VR), maybe a new Nexus, the bezeless Oppo R7 and the OnePlus 2. Asus should also have something new at Computex in June. We won't update this chart for every new phone launch, but will maintain it enough to ensure it stays current.

Note: We've not included pricing in the table as this can change regularly, and differs between various telco plans. Use the Dick Smith links to get a guide to current costs.


Top 5 Chart

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9.2
9.0
8.8
8.7
8.5

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6

Motorola Moto X (2014 / 2nd-Gen)

Sony Xperia Z3 / Z3 Compact

Google Nexus 6

Scoring Panel
  Gizmodo Australia
90/100
Gizmodo Australia
88/100
Gizmodo Australia
85/100
Gizmodo Australia
83/100
Gizmodo Australia
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  The Verge
8.8/10
The Verge
8.8/10
The Verge
8.8/10
The Verge
8.5/10
The Verge
8.6/10
  Good Gear Guide
5/5
Good Gear Guide
4.75/5
Good Gear Guide
4.75/5
Good Gear Guide
5/5
Good Gear Guide
4.25/5
  CNET
9/10
CNET
8.9/10
CNET
8.3/10
CNET
8/10
CNET
8.3/10
Key Specs
Screen 5.1-inch (2560x1440) with Gorilla Glass 4 5.1-inch (2560x1440) with Gorilla Glass 4 5.1-inch (2560x1440) with Gorilla Glass 3 5.2-inch (1920x1080); Z3 Compact: 4.6-inch (1280x720) 5.96-inch (2560x1440) Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Exynos Octa-core processor (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz) 2.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 805 Exynos Octa-core processor (Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.1 GHz) 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 2.7GHz Krait 450 (Quad-Core)
Main Camera 16-megapixel 16-megapixel 13-megapixel 20.7-megapixel 13-megapixel
Battery Size 2600mAh 2550mAh 2300mAh 3000mAh; Z3 Compact: 2600mAh 3220mAh (with Qi wireless charging)
Thickness / Weight 7mm / 132g 6.8mm / 138g 9.9mm / 144g 7.3mm / 152g; Z3 Compact: 8.6mm / 129g 10.06mm / 184g

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