Top 5: The Best Smartphones Of 2015

Chart: Looking for a new phone? Here are the best smartphones, whether they're Android or iOS, available in Australia as of November 2015.

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Gizmodo includes scores (out of 100) on Australian reviews: full 'How We Rate' info is 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. Share your thoughts in the comments!

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From the massive range of smartphones out there, we've tracked down the top-rated phones, as voted by major technology websites like Gizmodo, The Verge, CNET, Wired and Engadget. It's no surprise that cutting-edge smartphones, both large and small, from the two market leaders Apple and Samsung, make the cut, while the other places are taken out by the excellent Huawei Nexus 6P and LG's Nexus 5X.

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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Apple iPhone 6s

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Huawei Google Nexus 6P

LG G4

LG Google Nexus 5X

Scoring Panel
  Gizmodo Australia
93
Gizmodo Australia
91
Gizmodo Australia
91
Gizmodo Australia
90
Gizmodo Australia
90
  The Verge
90
The Verge
87
The Verge
88
The Verge
79
The Verge
83
  Wired
80
Wired
80
Wired
80
Wired
80
Wired
70
  CNET
90
CNET
90
CNET
80
CNET
80
CNET
70
  Engadget
90
Engadget
90
Engadget
90
Engadget
90
Engadget
90
Key Specs
Screen 4.7-inch, 1334x750 pixels 5.7-inch, 2560x1440 pixels 5.7-inch, 2560x1440 pixels 5.5-inch, 2560x1440 pixels 5.2-inch, 1920x1080 pixels
Processor Apple A9X, 1.85GHz, dual-core Samsung Exynos 7420, 2.1GHz, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 2.0GHz, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 2.0GHz, hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 2.0GHz, hexa-core
Main Camera 12mp, 4K video 16mp, 4K video 12.3mp, 4K video 16mp, 4K video 12.3mp, 4K video
Battery Size 1715mAh 3000mAh 3450mAh 3000mAh (removable) 2700mAh
Thickness / Weight 7.1mm, 143g 7.6mm, 171g 7.3mm, 178g 9.4mm, 152g 7.9mm, 136g

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