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23 March 201513 Comments by Jon M

Top 5 smartphones March 2015

top 5 smartphones feb 2015

Everyone knows about the latest and greatest superpowered smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Apple iPhone 5S and the HTC One M8. They pack in the latest technology and the most features and are really at the cutting edge of modern industrial design. However, despite the high performance, they have a price tag to match.

Not everyone can afford £1000+ on a new mobile phone and commitment to a contract of two years or more. Furthermore, anyone following technology knows that early adopters pay over the odds and sometimes even subsidise other consumers for the right to boast that they a device at the bleeding edge of tech.

Smarter customers often look for bargains instead of obsessing over the very best. By going for a phone that’s a generation or two behind the curve, you not only get a product with amazing performance but you also save a lot of money. Simply, it’s the best way to maximise the bang for your buck. And it’s pretty clear that nowadays, even a phone that came out two years ago offers a blisteringly fast user experience, the same solid build quality and more features than you’d probably ever use. If you want better value for money, you can still get amazing performance – after all, most phones today offer better tech specs than laptops and digital cameras from just a few years ago.

We now have bargain smartphones available that refuse to compromise on performance. Today we’re rounding up the top five phones that offer the best value. These handsets are all less than half the price of a new Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5S but still keep up with the latest games and apps. In our opinion, they are easily the best value for money smartphones you can currently get. Have a look for yourself!

Sony Xperia Z2

Was £559.99 Now only £309.99

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Boasting a well-proportioned 5.2-inch 1080p display and a beautiful form-factor, the new Sony Xperia Z2 is a stunning choice. It claims 18 hours of talktime and a massive month of standby as well as one of the best-specced cameras going – a 20.7 megapixel monster with a 4K video capture and a huge sensor for the crispest photos and gorgeous depth of field with its F2.0 aperture.

Believe it or not, but this phone is also rated to be submersed underwater for half an hour with its IP55/IP58 rating. Our favourite aspect of this phone is the phenomenal battery life which is usually something we whine and drone about for other smartphones. Not only does it look great but it’s got plenty of power backing it up. While the included headphones are, as usual, uniformly crap, overall it’s an incredible handset for any money and with a bloat-free OS and the stunning display, the Z2 excels.

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Motorola Moto G

Only £169.99

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This second-generation Motorola Moto G offers incredible value compared to its rivals. Where else can you get this much phone for so little money?

And don’t think you’ll be skimping on specs or quality – it has an 8 megapixel camera and a brilliantly-clear 5-inch HD display all powered by the Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU running at 1.2 Ghz.

Hardly any crapware, Gorilla Glass screen, great build-quality, a decent battery and – best of all – dual SIM! Hurrah! For the price, surely this is still the best bargain around?

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HTC One M8

Was £532.00 Now only £379.99

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Most people are familiar with the HTC One line by now but if you’re not, check out the design of this phone which just oozes quality and class. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch display with practically no bezel running at 1080p resolution and a 4 megapixel camera which includes HTC’s “Duo” multi-layer feature.

The speakers sound great and have more than enough punch especially for such a small device. Which, by the way, we have to praise again for its build quality as well as its sleek all-metal body and eye-catching curves. Battery life is merely better than average but that doesn’t stop this being one of the fastest and overall best handsets currently available.

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Google Nexus 6

Was 499.99 Only £490.00

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Google Nexus does it again. The all new 6-inch model is manufactured by Motorola and features a quad-HD display, dual stereo speakers and an amazing 13 megapixel camera.

It really looks and feels like a premium product and it’s a real treat to have stock Android Lollipop without gimmicky features and mountains of bloat.

Sure, the form factor may not be for everyone with the 6-inch screen just a tad too big for those with smaller hands, but it’s a sensational phone. Battery life impresses as does the screen and all aspects of the hardware due to the exceptional build quality. What’s not to like about easily one of the best phones on the market?

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Only £329.00

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Wow! That’s what most people say when they see the LG G3 handset in person. The edge-to-edge 5.5” screen is not only a near-perfect size but it really does pop. Not content with just a premium screen, this offers an industry-leading quad-HD beast stuffed with pixels at a density of a might 538ppi. You won’t believe how crisp it is.

In fact, the overall industrial design is lush from all angles with a lightweight metallic body and a fingerprint-free matt finish. We love the fact it has a removable battery and the 13 megapixel laser-focussed camera is a joy to use and produces exquisite shots.

There’s a reason this is the flagship phone from LG and that’s because it’s quality in every respect. Treat yourself!

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13 Responses to “Top 5 smartphones March 2015”

  1. Ronnie 3 June 2016 at 06:25 Permalink

    Well to be fair to the latest Android phones,I have not had one for 3 years.
    Crikey !!!,time flies doesn’t it ?
    In that time I have had 2 BlackBerry’s and an Amazon Fire .
    My last Android phone was a Huawei P1,and yes it was a nice phone.
    But….I found the whole Android experience pretty bland ,very uninspiring.
    Dull graphics and layout were a bit “meh”.Not to mention the needless bloat ware .But that might be down to individual manufacturers.
    There was nothing that grabbed my enthusiasm at all.
    You could argue that the Fire was an Android based phone,but it’s Fire OS was a different animal altogether .Sure,it died a horrible death in a short time,but at least it “tried” to be different.
    Anyhow ,I always try to answer your questions as quickly as possible .
    How about you guys answering a question that I have asked 3 times.
    The social media icons,on the left hand side of my screen ?
    They are a menace,and get in the way of reading the posts.
    Could you get rid of them ?
    It’s fair to say I try and make a contribution to your site,so being ignored is a sore issue with me.
    Always has been.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 10 June 2016 at 14:02 Permalink

      Hi Ronnie,

      We love to engage with our readers and try to reply to as many comments as practicable. We’ve certainly been in touch with you several times in recent weeks 🙂

      Our apologies – we didn’t notice you mentioning the social media icons before. Can you explain the issue you’re having with them? We’ve tested across several platforms and haven’t found any instance where they are intrusive. Of course we’d like to see if there’s a way to fix this for you but first we have to understand the nature of the issue.

  2. Ronnie 1 June 2016 at 22:32 Permalink

    As much as I think the Nexus models,from the first to this one have been very good,I’m not seeing past the iPhone these days.
    But the Nexus is a killer phone.
    But to anyone thinking of buying an Android phone,checkout the review on here for the new Huawei model.
    Bang for your buck ?
    Tooo feckin’ right it is.Great phone.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 1 June 2016 at 23:26 Permalink

      Out of curiosity, what are your reasons for preferring the iPhone?

      • Ronnie 2 June 2016 at 20:34 Permalink

        Ease of use,better looking and the touchscreen is the best I have come across.
        After buying my partner a new iPhone,and setting it up,I was hooked.
        Something I never thought would happen.

        • Mobile Network Comparison 2 June 2016 at 23:19 Permalink

          Why was it such a surprise? And we really don’t see any difference in ease of use between iOS and Android for the last couple of years – familiarity is more more important these days…

          • Ronnie 1 August 2017 at 12:27 Permalink

            Maybe I just had the wrong Android phones.
            It wasn’t so much as a surprise with finding the iPhone better to use ,it just seemed a better experience.
            As I said,Android was a dull experience afterwards.
            Dull and same old same old.
            Not a very intellectual analysis I grant you 😀

            • Mobile Network Comparison 1 August 2017 at 13:22 Permalink

              Widgets and notifications are a dealbreaker for us. Everything apart from the most basic tasks seems to take a lot longer on iOS too.

              • Ronnie 1 August 2017 at 14:17 Permalink

                Potayto Potatto.
                If I have a slight gripe with Apple it’s when you buy into the whole Apple experience,you quite literally buy into it because you have no other choice !!!!

                • Mobile Network Comparison 1 August 2017 at 14:21 Permalink

                  Last time we tried, there was still no proper inter-app sharing on iOS. Has this now been fixed? And you can’t perform many actions from notifications or widget which requires loading the full app then navigating. Then there’s all the automation.

                  But, having said that, while it’s easier to export data it’s definitely hard to leave the Android/Google ecosystem.

                • Ronnie 1 August 2017 at 14:33 Permalink

                  To be honest guys,I have a cheek to own any kind of high performance phone whether it’s Apple, Windows or Android.
                  I’m not tech savvy so this “inter app sharing” you speak of is something I know not of.
                  I can only speak of my personal experience with all( I think)OS.That being Windows,iOS,Android and an Android based Fire OS.
                  I rely on guys like yourself to be tech savvy for me 😀
                  Incidently,I have changed my email so I might come up as two different users 😉

                • Ronnie 1 August 2017 at 14:35 Permalink

                  Oh,and Blackberry 6,7 and 10 OS
                  How could I forget them 🙂

  3. Riya 27 November 2015 at 18:52 Permalink

    Nexus 6p. If you are habitual of using an android smartphone then you will feel very restrict with iphone. Go and experience both the cellphone and better decide what you have or not.

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