A film school graduate from the University of Cumbria, UK, Cam’s past life was in mobile phone retail. His passion for cell phones got him in to that industry, and then in to this one. A family man with three kids, he somehow manages to balance his PDog/TmoNews duties with family life and a runaway Twitter addiction. He also happens to be the British version of Seth Rogen...

 

 

Why I made my choices

Unlike last year, Apple's released two devices which are both flagships in their own right. There's no watered-down, unapologetically plastic nonsense. Just two incredible handsets with different screen sizes. I went with the 6 Plus as my number one for three key reasons: Better battery life, a better, bigger display and OIS built-in to the camera. Both have the same elegant design, and come equipped with access to Apple's market-leading ecosystem.

In third I have my ever-faithful Sony Xperia Z2. It baffles me that more people don't buy them, or that Sony doesn't make enough effort to get in to the U.S. market. It's easily one of the best smartphones on the market right now. It looks fantastic, it's incredibly sturdy, is waterproof, has one of the best cameras around and incredible battery life. There are a couple of trade-offs: It doesn't have the most vibrant screen, and notifications are too quiet, but all in all it's a stunning device. Underrated.

You'll notice the LG G3 isn't in my top 3 anymore, and that's mostly down to the fact that I fell out of love with it. The display - although packed with pixels - isn't the best. Colors are dark, text is over-sharpened and the 2GB version I have lags noticeably. So it's down to 5th. Instead, the incredible HTC One M8 makes its way to 4th.

What I love about the One M8 is simple: The areas which HTC has decided to put effort into have turned out stunningly well. The unibody aluminium chassis is first class, the display is probably the best on the market (at least in my opinion.) No other panel comes close to the colour, viewing angles and clarity. BoomSound is out of this world, and battery life is brilliant. Yes, it could have a better camera, and I had a few problems with wireless connectivity, but other than that, it's simple superb.


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  1. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  2. Apple iPhone 6
  3. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. LG G3
Why I made my choices...
Unlike last year, Apple's released two devices which are both flagships in their own right. There's no watered-down, unapologetically plastic nonsense. Just two incredible handsets with different screen sizes. I went with the 6 Plus as my number one for three key reasons: Better battery life, a better, bigger display and OIS built-in to the camera. Both have the same elegant design, and come equipped with access to Apple's market-leading ecosystem.

In third I have my ever-faithful Sony Xperia Z2. It baffles me that more people don't buy them, or that Sony doesn't make enough effort to get in to the U.S. market. It's easily one of the best smartphones on the market right now. It looks fantastic, it's incredibly sturdy, is waterproof, has one of the best cameras around and incredible battery life. There are a couple of trade-offs: It doesn't have the most vibrant screen, and notifications are too quiet, but all in all it's a stunning device. Underrated.

You'll notice the LG G3 isn't in my top 3 anymore, and that's mostly down to the fact that I fell out of love with it. The display - although packed with pixels - isn't the best. Colors are dark, text is over-sharpened and the 2GB version I have lags noticeably. So it's down to 5th. Instead, the incredible HTC One M8 makes its way to 4th.

What I love about the One M8 is simple: The areas which HTC has decided to put effort into have turned out stunningly well. The unibody aluminium chassis is first class, the display is probably the best on the market (at least in my opinion.) No other panel comes close to the colour, viewing angles and clarity. BoomSound is out of this world, and battery life is brilliant. Yes, it could have a better camera, and I had a few problems with wireless connectivity, but other than that, it's simple superb.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG G3
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
In first I have my ever-faithful Sony Xperia Z2. It baffles me that more people don't buy them, or that Sony doesn't make enough effort to get in to the U.S. market. It's easily one of the best smartphones on the market right now. It looks fantastic, it's incredibly sturdy, is waterproof, has one of the best cameras around and incredible battery life. There are a couple of trade-offs: It doesn't have the most vibrant screen, and notifications are too quiet, but all in all it's a stunning device. Underrated.

You'll notice the LG G3 isn't in my top 3 anymore, and that's mostly down to the fact that I fell out of love with it. The display - although packed with pixels - isn't the best. Colors are dark, text is over-sharpened and the 2GB version I have lags noticeably. So it's down to 4th. Instead, the incredible HTC One M8 makes its way to 2nd.

What I love about the One M8 is simple: The areas which HTC has decided to put effort into have turned out stunningly well. The unibody aluminium chassis is first class, the display is probably the best on the market (at least in my opinion.) No other panel comes close to the colour, viewing angles and clarity. BoomSound is out of this world, and battery life is brilliant. Yes, it could have a better camera, and I had a few problems with wireless connectivity, but other than that, it's simple superb.

The two - as yet - unmentioned devices on the list: iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 cannot, and should not, be ignored by anyone looking for a great smartphone. Both offer the purest, and most authentic experience of their respective platforms. If you want a taste of Google at its finest, a Nexus device is about as good as you can get. What's more, it won't cost you much to buy one. iPhone 5s harnesses the power of the 64-bit A7 chip in a way that only Apple can, and delivers superb camera performance and is built in to the best media and software ecosystem around.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG G3
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
In first I have my ever-faithful Sony Xperia Z2. It baffles me that more people don't buy them, or that Sony doesn't make enough effort to get in to the U.S. market. It's easily one of the best smartphones on the market right now. It looks fantastic, it's incredibly sturdy, is waterproof, has one of the best cameras around and incredible battery life. There are a couple of trade-offs: It doesn't have the most vibrant screen, and notifications are too quiet, but all in all it's a stunning device. Underrated.

You'll notice the LG G3 isn't in my top 3 anymore, and that's mostly down to the fact that I fell out of love with it. The display - although packed with pixels - isn't the best. Colors are dark, text is over-sharpened and the 2GB version I have lags noticeably. So it's down to 4th. Instead, the incredible HTC One M8 makes its way to 2nd.

What I love about the One M8 is simple: The areas which HTC has decided to put effort into have turned out stunningly well. The unibody aluminium chassis is first class, the display is probably the best on the market (at least in my opinion.) No other panel comes close to the colour, viewing angles and clarity. BoomSound is out of this world, and battery life is brilliant. Yes, it could have a better camera, and I had a few problems with wireless connectivity, but other than that, it's simple superb.

The two - as yet - unmentioned devices on the list: iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 cannot, and should not, be ignored by anyone looking for a great smartphone. Both offer the purest, and most authentic experience of their respective platforms. If you want a taste of Google at its finest, a Nexus device is about as good as you can get. What's more, it won't cost you much to buy one. iPhone 5s harnesses the power of the 64-bit A7 chip in a way that only Apple can, and delivers superb camera performance and is built in to the best media and software ecosystem around.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. HTC One (M8)
  4. LG G3
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
In first I have my ever-faithful Sony Xperia Z2. It baffles me that more people don't buy them, or that Sony doesn't make enough effort to get in to the U.S. market. It's easily one of the best smartphones on the market right now. It looks fantastic, it's incredibly sturdy, is waterproof, has one of the best cameras around and incredible battery life. There are a couple of trade-offs: It doesn't have the most vibrant screen, and notifications are too quiet, but all in all it's a stunning device. Underrated.

You'll notice the LG G3 isn't in my top 3 anymore, and that's mostly down to the fact that I fell out of love with it. The display - although packed with pixels - isn't the best. Colors are dark, text is over-sharpened and the 2GB version I have lags noticeably. So it's down to 4th. Instead, the incredible HTC One M8 makes its way to 2nd.

What I love about the One M8 is simple: The areas which HTC has decided to put effort into have turned out stunningly well. The unibody aluminium chassis is first class, the display is probably the best on the market (at least in my opinion.) No other panel comes close to the colour, viewing angles and clarity. BoomSound is out of this world, and battery life is brilliant. Yes, it could have a better camera, and I had a few problems with wireless connectivity, but other than that, it's simple superb.

The two - as yet - unmentioned devices on the list: iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 cannot, and should not, be ignored by anyone looking for a great smartphone. Both offer the purest, and most authentic experience of their respective platforms. If you want a taste of Google at its finest, a Nexus device is about as good as you can get. What's more, it won't cost you much to buy one. iPhone 5s harnesses the power of the 64-bit A7 chip in a way that only Apple can, and delivers superb camera performance and is built in to the best media and software ecosystem around.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG G3
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
In first I have my ever-faithful Sony Xperia Z2. It baffles me that more people don't buy them, or that Sony doesn't make enough effort to get in to the U.S. market. It's easily one of the best smartphones on the market right now. It looks fantastic, it's incredibly sturdy, is waterproof, has one of the best cameras around and incredible battery life. There are a couple of trade-offs: It doesn't have the most vibrant screen, and notifications are too quiet, but all in all it's a stunning device. Underrated.

You'll notice the LG G3 isn't in my top 3 anymore, and that's mostly down to the fact that I fell out of love with it. The display - although packed with pixels - isn't the best. Colors are dark, text is over-sharpened and the 2GB version I have lags noticeably. So it's down to 4th. Instead, the incredible HTC One M8 makes its way to 2nd.

What I love about the One M8 is simple: The areas which HTC has decided to put effort into have turned out stunningly well. The unibody aluminium chassis is first class, the display is probably the best on the market (at least in my opinion.) No other panel comes close to the colour, viewing angles and clarity. BoomSound is out of this world, and battery life is brilliant. Yes, it could have a better camera, and I had a few problems with wireless connectivity, but other than that, it's simple superb.

The two - as yet - unmentioned devices on the list: iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 cannot, and should not, be ignored by anyone looking for a great smartphone. Both offer the purest, and most authentic experience of their respective platforms. If you want a taste of Google at its finest, a Nexus device is about as good as you can get. What's more, it won't cost you much to buy one. iPhone 5s harnesses the power of the 64-bit A7 chip in a way that only Apple can, and delivers superb camera performance and is built in to the best media and software ecosystem around.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG G3
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
In first I have my ever-faithful Sony Xperia Z2. It baffles me that more people don't buy them, or that Sony doesn't make enough effort to get in to the U.S. market. It's easily one of the best smartphones on the market right now. It looks fantastic, it's incredibly sturdy, is waterproof, has one of the best cameras around and incredible battery life. There are a couple of trade-offs: It doesn't have the most vibrant screen, and notifications are too quiet, but all in all it's a stunning device. Underrated.

You'll notice the LG G3 isn't in my top 3 anymore, and that's mostly down to the fact that I fell out of love with it. The display - although packed with pixels - isn't the best. Colors are dark, text is over-sharpened and the 2GB version I have lags noticeably. So it's down to 4th. Instead, the incredible HTC One M8 makes its way to 2nd.

What I love about the One M8 is simple: The areas which HTC has decided to put effort into have turned out stunningly well. The unibody aluminium chassis is first class, the display is probably the best on the market (at least in my opinion.) No other panel comes close to the colour, viewing angles and clarity. BoomSound is out of this world, and battery life is brilliant. Yes, it could have a better camera, and I had a few problems with wireless connectivity, but other than that, it's simple superb.

The two - as yet - unmentioned devices on the list: iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 cannot, and should not, be ignored by anyone looking for a great smartphone. Both offer the purest, and most authentic experience of their respective platforms. If you want a taste of Google at its finest, a Nexus device is about as good as you can get. What's more, it won't cost you much to buy one. iPhone 5s harnesses the power of the 64-bit A7 chip in a way that only Apple can, and delivers superb camera performance and is built in to the best media and software ecosystem around.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. LG G3
  3. HTC One (M8)
  4. Apple iPhone 5s
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
Xperia Z2 is top for me because it has the best combination of important features: Battery life, solid build quality, camera and overall performance. It's waterproof and dust proof too which just add to its awesomeness. It's a recipe Sony keeps fine-tuning, and a pattern which we expect to continue for at least the next couple of Xperia Z generations.

LG G3 is in second because of its awesome hardware design, battery life and display. It's not quite as hot in other departments like performance and speed. But it's a lesson to every other manufacturer on how to create a large-screened phone without a bulky form factor.

HTC One M8 would be higher, but I struggle using a phone day-to-day that's so long, and so slippery to hold. Especially when the power/lock button is so awkward to reach. Apart from that, it does have an incredible build and design quality, as well as superb audio performance and a near-perfect display. Just a shame the camera system isn't better and the bezel isn't thinner. It could be superb.

Note 3 and iPhone 5s make the list for being the best devices made by Samsung and Apple respectively. As much as I dislike TouchWiz, I find every other factor of the Note 3 utterly compelling. It has one of the best batteries in the business, an incredible display and fluid, responsive performance. iPhone on the other hand is the masterclass in elegance and perfectionism in fit and finish, not to mention the unrivalled ecosystem of apps and media.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. LG G3
  3. HTC One (M8)
  4. Apple iPhone 5s
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
Last week I had the G3 as my favourite device, but my initial minor complaint of the lag when exiting an app and going to the home screen has grown somewhat. Despite its fantastic camera and battery life, and great design, actually using the device is frustrating. For whatever reason, the phone's home screen launcher is kicked out of the memory after time using an app, not only that, but app launching is delayed. Despite that, it's still a great device. For that, it drops in to 2nd.

The Z2 doesn't have the performance issues of the LG device, and it also has incredible battery life and camera, plus is water and dust proof. In 3rd place is the newest HTC One, undoubtedly one of the best phones on the market. It's solidly made and performs seamlessly when switching apps, and launching tasks. Not just that, it looks beautiful. Sadly, its camera disappoints me.

In 4th and 5th are the two 'pure' devices on the market. I love almost everything about the iPhone 5s. It has a great camera, elegant design, and a wonderful ecosystem of media and apps. Its battery life leaves a lot to be desired, and the display (however good) isn't quite big enough to match some of its Android competitors. Nexus 5 is on the list for being such good value for money, and for offering the best experience of Android and Google services.

  1. LG G3
  2. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  3. HTC One (M8)
  4. Apple iPhone 5s
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
This week sees the G3 finally enter the rankings, and it's probably no surprise to see it at #1, but it's not a perfect device. It has a fantastic display, great battery life and I love the almost bezel-free design. Where it falls short is in performance. There is noticeable lag when multitasking and when going back to the home screen after having an app open. That said, the camera is very fast, and produces really good images.

In a very close 2nd is the Xperia 2 which lived as my daily driver for a good month or two. Battery life is an area it excels in, often lasting 2 full days between charges with light use. I love that it's waterproof, and its solid chassis. And - of course - in third is the HTC One M8. A wonderfully constructed piece of aluminium with the best loudspeakers on the market.

In 4th and 5th are two devices running software with no bloatware of any kind. Pure Android vs. pure iOS. Both are fantastic and can offer experiences not available on other devices. iPhone edges it for me because of its elegant design, and its amazing camera.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
Only one change to my list this week, and that's swapping out the Galaxy Note 3 for the Galaxy S5 in 5th spot. In all honesty, in my mind, they're comparable devices. Each with its benefits, and unique reasons why you should pick one up. Oddly, with the S5, it's the design I really like. Samsung got a lot of stick for the 'Band-Aid' look on the rear shell, but its one I think adds to the design, and feel of the phone. It feels great in hand. And nowhere near as slippery as older Galaxies.

In 4th place, the best value phone on the market: Nexus 5. It's a fantastic device, but I guess most important is the fact that it's the best phone for trying out all of Google's latest innovations. It'll get updates first, and - if your a developer - is the best phone for trying out dev preview software. What's more, the red model looks wicked bad (in a good way).

3rd is Apple's flagship. If it was for hardware alone, the iPhone might still (just) make it in to my top 5. It does have a great camera, and a wonderfully elegant hardware design. But more importantly, the user interface is very intuitive, and the ecosystem of apps, music, books and movies is unmatched anywhere else in the industry. So many developers still choose to either develop for iOS exclusively, or bring their apps and games to iPhone first. It's the place to be if you want great content and software.

1st and 2nd are two similar, but different Android phones. They share the same materials (metal and glass) but differ in just about every other way. HTC is rounder, Sony has a better camera and battery life, HTC is a little faster and has a better display, Sony is waterproof.. I could go on. I chose the Sony as my #1 purely because it's the phone that meets most of my own needs. It has a fantastic camera, and a full charge will get through 2 days of my use. It looks great, and performs reliably, most of the time.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
Sony's Xperia range has been slowly improving over the past few years, and the Xperia Z2 is a testament to that evolution. It has a great full HD display, one of the best cameras on the market and incredible battery life. What's more, because it's waterproof you don't have to worry about answering the phone in the rain, or having it in the bathroom while having a shower. Add all that to a sleek and solid chassis, and you have a truly fantastic phone. It's not perfect, but it ticks more of my boxes than any other phone.

In second place is arguably one of the best phones ever made. No Android phone comes close to the design and build of the One M8. Its solid, unibody aluminium design with subtle curves and brushed metal finish is beautiful. But, on the front the bezels are far too big and the camera isn't the best around. Still battery life is more than good enough, and the SLCD3 display panel is easily one of the best on the market.
And just below it in my rankings is a phone that can't be left out of any top 5 list. It may not have the best battery life, or biggest display, but its hardware design is second to none. No company has attention to detail like Apple, and no company has the App Store, or iTunes ecosystem. Both those provide an incredible experience, and arguably the best phone for the average consumer.

In 4th, the best value phone on the market. Considering the specs, the best Android experience and software updates that don't wait for carrier or OEM approval and testing, you get an incredible amount of phone for the money. In 5th, is the best phablet around. If you can call it that anymore. So many regular flagship phones have displays approaching the 5.5-inch now, and yet the S-Pen's functionality and bespoke features, make for a very versatile experience.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
There are many great smartphones on the market, in virtually every price bracket. And so choosing a top 5 can be difficult. Nevertheless, I've gone with the same 5 devices that've been on my list for the past couple of weeks. Each of them is fantastic, and there's really not much in it, with the main difference in most cases being which suits me best.

Number 1 for me is the Xperia Z2. It's the closest thing to a perfect Android phone for me personally. It has a fantastic camera, and market-leading battery life. Both of which are vital to keeping me happy. I also love the build quality. It feels solid, well-made and looks great too. It's not perfect though, it doesn't have the best loudspeaker quality, but it's a required compromise for the waterproofing.

In second and third are two great phones from different platforms, regarded my most as being the best two phones around. HTC One M8 and iPhone 5s. One has incredible hardware, while the other is superbly designed with the best ecosystem of apps and accessories around.

In 4th I have one of my favourite phones from last year: Nexus 5. It's on the list mostly because of its price. Considering how little you pay to own one, it has specs and performance that are way out of its price-range. It'll always get updates first, and feature all the latest Google and Android features before any other phone. It's brilliant. 5th is the only great phablet on the market: Galaxy note 3.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
Choosing my favorite 5 handsets on the market gets more difficult every time a new phone is released. In this day and age we're completely spoilt with great handsets in virtually every price range. I've been blown away at how good some of the mid-range or so-called 'budget' models are. And - however great they are - they don't quite make it in to my top 5.

This week's #1 phone for me is my daily driver: Sony's Xperia Z2. Its premium design and build quality, matched with a brilliant camera, battery life and waterproof qualities make it an ideal phone for me. Sure, I'd like it if it was a little more curved, like the HTC One M8, and had BoomSound speakers, but I can personally live without those if it means having a device that can go 2 days without a charge, and one that takes amazing photographs. What's more, I'll let you in to a little secret: My time in retail selling phones made me absolutely paranoid about water damage. Before the Z2, I wouldn't have my phone in the kitchen when cooking, in the bathroom when showering, and I'd not answer it in the rain, regardless of whether it might be an emergency situation. So, waterproofing: Thumbs up!

HTC's One M8 is an incredible device. And it sits just above the iPhone 5s for me, mostly for its build quality and display. Plus, those BoomSound speakers are no gimmick. They are incredible. As for the iPhone 5s, if it was down to hardware alone, it'd not be on the list. Yes, its camera produces great results, it's display is technically very good (albeit too small), and the build quality and design are second to none. But, for me, it's too small and its battery life is comparatively terrible. Its biggest strength is its user interface and app/media ecosystem. Apple's App Store is quite simply the best place to get all the top apps and games. There are tons of exclusives, and games will generally make their way to iPhone and iPad first, before any other platform.

There's no space on my list for the Galaxy S5 this week. I opted for its big brother, the Note 3 in 5th place. It's a really great device overall. Its screen is stunning, and its battery life is admirable. Plus, it does what no other phablet can: Make an argument for the market's existence by giving you the 'S-Pen' and its bespoke feature list. In 4th place, included for its sheer value for money: Nexus 5. Considering how much you pay up front to grab one of these, it's amazing. And there's no way the S5 is worth twice the price of the Nexus 5. Plus, it gets all the software updates before any other Android phone, and has all the latest cool Google features and services.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
I've made no secret of my love for the Xperia Z2. It's not perfect, and in some regards, it's not as good as the HTC One M8. But, I'd still take it over any phone any day. I love its camera performance, and its battery life. Both are market leading. I've even grown use to holding its large, square frame. In short: It's fantastic.

As is the M8. HTC may have opted for an unusual camera set up, but the rest of the device is pure inspiration. It's super-fast and responsive, BoomSound is incredible, as is the LCD3 display. And that's without mentioning the superb unibody design. I

This week, just behind the iPhone 5s, the Nexus 5 makes its way back on the list in place of the Galaxy S5. Dollar for dollar, there's no arguing that it is the best value phone on the market. With specs and performance that approach that of the top Android handsets, it's almost insane to consider buying anything else, because it's half the price.
  1. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  2. HTC One (M8)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
I approached my list a little differently this week. I asked myself which phone I couldn't live without, and was surprised by my own thoughts. I've owned the HTC One M8, iPhone 5s and Sony Xperia Z2 for the past three weeks, and in that time both the HTC and iPhone have been neglected to the point where I'm considering selling them. So it became clear that, for me, the Z2 was the better phone. It has a fantastic camera, something that's really important to me, solid build quality and great battery life. I'm also someone who's always had a little OCD-like tendency when it comes to moisture damage and phones. So to have a waterproof phone is an amazing load of my shoulders. I can answer it and use it in the rain which - where I live - is a massive life saver.

in second is the HTC One M8. If I didn't have the Z2, it would be my second choice. Granted, its camera isn't the best, but it's not bad enough that it harms the overall experience. It feels amazing in hand, is very solid and has a fantastic screen. Admittedly, I'd prefer it if it was running stock Android, and lament the fact that Google doesn't sell the GPE version in the UK.

iPhone 5s is still on the list, because I recognise that it is a fantastic phone in almost every way. It is weaker than its Android counterparts in two key areas: Battery life and Screen Size. In this day and age, where differences in specs and performance are minimal, you can't have a device on the market that clearly doesn't match the opposition. When you have Android phones lasting 2 days on a single charge, it's not enough to have a device that barely gets you to the end of your work day. But, although the display is too small, it's still a great quality LCD panel. It's sharp, has great colour and is very responsive. Add that to the fantastic camera, great ecosystem and reliability, and you have a phone which clearly deserves a spot in the top 5.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
I reviewed the Z2 earlier this week, and the only thing holding it back - at least in the US market - is that it still has no official carrier partners offering it up alongside the S5 and One M8. Its build quality is fantastic, it has a great display, battery and camera. For me, it'd be number 1 if it didn't have a few issues with software reliability, louder, clearer speakers and an over-heating camera issue.

As it is, the HTC One M8 is the top dog for me. Its only real fault is the relatively poor camera. It's no match for any of the other flagship phones. Apart from that, it has a brilliant, clear and sharp display and the BoomSound speakers that make every sound heard clearly. To top it off, the sleek, curved aluminium body feels amazing in hand. So good, it's a shame it can't just stay there forever.

Bottom of my top 5 are two great Samsung devices. For me, it's almost a case of wishing that the company would use its clearly talented designers and engineers to focus and nail down an incredible device. Not one packed with so many features and specs in a soul-less plastic shell. It's in a position now where it could strip back, and just target design and quality in the way HTC has recently done. It could knock it out the park. Instead, it continues to offer great phones, that could be so much better.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Sony Xperia Z2 (unlocked)
  3. Apple iPhone 5s
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
For the past 10 days, I've be sporting the brand new Sony Xperia Z2, and it's fantastic. It's solidly built, has great battery life, is quick and has a superb camera. It not only shoots great images, but produces great videos and is capable of shooting in 4K. Not only that, it's got a lot of fun (if slightly gimmicky) additional camera features. It's not perfect, but it's easily Sony's best attempt at challenging Samsung and HTC for the crown of 'top Android' phone.

Otherwise, it's business as usual. I still think the HTC One M8 is the best made phone on the market, and performs incredibly well. It's fast and reliable, and has an incredible display and BoomSound speakers for an unmatched multimedia experience.

iPhone 5s is a great phone. Easily the most elegantly designed phone, with a great ecosystem of apps and other digital content. But, the iOS App Store isn't as far ahead of the Play Store as it used to be. iPhone does have a brilliant camera, but its display - in this day and age - is too small.

From too small, to a little too big: The Note 3. If it wasn't for the plasticcy feel and seemingly unfocused approach to hardware and software design, Samsung's devices would be further up the list, because for other aspects they're fantastic. Both the Note 3 and S5 has fantastic, large, sharp and vivid displays. Both deserve to be in the top 5, but it's hard to recognise them in the top 3.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S5
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
It's 'as you were' with my list this week. My top 5 are unchanged, because my opinion's unchanged. Although if the Z2 was released in the States, I'd certainly have that in my top 5. However, the HTC One M8 is my favorite device at the moment. It's built really well, looks fantastic, and has an incredible display. Not to mention the amazing BoomSound speakers on the front. I'd almost be so bold as to say, the only really issue is the disappointing camera performance.

iPhone 5s, despite its relatively small size, is still a brilliant handset. Its camera produces great automatic results, it acts as a portal to the best ecosystem of apps and media around, and is elegantly and perfectly designed and built. Going against it now: Its design is approaching two years old, and the display is far to small for the modern market. If the iPhone 6 doesn't have a bigger screen, I struggle to see how long the device can remain competitive among flagship devices.

In 3rd and 4th I've chosen Samsung's latest two phones: Note 3 and Galaxy S5. Both are great, and would possibly be further up the list if I enjoyed the plastic materials used in their design. Truth is, that although both are improvements on their predecessors, they still feel cheap compared to the likes of the iPhone 5s, Z2 and One (M8). Like I've said in the past though, both are fast, perform really well and have fantastic battery life.

Lastly Nexus 5: The best value phone on the market. It's equipped with the latest version of Android, will always get the latest updates and shows off the most innovative Google services. I love it, and it doesn't cost much.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S5
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
There are lots of great phones on the market right now, but, the two that really stand out for me are the iPhone 5s and the HTC One. The time, attention and planning that goes in to creating such elegant hardware is evident and makes the impossible to ignore. Lots of phones have powerful processors, run the latest software, or feature great cameras. But only two are expertly crafted from aluminum. What pushes the One M8 to the top vs the iPhone 5s, for me: BoomSound and display size. Both combine to fantastic effect, leaving the consumer with an immersive media experience.

After the top-dogs comes two great Samsung devices. And although they're both packed with enough bloatware to choke a whale, they still feature some great selling points.

The Note 3, like I've mentioned more than once is the one device that makes the existence of the 'phablet' valid. By incorporating a sensitive display and S-Pen with its own bespoke action set, it's made having a large phone all the more appealing. That's not to mention, it's got one of the best displays on the market and has incredible battery life.

The S5's display is equally as impressive, and its fast-focusing camera and grippy back make the device much more attractive - in my mind - than any previous generation Galaxy S. Its impressive battery device, and slick performance make it one of the must-have devices on the market.

Google's last two generations of Nexus phones have been easily the best value phones on the market. Nexus 5 keeps up with the top phones in terms of performance, and features a real stock Android experience that many hanker after.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
HTC's latest flagship is an incredible phone. Its all-metal finish is solid, durable but refined and elegant all at once. It has a stunning display, and BoomSound which is far more impressive than the gimmicky brand name might suggest. In my few weeks with the M8, it's quickly become one of my favorite smartphones ever made. It's fantastic.

iPhone is always going to be high up the list for me, providing Apple sticks with its tried and tested recipe of marrying hardware, components, software and ecosystem in such seamless fashion. No one does it like Apple, not with the same high level of detail and commitment. The one downside to the iPhone 5s is that it's now sporting a design that's nearly 2 years old. In today's market, it's too small, and Cupertino should really think about making a bigger one very soon otherwise it's quite possible it'll lose at least one loyal customer.

3rd, 4th and 5th go to three fantastic phones. Samsung's brilliant Galaxy devices (Note 3 and S5), although plasticcy, boast incredible performance, and the Galaxy S range for years has shown that it's pleasing customers. I opted to slot the Nexus back in this week, purely because its value for money is out of this world. For performance that comes close to matching (and matches) most flagships, it's amazing.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S5
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
Choosing a top 5 list is incredibly difficult in today's market. There are tons of great phones, each from different manufacturers, each offering something the other doesn't. Phones like the Z10 with BlackBerry 10, offering great intuitive productivity, and Moto X which you can customize to match your style whether that's a taste for wood or a desire for teal. Apple's 'unapologeticaly plastic' iPhone 5c, again a fantastic device.

In my top 5 device list, I go to my old faithful method of choosing: Which 5 devices would I buy, and in which order? First up, the new HTC One. I've waxed poetic about its hardware, performance and design until my fingers are numb. It's a stunning device. But I still don't understand why the company opted for its gimmicky Dual-Camera system, instead of opting for a more Samsung-like higher resolution snapper with an ultra-fast AF and HDR system built in.

After that is Apple's ever-reliable iPhone. Now in its 7th year, it's as strong as it ever was. It's fast, has a brilliant camera and an unrivaled ecosystem of cloud services and content. It could do with getting bigger in this day and age. For most consumers, it ticks all the boxes.

Although the S5 is newer, and is a great phone, it doesn't impress me much as the newest generation Galaxy Note. It's got a huge, sharp display but doesn't feel gigantic in hand. The leather-ish back feels nice, and the S-Pen gives it a unique angle and an edge on its phablet competitors. The S5 is still a brilliant device, but - for me - doesn't do enough to pull me away from my HTC One M8.

5th place goes to LG's Galaxy S4 competitor. It's one of the most underrated phones of the last few years. It's powerful, fast, has a great camera, feels amazing in hand and the screen to bezel ratio is staggering. Its front is all display.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
HTC knocked it out the park last year with the original HTC One, and this year's model is even better. Its design has been slightly altered to make the body and corners a little rounder, and we have a new, brushed metal finish. What's more, it's solid, fast and has a great battery life. I'd be surprised if any Android phone this year turns out to be any better. It's one weakness: Camera. It's not terrible, it's really quick, and very customizable. It just doesn't produce amazing results every time, and struggles in areas of high contrast.

In 2nd place, the flagship iOS device. It's a fantastic phone, but Apple's insistence on using a tiny 4-inch display is getting a little ridiculous now. Phones are no longer solely designed to be used single-handed. Back when the primary focus was on phone calls and texts, making a small device made lots of sense. Since iPhone revolutionized the market in 2007, they've not stopped getting bigger. We use them for high-definition gaming and video watching, web browsing, facebook and a whole lot more. That said, its build quality, design, software, ecosystem and camera are arguably the best combination of features around.

In 3rd, 4th and 5th we have three fantastic Android devices. Last year's One is still an incredible device. And, although now it has a successor, I'd still rate it above some of the newer model phones from other OEMs. Holding up the top five is a pair of Galaxy phones. And, although the S5 is arguably going to be this year's best selling Android flagship, the Note 3 has really impressed me. Considering its screen size, it's not a massive device, is fairly comfortable in one hand and has a stunning display. Add that to its incredible battery life and S-Pen optimization
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
It's all change in my top 5 this week, except for the top 2 places, which I'm guessing will stay the same for a few months yet. HTC One and iPhone 5s are a lesson in manufacturing and design. And, while neither is perfect, they're as close as you can get on either iOS or Android. I love the way both use aluminum, and craft it expertly to fit their own pre-planned finish. HTC's latest phone is fast, has an incredible display and BoomSound to blow your ears off.

As for the Galaxy S5, I was at the launch event in Barcelona, and I was mightily impressed. It's the first Samsung event I've seen that's left me wanting the device as soon as I saw it. I - unlike many others - love the 'BandAid' design on the back. It looks different to anything else, but feels so good in hand. What's more, its display is hugely impressive and it features some incredible battery saving options. Of course, it has the usual storage-hogging bloatware and gimmicks, but it's a great device nonetheless.

In 4th and 5th are two fantastic devices. Last year's HTC One - still available for sale - is an awesome device, and arguably more awesome now that you can pick it up for cheaper. Note 3, as I've mentioned in the past, is the latest in a series of devices that makes a case for the existence of the 'phablet'. It's not perfect by any means, but its sensitive display and S-Pen mean that - for those who still like to scribble like they would on paper - it makes a more familiar and pleasing experience. Also, it has an unbelievable battery life and makes great use of the larger screen by offering multi-window multitasking.
  1. HTC One (M8)
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. HTC One
  4. LG Nexus 5
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
HTC has done it again. This time last year we all reveled in how amazing the One was. It set a new standard for quality of design and manufacturing in Android devices. The second generation - the M8 - improves on it in all the ways that matter. It has a larger display, but more importantly, the questionable polycarbonate trim that surrounded the edges of the original HTC One have gone, and been replaced by an all-aluminum rear shell. It feels better in hand, despite being larger, and all the tiny discrepancies I found in the quality control last year have gone. It's fast, responsive and does everything without even trying. Without doubt, it is THE Android device to beat this year, and I can't see it happening until 2015 when we'll hopefully see a HTC One M9.

iPhone 5s is still - in my mind - one of the best for overall quality of user experience. In fact, finding faults can be quite difficult. Its the only device where the same company designs and plans all the manufacturing, the software, user interface, fit and finish. Everything, but with an insane level of perfectionism that no other company can match. But, there is one issue for me that can't go away soon enough: Its display is too small. Now, I don't care if the device gets bigger to make room, or if Apple manages to magically put a larger display in to the same form factor. It just needs a bigger screen.

As for 3rd, 4th and 5th, they have to go to three of the best Android devices. Unsurprisingly, the original HTC One maintains its place in my top 5, because - apart from the new model - it has no equal in the Android market in terms of hardware. And, with the new model being out, the One is cheaper than it ever has been in most markets.

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
My top 5 remain unchanged. 4 great Android devices and the iPhone 5s. We'll start from the bottom up, with the LG G2. One of the finest handsets ever made by the Korean tech company. Its display is fantastic, and the effect that it has, dominating a front panel with very little bezel is astounding. Add that to some admirable battery performance and a great camera, and you have a brilliant device. What's more, its custom skin isn't the most 'in your face' and doesn't distract too much from the experience.

In 4th is the only phablet anyone should even consider buying. We could talk about the incredible battery life, the faux leather battery door, or the gigantic display, but it's always the S-Pen that I focus on. With the S-Pen, its custom feature set and the super sensitive display, it's the only device in that form fact that makes a strong argument for the existence of monstrously big phones.

HTC One is superb. If anyone was to ask me what the best phone was for watching movies, or indulging in any kind of multimedia, the HTC One wins, hands down. Its crystal clear, large display coupled with the front facing, ear-bursting BoomSound speakers ensure that it has no rival in the market place in the quest for an immersive experience. It has a poor camera, and the Sense UI - at times - isn't great. But it's a fantastic piece of hardware that can't be ignored.

LG Nexus 5 above the other three? Yep. For one reason: I love stock Android. It's fluid, fast, and gets updates regardless of when a manufacturer or carrier can be bothered to test and release one. That, plus its amazing value for money, clear display and fast performance make it a stunning handset.

Lastly, the iPhone. For years, manufacturers tried competing with it by releasing a billion different models every year, and swamp the market. That didn't work so well, and so now they mostly focus on creating a great experience and HTC in particular, on hardware design and performance. Whether we like it or not, Apple still calls a lot of the shots, and knows what's going to work. Touch ID is a great example. It was implemented really well, and now others are trying the same.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. HTC One
  4. LG G2
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
As the HTC One approaches 52 straight weeks as first in the fan's voting as 'top smartphone', I can't help but feel that perhaps I've been harsh in not having it on my top 5 list for the past couple of months. In fact, if it had a better camera and a slightly shorter form factor, It'd be pretty much my favorite Android smartphone. Its quality of engineering, brilliant display and BoomSound combine to create a smartphone that really stands out in a market full of big, plastic monsters.

Nexus 5 only trumps it because - in my opinion - it offers the best experience of Android currently available. I've never been a fan of third party skins, and even though HTC's Sense is by far one of the most attractive, it's still not quite stock. The One also doesn't have wireless charging.

As for my other picks, the G2 is an impressive device. Its screen to bezel ratio is amazing, with the display virtually dominating the front of the phone. It's not just big, it's ultra-sharp and produces a great range and depth of colors. Its battery life is also among the best in its class.

By now most of you will know my reasons for selecting the Note 3. It's the only 'phablet' that makes a case for the existence of the larger phone. It makes use of the extra screen real estate by integrating an S-Pen with unique features and offers multi-window multitasking. Something a lot of other phones don't.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. LG G2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
With smartphones, the hardware only makes up a certain amount of the user experience. So much of the way we feel, hate, enjoy the device comes down to what's on the screen. The user interface, the platform, the software and the ecosystem. It's when you manage to marry those elements with fantastic hardware that you get the truly stunning smartphone. That's why the iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 take up the first two places on my list. Both represent the best experiences in their respective markets. iPhone 5s is an amazing smartphone running iOS 7 and the best App Store around. As for the Nexus 5, it's amazingly well priced, and uses stock Android, which - in my mind - is the best version of Google's platform.

As for 3-5th places, it's taken up by other top Android devices. Although Windows Phone is a great operating system, it still feels like it's in the 'it's got potential stage', and while the flagship devices continue to use sub-par displays and the OS lacks a variety of great apps, and I'd not pick any of the Lumias over the 5 devices on this list..

LG's second phone on the list is the competitor to the Galaxy S4. The G2 has an incredible display, a brilliant battery life and good camera. What I really like about it is just how much of the front is taken up by display. I love its ultra-slim bezels, and prefer the user interface to Google's TouchWiz. As for the Note 3, I repeat myself every week, in that it's the only phablet that justifies the existence of the form factor. It's also a much better performing and less plasticcy improvement on its predecessors. As for the Z1, it's a very well designed piece of hardware. It's rugged and will last in harsh conditions. Great camera and a clean and simple interface offer a high-end experience from a brand well-renowned for its design.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. LG G2
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
A bit of a change-around for my choices this week. iPhone 5s still tops the list for its brilliant blend of hardware, software and ecosystem. I guess the two features I'd love to see changed on the iPhone are the display and battery life. I'm not one of the minority who think that the iPhone is the perfect size. For today's modern use of smartphones (movies/games/media), you need a more immersive experience. For that, you have to have a larger display.

As for 2nd and 3rd, I dropped in two great LG phones. The G2, I'd not had any experience with until earlier this week and couldn't give my thoughts on it. Its display is incredible, so is its battery life and camera. But it's the Nexus 5 I love the most on the Android scene, and that's mostly down to its intelligent use of hardware, and the stock Android 4.4.2 OS.

As for 4th and 5th, we see the iPhone 5c drop off my list for the first time since it launched last year. Both the Z1 and Note 3 are fantastic handsets, for two different reasons. I love the Xperia for its rugged build quality and timeless design language. It also has a sharp display, and a decent camera. Note 3, as I've said on many occasions is the only convincing argument for the existence of the 'phablet' market.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
We're reaching something of a plateau with smartphone technology today. There are a lot of very powerful phones with great display, great cameras and great software. Creating a great phone means combining all the hardware, software, ecosystem and user experience in the best way possible. Apple - in that regard - is ahead of all the other manufacturers. It has always created devices with all aspects being designed and manufactured simultaneously. It sets the bar for hardware design and manufacturing, easily has the best apps available and a create array of options for consuming media.

As for Android phones, the battle to make a stand-out device is fierce. And in recent years, Samsung has been the market leader. The Galaxy Note 3 is the highlight of its lineup. AS far as I'm concerned, it's the only device to make the phablet form factor even remotely appealing. It is immensely powerful, quick and has a great battery. As for the Nexus 5, it is - in my opinion - the best experience of Android available on the market. It's clean, fast and efficient.

Since the iPhone experience is so good, I put the 5c in 5th place. It offers the same performance, the same display and the same camera as the iPhone 5. The only difference is that this has a very comfortable and appealing plastic shell. It's a brilliant phone
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
Although it's not perfect, it's hard to argue against a company that ties together services, hardware and software the way that Apple manages to with the iPhone. Especially when it has such a great quality camera and reliable consumer experience. Its fit and finish are far above anything else on the market.

As for second place, the Nexus 5 keeps its place for the same reasons it got there to begin with. It's a fast, powerful device with the best possible version of Android available. In some ways, it perfectly shows off the ways Android has pulled ahead. Google Now - for instance.

As for 3rd, 4th and 5th, I'd have loved to include a Windows Phone. If it wasn't for the sub-par quality display on the Lumia 1020, it would probably have made it in. Sadly, when it comes to modern smartphones, anything that isn't crisp, with good viewing angles and accurate colors is not good enough.

Z1 and Note 3 are brilliant devices in their own right and perfectly show off each company's ethos. Samsung is known for pushing in as many features as possible, sometimes to great effect, other times it hinders the experience. And, although it's not without its faults, the Note 3 is the best phone Samsung's ever made.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
This week is pretty much 'as you were@ for me. I've ranked the smartphones in the same order for the past few weeks, and see no real reason to change. Although we've had a couple of new additions with the Z1S and G Flex recently, neither of those has any place in my top 5.

While the Nexus 5 may not boast the best spec sheet, what I love is that it's Google's vision of Android and the way that it should be. No bloatware, no carrier interference with software updates, and it's great value for money considering you can easily spend $200 SIM-free to get one of the supposed 'top phones'. Also, it's about to be released in red, and I can't wait for that.

iPhone 5s fills top spot for the umpteenth week running and I don't see any need for that to change. While many will look at the 64-bit processor and Touch ID sensor as being gimmicks, they are far more than that. Certainly, neither is seeing its potential fully met yet, but, it's the start of something new. Greater security when purchasing items online is an absolute must in this day and age, Touch ID has the potential to be the most secure way possible. As for 64-bit computing, once the majority of developers start taking advantage, we're going to see software you never thought possible being designed for smartphones.

Note 3 and Z1 are both brilliant devices, for very different reasons. Z1 is waterproof, and looks fantastic, and has solid build quality and a great camera. Note 3 - as I've said many times - is the only 'phablet' to put the bigger screen to good use, by equipping it with an S-Pen and bespoke features and actions for it.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
Pretty much the same as last week for me in this week's voting. Apple's iPhone 5c remains in 5th place. Although many tech-lovers maybe put off by its looks and knowing that it is very much last year's iPhone in a new body, it's still a very good phone. Pick it up, use it, and you'll know exactly why I rate it so highly. In terms of performance, in real-life use, you won't notice anything majorly different between this and the 5s. Its shape is incredibly comfortable to hold, it's fast, handles all apps as well as anything else, has a brilliant camera (the same camera everyone was raving about in 2013) and is $100 cheaper than the 5s.

Note 3 and Z1 could be interchangeable, position-wise. Call it a tie. Both phones have at least one or two compelling features or design elements. With the Z1 it's the sturdy build quality and its waterproof nature that makes it stand out. Although viewing angles on the screen could be better, it's stunning when you look at it head-on. What's more, it has a fantastic camera. As for the Note 3, I repeat the same every week. It's - without exaggeration - the only 'phablet' I'd ever consider buying and owning. There's not point having a giant display without doing something unique with it. So, to make use of it with multi-window multitasking is fantastic. Couple that with a great stylus, and it's a truly unique experience.

Nexus 5 and 5s represent the absolute best of their respective platforms. Pure Android has always been a weakness of mine, and quite frankly, I think it's a shame that more phones done come with an option to have stock Android running. Nexus 5 is fast, smooth and features some cool technology like 360 degree panoramas and wireless charging, in a package that's comfortable to hold. iPhone 5s? It's the closest thing to a perfect unison of hardware, software and ecosystem. That balanced blend of all three is exactly why it has the best user experience out there.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
Bar swapping the Nexus 5 and Galaxy Note 3 around, my list has the same five devices it's had for the past few weeks. The reason for swapping the Note 3 to a lower position is simple. Yes. I love it. I think it's a fantastic phone, and is the only 'phablet' I'd ever consider buying. I admire its use of the S-Pen and larger screen real estate. But would I buy it and use it as my daily driver? Probably not. If this was a list of the top 5 handsets I'd buy tomorrow if I had nothing right now, the Note 3 probably wouldn't feature on the list at all. So, it's balancing that admiration with my desire to go get one.

Otherwise, it's much the same. The Z1 is one of those Android handsets that doesn't get enough praise in my opinion. It's waterproof, has a fantastic camera and a great display and build quality. Sadly, its sound quality isn't all that, Sony's added bloatware is terrible and the viewing angles on the display kill off the sharpness and vivid colors.

Pure Android is the best Android, and its implementation in the Nexus 5 is the best yet. It's fast, fluid, and arguably has more impressive features and a better interface than iOS. While that may be the case, iOS overall is the champion. No other manufacturer can fine tune each aspect of the user experience like Apple can. Hardware, component design, ecosystem and user interface are so tightly integrated, it's insane.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
In my view, Apple sets the bar for all the things that matter. Hardware design is absolutely stunning, almost to the same standard as a fine piece of jewelry. Add that to a fantastic display, brilliant camera and unbeatable ecosystem and it's easy to see why it's a firm favorite in the high-end smartphone market.

LG's Nexus 5 offers 'Pure Google'. Everything that Google designed Android to be without out any carrier or OEM bloatware added. It's fast, has a great display and shows Android in the best light possible. I've always loved the Nexus series, and the latest is no different.

In 3rd is Samsung's 3rd iteration of the Galaxy Note. Unlike a lot of its other devices, it feels like Samsung focussed on refining the range with the Note 3. Instead of having a horrible plastic back, it has a faux-leather finish, giving it a more luxurious look and feel. Perfect for the smartphone equivalent of a notebook. It's also the only phablet to put the massive screen to good work with the S-Pen and its bespoke features.

In 4th and 5th are two phones I don't think get enough limelight. The Z1 is an amazing piece of hardware. Its display and camera are both incredible, and its built to last. Although I'm not a fan of all of SONY's added software 'features', the overall interface is still fairly stylish. As for the iPhone 5c - It's everything that was great about the iPhone 5s, but in a colorful, plastic shell. It feels so much more comfortable in-hand. Almost like it's begging to be picked up and used.

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
Typing up why the iPhone 5s is top of my list every week has become something of a broken record. I repeat the same things, over and over again: hardware, ecosystem, apps etc. In my opinion, it's the one device that gets most things right. It's why so many people love the iPhone. Sure, tech geeks may not like it as much since it doesn't have a bazillion pixel camera, 1080p display or quad-core processor, but when it comes to daily use, nothing comes close. It's biggest downside is that to get the best Apple experience, you have to have a few iDevices, and they aren't cheap.

2nd, 3rd and 4th go to my favorite Android phones. Nexus 5 in 2nd because I love pure Android. Although some 3rd party skins have elements of quality about them, they do tend to ruin the overall experience of using the phone. The Nexus has some fantastic hardware too. As does the Note 3. With its faux-leather back plate and stylus, it's the digital homage to the Filofax. Unlike other phablets, its gigantic display and form factor is put to good use, by turning it in to a notepad.

In 5th place is the colorful, comfortable version of the iPhone 5. It may not be as 'forward thinking' as the iPhone 5s, but when you hold it in hand, you can't help but be impressed. It feels fantastic. Not only that, but it has the same specs and performance of the iPhone 5, making it a playful but serious piece of kit.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
As I state every week, there isn't a manufacturer on the planet that matches Apple's ability to seamlessly join hardware, software and ecosystem. It's true of the iPhone, Mac, iPad and iPod. Everything's made to coexist with all other iDevices and services. What's particularly special about Apple is just how good the hardware design really is. Fit and finish on the iPhone 5s is impeccable, and Jony Ive's knighthood says all you need to know about the company's design ethos. It's why the best iPhone will always be the best phone on the market for me. Add an amazing camera and image processor, Touch ID and developer friendly OS and you have a winning combination that works for almost everyone.

In second place is the purest and best version of an Android phone ever released. Although not as cheap as its predecessor, the Nexus 5 has some amazing specs and performs admirably. To top it off, there are no skins, no bloatware. It's Google's software and services the way it always should have been. I love it.

In 3rd, 4th and 5th are three phones I'd consider as first choices as a secondary device. I love the Note 3's new design and form factor, I also love that Samsung has made use of the larger screen by including the S-Pen and its bespoke feature set within the OS. If it wasn't for the rest of TouchWiz and the lack of a single focus in features and UI design, it'd be placed higher in the list. Z1 is a brilliant phone in almost every way. Great screen, great camera and it's built to withstand outside forces. Sony's best ever phone. I'd love it all the more if it was running stock Android.

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
Apple's flagship phone has been the benchmark for other manufacturers for years. And, although - in terms of specs and hardware - many may seem to overtake it, there's still something about the iPhone that makes it different from everything else. That, as I've said many times, is down to the fact that Apple can work on hardware, components, software, features and ecosystem all simultaneously without losing sight of anything. With Android, for the most part, you'll find plenty of phones with the same chipset, with software tested to make sure it runs, and then shipped. It's an entirely different process. iPhone 5s has an exceptional camera for day-to-day photographs and still has the best fit and finish of any device on the market.

After the 5s on my list are three great Android phones. Nexus 5 is a great piece of hardware married with the best version of Android available, and without any bloatware. If the Note 3 was a little less bloated with TouchWiz and Samsung's own unfocussed array of redundant apps and 'features', it would possibly be higher on my list. That said, I do love the S-Pen and what it brings to a device that would otherwise be far too big.

In 5th place: 5c. Mostly because it has almost everything I love about the 5s, but with a more playful and colorful finish. It feels great in hand and is a brilliant phone, despite its (perhaps) childish look.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Sony Xperia Z1 (unlocked)
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
For the sake of not sounding like a broken record, let's just say I love the iPhone's combination of hardware, design, camera quality and seamless interaction with the operating system and App Store. There are very few companies who have the ability to design all parts of the experience simultaneously in the same manner. It leads to a brilliant overall experience.

One new device I added to my list is the Xperia Z1. It took the place of the S4 for me, mostly because I prefer the UI on Sony's Android phones, it has a brilliant camera and is life-proof. It's also improved the key areas that needed it from the Xperia Z. My other Android choices are the Nexus 5 and Note 3, both there for different reasons. When it comes to Android, as much as I can enjoy certain elements of specific OEM skins, I always prefer using stock Android day-to-day. It's smoother, faster and helps me get everything done much quicker. Couple that with the brilliant Nexus 5 hardware at a great price, and you get a phone that's hard not to recommend.

Note 3 - as I've said many times - is the one example of how to make the phablet work. If you're going to make a phone that big, at least give it good reason to be. The S-Pen is that reason. It brings the phone to life in a way you can't with just a finger, and somehow removes itself from the likes of the One Max, or Xperia Z Ultra, by not just being another 'big phone'. It could do with some reduction on the bloatware side, but if anyone is looking for a phone that'll work well as a tablet, the Note 3 is the only option.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
It's 'as you were' this week as my top 5 remain the same devices, although the order may have changed somewhat. iPhone 5s - to me - is the best phone on the market. Like I've said many times, it might not have the most impressive spec list, but when you see the way it performs, look at the pictures produced by its camera, and how seamless the integration between software, hardware and ecosystem is, it's hard to argue against it.

The new Nexus has me very excited. Not only is does it cost much less to buy than other top phones, it's also the most pure experience of Android available. Stock - for me - is always best. You get Android the way Google imagined it should be without any bloatware, carrier locking or any other frustrations you'll get with skinned versions. It also has some great hardware, and the convenience of having wireless charging.

Note 3 is immense. In every sense of the word. It's big, it's bold and it looks great. Some may hate the faux leather back, I think it's fantastic. It reminds me a lot of one of Samsung's old experimental devices from 2006, often dubbed the 'calculator phone'. As well as that touch of style and nostalgia, it's the only phablet that's worth buying. With a screen that size, combining the S-Pen with its own set of bespoke actions is fantastic. Letting it down - as always with Samsung - is the gigantic amount of storage taken up by all of TouchWiz's bloatware.

HTC One is a brilliant phone, but it's reaching the end of its lifespan now. And the iPhone 5c offers a great, solid in hand feel at a slightly lower cost than the 5s, but without any major noticeable differences in performance.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
Once pretty consistent with my choices, I now feel like I'm changing my mind every single week. At least, I am when it comes to everything below top spot. And that's for good reason: There are a lot of really great phones on the market, and now you really can choose which favorite flavor of Android+skin you like without worrying about too many other compromises.

If I could, I'd put the nexus 5, HTC One and Note 3 in 2nd place. Sadly, I can't, so I reverted to the default back-up method: Which would I buy, in which order? Nexus 5 tops my list of Android handsets primarily because it runs pure Android. There are no custom skins, the phone is unlocked, and I get updates as soon as they're available. I don't have to wait for a carrier to decided when it's 'safe' to do so. That, plus the awesome hardware, makes this the best Android phone on the market.

I have nothing new to say about the HTC One that I haven't said already. Every week, for the past 8-9 months. It's a brilliant piece of engineering. It's just somewhat ruined by having Sense UI on the top. Don't get me wrong, parts of the user interface are fantastic, but it's not an entirely consistent experience.

The UI - I feel - is one reason why Samsung never really makes it to the top of my list. Some people like TouchWiz. I'm not one of them. And, although it's matured somewhat from it's 'iOS lookalike' days, there are still things that baffle me. Firstly, why it takes up so much storage space on my phone. More importantly - Why every element seems to have been designed by an individual without any sense of collaboration with the rest. So much of it just doesn't look like it belongs with the rest. Apart from that, the Note 3 is amazing. I love the S-Pen. And - like I've said many times - if I was in the market for a phablet, I'd only ever choose a Note.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
What's incredible about the mobile market, especially over the last 1-2 years, is that every time a manufacturer has released a flagship phone, it leaves me feeling like we've never had it so good. Gone are the days where the best devices are equipped with poor quality AMOLED displays. Everything's quad-core, and has at least a 720p screen. It's insane. Until last year, I didn't even have that high a resolution on my TV.

That said, it gets harder and harder to choose a top 5 each week. I change my mind about which Android phones are the best, but I can never shake the feeling that Apple has the right formula with the iPhone. Apps in the App Store are - for the most part - incredible. Discovery is easy and quality is fantastic. Add that to an impeccably built phone with an amazing camera, and you have a device which (although not the top specced) provides one of the greatest user experiences on the market.

I've dropped down the HTC One from its usual top 2 place in favor of the new Note 3 and the Nexus 5. Nexus 5 offers the best 'Pure Google' experience we've ever had, and comes in at a fantastic price. Note 3 on the other hand, is the only phablet I'd ever consider using. Its S-Pen and super-sensitive display plus bespoke functions and apps to make use of the stylus make it so much more useful than any other phone that size.

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. LG Nexus 5
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
For reasons of continuity, my list has remained the same this week. Nothing else has arrived on the market that makes me thing that any of my top 5 could be replaced. One of the things I love about iPhone is the consistent experience. Sure, it may not have specs that 'wow', but what it does, it does incredibly well. Its camera, despite not having the most impressive low-light performance, or the biggest number of pixels, still produces some of the best, natural shots on the market. Perhaps the only phone that beats it is the Lumia 1020, which is more camera than phone.

HTC - like I've said many times - is the best piece of hardware around. Where it lacks isn't really based on its capabilities or features. It has a fantastic display and great speakers. Its camera is average (bordering on poor), and - although Sense UI is my favorite OEM skin - there are areas it needs polishing up. Blinkfeed should be completely removable, not just given an option to not have it as your default home screen. Plus, there have been quality control issues on the manufacturing side.

Everything about the Nexus 5 is Google. And, although I'm clearly an iOS fan, I really love what the company is doing with its stock Android devices. Whether its the Moto X/G strategy or the 'Pure Google' Nexus devices, it feels like the company is moving in the right way. Almost stepping away from the huge manufacturer battle going on. By offering a fantastic experience at a price that seems almost unbelievable, they can get the best possible version of Android to more people. As a phone, there may be plenty of handsets that outperform the Nexus 5's hardware, but it's a fantastic device and is $200 cheaper than anything else similar.

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. LG Nexus 5
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Apple iPhone 5c
Why I made my choices...
iPhone 5s is - to me - the best phone on the market. For a lot of tech-heads, it's easy to look at the spec sheet and shrug your shoulders. Although specs do matter to a certain extent, they're certainly not the be-all and end-all. What's so special about the iPhone is exactly what's special about Apple in general. It manages to create hardware, software and ecosystem simultaneously to ensure the best experience of all three in harmony. You just don't find that anywhere else. Yet.

After the iPhone, it's a battle between 3 Android phones. They all basically share the same ecosystem, and so it's more a measure of how hardware and unique features shine through. HTC One is - in my opinion - the most impressive piece of hardware that's ever been on the market. It has an incredible display, build quality and sound system. Those BoomSound speakers combined with the 1080p LCD display create the most immersive and impressive media experience around.

Nexus 5 makes the list because of its value for money. When you look at the specs, its performance and the fact that it offers the best experience of Android, then look at the $349 price tag, it's impossible not to be impressed. It's also one of the few handsets left on the market with the convenience of wireless charging. I was in two minds whether to put the Note 3 3rd or 4th, and made the decision based on which of the two (N5 or Note) I'd buy first. I love the Note's battery life, faux leather battery door and the S-Pen. That stylus alone is the only reason I'd even consider a phablet.

Lastly, I put the iPhone 5c back on the list, purely because it is a fantastic device. People take one look at the plastic shell and think 'cheap' without having any real time with it, using it as a daily device. It feels fantastic, and for those wanting the best of iOS, without having to worry about ruining those 'precious' chamfered edges and metal on the 5s, it really is a brilliant option.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 5c
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. LG Nexus 5
Why I made my choices...
Google next Nexus is finally here, and it looks like an impressive device. Everything about it is better than its predecessor, and it's still relatively cheap. Buying SIM-free really is the best option for anyone looking to save money, but wait times have been pushed back a little since launch, with some online Play Stores offering shipment from the middle of November. With its 1080p, 5-inch, LCD display, it will offer a great image from every angle.

iPhone 5s and HTC One are still the two devices to beat. One is the undoubted king of iOS smartphones and the other is arguably the best Android device ever released. The One's hardware follows some of the design influences of the iPhone with its chamfered edges and mostly glass/aluminum body. What sets it apart though is its immersive media experience. Its large 1080p screen and stereo speakers combine to awesome effect. (Awesome in every sense of the literal meaning.)

Apart from my obvious love of iPhones for their seamless hardware/software/ecosystem development and blend, the Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most compelling phablets to have ever been made. Sure, it's huge, but the addition of an S-pen and useful air gestures and the faux leather back make it a much more attractive offering than any of its predecessors.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. HTC One
  3. Apple iPhone 5c
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
After spending 4 weeks with the two new iPhones I had to decide which I was going to keep. Despite the fact that I really loved the iPhone 5c's warm, plastic feel, my desire for beautiful aesthetics won over. In day to day use, you really won't notice that much difference at all between either of Apple's new smartphones. But, if you want a phone that's at the height of technology and design quality, you won't go far wrong with the 64-bit chip and the hardware design of the iPhone 5s. Adding in a great ecosystem and camera to the equation and you have a truly fantastic smartphone.

HTC One makes its way back in to second place for being - in my opinion - the best Android phone on the market. It still sets the example in terms of industrial design. Its aluminum unibody feels amazing in hand. The thin edges and curved back combine to make a phone that feels incredible. It has one of the best (if not the best) screens around, and when you combine that with Boom Sound (not a gimmick at all), you get an unbeatable, immersive media experience.

Samsung's two best phones come in at 4th and 5th. Although I hate the fact that Samsung uses the strength of the 'Galaxy' Moniker to brand almost every smartphone it makes these days, these two handsets deserve it. The S4 is a great all round phone, and despite the fact it feels flimsy and plasticcy, I still admire how little frame there is around the huge 5-inch display. Note 3 pips it to 4th for being the only phablet I would even consider owning. In my mind, the multitasking capabilities coupled with the S-Pen make it a very compelling option.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Apple iPhone 5c
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
One of the great things about Apple - and some see it as a negative - is that it can control every aspect of its products. Whether that's the hardware, software or ecosystem, every single element is built with the other constantly in mind. They're finely tuned to each other and offer a user experience that many manufacturers are still struggling to match. Both the iPhone 5s and 5c offer this. One has a more elegant and refined finished, while the other is meant to come across as playful and is more comfortable to hold. Regardless, they're both fantastic phones with great cameras and brilliant performance.

Choosing 3rd, 4th and 5th was really tough this week as I had to choose my three favorite Android phones. There are so many really great handsets on the market, that it's almost impossible to nail them down in to rankings. While HTC One does have an awesome screen and pair of stereo speakers, my experience with it was a little tainted by the fact it was such a long phone. Reaching from top to bottom was almost painful at times. But, it's impossible to deny its greatness in almost every other aspect.

Galaxy Note 3 continues a successful line of 'phablets' from Samsung. While the idea of using such a phone as my main device scares me a little, it does have some very compelling features. I love the faux leather finish on the back, and the S-Pen is what sets it apart from the other manufacturers' attempts at bridging the gap between phone and tablet. Add that to a stunning battery life, and you have a phone that's perfect for someone who doesn't want to own both a tablet and a phone.

Lastly, although I didn't rate the Galaxy S4 over the HTC One when I had them side by side. There's something about it that's just, well, nice. It's plasticcy, but nice to hold, it's full of ridiculous features I'll never use, but at the same time is packed full of other ones that are vital. It has a great camera, and I'm still amazed as to how such a large display was packed in to a device not much bigger than the previous Galaxy S.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Apple iPhone 5c
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
Same five devices in my top 5 this week, but in a slightly different order. The two iPhones top the list as they did last week, with top spot going to the flagship for its forward thinking camera technology and processor. HTC One still remains the most impressive Android device thanks to its incredible LCD display which - when combined with the front facing BoomSound speakers - creates the most immersive media experience available on a smartphone. iPhones are top for the same reasons as always: Unmatched quality of manufacturing and design as well as having the best ecosystem currently available.

In 4th and 5th are Samsung's two best devices. The Note 3 carries on from where the Note 2 left off, and thankfully, instead of just packing in a huge number of pointless new features, Samsung's focussed on refining the experience by making the S-Pen even more useful and putting on a much classier rear shell. 'Stitching' aside, the faux leather creates a brilliant in-hand feel.

  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Apple iPhone 5c
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Why I made my choices...
I've spend the last two weeks with both of Apple's new iPhones, and there are some great advantages to owning either. iPhone 5s has the same refined and elegant design of the iPhone 5, but with an added Touch ID sensor and better camera. Touch ID not only adds extra security, but, its design makes the front of the iPhone look so much classier than those with the old style home button. Its 64-bit processor ensures that it's future proof, but does very little to improve much on the daily performance. If I could put two phones in equal first, I'd put the 5c and 5s there. The 5c features everything great about the iPhone 5, but in a much more ergonomic package. It's a pleasure to use, and I find myself wanting to pick it up more than I do the 5s.

I've kicked the Nexus 4 off my list this week. As much as I love using it, and think it's clearly the best value device on the market, I wanted to add the latest Galaxy Note, and I couldn't - in good conscience - remove either the Galaxy S4 or HTC One. Both are still the two best phones running Android currently. Galaxy Note 3 is on the list because for those people wanting to avoid owning a tablet and a phone, it's by far the best option.

I never really got why anyone would buy a 'phablet' without a stylus. To me, it's what makes the Galaxy Note series so great. Being able to scribble notes etc. on a screen that's almost as big as a note pad. Add that functionality alongside Samsung's multi-window multitasking and you have a real powerhouse that's much more a portable computer than it is a smartphone. Why is it not higher up the list? Personally, I'm not a phablet person, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate everything that's great about it.
  1. Apple iPhone 5c
  2. Apple iPhone 5s
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. HTC One
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
I took a slightly different approach to my list this week, although the results ended up being pretty similar. Instead of judging handsets based on which has the most impressive hardware, I went with which phones offered me - in the time I've used them - the best all-round experience. So, that meant my iPhone 5c leapfrogged the iPhone 5s in to first place. Why? In day to day use, camera results were almost identical, speed wasn't noticeably faster on the 5s (unless you happen to load up Infinity Blade 3) and Touch ID is a nice feature, but not one that improves my experience of the phone. However, the iPhone 5c feels much better in hand, and makes me want to use it more. That to me, makes it a better phone.

In third we have the Nexus 4. Despite not boasting many of the specs featured in the Galaxy S4 or HTC One, I still enjoyed using it more as a phone. It has a more comfortable in-hand feel than the Galaxy S4 or HTC One. And, despite the fact the the One has a brilliant curved back, its long shape can make certain tasks a long, thumb-aching stretch.

Sadly, no Windows Phone devices on the list. If there was a top 6 choice, I would definitely have the Lumia 925 in there. But if I was to only have the choice between two devices and I could only have one of them, I'd go Galaxy S4 every time. Hence why it makes it to 5th spot. Ecosystem here makes a huge difference to user experience and Android is much stronger (despite its obvious flaws) when it comes to number of quality apps. And that is also the main reason iPhones sit on top of the pile. Developers - so far - create much better apps for iOS, and some of my most used are yet to make it across to the 'dark side'.
  1. Apple iPhone 5s
  2. Apple iPhone 5c
  3. HTC One
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's latest two iPhones shot to the top of the pile for me this week. I already had the iPhone 5 placed first before the two new generations, and both are an improvement on the old one. The 5s is better technologically. It has a much better camera that's capable of far better images thanks to some really clever processing, plus, it has the slightly gimmicky burst and Slo-Mo modes. Touch ID is about as far from the half-hearted fingerprint scanners of previous years as you could get. Every test going shows its speed, and accuracy. All in all, the 5s - unsurprisingly - is the best iPhone ever made.

The 5c is a slightly boosted device with better battery life and a better FaceTime camera than its predecessor. But far from making it feel cheaper, the plastic gives it a more comfortable in-hand feel and perfectly compliments the more elegant and sophisticated 5s. Personally, I prefer to use the 5c as my daily driver than the 5.

3rd, 4th and 5th go to my three favorite Android phones. Despite growing financial troubles, HTC has the best piece of hardware on the market. It has a brilliant display, fantastic battery and stunning attention to detail on the industrial design side. The Nexus 4 is stupendous value for money, and - even with other devices out-speccing it - I'd find it hard to recommend any phone over it running Google's operating system.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Google Nexus 4
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
As my time with the Nexus 4 goes on, instead of going off it - like I have with other phones - I seem to be growing fonder of it. There's absolutely nothing in me that can explain why I'd spend £500+ on an HTC One or Galaxy S4 when I can get a Nexus 4 for under £200. It has fantastic build quality, feels amazing in hand and arguably performs better than either of the aforementioned phones in my experience. It may be down to the fact it has stock Android running on it, but, from a general user perspective, I've enjoyed the N4 much more.

When it comes to manufacturing and hardware design, there aren't any phones on the market close to the iPhone 5 and HTC One. There's a precision in the industrial design that's not seen anywhere else. Both feature expertly crafted aluminum and should be commended for that. One's BoomSound is fantastic too, but its camera does let it down in regular daily photography. Sure, it may pull in more light, but it seems to neglect more important aspects of a photograph like sharpness and the range of color. HTC needs to work harder on image processing.

4th and 5th go two fantastic phones that I'd personally struggle to use every day, but, both are admirable. They have amazing displays and are powerful enough that you won't get any serious lag anywhere. But, they're just too big for me.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. LG G2
Why I made my choices...
I took delivery of a Nexus 4 this week which may - to some - seem a little short sighted considering the Nexus 5 is close to being released. But, with the generous price drop on the Google Play store, it's quickly become the best value for money handset on the market. It's comfortable to hold, has a decent display, great battery life and performs very well. In fact, it's good enough that I find it hard to recommend any other Android device over it.

The one Android phone I think is easy to admire is the HTC One. Despite the company's financial difficulties, the One is quite simply the Taiwanese firm's crown and glory. It's hands down the best piece of hardware released by anyone OEM since the Nexus One. To top it off it has a huge vibrant SLCD display and BoomSound. Impressive isn't the right word.

Until the Galaxy Note 3 is released, LG's G2 deserves a mention. Hi-Fi sound quality, a unique physical control system embedded in its back and a breath taking display ensure that you should take at least some notice before opting for the Note 3 and its S-Pen.

The two other phones on my list: iPhone 5 and S4 need no explanation. They're fantastic phones. But - for me - iOS 7 and the iPhone 5's hardware is an unbeatable combination, especially with Apple's content-rich ecosystem that still isn't close to being matched by any other platform.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Nokia Lumia 925
  4. Moto X
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
In my top 5 this week, I decided to give only one spot to a Nokia Lumia device. And, while the 1020 is certainly impressive, a 41MP camera isn't - on its own - enough to impress me as a phone. I find the 925's design much more pleasing to the eye and to the hand. It's a great-looking, great-feeling and powerful device. Perhaps the only thing I'd change on the hardware side would be swapping out its AMOLED display for a LCD one to provide better color reproduction and clarity.

It almost goes without saying that the best two handsets on the market are the iPhone 5 and HTC One. In my mind, they're the two best smartphones we've ever seen and it's going to be a long time before anything on either iOS or Android impresses me as much as these two.

The ability to customize the look of a phone is something we haven't seen on a mainstream device for years. And with Motorola launching its Moto X alongside the Moto Maker customization and ordering tool, it could provide something extra for Android fans to think about. In the consumer's mind, having something that's truly theirs and is inspired by their own idea about what makes a great-looking device, is a huge selling point. Specs are good enough that it could compete with the likes of the One and S4, and with it being made by Google, software updates (hopefully) won't be an issue.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Nokia Lumia 925
  4. Nokia Lumia 1020
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
My top three features the best phone from each platform. For iOS, the choice was easy. Both the 4S and 4 are outdated now with design that's 3 years old. But placing the iPhone on top of the list is something I've done consistently for a few weeks now. While I agree with most that the HTC One is the best piece of hardware on the market (by a long shot), the phone experience is made up of so much more than just a great device. While it may not match the One for display size and sound quality, it matches it for industrial design and more than beats it when it comes to the ecosystem it acts as portal to.

Think of it this way: If HTC One was running iOS, it would be virtually perfect. Or, if the iPhone was running Android, no one would buy it. Apple's seamless joining of hardware, software and iTunes/App Store ecosystem should never be underestimated.

Nokia's two latest Lumia phones make it on to the list. While many love the 1020, I'm more a fan of the 925's hardware. I love the combination of polycarbonate and aluminum on the back. And I much prefer the slimmer form factor. It has a better camera than anything (except the 1020) too. The 1020 is powerful, but it is a little chunky for my liking, and I can do without 41 megapixel images taking up all my storage space.

In 5th is a Galaxy S4. By no means is it a bad phone. It's great. But, I personally cannot stand TouchWiz, and I don't like how most of the device's storage is taken up with Samsung's own bloatware. The S4 would be higher up the list if its UI was designed to be more unified. There are so many different design languages going on, it just feels disjointed. The large display is fantastic, but its plastic, flimsy feeling chassis doesn't inspire confidence.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 925
  3. HTC One
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
Although my top 5 phones are the same five devices as the past few weeks, I have changed the order somewhat. My main reasoning is down to operating systems this week. I've been staring at iOS and Android almost constantly since 2009, whether it's for personal use or for reviews/comparisons. Windows Phone is still a breath of fresh air, despite being a few years old. I love its animations and the Live Tiles are brilliant. Couple that experience with one of the best pieces of hardware on the market and you have a recipe for success. Hence why the Lumia 925 sits in 2nd place. (I'm yet to try the 1020, so I'll reserve judgement on that until I get to one to look at.)

The iPhone 5 - in my opinion - is the best phone on the market. It may not have the most impressive spec sheet. That's never concerned me. It doesn't concern Apple. It's all about the user experience. iOS is smooth, reliable and performs fantastically in any situation. It also happens to be the portal to the best ecosystem of apps and entertainment. And then there's the hardware design. It's simply flawless. Apple's lack of tolerance for manufacturing errors ensures that almost all iPhones come out the factory without any issues, and perfectly crafted. What's more, I like a phone that's comfortable to use in one hand.

The HTC One is still easily the best Android phone on the market. Whether you opt for the pure stock version or HTC's Sense UI loaded device, you're getting a world beating device. Boom Sound is so much more than a snazzy brand name. Front facing speakers that are easily the best quality and loudest speakers around make multimedia even more immersive, especially since they're place either side of a fantastic 1080p display.

4th and 5th are the two Galaxy S4's. I ordered them - same as always - based on the fact that I prefer the design of the Active and its durability, and LCD display over the AMOLED-based regular S4. What I particularly like about the S4 is that the 5-inch display hasn't made the device any bigger than its predecessor. Its super slim bezels make it all-display gorgeousness. Next to it, the HTC One looks almost like its frames are just that bit too chunky.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Nokia Lumia 925
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
My top 5 has remained the same for a few weeks now. The iPhone 5 - in my mind - is the best all-round phone on the market. It may not boast the most eye-popping spec sheet, but it performs fantastically well. It's smooth, responsive and reliable. Its hardware, fit and finish are still the envy of other manufacturers and the App Store is simply unmatched by any other platform's stores.

In second place is the ever-impressive HTC One. Its incredible display, brilliant design and Boom Sound all combine to make one of the most jaw-dropping phones we've ever seen. Even HTC's Sense UI - for the first time - is more appealing than standard, stock Android. Its camera is decent too, making it another fantastic all-rounder. If it was running iOS, it'd be perfect.

3rd place goes to one of my favorite devices from the past few years. The Lumia 925 shows Nokia's dedication to creating fantastic pieces of hardware. The combination of glass, metal and polycarbonate works surprisingly well from an aesthetic point of view as well as feeling great in hand. The 8MP camera takes great low light shots and the battery life is incredible. What's more, Windows Phone's continuous improvements make it a real contender in the smartphone OS wars, even if the sales figures don't agree with it, it's fantastic.

4th and 5th are the two best S4 devices, with the Active just pipping the regular version for its LCD display and durability.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Nokia Lumia 925
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
My top 5 are largely the same as last week, despite the inclusion of the Lumia 1020. I've yet to have the privilege of using the latest camera-focussed Windows Phone, so will hold judgement until then.

My bottom two again are the two S4 variants. The original and the water-resistant, swimming pool friendly Active. Samsung's Galaxy brand is stronger than ever, and two of its devices (S3 and Note 2) recently finished top of a customer satisfaction poll above the three iPhones. So it's clear the company's doing something right. My own personal preference hinders me from placing them top. I don't like TouchWiz as a custom UI, and I'm not keen on the slim plastic body and flimsy removable back.

In 3rd is one of my favorite phones to be released this year. The 925's industrial design is fantastic, and I love the combination of plastic and aluminum. It gives it a simultaneously sturdy and approachable look and feel. Lowlight camera performance is brilliant and Windows Phone 8 shows that Microsoft's mobile platform is still steadily improving and showing why it's gaining popularity. The only downside for me was the lack of apps on Windows Phone. I have far too many on iOS that I use daily that aren't yet available in WP8.

In first and second are two devices that have been switching between the top two spots in my choices since March. There's no denying that the HTC is the best piece of hardware on the market. It has an incredible display, amazing sound and feels fantastic in hand thanks to its slim edges and curved back. The only downside - again - is the ecosystem. Google Play may well have as many apps as the App Store, but there's a lot more noise, and it's still lacking a little in quality.

iPhone 5 is elegant, light, easy to use, powerful and - more importantly - is a portal to an App Store full of programs developed by some of the most talented and creative developers on the planet. I couldn't give it up for anything. Yes, I wish it was bigger, and faster. But for the sake of the ecosystem, I'm happy to compromise.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Nokia Lumia 925
  4. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  5. Samsung Galaxy S 4
Why I made my choices...
This week I've been using Nokia's new Lumia 925 as my main device and I've been impressed. It retains everything that was good about the 920 and adds a much nicer industrial design, a slimmer body and a great combination of metal and plastic. It has a great camera, and its display is one of the best I've used in daylight conditions outdoors. Those traits, plus the beautiful operating system took it above the two S4's in my mind but not quite enough to knock the iPhone 5 and HTC One of their top 2 spots.

iPhone 5 and HTC One both stay in the top two places this week as they have done for a while now. The iPhone is easily one of the finest examples of attention to detail and elegant design. The fit and finish is unmatched. HTC's best ever phone isn't to be sniffed at either. Its rounded aluminum back is not only solid, but incredibly comfortable in hand making the large device feel much smaller in hand. Couple their design with their market leading performance, and it's easy to see how the two stay in first and second places.

After the top three, the Galaxy S series' latest flagship easily justify their positions in the top 5. They have fantastic displays, great cameras and perform really well. The differing factor for me was the added durability of the Active version and its LCD display.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 928
Why I made my choices...
My top 4 is the same as last week, and for the same reasons. While I admit I was initially very impressed with the HTC One when I was using it as my main device, it still lacked the one thing I need and use most often: The App Store. I can't stress enough the importance that the App Store has in making iPhones that much better than the rest. Developers create some fantastic software for the iPhone and iPad that you can't get anywhere else. That thriving community of developers coupled with the beautiful and incredibly well made iPhone 5 make the small disadvantage of having a smaller screen worth the compromise.

That said, I still admire the hardware of the HTC One. If you're looking for an Android phone, get the HTC One, it's that simple. It has an incredible display, beautiful design and the BOOMSound is out of this world. In fact, if you're not fussed about iOS apps, and you want a portable multimedia device, this is it. There is no more immersive media experience on the smartphone market right now.

Two of the Galaxy S4 series make it on to the list because they are great devices. I love how Samsung managed to get a 5-inch display in to what is essentially a relatively small device (compared to the likes of the Note etc.). The Active - as always - is rated higher by myself because it has a LCD display and better build quality.

In 5th, I decided to give Windows Phone some love. The Lumia 928 is a great phone, similar to the 925, it picks up from where the Lumia 920 left off, it's thinner, and has splashes of aluminum. There's little not to like.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
Almost every smartphone on the list is fantastic, and so choosing a top 5 gets more difficult every week. I made my decision this week based on what I couldn't live without, and number 1 on the list is the iOS App Store. There are just too many great apps and games that you can't get anywhere else. Coupled with the beautiful and elegant iPhone 5 with its smooth, buttery performance and excellent camera, it's hard to find fault. All it needs now is a bigger display.

Second on my list is the HTC One. While it doesn't have the iOS App Store (obviously) all its hardware features are breathtaking. Its BoomSound is far from a gimmick and makes media more immersive, especially when you take the huge 1080p display in to consideration. When you add those to a beautifully crafted aluminum unibody, it's a recipe for smartphone awesomeness.

3rd and 4th are both essentially the same phone, except the Active is waterproof and has a LCD display, which I much prefer over the AMOLED. Even if it means sacrificing a few megapixels on the camera, I'd happily choose the more robust of the two Samsung devices.

I could easily have placed another Android phone in 5th place, but, with 2-4 all covering my needs adequately, the one other thing I don't like living without is a great physical keyboard. For typing emails on the move, and keeping in touch, nothing comes close to it. Granted, SwiftKey is brilliant, but I love the feel of real buttons and the gentle click that accompanies it. BB10 still needs a lot of work. The Hub is a good idea, but needs refining to make it less messy and confusing. It's probably best if we pretend like BlackBerry App World doesn't exist, since it's virtually useless.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
More and more these days I'm realizing the value and experiences added by having a thriving ecosystem of developers. Although Android may have apps by the hundreds of thousands, the number of quality apps doesn't come close to those I use from the App Store. That plus iCloud and some really elegant and efficient hardware makes the iPhone 5 my top handset.

As a piece of hardware, the HTC One is unrivaled. It has an awesome display, incredible sound and the industrial design is quite easily the best on the market.

Two of the Galaxy S4 series make it on to the list, with the Active just pipping the regular version. Its extra durability and LCD display make it a better option for me, even if the camera has fewer pixels.

In 5th is quite possibly the greatest pure communications device around and it's all about one thing: The QWERTY keyboard. It gives such good feedback it just begs to be used all the time. It's just a shame there aren't many decent apps in BlackBerry's App World.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 928
Why I made my choices...
My love for the HTC One has dwindled somewhat over the past couple of weeks. Yes, it's an incredible piece of hardware and in all ways is better than the iPhone. But, there's one thing that can never be underestimated: The added value brought by the App Store. No other platform has the apps that Apple's App Store has, and there are so many I just couldn't live without.

2nd, 3rd and 4th spots go to three great Android devices. The one worth mentioning in particular is the new S4 Active. Arguable, it's the S4, but better. It's more durable and has an LCD display. Those two improvements alone make Samsung's newest device a much more enticing device than the standard S4.

In 5th, just about hanging on is the flagship Windows device. The aluminum and polycarbonate combination is different enough from the old Lumias to add a new lease of life to Nokia's high-end series, and yet similar enough to retain its legacy.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Nokia Lumia 928
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
My top 5 remains the same as last week, and - unless Apple surprises us all with a new iPhone this month - it'll more than likely stay this way for a little while yet.

The HTC One is still my favorite piece of hardware. It has a fantastic display, amazing sound, great battery, it's fast and has some really fun features like Zoe. All in all, the only thing it's missing is the beautiful apps from iOS.

After the One it was a toss-up between the iPhone 5 and the S4. And, although I loved the power and performance of the latest Galaxy, I don't like the plastic and I don't like only having 8GB of storage available for apps (once you've taken Samsung's bloatware in to account).

4th and 5th had to go to the best devices from the other two smartphone platforms. And - to me - a BlackBerry without a keyboard is like a car with no wheels. It's what makes BlackBerry so appealing, and is the only reason I'd ever own one. I love a physical QWERTY, and this has the best one yet.
  1. HTC One
  2. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  3. Apple iPhone 5
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
Choosing a top 5 gets more difficult every time a new device comes out. We live in an age where we're surrounded by a massive number of smartphones and many of them really are very good.

I swapped a couple of my top 3 around this week. Shifting the S4 to 2nd and i5 to 3rd, mostly because I view them in a similar light. While Apple's has incredible, elegant design and the App Store, Samsung's has a beautiful display and is immensely powerful. The HTC One is still the best device on the market though. There's little wrong with the hardware.

As you can probably tell, I have a not so secret love of physical keyboards, and so any great device packing a QWERTY gets a place in my wish list. The latest BlackBerry combines that hardware feature with the innovative and promising software.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Nokia Lumia 928
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
There's little change in my list, which is more indicative that the market hasn't seen any major new releases in the past couple of weeks. The HTC One is a fantastic device, and it's going to be a long time before anything tops it in terms of physical build and feature list. But it's not all about specs, the user interface is fantastic, and performance is brilliantly quick.

In 2nd is my beloved iPhone 5, just ahead of the S4 in my mind because I prefer the aluminum and glass build materials and the App Store.

Samsung's latest device is still fantastic, and I would not have a problem advising anyone to purchase an S4. The Galaxy S brand has grown from strength to strength over the past few years, and there's good reason for it. Instead of scrapping it all and starting again like HTC does every year, Sammy improves upon an already great phone. Let's hope HTC does the same next year.

In 4th and 5th are the top Lumia phone and Google's great value Nexus. I love Nokia's design language, and the recent change to aluminum has done nothing but good for the Finnish tech giant's reputation. The Nexus 4 is just plainly great bang for buck (if you buy the device direct from Google).
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Nokia Lumia 928
  5. BlackBerry Q10
Why I made my choices...
Having had an entire week with the Galaxy S4, I've come away liking it a lot more than I expected to. The display is incredible, and fitting a 5-inch panel in to such a relatively small chassis really takes away any distraction from anything but what's on screen. In comparison, almost every other phone now looks like it has a fat frame around it.
In all honesty, my top 3 are admirable devices. Fantastic, in fact. But, if you forced me to choose one over the others, I'd find it very hard not to choose the HTC One. I love the industrial design.

The latest version of the Lumia goes 4th, with what is undoubtedly the only great physical QWERTY-equipped device in fifth. How that got in to the list is simply because I still have a weak-spot for physical keyboards.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
My top 5 are the same as last week. Nothing of the Galaxy S4's spec sheet convince me that it's a good enough handset overall to replace the HTC One or iPhone 5. It's full of gimmicky features, but the compromise to have those in place is that almost half the available 16GB storage is taken up, leaving you only 8GB for apps since they can't be saved and launched from the MicroSD card.

The HTC One and iPhone 5 are both incredibly well made and designed to a high standard. The One's BoomSound and great battery life make it a winner on the hardware front.

4th and 5th go to my top devices on the other two platforms. They both offer something different to iOS and Android, but not quite good enough to break in to the top 3.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
There's no denying that we're now in one of the most exciting periods for great smartphones. With a decent phone on every platform, competition for consumer's hearts and wallets has never been better.

Despite the launch of the Galaxy S4, my top 2 are the same as in previous weeks. Frankly, a lot of the S4's new features are gimmicks that I don't think will be used that often. It's still a plastic phone, which still uses AMOLED display technology. I'm not a fan, and although it does boast some of the best specs on the market, it's too big for my liking.

Sadly I had to knock the Nexus 4 off the list. I couldn't bring myself to dismiss the BB10 loaded Z10 completely. The newest all-touch BlackBerry is a great new start for the former king of smartphones.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
The HTC One has set the standard for all other manufacturers. The display is incredible, the stereo speakers and amplification are unbelievable and the feel of the gently curved aluminum unibody in hand is unmatched by anything.

When it comes to performance, reliability and the best all-round ecosystem, no one matches Apple's iPhone. The iPhone 5 also set a new standard for precision manufacturing The only thing its lacking is a larger display.

The flagship Windows device is a great piece of hardware. It has a great display, feels solid and the still has the best lowlight performance of any smartphone camera currently available.

If I was in the market for a new phone, my 4th and 5th choices would go to the Nexus 4 and iPhone 4S. Prior to this week it would have gone to the BlackBerry Z10, however, a major fault developed on my BB10 running device leaving me unable to charge or switch it on. In all the 40+ devices I've used as daily drivers, it's the first time it's happened.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
My top 5 has remained the same over the past few weeks. Every day with the HTC One has shown that it is the phone to beat in the current market place. It's powerful, fast, has a brilliant display, a great camera, great sound. In fact there's little I don't like about it. From its chamfered edges and curved back, to the ear-ripping BoomSound it's all good. I also get two days out of the battery on a full charge.

The iPhone 5 is still my go-to daily driver, everything is great about it. The one thing I would change would be to make the display bigger. That's it. It has an unbeatable ecosystem and a seamless integration between hardware and software that no other manufacturer has been able to match so far. BlackBerry might get there with its next generation BB10 devices, but the current ones are far from awe-inspiring.

The Lumia is the Windows Champion and a great piece of hardware in its own right. I loved my time with it, but it could do with stronger developer support and losing a few pounds and inches from its hefty bulk.

Nexus 4 is amazing value for money, and the Z10 shows that there's tons of potential in BlackBerry's new operating system.

  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. BlackBerry Z10
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note II
Why I made my choices...
I picked up a HTC One on upgrade today, and was more impressed than I was the first time I tried one. It's fair to say that the experience in store is completely different to that at home. The display and stereo speakers combine to create a fierce multimedia experience. The unibody chassis feels incredibly in hand, it's slim and curves gently to fit in the palm. I do have some reservations about Sense UI 5, but there's not enough to detract from the experience that much.

I love the iPhone 5, and have done since its launch in September. It's a great piece of elegant machinery. It's a beautiful phone, it performs well as a daily driver and has access to hundreds of thousands of amazing apps. As an all-round experience it's hard to fault. Personally, however, I would love a bigger display. I find the portrait keyboard too cramped, and the landscape one takes up too much of the screen. I end up using voice dictation 80% of the time to send messages nowadays.

The Lumia 920 is a great device. But, having had more time with the HTC One, I now find it a little confusing as to why exactly Nokia didn't opt for a slimmer phone. If HTC can fit everything it's packed in to such a relatively slim package, why couldn't Nokia; the Finnish kings of hardware design.

4th and 5th spots go to two great phones, but not great enough to replace my top choices. BB10 is a great communication-driven platform, and the Z10 itself isn't a terrible device. It's easy to hold, it feels like its designed to be a daily go-to smartphone, it just lacks that cutting edge that could push it above its rivals in the market place.

The Note 2 is a powerful machine, but it's failed to capture my desire. I've only briefly wanted to have it as my own device, and that was only down to the multiple window multitasking and S-Pen combination. My beef with the phablet is that it's just too big. Nevertheless, it boasts impressive hardware and performance features which are enough to get it within my top 5.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. HTC One
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. BlackBerry Z10
Why I made my choices...
The top 3 for me are virtually inseparable. Each has its own incredible good points, and downsides. The iPhone 5 is still the most elegant and stylish smartphone on the market, it's the portal to an incredible App Store and ecosystem choc-full of great media. No one yet comes close to that. And although the Retina display would be better if it was bigger, it's still an incredibly sharp and accurate LCD panel.

The Lumia 920 is brilliant. It has the best camera, great wireless charging and a beautiful display. The app selection on WP is getting stronger all the time, and Nokia's music service is very convenient. Although the design is eye-catching, I think it could do with trimming down on bulk a little.

The HTC One is the most beautiful and best built Android device since the Nexus One. It's most certainly the best on the market right now, and although more consumers will swarm to buy the Galaxy S4, the One in my mind is a much stronger device. Unibody Aluminum design, coupled with an amazing 1080p SLCD display and unique camera sensor makes for an all-round great device. But, unless its marketing matches that of Samsung's spending power, it will not do as well on the market.

4th and 5th are the best of the rest. The Nexus 4 is incredible valye for money and the Z10 offers a very pleasant user experience. And although it's not quite enough to compete with the top handsets from other platforms, it shows a lot of promise for the future of BlackBerry.
  1. HTC One
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. BlackBerry Z10
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note II
Why I made my choices...
It's all change for me this week. The HTC One was announced not long ago, and it's already available for purchase in many countries internationally. The build quality, design and incredible display combine to create a formidable handset. In my mind (much like the One X vs. S3 last year) it's a much more impressive phone than Samsung's latest announcement.

I've loved my time with the Lumia 920 over the past couple of weeks. The hardware is top notch. The only thing needing improvement on the flagship Windows phone is the ecosystem. There are some great apps on WP8, but it needs more of them.

We're spoilt for choice in the current market, and my 4th and 5th spots could easily have been given to a handful of devices. I chose these two for their innovative unique features. The Z10 has the Hub, and a fantastic virtual keyboard. And as a daily driver for communication, it's hard to fault. Still, needs a lot more apps, but they're coming.

The Note 2 has S-pen and multi-window multitasking, which is awesome for a phone. And, although it may not be everyone's cup of tea, I can see there are certainly a few people out there who appreciate it, despite it's huge size.
  1. Nokia Lumia 920
  2. Apple iPhone 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. BlackBerry Z10
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
I got sent a test unit of the Lumia 920 this week, and I can't tell you how much I love it in such a short excerpt. Having used it for 5-6 days now, I feel much more inclined to pick it up than use my iPhone 5 for personal use. The display and camera are both unreal, the battery life is great, and it's fast. Plus, the app/music/video ecosystem is actually rather good. Although the handset itself is a little bulky, it's made up for by comfortable rounded edges and a curved back.

The Z10's magic is wearing off though. Yes, I love the user interface, but I've had it virtually a month now, and the App World is still lacking a good enough quantity of great apps. Don't get me wrong, for communication its out of this world. But, for the modern trends of consuming media, taking pictures, and playing with apps, it's nowhere near challenging the top dogs.

The Note II has made it back in to my list. Out of all the Android devices currently available, it's clearly the best. It's not just about size and specs, it's got some great usable features like multi-window multitasking and the S-pen.

DNA rounds off the list. It has an incredible display, but once the HTC One makes it to market, I have a feeling this one's going to get bumped off. The exclusivity with Verizon really doesn't do it any favors here.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. BlackBerry Z10
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
There's no denying that we're spoilt for choice when it comes to smartphones today. It seemingly doesn't matter which platform you want to try, there's a flagship device with some of the best features and specifications equipped. iOS has the iPhone 5, WP8 has the Lumia 920, BlackBerry has the Z10 and Android has a plethora of high-specced monsters to choose from.

My top 3 are the same as they were last week. If I had no phone, and was in the market for a new one, I would consider those three, in that order. The iPhone is a beautiful device with a great camera and display (albeit slightly small). The Lumia 920 is impressive in almost every way, except that it's a tiny bit bulky for my liking. And, in my few weeks with the Z10 I've grown to love using it day-to-day thanks to its great user interface and keyboard.

4th and 5th places could have gone to a selection of devices: One X+, Galaxy Note 2 and 8X are all worthy devices. But, I opted for the great value Nexus 4 and the impressive DNA this week.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. BlackBerry Z10
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
Virtually unchanged list from last week, bar the replacement of the HTC 8X with the Droid DNA. It's got an impressive display, and it'll undoubtedly be replaced in the list by HTC's One which - by all accounts - looks nothing short of incredible.

I'm still really enjoying the Z10, and it's pleasing to see the developers slowly get behind BlackBerry and bring out some quality games on BlackBerry's App World like N.O.V.A 3 and Asphalt 7. I love the user interface and notifications. All it needs is for the consumer market to get behind it. It shows a lot of promise.

Note II is a fantastic phone, but not one I could see myself actually owning as my main device. It's just too big. That said, I'm constantly impressed by the way that Samsung is improving its presence on the market, and the Note II is the epitome of that growth.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. BlackBerry Z10
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. HTC 8X
Why I made my choices...
Virtually unchanged from last week, the iPhone 5 still sits on top for me (no surprise there). Although it's not a perfect device, it gets all the main things right: camera, user experience, App Store, iCloud and build quality are stunning.

The Lumia 920 is a little bulky, but it 'wow''s me every single time I pick one up and look at it. It has a simply breathtaking display and fantastic camera. The Z10 fits in 3rd for a few reasons. I love its user interface, it has a great feel in hand and a ton of really useful features. The one thing is lacking is apps, which I'm hoping will come in time.

The Note 2 and 8X sit in 4th and 5th, but either would still make tempting arguments for why they should be in my pocket. I love the feel of the 8X in hand, and its display is fantastic. The Note II is the only 'phablet' to get the right mix of size, battery and power.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. BlackBerry Z10
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
We've seen a new entry to the market this week: the Z10. I've spent over a week with the device, using it as my primary phone, but it's not done enough to convince me that it belongs in the top 3. On a hardware front, it's not as impressive as the iPhone 5 in its build quality, the Lumia 920's amazing display and camera, or the Note II's power and battery life. The app ecosystem is also pretty weak at the moment.

That said, I do like it enough to have it in my top 5. I love the user interface, and the feel of the device in hand. But, its battery life hasn't been consistent. That lands it in 4th, behind my usual 'big three'.

I was in three minds as to what deserved 5th spot. It was a close fight between the Nexus 4, Droid DNA and the 8X. I chose the Nexus ultimately because of its incredible value for money (if you buy it SIM-free from Google Play). For the price, it has some incredible specs, despite the lack of LTE. And, it comes with the latest version of Android.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Google Nexus 4
  5. HTC 8X
Why I made my choices...
The past few weeks it seems like the only consistently placed device is the iPhone. Despite other manufacturers having arguably more impressive features and specifications (hardware-wise) there's a lot to be said for the sheer quality and quantity of apps available in the App Store. It makes the experience of using an iPhone that much better. Add that to build quality, display, speed, performance, camera. There are very few negative points. Display size is perhaps the only issue for some. Not me.

Lumia 920 heads back up to second because if its amazing display, camera and great modern design. It's hard to look at one at not like it. Couple that with the wireless charging and fantastic lowlight performance of the camera and you have a genuine contender. Nokia's other services like the maps and music are also fantastic.

Samsung - over the past 12 months - has become a genuine contender to Apple in the smartphone market. The success of the Galaxy S range has been astounding, and no handset says it as well as the Note II. It may be big, but it's so fluid, has a nice UI, great app support and the unique S-Pen.

4th and 5th go to Android and Windows Phone's next best handsets (mostly from a value point of view). The Nexus 4 is so well priced, it's virtually an impulse buy. The 8X makes it for being so comfortable to hold and well made, with a feature list that ensure it's easily regarded as the best 'other' WP8 handset.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Google Nexus 4
  4. HTC DROID DNA
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note II
Why I made my choices...
It's fair to say that over each of the past few weeks, my mind has been changed more times than average on which handsets deserve to line up below the iPhone 5 in 2nd to 5th spots.

The Lumia 920 is a fantastic device with some very innovative technologies especially in regards to its very sensitive touchscreen and lowlight camera performance.

I decided on giving the Nexus 4 another spell in the top 5 purely for its value for money. Spending so little up front for a handset, and to have it free from contract is incredible value for money and makes paying for any other Android device seem a little unwise. It has a spec list to match most other handsets too.

The Galaxy Note 2 is slipping down my list gradually as its appeal is waning. It's a big phone, and despite its awesome multitasking and S-pen functionalities, it's not one I would find comfortable to use daily.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. HTC DROID DNA
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  5. HTC 8X
Why I made my choices...
For the moment, the iPhone 5 the only handset on the market that I could live with comfortably. Its hardware is fantastic, it's lightweight, well-made, unbelievably thin and elegant. And it has the internals to match it. Perhaps the only area needing an update is the user interface which has remained virtually unchanged since 2007.

In 2nd place is the Lumia 920. In the past I was a huge fan of Nokia. The hardware was second to none. But, as the smartphone market grew, Symbian was found wanting in so many areas. Launching with Windows Phone 8, and it's impressive feature list, the Nokia Lumia 920 should at least be considered by everyone.

Up from 3rd to 5th, the DROID DNA is impressive in every aspect (except battery life). It's a monster phone with a spec sheet that makes most other phones hide in the corner crying a little. It's a beast.

Down to 4th slides the Note 2, mostly because I'm not a big fan of the design or the size of it. It has some really neat features: S-Pen and Multitasking, but other than that, it's lost some of its luster in my eyes.

The 8X still makes it on to my list. If you like the Lumia, but want something more comfortable to hold, you can't go wrong with the 8X.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. HTC 8X
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
I took a slightly different approach to the list this week. Normally, I'd vote for the top 5 in the order that I would actually buy them. Obviously, that takes in to account cost as well as features, specifications and design. Instead, this week, I went with the 'money no object approach'.

Lumia 920 makes it to 2nd place for its innovative hardware features, like the super sensitive touch screen and camera with unbelievable lowlight performance.

The Note 2 makes it to 3rd for the same reason it's been in my top 3 for the past couple of months: the S-Pen and multitasking add an edge to the device which other manufacturers haven't approached successfully yet.

Rounding off the top 5 are two great HTC devices running two different platforms. Windows Phone 8 is much more attractive to me right now than Android, and so that's the only reason the 8X pips the DNA to 4th spot.

Top, as always, the iPhone 5 which still - I believe - offers the best all-round experience in terms of hardware, software and ecosystem integration.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. HTC 8X
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
When I submit my votes each week, I always try to go along with the mentality of which handsets I'm most likely to buy. Right now, the Lumia 920 would be my first choice if the iPhone 5 wasn't around. It has a lot of awesome unique features that are actually useful in day-to-day life: wireless charging, super-sensitive touchscreen (for gloved fingers), and a world-beating camera.

The Note II has slipped down my rankings a little. Although I love its stylus integration and multi-window multitasking, there's not a lot else featured on the handset that I couldn't get somewhere else without having to carry around a massive device.

4th and 5th are my two favorite HTC devices right now, both taking inspiration from the One X. If the Droid DNA had a better battery life it would be further up the list, but sadly it's a power-draining 1080p monster phone. The 8X is a great looking device with a stunning display.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. HTC 8X
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. HTC One X+
Why I made my choices...
My top 4 remain virtually the same as they have done for weeks (with a few order changes here and there). The iPhone 5 is my ultimate phone, and I'd find it impossible to get by without it. The build quality, camera, ecosystem all integrated fantastically.

The new name on the list is the One X+. Personally, I find it a much more tempting device than the superbeast Droid DNA. I loved the One X when I had it earlier this year, and this super-powered version is just a better version of it. Still my favorite Android phone (bar the Note II, which is special.)
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. HTC 8X
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
I may seem a little indecisive. That's for one good reason: I am a little split. Last week the DROID DNA left my Top 5 in favor of the Nexus 4. This week, they've swapped again. The fact is that the DNA is an impressive piece of hardware. The Nexus 4 is incredibly good value for money.

My top 4 is unchanged. The two flagship Windows Phone devices are 3rd and 4th behind the iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II. I generally try to keep 'what would I buy' in mind when choosing my list.

The Note II would be my second choice because it adds a new dimension to our digital life by having practical multi-window multitasking and a very sensitive stylus. The 8X - for me - edges the Lumia 920 because of its smaller form factor. Plus, in the UK, it is a heck of a lot cheaper than its Lumia counterpart.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. HTC 8X
  4. Nokia Lumia 920
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
I've made a couple of changes to my choices this week compared to last. Firstly, the 8X leapfrogs the Lumia 920. Why? Cost mostly. Here in the UK, if I was going for a Windows Phone device I'd choose the HTC every time simply because I'd save hundreds of pounds over the term of a 2-year contract. And, although the Lumia 920 has a much better camera, I prefer the form factor and size of the 8X.

The Nexus 4 makes its way back on to the list for its cost too. If anyone's looking for an Android device, it's hard to justify buying anything else.

That said, I still think the iPhone 5 and Note II are the best phones out, right now.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. HTC 8X
  5. HTC DROID DNA
Why I made my choices...
Pretty much the same rankings as last week for me. The two flagship Windows options are not only great on the hardware side, but the Windows Phone platform is beginning to show itself as a contender in the smartphone market. App support may not quite be at the level of iOS or Android yet, but if manufacturers keep churning out awesome phones like the 8X and the Lumia 920, it won't be long.

Top two spots go to the two best phones. Nothing compares to either, and yet they are both so individual, it's fantastic. I have to say, before the Note II arrived I don't think any manufacturer really pushed the Android operating system to what it was technically capable of. Running two apps on one screen, with enough real estate to make it usable. That plus the S-pen shows that Samsung has a hold on what this whole Post-PC era is all about.

  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. HTC DROID DNA
  5. HTC 8X
Why I made my choices...
The Nexus 4 didn't last long in my list. And, although it would be one of my first considerations when looking at an iPhone alternative, I can't say that it's because of its hardware quality or performance. It's mostly because of its tempting price point.

HTC's DROID DNA is a beast, with its 1080p SLCD display, it's easily the sharpest screen on any phone on the market. That said, it's battery life is a little disappointing and some will find it uncomfortably large. But, considering it's got a 5-inch screen, the actual device isn't too big by any means.

iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II are my two favorite devices right now. The iPhone has the hardware/software/ecosystem integration completely right and the Note II offers a completely different function.

3rd and 5th are the two best Windows Phones around. Lumia 920 is a very impressive device, as is the 8X.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. Nokia Lumia 920
  4. HTC 8X
  5. Google Nexus 4
Why I made my choices...
Sadly, for the first time since its launch, the HTC One X is off the list. Google's Nexus 4 replaces it, purely and simply because of its incredible value for money. At £239 (UK) SIM-free, it's less than half the price of an unlocked iPhone 5. If anyone's looking for an Android experience, it's a fantastic option.

My top 4 remain the same as last week. The two latest Windows devices are 3rd and 4th thanks to some incredible hardware. The Lumia 920 just makes it in ahead of the 'Windows Phone 8X by HTC' because of its amazingly sensitive touchscreen and stellar lowlight camera performance.

Top two are - for me - the two best phones on the planet. The iPhone 5 offers the best all round hardware and software solution for the general consumer, whereas the Note II is the only phablet that's worth getting. Its incredibly sensitive touchscreen and S-Pen combo mean it's unique and stands out from the crowd.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Nokia Lumia 920
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. HTC 8X
  5. HTC One X
Why I made my choices...
We've had two exciting new phones enter the market this week. The Lumia 920 which builds on the great legacy of the first set of Lumia phones buy pairing one of the best displays on the market with the best lowlight camera on any smartphone. It's a fantastic device, built on a promising platform. With wireless charging added to its super powers, it's hard to ignore.

The 8X is also on the market, boasting similar specs to the One X which I like a lot. I like the pair so much, they've pushed the Galaxy SIII and the iPhone 4S off my list.

For me, this is the most exciting time in smartphone history. Any of my top 5 could be considered the best phone on the market to people with varying needs and wants. With the Nexus 4 on its way soon, choosing a top 5 is going to get increasingly difficult.

  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. HTC One X
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
My choices haven't change for a while, but for good reason. As far as I can see, there's nothing on the market that comes close to challenging my top 5 in terms of design, quality, performance and ecosystem. As far as I'm concerned, Apple still leads the hardware and software integration race. And it's not just the seamless nature of the integration that wins it, the hardware build and design quality are out of this world on the iPhone 5. It's a really stunning piece of hardware.

The Note II is - for me - far and away the best Android device. Its USP, the S-Pen and super-sensitive touch screen mean that it stands on its own in the phablet market, and has really made a name for itself. So much so, that I'm weighing up purchasing one right now.

One X and GSIII are clearly the best of the rest, while the iPhone 4S still packs a punch despite its two year old design. It still performs fantastically well, and will always have the latest software. (Well, at least for the next couple of years.)
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  3. HTC One X
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
I've spent a little more time with the Note II this past week, and each time I see it, I'm more impressed. I still think the iPhone 5 as a whole package (hardware/software/ecosystem) is the best overall experience for the average consumer, but, Samsung has clearly nailed a little niche in the market. The 'phablet' offers something entirely unique to any other smartphone, and offers much better portability than a standard tablet. It's a great device.

Out of all the 'regular' competition to the iPhone, the One X still impresses me more than the SIII on the hardware. The display is so much better, and battery life in my experience has been equally great on both. Other advantages like S-Beam, S-Voice to me are just gimmicks, and don't increase the quality of the experience at all.

The best of the rest: the iPhone 4S is a quality phone, and at $99, it's worth considering. The Retina display and 8MP camera are still among the best, over a year after launch.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
Although the DROID RAZR series has been updated this week, I'm not convinced by either of them. Compared to all five of my top picks, the displays are just not up to scratch. The iPhone 5 is the ultimate device, in terms of display/camera quality, fit and finish (build quality) and all-round user experience. For the average consumer, there's not better device.

The One X still sits proudly on top of my list of great Android phones. Its display and build quality make it better in my opinion than anything Samsung has produced. If Samsung's Galaxy range would just step away from the PenTile based AMOLED technology and embrace a true RGB LCD display with the same resolution, they would be incredible.

The Note II offers something really unique to the market as it's the first 'phablet' to really make a name for itself. With the redesigned S-Pen and super-sensitive display, it's got no competition for those who want a phone/tablet crossover.

  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
No change this week. In terms of hardware, software, content and ecosystem, you can't beat the iPhone 5. It's a stunning, elegant piece of machinery with an operating system and ecosystem that seamlessly blends. It's all been design together.

The One X is a great device, and still my favorite of any Android phone out there. It has a fantastic display and surprisingly good camera and battery life. Personally I much prefer Sense UI to TouchWiz, which is why the two latest Samsung models are pushed down to 3rd and 4th.

The Note II takes the great ideas introduced by its predecessor and squeezes it in to a much more polished and beautiful package. Taking design cues from the SIII it belongs in the Galaxy range, and doesn't feel as hideously bulky as the original Note Phablet.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note II
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  5. Apple iPhone 4S
Why I made my choices...
It probably comes as no surprise that the iPhone 5 is still top of my choices. The difficulty this week was choosing where the Galaxy Note II fits in to the grand scheme of things. Because it's such a different proposition, it's hard to position it in a 'top 5' phones chart. Mostly because I think it's there for the niche of consumers who don't want to spend big and have both a tablet and a smartphone. The Note II is easily the best 'phablet' out there, thanks to its large display, super-fast processing and sensitive touchscreen. The new, larger S Pen is a much needed improvement too, it makes scribbling feel much more natural.

With that addition, the Galaxy lineup is looking very impressive right now, and Apple is right to feel threatened. The Korean firm may have copied the iPhone initially with the first lot of Galaxy phones, but devices couldn't be further away from Apple's designs now. They're unique, and no savvy consumer will ever confuse them.

The 4S is on its way out of my top 5, and will most likely be ousted by the Lumia 920, if it lives up to expectations.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  5. Samsung Galaxy S III
Why I made my choices...
The smartphone market is an incredibly interesting place right now. Pretty much every manufacturer either has or is planning to release devices with more pixels on the display than the eye can distinguish. The iPhone 5 is the latest of these, with clever in-cell touch technology, better color saturation and contrast than the previous Retina display. Although its size may be small compared to its competitors, its quality is fantastic.

As an all-round package, I find it hard to see anything better. But, the One X is certainly a huge rival. I was impressed by my time with the phone early this year and is still - in my mind - the best Android phone on the market.

3,4,5 Are all equal in my mind. Galaxy SIII looks and feels fantastic, whereas the iPhone 4S still packs a punch, even if it is on the small size. It's still quick, has a fantastic display and market leading camera. The only better camera is on the iPhone 5.
  1. Apple iPhone 5
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4S
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
Apple's new iPhone is nothing short of incredible. The attention to detail in design and manufacturing alone makes it the best made phone on the market. Switched off, the black version just looks class. Like black onyx. The A6 processor makes extremely light work of iOS 6, and the camera is better than its predecessor. There's nothing on the market right now that I would swap it for.

One X beats the SIII in my mind for its quality display and unibody design. It's quick, solid and feels good in hand. Plus, I much prefer the new design of Sense UI to Samsung's TouchWiz.

4th and 5th go to the 5th generation iPhone, and the current Windows Phone flagship. The 4S is still a great phone, and after being dropped down to a lower price, is incredibly good value for money.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
The iPhone 5 launch is only a few days away now, and consumers aren't sure whether to be excited or preparing for a let down. That said, one year after its launch, and with a two year old design, the iPhone 4S is still easily one of the best phones around. Spec sheet-wise it may pale in comparison to the top Android phones, but, it holds its own thanks to an incredibly seamless marriage of hardware, software and content services.

One X is a fantastic device, its display is incredible as is the quality of build. The SIII makes it to third since there's nothing really else that's currently high-end in price and performance. The iPhone 4 and Lumia 900 round off my top 5 thanks to being great value for money.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
HTC One X is a phone that should be admired. The manufacturer has moved away from its comfort zone in terms of design and hardware, and came up with a beautiful, solid unibody design featuring an iPhone-challenging camera and powerful engine.

The 4S is a fantastic phone, made even better by the seamless integration of iTunes/iCloud/iOS. One feature/service would not be the same without the others, making it a co-dependent ecosystem made up of vital parts.

The SIII is great. But, little things bug me, like the decision not to go with true RGB screen structure, and having a pointless, flimsy battery cover. HTC avoided both with the SLCD display, and unibody construction. Samsung - in my mind - is behind the curve despite its undoubted popularity.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  3. Apple iPhone 4S
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
As the upcoming iPhone 5's launch approaches, the current iPhones shouldn't be considered as a purchase as much as they would perhaps just a week or so back. The 6th generation Apple handset is the most hotly anticipated phone of all time if recent surveys are anything to go by. So, if you really want an iOS-powered smartphone, a few more weeks waiting isn't going to do you any harm.

The One X is a great device, and in my mind, so much better than the SIII. Build and display quality are obviously a step ahead of Samsung's flagship, and the camera is almost as good as the iPhone.

WP7 needs to be on the list, and no other Microsoft mobile device matches the build quality and performance of Nokia's biggest device.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
As the next iPhone's launch approaches, the 4S will gradually drop in the rankings. Buying an iPhone in the next month or so really doesn't make much sense. That doesn't mean the 4S isn't a great device, it's fantastic. But, it's going to be replaced by something better in the near future.

On that note, I decided to hand the top spot back to the One X. Out of all the Android handsets it's the one that impresses me most. It's design, and manufacturing is first class and the display is easily the best on the market. The SIII's HD Super AMOLED may sound like a fancy screen, but, the One X's is much sharper and crisper.

Fourth and fifth spots go to Apple's 2 year old iPhone (it's still up there with the best) and Nokia's flagship: the Lumia 900. The Lumia makes it on here for its quality, originality and potential. The Windows powered Finnish phones will be a force to be reckoned with if the hardware starts to match that of the other top-end phones, especially in the display department.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
No one does seamless integration of hardware, software and media management quite like Apple. The iPhone was built purposefully for iOS, iTunes and iCloud. And those services were made for the iPhone.

After the iPhone 4S comes the One X and the SIII. HTC's flagship may not be as popular in the consumer market, but in my mind it's a much better device. The display is crisper, and the unibody design is much more solid.

After that come the best of the rest, those at the right side of mid-range. If there were 6 spots available I'd have the One S in there as well, but the Lumia 900 needs to be in there to keep WP7's presence. We shouldn't underestimate the potential in Microsoft's platform. It's not gaining traction as fast as we'd hope, but with new Nokia devices around the corner, and the next version of software supporting better hardware, we're going to see something truly fantastic soon. I hope.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
Not any real difference in my top 3 for the past few weeks now. With all the anticipation surrounding the 6th generation iPhone, the 4S is the phone to beat. Its unrivaled seamless integration between software, hardware and ecosystem make it in my mind the best all round experience. Sure, it could do with a bigger display, but the screen isn't and shouldn't be the be all and end all of any phone.

The SIII and One X are fantastic phones. In the past, Android superphones have boasted great spec sheets, but didn't match those specs with great performance or build quality. These two handsets are quite possible the best built phones to host Google's operating system since the Nexus One. Cameras perform well, and overall experience is zippy.

iPhone 4 is still a top phone. The only real differences between the 4 and 4S are the camera quality and speed. My only change is adding the Lumia 900 back in to my top 5. I love the design, and I enjoy the unique look of Windows Phone's Metro UI. It could be a top 3 phone if it had a much sharper display and a better camera.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. HTC One S
Why I made my choices...
My top 5 has been virtually the same for the past few weeks, and there's good reason for it. No new releases in my mind would beat any of these phones in a race for my hard-earned cash.

Top 3 are almost inseparable. My preference for iOS keeps the iPhone 4S on top, and although its attraction in the market is lessening, it's still a fantastic phone. There aren't any cameras on any smartphones that match the performance of the 4S' 8MP snapper overall, and even running a beta iOS 6 everything is handled with consummate ease.

One X and SIII are the top two Android powerhouses. They both have superb build quality (ignoring the flimsy battery door on the Galaxy) and perform fantastically day-to-day.

Best of the rest: iPhone 4 and One S. It's remarkable that even over two years after its initial release, the iPhone 4 is a genuine consideration for anyone who wants a great phone without paying a small fortune. The One S has stunning build quality. If it had a better display, it'd be in my top 3 easily.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Why I made my choices...
In my mind - in terms of performance, design, display quality - the One X is the best piece of hardware on the market. I've been voting the iPhone 4S top for weeks now, and in truth, it's mostly because of the superior ecosystem. Without Apple's seamless content management service, the iPhone 4S wouldn't be the top dog.

SIII doesn't do it for me. There's nothing original, but, it's undeniably a fantastic phone. Display doesn't match the 4S or One X. And, it's too big.

iPhone 4 and SII are both fantastic devices for anyone looking to save some cash, but still end up with a great smartphone.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. HTC One S
Why I made my choices...
My opinion on the smartphone market hasn't changed. iPhone 4S, One X and SIII are all worthy champions on the hardware battle. Apple's iPhone - for me - is still king thanks to a superb ecosystem. The One X and SIII both have incredible features, but, are ever so slightly too big for comfortable one-handed use.

iPhone 4 and One S are fantastic, lower priced devices. If you're looking to save a little cash and still want a great phone, look no further.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. HTC One S
Why I made my choices...
My list is exactly the same as it was last week. The iPhone 4S is still my favorite phone on the market despite not having as impressive a display as the One X. The software and ecosystem make it an irresistible package.

One X, in my mind, is the top Android phone. Camera and display are both much better than the Galaxy SIII. That said, I've grown to love the Samsung's design, form factor and in-hand feel.

Fourth and fifth place goes to two of the best value phones on the market. The One S has an impressive build quality, as does the iPhone 4. In fact, if you're not too fussed about Siri or the 8MP snapper in the 4S, you're not going to notice much difference between the 4th and 5th generation iPhones. Still a great phone.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  4. Apple iPhone 4
  5. HTC One S
Why I made my choices...
The top two are unchanged. But, I have had a huge rethink on the Galaxy SIII. My previous opinion was based on me having 15 minutes or so with it after the launch event in May. And, if I'm completely honest, I was feeling pretty cynical after an overly hyped announcement and build up to the phone.

I still reserve my opinion that the One X is a better piece of hardware than the SIII. The display is better, as is the camera and it feels much more solid in hand thanks to the awesome unibody construction. That said, the Galaxy is a great phone. And, although I'm not a big fan of the shape and design, it's still a great piece of kit.

If I had my way, I'd put the iPhone 4S and One X in joint first, with the SIII in second. But, I can't. 4th and 5th go to two really great value smartphones. Both the One S and iPhone 4 are still fantastic phones, and worth considering if you want to save a little money.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. HTC One S
  5. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
Why I made my choices...
Top 3 remain unchanged for the past few weeks, because if I were in the market to buy a phone, it would be one of those three in that order of preference. Apple's ecosystem and quality/quantity of apps is unmatched, coupled with very well built and well designed hardware makes it an incredibly pair of devices.

I'm not at all impressed by the SIII, no matter what the market and hype surrounding it is, it's not that great a device. It's plastic, the display quality is poor compared to the iPhone 4/4S and One X. Top it off with some gimmicky Apple rip-off features, and it's not credible enough in my mind to make it past fifth place.

One S makes it to number 4 being being incredible useable, well made and well priced.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy S III (global)
  5. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Why I made my choices...
You'd perhaps expect that since the 'hottest' handset out is the Galaxy SIII, that it would make its way at least to 2nd spot. However, having spent some time with it at the launch event, I'm really not at all keen. The handset feels plasticcy, the design is horrible, and the user interface is one which I can't take seriously. Although it has some cool features, I still prefer the One X. iPhone 4S remains my number one choice for its simplicity, the vast number of apps and the excellent ecosystem, not to mention the incredible camera and reliability.

None of the Windows Phone devices are good enough, in my opinion to feature in my top 5. Until the hardware is improved (display in particular), I couldn't even consider choosing one as my main device. I'd sooner have an iPhone 4 or Galaxy SII before choosing the Nokia Lumia 800 or 900.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. HTC One S
  5. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Why I made my choices...
HTC One X may have some impressive hardware, and - in my mind at least - is the best Android phone around, but, the iPhone/App Store/iTunes ecosystem is unmatchable. It's smooth, and reliable, despite not being highly specced.

For the same reason, the iPhone 4 still makes it in to the top 5. HTC One S is a fantastic mid-range option for anyone. The Galaxy SII holds its own in a market with phones much newer. It's a great device.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. HTC One S
  5. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
Why I made my choices...
The One X is undoubtedly the king of the Android range, and in my opinion, will still be when the SIII makes it to market. The display on this phone is incredible, and the native UI really takes advantage of the sharpness and color.

The two iPhones may not be the best-specced, but, when combined with Apple's seamless cloud and iTunes ecosystem, the media consumption experience is second to none. Music, Video and Apps are all so much better on iOS than any other platform.

One S makes it on to the list for being a great piece of hardware. Something of the design reminds me of the iconic N1 (which would totally make my top 5 if it was still on the market.) SII still remains a viable option for anyone.
  1. HTC One X
  2. Apple iPhone 4S
  3. HTC One S
  4. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  5. Apple iPhone 4
Why I made my choices...
The more time I spend with the One X, the more I admire it. There's not a lot I would change about its hardware, everything works as it should. If I'm honest, and if it was an option, I'd place the One X and 4S in joint first place. But since I voted them the opposite way last week, I'll swap them over this week to even them out.

The One S has impressed me too, and reminds me of the iconic and revolutionary Nexus One. The attention to detail in hardware and design should be admired.

SII and iPhone 4 continue to make it on to the list for being great options for those wanting to save a little cash. If there was a sixth place, it'd go to the Lumia 900.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
If it was down to hardware alone, the iPhone would not be at the top. Pure and simple, it's Apple's iOS with finely tuned ecosystem (iCloud/App Store/iTunes) that makes it so great for me. The simple user interface, and reliability makes it a phone that's tough to beat.

In second: the One X has been my daily driver for almost a week now, and it really is a fantastic phone. The screen is easily the best on the market in terms of sharpness, colour representation and viewing angles. Camera is great, battery life is good, and design is practically flawless.

SII still makes it on to the list as a cheaper alternative to the One X. But, all could change when the SIII touches down on Thursday (May 3rd).

Lumia 900 gets a mention for being the only Windows Phone I would consider buying with my own money. Display is not good enough to be a serious choice for me, but, its form factor and design is really superb.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  5. Nokia Lumia 900
Why I made my choices...
Having spent a couple of years with Retina quality displays, the screen quality and sharpness has become one of the most important features of any phone for me. There's nothing I've tried that matches the iPhone 4/4S and One X in terms of clarity and pixel density.

Apple's far superior App and Media ecosystem still outperforms anything and else, coupled with iCloud becomes a formidable service, and is impossible to separate from the iPhone's hardware. That said, the HTC One X is easily the best Android phone on the market on every level.

Lumia 900 gets a mention for its potential, more than quality. The display is simply not good enough to earn a top 3 spot. Windows Phone needs improvement to make dual-core chips and higher resolution displays compatible. Then we'll have a top WP7 device.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. HTC One X
  3. Nokia Lumia 900
  4. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  5. Apple iPhone 4
Why I made my choices...
Apple's iPhone 4S is, and always will my number one handset until Android can marry software and hardware as tightly together. The OS and Ecosystem make it an experience that is hard to beat. Add that to an awesome camera, good battery, and quality build and you have a great package.

The One X has impressed me - a lot. I'm envious of the display, and I'm surprised at how much I like HTC's new version of Sense. ICS combined with quad-core processor, unibody design and display makes it easily the best Android phone on the market.

Lumia 900 takes unibody design from the 800 and makes it bigger. I'm a big fan of Nokia's vision for WP7, and this phone makes it on to the list for potential more than anything else. The display is nowhere near sharp enough to compete with the top dogs.

Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4 are still great devices, and should be seriously considered by anyone.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  5. Nokia Lumia 800 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
For an all-round experience, no one can match Apple's integrated software, hardware and ecosystem. The iPhone 4S - despite not boasting the best specs on the market - still offers a fantastic experience.

The Galaxy Nexus is still the hottest Android device on the market, thanks to running Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich is an incredible operating system that isn't only fast, but is the first Google flavored OS to look as polished as iOS.

iPhone 4 and GSII are still phones that rank high. They're still some of the best on the market, and definitely worth considering if you can't quite stretch to pay for the 4S.

Lumia? It's the best Windows Phone out there. Fantastic hardware meets very promising software and gives Microsoft a credible presence in a market full of Apple and Google handsets.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)
  5. Nokia Lumia 800 (unlocked)
Why I made my choices...
Same top 3 as last week. Using the mentality that if I had to go out and buy a phone tomorrow, those would be my options, in that order.

This week's 4th and 5th places go to the SII and the Lumia 800. The Galaxy SII is still one of the best phones on the market, its display, power and performance can't fail to be admired by anyone, techie or general user. The Lumia is in because it's the best Windows Phone out there. It has great hardware and great design. It shows that the future of Microsoft's mobile OS is far from dead, and with the right nurturing, it will have a bright future.

The Note and BlackBerry Bold just dropped out the top 5. For me, the Note's lack of usability day-to-day makes it an impractical solution unless you can't afford to buy a smartphone and tablet. Combining the two to create a phablet leaves a few too many compromises.
  1. Apple iPhone 4S
  2. Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE
  3. Apple iPhone 4
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note
  5. BlackBerry Bold 9900/ 9930
Why I made my choices...
For day-to-day use for the average consumer, I still can't get past the fluid/smooth integration of iOS, the iTunes ecosystem and the iPhone hardware. Although certain handsets like the Galaxy Nexus and Note may have specific features and specs that easily beat the iPhone, as an all-encompassing experience there's still nothing that quite matches the iPhone.

The Note gets in for its note-taking abilities. Until Samsung launched the huge smartphone there weren't any phones or tablets that were a pleasure to use with a stylus - that is ultra cool. Blackberry? Yep. When you need a good physical QWERTY and reliable push email service for work, you can't beat a RIM-made smartphone.

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