Sean has been covering mobile technology professionally for the last four years and has been obsessed with all things mobile since cell phones came in bags. Android is typically his weapon of choice, but iOS and Windows Phone make an appearance in his bag from time to time as well. BlackBerry was banned following the Storm incident of 2008. When he's not writing about the latest in Android Sean is busy working on his house and honing his coding skills. Sean and his family live in Wisconsin.

 

 

Why I made my choices

The second generation Moto X claims the top spot for me this week. This should come as little surprise to anyone that has followed my choices in the past as the original Moto X was my favorite device last year. Many of the same things I praised there remain true for the updated Moto X. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine.

The iPhone 6 Plus steps up to number two on my list this week. While I have no doubt that most past iPhone owners are going to be more comfortable with the standard 6, those of us that are accustomed to Android devices will find the 6 Plus an easy transition. Aesthetically this device is a step down from the last couple generations of iPhone, but the OS has taken a number of steps in the direction of Android that pique my interest. Whether it'll retain this position in my list after time with the device I'm not sure, but save for the apps that are painfully in need of being updated for the higher resolution screen I'm impressed with the 6 Plus so far.

The Galaxy S5 takes the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) gets a bump up to number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

In light of the follow up to the Nexus 5 coming so soon I'm dropping it to fifth place on my list this week. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.


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  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  4. Samsung Galaxy S5
  5. HTC One (M8)
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. The second generation hardware is a step up in most regards and will be wildly available soon so hold off if possible.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The iPhone 6 Plus arrives on my list this week. While I have no doubt that most past iPhone owners are going to be more comfortable with the standard 6, those of us that are accustomed to Android devices will find the 6 Plus an easy transition. Aesthetically this device is a step down from the last couple generations of iPhone, but the OS has taken a number of steps in the direction of Android that pique my interest. Whether it'll retain this position in my list after time with the device I'm not sure, but save for the apps that are painfully in need of being updated for the higher resolution screen I'm impressed with the 6 Plus so far.

The Galaxy S5 takes the number 4 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) drops to number five this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  4. Samsung Galaxy S5
  5. HTC One (M8)
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. The second generation hardware is a step up in most regards and will be wildly available soon so hold off if possible.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The iPhone 6 Plus arrives on my list this week. While I have no doubt that most past iPhone owners are going to be more comfortable with the standard 6, those of us that are accustomed to Android devices will find the 6 Plus an easy transition. Aesthetically this device is a step down from the last couple generations of iPhone, but the OS has taken a number of steps in the direction of Android that pique my interest. Whether it'll retain this position in my list after time with the device I'm not sure, but save for the apps that are painfully in need of being updated for the higher resolution screen I'm impressed with the 6 Plus so far.

The Galaxy S5 takes the number 4 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) drops to number five this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
Major shakeups to my list are brewing over the next couple weeks as a number of new contenders will become available, but if you are for some reason forced to buy a phone today these are my top picks.

The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. Worth noting the follow-up to the Moto X is due to be unveiled this week, so hang on until then.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 retains the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
he Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. Worth noting the follow-up to the Moto X is due to be unveiled this week, so hang on until then.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 retains the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X stays at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy S5 is taking over the number 3 spot for me this week. Arguments about materials aside this device is a considerably better fit in my hand than the HTC One (M8). While I'm happy to concede that 16MP isn't necessary for a phone camera, the freedom of being able to do some adjustments after the shot without any meaningful loss in resolution is extremely convenient. As always I would prefer less bloat software, but at least in my usage I haven't seen slowdowns on the S5 so relegating the bloatware to a folder makes it not overly invasive. Battery life has been excellent for me so far as well, although I've got my eyes on this after my Note 3 suddenly turned on me in this area.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s returns as the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The Galaxy S5 just narrowly made it into the top 5 for me this week. At the moment I am a bit disappointed in the performance I'm seeing, but considering the actual components I imagine this is software and can be rectified. The camera is excellent and I prefer this form factor to that of the HTC One (M8), but at this size I see little reason not to bump up to the Note line which delivers a lot of extra features for me.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The Galaxy S5 just narrowly made it into the top 5 for me this week. At the moment I am a bit disappointed in the performance I'm seeing, but considering the actual components I imagine this is software and can be rectified. The camera is excellent and I prefer this form factor to that of the HTC One (M8), but at this size I see little reason not to bump up to the Note line which delivers a lot of extra features for me.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The Galaxy S5 just narrowly made it into the top 5 for me this week. At the moment I am a bit disappointed in the performance I'm seeing, but considering the actual components I imagine this is software and can be rectified. The camera is excellent and I prefer this form factor to that of the HTC One (M8), but at this size I see little reason not to bump up to the Note line which delivers a lot of extra features for me.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Samsung Galaxy S5
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The HTC One (M8) remains at number four this week. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The Galaxy S5 just narrowly made it into the top 5 for me this week. I honestly need more time with the device to firm up my opinion. At the moment I am a bit disappointed in the performance I'm seeing, but considering the actual components I imagine this is software and can be rectified. The camera is excellent and I prefer this form factor to that of the HTC One (M8), but at this size I see little reason not to bump up to the Note line which delivers a lot of extra features for me.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The HTC One (M8) joins my list at number four this week. I've only had it for a few days so far and it's possible that additional time with the device will move it up the list in future weeks. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then of course you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. HTC One (M8)
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The HTC One (M8) joins my list at number four this week. I've only had it for a few days so far and it's possible that additional time with the device will move it up the list in future weeks. As with the previous One from a purely aesthetic standpoint the design is unsurpassed by any other phone on the market. With that said I personally find the phone a bit too slippery and also a bit tall and narrow for my tastes. Easily solved with a case, but then of course you are losing the beautiful design. The power button on top of the device was a big complaint for me on the last one and while they duplicated that mistake they have added several wake gestures that make this largely a non-issue. The UltraPixel camera remains contentious and if you like to use photos from your phone beyond the internet or your device there is some validity, but for most people this is an excellent device and the duo camera gives you lots of new entertaining options.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
Safe bet that the new HTC One will find a spot on this list next week, but for now everything remains the same for me. Rumor has it the One will be available the day it is announced so do whatever you need to in order to hold off until Tuesday before making a move on a new phone.

The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
As with last week I want to put out the warning that while new devices are being launched continuously, we are heading into a season when multiple highly competitive devices are going to be released so if you can resist picking something up for a month or two I would do that. But sometimes you need a phone and you need it now, so these are my feelings on the the best of what's in stores today.

The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
As with last week I want to put out the warning that while new devices are being launched continuously, we are heading into a season when multiple highly competitive devices are going to be released so if you can resist picking something up for a month or two I would do that. But sometimes you need a phone and you need it now, so these are my feelings on the the best of what's in stores today.

The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
Obvious caveat to the list at this point that new phones are now announced and incoming that will certainly shake up this list in the coming months, but these are my feelings on the the best of what's in stores today.

The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X remains at the top of my list again this week. The hardware is stellar, it receives near Nexus speed updates, you get the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X discount has been extended making this already impressive device only $329 off contract which is a fantastic deal. That's of course just the icing on the cake of the already stellar hardware, the rapid updates, the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine. As long as you aren't concerned about Lenovo taking over (and I don't personally think you should be) then this is still the device to go with as an Android fan.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind. On top of all that there's the new red version that is either gorgeous or will sear your eyes forever.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
With the Moto X's now permanent price drop there was little doubt that it would again grab the top spot for me. That's of course just the icing on the cake of the already stellar hardware, the rapid updates, the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
With the Moto X's now permanent price drop there was little doubt that it would again grab the top spot for me. That's of course just the icing on the cake of the already stellar hardware, the rapid updates, the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the amazingly useful software additions from Motorola which they continue to improve and refine.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
With the Moto X's now permanent price drop and the added bonus of a free Chromecast if you are picking one up off contract there was little doubt that it would again grab the top spot for me this week. Those are of course just the icing on the cake of the already stellar hardware, the rapid updates, the fun of customizing with MotoMaker and the actually useful software additions from Motorola.

The LG Nexus 5 claims the number two spot for me again. After a rocky start the camera for the Nexus 5 is now very capable and this was really my one complaint about the phone when it launched. Looking beyond that the OS is faster on the Nexus 5 than any other Android device I've used and while the hardware doesn't feel quite as high quality as the other handsets on my list the price discrepancy more than excuses that in my mind.

The Galaxy Note 3 stays at number three this week. If you can tolerate a larger phone this is clearly the device to buy. The S Pen is fantastic in this iteration and the related software can really transform your smartphone usage. That's actually an accurate depiction of the Note 3 as a complete package as during my time with it as my primary device I almost completely stopped using a tablet as the Note 3 is a capable enough replacement. On top of that you have an excellent camera and phenomenal battery life which will likely keep the Note 3 high on my list well into this year.

The Galaxy S4 takes the number 4 spot. If you aren't going to take advantage of the S Pen or simply feel like you are holding a tablet to your head when using the Note 3 the S4 is an excellent alternative. The camera is the equal of any Android phone on the market and compares favorably to anything out there save the Lumia 1020. I'm less enamored with the software touches offered on the S4, but the hardware is solid and as one of the most popular smartphones on the market there are numerous accessories available which is not always the case for Android users.

The iPhone 5s is the final device on my list this week and as always if Android isn't your thing this is the device to buy. The camera is one of the best all around on any mobile device and Touch ID is a far more compelling feature than I would have initially believed. While the form factor just doesn't fit well for me I know that for many that isn't the case. If you are into the absolute latest apps it's hard to argue that rightly or wrongly iOS still draws the attention of most developers first.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The Moto X is cemented as the top smartphone of the year for me. Motorola has done a brilliant job with the Moto X software, sticking close to stock while adding just a few touches that augment Android. Touchless Control is one of the few add ons I've used recently that legitimately changes the way I use my phone. The hardware shouldn't be undersold either, it's one of the best devices in hand I've ever used.

The Nexus 5 isn't alone as a pure Google experience device anymore this year, but it remains the only phone that was built with that purpose in mind. The benefit of this has already been made evident as two updates have hit for the Nexus 5 since launch and have gone a long way to correct the one significant complaint about the device and that was the camera. Recently it has also become clear that Google has made minor alterations to the hardware since launch to correct some criticisms regarding the buttons and the speakers. While the bleeding edge of Android hardware may lie elsewhere the Nexus 5 remains the best way for hardcore Android fans to keep up with the front line software.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is a completely different animal than my first two picks. The size and the addition of the S Pen are transformative for the Note 3. Like Touchless Control on the Moto X it has the potential to change how you use your phone. During my time with the Note 3 I saw my tablet use decrease greatly as it is close enough to a small tablet that I just don't find the need to make that switch when at home. I also remain a fan of the S Pen, but I think I'm in the minority there.

Now if you do like the Note 3, but aren't so enamored of the pen then perhaps the Galaxy S4 is the right fit for you. Now you do also lose the size of the Note 3 which I consider to be an almost equally compelling feature, but then again it can be a strike against it as well if you are unable to fit the phone in your pocket. The S4 probably suffers slightly for me as it doesn't have a standout feature that I gravitate towards. It is simply an excellent all around performer with a camera that can hold its own with anything else on the market and more software add ons than most people will ever make use of. I'm not a big fan of the feel of the S4, but a case can rectify that problem easily enough and since it's one of the best selling phones around there's no shortage of case options.

The iPhone 5s again takes the number 5 spot for me. The camera on the 5s is perhaps the best all around in the smartphone realm and depending on the user that alone could be enough to sell it. Depending on your security needs for your smartphone Touch ID could also easily sell the 5s by itself. Apple needs to open it up to greater utility, but even as is it delivers a high level of security with a minimal amount of friction for the user.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
So while the increasingly inaccurately named 'Cyber Monday' deal on the Moto X continued on this week I think it's place at the top may last beyond the sale. I only had an opportunity to use the DROID MAXX previously and while they are similar devices in many ways the Moto X is a better overall package. The camera which was the lingering concern is corrected to the point that I no longer consider it a liability and the software enhancements from Motorola are so simple and yet so useful that it really does leave you with the impression that this is what devices should be in the future. The overall build and feel of this phone really can't be oversold either, it is compact without sacrificing on screen size and simply has a fantastic feel to it. While it isn't the perfect phone by any means the Moto X has reaffirmed itself as my top recommendation for now.

LG's Nexus 5 is staying firmly at number 2. Yet another update rolled out this week bringing the Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.2 and confirming that if you want to be on the bleeding edge you need to go Nexus as no one else can keep up with this pace. As I covered following the 4.4.1 update the camera fix made a huge difference and while it is still a step down from the Moto X camera it is good enough to get by with now. While I'm a bigger proponent of the Nexus 5 hardware than some the software is why you buy this phone and it remains a compelling enough feature to forgive some slight concerns regarding the hardware.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 holds on to the 3rd spot for now. While it's large size may make it unwieldy for some it is a legitimate small tablet replacement in my experience and even superior to many small tablets due to the fantastic S-Pen and related software. While I'm a bit leery that Samsung may push the size of the Note line farther next year the current form factor remains an excellent compromise in my experience.

Samsung's other flagship, the Galaxy S4, takes the fourth spot again. As I've said before this is the phone for all those that think the Note 3 is preposterously large. While the loss of the S-Pen is big ding to overall functionality for me the Samsung software extras remain a positive touch for many 'normal' users. The easy mode in particular opens this phone up to an audience that may have normally balked at Android being 'too complicated'. I'm reasonably sure I've mentioned it before, but the camera on the S4 is also undersold, it is unquestionably one of the best on the market.

Last and I suppose then by definition least for this list is the iPhone 5s. As I've said before the Touch ID and the camera on the 5s alone could sell the device for some. If you value security and a device that can stand in for a point and shoot camera in a pinch the 5s should probably be at the top of your list. The rest of the experience isn't so rosy for me and drops the 5s to the still quite respectable number 5 spot on my list.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
Due to Motorola's rather unfortunate Cyber Monday deal snafu I'm keeping my line up the same this week as people still have a chance to snag a custom Moto X for just $349. At that price the Moto X is the best device out there in my mind. Every version of the Moto X available through Moto Maker has been updated to Android 4.4 now which includes the dramatically improved camera performance. Beyond that the Motorola customizations like Active Display and Touchless controls remain standout features. Then take into account the excellent build quality, the perhaps unsurpassed feel of the Moto X and of course the ability to craft your own personalized version of the phone and you have a tough package to beat.

The LG Nexus 5 remains in number 2 this week, but actually came quite a bit closer to passing up the specially priced Moto X due to a camera update of its own. This is the one serious concern that I have had as a user of the Nexus 5 and while this update doesn't suddenly make the Nexus 5 the best camera out there it does make it a very competent option which is a dramatic improvement. And of course the fact that the Nexus 5 already has Android 4.4.1 is further confirmation of why you want this phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stays at number 3 on my list this week. As always if you want a larger phone this is absolutely the way to go. No one else has managed to build a compelling feature set around their larger phone and between the pen and the related software the Note 3 sets itself apart from the competition.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is appropriately at number 4 again. The S4 is still one of the most well rounded phones available. The camera is one of the best available with others perhaps beating it at specific tasks, but for general snapshots in varied conditions the S4 will usually get the job done effectively for you. The S4 isn't quite going to keep up with the Moto X or Nexus 5 with updates, but Samsung has indicated to expect KitKat in January so not too far behind.

The iPhone 5s is at number 5 yet again. Much like the Galaxy S4 the 5s camera is a fantastic all around performer with others only able to surpass it at specific tasks. Touch ID still disappointingly hasn't really expanded in use since the launch of the 5s, but regardless it is useful and impressive technology. Whether you prefer iOS to Android is of course the big question here and for me that just isn't the case.
  1. Moto X
  2. LG Nexus 5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
Slight change up this week due to the Cyber Monday deal available on the Moto X.

For $349 off contract with the Moto Maker option the Moto X leapfrogs the competition to reach the top spot this week. Leaving aside materials and just assessing the feel of the device the Moto X is perhaps the best Android device currently available. Motorola has also proven their commitment to quick updates by delivering KitKat to the Moto X before some previous Nexus or Google Edition devices could receive it. Finally the camera on the Moto X is superior to that of the Nexus 5 following its software update.

The Nexus 5 falls to second place as its value proposition is challenged for this week alone by the Moto X. Beyond that the Nexus 5 remains a fantastic device with unbeatable speed at the OS level. I have never seen the slightest stutter in the UI which is something I don't believe I can say of any other Android device I've used at present. The camera speed remains my only real criticism of the Nexus 5 and depending on your use case that may not be a serious concern.

The Galaxy Note 3 is my other daily driver at the moment and it does bring a few things to the table that none of the other devices on this list offer. I truly find myself able to let the Note 3 stand in for my tablet at times and I have also seen my use of the pen input increase greatly. I'm not sure if it is the increase in screen size or the improvements to the pen itself, but regardless it is a dimension that no other phone offers at the moment. Note 3 owners were also recently treated to a $50 Play Store credit so that softened the blow of the higher initial cost quite a bit.

The Galaxy S 4 is just a well rounded device and deals for it also abound this week although unfortunately none of them are off contract. The camera on the Galaxy S 4 doesn't always get the credit that it deserves and I was reminded of that this week seeing the results from some S 4 owning family members over Thanksgiving. The software ad ons for the S 4 aren't as uniquely beneficial as those found on the Note 3 or for that matter on the Moto X, but they are for the most part nice additions to the OS if a bit overbearing at times.

The iPhone 5s is again at number 5 for me. The camera and Touch ID remain the two definitive selling points of the iPhone 5s for me. The look of iOS 7 isn't exactly my style, but I don't find it that offensive that it would cause me to not recommend the device. The size of the screen and the device itself are my biggest issues as it simply feels awkward in my hand, but there are of course no shortage of cases that one could use to bulk it up a bit.
  1. LG Nexus 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  3. Moto X
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
I was unswayed by any of the new additions to the list this week so my top 5 remain the unchanged.

My time with the Nexus 5 has just cemented it as the top device currently available for me. Everything I've thrown at it runs smoothly and while the camera speed is a legitimate concern it seems likely to me that Google will fix that in an update. And while I realize I may be a broken record the value proposition of the Nexus 5 is simply unchallenged. As long as you aren't relying on your smartphone as your soul camera the Nexus 5 is an excellent device.

After a week with the Note 3 I still feel confident in my placement of it. Say what you will about the faux leather back, but it's an improvement over the plastic of previous Samsung devices. The phone is also startlingly light for its size. The pen input is absolutely flawless and as a result of that and the slight bump in size I'm using it even more frequently as an endless notebook than I did the Note II.

The Moto X continues its run at number 3. I think Motorola cost themselves a staggering number of sales with their AT&T exclusivity on Motomaker, but it is finally over and all carriers will allow you to craft your own amazing Moto X. On top of that the Moto X has seen a price drop to $99 on most carriers and can be had for $50 or free on contract if you know where to look. I've been impressed by the Moto X from the start and between the software updates, Motomaker and a fairly quick price drop it belongs in my top 5.

The Galaxy S 4 remains in 4th place. While the specs unquestionably eclipse that of the Moto X and the S 4 is still a remarkable device I think it is a slightly less compelling total package than the Moto X at this time.

The iPhone 5s continues to cling for life at the bottom of my top 5 list. I spent a few weeks using a 5s and while there are enviable aspects of the device it simply isn't the best fit for me. The camera is excellent and I continue to be frustrated that an Android manufacturer hasn't cracked that code. There are also a number of apps that I would like to see on Android, but iOS itself is less functional for me so that's a trade-off I'm willing to make. Finally the hardware is simply too small for me, it's awkward to hold and as a result I frequently feel like I'm going to drop it.
  1. LG Nexus 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  3. Moto X
  4. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
My LG Nexus 5 finally arrived this week and my time with it has just cemented it as the top device currently available for me. Everything I've thrown at it runs smoothly and while the camera speed is a legitimate concern it seems likely to me that Google will fix that in an update. And while I realize I may be a broken record at this point the value proposition of the Nexus 5 is simply unchallenged.

I actually also took delivery of a Note 3 this week (Yes, the life of a tech reviewer is hard) and again have found with more extensive use that I still feel confident in my placement of it. Say what you will about the faux leather back, but it's an improvement over the plastic of previous Samsung devices. The phone is also startlingly light for its size. The pen input is absolutely flawless and as a result of that and the slight bump in size I'm using it even more frequently as an endless notebook than I did the Note II.

Here's the curveball for this week in my lineup, the Moto X claims the number 3 spot. I think Motorola cost themselves a staggering number of sales with their AT&T exclusivity on Motomaker, but it is finally over and all carriers will allow you to craft your own amazing Moto X. On top of that the Moto X has seen a price drop to $99 on most carriers and can be had for $50 or free on contract if you know where to look. I've been impressed by the Moto X from the start and between the software updates, Motomaker and a fairly quick price drop it belongs back in my top 5.

The Galaxy S 4 slides to 4th for me this week. While the specs unquestionably eclipse that of the Moto X and the S 4 is still a remarkable device I think it is a slightly less compelling total package than the Moto X at this time.

The iPhone 5s continues to cling for life at the bottom of my top 5 list. I spent a few weeks using a 5s and while there are enviable aspects of the device it simply isn't the best fit for me. The camera is excellent and I continue to be frustrated that an Android manufacturer hasn't cracked that code. There are also a number of apps that I would like to see on Android, but iOS itself is less functional for me so that's a trade-off I'm willing to make. Finally the hardware is simply too small for me, it's awkward to hold and as a result I frequently feel like I'm going to drop it.
  1. LG Nexus 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. HTC One
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
No changes to my list for this week despite early reviews trickling in for the LG Nexus 5 and my having about a day with my own Nexus 5. As I said last week this phone could only be diminished by reviews and concerns over the speed of the camera have tarnished it a bit, but the value proposition remains too great for it to fall on my list. I'm also hopeful that a software update could improve the camera speed as there is no question this hardware is capable of taking solid photos rapidly.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is again in the number 2 position. The hardware is solid and the unique features that are offered by the stylus make this phone stand out against the competition.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is again behind its younger sibling. I'm perhaps unusual in finding the S4 hardware pleasant to use, but I also find TouchWiz to be the most tolerable of the manufacturer overlays. The S 4 loses out for me only in that there is no unique or standout feature like the stylus on the Note 3.

With rumors of the follow-up to the HTC One on the horizon the One remains on my list at number 4. While I actually prefer the feel of the Samsung devices there is no denying that the HTC One is the best looking of the Android devices out there right now. They also have built a focus around the camera that I appreciate greatly and if they are able to push that a bit further with the next revision HTC may find themselves atop this list for some time next year.

The iPhone 5s again rounds out my top 5. The hardware is better constructed than any of the Android devices I have listed above, but both the screen size and the dimensions of the device itself make it less pleasant to use for me. The camera is certainly something I envy when on Android, but the loss of tight Google services integration is a killer as it permeates everything I do online.
  1. LG Nexus 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  4. HTC One
  5. Apple iPhone 5s
Why I made my choices...
The LG Nexus 5 rockets to the top of my list in its first week. This may seem unfair as I have yet to handle the phone, but the value proposition is simply unbeatable. From a pure specs standpoint the Nexus 5 is the equal of almost any device out there. Reviews could unseat the Nexus 5 from the top spot, but for now it still seems near perfect.

The Galaxy Note 3 gets bumped down to number 2 this week. If the stylus support is appealing this is still obviously the phone for you, but as far as the rest of the specs go the Nexus 5 is its equal and offers the advantage of guaranteed updates.

The Galaxy S4 slips to 3rd. I've said it in previous weeks but the Note 3 and the S 4 are interchangeable for me with the stylus being the deciding factor.

The HTC One hangs on with its refined hardware and effective, even if slightly low resolution, camera. HTC is also making good on updating the software with 4.3 now out on most carriers and hints at 4.4 to come.

The iPhone 5s survives another week on my list. The Touch ID implementation is perhaps the biggest winner for me with the 5s, but it is just a very well rounded device. Were iOS my operation system of choice this would be my clear cut number one.
  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  2. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  3. HTC One
  4. Apple iPhone 5s
  5. Moto X
Why I made my choices...
With no additions to the list this week my top 5 remain the same.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is still at the top of the heap with a combination of hardware and software that give it a number of unique advantages over the competition.

Drop the pen and shrink the screen of the Galaxy Note 3 to a more pocketable size and you have the Galaxy S 4. While personally I enjoy using the pen with the Note 3 I can see that it isn't for everyone and the S 4 offers virtually everything else that makes the Note 3 my top pick.

The HTC One has been getting updated to 4.3 on many carriers which is excellent to see from HTC. As I've said previously this phone is without question the best constructed Android phone out there and for those of you that love sharing your photos to social media the HTC One camera is perhaps the best for Android users.

Android fan though I may be I can appreciate what Apple does with the iPhone and the 5s is an excellent device. While the updated look of iOS isn't perhaps my favorite they have nailed the hardware for the most part. The camera can compete with any other out there save for the Lumia 1020 and Touch ID is remarkably accurate and consistent. If only Apple would open Touch ID up to others it would make this into a truly game changing addition to the device.

The Moto X again rounds out my list. It may not have quite the polish of the HTC One, but the Moto X actually is a better device in the hand for me. The software touches that Motorola built in may not be revolutionary, but they are conveniences that I hope we see trickle into the core Android OS. Even with the update the camera on the Moto X is still a bit of a disappointment and holds it from taking a place higher on this list for me.
  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  2. Samsung Galaxy S 4
  3. HTC One
  4. Apple iPhone 5s
  5. Moto X
Why I made my choices...
The Galaxy Note 3 leads my selections for my first week joining the illustrious smartphone experts. The Note 2 has been my daily driver for a year now and Samsung may not have reinvented the wheel with the Note 3, but the iterative improvements to the hardware and software were sufficient to make the Note 3 stand out among the current crop of smartphones. Next up on my list is Samsung's Galaxy S 4. While I enjoy the pen input and larger screen of the Note the S 4 is a better fit for many users while offering much of the same functionality. Ending the Samsung reign of terror on my list is the HTC One. This is easily the most beautifully designed Android phone to date and while the Ultrapixel camera may not be a point and shoot replacement it is fantastic for capturing and sharing moments online. Shh...don't tell the Android and Me readers about number 4 on my list. Apple's iPhone 5s like the Note 3 doesn't blow its predecessor out of the water, but between Touch ID, the A7 processor and the improved camera they did enough to impress this Android stalwart. The Moto X rounds out my top 5 for this week. While the hardware falls short for me in a couple areas the software on the Moto X is second to none. I appreciate their approach of adding just a few simple touches to stock Android and the recent camera update has brought the X into the top 5 discussion.

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BlackBerry Passport (unlocked)

BlackBerry Passport (unlocked)

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HTC One (M8)

HTC One (M8)

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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LG G3

LG G3

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Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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