Christmas 2015 is around the corner and it’s time to buy a sick Android flagship for yourself.
Whether it’s for you or a loved one (yeah right), these are some of the best Androids you can buy this holiday season 2015.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 ($620 for the 32GB Model)
The Galaxy Note 5 is one of the most powerful Androids ever made. The phone features ridiculous tech specs and a screen that somehow feels even larger than it actually is.
If you want a 5.7-inch screen with 1440p resolution and 518ppi pixel density, then the Note 5 can be that phone. It also has a 16MP camera capable of shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second.
Perfect For: Someone who watches a lot of videos on their phone, or anyone who uses their phone for productivity tasks and needs high-end tech specs.
Nexus 6P ($499 for the 32GB Model)
The Nexus 6P undercuts most 2015 flagships by around $200. But don’t let that low price fool you into thinking the Nexus 6P is a cheap phone: this phone has similar tech specs to the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6.
First, we’ve got a 5.7” 2560×1440 AMOLED display – which you’ll have trouble telling apart from the Note 5’s screen that we talked about above.
Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 810 chip and 3GB of RAM.
But some of the best tech specs of the Nexus 6P are the camera and the sleek design. Of course, the biggest selling feature will be the price.
Oddly enough, there’s one big “catch” with the price of the Nexus 6P. European customers pay an enormous premium for the device. If you live in Europe, expect to pay 700 Euros for the 6P. At that price, the Nexus 6P isn’t quite as attractive.
Perfect For: Those who want to save money without sacrificing much; anyone who appreciates attractive design; and people who need high-end tech specs mixed with stock Android in all its Material Design glory.
Galaxy S6 ($579 for the 32GB Model)
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 was the first Samsung flagship phone since the S3 to really shake things up. The S6 threw out the old, cheap, plastic design and replaced it with an iPhone-like metallic case.
Sure, it’s no longer waterproof and it doesn’t have a removable battery case or microSD card slot. But did you really need to use those things? (Oh, you did. Never mind then).
Regardless of how you feel about the changes, the Galaxy S6 is one of the best phones in terms of performance and raw power. Key tech specs include:
-5.1-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display
-32, 64, or 128GB storage space
These specs allow the Galaxy S5 to blow benchmark tests out of the water. Months after its release, the Galaxy S6 is still the fastest Android phone on the market.
Perfect For: Anyone who wants a more average-sized screen; people who still own a Galaxy S3 and enjoy Samsung; anyone who needs high-end tech specs at a competitive price (you can get $100 to $150 Galaxy S6 phones on two year contracts these days).
LG G4 ($479 for the 32GB Model)
The LG G4 is a big larger and less expensive than the Galaxy S5 and offers a distinctly different experience than Samsung. Many users love the LG interface – and there’s nothing wrong with that.
The larger 5.5” screen puts the LG G4 at the higher end of the smartphone market and at the lower end of the phablet market. Some say it’s the perfect mid-range, while others say it’s “struggling to find its identity”.
However you feel, the LG G4 sells for about $100 less than the Galaxy S6 and you’re likely going to see some better deals come out over the upcoming months.
Perfect For: You don’t like Samsung but want a flagship Android at a slightly-above-average screen size.
Google Nexus 5X ($429 for the 32GB model)
If you’re looking for a more mid-range Android, then you’ll find it hard to do better than the Nexus 5X.
The Nexus 5X is surprisingly similar to the LG G4 (although it’s not that surprising considering both phones were manufactured by LG).
Key specs include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and a 12MP camera (the same one you see on the Nexus 6P).
The 16GB version of the Nexus 5X is $379, while the larger 32GB version is $429.
It’s not perfect and it won’t offer you top of the line performance. But at $379, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better unlocked Android phone.
Just like the Nexus 6P, there’s one weird anomaly about European prices: The Nexus 5X is priced at around 449 Euros in Europe, which means it’s competing with some other major flagships that are way outside its American price range.
Perfect For: Someone who wants a high-end Android experience without a high-end Android price tag.
Motorola Moto G ($219 for the 2GB Version)
This is the cheapest phone on our list of the best Androids for Christmas 2015. The budget Android market (under $250) is probably stronger than it’s ever been before.
There are actually two versions of the 2015 Moto G, including one with 1GB of RAM and the other with 2GB of RAM. Unless you’re going for the ultra-budget approach, the 2GB of RAM option is probably best.
The 2GB RAM version also doubles the storage space to 16GB from 8GB. Other tech specs include:
-5 inch screen with 720×1280 pixel resolution
-Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex A53 processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC)
-13MP camera (5MP front-facing camera)
Perfect For: Anyone who wants to spend $200 on a fully functional unlocked Android.