Best smartphones you can buy right now: February 2016

With so many different (yet similar) smartphones from so many brands from across the globe, one may start feeling a bit lost. Which one of those many is the best phone you can buy right now, in February 2016?

THERE IS NO ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL DEVICE

December is a great month if you want to buy a new phone: a bunch of brand new devices have recently arrived on the market (including the new iPhone 6s series and Galaxy Notes!), and many older devices are getting hugely discounted. This applies not just to high-end phones: affordable phones with the latest hardware and new features have also arrived in heaps recently, giving you plenty of choice. This is truly the best time to buy a new smartphone – you get the newest, most powerful hardware that will be relevant and up-to-date for the longest period of time.

There is no definite one-size-fits-all device, though, and that’s why we explore all the options, trying to help you narrow down the choice to some outstanding devices that we think won’t disappoint you. We’re also breaking them down by categories: after all some people prefer a large, phablet-sized device, while others may want a more conventionally-sized pocket sidekick. We don’t go into all that much detail (for those details, make sure to read our in-depth reviews), but we do focus on the most important highlights for each phone. With no further ado, here are the best phones you can buy right now.

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Apple iPhone 6s

Price: $32.45 (monthly lease with free upgrade every year) | $650 (full retail) | Review
The Apple iPhone 6s is the world’s fastest-selling smartphone at the moment, and it will certainly break quite a few records in sales.
Best smartphones you can buy right now: February 2016

It’s an ‘s’ upgrade meaning that it looks almost exactly like last year’s iPhone 6, but looks are deceiving: the new iPhone brings two extremely cool and useful new features, 3D Touch and Live Photos. It also comes with a massively improved Apple A9 system chip and recent findings praise Apple for making the best of this new chip and squeezing even more battery life with the 6s. We have also learned that Apple uses a brand new type of storage that is not eMMC or UFS, but a much faster kind of storage that has a lot in common with the super-fast SSD used in full-fledged Macbooks. Put in simple words, the new iPhone has a much faster processor and memory. It also comes with a new, 12-megapixel camera that now is able to capture a more detailed images than before and records video in the trendy 4K resolution, plus it supports new slo-mo options. Add to this the rich iOS ecosystem that continues to secure the best apps and games first, and one starts to understand the huge appeal of the iPhone 6s.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Price: $500 (full retail) | Review
Best smartphones you can buy right now: February 2016

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a 5.1-inch device of style and beauty: it is made of two pieces of Gorilla Glass 4 on the back and front, and a sturdy metal frame in the middle. Long gone are the times of disappointingly plastic smartphones from Samsung. Some changes have been made: the Galaxy S6 does not support a microSD card slot, a replaceable battery, or water-protection that its predecessor had. In exchange for those compromises, you get a very slim and good looking phone, an extremely powerful Exynos 7420 system chip, an excellent 16-megapixel main camera, and probably the best AMOLED screen so far. We also love the wireless charging option available right out of the box on the Galaxy S6.