iTechTriad’s Favorite Smartphones Of 2015

2015 hasn’t exactly been the best year for flagship smartphones. We’ve seen quite a few disappointments. However looking through the fog, there have been some awesome phones as well. Everyone writing here at iTechTriad has different preferences in what they want in a smartphone, so what were our favorites? Well obviously there are some clear picks, but at the same time, there’s a few surprises as well. Let’s take a look.


Jeff McIntire

Favorite Smartphone – Nexus 6P

Why is it their favorite? – It’s a development-friendly phone with an easily unlockable bootloader. Also, by all accounts, it has a great camera, making it the first Nexus (along with the 5X) to feature a truly outstanding camera.

Runner up – Samsung Galaxy Note 5




Robert T Best

Favorite Smartphone – Nexus 5X

Why is it their favorite? – After thinking about it for a while is the only phone of 2015. I am sure many readers will think I’m crazy just hear my reasons out.

Most phones released over the last 12 months are not that much better over their 2014 counterparts. Yes they have a little bit more storage and ram in some cases. Yes their processors have gotten a little faster and the screens have gotten better. But they are not leaps and bounds ahead. The original Nexus 5 holds up as a very solid and stable device when put side by side with some of this years flagship phones, and in some cases betters them.

When Google released the Nexus 5X, for me at least, they gave me the perfect phone. The phone I wanted without knowing I wanted it. Yes it does not have lots of ram and lots of storage. Yes the competition has faster processors and metal bodies. But we don’t need them. We don’t need phones with 2k/4k screens that have 4gb of ram and 128gb of storage. For around half the price, or greater, the N5X will hold its own in any benchmark against the flagship phones. What more do you need from a phone?

The Nexus 5X can fit all your needs in a smartphone.

The Nexus 5X can fit all your needs in a smartphone.

It has a great screen, I am very happy with the battery life and the size is the perfect size for me. Yes Google/LG cut corners putting this together. They just cut the right corners. For that reason it is my pick of phone of the year.

Runner up – 2015 Moto G

Favorite Device – Chromecast Audio


Keyan X

Favorite Smartphone – Nexus 6P

Why is it their favorite? – #BecauseNexus. Seriously though, this phone is a big step for the Nexus family, from the build to the camera, everything is an improvement (as to be expected).

It has a big and very beautiful display and an all-metal design that feels great to handle. Also while still being a big phone, its much easier to handle than last year’s Nexus 6. The camera is also excellent and Marshmallow just adds to the overall experience.

Runner up – iPhone 6s Plus


Isaiah Pez

Favorite Smartphone – LG V10

Why is it their favorite? – Now this might be the unpopular opinion.That being said, from the moment that it was announced I was immediately drawn to the dual screen freatures and the camera capabilities. Coming from owning and loving nearly everything about LG G3 the V10 felt like the upgrade I’ve been waiting for.

The LG V10 isn't always recognized for just how great it really is.

The LG V10 isn’t always recognized for just how great it really is.

Runner up – Nexus 6P


Andrew Romero

Favorite Smartphone – Note 5

Why is it their favorite? – The feel of the phone joined with the pure speed it has to offer make for a great experience. If I got my hands on the 6P, it probably would have been the 6P.

Runner up – Nexus 6P


Connor Jewiss

Favorite Smartphone – Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Why is it their favorite? – It’s a great looking phone with lots of great features packed into it. As well as the phone being aesthetically pleasing it is made by one of the leading smartphone brands. A brand that incorporates the Android Lollipop, and soon Android Marshmallow, update into the device with Samsung’s added tweaks, and does it very well. The phone is a device that is easy to use and is comfortable to hold. Finally, the smartphone is one of the top of the range and is quite expensive, but not too pricey, and is good value for money.

The S6 Edge+ wins tons of points for it's looks, and the specs only make things that much better.

The S6 Edge+ wins tons of points for it’s looks, and the specs only make things that much better.

Runner up – LG G4 or LG V10

Favorite Device – The New Range of Android Wear Watches


Neal Jacob

Favorite Smartphone – Nexus 6P

Why is it their favorite? – I really wish I would have gone with a Nexus 6 instead of a Moto X two years ago. The deciding factor in me going with the Moto X was the Voice Commands. At the time I purchased the Moto X I was commuting 140 miles round trip and wanted the ease of Voice Command to interact with my phone. Sorry for the rant. I just want a Nexus! 🙂

Runner up – Nexus 5x


Nick Terry

Favorite Smartphone – Nexus 6P

Why is it their favorite? – It’s got the best looking design of any Android smartphone released in 2015. Then there are the two, more important features that the phone possesses that not many other Android smartphones do. A great camera and great software. All of that collectively makes the Nexus 6P the best smartphone of 2015 in my opinion.

Runner up – iPhone 6S Plus

2015 wasn’t all about Android, iPhones has an awesome year as well especially with the iPhone 6S Plus.


Ben Schoon

Favorite Smartphone – Nexus 6P

Why is it their favorite? – As I said in my Nexus 6P review, this is the closest to perfect an Android smartphone has ever been. It’s got a great display, good performance, a great camera, good battery life, and the design is just gorgeous. All around an awesome smartphone, but add in the $499 price tag and that makes it the best I’ve laid my hands on all year.

The Nexus 6P is one heck of an awesome smartphone.

The Nexus 6P is one heck of an awesome smartphone.

Runner up – Tie between Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Blackberry Priv


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