These are 2 different phones, but unfortunately Apple is still chasing the trend rather than creating a new one. The camera is said to be an improvement, but anything would be an improvement over past iPhone cameras as their pictures are horrible. The limit is with the 8mp camera will not get the best detail in photos compared to other smartphones despite having great colors that are a little too unrealistic. The worst thing Apple did was put a small battery in the 6 of only 1800mAh. I have not had a battery that small since the Samsung Galaxy Nexus of almost 4 years ago that I quickly replaced the battery with the bigger available which was 2100mAh. Sorry Apple users will still be hovered over power outlets to charge their phones.
The HTC M8 is a cool phone, but only a 4MP camera, small battery and no option for additional data storage put this about even with the iPhone 6. HTC new selfie camera appears better so far from what I have seen with a 13MP front and back camera. Unfortunately they are just trying to put their news out as they are late to the race this Fall.
Very cool phone with quick updates to Android make this about even with the Samsung S5, but it doesn't have the ability to add a micro SD card and Motorola has not produced a very good camera yet. The cool voice commands and running a stock Android version makes this better than the LG G3 which doesn't get listed on this list as it was introduced comparing it to last year's smartphones.
Although this is last year's phablet by Samsung, I would still place it higher than anything from Apple, HTC or LG. The camera is awesome along with the many useful features of the S Pen. The battery is great and so is the screen. I don't like the Menu button, but it was replaced by the app switching button on the Note 4. I am not a fan of Touchwiz as I prefer using Nova launcher due to the customization of gesture based shortcuts. I will probably use Nova launcher on my next phone as well.
I was happy to hear that Verizon will be able to get this Nexus which will be the only one
other than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The screen size, battery, processor and RAM are identical to the Samsung Note 4. This phone could be number 2 on my list, but Google has yet to show how this phone can be used effectively with one hand. I would call this a tablet without showing comparable features to the Samsung Note 4. Although Nexus gets Android updates first, I doubt that the Verizon version will be as quick as I felt burned by the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The only reason why this Nexus to ranked so high is due to the newest version of Android.
This is the phone that has me waiting to get my next smartphone. A 5.2" screen with the
same processor and RAM as the Nexus 6 and the Note 4 make this one interesting, but the Huge battery (3900mAh) might put this one over the top if the camera doesn't suck like on other Motorola phones. This phone is perfect for those who don't have a charger with them all day, and don't want a bigger screen as the phablets. It will run a nearly pure version of Android and has a 20mp camera which is the best available in Android or Apple. Let's just hope that the camera doesn't suck. Lol
I rank this number 1 because they improved the S Pen functions, changed the Menu button for an app switching button and the ability to have multiple applications running on the screen at one time is a great improvement from the Note 3. The screen and camera were great on the Note 3 and are even better on the Note 4. Ultra battery saving mode is a plus over the Note 3 which most new smartphones are coming out with this year.