No matter the type of user, it's always nice to get a new smartphone, and considering that over the past couple of years prices have continued to fall, it's easier than ever to pick up a decent device. Budget options are becoming much better, and at this time of year there are always excellent deals to be had on the best name smartphones on the biggest carriers. This list should serve a good list for those looking to get their hands on any sort of smartphone from 2015, and these options should the everyday user and beyond.
Motorola Moto G
At first glance, the Moto G 3rd Generation is nothing more than a simple budget smartphone. While that's true, it's much more than that. It might be affordable, but the Moto G is a good smartphone full-stop, with few compromises in comparison to its price, there's a lot on offer here and it should suit the majority of users with few issues.
HTC One M9
Something a little more exotic is the HTC One M9, while also being affordable compared to the likes of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. It might only be a 1080p display and the camera could be better, but for an excellent build and great overall experience the M9 is a great device. Not to mention those stereo front-firing speakers that HTC call BoomSound, which sound incredible. A great phone for music lovers, as well as those looking for an overall experience, the One M9 is a good choice.
Motorola Droid Turbo 2
The Droid line has been a great choice for Verizon customers looking for something solid in terms of specs and overall experience. The Droid Turbo 2 is their best yet, with an unbreakable ShatterShield display, as well as the ability to customize it using Moto Maker, this is the Droid that many are looking for. With a large battery and a 5.4-inch Quad HD display this is no giant monster, either but instead a phone that will suit the majority of users on Big Red's excellent network.
Motorola Nexus 6
The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P might be out right now, but for those looking for a Nexus device that will still get the latest updates for a year or so to come (it already is running Marshmallow) then the Nexus 6 is a good way to go. Cheaper than the Nexus 6P and comparable to the Nexus 5X, the Nexus 6 is available for around $340 unlocked these days, which is a great deal for a device that is still current and will stay up to date for a long time to come.
Samsung Galaxy S6
The Galaxy S6 was launched towards the beginning of the year and it represents a big change for Samsung, with an Edge version available as well, this is a device that's well-built. Put together using glass and a metal frame, the Galaxy S6 is a solid device, and unlike others it doesn't use a Snapdragon 810, making it a little snappier and more efficient to boot. A great all-rounder, this premium smartphone will make a great gift for anyone.
Sony Xperia Z5
The Xperia Z5 is an excellent smartphone from Sony, and one of the latest evolutions of the Sony branding. It's got a new fingerprint sensor as well as a fresh new camera as well. It's definitely on the pricey side of things, but if you want to play PS4 games remotely as well, this is a good option for those that want a great camera as well as a good smartphone to boot.
Motorola Moto X Pure
The Moto X Pure is the latest in a long line of Moto X devices, and while at 5.7-inches it's a little on the larger side of things, it is infinitely customizable and Motorola is still using stock Android for those that want a clean interface and thoughtful add-on features. With a much, much better camera and the ability to work on any carrier in the US, you can purchase one of these without worrying about performance and it gives you freedom to create your perfect smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Galaxy Note 5 is a good device for those that want a larger display, but also want to do something with it. The S-Pen offers up the ability to take notes whenever and wherever they want and this has so much RAM and storage that it should suit even the most hungry power-user. Expensive, yes, but it's a Samsung and the Galaxy Note line has a rich history of being powerful and useful for all kinds of users.
Google Nexus 6P
The Nexus 6P is the first Nexus device from Huawei, and it's one of the best Nexus devices that has ever launched. With a brilliant metallic build, an excellent new camera and a great display. Plus, there's a new fingerprint sensor here as well, making Android Pay secure as well as convenient. With a Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB of RAM and the latest Android software, this is the Nexus device to get this year.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Larger phones have taken off recently, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a larger device with style and a fun new feature. The edges on both sides of the display create a unique look and the larger devices has a larger battery and its Super AMLOLED display is perfect for watching films and YouTube videos on the move wherever you are.