The Best Android Phones Today: 5 Top Models to Check Out

If you're in the market for a new phone, you're probably a little overwhelmed by the sheer variety of choices available these days. Android-powered phones alone number in the hundreds, so how can you possibly compare them all? The answer is: you don't have to! Below are the five of the best models out now, each strong in their own ways.

1. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
A new take on the standard S6, the edge+ has an extra .6 inches of high-definition display on the S6 in the form of the "edge screen," which sort of wraps around toward the back of the phone. It affords an extremely unique design that's innovative as well as functional, offering up shortcuts from any screen to your top contacts or apps with one quick touch. On top of that, videos and games appear near-seamless, no more distracting bezel outline! Performance is remarkable as well: 4GB of RAM and quad-core processor lend to an overall lightning-fast phone. The rear-facing camera comes in at a whopping 16 megapixels, as high as some cheaper point-and-shoot cameras. The front-facing boasts a more modest 5 megapixels, but also has a wide angle lens for advanced selfie-snapping. With 25 hours of usage time, you'll never miss a thing! The phone itself is extremely slim, sleek, and lightweight, though without feeling cheap. It's easy to see why it currently has the highest ratings among next generation smartphones. A phone fit for any user.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 5
For the busy bee who's always on the go, the Note 5 offers unprecedented ease of use and simple sync between phone and computer. Take your work with you everywhere, no need for Wi-Fi! The 5.7 inch display paired with the S pen stylus make writing and navigating a breeze, and Gorilla Glass means it's as durable as it is functional. With Multi Window, multitasking is a cakewalk, and the 25 hours of usage time lets you do more longer. The SideSync software enables drag and drop transfer of photos and other documents between the phone and a computer-- you can even answer calls or respond to text messages from your laptop! With 4 GB of RAM and options for 32 or 64 GB of storage, the Note 5 is speedy and spacious. Perfect for the serious businessperson.

3. Google Nexus 6
If you find most smartphones to be too complicated, the Nexus 6 is here for you. Though it hold back no punches as far as performance with a 2.7GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM, the Nexus 6 was designed for simplicity. Its pared down interface and easy navigation combined with breakneck speeds make it a powerhouse anyone can use. The 6 inch display may be too large for some, but it's perfect for watching movies, playing games, and reading. With a 13 megapixel camera, photos will come out crisp and stunning, and 24 hours of usage combined with speedy charging mean you can always be on the go. Excellent for the tech newbie or those that don't need all the excessive functionality.

4. LG G4
Style and performance find a harmonious marriage in the G4, a truly unique smartphone. Not only does the G4 retain the removable battery, rear buttons, and microSD storage of previous generations, LG has upped the ante with six leather options for the backplate. The 5.5 inch display is a bit more petite than other offerings, but many will find this a more comfortable size. 3 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor guarantee a fast working phone, though the battery life is a bit lower at around 20 usage hours. Photo junkies will squeal in delight, however: the 16 megapixel camera is on par with Samsung offerings, but the G4 offers full manual control and RAW format capability. A camera lover's dream, and all around good option.

5. HTC One M9
HTC has always topped the list for their design choices, and the M9 is no different. Better shaped and easier to hold than the previous model, the M9 is a step up in many ways. A 20 megapixel rear-facing camera and UltraPixel front-facing ensure beautiful pictures from any angle. BoomSound dual front speakers, this time with Dolby technology, provide gorgeous, high quality sound. 3 GB of RAM, quad-core processor, 32 GB storage and microSD slot promise speed and storage space. But the icing on the cake? HTC's new "UH OH" insurance plan, guaranteeing a replacement phone free of charge if you break it in the first year, or $100 off your next HTC phone if you don't. For those with a phone graveyard the size of Rhode Island, HTC might just be the choice for you.

Though this list is far from exhaustive, it does round up some of the top contenders in the Android market this year. Hopefully one of them spoke to you, and now you're off to meet your soul-phone!
About Author: This article was written by Andy G, a tech geek and Linux fan from Austria. At the present moment he maintains firmware and driver download website called

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