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YouTube’s best gadget reviewers pick 2015’s top smartphones

Published Dec 21st, 2015 9:35AM EST
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You can find some of the best gadget reviews in the world on YouTube and two of my favorite YouTube gadget reviewers have just posted their picks for 2015’s smartphones of the year. So what do popular YouTubers Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison think of 2015’s crop of smartphones? Let’s explore both of their year-end wrap-up videos below.

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Here’s Morrison’s video, where he picks the Nexus 6P, the iPhone 6s Plus and the Moto X Pure Edition as his three best phones of the year:

He says that the 6P barely edged out the Galaxy Note 5 in his rankings and he praises the device for delivering a strong camera, which is something that Nexus devices have traditionally lacked. He also loves the device’s overall build quality and its “wicked fast” fingerprint scanner.

The iPhone 6s Plus, meanwhile, gets praised for its fast A9 chip and strong battery life, as well as its great camera software that works in perfect harmony with the camera hardware. And when it comes to the Moto X Pure Edition, Morrison says that it’s “easily” the best mid-priced smartphone of the year and it even has a significantly approved camera compared to earlier Moto X models. He also loves the customization options for the device, which has become a staple of Motorola flagship devices.

While Morrison just lists his three favorite overall smartphones, Brownlee breaks his picks down into different categories.

In short, here are some of his awards for different smartphones this year:

  • Best big phone: Samsung Galaxy Note 5. What makes this particularly notable is that Brownlee actually praises the software skin that Samsung put over Android for adding a lot of useful features to the device. This is a rarity, as Samsung’s Android overlays have been the subject of a lot of criticism over the years.
  • Best compact smartphone: iPhone 6s. A few years ago, a smartphone with a 4.7-inch display would have been considered enormous. However, the iPhone 6s is still smaller than most flagship devices out there right now, which is why it qualifies for this category.
  • Best smartphone camera: Galaxy Note 5.
  • Best budget smartphone: OnePlus X. At just $250, this phone is praised for delivering superior build quality and specs for its low price.
  • Best battery life: Motorola Droid Maxx.
  • Most improved manufacturer: BlackBerry for the BlackBerry Priv.

To see all of Brownlee’s smartphone award picks for this year, check out the full video below.

Brad Reed
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Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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