Forget everything you think you know about which smartphone you’re going to buy next.
Why? Because everything’s upside-down. This autumn’s superphones have gone rogue. The iPhone is big, the Samsung is made of metal, the Motorola is futuristic and battery life is now genuinely exciting.
It’s time to put aside old loyalties (we know, they were fun) and usher in some new rules. Apple is no longer the only tech giant building beautiful devices. Android isn’t the only option if you want a big screen. The days of one high-end phone per manufacturer per year are over. Experience trumps specs. Price matters.
For the iPhone it used to be all or nothing. Top of the heap for years, it has languished way down below the best Androids since mid-2012. Now the iPhone 6 is right in the middle of the scrap with the rest of its new rebel smartphone rivals. Can any of them take down the LG G3?
Meet The Contenders
1. Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung's new look? This is its first phone to add metal into the mix? But does it feel like a £500 handset?
2. Motorola Moto X
Motorola's plucky underdog adds serious specs to its promising formula of almost pure Android and customisable design.
3. Apple iPhone 6
"Is this the small one?" Cupertino leaps to a 4.7in flagship and levels the playing field with iOS 8's new tricks and better battery life.
4. LG G3
It has the power, pixels and the reasonable price tag. But can the G3 possibly stay on top amid all this darned disruption?
5. Sony Xperia Z3
Sony makes stamina sexy with the two-day Z3, its second flagship of 2014. Just bought an Xperia Z2? Look away now.
We didn't forget the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8)
The Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2 are sitting this fight out. And that's because they had their chance to shine in our first mammoth smartphone supertest of 2014.
The LG G3 won that test which is why it gets to go another round here against the iPhone 6 and others.
But these three smartphones are still worth a look-in - the Z2 has gone down in price, the S5 might not have a metal build but it is waterproof and reliable and the HTC One (M8) is still truly classy in the face of fresh competition.