Smartphone supertest: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs HTC One M9 vs LG G4 vs Huawei P8

The verdict

There’s no doubt in our minds with this one. The Samsung Galaxy S6 just gets so much right, with virtually no elements that feel as though they could have done with a bit longer in the oven.

Camera, screen and build all ooze confidence and quality. This is a phone you’ll be proud to keep in your pocket.

Its only real issues are those bits where Samsung has been that bit too confident. Did it really have to get rid of the microSD slot? The money men probably said yes. We wish they hadn’t.

Battery life is also, well, normal. Not bad, not amazing. However, it’s not often we see a phone hit as many bullseyes as it aims for. This is the finest phone around right now.

The final scores

1. Samsung Galaxy S6 (£530) ✭✭✭✭

The S6 finally aces what Samsung has always struggled with: design. 

2. LG G4 (£500) ✭✭✭✭

Big screen, optional leather back. It’s not a revelation, but it’s great.

3. HTC One M9 (£525) ✭✭✭✭

Not every change is golden but the gorgeous design makes it a winner. 

4. Huawei P8 (£400) ✭✭✭✭✩

Huawei has earned its place in the big leagues with the P8.

What's next?

One thing none of these phones really aced is battery life. Sure, some of them charge up super-quick, but you’ll drain the lot down in a day and change. There are a handful of amazing battery techs being worked on right now, from ones that charge in seconds to those that last for weeks. We can’t wait.

But what about in the shorter term? HTC has already announced an even higher-end version of the One M9, the M9+. It has a QHD screen, although it’s only heading to China at the moment.

There are also a few side contenders you might want to consider waiting for. The Galaxy Note 5 is likely to show up later this year and OnePlus is already talking-up its Two phone. Although you may have to beg for an invite to buy one if the OnePlus One is anything to go by.

So should you wait? Only if you want a much bigger one, or a significantly cheaper one.


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