The 7 best phones of MWC 2015

Wondering how excited to be about all the new smartphones? Stuff’s here to help

With Barcelona behind us for another year, it’s time to take stock of all the new phones we’re going to be lusting over for the next few months.

Here are the handsets you should be getting excited about and a handy rating of exactly how excited you should be out of 10:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

It's the phone with a screen that bends round the edges that we didn't even know we wanted. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge's futuristic profile had Fraser in raptures during his hands on time with the phone and, even though we're not sure yet if they're just gimmicks or actually useful, he quite liked the calling and info features of the side-screens too. Samsung's upped its game in terms of design and has also finally done away with some of the annoying confirmation boxes that spring up every five seconds on older handsets. So you don't get a removable battery or microSD memory expansion - big deal. The S6 Edge still has plenty to get your pulse racing. 

Excitement rating: 8

Samsung Galaxy S6

"Hang on, we just covered that!" Not so, dear reader. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is, admittedly, very similar to its edgy pal above, but it comes without the screen curving around its sides. That's not to say you shouldn't be excited about it though: the same sleek design principles are at play, and the same octa-core processing power with beefy 3GB of RAM should mean the S6 is just as zippy as the Edge. 

Excitement rating: 7

HTC One M9

As the HTC One M8's successor, the HTC One M9 had a really tough act to follow. Seems as though HTC knew it, too, as its new flagship phone isn't all that different to its last. Where Samsung really jazzed up its design, HTC was more content to rest on its laurels. One thing to be thankful for is that the M9 comes without the much-hated Ultrapixel camera set up - in its place is a decent 20MP snapper. Also new to the One game is the Snapdragon 810 chip with 3GB of RAM to back it up. That's on a par with the S6 so should mean good things for everyday phone use. All-in-all, we like the gimmick-free approach HTC has; it might not make for great headlines but it should make for a great phone. 

Excitement rating: 7

BlackBerry's mystery Slide phone

Our hearts aren't really burning with passion for the phone BlackBerry did announce at MWC 2015 - we're rather more excited about the phone it didn't announce. As a "surprise", the company held out this prototype slider handset for all to see, claiming to have a full curved touchscreen and Qwerty keyboard as well. Colour us interested. We'll be keeping an eye on this one. 

Excitement rating: 6

Microsoft Lumia 640XL

Setting out to prove that cheap doesn't always mean terrible, Microsoft's Lumia 640XL is a big-screened phone with a small price tag. You'll be as surprised as we were to learn that it's actually quite a good phone. With prices starting at €189, you'll get a 5.7-inch 720p display, Windows 8.1 (before an upgrade to Windows 10 towards the end of the year), a quad-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. That's less grunt than the superphones we've seen at Barcelona this year, but on a value basis still pretty good. 

Excitement rating: 5

Saygus V2

The little-known Saygus V2 may have been on show at CES but it's at MWC that we first got our eager little hands on it. The big news is the memory situation: the handset comes with 64GB of internal storage plus two microSD slots. With Sandisk showing off a 200GB microSD card this MWC, that means you could end up with 464GB of storage on one phone. That's space for a whole lotta selfies. With its spec game fairly on point, a frankly insane amount of storage and a projected price tag that significantly undercuts the traditional manufacturers' superphones, it's one to watch. 

Excitement rating: 6 

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

The Samsung Galaxy S6 may have spurned the S5's waterproof ways, but you can always count on Sony to bust out a phone you can take swimming. Enter the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, which can not only join you in the sea but can also survive up to two days on a single charge and has a 5.2-inch 720p screen. With mid-range specs comes a mid-range price tag: you're looking at €300ish when the M4 Aqua splashes onto the scene at some point this year. 

Excitement rating: 4