9. Sony Xperia Z3
OS: Android 5.0.2 | Screen size: 5.15-inch | Resolution: 1080p | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 3,100mAh | Rear camera: 20.7MP | Front camera: 2.2MP
Skip the on-contract Sony Xperia Z3v and forthcoming Sony Xperia Z4v, which are only available through Verizon, and opt for the infinitely better Sony Xperia Z3. Its the true upgrade to Sony Xperia Z2 that's already outdated by the Z3's aluminium frame. Plastic is out and metal-and-glass design are in.
Thankfully, Xperia Z3 keeps the dedicated button for its 20.7-megapixel camera and Sony's IPS LCD screen technology makes it easier to read the 5.2-inch display, even in sunlight. The biggest beneficiaries are going to be PS4 consoles owners who can take advantage of Remote Play, a feature it shares with the Z3v, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact.
Z3's internal specs are a small step up from the Z2 and matched by the Z3V, but this is the best of what Sony has to offer in design. That is, until the currently Japan-only Sony Xperia Z4 launches everywhere else as the Sony Xperia Z3+.