7. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
OS: Android 5.0.1 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440p | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: removable 3,220mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP
Samsung is on the best smartphone list three times starting with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It's simply a better phablet than what Apple and Google have to offer out of their own labs.
The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display dials up the pixel count with a Quad HD resolution and it's sharper and brighter than other two-handed phones. And it comes with the handy S Pen stylus.
Note 4's camera exhibits punchy colors, and for the most part works flawlessly. In fact, some scenes look more dramatic than real life due to Samsung's image processing. Under the Gorilla Glass 3 and Super AMOLED is a solid Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a user-replaceable 3220mAh Fast Charging battery.
Samsung's support of microSD cards as well as its removable battery is also laudable, something that didn't carry over to the new Galaxy S6. Just be warned, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is around the corner and the current best phablet will cost you. It's $300, and that's with a carrier's strict two-year contract in the US. Otherwise, it's pricier at $600 off-contract.