4. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung is back on the best smartphone list with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, a better phablet than what both 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. Plus it comes with the S Pen.
The Note 4 camera also exhibits punchy colors on, and for the most part it works flawlessly. In fact, some scenes look a bit more dramatic than real life due to Samsung's image processing.
Under the Gorilla Glass 3 are powerful next-gen internals: a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 3220mAh Fast Charging. It's hard to top these top-of-the-line specs.
Samsung's support of microSD cards and a removeable battery is also laudable. Just be warned, the best will cost you. It's $300 through a carrier's two-year contract in the US.
While it's got a big hold over the LG G3 in many ways, it can't compete on price with the South Korean rival - and that's the big drawback for this phablet.
But it's the closest phablet to the 'average' smartphone we've seen so far, and it packs the most into that limited palm space. Well done Samsung - here's hoping the Galaxy S6 is even more impressive.