Everything you need to know about your next smartphone

Of course, not all of us can wait for LG and Apple to sort themselves out and launch some new handsets - you just want to buy your new smartphone right now.

Luckily we've already seen some top handsets launched this year and you'll be spoilt for choice.

HTC One M8

The new HTC One M8 is special. It had quite the shoes to fill following on from the top-rated HTC One, but it's managed to snaffle a five star TechRadar rating of its own.

This is the best looking and feeling Android handset on the market and only the iPhone 5S comes close in terms of premium build quality.

HTC One M8

The One M8 is stunning

It's not just surface deep quality either, as the HTC One M8 also features an excellent full HD 5-inch display, powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat with the firm's new Sense 6.0 overlay.

The novel Duo Camera setup on the rear is certainly intriguing, but HTC has opted to stick to its rather confusing ultrapixel camera which translates to a lowly 4MP snapper. It's not the worst phone camera we've used, but it certainly isn't the best.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 surprised us slightly by revealing itself during the hustle and bustle of MWC 2014 in Barcelona, but slightly hidden launch event aside it's still a force to be reckoned with.

Samsung has built up a supremely strong brand around its flagship Galaxy smartphones and the S5 is no different - it's the firm's best offering to date.

If may not be as big of a step up on the Galaxy S4 as we hoped for, but the dust and water resistant body and fingerprint scanner hidden under the physical home key are welcome additions.

Samsung Galaxy S5

No tricks, more power, same plastic body

For those of you looking to spend a lot of time watching movies or playing games on your new smartphone then the Galaxy S5 should be in your sights as it's been dubbed the best smartphone display on the market.

There's also an interesting heart rate monitor on the rear of the handset which will no doubt catch the eye of fitness fanatics, but its use is a little limited - you're better off getting the Gear Fit if you want to monitor your pulse.

Sony Xperia Z2

The Sony Xperia Z2 is actually the third flagship handset to come out of the Japanese firm in little over 12 months, but don't let that put you off considering it for your next smartphone.

Sony has learnt its lessons from the Xperia Z1 and improved the contrast ratio and viewing angles of the 5.2-inch full HD display on the Xperia Z2.

This pulls it nicely in line with the Galaxy S5 and One M8, while its sturdy water resistant metal frame feels premium and solid in the hand, if not a little cold and industrial.

Sony Xperia Z2

A top notch screen makes the Z2 a serious contender

There's plenty of power under the hood with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU, while a 20.7MP camera resides on the rear.

If you've already got a Xperia Z1 you may be looking a little enviously in the direction of the Z2, but there's really no need for you to upgrade. At the rate Sony is going, the Z3 will probably be out before the iPhone 6 darkens our shelves.

John McCann
Global Managing Editor

John joined TechRadar over a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs from some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.