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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 04/10/2015

April 2015 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.

For the original German article, see here.

Smartphones destroy everything else in terms of sales in the mobile-phone market. These incredibly versatile devices outstripped normal cell phones ages ago. With even stronger processors and growing display sizes, so-called "phablets" are encroaching on tablet territory. The line between these devices is growing increasingly blurry - at least at the peak of the market. These smartphone-tablet crossbreeds have taken many of the top spots in our smartphone Top 10 list. As a result, most of the top models in our list are occupied by very recently released devices. Still, here and there a brave old soldier has clung on to the top of the ladder.

Top Smartphones Charts as of April 2015

#ScoreDateModelWeightDepthSizeResolutionOS
191%10/14Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $489 at Amazon
129 g8.6 mm4.61280x720Android
291%04/14
Samsung Galaxy S5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $592 at Amazon
145 g8.1 mm5.11920x1080Android
390%10/14Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Qualcomm Adreno 420
2 GB RAM
from $795 at Amazon
176 g8.5 mm5.72560x1440Android
489%10/14Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa
ARM Mali-T628 MP6
2 GB RAM
from $655 at Amazon
115 g6.7 mm4.71280x720Android
589%09/14Sony Xperia Z3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB RAM
from $679 at Amazon
152 g7.3 mm5.21920x1080Android
689%05/14Sony Xperia Z2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB RAM
from $660 at Amazon
163 g8.2 mm5.21920x1080Android
789%04/14HTC One M8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $529 at Amazon
163 g9.4 mm5.01920x1080Android
889%11/13Apple iPhone 5S
Apple A7
PowerVR G6430
1 GB RAM
from $684 at Amazon
112 g7.6 mm4.01136x640iOS
988%04/15
new!
HTC One M9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Qualcomm Adreno 430
3 GB RAM
from $649 at Amazon
157 g9.6 mm5.01920x1080Android
1088%02/15Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Qualcomm Adreno 420
3 GB RAM
from $870 at Amazon
174 g8.3 mm5.62560x1600Android

Top 10 smartphones from the last 12 months - current reviews are listed first

Editors' Comments

The flagship smartphones are slowly arriving. After the Mobile World Congress in March, we are getting the new top devices from the big companies in our editorial offices. The first corresponding review was about the HTC One M9, but the two new high-end devices from Samsung, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have already arrived and were tested for a short preview. After OnePlus was not able to provide a test model of their "Flagship Killer" One for quite a while, we just decided to buy one, so the price-performance champion can compete with the current high-end devices right away. And it was actually very close, the OnePlus One just missed our Top 10 by one percent point. The HTC One M9 has this one additional point and takes a spot at the bottom of our ranking. Our other two test devices though, the Wiko Ridge 4G and Honor 3C, are no contenders for our Top 10.

This means we just tested four smartphones in March or we finished our in-depth reviews, respectively. The highlight was obviously the latest top model from HTC, which follows the tradition and is called One M9. The manufacturer particularly improved the technical specifications compared to the predecessor and integrated the Snapdragon 810, which is currently the fastest chip from Qualcomm. The latest One is obviously preloaded with the new Android version Lollipop. Otherwise, HTC mainly improved small things but raised the recommended retail price. In the end you once again get a great high-end smartphone, but it cannot stand out from high-end rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Apple iPhone 6, which are available for a while now.

The two new top devices from Samsung arrived in our editorial office as well, but we did not finish our in-depth reviews of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge so far. However, our previews already show where the devices are headed: Pretty far to the top – presumably. Reasons for that are once again the very fast hardware, the great AMOLED displays and for the first time a unibody chassis made of aluminum and glas. This also means you do not get a replaceable battery or a microSD slot anymore. We will find about about the final verdict in a couple of days.

We were very excited to test the self-declared flagship killer OnePlus One. The Cyanogen device is available for a couple of months now, so it does not feature the latest hardware. Still, the OPO (short for OnePlus One) can almost convince us completely. The chassis is light and well-built, the features with 3 GB RAM are generous. We also liked the display and the pictures from the main camera. The performance of the SoC is – despite its "age" – still excellent. Our only criticism concerns the missing 800 MHz LTE band and the lack of a microSD slot. The price is just amazing … even after the recent adjustment due to the weak Euro.

Another test device in March was provided by the manufacturer Wiko. The Ridge 4G stands out from the rivals with its colorful design. Selfie friends will be happy about the high-resolution front camera, and with 200 Euros, the price of the appealing mainstream device is attractive as well. The two SIM slots ensure flexibility for the user; you can use a Nano- and a Micro-SIM. The display is not one of the best models, the GPS sensor reveals issues and the battery runtime is not really satisfactory. At least the Top 10 are out of reach.

This is even more the case for the Honor 3C. The subsidiary from Huawei does offer very good devices for fair prices that even have a slightly nicer design compared to the parent group. The Honor 3C certainly looks fresh, but you can expect more from a device for 200 Euros nowadays. We liked the dual-SIM feature and the HD display with 1280 x 720 pixels. Drawbacks are the lack of LTE and NFC as well as the weak camera performance.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

1st

A compact model leading our smartphone charts? It can only stem from Sony, since the Japanese are still the only ones who put high-end hardware into the "small" versions of their top models. The Xperia Z3 Compact is almost throughout convincing. Just the display brightness and the contrast could be slightly higher. The buyer gets a real high-end smartphone with compact size protected against water and dust. In addition, the battery life of the Z3 Compact is excellent. Usually, only ordinary mobile phones deliver such a similarly long battery life. Together with the great cameras and the great integration of the PlayStation world, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact really deserves the top spot.

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

2nd

Samsung equipped its flagship with everything that is good and expensive: Snapdragon 801 SoC, Full HD Super AMOLED display, USB 3.0, countless wireless technologies and many more. This is also the reason why the Samsung Galaxy S5 could successfully defend its spot in our top list against persistent attacks from competitors for several months. It does not matter if you look at HTC, LG or Apple – only a single manufacturer was able to produce such a powerful and almost perfect device as the South Koreans. Besides the high performance, the S5 can, amongst others, convince us with long battery runtimes, great cameras and an unrivaled list of features. The S5 impressively shows that you can actually make a call with a smartphone. Probably the only thing that is missing for a perfect device is a more sophisticated case.

Discussion
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

3rd

Smartphones of the Note series from Samsung are almost legendary; not least because of the eponymous stylus. Samsung has also put excellent components into the Note 4: fast SoC, many features. Only the USB 3.0 port of the predecessor is missing. But, the highlight of the Galaxy Note 4 is its outstanding OLED display with WQHD resolution. The Samsung sets new standards in terms of colors, brightness, viewing-angle stability and black value. The display is simply a dream. The performance cannot completely keep up with this high claim, since the GPU starts to throttle soon under load. Overall, the Note 4 is unrivaled in the phablet range, since cameras and battery life are excellent, too.

 

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Alpha

4th

The third device from Samsung, the Galaxy Alpha, is also far up in our charts. The author thinks that it looks and feels similar to the Apple iPhone 5S, which is positive. In terms of materials, the Alpha starts a new "era" at Samsung. The South Koreans use more aluminum and less polycarbonate, which previously dominated. The battery cover remained removable - and made from plastic. The Galaxy Alpha has many pros. In particular, the build quality and AMOLED display are outstanding. But the smartphone can also score points with its performance, cameras, and battery life. We did not like that it lacks a microSD slot and the relatively low resolution.

 


Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3

5th

Sony's Xperia Z3 was launched a couple of months after the Xperia Z2, which was introduced in spring. So is the new flagship more of an Xperia 2.5? Yes and no. The technical foundation is actually pretty similar, only the clock of the Snapdragon 801 was slightly raised for the new top version. There are also small improvements for the case; it is now even better protected against hose water, and the handling benefits from a more rounded design. The back is, unfortunately, still a bit too slippery. The Japanese also improved the display; it is now one of the brightest panels in general. Sony did not change the good cameras and the long battery runtimes. We really liked the numerous optional accessories and the possibility to connect the smartphone with the PlayStation 4. The result is one of the best smartphones on the market, which really earned the "3" in the designation.

 

Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2

6th

Despite the fact that the successor is already available, the Sony Xperia Z2 still manages a spot in our Top 10. The reason: It does many things as good as the Xperia Z3 and even gets the same weighted score. However, it falls just short of its successor without the weighting. Still, this does not change the good overall impression of the Z2. It is still one of the thinnest smartphones on the market and it also protects against dust. A drop into the bath tub is no problem for the smartphone, which is mainly made of glass, either. The display is not one of the best, but it is still convincing. Similar to the Z3, the Z2 offers a great software package.

 

HTC One M8
HTC One M8

7th

The HTC One M8 is ahead of the competition in terms of materials and build quality. The top version from the Taiwanese manufacturer also uses very powerful components. We therefore don't understand why the manufacturer has to cheat in familiar benchmarks and increases the clock of the SoC, which is very fast in general, to improve the results. The One M8 is one of the best smartphones, even without the cheating. The speakers are in a league of their own and the same applies for the cameras. The very good review result is completed by the high voice and signal quality, a more than decent display and innovative features like the dual camera. 

Apple iPhone 5S
Apple iPhone 5S

8th

5S? This has to be mistake; you can already get the Apple iPhone 6. But this is not the case. The "old" iPhone is actually ahead of its brand-new successor. It benefits from its more compact design and the lower weight, but our review unit also didn't use iOS 8 at the time of writing. The software is still a big problem for the new generation. Apple's iPhone 5S is still an excellent smartphone with great materials and a high build quality. Similar to all Apple devices it will receive iOS updates for at least two more years. Despite its age, the 5S still offers good performance results, has decent cameras, long battery runtimes and a convenient handling.

HTC One M9
HTC One M9

9th

HTC follows the same philosophy for its flagship One M9 in the third generation: The aluminum chassis is one of the best on the smartphone market. Contrary to Apple and Samsung, however, HTC does not waive a microSD slot for the inexpensive expansion of the internal storage. The HTC does not really make any mistakes, but it does not offer innovations, either. This means despite the fastest Qualcomm SoC, great features and convincing display, it is just enough for a spot at the end of our ranking. Still, it is without a doubt one of the best smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

10th

A high-end smartphone from Samsung's Note-series, which is almost at the bottom of the ranking – what went wrong? Principally nothing, the Note Edge was just launched quite late and already has to compete with some smartphones from the next generation. It is basically a real high-end device with great features, an excellent display plus the additional space thanks to the curved area. Performance, build quality and the quality of the cameras are on a very high level as well. Only the voice quality of the Note Edge cannot really convince us. Because of the high price we do not think there will be many customers for this exclusive smartphone.

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Recent Smartphone Awards

Editor's Choice in November 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in November 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in October 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in October 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in September 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Editor's Choice in September 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Editor's Choice in August 2014: Nokia Lumia 930
Editor's Choice in August 2014: Nokia Lumia 930
Editor's Choice in July 2014: HTC One Mini 2
Editor's Choice in July 2014: HTC One Mini 2
Editor's Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2
Editor's Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Editor's Choice in May 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5
Editor's Choice in May 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5
Editor's Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8
Editor's Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8
Best Value Award in April 2014: Huawei Ascend Y530
Best Value Award in April 2014: Huawei Ascend Y530

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z2
HTC One M8
Apple iPhone 5S
HTC One M9
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Screen
Brightness Center513358335334702460474579474481
Black Level *0.410.720.70.540.80.4
Contrast12519756578787241185
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *8.545.281.772.578.924.435.862.766.322.24
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *9.884.652.061.879.594.215.22.556.364.02
Gamma *3.032.482.412.432.752.792.292.432.433.07
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)9958.81
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *39.737.740.337.443.341.139.239.538.434.9
Maximum Bottom *39.936.63938.439.7383937.636.135.8
Idle Upper Side *3227.328.630.933.23233.931.23426.7
Idle Bottom *30.326.827.730.430.329.530.327.829.526.1
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle2614169516681357120399586313208051286
Load173253323192132178102170236199
WiFi1326613744428672623453600573542
H.2641478556701656682598385421587
WiFi v1.3348
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *0.40.30.60.40.50.70.30.61.10.4
Idle Average *0.90.51.10.91.41.61.40.821.5
Idle Maximum *1.11.11.41.31.82.21.61.62.42.4
Load Average *3.63.14.32.35.23.43.92.37.26.9
Load Maximum *56.29.42.66.15.15.73.87.511.8

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
9879 points ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S5
9054 points ∼67%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
9732 points ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
5777 points ∼43%
Sony Xperia Z2
7250 points ∼53%
HTC One M8
5021 points ∼37%
HTC One M9
5738 points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
9949 points ∼73%
Linpack Android / IOS
Single Thread (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
300 MFLOPS ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy S5
355 MFLOPS ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
319.975 MFLOPS ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
388.117 MFLOPS ∼38%
Sony Xperia Z3
375 MFLOPS ∼37%
Sony Xperia Z2
261 MFLOPS ∼26%
HTC One M8
337.474 MFLOPS ∼33%
Apple iPhone 5S
518.44 MFLOPS ∼51%
HTC One M9
578.161 MFLOPS ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
0 MFLOPS ∼0%
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
605 MFLOPS ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy S5
678 MFLOPS ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
696.97 MFLOPS ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
491.74 MFLOPS ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
700 MFLOPS ∼29%
Sony Xperia Z2
570 MFLOPS ∼23%
HTC One M8
575.654 MFLOPS ∼24%
Apple iPhone 5S
931.38 MFLOPS ∼38%
HTC One M9
685.383 MFLOPS ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
0 MFLOPS ∼0%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
3965 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
4469 Points ∼31%
Sony Xperia Z2
3717 Points ∼26%
HTC One M9
3997 Points ∼28%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
966 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S5
941 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
1112 Points ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
951 Points ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
979 Points ∼21%
Sony Xperia Z2
919 Points ∼20%
HTC One M8
957 Points ∼21%
Apple iPhone 5S
1368 Points ∼29%
HTC One M9
1163 Points ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
1088 Points ∼23%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
2670 Points ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy S5
2885 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
3239 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
3209 Points ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
2708 Points ∼17%
Sony Xperia Z2
2619 Points ∼16%
HTC One M8
2785 Points ∼17%
Apple iPhone 5S
2449 Points ∼15%
HTC One M9
3499 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
3265 Points ∼20%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
3301 Points ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy S5
4158 Points ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5857 Points ∼69%
Sony Xperia Z3
4126 Points ∼49%
HTC One M8
4433 Points ∼53%
Apple iPhone 5S
5339 Points ∼63%
HTC One M9
6599 Points ∼78%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
18438 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S5
17472 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
20164 Points ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z3
18920 Points ∼11%
HTC One M8
17999 Points ∼10%
Apple iPhone 5S
35778 Points ∼20%
HTC One M9
112124 Points ∼64%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
12712 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S5
16759 Points ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
34250 Points ∼47%
Sony Xperia Z3
13660 Points ∼19%
HTC One M8
17200 Points ∼24%
Apple iPhone 5S
21616 Points ∼30%
HTC One M9
42249 Points ∼58%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
4263 Points ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy S5
3921 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5263 Points ∼70%
Sony Xperia Z3
4179 Points ∼55%
HTC One M8
4438 Points ∼59%
Apple iPhone 5S
4905 Points ∼65%
HTC One M9
6248 Points ∼83%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
21050 points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy S5
23083 points ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
22601 points ∼62%
Sony Xperia Z2
13839 points ∼38%
HTC One M8
24045 points ∼66%
HTC One M9
32890 points ∼90%
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
24751 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S5
23999 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
31806 Points ∼77%
Sony Xperia Z3
24637 Points ∼59%
Sony Xperia Z2
25166 Points ∼61%
HTC One M8
17913 Points ∼43%
HTC One M9
27968 Points ∼67%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
27.2 fps ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy S5
27.7 fps ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
42.4 fps ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
31.2 fps ∼3%
Sony Xperia Z3
27.5 fps ∼3%
Sony Xperia Z2
27.3 fps ∼3%
HTC One M8
28.1 fps ∼3%
Apple iPhone 5S
25 fps ∼3%
HTC One M9
49 fps ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
42 fps ∼5%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
41.1 fps ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy S5
27.8 fps ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
27.7 fps ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
48.4 fps ∼58%
Sony Xperia Z3
29.4 fps ∼35%
Sony Xperia Z2
29.1 fps ∼35%
HTC One M8
30.2 fps ∼36%
Apple iPhone 5S
37 fps ∼45%
HTC One M9
50 fps ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
25 fps ∼30%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
808 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (29)
712 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
852 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z3
811 Points ∼13%
Sony Xperia Z2
855 Points ∼14%
HTC One M8
1164 Points ∼19%
Apple iPhone 5S
1775 Points ∼29%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
1043 Points ∼17%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
5294 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
3875 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
5379 Points ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
5640 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z3
5339 Points ∼13%
Sony Xperia Z2
4414 Points ∼11%
HTC One M8
3131 Points ∼8%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
6493 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (Android Stock Browser)
6221 Points ∼16%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
6528 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
6302 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
6127.4 ms * ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
5056 ms * ∼9%
Sony Xperia Z3
6502 ms * ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z2
7739.2 ms * ∼13%
HTC One M8
8990.4 ms * ∼15%
Apple iPhone 5S
5995.9 ms * ∼10%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
6508.2 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (Android Stock Browser)
5293 ms * ∼9%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
825.5 ms * ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
408.7 ms * ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
955.6 ms * ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
445.7 ms * ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z3
827.5 ms * ∼21%
Sony Xperia Z2
951.1 ms * ∼24%
HTC One M8
594.2 ms * ∼15%
Apple iPhone 5S
413.1 ms * ∼10%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
839.7 ms * ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (Android Stock Browser)
390 ms * ∼10%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
133 MB/s ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy S5
83.53 MB/s ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
178.77 MB/s ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
134.85 MB/s ∼42%
Sony Xperia Z3
149 MB/s ∼47%
Sony Xperia Z2
62.09 MB/s ∼19%
HTC One M8
88.41 MB/s ∼28%
HTC One M9
235.14 MB/s ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
217 MB/s ∼68%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
17.5 MB/s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5
19.05 MB/s ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
38.91 MB/s ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
24.6 MB/s ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z3
18 MB/s ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z2
18.03 MB/s ∼11%
HTC One M8
19.51 MB/s ∼12%
HTC One M9
123.81 MB/s ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
122 MB/s ∼76%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
14.7 MB/s ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S5
8.5 MB/s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
19.87 MB/s ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
11.96 MB/s ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z3
15 MB/s ∼19%
Sony Xperia Z2
10.98 MB/s ∼14%
HTC One M8
10.53 MB/s ∼13%
HTC One M9
20.66 MB/s ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
22 MB/s ∼28%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
1.6 MB/s ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5
1 MB/s ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
3.14 MB/s ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
1.91 MB/s ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z3
2 MB/s ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z2
1.42 MB/s ∼7%
HTC One M8
0.88 MB/s ∼4%
HTC One M9
13.91 MB/s ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
10 MB/s ∼50%

Legend

 
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Apple iPhone 5S Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
HTC One M9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 32 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Automated top 10 list


of the last 10 months
1
91% v4
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Impressions
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Impressions
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 04/02/2015
2
91% v4
Samsung Galaxy S6 First Impressions
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 First Impressions
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 03/28/2015
3
91% v4
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Smartphone Review
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10/14/2014
4
90% v4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) Smartphone Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 11/26/2014
5
89% v4
Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F Smartphone Review
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Alpha SM-G850F Smartphone Review
Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 11/01/2014
6
89% v4
Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone Review
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3 Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10/10/2014
7
88% v4
Samsung Galaxy A7 Smartphone Review
Samsung Galaxy A7
Samsung Galaxy A7 Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 04/18/2015
8
88% v4
HTC One M9 First Impressions
HTC One M9
HTC One M9 First Impressions
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 03/26/2015
9
88% v4
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Smartphone Review
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 02/16/2015
10
88% v4
Motorola Moto X (2014) Smartphone Review
Motorola Moto X 2014
Motorola Moto X (2014) Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10/15/2014
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Author: Staff, 2015-04-10 (Update: 2015-04-10)