With so many new phones coming out year after year it can be hard to decide which one is best for you. There are various pros and cons to the different models of smartphones available today and it’s important to know what features are and aren’t included with your options. Between Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC and many others, choosing a smartphone can be an overwhelming decision to make, especially with each company claiming to be the best in the industry. What makes them so good or not so good? That’s for you to decide.

smartphone on wooden table with whiskeyApple: iPhone 6

The famous iPhone has been a favorite among many cell phone users, and for good reason. Apple has always been very good at designing their products with a high ease-of-use for the consumer. Why should something that does complex things be difficult to use?

With the release of the iPhone 6, users will find that the phone has a slightly larger screen than past models. Containing a much-needed software update and a slight physical re-design, the iPhone 6 has a beautiful display and fast performance. The battery life of the iPhone 6 is not as long lasting as the iPhone 6 Plus. However, many find the iPhone 6 Plus to be an uncomfortable single-handed phone because of it’s bigger size. Though Apple didn’t release the perfect smartphone but they didn’t release something pointless either. With the new iPhone 6 Plus’s size comes the ability to physically compete among other smartphones.

Samsung: Galaxy S 5

Samsung’s Galaxy series has taken the Android market by storm. Between The smartphones themselves and the Galaxy Note tablets, Samsung has certainly become a favorite in the cell phone industry. With the Galaxy S 5 being the newest addition to the Samsung Galaxy family, this phone contains reasonable upgrades to the design, camera and software.

The Galaxy S 5 is certainly a solid upgrade from its predecessor, The Galaxy S 4. Unfortunately, there have been a couple of new features introduced that, so far, seem to fair as mediocre additions to the Galaxy series, namely, the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. With the s 5’s re-design, not much has changed either. However, the phone has taken a more “square” like appearance and is said to be more comfortable to hold. Regardless of any small features provided by the Galaxy S 5 that are mediocre or unfavorable among Android consumers, Samsung certainly knows how to design a quality phone to dominate the Android market by a wide margin.

HTC: One M8

HTC was one of the first companies to make Android smartphones. In recent years, the release of the HTC One smartphone had completely raised the bar with how Android phones operated. With introducing features such as BlinkFeed and BoomSound, HTC had taken many Android fans by pleasant surprise.

The HTC One M8 seems to pack quite a punch. However, in comparison to the original HTC One, it seems that HTC has raised the bar high enough to the point where the bar can’t be raised much higher. The company seemingly listened to user feedback and provided some new, innovative features including the Duo Camera, better performance, longer lasting battery life, and an improved version of HTC Sense. With the coming months it will be difficult to see exactly what the success rate of HTC will be in comparison to Samsung but Android fans are still looking forward to what improvements the next HTC model will have.

LG: G3

LG has put a great deal of work into their G series Android phones and it certainly shows. With amazing spec updates in their newest release, the G3 has been labeled as LG’s best phone yet. The Android market and LG fans are now only waiting for a price.

The G3 comes with a higher resolution and bigger display, while still remaining very simple to use. The Quad HD screen sits at a crystal clear 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display. In addition to that the performance and battery life of the G3 make it close to a power user’s dream of Android phones. The G3 takes photos at 13-megapixels processed by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. LG has set their software for the G3 to hold a more simple approach to be quickly adapted by seasoned Android pros and new Android beginners.