Compared to the rest of the market, the iPhone isn't a top 10 smartphone.

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  1. animalx macrumors 6502

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    A friend of mine asked me where I thought the iPhone ranked in today's smartphone market. After doing a quick run down of phones I know to be better, I realized the iPhone isn't even a top 10 smartphone at this point. In no particular order, here is a list of my top 10.

    1. Note 4
    2. Note 4 Edge
    3. Nexus 6
    4. LG G3
    5. Galaxy S5
    6. Moto X (2014)
    7. One Plus One
    8. Xperia Z3
    9. Xperia Z3 Compact
    10. HTC One M8 / Droid Turbo

    Note: I would probably put the iPhone 6 Plus at spot number 12, and the iPhone 6 a few spots behind that (around 14 or 15).
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. Mine differs to your ;)
     
  3. animalx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Definitely nothing wrong with that. What would you add, and what would you take off?
     
  4. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    Anything with Touchwiz automatically drops it from the top 10. Not only is the Samsung bloatware problematic, but the software is both storage and RAM heavy. Additionally, Samsung sucks at updating their software. Why is the S4 still sitting at 4.4.2?

    And while One+ would be considered good hardware, it should be knocked for crappy customer support, a stupid and screwed up invite system to buy the thing, and the fact that it is running CM, which means leaving the consumer in the cold to get GAPPs installed.

    Droid Turbo gets knocked for being a Verizon exclusive. If everyone can't buy it, why should it be in the top 10?

    My list, in no particular order.

    Nexus 5
    Nexus 6
    HTC One
    Xperia Z3
    Moto X
    iPhone 6
    LG G3
    IPhone 6+
    Moto G
    Note 4 (I give this a nod even though it has Touchwiz. It is the #1 phablet)
     
  5. animalx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm far from being a Touchwiz fan, but I will still acknowledge they have top 10 devices. I don't rate them as highly as many people would, but I will give them credit where it's due.

    I'm talking about the phones that are on the market, not the process of buying one, or anything outside of the phone itself. I get what you mean, however.

    Regardless of its availability, it's still a top 10 device. Of course, if you aren't on Verizon, then it wouldn't be a consideration. However, if a person is interested in switching to Verizon or is already there, it would be on the list.

    As much as I liked the Nexus 5 when it came out, there's no way I could consider it a top 10 device now. You can't put it ahead of the Note 4 Edge, or the One Plus One. You'd have one heck of a time trying to argue the Moto G being a better phone than the Note 4 Edge, the One Plus One, or the Z3 compact. Honestly, I'd go as far as to say the iPhone 6 and the Nexus 5 aren't too far off from each other (with the N5 being ahead). I think the 6+ is close to the top 10, but not quite there.
     
  6. bubulol macrumors 6502a

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    Imo, half of this list doesnt deserve to be truly better than iPhone 6
    Nexus 6?
    Pricey + 6'' format
    HTC One M8, nothing really special, sublime design but common in specs and use
    Z3? little evolution from Z2
    Moto X, lack of battery life (but as good as iPhone 6 battery life lol)

    I would keep
    Note 4, incredible display quality,
    One Plus One, best value for the money
    LG G3, sightly better than early 14 high premium models such as Z2, M8, S5
    Z3 Compact, maybe the true iPhone killer imo

    If i had to pick one or two, i would choose Z3 Compact as iPhone 6 rival
    and Note 4 as iPhone 6 Plus
     
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    Personally, the Nexus 5 still deserves a spot in the top 10.
     
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    Agree, Nexus 5 and LG G2 are still considered as a good phone for today's date.
     
  9. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 603

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    I doubt I could think of 10 phones to construct a list, but the iPhone would be number one on mine. If I didn't think it was the best I wouldn't have bought it for obvious reasons lol. I do think the new Nexus and Note are good devices from what I have seen. Having spent time helping my brother with his LG G3 I wouldn't recommend that device personally, it's far too buggy.
     
  10. Shanghaichica macrumors 604

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    The note has great reviews. I don't know about the nexus as I'm not interested in that. The iPhone 6/6 plus would be in my top 10. The 6 plus is the best phone I've used this year (S4, iPhone 5S, note 3, LG G3, S5).
     
  11. iososx macrumors 6502a

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    For sake of conversation I'll call any phone with a display over 5.2" a large phone. 5.2" or less a standard phone.

    Because of personal preference I just enjoy large phone's. Therefore I own an iPhone 6+ and Nexus 6.

    Because I like variety I also have an iPhone 6 and Nexus 5.

    Those are the best of the best for my usage and preferences. Currently I give the advantage to Android over iOS, yet again that's personal preference. It's also a reflection of Apple's tendency to be influenced by their own success then ceasing to forge ahead with their best work.

    As a long time fiercely loyal yet outspoken customer I know for certain that Apple could do better if they fully applied themselves.
     
  12. Menel macrumors 603

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    Talking available today.
    Despite **** ass software, this is a device hardware only ranking.
    Got it.

    Then based on Hardware performance I have to rank iPhone 6 Plus on top. Nothing on your list comes anywhere close to its A8.

    The Galaxy S5 lags a good 10% or more, and the others worse.
     

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    And on battery, only the Moto M8 and Galaxy S5 Even gives them a run for their money.

    I might list Galaxy S5 third for device ranking. But lol bandaid design.
    Moto m8 fourth (but jeez, its cpu is pitiful).
     

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  14. Shanghaichica macrumors 604

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    Well I've only had ny 6 plus for 3 days but I can say that the battery life is significantly better than my S5. The S5 isn't bad by any means and having a spare battery really helps but the 6 plus has incredibly good battery life.
     
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    Minor addition. That didnt have the Note 4 compared. Which still carried on the pitiful Galaxy S5 cpu, but does better on battery. Based on hardware...

    1. iphone 6 plus
    2. iphone 6
    3. note 4 (and this is tough, it handily out did the 6 regular on batt., but the cpu is just so abyssmal.)
    4. galaxy s5
    Nothing else matters below this.
     

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  16. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    isn't the one who sells the most number 1?

    by virtue of consumer sales = votes
     
  17. animalx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No. That just makes it popular, not great. Mediocrity is pretty popular throughout many facets of life.

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    lol benchmarks? I haven't looked at benchmarks since 2011/2012. What are they for again? lol. At this point, if I have to explain benchmarks, then this probably isn't the conversation for you anyway. :cool:
     
  18. Zxxv macrumors 68040

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    In your opinion.

    in my experience people buy what they like and enjoy using. iPhone is easy and reliable. Thats why the people I know bought it.
     
  19. animalx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh an by the way....It all depends on how you bench it. Some battery tests would have Apple pulling up the rear. Again, it just all depends on what you run and how. Again, if I have to explain benchmarks and why they haven't been relevant for some time, then you've already missed the boat anyway.

    [​IMG]

    See how that works? lol
     
  20. Menel macrumors 603

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    Then what metric do you use to evaluate device hardware?
    At least I revealed and documented metrics. Something you havent done for your list.
     
  21. animalx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I disagree. People buy what they know. That's why branding is so important.

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    I go by actual use. Once upon a time, benchmarks told you how fast a device. Nowadays, the difference in benchmarks amounts to fractions of seconds in the real world. Even mid-range phones are not slow anymore, whereas in the past they'd have benched horribly. In today's world with today's technology, benches do not tell you very much about a phone at all.
     
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    Since you've gone to the effort of creating this thread, what is your criteria for ranking one phone better than another?
     
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    I think the Nokia N9 is the number one smartphone. Damn this phone is good.
    Iphones and Ios is nice because of the same reasons Mac and Mac Os is nice, the software is written for the hardware while Android is more like Windows.
     
  24. animalx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    In a nutshell, this list is comprised of phones I objectively think are in the top ten. Reasons range from device capabilities/software, to battery life and other specs. Long story short, they'd be phones one can argue is better than a phone not on this list. There were other phones I felt could have possibly made the list, or come close to it.

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    A 3 year old phone running an obscure OS isn't even in the conversation.
     
  25. animalx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree. With iOS, it seems Apple is stagnated, stuck in a perpetual of game of catch up....where they just don't quite catch up. This past iteration was a big jump.....FOR THEM. But overall, it still didn't put them on the same playing field as the rest of the market. For example, while iOS was just getting basic things like 3rd party keyboards and NFC payments (from years ago), Android was adding things like smart locks, ambient display, and always on voice controls. I say that to say, there has been very little innovation coming in iOS, whereas the little green guy continues to bring innovations.
     
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