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The best Hardware => iPhone 6 Plus
The best Phablet => Note 4
The overall the best phone => Note 4
Better value for money => OnePlus One
I don't know why Tom'shardware added the G3 into the list. It has a poor battery life and the display also not so good despite the 2K resolution. I would rather replace it with the Z3.
If you have deep pockets and want a phone that provides a great (if constricted) experience, get the iPhone 6
If you want a design that can turn heads and feel rock solid at the same time, get the One M8. Or better, wait for the upcoming refresh.
If you can get an invite, get the OnePlus One. It's hard to get ahold of an unit, but it's probably the best device in relation to cost, and best device all around. If you can't, get the Moto G.
And if you want the best big phone/phablet of the market, get the Note 4.
Or is this a primarily a US-based line-up, where you'll have to list the Xperia Z3v, the Verison version, which I don't think is on par with the international Z3?
@Tomtompiper: I miss my stylus from the P990i days... :-)
The bloatware isnt even active.. its just installed and hangs out.