Since you have to live with a smartphone for a couple of years, input from actual customers (and your friends in the Tom's community) could actually help you make a more informed decision.
We asked for your thoughts on the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M8, LG G3, Motorola Moto X, OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. We received between 50 and 150 ratings and reviews for each of these devices — about 1,000 or so responses overall. We then made a summary for each phone, with the dominant positives and negatives of each device, and included the most relevant and representative comments.
Keep in mind that this is just a sampling of readers' experiences, and the input is anecdotal, almost like ratings and comments on other review sites like Yelp. We have no way to verify that each reader who commented about a phone actually owns that device, or to prevent readers from gaming the system, but we did look out for red flags. More important, we looked for readers who provided what seemed like actual experience with the products.
These reader-based reviews, combined with our own editorial reviews, should give people interested in buying a smartphone a comprehensive resource describing each device's strengths and weaknesses. If you own one of these phones and have yet to provide input, you can still weigh in — we'll keep collecting and reviewing the data, even adding more phones, and we'll update the results from time to time. Links to the forms appear along with the individual breakdown of each product.