2015: The very best Android smartphones

With 2015 drawing to a close, let's take a look at what are the very best Android currently on offer. And what an amazing year it has been for Android smartphones.

2015 has been an epic year for Android smartphones, and we're closing off the year with nine awesome devices from a range of manufacturers.

Whatever you requirements or budget, there's an Android handset on this list for you. Due to popular demand, I've added a couple of budget smartphones that retail for around $200 too, including one that offers a high level of water resistance.

Worried that your Android smartphone won't make you as cool as the cool kids with their iPhones? Don't be!

These devices not only feature quality hardware, they will also give you an excellent Android user experience (hint: if you want a pure Android experience, got for the Nexus).

As always, prices and availability will vary from carrier to carrier, and if you buy an unlocked handset, expect to pay a premium price upfront. However, unlocked handsets offer you the freedom to switch between carriers as you please, a feature that can be a real help to world travelers.

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