What was the best phone launched on T-Mobile this year? [Poll]

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We’re approaching the end of the year, and as new product releases and plan changes slow down, it’s about time we started reflecting on 2014. I’ll be publishing some end of year thoughts at a later date. Either in several posts or one big mammoth all-encompassing article, I haven’t decided yet.

As part of the process this year, I wanted to ask your thoughts on several aspects. First up: Phones.

We all love them, love to hate them, or hate to love them. It’s why were here on the internet, scouring for any news of new devices. T-Mobile wouldn’t be here without them. But what has been this year’s best T-Mobile-carried device? Is it one of the more recent flagships, or something launched at the beginning of the year? Did you get hooked by the Nexus 6, or the HTC One M8? Take part in our poll and let us know.

You can vote for up to three different phones:


As a side note: If it’s not available in T-Mobile stores, it’s not on the list.

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  • besweeet

    Would’ve voted for the HTC One (M8), but its lack of band 2 LTE is terrible.

  • ClifPepper

    Read the reviews around the web…Note 4 pretty unanimously wins.

  • Jak Crow

    I would have gone with the Note 4 Edge, but until the edge screen gets 3rd part support, it’s just a gimmick that won’t be very useful if you’re not using the few apps that support it.

    • donnybee

      Yeah, that side screen would be awesome if third parties could use it. I also think it would be cool to have that screen able to come on when a notification comes in rather than the whole screen turn on. Like a notification ticker.. Except much better than the Continuum haha

      • Jak Crow

        I usually end up replacing the TW launcher with Next or Go Launcher and the stock SMS app with GoSMS, among other things, I would be concerned about losing a lot of the edge screen functionality.

  • SAMSAMSAM

    NOTE 4! enough said!

  • Chris

    I love everything about my G3.

    • Jay Holm

      I mostly agree, buy it seems to me like Samsung displays are better quality than LG’s.

      • J.J.

        tru, many have stated that the note 4 has the best screen ever seen on any phone across all platforms

      • Paul Garrison

        I don’t think Sammy displays are better just different. The LG G3 is more realist or true to life versus Sammy’s phone with over saturated colors that just pop.

  • Matt

    The Zte Zmax is definitely the best phone at its price point. It probably not the best of all the devices launched this year but I can’t afford the flagship devices anymore and the Zmax is more than a good alternative to them.

    • Bklynman

      I agree, with you,that is my next phone, right now using Note 3, will be using my 1st Jump for the Zmax. Lg,took too long to release G flex 2.
      Even those it is to come out in Jan,2015,will not get it until June or July. By then all the reviews will in for it,and all the bugs should be workout of it by then.

  • J.J.

    Note 4… i feel the last 2 note series phones were the best you could buy for months after release… actually i think the only thing that will top the note 4 is the note 5

  • Jay Holm

    Is there a single soul out there other than myself who feels that if they got an Iphone they would be the same as everyone else in society? Personally, I prefer not to be the same as everyone else!

    • J.J.

      not really… if it was the best phone for me i would get an iphone no matter who had it. i just wont get one because i would lose so much functionality lol

    • Steve R.

      That sounds like the hipster mentality of something being too “mainstream” and then all the hipsters dressing the same…

      • Jay Holm

        Hipster mentality? Hmm, I’m an 80’s kid, not from the 60’s. But yeah, I don’t like doing, owning, wearing ANYTHING that makes me feel like I’m no different than everyone else.

        • volvoV70guy

          Do you honestly not know what a hipster is?

      • sean

        Actually…hipsters have iPhones and so does everyone else who is still striving to be perceived as cool.

        iPhones are made for those people who couldn’t program a VCR… But with strategic marketing they’re made to look amazing and sold to people looking for status. It’s all surface though. They look good on the outside, but lack depth.

        • Mike Palomba

          I beg to differ. I had a galaxy s4 and an LG G2 before my iPhone 6 and they just lack the stability and convenience that IOS provides. And the autocorrect on android is terrible. Also, the build quality of an iPhone blows away most androids. And about the lacking dept comment. Maybe iPhones are very locked down but my jailbroken iPhone has more depth and is way more customizable then any android out there, rooted or not.

        • Jerry Rich

          “the build quality of an iPhone blows away most androids.”

          You don’t know of what you speak, See following link to become more educated.

          http://oneofthenine.com/

          Oh, and do tell, what “stability and convenience” does IOS provide that Android doesn’t?

        • JBG2

          Agree, most old people I know use either flip phones or iphones, also most young girls-tweens like iphones. Simplicity is powerful. Makes things easy and “stable” for them. basically they live in a walled garden.

        • Jose M Gonzalez

          if anybody remembers the original iphone speech jobs said they made a phone that was simple n easy to use. so yea simple n easy was marketed to those that couldn’t program the VCR n that forever had 12:00:00 blinking.

        • Rick Rudge

          Isn’t that why they invented the DVR; to surpass the VCR in technology and usability?

        • donnybee

          So, by your assumptions, it’s the “smart” people who choose the poorest written, most fragmented OS that runs on some of the most under-performing hardware on the market. And that’s smart.

          Well, you have issues my friend. The last time I checked, the smart people didn’t just read a sheet of specs and call it good. They relied on actual performance and benchmarks. This year flew past you, didn’t it?

    • Javon C

      But if you like something why should that matter if you’re like everybody else? If you prefer the iPhone, get it. Simple as that. I’ll never not get something because everybody else has it, that’s stupid.

    • KingCobra

      Well some of us buy the device that is the best for getting the job done for us, not just to be “different”. iPhone provides the overall best and most stable experience for me, not to mention Apple’s customer service absolutely blows away the competition. I’ll pass on using an Android as my main phone. I value reliability and stability over trying to be “different”.

      • Jerry Rich

        Since there are many more android phones in the wild than iphones, you would buy an iphone to be different. Both Android and ios devices get the job done.

        I have friends that would argue your take on apple’s customer service, because of issues they’ve had.

    • bob90210

      If you define yourself by your purchases than you have bigger issues than cellphones.

    • itgoesdown

      Right so you do what all those other people who don’t want to be the same and get an Anroid?! WOW MAN YOU MADE A FUCKING GREAT CALL BROSEPH. SO FREE SO DARING SO UNDERDOG

      • skywalkr2

        Anyone know where this guy lives so we can call 911? He’s in need of medical attention.

  • J.J.

    which 8 voted zte zmax…. come on man!

    • Verizonthunder

      I voted for the ZTE Zmax and my reason just look above at my earlier posting. Not everyone can afford the latest high end device and for what you get on specifications you cannot beat it.

      • J.J.

        A Chevy camaro is great looking, fast, affordable, and has great specs for the price, but is not the “best” overall car you can buy. I understand what you mean though. the zte has really great value.

        • Verizonthunder

          I am amused you would compare a Chevy Camero to a Chinese company like ZTE, but I like it that is how I feel about American made cars.

        • J.J.

          yes i did that. haha. i would like an audi. but i still drive american(cause i cant afford an audi)

        • Verizonthunder

          Japanese car’s are way more affordable than American car’s. I am glad you are aware of some quality in Audi I like them myself. I saw a red Mercedes 2011 with 43k fully loaded used for under 20k so a little confused with the affordability part.

  • kev2684

    Nexus 6 > iPhone 6+ > Note 4 > Z3
    i love huge screens

    • Paul Garrison

      I’m a Nexus fan, but I would go Note 4, Nexus 6, G3, then iphone 6+.

    • jacky

      Lol how is iphone 6 plus better then note 4? Iphone 6 plus only has 1 gig ram 720p.display only 8 meg pixel camera Lol for more then $800. Hey maybe iphone 7 plus can finally give you 1080p display and 16 meg pixel camera
      Lol

      • kev2684

        experience. any other OS or skins >>>>>>> Touchwiz.

  • mattdistro

    As of this moment I can confirm there’s at least 27 Windows Phone users.

    • besweeet

      there are* :D

      *waits for the hate rage*

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    I voted for Nexus 6 only because of pure Android plus 5.0 and Motorola radios. But I guess your answer could depend on the price range and the OS preference as well.

  • SEBA

    A lot of good phones came out this year but they all had the worst launch days ever.

  • Mike Palomba

    The iPhone 6 for sure. The previous iPhone had few issues and with the bigger screen and the addition of NFC it’s almost perfect. Now it needs a better camera and it will be the perfect phone

    • Jerry Rich

      The “perfect phone” in 2014 has already been built, it’s called the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Sorry Mike, maybe next year with the iphone 7, but the iphone 6 cannot compete against the Note 4 or 3 for that matter.

      • itgoesdown

        sure it can, for people who only want a slightly oversized phone

      • Mike Palomba

        Have you tried using one for awhile? When I had an android I said the same thing. Then I borrowed a friends iPhone for a day and the next day I sold my android and bought an iPhone. I agree that on paper any android looks better then an iPhone but hands on and day to day use iPhone beats any phone, the only mobile os that is even close to as good as IOS is windows phone.

        • Jerry Rich

          I had a 3GS and a 4s for almost 2 years. I gave up on apple after the iphone 4s. I had several issues among them a audio jack that ceased to function, and a charging connector defect that caused battery drain and prevented powering off. I have had Motorola and Samsung ever sense with no regrets.To this day apple hasn’t got 1/2 the multitasking abilities of Android phones.

        • skywalkr2

          I left Android for about 3 months back in the old days to go to a 4s. I thought it would be more stable and less frustrating. I was wrong. iOS was frustrating and it was not stable. I had just as many hangups / crashes as Android. However in today’s world my Android NEVER EVER crashes.

        • Jerry Rich

          Mine never does either, and the phone has absolutely no lag or stuttering.

      • Spanky

        Respectfully disagree. Not everyone wants a phablet.

        • skywalkr2

          Do people really think an LG G3 (for example) with big screen and tiny bezels is too big?

      • donnybee

        It does actually. Smooth OS with constant and guaranteed updates, chart-topping hardware in benchmark tests, most secure form of paying, easiest biometric scanner to use, more support for developers… the list is pretty lengthy. I’m not sure where you stopped learning about phones this year, but my guess is that it was somewhere around the time you remembered Samsung would still be coming out with the Note 4, at which point it was lights out to the rest of what’s happening in the world of mobile tech.

        • Jerry Rich

          No donnybee, it doesn’t actually! Just because the magical world you seem to live in doesn’t have bent iphones or lagging IOS, the real world does. Samsung redefined the phablet with the Galaxy Note years ago, apple’s bendable slab of aluminum is not on the same level.

        • donnybee

          Bent iPhones? Laggy iOS? Wow it really has been a while since you took the time to learn.

          Bendy iPhones were 9 out of over 10,000,000. I’m hoping you know your math and can figure that one out. Don’t worry, you don’t have to keep your foot in your mouth all night..

          Laggy iOS is a pipe dream of those who have been using Samsung and their terrible overlays for a couple years. iOS is continuously praised for its ease of use and actual implementation. Not to mention it’s effective use of resources.

          You missed a lot of what happened in this year man. It’s obvious by your lack of actual knowledge. In other 2014 news, Samsung reported a 73.9% drop in revenue for Q3. I guess that’s what happens when you have such a great product.

          Please.

        • Jerry Rich

          Oh donnie, you really live in a different reality don’t you?

          Here donny, go to this site and learn. bent iphones exist, why? because of very poor design. These are facts. Grow up and accept them.

          http://oneofthenine.com/

          Here is another site where you will pretend doesn’t exist. There are many more. Seems lots of issues with the latest apple o/s and phones exist, huh donnie?

          https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6550902?start=0&tstart=0

          Bottom line. the Note 4 by Samsung is a better phone than any apple phone made in 2014. All your whining is not going to change that fact.

        • Spanky

          ” the Note 4 by Samsung is a better phone than any apple phone made in 2014″
          That’s purely subjective. I’ve been using Android phones since the G1 and have tried pretty much every major manufacturer. I switched to the iPhone 6 last September and can honestly say that I don’t see myself going back to Android any time soon, if ever. If I do, it most certainly won’t be Samsung with that laggy mess they call TouchWiz and the plastic build. Prior to the iPhone 6, I was using the HTC M8, which made every Samsung I’ve used before (Vibrant, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4) look like a Fisher Price toy.

        • Jerry Rich

          You can always tell who’s an apple troll when “TouchWiz” and “plastic build” are mentioned in their post. I doubt you’ve ever owned any Android phone let alone a Samsung device.

          If you’re confused about the Note 4 being a “laggy mess” waddle on into a T-Mobile store and try one. You’ll see it isn’t.

        • Spanky

          Kind of like always being able to tell who the Samsung troll is, amirite? ;)

          The second half of your comment…I won’t even dignify that with a response. I just love how defensive fanboys get.

        • jacky

          Im 2015 note 5 will have 4 k display and 20.meg pixel camera and 64 bit android. Im sure youd pay $900 plis for iphone 7 with 1080p display and maybe theyd give you 16 meg pixel camera for iphone 7 plus im sure apple will put 1 gig memory ram like last years model.

        • Spanky

          Let me ask you an honest question…why do you need a 4K display on a phone? As far as megapixels are concerned…more means better, right?

  • Justsomecommentor

    Any phone that supports all of T-mo’s newest cell technologies (i.e. Band 12, VoLTE, etc.), that is the best phone, regardless of who makes it.

    • taxandspend

      Galaxy Avant?

      • Nick

        Tbh its not that bad specs for the price…. My current phone I have is only a dual core 1.2 GHz and I paid almost twice of what it costs (6 months ago) and it isn’t slow

      • Justsomecommentor

        I believe also the Note 4.

        • John

          The phones that are currently available from T-Mobile with band 12 support are: The Samsung Note 4, Samsung Avant, Samsung Note Edge,ZTE Max, Sony Xperia Z3, and the Nexus 6.

  • Nate4431

    Note 4 IMHO.. incredible Super-AMOLED QHD, true multitasking windows, LTE band 12, microSD, S-Pen, WiFi calling now, best smartphone camera..

  • Glenn Yudenfriend

    I’ll take that G3 over any Samsung or crapple phone! Onscreen buttons and knock code!

  • Eric

    Just remember that some of these phones were launched in Q1 and others just recently. Of course the latest phones will have the best specs. Keep that in mind.

  • izzybrexx@gmail.com

    No

  • Wilde

    I’d say the Z3. Great screen, AMAZING battery life, great performance, and premium feel. Sure, it isn’t a huge screen, but it still allows for good one-handed use without feeling small.

    • Wilde

      Oh, and Band-12 support

      • david

        And camera and T-Mobile exclusivity.

  • Nick

    Even though I don’t have one… Nexus 6 all the way. With band 12 LTE and pure android I think its the best. However, I provably wouldn’t buy it from T-mo, I’d get it unlocked somewhere else

    • Brad

      T-Mo’s is the same one coming from the Play Store… not locked.

      • Nick

        True, but sometimes they upcharge $50-100+ on their phones vs the playstore, ebay, amazon, etc…

        • Brad

          Nope. Actually, I got mine for $48 less than the play store thanks to the cyber monday sale… Even Sprint lowered their price to be in line with the play store.

  • Thatguy

    I only rock with the Note. Anything elese would be..well it would be just plain silly

  • Alex Zapata

    It’s clearly the M8 for Windows or the Nexus 6.

  • John Doe

    Definitely the Nexus 6… if you can forget about the stock issues.

  • TBN27

    Nexus 6 or iPhone 6. I love no frills smartphones.

  • KingCobra

    Lots of good phones released this year. It’s really been one of the most competitive we’ve seen in terms of quality with so many manufacturers making good devices. That being said it’s the iPhone 6 for me. Apple nailed it with the perfect size and it’s the closest thing to the perfect phone on the market. LG G3 would be my favorite Android device though.

    • Rick Rudge

      I go along with KingCobra on this. It’s all good; and the competition has brought fantastic advancements in the technology. I’m an iPhone guy myself, but the bigger iPhone 6 size is a little too big for my personal taste, so I see an iPhone 5S in my near future. :-)

    • Jerry Rich

      No apple didn’t “nail it. with “the perfect size”.

      • donnybee

        Clearly you both have different hand sizes. Shocker.

    • donnybee

      I agree. Size of the iPhone 6 is perfect for me. Plus many more benefits.

    • I disagree with the iPhone 6 being the perfect size. The top and bottom bezels are still too big. I would have liked to have seen a 5″ screen and smaller bezels.

  • Jay Holm

    I don’t like status symbols! Everybody got that? Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Apple, and Starbucks, are all status symbols, I consider it to be a form of social slavery.

    • bob90210

      If you don’t like status symbols, then don’t assign any status to them. It’s that simple. Abercrombie & Fitch are just shirts, iPhones are just cellphones, and Starbucks is just coffee.

    • donnybee

      This is probably the most honest argument I’ve seen against Apple. But then again, every class of products have status symbols. Android devices, for instance, are all compared to Samsung. You can’t really escape this kind of social recognition.

    • Shane83646

      Huh? WTH does this have to do with the topic at hand? Just random comments to make yourself feel better? Maybe time to go back to the cave you crawled out of?

    • A&F and Hollister are status symbols?? Maybe if you’re 16… Further, Apple is no longer a status symbol. When so many people have iPhones, it’s not special anymore. Plus, I still see many 4s’s, 5’s, and 5c’s out there. Are you saying that people with older model and budget iPhones got them as status symbols? Please.

  • DualSIM

    I wish there was a phone that supported dual SIMs so I didn’t have to carry around a work AND a personal phone. No one seemed to have made the perfect phone list for me this year.

  • John

    For those wondering the phones that are currently available from T-Mobile with band 12 support are: The Samsung Note 4, Samsung Avant, Samsung Note Edge, and the Nexus 6.

    • Wilde

      Z3 as well

  • jacky

    Who buys iphone 6 plus with specs thats from 2011 and cost $900? Note 4 is king of artphone 2014.

    • jacky

      Also iphone 6 plus does not support 700hz spectrum only note 4 and note edge.

      • david

        And T-Mobile version of the Xperia Z3

      • John

        The Samsung Note 4, Samsung Avant, Samsung Note Edge,ZTE Max, Sony Xperia Z3, and the Nexus 6. All support Tmobile’s band 12 at the present time.

        • Durandal_1707

          Z3 doesn’t actually. There are rumors that it could be enabled in some hypothetical future update, but those are just that – rumors.

        • John

          According to Sony’s white paper, T-Mobile would get Sony Xperia Z3 model number D6616,
          which supports bands 2, 4, and 12 LTE.

        • Durandal_1707

          T-Mobile’s site lists only bands 2 and 4. The box lists only bands 2 and 4. The white paper claimed band 12, but it is not active in the firmware, and there is no guarantee that it ever will be.

        • Durandal_1707

          T-Mobile’s site says only bands 2 and 4. The box says only bands 2 and 4. Band 12 is not enabled in the firmware. The phone officially supports only bands 2 and 4, and while the white paper said that it had band 12, none of the official marketing claims this, so there is no official guarantee that the phone will ever actually be able to use band 12. Therefore, if you absolutely need band 12, you probably shouldn’t go with the Z3.

          This is unfortunate, because otherwise it’s a pretty nice phone.

        • jacky

          Im just saying your paying $800 dollars plus for ipjone 6 plus that doesnt support all bands.

        • John

          You’re paying $749 for the base model iPhone 6 Plus not $800.

          You are correct the iPhone 6 Does NOT support band 12 unfortunately. However, there are only 6 phones currently sold by T-Mobile that do the support band 12. I have listed those 6 phones several times: the Samsung Avant, Samsung Note 4, Samsung Note Edge,ZTE Max, Sony Zperia Z3, and the nexus 6.

    • itgoesdown

      LOL specs from 2011. All you Android idiots care about is SPECS. EVERY FUCKING PHONE THAT COMES OUT IS WAY OVERSPECCED FOR THE SOFTWARE, BUT BECAUSE GOOGLE IS FULL OF SHITTY CODERS, EVERYTHING STILL LAGS

      • Sorin Lazarescu

        caps lock broken?

        • Nick

          lol

      • Nick

        shut the **** up all you do is go around trolling websites with anything google and saying how google sucks. GO AWAY

      • Paul Garrison

        Grow up.

      • jacky

        Your paying $800 iphone 6 plus with 1 gb memory r 8 meg pixel camera and 720 p screeen resolution meanwhile at note 4 yo get 3 gb memory ram 16 meg pixel camera and 2k display.

        • itgoesdown

          great I’m sure you need all that shit to run some apps

        • John

          The iPhone 6 has a 720P screen resolution with only 368 PPI per inch. Whereas the iPhone 6 Plus has 401 PPI and full HD 1080P screen resolution. Get your facts straight Jacky.

    • Nick

      I think you nailed it jacky. I am an Apple fan with Macbook Pro and Apple TV but I never liked iPhones

    • donnybee

      Spec sheets don’t matter bro. Have you seen the benchmarks? “2014” hardware on Android devices is terrible. iPhone tops benchmark tests.

      You buy based off a spec sheet, not performance; clearly.

      • Chilehead

        Benchmarks don’t matter to most consumers either. If the phone suits the user then it’s a good phone for them. I get that you love your iPhone (you’ve made that very clear). I have phones using all three operating systems and struggle to choose a winner. Unlike you, however, I’m not a fanboy and any phone or OS.

      • jacky

        Note 4 blows iphone 6 plus out of water and iphone 6 plus is more expensive then note 4.

        • John

          The note 4 has 32 GB of storage and costs $749. While the 16GB base model iPhone 6 plus costs $749. The base models actually costs the same. Now if you want the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus than it costs $849 which is $100 more than the note 4. Remember though the note 4 only comes with 32GB so it will cost $$$ to buy a micro SD to increase the storage capacity of the note 4 as well.

    • Verizonthunder

      Whether you like the Iphone 6 plus or not the fact that T-Mobile carries the device is a win win regardless of like’s or dislike. Anything that can improve a carrier’s consumer growth is a must and if that mean’s adding a device that maybe popular to some is better than none at all.

    • John

      Apple iphone 6
      A8 Chip with 64-bit processor with M8 coprocessor NOT 2011
      iPhone 6 plus has a full HD display with 401 PPI NOT 2011
      1 GB of ram okay 2011
      16,and 64 storage options 2011
      128GB storage option NOT 2011
      fingerprint sensor NOT 2011
      8 megapixel camera okay 2011
      2.2 aperture in front and back camera NOT 2011
      full HD video recording okay 2011
      LTE modem category 4 NOT 2011
      NFC CHIP okay 2011
      VOLTE SUPPORT Voice Over LTE Not 2011
      new WiFi standard 802.11ac NOT 2011

      WiFi 802.11ac standard new
      WiFi 802.11n standard old

      IOS operating system is made to run efficiently on 1GB of ram. Whereas as android phones need 2GB of ram or more to run efficiently.

      Many of the iPhone 6’s specs are newer than 2011 like some claim. However, there are a few specs in the iPhone that are 2011 for sure.

  • Święty

    Add the OnePlus One to the list so we can vote. Thanks.. Cheers

    • Thatguy

      One plus One? Really? The phone where you got be
      cool enough to get a special invent to buy it? Yeah No

      • Święty

        I’m not cool, but my phone is – moronic marketing aside.

    • Chilehead

      The OnePlus One wasn’t “launched” on T-Mo.

      • Święty

        Good point. Scratch the “launch” part.

        • Chilehead

          OK but I was merely pointing out that the “list” is only for phones “launched” by T-Mobile.

    • Cam Bunton

      Per the article: “As a side note: If it’s not available in T-Mobile stores, it’s not on the list.”

      • chuckp

        So why is the Nexus 6 on the list?????

        • thepanttherlady

          I bought mine in a T-Mobile store.

        • Cam Bunton

          Funny..

  • eddie a

    s5 was only phone we had in stock at release well at least more than 10 units

  • Philly Jim

    You have to admit weather your an android or ios fan the Note Edge is cutting edge , call me bias because I’m on one right now but still there’s nothing like it on the market and will only lead you further advances .

    • Sorin Lazarescu

      i wish it was water resistant/proof.

    • eanfoso

      I guess it’s only if you’re an Android or ios, because I’m more oh the widows end and yeah note edge? Don’t find it appealing at all, like seriously what’s the point of the edge? Does it have a glance screen like Lumia does? I’m very curious as to what the advantage of that mobile over a regular note is.

    • Romdude

      The newer Yotaphone is more innovative with an e-ink second screen. Too bad it doesn’t have advanced LTE or all of the t-mobile bands.

  • james

    Lg g3 was my pic

  • g

    Should’nt the lg flex be in there too

    • JE_25

      No they have stopped displaying and carrying it at most stores.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I’ve been a Nexus fanboy since 2011 so I went with the Nexus 6, because of band 12 support unfortunately it’s too big for my little T-Rex hands. The Nexus 5 is my favorite phone and current phone.

  • jj

    I say NONE. Until T-mobile understands that not all people want a large (over 5″) phone, I refuse to buy another phone from them to use with my T-mobile service. There are a lot of people out there that want a flagship android phone in a compact size and for whatever reason, T-mobile refuses to carry them. Please don’t mention the Avant, it doesn’t come close to having flagship specs. I’m currently using my Unlocked Xperia Z3 Compact and I’m very happy with it, even though I had to give up WiFi Calling.

    • Sorin Lazarescu

      what is stopping people from buying these smaller phones unlocked and using them on tmobile?

      • Romdude

        They could be missing wifi calling and certain bands.

    • CRT25

      You are joking with this post right? Tmobile does not manufacture devices and even that fact aside, there are no ” flagship devices” with small screens and that is by choice of the device OEM’s and not the carriers.

      • eanfoso

        He never said that t mobile needs to make, he just said that they need to have, and t mobile can easily carry an xperia z3 compact, which is still better than the other Sammy toys

    • drklahn

      Looking at the Z3 compact too. The Sony white paper says VoLTE is supported. Can u confirm this? You can tell if signal indicator stays on LTE during a call.

      • james

        Dont umderstand why sony isnt doing better remarkable phone

  • Nick

    I think Note 4 is the best. I love using it.

  • donnybee

    This is all personal opinion. Facts show that performance-wise, Apple nailed it in benchmarks. Facts show that Apple nailed it in security and the smallest fragmentation; aka best implementation.

    Now, when we move past the facts, we see that everyone has their opinion and it suits them well. These are all great phones in different ways.

    • Jerry Rich

      Sorry donny, real world facts show the Samsung Note 4 nailed it on camera, screen, build quality, O/S features, battery life, pretty much everything that any user would really care about.

      • donnybee

        It’s the ill-informed that look at megapixels and think “better camera”. A sentiment shared by professionals in this field.

        Screen is high resolution and over saturated colors to look great, but unfortunately suffers from a sub-par GPU. Oh, that must be the thing users care about most according to you. Sub-par performance.

        Build quality, at this point would be personal preference as many, many millions would disagree with your opinion.

        O/S features are not developed by Samsung. Although they did incorporate a laggy system called TouchWiz to go overtop the O/S. Something even fellow Android fans will condemn..and for good reason.

        Battery life. Now rivaled by the iPhone 6 Plus. Moot point.

        I’ve owned and still own multiple devices with many more operating systems than are even discussed these days. You don’t need to be on Samsung’s jock just because you haven’t seen much else..

        • skywalkr2

          I hope you are getting paid by Apple to carry their water.

        • Emp

          Sorry Donnie, T-Mobile employee here, the return rates on Apple products due to quality defects has been considerably overwhelming lately. There has been a backlog on warranty exchanges for iPhones for several weeks. Not so with Samsung products and the Note 4 has been a phenomenal device. The Note 4 is far superior. Just plain and simple. Bringing up Touch Wiz shows you are either trolling for Apple or just completely out of touch. The system on the Note 4 is smooth as butter, with features the iPhone can’t touch. I own both devices.

        • james

          Although i beleave note 4 is best at moment lg g3 close behind touch wiz stinks

        • james

          Wont buy iphone aslong as foxconn is building them. Ladt yrar 17 suicides at foxconn

        • Singleweird

          do you think your phone was made in a space-age factory by a well-paid american? think again

        • donnybee

          This does nothing to shed light on build quality. A friend of mine works as a store manager for AT&T and loves Samsung. But he’s even admitted that he sees more warranty exchanges for Samsung and LG than any other brand. The Note 4 alone suffers from large gaps in the casing, which is claimed by Samsung (in the device manual) to be a necessary “feature” and also will expand over time.

          No phone that is mass produced will be perfect. Nobody said the build quality of the Note 4 isn’t good; it’s probably the best to-date for Samsung. But for any defects an Apple device may have, at least they don’t just call it a “feature”.

        • Jerry Rich

          I doubt you have friend that works for AT&T and loves Samsung. You are a apple troll donnie. Admit it.

        • donnybee

          This is just getting laughable. A simple Google search will produce information regarding the gaps and Samsung’s approach to the situation. I’m no more an “Apple Troll” than you are a “Samsung Troll”. You follow the Samsung crowd because it’s the popular device among a sea of Android devices. You see the spec sheet and the screen and lose your mind. I’m not saying that’s bad – I mean that’s what Samsung caters to, but to disregard facts in that pursuit only reflects on you.

          I’ve owned Samsung, HTC, and LG Android phones. I’ve owned Windows Phone and Windows Mobile phones. I’ve owned a WebOS phone. I’ve owned a BlackBerry. I’ve owned iOS phones. You mistake my adamant remarks for iOS as being “fanboy-ish”, but in reality it’s a reflection on my experience with mobile devices and an actual understanding of the foundation of many of these operating systems. In your defense, Samsung was love at first sight, and that’s fine. But you lost credibility in your attacks.

        • Jerry Rich

          You’re a troll donnie, although not a very good one mainly because you get too emotional.

          I prefer the Samsung Note 4 to all the other Android devices at this time. I own one and happen to agree with almost everyone that it is a great phone. I don’t “follow the Samsung crowd” at all. Next year I might upgrade to another brand phone that I might like. I would never consider an IOS device for a multitude of reasons. I won’t bother to spell them all out for you.

          I think you are the one that follows the apple drones and disregards “facts in that pursuit” that “only reflects on you.” A couple of clear examples (among many) of your lack of knowledge are the problems with apple’s build quality that created the “bendgate” debacle and the “large gaps” that are supposedly on the Note 4. You don’t have a clue.

          And frankly donnieboy, no one cares what devices you have owned in the past present or future.

        • donnybee

          Like I said, you’re laughable at this point. Thanks for keeping a smile on my face Jerry.

          I love how you completely disagree with facts as if that will change anything. Like I said, you adore Samsung and that’s cool. But take the blinders off next time you try to act knowledgable on the mobile space.

          Make me smile again

        • Richc

          Sorry Donny, I think Jerry has figured you out. You think you know it all but you dont. You are not smiling you are crying.

        • Chilehead

          So bending is a “feature”? Just kidding donnybee. Apple makes amazing devices and a solid and user friendly OS. I just think you need to settle down and allow others to embrace their choices. We are all well aware of your preference by now.

        • Hi! I have a question for you as a T-Mo employee. Have you seen many returns due to GPS issues? I exchanged my Note 4 three times due to GPS not keeping a lock on me when I’m in motion. Then when it comes back, it’s often innacurate. I’ve spent countless hours on with T-Mo and Samsung support and no one knows how to fix it. My last option now is to send it to Samsung for repair, but I don’t want to be without my Note for that long! Plus if no one knows what the problem is, I don’t have a lot of confidence that Samsung would even be able to fix the problem once I send it in!

        • Singleweird

          its the ill-informed that think touchwiz is laggy. i’m more of a sence fan myself but the note 4 with touchwiz has 0 lag.

        • donnybee

          I’ll let you take that up with the Android community. I have used many Android devices and prefer the pure Android experience without any bloat and overlays.

        • I disagree about the zero lag. I definitely see lag when I tap the multitasking button and when I’m switching in and out of apps. I’ve tried turning the animations off, but then the movement is just choppy and makes it seem unstable. I don’t think what we’re seeing is lag in the sense that the internals can’t keep up with what we’re trying to do on the phone, but in that Touchwiz adds some ridiculous animations that make certain actions take longer than they should.

    • Singleweird

      apple can have security and fragmentation. my m8 kicks any iphones ass in camera, processing, storage, expandability, build, technology, sound

      • donnybee

        The sound on the M8 is awesome. Best out there by a long shot.

        Storage is just as you’d expect from and Android device. I have not heard anyone complain about the new 128GB option to the iPhone lineup. Obviously, expandable storage is important to many, but to many others it’s not important as well. That will remain a preference. I do have to praise HTC for thinking outside the box with the camera and not following the Android crowd by just throwing in megapixels. They have fewer pixels, but much larger pixels to capture more light. It’s a great strategy and I just think they need better optics. Have I seen better pictures on the M8 than I take on my iPhone? Only in very low light situations.

        Technology in regards to hardware is quantifiable, and results can be seen online. I’m not doubting it meets your needs perfectly and would cause you to arrive at it being the best smartphone. But that exactly reflects on my initial statement that this is all personal opinion. There are quantifiable facts, and then there are opinions. This is an opinionated poll.

        • Romdude

          People also vote with their pockets so it’s very likely that people here voted for what they bought.

        • james

          I can look at my phone and be critical about it. Whats better ford chevy dodge whats your needs then decide for some one for others other

        • Chilehead

          All polls are based on opinions. What other kind of polls are there?

      • Spanky

        I owned the HTC M8 before passing it to my wife. While it’s an excellent phone, its camera is laughable. iPhone’s camera is worlds better.

    • james

      Almost any top android phone kicks apples butt lg g3 better htc m8 better note 3 4 better nexus 6 better

      • donnybee

        Thanks for sharing your opinion.

    • Darwinski

      Security? How?

      • donnybee

        Well, a few different ways. First off, the OS isn’t open to everything and everyone. Picture a city park with nice fences to keep out all the riff-raff and how few problems would exist. Then picture the city park on the west-side with no fences and an “open” mentality where anything goes and trash all over the place. iOS at its core is more stable and safe due to its direction.

        Also, all of the applications in the App Store, the only place you download apps from, are all thoroughly screened and checked to ensure the safest coding for the users. They cannot access certain parts of the phone and even require individual permissions to access common parts of the phone. Permissions which can be revoked at any time on an individual basis as well per your discretion. Top it off with the sandbox environment that all apps run in and you get a very stable and secure environment regardless of what application you download.

        The OS gets standard and regular updates that don’t involve carriers so they all get pushed out timely. They also update as many devices as possible with their updates to ensure the majority of their users have the most up-to-date software and security. This also combats fragmentation and early obsolescence.

        To top it off, you have the most advanced and easy-to-use bio-metric reader on mobile devices. This requires no two-hand operation, can be read at any angle, and no movement. The fingerprint data is also kept separate from other portions of the OS due to the Secure Element it’s stored on. TouchID can be used to secure third party apps, which will only request the Secure Element verify the user on its behalf – again keeping it separate, to verify purchases, and also secure the phone.

        You would be hard-pressed to find a security flaw in the way iOS is designed and implemented. Native security is amazing! I didn’t even mention the two-step process for iCloud verification, something Apple can’t even get around, or the “kill switch” implemented in iOS. If you ever are concerned about security, iOS won’t let you down!

        • Jerry Rich

          Donnie, icloud got hacked recently. So the score in 2014 is: apple “1”, Google and Android “0”.

          apple loses again..

        • donnybee

          iCloud didn’t get hacked, accounts were accessed by their standard credentials because those users didn’t secure it with the two step process and allowed their credentials to be taken.

          You lose again.

        • Richc

          It doesnt matter their accounts were still hacked off icloud. Apple has added security since the hack which proves the accounts were not secure.

        • Jerry Rich

          Sorry Donnie, wrong again. Another example of you not getting your facts correct. The icloud hack was successful because there was a security flaw in the brute force protection for findmyphone. Apple screwed up. It was their fault. They have since patched the flaw.

          apple and donnie lose again.

  • Bklynman

    I know this way off topic,but Microsoft is kicking it 12 days of Christmas sale starting today,
    Toshiba 7″ 8.1 windows tablet,with a free sd 16 gb card,+other extras,for only $79.00,so go to Microsoft site to findout more,on Tue they will have a Blu window phone on sale for only $129.00,reg. price is $179.00,readed about this 12 day sale on yahoo.

  • Verizonthunder

    I voted for the ZTE Zmax my reason is simply affordability, big screen, quad core, 2gb ram, 16 internal, 4.4.2 out of the box, large battery capacity, band 12 support and finally affordability with the cost of only $252* (Depending on taxes in each state).

    • VK

      As low as $179 last week. What a deal!

  • Sean

    Glad to see that the Note 4 is right where it belongs…in the #1 spot.

  • Barok

    My wife has iphone 6. I have nexus 5. Facetime with the kids with ipad is the only reason she has the iphone.

    • james

      Look at work conditions of foxconn. See how apple is helping population control in china

      • Singleweird

        wwwwwwwwwwwwhat the heck are you talking about

        • james

          Apple products foxconn has suicide nets around building

  • HTC One M8 for Windows, the only choice I see that I can vote for. Superior battery life, best front cam, Cortana, etc.

  • I have to go with the ZTE Zmax. I am so surprised at how much of a powerful force it is for the reasonably cheaper price. I just received mine last week and I am so pleased with it. The huge phablet-like dimensions, the RAM, storage space (which is still kind of small compared to some, but for what it is), and optional SD-card slot (which has become somewhat rare nowadays). Not to mention the battery life – I leave it on at work and come time to go home, it hasn’t even budged.

    • skywalkr2

      For the price the ZMAX is very impressive.

    • Singleweird

      agreed

  • Romdude

    Per the poll, this is why Samsung is faltering, everyone has caught up and in some cases passing it. Will they ever launch a flagship metal for those who like metal phones unlike the A3 and A5? Will they remove all their bloat or at least improve their software? Up to you Samsung, my first phone was a Samsung, no point coming back unless there is a compelling reason.

    • Singleweird

      note 4 = metal.

      • Romdude

        Metal trimmed.

    • Jerry Rich

      So you won’t be happy until Samsung makes a solid aluminum piece of crap like apple. You have any aluminum rings or bracelets? For your information no one has caught Samsung, you see anything that compares to the Note 4?

      And one other thing, you can make a gun out of solid plastic that fires real bullets. Try that with aluminum, romdude! Plastic is stronger and a better build material for phones than aluminum.

      • Romdude

        Not for me… I’m saying for metal lovers. We now all know which camp your on though. I do like my M7 because of the feel and it has a metal bumper but I wouldn’t mind a nice Z3 or an LG G3, I’m just waiting for the new batch. I’m saying they need it to compete with other metal phone makers so they can compete completely on both ends, metal and plastic, rather than half assed for both.

  • s10shane

    I would say the Nexus 6. But I still haven’t got mine yet. lol its been almost 3 weeks now. So for now, my vote goes for the note 4. This phone has been very good for a samsung device. I hate touchwiz and most features are gimmicky. But the phones hardware, battery and the great screen is a win win for me.

  • Brian Perez

    I love my lg g3 had it for a out a week the only fault it has its the battery sucks.. Everything is superior

    • skywalkr2

      The battery on my LG G3 is great. Works just as good or better than the one I had previously on Note 3.

      • james

        After i got update it was good

    • Singleweird

      found the screen and launcher to be a bit laggy.

      • james

        I agree screen launcher is laggy but other than that its great

  • AllThingsReviewed215

    Note 4 no poll needed.

    • Chilehead

      lol…you made a good choice. I look forward to seeing how Samsung will streamline Touchwiz though.

      • AllThingsReviewed215

        Running Nova. Nice try though.

        • Chilehead

          Trying what?

  • chuckp

    How the fuck did the Nexus 6 make your list? Would love to see how many people actually think that or the Iphone 6 were successful launches!
    As I’m assuming you’re referring to the actual launch of the phone and not the phone itself, I’d have to say the HTC One M8 was a very successful launch and it’s a damned good phone to boot!

  • Nick Gonzalez

    Despite me going thru 3 HTC One M8’s, I still believe it was the best smartphone this year.

    • p0nch0

      Lol

      • Nick Gonzalez

        :(

    • B_Eng

      How did that happen?

  • harry

    Zte zmax great phone has every thing I need and dirt cheap

  • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

    ZTE ZMAX has the best battery of them all ..and one of the top ones in overall performance is the ZTE ZMAX. You can ask any ZTE ZMAX owner and for 1/3 of the price of all of them is a solid phone,nice big crispy screen, no noticeable lags and snappy as it is.. I had the Note 4 and I returned it and kept the ZTE ZMAX for the near stock experience, no crapwear, and a solid battery that last two days of moderate use and one whole day and night of extreme heavy use. With a phone like this I have no need to spend $800.00 no way Jose..I have more money left for the Hollidays, and a solid phone.

    • Moses JC

      I love how inexpensive the see max is but it shouldn’t be on the list. Bigger battery but actual use. Ehh it performs like the price. It lags and freezes significantly more than high end phones. Screen resolution and build quality are poor. Camera software and general ui software is limited. Good phone for the price but it’s definitely outclassed by the high end phones.

      Since the questions isn’t best value I can’t understand this one.

      • kevin

        You don’t own one, do you? As an actual owner I can tell you the ZMax is silky smooth, screen looks great notwithstanding the lower (but hardly noticeable) resolution, it’s built very solidly, camera is adequate, little bloat, the battery life is incredible, and supports band 12 to name just a few. I’ll buy 3 of these for the cost of just one N6.

  • Avatar Roku

    HTC One M8 runs much faster and has much better battery life on Windows yet people vote for the Android version? LOL.

    • Jay Holm

      Because Windows dwindles in marketshare compared to Android, that’s why.

    • Chilehead

      It truly is an amazing phone. I’m a big fan of Windows Phone’s operating system and HTC’s amazing hardware. It will, however, be an uphill battle for Microsoft since they were late to the party. Anyone who hasn’t tried WP on a high end phone is missing out on a very solid experience. They still have work to do with regards to app selection and quality though. Those who make their purchasing decisions based on market share are missing out.

    • modulusshift

      Cause I’ve bought a shitton of Android software on the Play Store, and because I like how Android works.

      • Chilehead

        So the poll should have been “What T-Mobile phone did you purchase and how can you defend your selection”.

  • Orion

    I’m going with the Nexus 6. Love that phone.

  • modulusshift

    Uh, no. What was the best phone :condition: that was launched :subcondition: on T-Mobile :subcondition: this year?

  • Greg2099

    Would have to agree with others about the ZTE ZMAX being a great phone for the money after playing around with with one of my friends recently. Solid choice. Was surprised however that t-mobile never grabbed the Sony Xperia Z Ultra LTE. Was really expecting them to. Superior flagship phone. Really would have set their Z lineup apart from the other carriers. Love mine unlocked from Sony.

  • Edgardo A. Soto Rodriguez

    Today i went to a T-Mobile store and the lust got me and order a Nexus 6, when I got to the house and look at the paperwork thay gave me it didn’t have my apartment number in the address to be deliver to, I had insanely ballistic más..The salesperson ask me for my ID card and still didn’t put the exact address, right bulding, but the apartment # out..what?? Yeah.. Is that crazy or what ,, now I have to see how I can correct this huge mistake… Bad service..or what..

  • Nathan S.

    For me it was the Nexus 6. Or at least I wanted it to be. It appears that I may be waiting for some time before my 64GB version actually ships out. I know it is mostly Moto’s fault but still, it stinks to sit around waiting. 11 days since order thus far. Good luck to all those who have been waiting since mid November for their 64GB version. #NexusWaitGate lives!!

  • Bklynman

    Did anyone, get the discount on the ZMax,$48.00 off of it,and the $40.00 bluetooth
    promotion? Try to get it yesterday, rep had me go to the drop down menu, there it was new line only. Don’t care about the blue tooth. Just really want the discount. Or do I have call again until I get rep,that will do it? Thanks.

  • Rob

    Nexus 6. Hands down. Best device I’ve ever had. Holds a signal where no other phone will, supports pretty much every band in the US, Canada, and Europe (including CDMA of all things), and the speakers are so much less staticky at high volume while my M8 would distort after 80% because of the artificial bass.

    Glad T-Mobile screwed up my order though and sent me a 32GB. According to their order status page they are giving customers for the iDevices, they’re scheduled to receive my phone no earlier than 1/19/15. I would have been livid.