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The last couple of years have seen a great increase in the number of people using smartphones in their day to day life.

Taking advantage of this scenario, smartphone manufacturers have released oodles of handsets with various specifications in different price groups to target all categories of people. The competition among the manufacturers has also been quite tough and challenging. Here, we try to bring you a list of few smartphones that proved to be popular among the masses in the year 2015. Please not that this is not an exhaustive list and there are other smartphones that were bought during this period of time. Also, it is to be noted that the smartphones mentioned here are listed in no particular order of preference

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

Released in September 2015, these devices take off from where their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S predecessors left. Good camera specs and extended battery life are not the only factors what draws Apple’s customers towards these gadgets. The key highlight is the newly introduced Force Touch concept introduced for the first time in these smartphones. Depending on how hard you tap on or swipe the screen, the action that takes place differs. Live photos, creating motion wall papers, and camera quick launch are some other attractions.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

If there was one reason people had to complain about the previous Samsung Galaxy S series, it was the plastic frame on those handsets. Samsung has gone an extra step to put an end to this complaint with its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Released in April 2015, the two devices have glass and metal bodies that make them really classy. Along with this, the curved corners of the S6 Edge gives it a truly cool look. The manufacturer has also taken pains to make sure that the smartphones are not loaded with unnecessary apps or software that could possibly slow them down. The octa core processor adds to speeding up the performance. However, the only annoying factor is that the handsets cannot accommodate a memory card.


The LG handset was a mid-year release in June 2015. The attention seeking features include the improvised 16MP rear and 8MP front snappers, the latest hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, and the removable battery with additional battery life by 20 percent. The leather finish on the rear also gives this handset a really elegant look. Needless to say, the LG G4 supports memory cards, which is an added advantage.

Nexus 6P

The ultra-thin profile and the aluminum chassis drew Nexus lovers instantly towards this handset. Launched in September 2015, the smartphone primarily gained its popularity due to its 12.3MP rear and 8MP front cameras, which was the best compared to any other Nexus device released until then. The 5.7-inch Quad HD display and front speakers are other catchy contributions. Apart from these highlights, the fact that the Nexus 6P came with the Marshmallow version from Android was more than enough to lure its customers. This version has a horde of new advanced features that are truly worth exploring.

Moto X Pure

Two features that drew people to this Motorola gadget launched in October 2015 are the turbo or fast charging functionality and the ability to customize the handset based on users’ preferences. Also, although the screen is quite big, the handset by itself does not appear to be quite large. Another noteworthy trait is that the Moto X Pure is one of the first Android smartphones to get updates as and when they are released.

Asus Zenfone 2

A really mid budget smartphone released in December 2015, what caught the attention of people was the whopping 4GB RAM that offered its user a really smooth experience working on it. Apart from performance, the Asus Zenfone 2 also proved to be an all-rounder with its feature rich user interface and design. Two other smartphones offered later by the same manufacturer and rendered good response were the Asus Zenfone Laser and the Asus Zenfone Selfie.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Ever since its release in November 2015, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium made its way among the masses due to its 23MP primary snapper, ruggedness, waterproof nature, and dust resistance. And if these features are not enough, the 53.5-inch screen with excellent clarity resulted in the Z5 Premium being a crowd puller.

HTC One A9

This smartphone was among the many smartphone releases for the end of the year in 2015. Looking very much like Apple’s iPhone in terms of design, there were quite a few attributes that got people hooked on to the HTC One A9. Some of these are its Full HD AMOLED display, 13MP rear snapper with optical image stabilization, quick battery charging, and decent 2/3GB RAM. Dolby audio support also made call clarity excellent.

Microsoft Lumia 950

Agreed that the smartphone lacks many apps like any Windows smartphone, but undoubtedly Microsoft Lumia 950 is the first handset in this category to run on the latest Windows 10 operating system. Launched in November 2015, you can set up the Lumia 950 to act as a substitute for a PC. Other highlights include the removable battery, lightweight design, and 20MP primary camera that supports optical image stabilization.