Tuesday , October 24 2017

Ausdroid’s Best of 2015 — Help us choose the best

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It’s been a fascinating year in mobile, and we’ve seen so many contenders for the best ‘x’ of the year that it’s hard to pick. There were some choices more obvious than others, but really, there have been a lot of strong contenders that really are hard to choose between.

We’re going to announce our staff picks in due course, but we need your help to decide the more prestigious of the two awards categories, and that’s our readers choices. This year we’re looking for the best phone of the year, best smartwatch and best manufacturer.

For the first time, we’re not going to consider the best tablet of the year, because frankly we don’t think there have been many worthy contenders in 2015. From what we’ve seen, Google’s Pixel C tablet is probably going to be the best thing to happen in Android tablets for some years, but it isn’t released yet, and we’re not likely to have enough time with it before the end of the year to declare it the best.

There’s tough decisions to be made, and we need your help. Please help us out, and we’ll announce the winners soon. We’re also doing a bit of a giveaway, but this one’s a lucky dip; you can go into the draw to win some of our giveaway stuff, with actual prizes to be announced later! Be quick; we’re only running this poll for a week; it closes at 5pm on Friday 11 December 2015.

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Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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17 Comments on "Ausdroid’s Best of 2015 — Help us choose the best"

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just a heads up folks, making the smartwatch question compulsory will likely render the results meaningless, as there’ll be a fair chunk of respondents with no opinion on this.

Gray Fox
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Gray Fox

Asus is listed twice under “best manufacturer 2015”

Fred
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Fred

Need ‘biggest cockup by a company’ category – there would be so many contenders. Whereas ‘best’ means you are casting around for ‘least worst’.

And also ‘it’s not big yet but…’ for those new ideas and products that are on the launchpad to take off.

Oh, and given this is an Android site, ‘worst example of ripping off someone else’s idea’ (we know it’d go to apple, but which is the most egregious example?)

yo
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I voted for Apple Watch as the best smart watch. Considering the shortlist doesnt seem to be android wear only I had to vote for Apple there.

Not sure I can put Apple as best manufacturer either as that seems to be android exclusive category..

David Anderton
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David Anderton

Also it would be fun to do a worst of 2015 as well and have an app category. I would like to be the first to nominate eBay’s 2015 abomination.

Member

Yes! The 2015 update to the eBay app was a disaster.

David Anderton
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David Anderton

Why is the moto x play on the list but not the moto x style/pure? Also what about pebble, the time cane out this year and its pretty awesome.

Greg
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Greg

Uhhh… Really, the Nexus 5X doesn’t make the shortlist?

Brad Hook
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Brad Hook

It’s a mid-range handset Greg…

cjdacka
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cjdacka

The 5X isn’t really midrange, up the 808 is a high end processor with two less cores than the 810. I kind of assimilate the 5X to the Z5 Compact in regards to power and that thing has a 720p display and I still don’t consider that midrange.

Chris
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The Nexus 5X could be described as a super midrange. It’s definitely not a high-end phone, because next to the 6P, Samsung Note 5 etc, it doesn’t stack up. It’s basically an LG G4 in Nexus clothing, minus the G4’s amazing camera, its big battery and its sexy leather case.

So it’s not really that much of a G4, except it uses the same chipset 😉

Chris
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Not on our end, no. It’s a good phone, to be sure, but is it one of the best phones of the year? Not compared to the Nexus 6P, and not compared to some of the other phones that featured highly. We’re happy to be corrected, but honestly, as good as it is, it’s not close to being the best of the year.

David Anderton
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David Anderton

Why then have the moto x play and not the style?

Chris
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I actually had the X Play on the list because I thought it was a fantastic phone; a big battery, a big screen, and it was tough as nails. It was something new and different, whereas the Style really wasn’t (personal opinion there). The major killer feature there was the amazing battery.

David Anderton
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David Anderton

So you’re doing a public choice of best tech devices but ignoring top spec divices because of personal bias? Great work

Chris
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Nope, we’re leaving out devices that aren’t generally available and aren’t — in our assessment — candidates for phone of the year. That’s our job. Each of the phones we’ve listed could be phone of the year. Moto X Style wouldn’t.

David Anderton
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David Anderton

seriously…

Moto X style reviews.

PCworld 4.5/5
android authority:8.7/10
tech radar:4/5
trusted reviews:9/10
Gizmodo: “This phone does Google better than Google”

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