The best smartphones for travelers in 2015

If you’re travelling over the holiday period, then these are the smartphones you should take a look at.

Conde Nast Traveler has compiled its assessment of top smartphones to determine which would best serve a user who’s out and about to capture their holiday moments.

The group assessed six top smartphones across five factors, including camera quality, battery life, design, software and network portability.

“We’re most interested in phones as travel companions, so our chief criteria were battery life and camera performance,” the magazine said.

“Other factors—design, software, ergonomics, features, even price—were important, but less so.”

“Network portability—the ease of moving the phone across networks with minimum hassle or cost, both in the U.S. and abroad—can be important to travelers, since data options change frequently, and your sanity can depend on seizing an offer on the road.”

Each phone was put to the test and given a score out of five in each factor.

Apple iPhone 6S

The winner

Overall, Conde Nast found Apple’s iPhone 6s to be the best bet for travelers, lauding its much improved battery life, and its top-quality camera.

“It doesn’t pack the highest megapixel count, and its output can tend toward the muted; but Apple’s new 12MP sensor strikes an unimpeachable balance between just enough and too much,” it said.

The only down-side to the phone was the price.

The runner up in the testing was the Nexus 6P (via Huawei) which outperformed its predecessor, the Nexus 6, in every way.

Here’s how the phones performed overall:

Phone Camera Battery Design Software Network Portability Average Score
iPhone 6s 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.7
Huawei Nexus 6P 4.5 4.0 5.0 4.5 5.0 4.6
LG Nexus 5X 4.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 4.4
Moto X Pure 4.5 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 4.2
LG V10 5.0 4.5 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.9
Galaxy Note 5 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.6

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