The holiday season is nearly upon us once more, and many people will be looking to venture out into the Black Friday madness in order to pick up a mobile bargain. So what are the best smartphones available on the market at the moment? Here are some suggestions for keen tech consumers.

The Best Smartphones For The Holiday Season

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Smartphone

Both of the iPhone 6 devices merit consideration, but the larger of the two iPhone 6 models released by Apple is particularly impressive. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has loaded the iPhone 6 Plus with extra functionality, and the 5.5-inch display is capable of full HD resolution; something that no other iPhone device has ever achieved.

The iPhone 6 has racked up a vast amount of positive reviews, and is already shifting huge amounts of units, and any consumer picking up an iPhone 6 Plus simply can’t go wrong.

The Best Smartphones For The Holiday Season

Galaxy Note Edge Phablet

The Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:0059935) Galaxy Note 4 offers pretty much the best specifications of any mass-market mobile device. But the Korean manufacturer has upped the nate with the Galaxy Note Edge, which features a distinctive curved display, and related functionality which is unique to its new angular screen.

The Galaxy Note Edge is powered by a powerful Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, and its 5.7-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 Super AMOLED screen, 3GB of RAM, micro-SD support and 16-megapixel camera make it a hugely powerful device that is currently one of the hottest mobiles on the market.

The Best Smartphones For The Holiday Season

Nokia Lumia 1520 – large screen smartphone

The Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) Lumia 1520 is considered by many to be the best Windows Phone available, and it is a particularly attractive device for consumers who like to utilise their mobile to take photographs. The Lumia 1520 possesses probably the best camera in a mass market smartphone, along with a large high resolution display and a raft of attractive features.

However, it has yet to really achieve a mass market following, mainly due to the fact that it is only compatible with AT&T. Additionally, the number of apps available on the Windows Phone platform is relatively insignificant compared to Android and iOS, even though the gap is closing. But this is an extremely nifty mobile that offers a great deal in an affordable package.

The Best Smartphones For The Holiday Season

Moto X smartphone

This device manufactured by Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) is possibly the best Android smartphones available today. It can be seen to some extent as a solid performer rather than one loaded with frills, but it offers an outstanding user-friendly package, an excellent user interface, swift software updates, and a core functionality which is often considered to be the best of all Android devices.

The latest version of the Moto X is yet to be released, but it could have hit the stores by Black Friday. If not, then there is absolutely no shame in picking up one of the previous iterations in the series, as this is a truly outstanding smartphone.

The Best Smartphones For The Holiday Season

HTC One M8 smartphone

HTC has never managed to attract the attention or sales that its critically acclaimed mobile range probably deserves. This particular upgrade to the M7 has been applauded as being one of the fastest smartphones on the market. Possibly a downside to the device is the camera included, which is pretty average in all honesty, but aside from that this is an extremely well made and designed device that enables you to zip around from one function to another in extremely rapid fashion. Available on all carriers, it is certainly worth a look.

The Best Smartphones For The Holiday Season

Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone

The Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) Xperia Z3 it is a bit of a divisive mobile in that it can induce extreme devotion, but also many consumers have been critical of it. Many people believe that the large top and bottom bezels make this an unwieldy device, but others believe that it works as effectively as any other smartphone.

The Xperia Z3 is waterproof, has a solid camera, and offers a nearly pure Google experience. It is significantly more attractive physically than competing devices manufactured by Samsung, and its specifications are extremely competitive. Maybe this is a device to try before you buy, but Sony has already attracted many satisfied customers with the Xperia Z3, even if its mobile phone department is bombing financially.

The Best Smartphones For The Holiday Season

LG G3 phablet

This is a particularly noteworthy smartphone, as it was the first to hit the stores with a quad HD display. This makes for an outstanding viewing experience, and observers of the mobile market are often split as to whether this or the Galaxy SuperAMOLED display is the best in the business.

The LG G3 is a great choice for any smartphone consumer. Aside from its display, it offers micro-SD memory boosts, a removable battery, a superb camera, and design which has been praised for it innovativeness.

This is a widely available smartphone in terms of carriers, and it’s large and world-class 5.5-inch display make it an extremely worthwhile purchase, particularly for the consumer who wishes to view a lot of media via his or her smartphone.