Touch phones became all the rage after the first Apple iPhone hit the market in June, 2007. To choose the best touch-screen phones, we select phones with a large touch screen and keep only the best touch phones, according to their average review score.
* Note that a best touch phone list is also offered for all other countries.
The 2015 edition of Apple's yearly September event introduced the iPhone 6S (alongside the 6S Plus), a slightly-thicker (7.1mm) 4.7-inch follow-up to the iPhone 6 that welcomes the 3D Touch pressure-sensing technology previously offered by other Apple products to the brand's smartphone lineup. Also, it scraps the 8-megapixel Full HD cameras on the previous four iPhones for a 12-megapixel 4K cam, with the selfie shooter advancing to 5 megapixels and its very own frontal flash, too. Another key tweak is its A9 processor in the engine room, a more capable mutation of the previous A8 chip driving the iPhone 6. The 6S also unveils the 2nd-generation TouchID fingerprint scanner.
In addition to the Space Gray, Silver, and Gold case options, the iPhone 6S offers a Rose Gold finish, fittingly tying up its premium-tier spec sheet.
The 2015 iPhone 6S Plus takes after its predecessor (iPhone 6 Plus) in terms of its 5.5-inch screen, though this time, the 3D Touch technology, which enables new touch gestures based on the pressure applied, is at the ready. Similar to the 6S (4.7-inch), it upgrades the previous models' primary camera from 8 megapixels on a Full HD capacity to 12 megapixels with a premium-class 4K video option in tow.
The iPhone 6S Plus's frame, which is 0.2mm thicker than the previous one, is a bitter bite out of this Apple release, but at least a more-advanced A9 CPU chip resides within. Speaking of advancement, its selfie shooter is now a 5-megapixel HD FaceTime camera, using the display's 500nit brightness as its own Retina flash.
The 6S Plus also adds Rose Gold to 6 Plus's color palette (+), a coating that only a handful of flagship devices don as of 2015 Q4.
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Its 5.1-inch dual-curved Gorilla Glass 4 display might be the Edge's only edge over the Galaxy S6, which is similarly powered by a 14nm 64-bit octa-core processor (2.1GHz + 1.5GHz) and a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. Just like the S6, the Edge also mixes the eMMC and SSD memory types for its Universal Flash Storage 2.0 available in 32/64/128GB.
Its similarities with the S6 also include the Samsung Pay mobile payment app, a built-in wireless charging mechanism, and the enterprise solution for business usability. The S6 Edge records 4K videos with its 16-megapixel rear camera, and snaps selfies with the 5-megapixel frontal sub-cam.
Following-up the S6 Edge and resembling the 2015 Note5, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Android sporting two curved edges, a relatively fresh spec from Samsung. It also boasts a premium-tier hardware set, consisting of a 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz split-octa-core processor, a 4GB RAM, and a 3000mAh battery with wireless charging support.
As for its imaging, the Edge+ rocks a 16-megapixel Ultra HD rear camera, while a 5-megapixel one for selfies is perched up front -- both offer the Video Digital Imaging Stabilization (VDIS) technology. Its gives users a choice between either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of UFS 2.0 memory, while scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 pieces reinforce its 6.9mm physique.
The MWC 2015 marks Samsung's unveiling of their 6th Galaxy-S flagship, which lists several innovations under the Korean brand's belt.
Its premium-class specs include a 14nm eight-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor, a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a Universal Flash Storage 2.0 memory -- a combination of the SSD and eMMC memory types. The S6 also comes with a built-in wireless charging standard, promising 4 hours of battery life after being docked for just 10 minutes on its charging pad. The Samsung Pay mobile payment system headlines its software offering.
Up front, we found a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch Quad HD Gorilla Glass 4 screen alongside its 5-megapixel selfie cam, while a 16-megapixel 4K-recording camera sits on its back side.
Taking after the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge's top-line profile, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 banks on an S-Pen-rigged 5.7-inch Quad HD screen (with Gorilla Glass 4 protection), an Exynos 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz eight-core processing system with 4GB of RAM, as well as 16- and 5-megapixel VDIS cameras. It is also loaded with the Samsung Pay mobile payment system complemented by fingerprint authentication.
Its other high-grade features include a 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS (SSD + eMMC) memory as well as wireless charging (3000mAh battery) and music-playing capabilities.
Sony puts their Xperia Z5 at a premium (as if it was not already) with the 5.5-inch Z5 Premium, which is one of the world's first 4K Ultra HD smartphones, boasting a 3840 x 2160 resolution on a whopping 806ppi. It also amps up the Z5's battery power to 3430mAh (with QC2.0), while sporting a similar 23-megapixel 4K main camera rigged with a pulsed LED flash and hybrid autofocus. The PS4 Remote Play app for gamers comes back, too.
On the outside, the Xperia Z5 Premium sports a waterproof casing and a fingerprint-integrated power key, while on the inside, it operates on a 64-bit octa-core (2GHz + 1.5GHz) CPU coupled with an Adreno 430 graphics unit. Its 32GB internal memory can be topped-up by up to 200GB.
BlackBerry finally comes out of the wood and has the 2015 PRIV merge their signature elements with the popular Android ecosystem (v5.1.1 preloaded). Even though it sports a familiar bar-type facade with its 5.4-inch QHD dual-arced-edge display (Gorilla Glass 4), it manages to integrate a slide-out QWERTY keyboard into the design -- a touch-sensitive one! In addition, the PRIV comes with DTEK, a privacy-oriented toolkit developed by BlackBerry specifically for Android. It also rocks an 18-megapixel camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and a 4K video capacity. In charge of the processing is an hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor (3GB RAM) and a 3410mAh Quick Charge 2.0 battery.
Entering the market with dual 13-megapixel cameras, a 64-bit octa-core 1.7GHz processor, and a scratch-resistant Sony BRAVIA Engine 2 6-inch display, the Xperia C5 Ultra is a high-end contender with a particular focus on imaging and multimedia. Sony's xLoud Experience and ClearAudio+ sound enhancements add to its specs, too. 2930mAh of battery power is on board, while a 16GB flash memory with an up-to-200GB microSD allowance is in charge of its storage.
The Moto G 3rd Gen resembles its predecessors, but some of its specs are clearly of another era, especially the 13-megapixel FHD camera equipped with a color-balancing dual LED flash. It also complements its 5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 HD screen with a splash-proof IPX7 casing, which you can customize to suite your personality via Motorola's Moto Maker. Other features include a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 2470mAh battery.
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