This poll has closed, check out the latest Mobile Madness battle.
March. It’s the month of the year when winter (hopefully) starts to calm as spring approaches. It’s also when March Madness kicks off. You don’t have to love basketball to partake in the fun of it, though. We have our own kind of game around here, and it’s a bracket that you get to vote on to pick the ultimate winner.
This is our third year doing our March Mobile Madness Reader’s Choice awards. In 2013, you voted from 16 smartphones and ultimately chose the HTC One (M7) as the tournament winner. The stakes were high last year, and reader’s voted the BlackBerry Z30 as the top choice. Who’s going to win this year? It all comes down to you, the readers, and what phones you vote for as the bracket progresses and the game heats up.
There are some slam dunks in this year’s contest, including the latest flagships from the largest phone makers out there. To fit as many devices as possible, we decided to kick it off with a play-in round this year. This year we selected 17 devices, one too many to be a clean 16, but didn’t feel like any of the devices selected should be cut. So alas we have a play-in round. How we decided that was an actual drawing of names out of a hat. The torunament kicks off right now, and your choice will place the winner between the One M9 and the LG G3 into a battle against the iPhone 6 Plus tomorrow.
Then, each day, two phones will compete until the final four kicks off on March 24, when the voting will switch to two days. The championship will occur between March 29-31, after which the winner will be crowned.
And just to make sure we’re clear: the brackets were chosen completely at random, literally pulled out of Roy’s Mickey Mouse hat. Let the games begin, and may the best Lannister win.
|March 11(play-in round)||HTC One (M9)||Vs||LG G3|
|March 12||Winner of the play-in round||Vs||iPhone 6 Plus|
|March 13||Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge||Vs||Lumia 930-Series|
|March 14||Moto X (2014)||Vs||Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
|March 15||Motorola Droid Turbo||Vs||BlackBerry Passport|
|March 16||LG G Flex 2||Vs||Sony Xperia Z3|
|March 17||Nexus 6||Vs||BlackBerry Classic|
|March 18||iPhone 6||Vs||OnePlus One|
|March 19||Galaxy S6||Vs||Galaxy Note Edge|
|March 20||Winner of March 12||Vs||Winner of March 13|
|March 21||Winner of March 14||Vs||Winner of March 15|
|March 22||Winner of March 16||Vs||Winner of March 17|
|March 23||Winner of March 18||Vs||Winner of March 19|
|March 24-26||Winner of March 14||Vs||Winner of March 15|
|March 26-28||Winner of March 16||Vs||Winner of March 17|
|March 29-31||Winner of March 18-19||Vs||Winner of March 20-21|
Winner Announced April 1
HTC One (M9)
The phone feels much sharper thanks to more pronounced edges along the sides of the device, which calls back some of the design elements we saw in the One M7. The 5-inch 1080p display is sharp, though not as jaw dropping as some of the panels offered by HTC’s competitors. Hopefully that means we’ll see improved battery life in our long term tests, however.
HTC packed the One M9 with a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Android 5.0 Lollipop ran well on the device during our hands-on, and HTC’s new Sense 7 user interface doesn’t add any drag to the experience. We’ve always liked Sense, and Sense 7 is a solid step forward… read more
The smartphone market is going through a predictable cycle. Has been for a few years now. That is: specs get bumped up, and designs change in a marginal way. Amazon noted this when it introduced its Fire Phone just last week—and it’s true. The HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 are essentially identical to last year’s models; we’ve hit a kind of summit where new flagships suddenly don’t seem like must-have upgrades.
That makes it difficult for companies to stand out, like LG. But it also presents an opportunity. People are going to choose Samsung because the company has unprecedented brand recognition. HTC’s popularity, meanwhile, is at an all-time high because of its incredible design and fluid software. But outside of the Top 2, there isn’t much room for anyone else to nudge in. But damn if LG isn’t going to try… read more
|LG - G3||HTC - One M9|
|Display Size||5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (534 ppi)||5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (441 ppi)|
|Display Type||Quad HD||N/A|
|Operating System||Android 4.4.2 (at launch)||Android 5.0 (at launch)|
|Processor||2.5GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801||2.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810|
|RAM||2GB or 3GB of RAM depending on region||3GB|
|External Storage Specs||
|Main Camera (Back)||13MP||20MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||2.1MP||HTC UltraPixel|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.1|
|Height||146.3 mm (5.76 inches)||144.6 mm (5.69 inches)|
|Width||74.6 mm (2.94 inches)||69.7 mm (2.74 inches)|
|Depth||8.9 mm (0.35 inches)||9.61 mm (0.38 inches)|
|Weight||149 g (5.26 oz)||157 g (5.54 oz)|
|Colors||Metallic Black, Silk White, Shine Gold, Moon Violet, Burgundy Red||Gold, Grey, Silver, Pink|
|Supported Audio Formats||N/A||.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma, .flac|
|Supported Video Formats||N/A||.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv, .avi, .mkv|
|In The Box||N/A||N/A|