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Smartphone tier list?

downthesun01 53 10 December 15, 2015 at 11:18 AM
I'm sure this has to exist somewhere on the Internet, but is there any sort of smartphone tier list? I'm trying to figure out what phones would be an upgrade to my Nexus 4, and how much of an upgrade an individual phone would be.

I've seen stuff like "Top 10 phones of 2015" but I'd like something more comprehensive and incorporating the last two to three years.

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I'm sure this has to exist somewhere on the Internet, but is there any sort of smartphone tier list? I'm trying to figure out what phones would be an upgrade to my Nexus 4, and how much of an upgrade an individual phone would be.

I've seen stuff like "Top 10 phones of 2015" but I'd like something more comprehensive and incorporating the last two to three years.
Mobile benchmarks only tell part of the story, but Anandtech has a good database: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/pr...64?vs=1579.

The short answer is that most phones will be an improvement in terms of performance but it will feel like you're holding a moose rather than a phone. I used to have a Nexus 4, and wish someone would make another phone like it.
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If you're ok with going back 2-3 years then just look at each years respective flagship devices. So the Samsung S4 or S5 vs the LG G2 or G3 etc.
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Yeah, looking back on that comparison anandtech has almost no useful benchmarks in common for those two phones. The Galaxy S4 (which is faster than the N4) provides a bit better comparison to the modern phones: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/pr...56?vs=1579

Comparing flagship phones year over year is another good idea.
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Or just get a Nexus 5X/6P and call it a day Smilie
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but I'd like something more comprehensive and incorporating the last two to three years.
The problem with old phones is old software. With most manufactures, you're lucky if they're still providing software updates (even critical security updates) when the phone turns 2. That clock starts ticking from the initial release of the phone. It doesn't matter if the mfg or carrier was still selling a 2 yr old phone last month, it will probably never get any future software updates!

Which makes sticking with Nexus a good option. If you consider other phones, I'd limit your search to things with recent cyanogen mod builds.
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