The Cyanogen-powered, difficult-to-obtain OnePlus One took the top spot by a fair margin, bringing in close to 49% of the overall vote and taking first place. The team behind it still operates on invites, but they've recently opened the door to a batch pre-order system that will get you in line to get one of the affordable, high-end phones if you want one.
Second place went to the slightly old but arguably another killer bang for your buck, the Nexus 5 by LG. Many of you said it was just the right size, just the right price, and since it's a Nexus, if you have one you already have Lollipop—and Lollipop sings on an Nexus 5. It brought in close to 16% of the overall vote. In third with just under 15% of the votes cast was the successor to last year's top pick, the HTC One M8. Almost every comment about it praised its build quality, all-metal design, and improved features over the original HTC One. Fourth place went to the Moto X, a great all-around phone that brings powerful features to the table without costing you an arm and a leg to get them. It picked up close to 11% of the vote. Bringing up the rear in fifth was the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony's latest flagship, with its dustproof and waterproof chassis and high-quality camera. It earned just over 10% of the overall vote.
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