A flagship phablet is a jack of all trades - the Huawei Nexus 6P, LG V10 and Samsung Galaxy Note5 all came out in late 2015 and represent the best of current consumer tech. It will be until late 2016 before they are replaced too.
The full quote finishes with "master of none", though, and it rings true - each phone excels at some things, but we found chinks in their armor.
So far we've looked at them as a group, but it's better to treat them as individuals for the conclusion.
If you have an affinity for premium phones and are selective about the quality of the software you use, the Huawei Nexus 6P is an amazing phone. It even rivals the iPhone 6S Plus. It has great battery life and a quality loudspeaker.
Its screen stays perfectly legible out in the sun (though colors are not perfectly accurate). It aced the performance benchmarks, as well, redeeming Snapdragon 810 somewhat in the process.
In the camera department, the Nexus 6P performed well for both photos and videos, selfies and night shots. The 12MP resolution is a bit low for the camera's wide-angle view and the processing isn't perfect at low light.
The LG V10 is the phone to get if you want camera perfection. Meizu aside, the V10 had the best image quality among the three and the difference was especially noticeable in the dark. Our blind test shows that our readers share our thoughts too. You get very advanced manual controls for videos too, which the other two can't match.
The V10 is a rugged phone too - with dual screen glass, internal bumpers and rubber back it can take punishment. It's one of few remaining phones too with a microSD slot and a removable battery.
Its battery life was disappointing though, the secondary screen makes the issue worse. The other weak point is the performance isn't quite on the level of flagships (neither CPU-wise, nor GPU-wise).
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 had the best screen and the best battery life among the three. The Super AMOLED display offers the option of having a perfectly calibrated view mode and is noticeably brighter than the other two displays. The battery life was better by some margin, plus it's the only phone that gives you both fast wired charging and fast wireless charging.
The performance was competitive with the Nexus 6P, though the GPU lost some ground. The Note5 brings the most in terms of business features. We didn't test the S Pen or the split screen features, but if you are after the S Pen experience you would probably never consider the other two either..
The camera is very good in general, though the competition from the other two proved fierce. Neither the Note5 nor V10 impressed with their loudspeakers, but the Galaxy Note5 has excellent audio quality when you plug in a pair of headphones.
With these things in mind it should be pretty easy to pick among the three based on your preferences - whether you want a powerful all-metal phone, one with a great camera or one with excellent screen and battery life.