I know there's probably not many here that care much about their phone. I typically run my phones on a 2 year cycle, I'm a heavy user and they're just tired at that point. I don't mind getting a new one every couple years, I almost never buy the "best and most expensive" but I do like having a flagship phone.
I'm coming from years of owning LG phones: first the G2, then the G3, lastly my G5. I loved all of them but wasn't thrilled with any of the current options. I have no interest in Apple, nor do I care for Samsung phones.
I do, however, love "quirky" things. This led me to the Essential phone. The PH-1 (PH-ONE, get it?) was created by Andy Rubin, one of the founders of Android. It has top of the line specs, simply unreal build quality and materials, and my favorite feature: an almost edge to edge display.
Since I'm a Sprint customer I was able to get it for $6/mo on promo, which is MORE than fair for something this good. It is available unlocked, normally $499 but I saw Amazon was running a sale recently. The company and the phone have had some growing pains, but it's developed almost a cult-like following since it's release. Essential Website
Take a look, even if you just enjoy neat technology.