TOP TEN SMARTPHONES OF 2015
Top ten smartphones of 2015 by PING magazine are the smartphone we project most people will be using before phone-makers unveil their latast gadgets in 2015. Just when it seemed like they had explored every possible technological arena, phone-makers bombarded the market with numerous handsets, especially towards the end of the year. Seeing the tempo of smartphone evolution, there is constantly some novel idea in the pipeline. The moment you discover one innovation, there is another in waiting.
So here we bring you the top ten smartphones for 2015, the ones which are considered to be the best in all the spheres. Hopefully, this would be extremely helpful in making an informed choice.
Apple finally caught up with the rest of the world in terms of screen size, but iPhone 6 has crossed the horizon in many ways. Starting with the size, it gives us a greater screen space that has been a grey area for iPhone. It might not be the best available resolution, but it definitely has a great display quality. It has a superb finish as far as design is concerned. It is sleek and glossy. It is truly a treat for eyes and a bliss when it comes to use. It has the most effective TouchID implementation, and with Apple Pay in the works, it has features much beyond a normal phone. The camera also is high quality and constant. It is not the highest megapixels camera, but it does give you a great picture quality. And you get all of this in iOS 8. iPhone 6 is simply a great device, and has more potential as the developers sway into action to bring their best to bear.
This is probably the best iPhone from Apple and most amazing innovation of the recent times. If you want to experience Apple in a larger size, iPhone 6 is definitely the perfect choice. It has also been awarded with the Best Phone at the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2014.
2. HTC One (M8)
This phone from HTC has awed the gadget gurus all over the world. The HTC One (M8) methodically is an improvement over the HTC One, taking the design from the former and bettering it in many spheres. This one undoubtedly is a premium device at the top of the Android pile. It’s efficient, super-fast and the modification of the new Sense 6.0 user interface is a further add-on to Android 4.4 KitKat.
The design is brilliant, with a first-class metal body. This handset isn’t only good looking, it offers a great 5-inch full High Definition display with some of the best visuals you’ll find on a phone at this size. The HTC One (M8) has a great battery life, along with an excessive power saver mode if you need to last even longer.
The camera too has some really smart features. It has duo camera which helps you in refocussing images, as well as in applying a number of after shooting effects. The bottom line remains that HTC One (M8) must be bought for its design, power, modest price and refined user experience.
3. Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is bas develop much of what the SGS4 offered. The design is quite alike, but there’s improvement at every level. This is still the regular Samsung smartphone you are familiar with, but it’s slender and fast, with ample power, and offers a spectacular 5.1-inch full HD display.
It has the same flexibility as previous devices, thus you can remove the back of your phone to switch out the battery which gives you an all-day performance. The structure might be mostly plastic, lacking the first-rate gleam of some competitors, but that makes it lighter and handy.
The addition of a heart rate scanner is a unique feature from Samsung which brings it closer to fitness bands. But the implementation of the fingerprint scanner is a little discomfited. The camera produces great pictures and is overall of a superb quality.
4. Sony Xperia Z3
So, next we have Sony Xperia Z3 which has managed to penetrate into the monopoly market of Samsung. It has emerged as a great alternative to the conventional smartphones. Xperia Z3 has something of all its earlier flagship models. The body structure has been modified to the point where the size has become conformable. The sleek body pays dividends and also refines the edges and construction.
Xperia Z3 has much more to offer. The 5.2-inch display completely complements the powerful hardware that’s speedy in operation of all your tasks. Sony has made a number of sophistications over Android in its own software, but avoids exact replication. Then it has a great pair of cameras, the rear one offering amazing quality, ample of options and some gorgeous results. This is definitely the best of Sony’s handsets, the flagship device where Sony’s persistence is paid off. To sum up, the Sony Xperia Z3 is a powerful, water-resistant, quick shooting, Android handset.
5. Motorola Moto X (2014)
2014 saw a rebirth in the form of Motorola Moto X in this era of second generation devices. It offers a display of 5.2-inches and has a handy built. But the most alluring of all are the customisation features, including leather back.
The Moto X’s unencumbered Android experience is its greatest strength, especially due to the pace of updates as new Android versions come along, but at the same time, it’s contenders are much more equipped, offering more straight out of the box. The battery back-up is fairly good and there is plenty of power on offer at a price that undercuts most rivals.
However the camera is a bit disappointing and isn’t a consistent performer. And there is no micro SD card which is amongst the most basic features of an Android phone. The Moto X would be the perfect choice if you aren’t comfortable with the size of the Nexus 6 and desire for a wholesome Android experience.
6. LG G2
LG trumped the smartphone contest with the introduction of G2. The phone is an amalgamation of economical price and sophisticated features which are not familiar to the rival flagship devices. It has great specification along with remarkable design and versatile software features. However, it lacks a micro SD card slot which doesn’t appear to be a great blunder given its brilliant features.
An attractive 5.2 inches screen is compressed into a body which is almost the same size as the Galaxy S4. Then there is a highly speedy quad-core processor and a 13MP rear camera which has ocular image stabilization. However, storage is a grey area since there is only 16 or 32GB space on offer and there is no micro SD card slot for adding on. It can be put off by the buttons on the back and they work really well. The power button isn’t a problem because you can double tap the screen to turn it on and off and the volume buttons are rightly placed to make adjustments during a phone call.
Thus, LG G2 is a good buy especially because it has a strong hardware at the price much lower than other phones with the same features.
7. Nokia Lumia 930
The Lumia 930 is a step in the right direction with its semi-metal design and decent hardware line-up. The screen and camera is fantastic, but it lacks other features and doesn’t have expandable storage. Windows Phone 8.1 has made significant improvements on the software side but the platform is still not a priority for developers, especially in case of third-party hardware.
The Lumia 930 is the best of Windows Phone. But it cannot be certainly said if this is enough to attract new customers in. The size of the display screen is 5-inches and is fully HD. The camera is fair and the concrete build quality separates the device from other contenders with detachable back plates.
The Lumia 930 is large, valiant and has touches of luminosity. Though, there’s still a lot to be done to truly set it apart from the competition, but is a device that can’t be overlooked for its positives and its aspirations.
8. Honor 6 (by Huawei)
The novel innovation from Huawei is really a pearl in the necklace of smartphones. The reasonable price of Honor 6 is quite impressive while providing specs would cost a lot more. The display screen measures 5 inches and is fully HD. The camera is high quality and the battery life is fairly good. It supports 4G, expandable storage and has other wireless features like NFC and an IR blaster. However, the micro SD cards slot is limited to 32 GB and Emotion UI isn’t the finest Android software around. But these don’t impede the Honor 6 from being the best value smartphone.
The device is sleek and light-weighted. Its ‘dazzling’ exterior involves a Kirin920 processor which is an octa-core chip. Despite that inexpensiveness, the Honor 6 also provides flagship specs in the photography division. It also has a 13Mp rear camera at the back which uses a 4G Sony sensor, has a dual-LED flash and supports HDR (high dynamic range), although it has electronic rather than optical image stabilization. Thus, Honor 6 is a great phone at an affordable price and with an interesting design. You can go for it if you are willing to give an unconventional try.
The BlackBerry Passport has specific features that beats almost every smartphone today and comes in an exclusive form factor that is optimized for production.
The device includes Amazon’s Android AppStore and it is super-easy to sideload the Snap application for accessing the Google Play Store. There is almost every app due to support for Android, but all are not optimized for the square display and performance can be quite poor at times.
Other amazing features of BlackBerry Passport include 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 pixel resolution display, full hardware QWERTY keyboard, 13-mp camera, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, and large 3,450 mAh battery.
The awesome BlackBerry Hub helps in unified communications. It also presents great hardware and a smart keyboard that is extremely helpful in reading and editing. However, the square shape makes it quite discomfited to use. The Amazon’s app store also lack some key apps found on Google Play. So, the sine qua non is BlackBerry Passport’s upbeat focus on efficiency seeds an incredible keyboard, but its blocky shape makes one-handed use quite difficult.
10. Asus ZenFone 5
Taiwan-based Asus has expanded its footprint in India with the launch of the new ZenFone smartphone series. From its built and battery life to its software and modest price, this smartphone has got a lot going for it. Asus has managed to keep the ZenFone 5 reasonably slim, but it does get a bit stocky at its thickest point, that is, 10.34 mm.
It is paired with 2 GB RAM, which clearly indicates that this smartphone is certainly not lethargic. Its reactive apps were quick to launch and playing games was swift enough for most casual smartphone gamers. The camera used in the ZenFone 5 is reasonably good on pixels (8 MP) with an LED flash and an aperture of f/2.0 that uses the PixelMaster technology of the company. The camera is not bad, but it’s certainly not the best we’ve seen on a similar-range smartphone. The battery life of the ZenFone 5 is really good.
Using the ZenFone 5 to send emails, browse social media, send messages, make phone calls, play games and watch videos on the commute, it was found the device could be continuously used with charging only once every two days. Thus, given the price and other features, ZenFone 5 is a good buy but definitely not the best given the wide range of smartphones available.
So, here we have tried to acquaint you with the latest technology of the year. Hope you make right choice from the wide range provided here!
TOP TEN SMARTPHONES OF 2015