Smartphones have come a long way, when you look at the market now, its hard to find a really bad smartphone. Smartphone manufacturers have come up with crazy ideas to sell their products to the customers even though the demand for them isn’t gonna go down any sooner. An average consumer wants a phone that is fast, easy to use, has a great camera and a good battery life (Even though the companies couldn’t just get the last thing right). With tons of options available out there, it’s time to find the best one.
The smartphone that you can get right now and know that you’ll be happy for however long you plan to keep it is the iPhone 6S. Call me an Apple Fanboy but its the truth. The iPhone 6S is all around the best phone you can get right now for 2 reasons, the first one is that it runs iOS. The thing about owning an iPhone is that you get to experience the phone in a way it was intended to be. The second reason is the software and hardware integration that allows the phone to work seamlessly. The iPhone 6S sports the Apple A9 chip that has 2 cores clocked in at 1.8 GHz with 2 gigs of RAM. Don’t let the specs fool you, the iPhone 6S is a fast phone. 3D touch is new with the iPhone 6S, what it does is that it now has a pressure sensitive display that performs different actions with the amount of pressure applied. The 6S has a camera that has had a resolution bump from 8MP to 12MP, what that means is that it can take greater photos now in higher resolution. It can also now shoot 4K video finally. The camera shoots great photos and videos even though it’s not the best in the business, its one of the best. The front camera has also seen a resolution bump from 1.2MP to 5MP, it now also has what Apple calls retina flash which allows the phone’s display to act as the flashlight in lowlight. The battery life is meh on the 4.7-inch version if you want a phone that could last a day and a little longer get the 6S Plus. At the end of the day, the iPhone 6S is the phone that you can buy and be sure you won’t regret the purchase for the time you use it. PROTIP: Don’t get the 16gig version, thank me later.
The best android phone you can get right now is the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the S7 edge, either way, you’ll be served well. The minor differences are the screen sizes, the conventional S7 sports a 5.1-inch display while the edge has a 5.5-inch display. The displays are best in the business like every other year. The colors pop, the blacks are deep and its a joy to look at the phone’s display. The phones now sport a faster Snapdragon 820 (in the international version) with 4 gigs of RAM. The phone is crazy fast. The camera has seen a downgrade in resolution from 16MP to 12MP, but it takes amazing photos and up to 4K videos, even better than the awesome camera we saw on the Galaxy S6, but there is one problem with the camera, it tends to over expose at times and the dynamic range is not as great as seen in other phones. But its just me nitpicking, it is overall a solid performer. The camera is also optically stabilized. The front camera has a 5MP shooter that can shoot up to 1440P videos. One thing that a lot of Android enthusiasts missed with the S6 is the expandable storage that has now returned. The phone is also water resistant. The battery life is great on the S7 and the edge, you can absolutely get through a day and some more with no problem. The only problem is the software on this phone, it is still not as great as stock Android and most of the interface looks cartoonish. But overall if you are so much invested in the Google ecosystem, get the S7.
The phone that comes in at 4th place is a phone that tries to be different, its the LG G5. The LG G5 brings a modular approach to smartphones. This time LG strikes with an all metal body looks gorgeous but doesn’t feel so. Yes, you can tell its metal, but the paint job done on the metal body doesn’t quite make it feel like metal. It has a fast processor (same as the S7) and 4 gigs of RAM. It has a 5.3-inch display that’s great with a QHD resolution. The main attraction to the phones lies in its modularity. the bottom bezel can be swapped in with a press of a button for different modules. Right now there’s only 2 of them available but eventually, we hope the number increases. It has a 16MP camera paired with an 8MP wide angle camera to form a dual camera setup. The results are amazing photos and videos. It lies in the top 3 when it comes to best smartphone cameras. It has an 8MP front camera that takes great selfies. The battery life is good, you can swap in a battery if you run out of juice and that’s a win for many Android users. It also has the option to increase the storage. Overall if you don’t want an iPhone or a galaxy, it’s a great choice.
Say you want a large phone, then you should take a look at the Nexus 6P.
What’s great about the 6P is that it runs stock Android, it has a beautiful metal body and a great camera. It’s literally a Nexus that every Nexus phone should’ve been. It has a fast Snapdragon 810 processor and 3gigs of RAM. That’s more than enough to run stock android smoothly. It has a great 12MP camera that kills it in low light, to be honest, its the best camera on a Nexus. It shoots vibrant photos and videos that look amazing. It has a 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display that looks great. Overall if you need a large phone, the 6P should be top on your list.
If you’re still not satisfied with the 6P, you should look at the Note 5 or the iPhone 6S Plus, both great phones with little to no compromises.
What if you want a small phone? A really small one, go get the iPhone SE.
OK think about this it claims to be an iPhone 6S in the body of an iPhone 5S but not really. Yes, it has the same processor and the rear camera of an iPhone 6S but the front camera is that of the 5S. It has the same touch ID that can be found in the 5S. It has the same display as the 5S. And it even has the same 2.0 USB standard lightning port of the 5S. Instead of calling it a 6S inside a 5S call it the mix of 5S, 6 and the 6S inside a 5S. That doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing, it’s a good phone but for a narrow consumer range. For the price point, you can’t go wrong.
What if you want a really cheap phone that can perform as good as the above-mentioned phones?
That’s when you should take a look at the Moto X Style or the HTC One A9. These are great phones that do not break the bank.
We use our smartphones for everything, it’s really important to get the right one even if it costs a little more.