Google’s Android system is the most popular operating system, thanks to Google’s open policy where they let many manufacturers make Android smartphones. And its growing in popularity and there’s no doubt that it will continue to evolve and expand with increased pace.
Best Android Smartphones
Hence, there is too much competition in the market and many manufacturers are bringing new smartphones every now in and then.
1. Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung is the world’s biggest manufacturer of Android smartphones. Released about 5 months ago, the Samsung S6 is a top-notch device from Samsung. With its flagship, last year’s Galaxy S5 the phone wasn’t the blockbuster the company hoped it would be but this time they made sure that company delivered up to their classes with the Samsung S6. The device packs with a 64-bit octacore processor ( Samsung’s own Exynos Chipset ), with 3GB of RAM and upgraded storage of between 32GB and 128GB. We are at a loss of not getting the option to remove the battery, so an extra battery pack could come in handy.
It’s a 5.1 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a pixel density of 577ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The TouchWiz is improved significantly improved with the phone, the bloatware is cut down to a great percentage. The camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is a 16MP with f1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel front camera. It gives you an impeccable camera experience, double tap on the home button takes you to the camera app and its snappy. The battery on the Galaxy S6 is 2550mAh, which is let down. Other features include NFC, Infrared port, microUSB v2.0. Samsung has really stood up to the competition with the S6, surprisingly clean version of TouchWiz will make people buy this device as users have always complained of the lag they have had after using the phone for a while. This is the finest flagship device Samsung has ever made.
2. Oneplus Two
After the successful hit of the Oneplus One ( The flagship killer ), the company has come up the Oneplus Two. It has it’s own operating system, OxygenOS which is essentially the same as the Android experience. It has a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip. Qualcomm and Oneplus have worked closely and solved the heating issues with this chipset. With storage options of 16GB and 64GB, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the handset is snappy but doesn’t have an expandable storage meaning it’s better to got with 64GB version. It has a fingerprint scanner which they claim to be better than the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner. Though we still feel the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner is still the best. In addition to OnePlus’ signature Sandstone Black which will be the initial color, there are colors like Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar.
The OnePlus 2’s aluminum-magnesium alloy frame and polished stainless steel has 5.5-inch IPS LCD In-Cell display, with a pixel density of 401ppi. A 3300mAh lithium polymer battery powers the device throughout the day, and as a dual-SIM device the OnePlus 2 simultaneously supports two Nano SIM cards with 4G LTE capability. the OnePlus is one of the few smartphones out that’s paving the way for the adoption of USB Type-C. The OnePlus 2 has a 13MP rear-facing camera that boasts six physical lenses, a dual LED flash, and f/2.0 aperture and 5MP front-facing camera. But the biggest let down is the invite system which is the only way to get your hands on the Oneplus Two.
3. LG G4
The LG G4, a flagship smartphone with a unique and attractive design, great performance, and a fantastic camera, while also being the only current flagship to feature a replaceable battery and expandable storage option, LG is attempting to provide users with a phone that offers literally everything you may want. It uses a Snapdragon 808 processor and backs away from Snapdragon 810 chip, which had overheating problem and slower benchmarks. With comparison to Samsung’s Exynos CPU, the LG G4 falls short.
We noticed lags when opening apps, and sometimes they don’t open at all and also during commands to open apps, switching between open apps and while pull the notification bar down. The camera is 16 megapixels, but it edges out Samsung’s phone ever so slightly with a faster 1.8 lens and the front facing 8-megapixel camera meets iPhone 6 quality which in itself is commendable. The Galaxy S6 camera stopped short with a 1.9 aperture. It’s also among the first flagship Android phones that allow raw image shooting. Raw photos are essentially images that haven’t been processed by the handset — they’re simply taken directly from the image sensor. As white balance data hasn’t been saved, it allows you to change this afterward in editing software. Raw photos typically record more detail in highlight and dark areas, letting you rescue blown-out areas more easily than you can with JPEG images. LG G4 doesn’t feature Qualcomm’s QuickCharge technology that charges a smartphone faster in a short amount of time, but the company says it charges plenty fast and that’s when a swappable battery is really handy.
LG is driving toward a cinema-industry standard of color perfection known as Digital Cinema Initiatives or DCI. It touts LG G4 as 98% DCI compliant, while the S6 AMOLED is 110% compliant AMOLED, giving it that infamous – for better or worse – oversaturated look. With a 3,000mAh removable battery, 32GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot that can hold up to 2TB, great camera, NFC, a great display this phone is worth buying for.
4. Motorola Turbo
When it comes to providing pure Android experience after the Nexus lineup, the Motorola is the next best smartphone that you can buy. It’s a 5.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 565ppi. It rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC with a quad-core processor clocked at 2.7GHz and an Adreno 420 GPU. There is an ample 3GB of RAM, and Motorola has launched the phone with 64GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot to increase storage capacity. The Moto Turbo’s camera has a 21-megapixel f/2.0 Sony sensor, which is the same used by Sony Xperia Z series of smartphones. This camera can also capture UHD 4K videos and a fairly basic 2-megapixel front facing camera which can also do 1080p videos.
The camera is hampered by poor imaging processing software. Connectivity-wise, the one Nano-SIM you can use will work with 4G networks but only on the 1800MHz band. Most 4G networks in India at the moment use the 2300MHz band, which the Moto Turbo cannot connect to. Other options for connectivity are Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and NFC. The battery has a rated capacity of 3900mAh which is insane, but you won’t get the advertised 48 hours of battery life. The speaker quality is not that great. This phone is by far the most powerful smartphone that we’ve tested so far which outperforms with Galaxy Note 4 in the benchmarks test. If Motorola could just have given a flagship level camera, this would be the perfect phone.
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Galaxy Note 4 redefines the phablet experience with a stunning high-resolution screen, intuitive software features, and a refined S Pen stylus. It comes with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display. The device also comes with Samsung’s S Pen stylus featuring like Air Command, Direct Pen Input, and S Note let you draw, input text, and make notes on the go with the S Pen stylus, which lets you be creative and productive.
The Galaxy Note 4 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz, 3GB of RAM. The users get 32 of internal storage that is further expandable by 128GB via a microSD slot. It has a 16-megapixel camera with the Sony IMX240 sensor on the back, a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera offers the ability to make video calls, and the Wide Selfie feature will let you fit more people in your selfies, a fingerprint sensor embedded on the front of the device. The fingerprint sensor lets users unlock the phone with a simple swipe, make quick payments on PayPal and other merchants, sign into websites, and access private files and folders.
A heart rate sensor on the back lets you monitor your heart rate right on the device, and users can also tap the sensor to take self-portraits in the camera with ease. On the software front, the Galaxy Note 4 is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz. The device has been upgraded to Lollipop. It has support for 4G LTE and the Download Booster feature let you download data in a flash by combining Wi-Fi and mobile data networks, while the inbuilt infrared port can be used to control televisions and set-top boxes.
Other features include NFC, microUSB 2.0. Overall, the phone is a great device but the TouchWiz is still laggy and bloated, the build quality is typical Samsung plastic back which still tacky, some software features are not easy to find. Overall a great phone but features comes for a price and this phone is expensive whereas you get other manufacturing companies that offer similar features with comparatively lesser price.
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