Sporting a sleek design, the Nexus 6P is often referred to as one of the best Android phones on the market today, and for good reason: beyond its penchant for well-timed system updates, as well as its fantastic camera, it also comes with a rear fingerprint scanner for quick and efficient access of your phone if you’re on the go, in a hurry, etc. Not only that, but the scanner provides a way to keep people out of your personal info for good. All this makes it more than a willing tradeoff for the slight awkwardness in handling the thing, as it tends to fell out of one’s grip easily.
Samsung has been touting their Galaxy series of phones for quite a while now, but not until the Galaxy Note 5 has their vision become this cogent. The clarity of the screen is genuinely impressive, using a QHD display that, despite all odds, is sustained with an above-average battery life, meaning that users don’t have to sacrifice battery for looks. Oh, and did we mention there’s a stylus? Yeah, good stuff. This is somewhat balanced by the high price and the slippery casing, which is becoming more and more of a negative talking point around phones like these. In addition, the Galaxy 6 and it’s imminent release will make this more of a discounted option.
Few could have anticipated this one. For starters, the return of the keyboard as a focal interest in a Smartphone’s design is unprecedented in an age where the old Blackberry’s beard of buttons is much the focus of snarky futurist critics and immovable Nokia-worshipping luddites alike. The keyboard has a new found respect in the PRIV due to its implementation as a feature parallel to that of the phone’s function, rather than something adjacent, tacked on to create an environment familiar to anyone yet to buy a phone since 2005. The contour of the screen on both sides creates for an incomparable and unorthodox touch-screen experience, without feeling like a gimmick.
For the more artsy types, the LG G4 is highly acclaimed for its whopping 16 megapixel camera, packed with features such as advance image stabilization and a user-friendly manual shooting mode, tossing away the awkward and stifled thumb acrobatics of other smartphones and their somewhat antiquated camera apps. To bring home its targeted audience further, the casing looks like a work of art, sporting a stitch-and-leather covering that trades in traditional smart-phone chic for a more down-home, almost steampunk look. Leather, as an added bonus, makes for a nice stability when holding the phone, which has a desirable penchant for not being dropped. Plus, the upcoming release of the G5 will lower the price somewhat.
While some may consider this inclusion an anathema, considering our websites love for android, it’s simply a must-have inclusion in our book. There’s nothing that immediately stands out about the 630 at first: 4.5 inch 218 ppi screen, 5 megapixel camera, 512 MB of RAM, etc. Seems like a standard, if somewhat low-end phone until you glance at the price tag: $48. Wow. Seldom does a value that amazing just fall out of nowhere. It took a while to get to the point where Smartphones were somewhat affordable, but it seems as they become less and less costly to manufacture, new deals as awesome as this will be popping up all over the place. Who would’ve thought, ten years ago, that a straight up handheld computer would be a stocking stuffer costing less than a pair of shoes.