Phone buyers never had it this good. The number of choices that are available in the market right not are mind-boggling. Even more impressive is the fact that many of these phones are fairly affordable, or rather as affordable as the phones go, and yet offer the kind of experience that only the high-end, Rs 50,000 phones used to provide a few years ago.
Yet, they are not perfect. The Moto G4 Plus, as great as it is, lacks something special in it. The same is the case with the phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, or for that matter, even the Nexus 5X. The flawless design, the premium appeal and the special components are still found only in the high-end phones. No these phones aren’t great value for money. But they offer something — at a premium — that other phones don’t and that is a “near perfect” experience. In other words, everyone loves the Moto Gs and the Xiaomi Redmis because they are great value for money. But what if you want absolute best, price no bar? We tell you about 6 phones that sit on the top.
Samsung Galaxy S7
This is arguably the world’s top selling phone right now. In fact, it sells more than the iPhone. And for right reasons. Everything about the Galaxy S7, which was launched earlier in March, is near perfect. Its metal and glass design is gorgeous. It has a superb screen capable of showing rich colours. With a screen size of 5.1-inch, it is also very compact and easy to use. The battery life is good enough, with a real world figure of something around 12 to 13 hours and its camera, with an extremely wide F1.7 lens, is the best in the business, especially in the low light.
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So what is not to like? Actually, nothing. The Galaxy S7 really gets almost everything right. The only bit it can improve is the software. Samsung has fixed a lot of issues that users would face with its TouchWiz software. But more can be done. The Galaxy S7 sells for a price of around Rs 48,000.
Apple iPhone 6S
The Apple iPhone 6S may look similar to the iPhone 6 and is just an incremental update in terms of hardware, but that doesn’t take way from the fact that it is a great phone. Theoretically, the iPhone 6S has the fastest processor ever seen in an iPhone. It also has a fairly flawless screen, despite its relatively lower resolution, and it has a great 12-megapixel camera. Best of all, in typical Apple fashion all the good components come together seamlessly and along with the well-optimised software offer experience that is fuss-free.
Yes, the software in the iPhone could be better. But the iOS 10 will fix it. Another minor niggle is low storage (just 16GB) for the base variant. But that can be fixed by opting for the 64GB version that sells for around Rs 59,000.
The HTC 10 is the return of the form for HTC, the Taiwanese company that aims to make Android phones that are as gorgeous and niggle-free as an iPhone. With a gorgeous all metal design, the HTC 10 looks fantastic. It also comes with a stellar camera and a great screen. But the best feature of the HTC 10, in our opinion, is it software (Android combined with HTC Sense user interface) that is subtle in its approach and has delightful animations. In terms of hardware the HTC 10 offers everything that a high-end phones does, including the speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 32GB storage. It sells for a price of around Rs 46,000.
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Huawei Nexus 6P
The Huawei Nexus 6P is one of the two phones that are officially supported by Google. It is also the phone to get if you are into large screens. The device sports a gorgeous 5.7-inch screen encased in a slick metal body. The hardware is slightly old now — this phone was released last year — but the good bit is that it is still on top of the other phones in right areas. The camera, for example, inside this is one of the best ever seen in a phone, at least technically. It also has a lot of RAM (3GB) and a lot of storage (32GB).
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Best of all, it runs the pure Android with any third-party customisation or unnecessary apps. And considering this is a Google-supported phone, it will be one of the two phones — the other is Nexus 5X — that will get Android Nougat, the next version of Android, as soon as it is available in the coming weeks. The Nexus 6P is sold at a price of around Rs 36,000.
Moto X Force
Moto X Force is also a phone from the last year. But it has a few tricks up its sleeve that continue to keep it in the race. The hardware of the phone is surely fantastic. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, has 4GB RAM, a 21-megapixel camera and 64GB internal storage. But what makes the Moot X Force truly noteworthy is design and the software. The Moto X Force has a shatter-proof screen that you can’t break, even if you throw it on the road from the third-floor. Its metal frame may get some dents, but the screen won’t break. As far as software is concerned, just like other Motos, the X Force runs an unadulterated version of Android Marshmallow. The phone is sold at a price of around Rs 36,000.
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The OnePlus 3 is a fantastic phone at any price. No, it doesn’t reaches the scale where the Galaxy S7 sits but it is pretty close and in fact a better deal compared to the phones like the Moto X Force, if you discount the shatter-proof screen in the Moto. The fact that it costs less than Rs 30,000 makes it an even sweeter deal. If you want the premium smartphone experience without spending something like the Rs 50,000, the OnePlus 3 will do the job because of its stellar hardware, including a camera that clicks amazing pictures in good light, cool design and the relatively fuss-free and clean software.