So your Samsung Note 7 just exploded and you’re not feeling adventurous enough to buy another one? Or maybe, you’re one of those patient ones who waited for reviews to come out and saved your hard-earned money from burning up into thick smoke. Literally.
Whatever the case be, if you are on a look-out for a new smartphone which gives you maximum value for money and if an iPhone somehow doesn’t excite you much, here is the list of 5 non-Apple phones that you should be considering:
1. Google Pixel
Samsung was considered the only true competition Apple ever got in the smartphone arena. But that was before Google decided to launch its first in-house, fully owned device called Google Pixel. Available in two size variants, Pixel succeeds the Nexus range which had a non-Google hardware running on the Google software. So, if you are one of those pure-Android experience fans, this news should make you rejoice.
Pixel comes with a 5.0 inch screen and a 2770 mAh battery whereas its slightly bigger version, Pixel XL has a 5.5 inch screen and a 3450 mAh battery. Both the variants have 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz + 1.6 Ghz (GPU), a 12.3 MP primary + 8 MP secondary camera capable of shooting 4K videos at 30 fps, USB Type-C charging port, an all-aluminum metal body, a fingerprint sensor and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display. You can choose from two storage options available: 32GB & 128GB and 2 color options of Black & Silver.
What Pixel lacks for in design, which is not as intuitive and stunning as an Apple or a Samsung, it more than provides for in camera and software. While the Pixel’s camera is at par, if not better, with that of Apple iPhone 7, in spite of the latter housing a dual lens, its software is the absolute best that android phones ever got. It runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and has you covered for all the software updates up to two years. Security updates will be provided for a good three years.
Another interesting feature of Pixel is Google Assistant which might not be have a name as cool as Siri but is definitely the best AI assistant featured in a smartphone till date.
Wondering how much lighter your wallet will feel after buying a Pixel? Well, Google Pixel is priced at $649 (32GB) and $749 (128GB) while it’s big brother, Pixel XL will cost you $769 (32GB) and $869 (128GB).
Here is a sum up of Pixel’s features:
Pros: Camera, Display, Android 7.1 Nougat, Google Assistant and Fingerprint scanner
Cons: Not waterproof, No expandable memory, No front-facing speakers, No wireless charging, Expensive
2. Samsung Galaxy S7
Now that buying Note 7 is out of question, what should a die-hard Samsung fan do? It’s simple. Buy the company’s slightly older yet competent offering, the Galaxy S7.
Samsung Galaxy S7 features a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED Gorilla Glass display, 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz + 1.6 Ghz (except for UK models which use Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa), 32 GB expandable storage memory, a 12 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, a 5 MP front camera and a fingerprint reader. This heavily loaded performer is powered by a 3000mAh battery and runs on Android 6 Marshmallow with TouchWiz UI.
It scores high on the design aspect with its easy-to-hold and good-to-look-at, metal and glass body. Another feature which makes it a winner is its primary 12MP camera which can take stunning photographs even in low-light conditions. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about the front camera which gives snapshots, a very plastic-y feel. A good thing is that it is resistant to water and dust (IP68).
The performance is swift even while using advanced games and demanding apps. The battery life is decent and lasts you a full day with moderate-to-heavy usage.
This phone only has a few, not-so significant cons like being a finger-print magnet or not featuring a USB Type C charging port but nothing major that can be a deal-breaker.
Owning a Samsung Galaxy S7 will cost you $650.
3. Sony Xperia XA
If looks are the deciding factor for you, then you should probably opt for this stunner of a device. With a 5inch edgeless, end-to-end display and a 4.83 oz (137 gram) lightweight body, this phone looks sleek and classy.
It features a 1280×720, 294 ppi display, a 13 MP rear camera capable of recording full HD videos, an 8 MP front camera, a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor along with 2 GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage memory. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and houses a meager 2300 mAh battery.
Both the cameras do well while capturing well-lit objects but fail to impress in low lights. Coming down to performance, it can run small apps smoothly but starts lagging when subjected to heavy apps and graphic-intensive games.
At $280, this is the most inexpensive phone on the list. Buy it, if you want a good-looking phone with modest features.
4. LG V20
LG introduced the concept of two-screens, i.e. a small screen placed above the main screen, with its V10. Now, with V20, it has upped the game. The secondary screen is customizable and displays up to five shortcuts.
If you’re a fan of big screens, then you’ll fall in love with V20 as it boasts of a 5.7 inch IPS, 1440×2560 resolution display. It also consists of a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 clocked at 2.2 GHz with Adreno 530 GPU, 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32 GB expandable storage memory, 16 MP wide-angle rear camera with flash and 5 MP wide-angle front camera. It runs on the juice provided by a 3200 mAh removable battery and Android 7.0 Nougat OS.
Apart from display, V20 also charms with its cameras. The wide angle lenses take some breath-taking professional quality photographs and videos. A flash provided alongside the front camera would have made it even better for low-light selfies. The audio quality is impressive too.
It has an aluminium body which, sadly, is not waterproof. Performance-wise, it is a great phone that makes multi-tasking and heavy app operation feel like breeze. The battery life is good and lasts you for just over a day with moderate usage.
Already drooling over this beast? All you need to buy it, is a sum of $672.
5. Huawei Mate 9
Another soon-to-launch, big-screen beast with premium features to boast of.
This premium phone will pack Huawei’s latest processor, Kirin 960 Octa core with
Mali-T900 as GPU, which is expected to be a worthy rival to the Snapdragon 820. Another impressive speculated feature is, massive 6 GB RAM which will allow Mate 9 to handle multiple apps simultaneously and playing memory-hogging games look like a child’s play.
Huawei Mate 9 will sport a 5.9 inch, 1920×1080 pixels Full HD display and 12 MP dual lens rear camera with flash along with an 8 MP front camera. The internal storage memory is expected to be 64GB and expandable up to 128GB. It is supposed to run on a massive 5000 mAh battery and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Set to go on sale in November 2016, this phone can set you back by $599.
If you’re someone who prefers staying up-to-date with the latest software, Google Pixel should be your first choice. If sturdy design and reliable performance are you priority, then go for Samsung Galaxy S7. Want to turn heads with style, every time you take out your cellphone? Buy (and flaunt) a Sony Xperia XA. One big screen is not enough for you and photography is your hobby? Go for LG V20. Want a huge screen and massive battery power to support it? Huawei Mate 9 could become your best buddy.
Hope we made the tough task of zeroing-in on your next phone, a tad bit easy for you.