It’s the new phones season of the year with Samsung launching the newest member of its Note series, the Note 5, as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Apple is also slated to launch the eagerly awaited iPhone 6S early next month.
So, at this point, let’s take a look at the top 5 phones of 2015 so far and honourable mentions to two others that will be available later this year.
1. Galaxy S6 Edge & Edge+
The Galaxy S6 did not really work out well for Samsung but it appears its curvy twin, the S6 Edge, did a lot better. It also proved that people are actually willing to pay more for aesthetically pleasing features.
Its specifications are pretty good for a 2015 phone, with a Super AMOLED 1440p screen with 3GB of RAM. It’s CPU is also pretty awesome, with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57. Unfortunately, it does not come with an SD card slot.
2. iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
It’s not really a 2015 phone but we can’t have a list of top 5 phones without an iPhone. Honestly, it doesn’t differ too greatly from its predecessor iPhone 5S but there are more colour options, including the hugely popular Gold. The phone comes with an updated A8 processor. Apple says its general performance is 20% faster than the A7 and graphics performance is 50% faster.
Beyond that, the iPhone 6 has an improved camera. Just to mention, it’s probably one of the best cameras on a phone. Its 8 megapixels but Apple’s sensor, which it calls “focus pixels”. It allows the camera to focus better and has better noise reduction and tonal variation.
3. LG G4
LG is typically not a big seller but for this year, we definitely have to keep it on our watchlist. It doesn’t have top of the line hardware but it has things that many other manufacturers no longer have. Firstly, it has a microSD card slot, an FM radio and even an Infrared port. These things have limited use but it is currently one of the most feature packed flagship phones out there. And for the more premium field, it also has options of leather backs.
4. Galaxy Note 5
This phone has divided the Samsung crowd with its move towards better aesthetics. It’s pretty sleek with a lightly curved screen and a more pronounced curved glass back. It’s hardware is top of the line, as you would expect from Samsung’s Note series.
The Note 5 comes with its typical 5.7” 1440p display, 4 GB of RAM, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex A-57 CPUs. But more importantly, it will no longer carry an expendable storage slot or an infrared port.
However, for those that like to write by hand, this phone is definitely the one for you, even after accounting for its flaws. It’s stylus and writing software are probably the best in the industry. I have been using this phone for the last few days and I’m pretty happy with it, even though it lacks a removable battery.
5. HTC One M9
HTC was another manufacturer that went big on design but dropped the ball on features. It maintains a good camera and its hardware has continued to improve, with a octa-core Qualcomm 810 chipset and 3 GB of RAM. It uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED display but its resolution is 1080p, lower than most flagships this year.
But for most of us, who are upgrading after two years, it’s still a pretty good phone to upgrade to. I’m just not entirely sure it’s top of the line and some have also complained that the phone is too similar to its predecessor, the M8.
The Up and Coming
- iPhone 6S
Rumour has it that it will be launched in September. Apparently, the 6S will have an A9 processor (of course), Force Touch, 2 GB RAM and a new 12 megapixel camera. According to Unbox Therapy, it is also likely to have a 7000 Series aluminium shell (no more bendgate).
- OnePlus Two
The OnePlus Two follows up the pretty successful OnePlus One and is slated to launch in Singapore later this year (Q4). It comes with pretty great hardware and the new USB-C port. It’s got a pretty good price for the specs. I would personally guess it would cost around S$600 but we’ll have to wait for the final cost.
It’s actually available in shops currently but be warned there might not be any warranty since they are probably export sets but if you can’t wait and want a good phone, this could potentially be a great buy.
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