Winter is already here. These are those days when you find peace wrapped around that warm blanket of yours, sipping a hot cup of tea or coffee and chatting with friends. While we don't really have snowfall across India, it still gets pretty chilly as days start getting shorter.
And since it gets too chilly with the entire December to go through, smartphone makers have made their smartphones in tune with our day to day life during these months. Hence, enter features such as Glove mode that lets you operate your handset while you are wearing a glove.
Sounds interesting? Well, let us fuel that enthusiasm of yours by notifying you that there are a plethora of smartphones that offer the Glove Mode internally. But which are the ones? Let's take a closer look.
Apart from the glove mode inside, the Galaxy S4 also comes with a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 1.6GHz Quad + 1.2GHz Quad core chipset, 2GB mobile RAM and 16GB internal storage ( expandable storage upto 64GB via a microSD card slot), and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. Other connectivity options includeL: Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA, a 2,600 mAh battery and the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
This Lumia handset from the bygone era of Microsoft-Nokia partnership became one of the first of its kinds to offer the Glove mode. Apart from that, the handset offers a 5-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection offering a Full HD resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels. It is powered by a high-end 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with a 2GB RAM. It runs on Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
Sony's latest behemoth offering in the Xperia line of devices, the Xperia Z3, also comes with a dedicated glove mode for its users.
The handset sports a 5.2-inch display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The display is powered by company's Triluminos Display for mobile and X-Reality for mobile picture engine. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with 4G LTE modem and Adreno 330 GPU.
Asus' new handset also sets standard in the Glove mode feature department. The handset offers a 6-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive multi touch display. It is powered by a 2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor with PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU coupled with 2GB RAM and a Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with Zen UI, upgradable to Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. Other specs include: Dual SIM with dual standby (micro SIMs), 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera, 9.9 mm thick and weighs 196g, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 64GB via micro SD, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 3300 mAh battery.
The new Galaxy S5 from Samsung is also one of those offering the Glove mode for the handset. The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display offering a Full HD resolution and churns out the pixel density of 432 ppi. The handset offers 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage (expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot) and runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS with the layer of the upgraded version of the TouchWiz UI including a new notification bar.
Like its bigger sibling, the Z3 Compact also offers a Glove mode for you to make use of in winter days such as these. The smartphone comes with a 4.6-inch HD IPS (1280x720 pixels) display powered by Triluminos technology with BraviaTV expertise. It is powered by Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Adreno 330 GPU. Other specs include: 2GB RAM, Android 4.4.4 (KitKat), 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2 MP frontal camera, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 4G LTE / 3G, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n/ac , Bluetooth 4.0 with APT-X, GPS/ GLONASS, MHL and NFC and 2600mAh Battery.
Another Nokia Lumia handset from that era, the Lumia 1520 also became a marquee phone to introduce the feature. The handset offers a 6-inch IPS display offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The device is stuffed with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, which can be expandable via a microSD card slot. For camera fanatics, the phone has built-in a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera with Dual LED Flash, Auto Focus and a Full HD 1080p capable camera and a high-resolution front-facing camera.
The new Note 4 phablet from Samsung also falls in the Glove mode category. The handset offers a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and a pixel density of 515ppi. The display also employs Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Galaxy Note 4 has been made available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB on-board storage variant, and all these three devices support microSD card for memory expansion up to 128GB. The Note 4 runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with the latest version of the home-backed TouchWiz UI layered on top.
The biggest Redmi in the block also has been offering the Glove mode with MIUI. Alongside, the phablet offers a 5.5-inch HD display having a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen panel is based on the IPS technology and offer 178-degree wide viewing angles. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by an octa-core processor by MediaTek (MT6512) processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The 4G LTE variant of the Redmi Note comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz.
The Lumia 830 has been constructed out of an aluminum frame with glass on the front and polycarbonate back. The phone weighs 150g and is 8.5mm thick. The handset also offers a quad-core Snapdragon chipset, wireless Charging, and a 2,200mAh battery unit inside. Apart from that, there's the Glove mode on offer.