In today's world, it's rare to find a person who doesn't use a smartphone. Only a few years ago, having a smartphone was considered to be a luxury item, but now it's becoming a necessity. Smartphones are not just limited to calling or sending messages.
It is becoming an important tool for large business houses and youngsters at the same time. They sell in millions, and there are plenty of options to choose from.
With so many choices available, it can be difficult for a user to choose one. At GizBot, we review dozens of smartphones per year based on features, design and performance.
Here are our top 5 favorite premium smartphones you can buy today. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates!
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple's most premium handset to date. It not only comes with improved design but also boasts a fast and zippy A8 chipset. Its powerful processor seemed to be apt for multitasking and running high-end games. It has a massive 5.5-inch screen which allows you to view content in a landscape mode. And not to forget: the iPhone 6 Plus is the first iPhone to come with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
The iPhone 6 Plus will be available at Rs 62,500 (16GB), while the 64GB version is priced at Rs 71,500. The 128GB version of the phone will sell for Rs 80,500. The monster iPhone 6 Plus is going to made available in India beginning Friday, October 17, from Apple Authorized Resellers.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
With the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung reinvented its Note lineup. Expected to arrive on Oct 14, Samsung has high hopes from the Note 4. The sequel to the Note 3 is fairly decent in respect of looks and performance. It houses a crazy 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen (2,560 X 1,440) and packs either a quad core 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or a dual / quad core Samsung Exynos 5433.
With these kinds of spec sheet, the Galaxy Note 4 is bound to give tough competition to other high-end smartphones in the same class. In the imaging department, dual cameras are upgraded too, with the 16-MP rear shooter getting optical image stabilization and the front camera a wide angle lens for selfies. Being a Note device, it does come with a brilliant S-Pen. As of now, Samsung hasn't announced retail price of the Galaxy Note 4 in India.
HTC One (M8)
The HTC One (M8) deserves to be on our list. If you haven't thought of buying it, the One (M8) may change your mind. The One (M8) feels like a piece of jewelry. The device has an impeccable design and runs on the latest Android 4.4 (Sense 6.0).
It houses a large 5.1-inch screen, a powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and now includes a microSD card slot for adding more memory (up to 128GB). The HTC One (M8)'s camera uses two lenses to help create special effects (bokeh, for example). The One (M8) is now selling around Rs. 42,000 in the country. The device is 4G LTE ready.
The LG G3 might not be as slim and sleek as other devices, we still love the handset. The G3, which is a successor to the G2, now has 5.5-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440) display. Running on Android 4.4, the makers have added a smart User interface (UI) with some sweet features.
The 13MP rear-camera is much improved, however, this time around there's a new laser focus mechanism added for improved low-light photography. As usual, you get to see a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood. The LG G3 is priced under Rs. 40,000 (unofficially).
Sony Xperia Z3
The current king of rugged phones is none other than the Sony Xperia Z3. The device recently got launched in India, and seemed to have impressed users and critics alike. The handset definitely trumps competition in terms of design and build.
The monster phone houses a 5.2-inch FHD screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM. The Xperia Z3's biggest highlight is its 20.7MP camera which allows you to shoot 4K videos. The water resistant and dustproof handset is 4G LTE ready and will cost you approx Rs. 49,990.