In 2015, we saw plethora of smartphones manufactured by various companies on the Indian market. While some smartphones was made available exclusively through e-commerce players like Amazon and Flipkart, offline dealers also played a major part for some brands. We also saw early morning rush to showrooms for grabbing new devices.
In this article, we will examine the top smartphones which created a buzz among tech bloggers and geeks in 2015.
Apple iPhone 6S
Apple iPhone 6S is a high end smartphone with 4.7 inch LED backlight display. You need not have to worry about the quality of videos since the device have a capability to shoot up to 4K resolution. Hence, the captured videos will look sharp and detailed when viewed in big screen devices such as Televisions.
The presence of 3D touch, 12MP iSight camera and 5MP secondary camera with FaceTime HD adds extra flavour to the phone.
The fingerprint sensor built into the Home button will enable you to login to the device securely.
iPhone 6S is powered by iOS 9 and includes several built-in apps, which will be useful for your daily working needs.
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple iPhone 6s Plus ships with a 5.5 inch display. As seen in 6s, the display is powered by LED backlight instead of IPS display which is normally found in competing devices.
You will be able to navigate websites, read content without eye strain using iPhone 6s Plus because it has a large display with high resolution.
Both iPhone 6s and Plus variants are available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB respectively. The weight of iPhone 6s Plus will be higher than 6s because of the large display.
Apple iPhone 6 series will be suitable for enterprise professionals who would like to use the phone for a very long time for business purposes. There will be reduction in the heat due to the innovative LED backlight display technology.
Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 features a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display, which is higher than the display size of Apple iPhone 6s. You need not have to worry even if you scratch the surface of the phone because it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The new Galaxy series provides ability for charging the device wirelessly, which is a new feature to smartphones in India.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge also includes the same specifications as S6 except it has dual edges. The smart manager utility included with the devices enables you to keep a check on battery status, storage, RAM, security and much more.
There is no difference in the amount of memory in both devices which is 3GB. These two devices will surely attract gaming community because of its high end configuration.
The speakers are placed on the top side for both devices to enable you to listen to audio clearly.
If you purchase unlocked Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, you are eligible to join Android Marshmallow beta testing program which was announced by Samsung.
Lenovo K3 Note
Lenovo K3 Note boasts a 5.5 inches IPS display which enable users to read content without any strain.
The 16GB of internal storage is sufficient for storing large number of images and videos. Moreover, 13MP camera captures perfect images during your vacation.
If you purchase a new smartphone now, you need to look for a device with Android Lollipop, which is present in Lenovo K3 Note. You will be able to upgrade to Android M in future as well. Hence, you will have a smartphone with latest software in 2016 as well.
Lenovo K3 Note has a capability to provide huge backup time because the phone has 3000 mAh battery.
Gionee Elife S7
If you don’t prefer a big phone, you can consider Gionee Elife S7 since it has 5.2 inches super AMOLED Full HD display which is superior to ordinary displays.
If you are bored with plain Android then you should check out Elife S7 since it has Amigo OS 3.0 UI, which will look different than other competing phones. The DTS sound surely produces enhanced sound output.
Apple iPhone 6s has only 5MP of front facing camera but Elife S7 has 8MP. This means you will be able to capture improved selfies.
If you love big display, YU Yureka will be the perfect choice because it has 5.5 inch IPS screen. The latest chipset and processor ensures lag free performance during app navigation and gaming.
If you are a beginner the internal storage of 16GB will be self-sufficient. However, you can always expand the storage with memory card, which is not possible in Gionee life S7.
The weight of the phone will be less since it has 2500 mAh battery. Hence, you can easily handle the phone during travelling. Moreover, there will be less heat generated because of mid-level battery.
Asus Zenfone 2
Asus Zenfone 2 will be suitable for if you prefer big display but require Full HD resolution. Moreover, Asus has infused its own UI instead of stock Android. This will provide you enhanced user experience.
You have a choice to buy either 2GB or 4GB memory variant of the phone. If you are an aggressive gamer, you should purchase 4GB model.
If you require more internal storage without memory card then you should consider investing for a 64GB model, which is sufficient for storing plenty of images and videos. You will never receive a warning that you are running out of disk space.
You are not limited to only one color choice. Asus Zenfone 2 is available in a wide range of colours such as Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red and Ceramic White.
Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)
If you are looking for a medium sized smartphone but with the smartness of Android you should consider Motorola Moto G. The 5 inch IPS display will look comfortable for your eyes.
You can also upgrade the phone to Android Marshmallow in future. If you require a phone for normal home usage then you can buy 1GB model. The 2GB memory variant will be suitable for gamers.
HTC Desire 826
HTC Desire 826 will be a best choice if you prefer to buy a smartphone manufactured by a premium company. The phone features a 5.5 inch Super LCD3 Full HD display which is comfortable for web browsing, ebook reading and app navigation. Moreover, HTC Sense UI will be different from ordinary stock Android phones.
The sounding part stands out from others with Dolby audio. You have a choice to pick a phone with your preferred color of a choice such as White Birch, Blue Lagoon, Marshmallow White, Dark Grey and Purple Fire.
OnePlus 2 is a high end premium smartphone with 5.5 inches LTPS IPS Full HD display. You will be able to read more emails per page and view web content without scrolling several times because of the high resolution.
If you want more internal storage you can opt for 64GB model though it will cost more than 16GB variant. The 13MP primary camera with advanced flash technology enables you to snap accurate pictures and capture great looking videos which can be shared in social media.
Xiaomi Mi4 features a 5 inch Full HD IPS display with MIUI UI, which is developed by the company. Xiaomi regularly release updates and the user interface is updated with new themes and other feature improvements.
The 3GB RAM will be sufficient for doing plenty of tasks including gaming. Moreover, if you purchase 64GB model you can store plenty of music files, images and videos without any need for a separate memory card. The 13MP primary camera is capable of delivering high quality images.
If you are willing to invest huge amount for a smartphone, OnePlus X will be suitable for you. It features a 5 inch AMOLED Full HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The 13MP primary camera is capable of shooting images in panoramic mode which is the latest technology in the imaging world. You have a choice to purchase the phone in two different colors – Onyx and Ceramic.
HTC One A9
HTC A9 is a premium smartphone with 5 inch AMOLED Full HD display. The added Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection ensures scratch free display even without screen guards.
The phone is powered by Android Marshmallow and hence you have an updated device in hand. The phone can be expanded up to 200GB using microSD card and hence you can store a whole lot of files inside it.
The addition of Dolby high resolution audio with Quick Charge technology is a big bonus for tech geeks. You can pick a color of your choice from Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, Topaz Gold and Deep Garnet.
Huawei Nexus 6P
Huawei Nexus 6P will be suitable for you if you prefer a smartphone with extra-large display. The phone features a 5.7 inches AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. You will find it easy to read and compose emails, navigate apps and perform a wide range of work easily including gaming.
You need not have to worry about the display since the phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and oleophobic coating. Moreover, the phone included Android M and hence you have the latest software to work upon.
You can pick a model depending upon your requirement. If you require a phone with massive storage for future needs, you can opt for 128GB variant. The 3GB RAM is sufficient for trouble free performance.
The phone is infused with fast charging technology, which enables you to charge the device quickly without waiting for long time. You have a choice to select from any of the three colors such as Aluminium, Graphite and Frost colors.
The above collection of powerful smartphones released in 2015 is suitable for various segments of people. You have a choice to pick a smartphone depending upon your requirements.
If you are a business or enterprise professional, Apple and Samsung will be suitable for you if cost factor is not important. These companies manufacture devices in high quality factories and hence chances of failure are very less. Business professionals regularly monitor their inboxes on the go and hence they prefer a large display for strain free reading experience.
Both Apple and Samsung have a wide presence of service centres in India. Moreover, the quality of hardware will be at par with international standards with minimum radiation.
If you are a student or a working professional who don’t want to shell huge cash then you can consider smartphones manufactured by Yu, Xiaomi and OnePlus. These phones consist of high configuration with powerful camera and other features.
Nowadays, users are looking for something new in smartphones. They don’t want same old stuff to again go under their shelves. Moreover, people prefer bigger sized displays because of various factors. The days of 4 inches are gone due to the availability of higher display phones under Rs 10000.
In 2016, we can expect to see the emergence of smartphones with either 512GB or 1TB internal storage. We can also expect more powerful and feature rich smartphones with more devices to be manufactured in India under Make in India initiative.