For the first time ever, smartphones outsold regular phones in mid-2013, and consumers flock to the most popular models, such as the iPhone and the latest Samsung Galaxy S versions, but are they necessarily the best smartphones? According to the reviews we monitor, not exactly, and this list aims to guiding you towards the best smartphones in a scientific way: By averaging and compiling smartphone review scores.
So, here are the best smartphone models overall, according to our ranking system:
It brings back the S7's Dual Pixel 12-megapixel camera capable of 4K videos, this time alongside a customizable Active Key and a fingerprint sensor. It comes with 32GB of on-board storage, which you can expand by up to 2TB via microSD. Adding to its flagship-level features are the Samsung KNOX data security platform as well as a 5-megapixel secondary camera.
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It comes with Motorola's Mobile Computing System: a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 four-core CPU, a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, a pair of Contextual Computing and Natural Language processors, and Adreno 530 graphics. In charge of storage is either a 64GB or a 32GB UFS (Universal Flash Storage) memory that can be expanded by up to a whopping 2000GB via microSD. It also features four microphones in conjunction with a front-ported loudspeaker.
At the back, the Moto Z Force features a 21-megapixel f/1.8 camera decked out with a CCT flash, 4K video capture, and two high-end autofocus types (laser and phase-detection), while up front, it sports a 5-megapixel 1.4-micron-pixel selfie camera.
The Z Play owns a 4K-video-capable 16-megapixel camera with the popular high-end (as of its release) autofocus types that are phase-detection and laser-aided, a 32GB memory extendable by up to 2TB, and a fingerprint scanner. It also delivers the TurboPower technology through a 3510mAh battery promising up to 50 hours of usage in one charge. Rounding out its features are a water-repellent finish, a 5-megapixel 85-degree-wide selfie camera, and a three-microphone setup.
Its Mobile Computing System consists of a Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz six-core CPU, an Adreno 418 GPU, and two digital signal processors (Natural Language and Contextual Computing). This is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and a choice between a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB native memory. You also get to choose between a Black case with a soft-feel inlay or a White one inlaid with bamboo.
LG also satisfies us with the V10's array of premium-class specs, which include a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU, a 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, and a 64GB memory expandable by up to 2TB. LG's Manual Video Mode also makes its debut alongside a fingerprint detector, a Hi-Fi DAC, and a 3-microphone system. A 16-megapixel f/1.8 4K camera tops off its offering, while a shock-proof Dura Guard frame houses its entire profile.
Its other high-grade features include a 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS (SSD + eMMC) memory as well as wireless charging (3000mAh battery) and music-playing capabilities.
As for its cameras, the primary imager is a 21-megapixel PDAF (phase-detection autofocus) cam with Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash and 4K video capability, while up front sits a 5-megapixel flash-equipped selfie snapper. The Turbo 2 also boasts specs like a 5-microphone system, an up-to-2TB memory expansion support (32GB/64GB native storage), and a 3760mAh TurboPower-charging battery.
As for its imaging, the Edge+ rocks a 16-megapixel Ultra HD rear camera, while a 5-megapixel one for selfies is perched up front -- both offer the Video Digital Imaging Stabilization (VDIS) technology. Its gives users a choice between either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of UFS 2.0 memory, while scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 pieces reinforce its 6.9mm physique.
The iPhone 6S Plus's frame, which is 0.2mm thicker than the previous one, is a bitter bite out of this Apple release, but at least a more-advanced A9 CPU chip resides within. Speaking of advancement, its selfie shooter is now a 5-megapixel HD FaceTime camera, using the display's 500nit brightness as its own Retina flash.
The 6S Plus also adds Rose Gold to 6 Plus's color palette (+), a coating that only a handful of flagship devices don as of 2015 Q4.
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