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For several years, choosing a smartphone was more or less an un-daunting task as there were mainly two from which to choose based on one’s preference. While there were some phones which gave users what they needed, whether it was a camera, basic productivity apps, and email features, it was mainly Apple and Samsung which controlled the market. Times have changed since the first smartphone came out in 2007, thanks to Apple, and there is now a larger playing field, consisting of operating systems like LG, Google, and many others, from which to choose, with five leading the way according to Time.
iPhone 6: Smartphone apps
While Google’s Android operating system boasts the largest amount of free and open programmable apps, Apple iOS leads the way as far as the hottest new apps go. In fact, Apple has the advantage of getting all the exclusive apps first, because statistics have shown that its users are willing to pay for their apps. This means that iOS developers get paid more money, which enables them to publish apps sooner and faster for Apple than for other operating systems. In addition to receiving the lions share in exclusive apps, the iPhone 6’s new processor has great motion detector support, which enables it to work well with exercise apps. Making its apps more of a pleasure with which to work, is its s326 pixel-per-inch Retina display on its 4.7 inch screen, large enough to accommodate all these great apps and still small enough to fit in one’s pocket.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Smartphone design
In the past, Apple and Samsung went to war over their smartphone designs looking too similar, but with the Galaxy S6 Edge and its curved glass casing the technology company seems to have outdone its rivals. The 577 pixels-per-inch resolution on its 5.1 inch AMOLED display is a pleasure for users’ eyes and works great with the new release of Android Lollipop. The operating system as well is brilliantly designed so that with a swipe of the finger, users get immediate access to their contacts, text messages and other alerts. In addition, the smartphone works great as an alarm clock on the nightstand, because its display will not cause the entire room to light up
Nexus 6: Android Smartphone operating system
Driven by its powerful processor – the quad-core 2.7 gigahertz Snapdragon 805, 32 gigabytes of onboard memory, 493 pixels-per-inch display on its six-inch screen, the Nexus makes the Google’s new Android Lollipop operating system run smoothly and with great ease. Additionally, because of its speed, movies, music and games stream much more smoothly, while its camera delivers better great image resolution thanks to its snapping speed.
LG G4: Smartphone camera
While its hex-core 1.8 gigahertz Snapdragon 808 processor doesn’t make it the fastest runner its field, its utilization of Lollipop gives the LG G4’s 538 pixels-per-inch on its 5.5-inch screen the leading edge as far as cameras go. Its 16 megapixel rear-facing lens handles direct-sunlight the best out of all the phones, and also features an autofocus assisted by a laser, as well as the option to shoot in RAW format which even makes it a rival to top DSLR cameras. Like many DSLR cameras, the LG G4 features an app, which controls shutter speed, depth, and aperture settings. Other smartphones require the user to pay for and download such an app.
Moto X: Bang for the buck
The Moto X comes close to its competitors in most categories, including its customizable handset, 424 pixels-per-inch screen, Lollipop operability, and quick charging removable battery. Its camera performs comparable results to the others in its field and it allows the user a variety of storage options from 16 to 64 gigabytes. The smartest thing about this smartphone, however, is its price, which starts at 99 cents for a two-year contract, or $399 retail price without a plan, as opposed to most of the others, which come in at minimum $649 retail.
As smartphones, with their accessibility to information, continue to gain a larger share of the technology market over laptops and other computing devices, technology companies will continue to create new groundbreaking features, which will present the user far more from which to choose. The above list of the top phones in their selected categories should provide the user with some insight about which smartphone works best for his or her needs.
By Bill Ades