When you can’t find the droids you’re looking for.
With Apple’s IOS market share slowly sinking, it can be said that since it’s introduction in 2007 Android has slowly taking over the world.
Although criticized by some for it being bloated, it still is a pretty mobile OS to work with. Not only developer’s side (JAVA still being the most used programming language), but for the user it’s not too bad either. And with Windows OS never being a real competitor, even though having the most simplest to use user interface, the market is pretty much open to conquer.
While writing this post Android’s market share is around 64% worldwide, making it by far the most used OS with IOS only at 32%.
So what better time to look out for some of the best Android based phones you can buy.
Without a doubt the best mobile phone you can buy. Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are the first Android smartphones entirely developed in-house by Google. As the names suggest, the devices differ in screen size. The Pixel is 5-inch, the Pixel-XL is slightly larger with 5.5-inch.
With Android arriving eight years ago, you’d expect that they had a lot of time to learn. In the past Google always partnered up to make phones, making this extra special.
And they did. The design of the phone itself doesn’t look extra special, but the build quality is supreme. The metal makes it feel really sturdy, and the Gorilla Glass only finishes it.
Both versions feature high-quality AMOLED display panels. In short that means the colors look really vivid, got infinite contrast levels and it has a superb viewing angle.
Both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are equipped with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4GB of RAM. So performance wise they’re the same. But with those specifications you’d have one of the better phones money can buy right now.
All of that has to be powered by a battery, no doubt. Google promises an all-day battery life on both versions. The truth is that they can easily make the claim, but only by normal use.
Charging your phone will be done by USB Type-C, which is know to be able to give more power than the regular micro-USB. It will give your phone about 6/7 hours of use after only 15 minutes of charging.
It ships with Android 7.1 Nougat, the latest iteration of the OS. And with Google being the head developer of Android, we don’t need to wait months for other company’s to finally make their own layer on top of it.
As an extra you will get some exclusive features. Including the Pixel launcher, unlimited full-size photo and video storage and real-time on-screen support.
It’s pretty much one of the best phones you can buy since it’s release in 2016. Although at the end of last year the 3 got replaced with the 3T. The design is pretty much identical but with better hardware, making it a serious competition with the Pixel.
The phone features a 5,5-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The phone is made from metal, making it feel really sturdy and expensive.
The camera on both the front and the back feature a 16 megapixel camera. The lens has a diaphragm of f/2.0, which allows you to make good photo’s in dark environments.
Everything is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chip-set and 6GB of ram. It has either 64GB or 128GB of storage.
And even though the hardware got better, it even is more energy efficient. The regular 3 had a 3000mAH battery, the 3T has a 3400mAH battery making it last longer.
Charge it with the Dash Charge technique and you can go a whole day with just 30 minutes of charging.
The phone runs on OxygenOS, based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). So it lacks behind on the Pixel.
All in all it’s maybe even better than the Pixel. But the downside is availability. If a re-seller has it, that’s fine. But unlike Google their production is less making it harder to get.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is without a doubt Samsung’s flagship phone. Just like the S6 Edge, it’s in the name, has the same usable Edge functions at the side of your phone. When you swipe it, depending on your personal configuration, you can get certain apps to show.
With it’s 5,5-inch screen the S7 Edge is a little bit bigger than the regular S7. It handles a whopping QHD-resolution that is 2560 x 1440 pixels. In short, that’s better than most HD tv’s.
It has a Exynos 8890 chipset with 4GB RAM and runs on the newest Android versions possible, with it’s own TouchWiz layover.
The S7 Edge has a bigger battery than it’s predecessor, which is nothing more than normal because of the absurd display. It’s capacity is 3600mAH compared to the 3000mAH from the normal S7.
It has a steel body, and has an IP68 rating for water- and dust-resistance.
Buyers will be pleased to hear that the memory is now expendable with a micro-SD card.
The LG G5 is the successor for the excellent LG G4. Just like that the G5 is again a combination of high-end hardware and a nice design. The new flagship features a metal uni-body housing and a fingerprint scanner on the back.
The front of the LG G5 defines itself by the sharp looking 5,3-inch screen that has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.
The display has an ‘always on’ feature that gives an overview of missed phone calls and other notifications.
On the back they fitted a new 16 megapixel camera, that has 2 lenses.
Internally it has a Snapdragon 820 chip and 4GB of internal RAM. Even though it’s not like the other phones above, this chip is a lot more efficient and powerful, making it easier on the 2800mAh battery.
The Moto Z is the new high-end smartphone from Motorola. It’s most main and distinctive feature is mainly it’s modular back.
That back has sixteen magnetic points. On those points you can connect a module, like a JBL speaker module, a beamer, external battery and so called Style Shells. With those last ones you can give your phone a new case.
The Moto Z has an aluminum design and a protective layer of Gorilla Glass 4 on the front.
It has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, making it pretty high-end. It has a powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset with quadcore-processor and 4GB of RAM.
It’s 32GB of internal space is extendable by adding a micro-SD-card.
On the back it has a 12 megapixel-camera with optic image stabilization. On the front you’ll have to do with a 5 megapixel-camera.
The phone runs on Android 6.0, but future changes will be made.
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