Best Smartphones in India: October 2017

When you can afford to buy the absolute best smartphone in the market, it’s easier to make a decision because only a couple of manufacturers offer smartphones that are near-perfect.

Things to decide before you make your purchase:

1. Operating System: There are two popular choices, Android and iOS. If it’s Android, we highly recommend the Samsung Galaxy S6. If you don’t mind spending extra money, you can get the Galaxy S6 Edge, which will make your phone stand out. If iOS is your preferred operating system, then you have only two choices. iPhone 6 if you like smaller phones or iPhone 6 Plus if you like bigger displays.

2. Screen Size: Next up is the screen size. Some people like smaller phones that are easier to use with one hand. If you belong to this category of people, then pick phones that have 5 inch or smaller displays. If you like large-screen phones, then there are plenty of high-end options.

3. Camera: Samsung (Android) and Apple (iOS) offer the best camera phones in the market. You can’t go wrong with either.

4. Future OS upgrades: Apple provides instant iOS upgrades for a minimum of 3-4 years (which could increase with the introduction of iOS 9). On the other hand, users of Samsung phones usually have to wait for 2-3 months before the latest version of Android is available for their high-end smartphones. If you want quick updates on Android, pick the Google Nexus range of Smartphones. Motorola also provides quick updates.

1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (32GB) – Rs 50000

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

PROS:

  • One of the Best displays in the market
  • Premium build with the glass back. Phone feels great to hold.
  • Best Android smartphone camera in the market, the back and front both click excellent and sharp pictures. It comes with optical image stabilisation hence the videos shot through this phone come very stable
  • Fast and responsive finger print sensor
  • Exynos chipset with 4GB RAM performs well.
  • Good for gaming, can handle almost all the high-end games
  • 32GB internal storage with 200 GB external storage, that’s one of the things that has changed from it’s predecessor
  • It is water and dust resistance.
  • Light weight
  • Does most things well and doesn’t heat up!
  • The battery lasts for more than a day with moderate usage
  • The curved edge display works well. There hasn’t been much change in this , it is as same as Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Supports Fast charging and  wireless charging

CONS:

  • No user-replaceable battery
  • The glass back attracts finger print
  • Speakers are tiny and not loud enough
  • At Rs 58000, its quite expensive.

2. Apple iPhone 6S Plus (16GB / 64GB / 128GB) – Rs 60000

Apple iPhone 6s

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (32GB) – Rs 46,000

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

PROS:

  • 5.7 inch QHD Super AMOLED display is the best in the market.
  • The metallic and glass build makes the phone look premium.
  • Samsung is known for their cameras, and Note 5 doesn’t disappoint. The 16MP captures good pictures in outdoor. The 5MP front camera is one of the best selfie camera available in the market
  • The phone excels when it comes to video recording (4K and Full HD)
  • Performance of the phone with 4GB RAM is exceptionally fast and lag free.
  • Good speaker output
  • Unlike previous generation Galaxy phones, the finger print sensor now works flawlessly.
  • Comes with S-pen which can be very useful for a lot of people.
  • Powered by Exynos 7420 64-bit, Octa Core
  • 3000 mAh battery lasts for a day of moderate usage
  • Supports wireless and quick charging technology
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Excellent for Gaming
  • No heating issue even after heavy usage.

CONS:

  • Unlike most Samsung high-end smartphones, Samsung Note 5 doesn’t come with IR blaster.
  • Average artificial lighting
  • The glass back makes it bit slippery. So you need to use a mobile case.
  • Doesn’t come with Micro SD card.

4. Huawei Nexus 6P (32 GB)- Rs 40,000

Google Nexus 6P

PROS:

  • The 5.7 Inch super AMOLED display is one of the best displays available within Rs 40000
  • Good build quality, phone feels and looks premium.
  • The 12.3 MP back and 8 MP front camera captures good pictures both indoor and outdoor
  • Latest Android update (Android Marshmallow 6.0) and being a Nexus phone, you will get the fastest Android updates
  • Fast and fluid performance with 3GB RAM
  • Powered by Snapdragon 810, Octa Core 2.0 GHz processor
  • Supports 4G and NFC
  • Fast Finger Print Scanner on the back of the device
  • Comes with 32GB internal storage
  • Good speaker output
  • Games like N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 8 can be played without any lag
  • Although the phones comes with the Snapdragon 810 chipset which had some heating issues earlier, we experienced no such problems with the Nexus 6P.
  • Earlier, Nexus devices were not known for battery backup, but the Nexus 6P lasts for more than a full day with moderate to heavy usage.
  • Supports quick charging technology
  • Compared to other flagship devices, the Nexus 6P provides excellent value.

CONS:

  • No optical image stabilisation, due to which the videos can come out a little shaky if you record on the move.
  • Like most phones that come with 5.5 inch displays, the Nexus 6P is difficult to use in one hand
  • Doesn’t come with MicroSD card, however if you want more storage then you can buy the 64GB version priced at 43000
  • It’ a single sim phone, doesn’t have a dual sim slot.

5. Samsung Galaxy S7 (32GB) – Rs 43,500

Samsung Galaxy S7

PROS:

  • One of the Best displays in the market
  • Premium build with the glass back. Phone feels great to hold.
  • Best Android smartphone camera in the market, the back and front both click excellent and sharp pictures. It comes with optical image stabilsiation hence the videos shot through this phone come very stable
  • Fast and responsive finger print sensor
  • Exynos chipset with 4GB RAM performs well.
  • Good for gaming, can handle almost all the high-end games
  • 32 GB internal storage with 200 GB external storage, that’s one of the things
  • It is water and dust resistance.
  • Light weight
  • Does most things well and doesn’t heat up!
  • The battery lasts for more than a day with moderate usage
  • Supports Fast charging and  wireless charging

CONS:

  • No user-replaceable battery
  • The glass back attracts finger print
  • At Rs 49000, its quite expensive.

 Galaxy S7 edgeiPhone 6s PlusGalaxy Note 5Nexus 6PGalaxy S7
Display Size5.5 inch5.5 inch5.7 inch5.7 inch5.1 inch
Display Resolution1440 x 25601080 x 19201440 x 25601440 x 25601440 x 2560
PanelSuper AMOLEDIPS LCDSuper AMOLEDAMOLEDSuper AMOLED
ProtectionGorilla Glass 4Ion-strengthened glass, Oleophobic coatingGorilla Glass 4Gorilla Glass 4Gorilla Glass 4
Dimensions150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight157 grams192 grams171 grams178 grams152 grams
OSAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowiOS 9Android 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
CPUExynos 8890Apple A9Exynos 7420Snapdragon 810Exynos 8890
GPUMali-T880 MP12PowerVR GT7600Mali-T760MP8Adreno 430Mali-T880 MP12
RAM4 GB2 GB4 GB3 GB4 GB
Storage32 GB16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB32 GB32 GB32 GB
FingerprintYesYesYesYesYes
MicroSD cardup to 200 GBNoNoNoup to 200 GB
Back Camera12 MP12 MP16 MP12.3 MP12 MP
Front Camera5 MP5 MP5 MP8 MP5 MP
Dual SIMYesNoNoNoYes
GPSYesYesYesYesYes
InfraredNoNoNoNoNo
NFCYesYesYesYesYes
USBmicroUSBmicroUSBmicroUSBUSB-CmicroUSB
Battery3600 mAh2750 mAh3000 mAh3450 mAh3000 mAh

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