5 Phones Still Enjoying the Limelight, in 2016

April 18, 2016

With the eclectic range of phones available in the market these days, it’s always easier to make a purchase when you’re well-informed of what’s hot and happening now, and why. Thus, we created a list of 5 of the most popular phones around now, along with a little glimpse into its features, with the hope that it may make life easier for all. They are not rated as opinions and priorities differ.

ONEPLUS TWO

We all know OnePlus by now. They’re the phones that sneaked into our world one fine day, and suddenly they were all anyone could talk about. And once again they have managed to make their way into the Trending Phones list, with another marvelous creation- the OnePlus Two.
The OnePlus Two boasts of some pretty remarkable specs that pretty much puts them one above the other famous phone brands.

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Performance
It’s an Android phone, with an Octa-Core Snapdragon processor, 4GB RAM, a 5.5inch screen, and a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s powerful and performs tasks effortlessly, which means you can enjoy a lag-free smartphone experience. It has a pretty good battery life regardless of extensive usage, and can easily go a day without you having to search for a plug point.

The OnePlus Two also has a storage capacity of 16GB and 64GB, allowing you to store just enough files in there without having to constantly clear out your memory first.

Camera
The OnePlus Two has a 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front one, that allows for some good quality photos. It also has the HDR option, which translates into- remarkable close-up shots.

Additional Features
A lot of phones these days are adopting the Finger Scan feature wherein only those whose prints match can access the phone. The OnePlus two has also joined the bandwagon, but the only difference here is that rather than swiping, all you need to do is press and hold-on to the reader, and Voila! You’re through.

One of the most unique features on OnePlus phones is their Gestures feature. It allows you to instantly launch applications without having to wake the phone up first. For instance, by drawing a circle on the screen, it’ll automatically launch the camera. Or, when listening to music, a sideways swipe will allow you to switch between songs.

Appearance
But enough about the internal specs. Let’s talk about its physical appearance. The OnePlus Two has, fortunately switched its plastic design with a metal frame, giving it a sleeker appearance. It’s become thicker (8.9mm to 9.9mm), and heavier (162g to 175g). The back panel has an extremely rough texture, but you have the option to switch it with alternative covers like Bamboo, Black Apricot/Kevlar, and Rosewood.
Considering all the perks, you may think that it’s quite expensive. However, it’s pretty reasonable, and actually much cheaper than most others.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S6 EDGE PLUS

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is pretty much like every other one of its models, but with an edge over the others. You have the standard features, but slightly refined.

Performance
You have a 5.7inch screen, with a 1440×2560 resolution and 4GB RAM, making it highly useful for gamers as the display is pretty sharp, and games take very little time to load. And a couple of levels later, the phone doesn’t really heat up too much, like most others.

Its battery life is a confusing state of affairs as it holds up pretty well for some applications, but when trying to watch a video, or play a game for long, the juice depletes quickly. So it’s all a matter of knowing what will kill the battery faster, when you don’t want it to die out too soon.

When not extensively used, it can go a day without having to be charged up again. Also, when it does require fueling up, with the help of the Charging Pad one can easily attain around 25% of charge in just 15 minutes by placing their phone on the Wireless Pad.

Additional Features
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has the People Edge feature wherein you can easily contact 5 individuals on your list with just a couple of swipes. You also have the Apps Edge feature which functions like the former, but for Apps.

Another feature that’s pretty popular is Samsung Pay, and how easy it is to make payments through it. Samsung Pay works like your Credit/Debit card, wherein all you need to do is swipe your phone on the reader to pay for your purchases. On the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, paying is all the more simple as you can do so by swiping upwards on your screen (even when the phone’s asleep), and you’re good to go.

Appearance
The best and most talked about feature of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, is its appearance. Or, specifically, it’s curved screen that goes over the edge of the phone. This allows for a seamless display, albeit not as well used as it should’ve been.

Camera
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus has a 16MP rear camera, and a 5MP front one. Not only do you get some pretty superior photos, but it’s also very easy to launch the camera, and also click multiple pictures in a row.

IPHONE 6S PLUS

Apple products are in a niche of their own, with people purchasing the same more to be a part of the Apple family, rather than because of its features.

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Performance
However, the IPhone 6S Plus does do the brand justice. It has a 5.5 inch screen, with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and 2GB of RAM. And as always you can choose between 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB of storage space, depending upon your requirements.
The battery life, for a change, is pretty good with the phone lasting for close to a day, if not extensively used.

Camera
IPhone’s are rarely known for their camera quality which is, probably, something Apple’s gotten wind of too as they’ve started refining the same. The IPhone 6S Plus has a rear camera of 12MP, and a front one of 5MP. Pictures come out crystal-clear, thus motivating us to keep clicking, unlike before when taking photos would be the last thing you’d use your IPhone for. You also have the Retina Flash feature that uses your display to work as an in-built flash. The screen brightens up 3 times more than usual, hence allowing you to take some pretty swell selfies.

Additional Features
One of the coolest features that this phone comes with is Live Photos. It takes a 1.5 second video before and after you take a photo. This gives a very magical feel to your photos, which allows you to forgive them for the low resolution camera, if you’re finicky about it.

3D Touch is another element that Apple’s brought into this world. What it does is, it can sense the level of pressure one applies on the display, and react differently accordingly. The Peek and Pop feature is one that incorporates 3D Touch. With it you can, say, peek into emails and photos by pressing on it. This enlarges the file without leaving the page. Press harder and it Pops and opens on full screen.

And, of course, you can’t talk about the IPhone without mentioning Siri. In the IPhone 6S Plus, Siri’s always active, so you can converse with her at any time. Also, she’s become smarter, which means that life’s much easier for us now.

Appearance
After the Bending Phone fiasco, IPhone claims that the 6S Plus is much stronger, using 7000 series aluminum for the body. And they’ve also come out with a new color for those who want something different. They have the Silver, Gold, and Space Grey, and also the new Rose Gold (read: Pink).

HTC ONE M9

HTC has, in recent times, earned the reputation of being innovative and reliable, with some superior phones in the market. The HTC One M9 is one such phone that falls in the same category, albeit not very different from the others this time around. They seem to have concentrated more on the entertainment factor with this one.

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Performance
You have the 5inch screen, 1920×1080 resolution, and a RAM of 3GB. HTC has outdone themselves in terms of storage though, with an internal storage capacity of 32GB. That, plus an external one, will allow you to store tons of files without having to constantly delete them to make space for new ones.

The battery life is decent, meaning you can make it through the day without charging it, but that’s only if you don’t play too many games on the M9, or watch too many videos.

Camera
Camera resolution has been refined with a 20.7MP rear camera and a 4MP front one. Photo quality is decent enough, but maybe not as remarkable as you’d want it to be. You get your clear and sharp images during the day, but the flash isn’t too great when trying to take pictures in the dark. Reaction time is a little slow, and the HDR mode is a disappointment. However, you do have a few effects to play around with, like the ability to smoothen your skin in photos, or wacky ones that distort your face to hilarious extents.

Additional Features
Another one of HTC’s much talked about features, is its sound quality. This time around though, they’ve refined it all the more by teaming up with Dolby to support its BoomSound speakers. The result- loud, clear audio quality, that allows you to switch between theatre and music mode.

Appearance
One of the many downfalls of having a metal casing is that call quality will be relatively low. But that’s a hurdle that HTC has crossed. They’ve somehow managed to give us a sleek, metallic phone that also allows us to make calls at ease. You have the Gunmetal Grey, Gold on Gold, and Gold on Silver.

GOOGLE NEXUS 6P

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Performance
The Google Nexus 6P comes with a 5.7 inch screen, meaning that it may not be for those one-hand users. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1440, and a RAM of 3GB. Storage is limited as you only have internal storage capacity of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, without the option for external memory.
The 6P has an AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen display. It’s ideal for gamers as the Nexus 6P beats every other phone in terms of smoothness and ease at which one can play on it owing to its highly responsive nature. And also because visuals are brilliant on this Nexus smartphone. This also means it’s amazing to watch videos on.

The Nexus 6P comes with a very useful and prompt Fingerprint Scanner, which not only makes it so much easier to unlock your phone in a jiffy, but it also ensures that no one else can snoop through your phone content without your consent.

Camera
It has a 12.3MP rear camera, and a whopping 8MP front one that produces good quality photos and videos, especially since the colors captured are on the dot.

Appearance
The Nexus 6P comes in three colors- Silver, Black and White. It’s a unique, stylish smartphone that’s designed to grab attention whenever you flip it out. Its all-metal casing gives it an air of sophistication. And the black glass strip on the rear, that houses the camera lens, gives it an element of originality.

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