“Whatever your priority might be, we have rounded up the top smartphones that will be able to meet that need and then some more”
If you are someone who has a keen interest in the consumer tech segment or are the go-to guy for device-buying opinions, you must have been asked about the “best smartphone” to buy. Getting hold of this Holy Grail however is a tough task, given there is no perfect answer.
Every user has different needs and expectations from their smartphones, and one person’s perfect phone might not exactly be the best pick for someone else. Although it is quite tough to filter out the overall best smartphone, there are definitely best options according to specific needs. Join us as we list down the best smartphones for every need.
Best big phone: Samsung Galaxy Note8
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 (review) is hands down one of the best smartphones available in the market, and the fact that it is Samsung’s answerafter the Note7 fiasco makes it an even more commendable effort. With a bezel-less design and a QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display, the Note8 manages to offer a stunning smartphone experience on its 6.3-inch canvas. The Note8 is also the first Samsung flagship to offer thecombination of 6GB of RAM and dual 12MP primary cameras.Insidethe IP68-rated body, you’ll find plenty of firepower (no pun intended), with an impressive octa-core Exynos 8895 SoC, a 3,300mAh battery and 64GB of expandable storage. It goes without saying that the Note8 gives its users an unparalleled multimedia and gaming experience. And that’s when we haven’t even started talking about the S-Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is available in India at a price of Rs 67,900, and is available via both offline and online channels.
Best small phone: Apple iPhone SE
From the best large phone to the one that impresses while also being completely pocketablethe Apple iPhone SE. There aren’t many smartphones with small form factors that also come with impressive power under the hood. But the iPhone SE (review) fits that description pretty well. It’s basically the internals of an iPhone 6s fitted inside an iPhone 5s body. The 4-inch display is easily manageable with one hand, while an Apple A9 processor and a PowerVR GPU takes care of providing the required oomph in the power department.
Even though the iPhone SE might not offer the absolute best internals, a price tag as low as Rs 17,999 for the device lets a few hiccups pass through.
Best affordable flagship: OnePlus 5T
If it’s an affordable flagship you’re talking about, it has to be the OnePlus 5T (review). The latest from OnePlus always finds its place in this segment, and deservedly so. The smartphone has received positive feedback from the users and critics alike. That’s all because it houses a powerful Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, as well as a 6.01-inch FHD+ Optic AMOLED display, all encased in a near bezel-less metal body. Moreover, features like the Dash Charge technology, a blazing-fast fingerprint scanner and an almost stock-like Oxygen OS make buying the 5T an even smarter choice. The folks at OnePlus have also gone ahead andincluded face recognition technology on the OnePlus 5T, and from what we have seen, it is blazing fast to say the very least.
In case you were wondering, the OnePlus 5T has been priced starting at Rs 32,999 and is available exclusively via Amazon India, the official OnePlus website and select Croma stores. As an alternative, you can also take a look at the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which is currently selling at a price of Rs 32,999.
Best stock Android phone: Google Pixel 2 XL
No one makes it better than Google. Yes, the Pixel 2 XL (review) has been subject to a lot of scrutiny for some display-related and other issues, butthey’ve mostly been either fixed by Google, orare so insignificant that it does not take away anything from the experience of the smartphone in any way. The Pixel 2 XL runs stock Android Oreo out of the box, with powerful internals like a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a 6-inch 18:9 display with QHD+ resolution. Even though the smartphone comes with a single 12.2MP rear camera,the AI and machine learning capabilities mean that it can offer impressive portrait shots, even with selfies. Then there are the novelty features such as theActive Edge tech to invoke Google Assistant, the always-on display and the Shazam-like song recognition, all of which add up to make the Pixel 2 XL a worthy smartphone.
Interested folks can pick up a Pixel 2 XL online for Rs 64,999, which is a good Rs 8,000 less than its launch price.
Best iOS phone: Apple iPhone X
From the Android bandwagon to iOS. The latest iPhone X (review) is a de facto choice in this category. For years, concept designers and Apple lovers have wished for an “all-screen” iPhone, and now their wish has come true with the iPhone X which even goes a ‘notch’ (pun intended) higher. Jokes apart, once you start using the phone, the notch above the 5.8-inch OLED display doesn’t bother much. The smartphone comes packed with power to the brim, all thanks to the A11 Bionic chip. The home button and Touch IDhave been added to the list of things missing ontheiPhone X,along with the headphone jack. Yet, the introduction of Face ID is truly innovative. With gesture-based navigation, and the sweetness of iOS, the iPhone X is asolid device to be a daily driver. It features dual 12MP rear cameras, as well as a 7MP front camera which is also capable of shooting portrait photos. And for times when you want to have a little bit of fun, Apple has introduced a new feature called Animojis, which, as the name suggests, are animated emojis.
The Apple iPhone X is available via leading online and offline stores, starting at the officialprice of Rs92,430 for the 64GB variant.