While Samsung’s recall of the Note 7 and Apple’s decision to remove the audio jack caused a media furore, there’s no denying that both companies are still the most popular in the current smartphone market. Their places in the mobile food chain probably won’t change anytime soon, but it’s still good to know that there are plenty of great alternatives – ranging from the super slick to the downright quirky – that would be shoe-ins for our choice of smartphones.
Here’s our favourite of the lot:
LG X Power
For those of you who are tired of suffering from your phone’s poor battery life, just check out the LG X Power. The Korean electronics company’s latest smartphone packs an industrious 4,100mAh battery capacity, which means that this baby can last up to 72 hours on a single charge. For a mid-range priced phone, that’s pretty freaking awesome. Besides a jacked-up battery life, users can look forward to a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, and functions like face recognition technology for selfies and cool film filters.
ASUS ZenFone 3
Combining style and substance, the ASUS ZenFone 3 is a very good smartphone in the mid-range variety. The ZenFone 3 can boast of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor for quick performance, a crystal clear 16MP rear lens, as well as a subject-tracking TriTech auto-focus function that comprises of laser, phase detection, and continuous contrast-detection. The front of the phone is encased in Gorilla Glass – which makes it pretty much scratch- and impact- resistant.
Just like the iPhone 7 Plus, the Huawei P9 is geared with dual cameras that are capable of creating a bokeh, DSLR-style effect. The fact that it sports the Leica brand name doesn’t hurt either. In terms of other specs, the P9 is again pretty decent. There’s an octa-core Kirin 955 processor that is solidified by 3GB of RAM, meaning that the phone will handle gaming apps or Netflix pretty handily, while its battery capacity is also fairly strong at 3,000mAh.
Sony Xperia XZ
Here’s another smartphone that is ideal for photography lovers. or just about anybody who wants a solid camera on their phone. Having launched earlier in August, Sony’s waterproof Xperia XZ has an impeccable 23MP rear cam that is capable of shooting 4K video. Even the 13MP front-facing selfie camera is no pushover. Measurements-wise, the phone sports a 5.2-inch screen, while it runs on a Qualcomm 820 chipset.
While most other smartphones are focused on having great cameras, the HTC 10 prides itself on delivering awesome audio quality. For instance, you can personalize your own audio profile on this phone, which will proceed to test and produce the optimal frequency range that is best suited for your ears. Not only that, playing music out loud on the phone’s built-in speakers isn’t too shabby either, and you can look forward to hearing a crisp and clear sound that will put most other phones to shame.
For a great all-round performer, one only needs to take a look at LG’s V20. This sleek device comes armed with some of the latest high-end tech specs that any smartphone geek would appreciate. For example, the V20 has a total of not one but three cameras on its frame – a 16MP standard lens and 8MP wide-angle lens on its back, and a 5MP cam on its front. This sweet device comes with Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat update, while its batteries are removable as well.
Okay, so the Oukitel K10000 isn’t exactly a new product in the mobile market, but for users who crave for long-lasting battery life, this phone is perfect. How so? Well, it comes fitted with a gargantuan 10,000mAh battery capacity, meaning that the phone can last between 10 to 15 days on a single charge! If that isn’t impressive, we’re not sure what is. The K10000’s other specs are quite ordinary, but battery life is certainly a winner here.
If tough, gladiator-type smartphones are your thing, then the CAT S60 will undoubtedly appeal to you. Its clunky body can withstand direct 6-foot drops onto solid concrete, plus it can survive up to 4.8 metres in water for approximately 60 minutes. Another badass feature comes in the form of a built-in, military-styled thermal imaging camera.
Google Pixel Phone
Though the Pixel Phone isn’t out yet, Google’s replacement for the Nexus 6P and 5X sure looks promising. Rumours circulating around the tech world have predicted that the phone will come in two sizes – a smaller model called Pixel and a larger model called Pixel XL, while it will also probably sport a 12MP rear-facing camera, as well as 8MP front-facing camera. While nothing is confirmed at this moment, it’s a given that Google will incorporate its latest operating system Nougat in the phone.