Six months on from our last Top 10, here’s the Christmas 2016 list, with mainly new content – as you’d expect in a busy smartphone world. And, in terms of variety and value, we’ve never had it so good in the Android world, even if all but one of the top of the line phones are still as eye-wateringly expensive as ever…
Android Phones: Reviews, News, Specs, Apps & Models
Time to answer a few questions. Yes, this is Google’s headline Android phone for the year. Yes, it goes under the Pixel brand rather than Nexus. Yes, Google’s marketing department has gone into overdrive trying to create a genuine consumer phone that can more obviously match the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. And yes, as a result it’s arguably at least £200 too expensive here in the UK. And similarly across the world. But is the super speedy and phenomenally well put together Google Pixel XL worth the branding premium?
Earlier this month, BLU teased the arrival of the PURE XR, the company’s newest flagship smartphone. And now it’s officially official.
Corning officially announced Gorilla Glass 4 back in 2014, and now the company’s back with an even more impressive toughened display.
The company has officially announced Gorilla Glass 5, and states that the latest generation of its strengthened panels survives up to four times better than competing glass designs. In its testings, Gorilla Glass 5 survived up to 80 percent of the time when it was dropped face down on rough surfaces, from distances up to 5.25 feet.
Corning states that the new Gorilla Glass is available right now commercially, and that “leading global brands” will launch devices with the new display on built in later this year.
It’s likely that we’ll see quite a few Android devices launched in the coming months featuring Gorilla Glass 5, so it’s good to hear that the drop survivability has gone up quite a bit.
How often do you drop your phone?
Freedom 251, the cheapest smartphone on the market at INR 251 (as the name suggests) or approximately $4, begins shipping out 200,000 pieces on 30th June to customers in India.
Who said Android couldn’t be super secure? Sirin Labs believes it has created not only the most secure Android ever made, but also the most secure smartphone you can buy today. But for that peace of mind, it’s going to cost you just under $15,000.
CREO, a new smartphone brand, today launched its first smartphone in India: the Mark 1. The impressive handset packs in plenty of punch under its hood and its unique FuelOS that brings some novel new features to the table.
Everything you’ve heard about the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge really is true. For once the marketing speak and other reviews are all borne out. Oh, and don’t bother with the regular S7 unless you really, really need the slightly smaller form factor and unless the edge sensitivity (see below) really throws you. Samsung has done a fantastic job with the rounded screen and back – this 5.5”-screened phablet feels natural and secure in the hand, much smaller than its specs and nominal size would suggest.
Smartphone prices have been dwindling with every passing month, but a company — Ringing Bells — has taken things to a completely different level with its Freedom 251 smartphone that was unveiled in India today. The handset costs a mere Rs. 251 ($3.7$ roughly) and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, making it the cheapest Android phone to be ever launched.