Huawei’s online-only sub-brand Honor has made a name for itself with some excellent budget devices that are doing extremely well in the European and Chinese market. The latest entrant from the company in its Honor lineup is the Honor 5c that sits just below the Honor 5X.
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The original Moto G played a key role in bringing Motorola back from the dead. The handset sold like hot cakes in India, United States, and Brazil and helped Motorola in once again cementing its position in the smartphone market. The company then followed it up with the Moto G2 and Moto G3, both of which were excellent handsets in their own right.
The cracks are starting to show in the smartphone world, I believe. Under incredible pressure from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei/Honor, Meizu and Xiaomi, the old guard are having to change tack and try something different just to survive. So we had LG and its ill-fated detachable bottom module, and now Sony has abandoned its ‘three sizes’ strategy in favour of the same size but having three levels of specification, with the Xperia X the first to be available. Hmm…. While I applaud the choice of specs, I do think this ‘one (physical) size fits all’ strategy is potentially more confusing in the long run.
If there’s one company you can count on to shake things up with something different for each year’s flagship then it’s probably LG. They like taking risks – and that’s fine – but after evaluating the latest, the G5, it does seem as if they went a bit too far this time. Unpleasant edges, a wacky replaceable bottom concept, a dual camera that doesn’t really add much. Read on for the details in our LG G5 review, but it just doesn’t feel like a top-end flagship. And that’s a crying shame, given the absolute top end specifications and ambitions.
The Oppo R9, also called the F1 Plus in some markets, is touted as Oppo’s flagship device for the very Dorian Gray public of today – narcissistic and selfie obsessed. Unlike Dorian Gray, however, they need not have to sit through an arduous painting, but can have their image immortalised for eternity within seconds with the higher resolution front camera. Whether this image does justice to their beauty, or not, can be discovered later in this review.
For the true geek, especially one who values the planet we all exist on, the Fairphone 2 is perhaps the ultimate smartphone. That it’s demonstrably not the best ‘bang per buck’ or indeed the prettiest phone out there, is almost irrelevant in light of the game changing Unique Selling Point here – you can take the Fairphone apart. Officially.
Within five short years, Xiaomi has made a reputable name for itself in the smartphone market. The company’s formula of selling phones at almost their cost price and then making money by providing services through them has been a huge hit in China and markets like India.
However, 2015 was a relatively rough year for the Chinese company. The lack of its much anticipated flagship, the Mi 5, and some less than interesting mid-range devices saw the company miss its estimated sales figure for the year. Worse, this allowed other local Chinese OEMs like Huawei and Lenovo to surpass Xiaomi with their offerings.
It’s hard to deny that the Huawei P9 is a thing of beauty. The chamfered aluminium, the 2.5D glass, the glossy black camera island have all been done before, but there’s a certain holistic sense of ‘completeness’ that’s exuded by Huawei’s latest flagship. The P9 is certainly up near the competition from Samsung and LG but it’s also not quite as inexpensive as we’re used to seeing from this Chinese brand, so you’re going to want to read right through this review before thinking about opening up your wallet.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge were impressive handset by all means, but they compromised on certain strengths — microSD card slot and a removable battery — of the Galaxy brand. Thus, despite coming with a stunning, beautiful new design and an outstanding 16MP shooter, the Galaxy S6 and its edge sibling did not help Samsung’s falling profit margins and sales numbers.