There is nothing called the best smartphone out there. The Apple fanboys are going to call the iPhone the best phone out there and in the Android club there are so many choices that there will be a phone that can cater to the needs of each and every customer. Samsung is one of the most favored Android phone manufacturers in the world along with HTC, LG and Motorola. They had been one of the early brands to adopt Android OS and brought some innovation to the table. Samsung range of Android phones and tablets sell like hotcakes for 3 main reasons, they are quite affordable and they are of course quite popular and there is a phone model for everyone. Today we are going to review the top 3 Samsung Android phones in the market.
The Samsung Galaxy S5
This shouldn’t be a surprise to you. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is indeed one of the most powerful Android smartphones available in the market along with the HTC One M8, the LG G3, and the Sony Xperia Z3.
Display and design:The phone sports a stunning 5.1 inch 1080p super AMOLED display with excellent color reproduction, and contrast. The phone is still not available in a lot of countries and a lot of people are awaiting the release of this power house. The main reason for the brilliant picture quality is the 432 PPI (pixels per inch) which is higher than many laptops. From pictures to Full-HD movies everything’s going to look crisp on this device. If you are a movie junky you can forget your tablet and laptop and enjoy watching all your favorite videos and movies on the S5. The Samsung proprietary launcher also got a face lift with the S5. As far as the design is concerned – it is the same old Samsung design but definitely feels solid in hand.
Camera and battery:It had one of the best mobile phone cameras in the market. The Galaxy S5 has a 16 MP camera on the rear. There is a lot of features and options in the camera application that could be overwhelming to a new user – burst shots, picture stabilization, face detection, audio zoom, HDR, a horde of effects and filters, etc. The shutter speed is pretty fast and the focus quick as well. The only issue with the camera is that even though this phone has some of the best Samsung parts and hardware, it might occasionally take a couple of seconds for the camera application to open. The removable battery lasts a really long time and could even last for a full 24 hours if the phone is on 2G data under moderate use.
Performance:Let’s get this out of the way – there isn’t an application in Google Play that will not run on this monster and you could enjoy playing all the high-end games in full visual settings. The Samsung Galaxy S5 also scores a boastful 2900 points in the GeekBench 3 tests which is slightly better than the major competitor the HTC One M8. With the Snapdragon 801 processor(Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400), Adreno 330 and 2GB of RAM there shouldn’t be any lag whatsoever.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The best big phone out there. This is truly the best “phablet” out there with a massive 5.7 inch display and ground shattering hardware — the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is built for large phone lovers.
Display and design:The super AMOLED display has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with a mind blowing 515 pixel density – even the Samsung Galaxy S5 only has 432 PPI and for only a 0.6 inch difference in the display size Samsung has decided to add an additional 83 pixels per square inch. Like many other smartphone the display on the Note 4 also support 16M colors and is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This doesn’t mean the phone is indestructible and we have seen a lot of cracked displays right from the Samsung Galaxy S3 which comes with the Corning Gorilla Glass 2. However, because of the sheer popularity of Samsung phones you could get affordable Samsung S3 screen replacement parts on the Internet.
Camera and battery: All Samsung Galaxy range of phones come with a removable battery. The 3,220 mAh battery can easily make the phone last from sunrise to sunset even if you are a power user who simply can’t keep their phone down. The massive display is going to take the major stake when it comes to draining the battery so reducing the brightness of the display can help make the Note 4 last longer. On the back of the device is a 16 MP autofocus camera that can take pictures with 3456 x 4608 pixels resolution. The camera is also equipped with an LED flash. Some of the features include, geo-tagging, touch focus, smile detection, panorama, HDR, dual-shot etc. The primary camera on the Note 4 could shoot videos at 2160p@30 FPS, which is quite impressive.
Performance: With a quad-core processor and an excellent Adreno 420 GPU there is nothing much to complain about the performance of the device being on the of the best phablets out there. The Note 4 also comes with an S Pen and Fingerprint sensor. It is also one of the few mobile phones in the market that comes with 3GB of RAM – yes, you read that right and shame to all the laptops sold in the market that still comes with only 2GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
There are still a lot of people out there who don’t like huge phones and prefer phones that doesn’t directly impact their clothing choices. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is small yet powerful.
Display and design: The 4.5 inch display comes with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display also has a PPI for 326, which is pretty good for the smaller size of the display. You will be able to playback HD and Full HD videos of this small yet stunning display. The phone looks almost like any other Samsung Galaxy phone with the usual design with rounded edges.
Camera and battery: The 8MP primary camera with autofocus and Led flash can snap 3264×2448 pixels pictures. The default camera application is equipped with features like, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR, geo-tagging, etc. The brilliant 8MP camera could also record HD videos (1080p) at 30 frames per second. The modest 2100 mAh battery is good enough to keep the phone alive for more than 7 hours under heavy use.
Performance: The phone scores an impressive 2660 points in the Basemark X gaming benchmark review. The phone sports the Cortex-A7 Quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU which can handle any application or game that you throw at it. The Mali-400-MP4 handles games and other graphics acceleration requirements quite easily. Unlike the 2 other devices we have mentioned, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini might hiccup when you try to run certain high-end games in full video settings.
To conclude, if you want one of the most powerful smartphones in the market you should go for the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Note 4 if you want a massive display and use business tools and software, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini if you want a modest display but don’t want to compromise on performance and hardware.