Best Flagship Phone Options For Those Who Want To Go All Out

Best Flagship Phone Options For Those Who Want To Go All Out

The world is now going smart and its smartphones that have ushered in this new change. Earlier, there was no segregation of smartphones as all of them basically came with the same features, just a different chassis. However, as time went on, the phones got better and very soon, we saw smartphones come in three flavours, mainly classified on the basis of Price and Features:

  1. Entry Level
  2. Mid Range
  3. Flagship

Entry level phones are those which come with a run of the mill build and some pretty basic smartphone features. These device are an absolute no-no if you are a heavy smartphone user.

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The mid range devices are much better than the entry level devices, and also give you a taste of the top class devices with brilliant displays, good performance and a million fold better build quality. However, if you push these devices too far, these devices burn out quickly.

In this article, I will focus on the Flagship segment devices. These devices are the crown jewels of every smartphone brand. These devices are the best of the lot, featuring eye popping displays, mind blowing performance , cameras that can put professional snappers to shame, and stellar build quality. Another thing that sets these flagships apart is that there are not many out there. While the companies flood the entry and mid range segments with phones almost every month, they give their flagships a whole different treatment. Every year, the companies make sure they release not more than one or two flagship devices. This way, they maintain the exclusivity and sanctity of this segment. The end of 2014 and the last few months of 2015 saw some really good flagship devices , which really justify every penny in your pocket. The question though is, which one is the best buy ?

That is exactly what I am going to analyse today. So, if you are ready, lets take a look at some of the best available flagships and also their pros and cons –

MEIZU

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First up , we have the not-so-widely-known Meizu MX4 Pro. This phone is basically a mix and match of components borrowed from other phones in the market. Before we go into that part, lets take a look at the display – we have a 5.5″ IPS screen that’s actually above QHD resolution. As for the borrowed bits, we have the Exynos 5 Octa chipset from the Galaxy Alpha and the 20.7MP/2160p camera from the Xperia Z series. The phone also brings a fingerprint sensor to the table, thus keeping it in line with today’s technology. While the aforementioned features are tempting, the MX Pro does have a major flaw – Memory.

The device has no SD card expansion slot, and just 16 GB of internal memory. The Flyme OS ROM may not be to everyone’s tastes either.

So, in case of the Meizu MX4 Pro, here are the Pros and Cons –

ProsMEIZU mx4

  • 5.5″ IPS screen, 1,536 x 2,560 (546ppi)
  • Flyme OS, based on Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 2GHz octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM
  • 20.7MP camera, 2160p video
  • 5MP/1080p selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Non standard Android version may not be a favourite among the masses.
  • No Micro SD expansion slot, for cheap memory expansion.

MOTOROLA

Motorola may not be a Google brand anymore, but before they bid adieu to the Search giant, they made an irreplaceable addition to the Nexus Family. Say hello to the Nexus 6. In the past, the Nexus lineup was known to deliver the best Android experience and all required flagship grade features at a price lower than the flagships themselves. At the same time, the price constraint meant OEMs couldn’t really go all guns blazing when they were brainstorming the Nexus product. All this changed with the Nexus 6.The Nexus 6 sports an elegant metal frame, which is the ‘In’ thing these days, along with a one of a kind ring flash ( Basically, the flash is a ring around the camera), along with the proprietary Stereo speakers and Splash proofing. The splash proofing is for accidental splashes only, so its  a big No-No to underwater Camera experiments. Motorola also runs this scheme called the Moto Maker, for several areas in the world. here, the user can actually customise his Moto device before ordering it. The sad thing though is that the scheme does not apply to the Nexus 6 device.

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When it comes to processing power, Motorola has been Wowing audiences all over . The Nexus 6 isn’t any different. The device comes with the Snapdragon 805 chipset, which , although isn’t the newest on the block, surely packs a big punch. The Nexus 6, like every other Nexus device comes loaded with Stock Android, which puts it first in line for future Android upgrades. On the Flip side, Stock Android means no split screen multitasking, and no stylus support either. According to reports, the Nexus 6 device was supposed to feature a fingerprint scanner, but it was scrapped at the last moment. The biggest set back however, is the lack of MicroSD expansion. However, unlike the Meizu MX4 Pro, this device comes with 32 GB of on board memory with USB OTG Support.

Lets take a quick look at the Pros and Cons of the Nexus 6 Device –

Prosnexus-6

  • Pure Android 5.1 Lollipop; fast updates
  • 6″ AMOLED screen, 1,440 x 2,560px (493ppi)
  • 13MP camera with OIS, 2160p video
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 450; 3GB RAM
  • Metal frame; splash-proof
  • Stereo speakers

Cons

  • No MicroSD slot.

SAMSUNG

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Probably the only company in the world today to boast of 4 flagship devices is Samsung. Earlier, the Korean Giant was known to release the Usual S lineup flagship and the Note Phablet, which would serve as two flagships for the two different segments. This time however, Samsung took a leap into the unknown with the’Edge’ lineup as well. So, what we got this time is the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge which will serve as the usual flagships, and to take on the Phablet Market, we have the Note 4 and the Note Edge.

Lets start with the Note 4.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is more popularly called ” The arch enemy of the Nexus 6 “. The two devices have gone head to head loads of times and  while the Note 4 has got the upper hand with the

external frills, The Nexus 6 takes home the Performance shootout. The Note 4 features the new metal frame that Samsung has finally decided to adopt. In that frame, lies an absolutely gorgeous 5.7” QHD Super AMOLED screen. You also get the S-Pen along with its various added features. Also Read : How to Clear Cache on Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The 16 MP rear snapper features OIS and has a better resolution ,while the 3.7 MP selfie snapper mighty not sound like much, but looking at Samsung’s track record in mobile cameras, I wouldn’t worry too much. Here are the major pros and cons you will want to consider if you are planning on getting home this device –

Pros –Note-4

  • 5.7″ Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2,560px (515ppi); S Pen stylus
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450 -or- 1.9GHz octa-core, 3GB RAM
  • 16MP camera with OIS, 2160p video
  • Metal frame
  • Fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Well, when you see a metal frame and a QHD screen with a blazing fast processor , 3GB RAM and MicroSD expansion, you really can’t spot a disadvantage . So when it comes to cons, there are none.

The Note Edge was launched alongside its Note 4 sibling, and while there is not much to differentiate the two, the Note Edge users will get more attention due to the extra ‘Edge’ display. Sp , if the Note Edge is the one for you, make sure you read the following points –

Pros

  • Curved 5.6″ Super AMOLED, 1,600 x 2,560px (524ppi); S Pen stylus
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2.7GHz quad-core Krait 450
  • 16MP camera with OIS, 2160p video
  • 3.7MP/1440p selfie camera
  • Metal frame
  • Fingerprint sensor

Cons – Just like its Sibling, the Note Edge is most definitely, Future proof, so no cons.

Lets now Look at the Galaxy S6 Lineup –

The Base S6 is the cheaper of the two, and thus, more financially feasible. The 5.1″ Super AMOLED screen with QHD resolution is the highest quality display yet (beating even the Note 4) and Samsung must be applauded for the new look TouchWiz as well.

The 16MP OIS Camera is the best of the Galaxy Lineup , while the no swipe fingerprint sensor works like an absolute charm. However, what puzzles me is why Samsung made the battery non removable, and took out both the SD card slots and the Waterproofing. Either ways, the device is an absolute monster.

Also Read : Rooting Galaxy S6 Made Easy

For those planning to buy this device, here are the Pros and Cons –

ProsBest Flagship Phone Options For Those Who Want To Go All Out

  • 7mm metal and glass body
  • 5.1″ Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2,560px (577ppi)
  • 16MP camera with OIS, 2160p video
  • 5MP/1440p selfie camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2.1GHz octa-core, 3GB RAM
  • Fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • No SD card slot.
  • Non removable battery.
  • No Waterproofing.

When it comes to the S6 Edge, you can confidently say that this device is the best looking device in the market today. The edge display was something that Apple had announced , but it looks like Samsung beat them to it. What you will also observe is that the edges on the S6 Edge are not the same as that on the Note edge variant, but Samsung has made sure that they maintain symmetry, thus giving the device an overall, appealing look.

The features are the same as its S6 sibling, with the difference being the two stunning edge s and the memory option of 64 GB internal with SD slot expansion. The downside however, is the price. Should you go for this device, it will most likely burn a hole in your pocket, so make sure you think it through first. For those who know they are going to buy the S6 Edge, read through the Pros and Cons –

ProsBest Flagship Phone Options For Those Who Want To Go All Out

  • Unique dual-curved screen
  • 5.1″ Super AMOLED, 1,440 x 2,560px (577ppi)
  • 7mm metal and glass body
  • 16MP camera with OIS, 2160p video
  • 5MP/1440p selfie camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2.1GHz octa-core, 3GB RAM
  • Fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Extra price for the better looks.

LG

LG has also stepped into the playing field with their all new LG G4 flagship. Since it was unveiled just recently, I thought it would give its competition, a run for their money. I was wrong. Sure, the build and design are top notch, with LG going as far as offering an all leather back for the device, you can really move beyond the raging Snapdragon 808 chipset and the rather weak Adreno 418 GPU. In the ideal world, I wouldn’t mind the GPU at all, but when you say that the same GPU is going to power a QHD display, you know something is wrong. LG has given the display another bump up with a new technology they call the IPS Quantum Display, which is supposed to render the colours better than before, thus giving you a visual treat. But exactly how well the GPU and this new Panel will work together is yet to be known.

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The major selling point however, is the Camera. The G4’s 16 MP camera comes with OIS and a wide f/1.8 aperture. What this means is that the G4 lets in 80% more light than its predecessor, his giving you better picture quality. When you add the RAW capture mode to the mix, you get a device that has a real chance of becoming the best camera phone in the segment. The Front Selfie snapper is an 8 MP unit, which can also record Full 108p0p HD.

Not the best of the performers, but definitely one of the best camera phones yet. Lets take a look at its Pros and Cons.

ProsLG

  • Slightly curved body with optional leather back
  • 5.5″ IPS screen, 1,440 x 2,560px (538ppi)
  • 1.8GHz hexa-core processor
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 16MP camera with OIS, 2160p video
  • 8MP/1080p selfie camera

Cons

  • Chipset not up to par

Honorary mention – HTC One M9 and Apple iPhone 6 

These two devices aren’t considered for a particular reason. Sure, they are highly capable flagships, but when you pit them against any of the above mentioned flagships, they are totally outgunned, and considering the rather pricey tags, I wouldn’t recommend either of the two.

Thats all there is to it. Hope you find this article useful. If you have any feedback or suggestions , do let us know by commenting in the comment section below. Stay tuned for more such articles right here.

Tushar Patil

Tushar Patil is Tech Blogger and Gamer, who love's to write about Android, Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Software, Gadgets, Computers, Windows, Internet & Web and Games. Tushar Patil lives in Mumbai, India. And the founder of Tech Rekon.

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