While it is true that the smartphone industry is becoming increasingly crowded, it is still nice to know how manufacturing companies manage to constantly come up with innovative ideas and iconic designs for their devices.
These include popular names such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Google, Motorola and Asus. With the launching of each one's iteration of mobile devices, there's no doubt that these companies are the reasons why Android OS has become very popular among smartphone users.
Here is a quick roundup of the best Android smartphones as of June 2015.
Samsung Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6, Samsung's latest flagship, boasts of an excellent camera, premium look and feel, superb display, wireless and fast charging options, and powerful performance. It comes with Android 5.0 L with TouchWiz right out of the box and runs on an Octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset. Other notable features include a RAM of 3GB, 2,550mAh battery, 1440 by 2560 screen resolution; Samsung Pay and IR Blaster. It is available in a number of color options such as Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Blue Topaz. Perhaps one of its outstanding features is the 5.1-inch screen that is absolutely brilliant and one of the best screens that is available in the market to date. Moreover, the screen looks good in every viewing angle which makes the device ideal for sharing content such as videos and photos.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The Galaxy S6 Edge launched together with the Galaxy S6 and has been named as one of Samsung's best designed smartphones yet. It boasts of a wraparound screen which makes it the designer version of its co-flagship. Not only is it known to have the first commercial dual-curved display, it is also noted for having one of the best screens that a phone can have today. While it shares almost every major features and even every color iteration with the S6, the S6 Edge has the look and feel that makes it a headturner. Of course, its more premium design features would also mean that it has a higher price tag.
HTC One M9. The One M9 continues the legacy that was started by its predecessors which include an impressive metal design, premium speakers and a type of display that's sharp and bright. It's built with the latest Android OS version along with the new Sense 7 software. It's one of the remaining flagship devices that features an expandable storage. Moreover, U.S. customers are given the unique one-year replacement program with every purchase of the device. Its most notable feature is the speedy, state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and its front and rear cameras that have been upgraded in order to address the shortcoming of its predecessor.
LG G4. The G4 boasts of a great 5.5-inch display which makes it larger than most phones in the market when it comes to body size. With a leather-backed design option, it has earned itself a classic visual reputation that makes it a standout device. One of its unique design features is the absence of buttons on the sides. These are placed instead on the rear to the upper center which is almost similar to that of the G3. Other important features include an IPS Quantum Display, a resolution of 2560 by 1440, slots for micro SD and mini SIM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3,000mAh battery.
Google Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 is a phablet that is designed to showcase the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It is taller, wider, and thicker than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and even the iPhone 6 Plus. It has a larger screen which is around 6 inches diagonal. It's also a little bulky and looks like a blown-up version of the Moto X. Battery life, based on phone standards, is deemed as good. The Nexus 6 features a 3220mAh battery which can last one day and a half on regular use. Heavy usage would stretch it to a mere 14 hours while lighter use could make it last up to two days. Moreover, users can also add few hours of charge in a span of 15 minutes by using a fast charger.
Motorola Moto X. The Moto X features a sharp 1080p screen, a quick-acting quad-core processor, state-of-the-art software and gesture features, and design options that are highly customizable. Just like its predecessor, the device has a curved backing which makes it easy and comfortable to hold. Other features include a 5.2-inch display, a dimension of 5.54 by 2.85 by 0.39 inches, weight of 144 grams, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Of course, it has the usual bundle of Google's popular apps such as Gmail, Drive, Quickoffice, Maps and the Chrome Browser.
Asus Zenfone 2. The Zenfone 2 is known for its smooth performance, a clean feature-filled UI, and an impressive low-light 13MP rear camera. It's built with a sharp and bright screen of 5.5 inches. It actually comes in 2 varying models with 5 different variants that include three 5.5-inch versions and two 5-inch options. Each model comes with a unique price point, built-in storage capacity and RAM. Design-wise, the phone's rear delivers a brushed metal look although in reality, it's actually made of plastic material. It resembles the original Zenfone and also features the familiar touch-sensitive menu keys. Other features include 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580, 32GB storage, 4GB RAM and 3,000mAh non-removable battery.