Searching for a perfect Smartphone is as complicated as the finding a right life partner because both possess great importance in individual’s life nowadays. It’s a nerve cracking task to pen down a list of favorites among the hundreds of Smartphones. 2015 has been a wonderful year as we’ve seen some exceptional launches which are not confined to a particular segment or price range. Last year fingerprint sensor, metal unibody design and bigger screens were the most loved things that were found even in some sub Rs. 12,000 devices. The competitive Smartphone market forced us to change our recommendations almost every day of the year. We have prepared a list of some most loved Smartphones of 2015:-
Huawei Nexus 6P: Google launched two Nexus flagships last year- Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. The latter one turned out to be a bigger success of the two as it’s a flagship device running on stock Android to give you sheer value for your money spent. Nexus 6P is a premium from all aspects right from bigger HD display to Marshmallow OS to great processor and 3GB of RAM.
Pros: AMOLED display, great camera performance, Android Marshmallow, Quality hardware
Cons: Might feel big in hands, no Micro SD card slot
Apple IPhone 6S/6S plus: Successor to the Apple series IPhone 6s and 6s plus launched in India last year and it is undoubtedly one of the best premium Smartphones of the 2015. The S series armed with some beautiful upgrades such as 12MP autofocus rear camera with 4K video recording capability, OIS and Slow motion video along with 3D touch display, iOS 9, and new A9 processor makes it the ultimate IPhone Apple has ever made. Despite of a premium price range the 6s series is selling like hot cakes all around the globe. The new IPhone 7 is also expected to get launched in the first half of 2016 which might be first waterproof Apple.
Pros: Eye-catchy design, Impressive cameras, powerful performance
Cons: Too expensive, battery life could have been better
LG G4: After getting appraisal around the world, LG G4 finally made its way to the Indian shores in 2015. The phone was first rumored to get 810 chipset but lately LG stick to 808 SOC and still belts out decent performance. Some of the highlighting points of LG G4 are its premium slim arc design flanked by leather back panel, superior display, outstanding 16/8 MP cameras, NFC, micro SD support rises its desirable quotient of the device.
Pros: lavish design, high quality cameras, 3GB RAM, decent performer
Cons: average outdoor visibility, Shaky OS performance
Samsung Galaxy Note 5: The 2015 will be remembered as the year the of flagship killers starting from OnePlus 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, S6 Edge plus or Galaxy Note 5. The Note 5 flaunts a 5.7 inch QHD display and powered by Octa core chipset and has 16MP rear camera with 4K video recording. For Selfie lovers it is equipped with a 5MP front shooter. Besides improved S pen, NFC and Fingerprint sensor and robust aluminium body the USP of the Phablet is 4GB RAM which gives you the ultimate gaming and multi taking experience.
Pros: Large size with high quality display, S pen tool, Solid performer
Cons: Similar design, premium price range, no memory expansion option
OnePlus 2: The Indian Smartphone market is now heavily dominated by China based brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus and many more. OnePlus One came as a surprise with its high end specs and affordable price range. In July 2015, OnePlus launched its successor OnePlus two in the country with improved specs. Touted as a flagship killer, OnePlus 2 houses 4GB of RAM, 1.8GHZ Octa Core Snapdragon 810 processor and spell bounding looks. The USP of the device has to be its cameras as it packs with 13MP rear camera with OIS and 4K recording alongside a 5MP front snapper. The device is available at almost same price range of its predecessor. It is probably the best device under 25,000 with powerful performance, stock android experience and high end specs.
Pros: Dual Sim set up, premium specs, fingerprint sensor for additional security, full value for money
Cons: No NFC, non removable battery, limited customization options
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: Samsung Galaxy S series has been a revolution and leaves u stunned with the HD screen and specs. In 2015 Samsung has launched an array of Edge series phones starting from S6 Edge in the first quarter to its bigger sibling S6 Edge plus in August 2015. The S6 Edge started the distinct curved display which is bettered by S6 Edge plus with bigger screen. The S6 Edge has a 5.1 QHD screen giving you ultra rich quality display. The Edge plus didn’t added much value for money quotient but does come with bigger display, more RAM and added camera features. The Samsung stunned buyers with its innovative edge series phones but similar design frame somehow spoils the fun.
Pros: Stunning display, Fingerprint sensor, excellent cameras
Cons: Non expandable memory, delicate edges
Motorola Moto X Play: Motorola has been on the reviving phase in India and continuously strengthening its position with the launch of great value for money devices like Moto G series, Mote e, Moto X etc. Moto X play is another device to join the list of affordable devices by Motorola. It comes with 5.5 inch HD display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution and gives the good viewing angles. Under the heart is a 1.7GHz Octa core processor matched with 2GB RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. The rubberized text at the rear panel feels good and easy to hold. It was initially launched with Android Lollipop 5.1 but now it is receiving Android Marshmallow update in India. The best part of Moto X play is its massive 3650mah battery and the 21MP rear camera making one of great bang for your buck devices.
Pros: Big screen, 21MP camera, decent performer, huge battery back up
Cons: rear Camera somehow disappoints
Lenovo Vibe P1: Lenovo is rising at the rate of knots thanks to devices like Vibe P1 which is taking the game to another level. Priced at Rs. 15,999, it comes with some amazing points such as big battery of 4900mah giving you the amazing back up even you play heavy games for hours. Also, there is a big 5.5 inch full HD display, powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SOC, fingerprint scanner and much more. It boasts of 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable up to 128 with a Micro SD card support. Camera units include 13MP at rear which is good in terms of sharpness and details.
Pros: Battery, powerful processor, decent rear camera, fingerprint sensor
Cons: Average front camera, bit heavy
Lenovo K3 Note: The K3 Note form Lenovo received an awesome response from the market and created a new benchmark in sub 10K segment. The mid range Smartphone has everything you need starting from big 5.5 inch HD display to powerful processor of 1.7 GHz Octa core Mediatek processor and a 3000mah battery and it’s pretty slim for its size as it measures 8mm thick. It runs on Android Lollipop 5.0 with company Vibe UI on top though it will get Marshmallow update soon. To sum up, if your budget is 10K and want to buy a real ‘Smart’ phone then your search just ends here.
Pros: great bang for your device, 64-bit processor, slim device that easily fits in hand, 4G LTE
Cons: Average UI performance, simple design
Besides these Smartphones there were other devices that find hefty customers such as Google Nexus 5X, OnePlus X, Yu Yutopia, Huawei Honor 7, Sony Xperia Z5, Asus Zenfone 2 laser, Yu Yureka Plus, HTC One A9, Coolpad Note 3, Motorola Moto G 3rd GEN, Qiku Q Tera, Meizu M5, Xiaomi Mi 4i, InFocus, Redmi 2 Prime, Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G and many more.