When you wanted quality hardware and software in a stylish package, the iPhone was once the obvious option. But smartphone shoppers today have a much tougher choice, as other manufacturers release top-of-the-range devices that threaten to break Apple’s spell. The newly released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus face stiffer competition than their predecessors.
Three smartphones in particular are threatening Apple’s share of the premium market: the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2. If you want the best tech in your pocket, don’t rule out Android just yet. Read about these high-spec devices below.
HTC One M8
Named TechRadar Phone of the Year and Hottest New Phone for 2014 at the Mobile Industry Awards, the HTC One M8 has been met with critical acclaim. Its huge collection of five-star reviews is certainly one good reason to consider shunning the iPhone 6.
One of the main features that’s impressed industry experts and gadget lovers alike is the design. The brushed-metal unibody frame has excellent build quality, making it feel sturdy as well as sleek, and a curved shape that fits well in the hand. It’s available in Gunmetal Grey, Arctic Silver or Amber Gold, and measures in at 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm.
The device also boasts a five-inch full-HD display, and a five-megapixel front-facing camera. The main UltraPixel camera has been applauded for great low-light performance.
Under the shell, the HTC One M8 packs in some impressive hardware. There’s a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The 2,600mAh battery delivers up to 20 hours of talk time on 3G, and on-board 16GB storage can be expanded by up to 128GB with a microSD.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Setting itself apart from the crowd with a perforated pattern, the Samsung Galaxy S5 didn’t disappoint in design. The smartphone comes in shimmering blue, copper, white or black, and measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm.
Following in its predecessors’ footsteps with cutting-edge technology, its 5.1-inch full-HD screen monitors light and optimises the display accordingly. A built-in heart-rate sensor and finger scanner are just a couple of the other technologies that encouraged Stuff.tv to describe it as “the most feature-packed phone on the planet”.
Spec-wise, there’s a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage with 128GB MicroSD expansion capabilities. The 2,8000mAh battery provides up to 21 hours of talk time, and the rear and front cameras come in at 16 megapixels and 2 megapixels respectively.
Sony Xperia Z2
One of the biggest pros of the Sony Xperia Z2? It’s waterproof to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes, so you can take underwater snaps. And with a 20.7-megapixel camera and 4K camcorder on board, you won’t be disappointed by the results.
The 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm device comes in white, black and purple, and boasts a 5.2-inch full-HD display. A 2.3GHz quad-core processor combined with 2GB of RAM ensures zippy performance, and a 3,200mAh battery delivers up to 19 hours’ talk time. There’s 16GB of flash memory included and a MicroSD expansion slot for up to 128GB more.
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