It’s not there is anything particular horrible about the phone. It’s the best Apple has done in a long time, in fact. But even for those that prefer smaller screens, if you absolutely need to have an iPhone, you should opt for the iPhone Plus instead. The Plus has a much better screen (1090 x 1920pixels, or 401 pixels per inch) than the iPhone 6 (720 x 1334, or 326 pixels per inch) despite the screen difference (5.5-inch to 4.7-inch). Both iPhones have a pretty pathetic dual-core 1.4GHz processor, but the iPhone 6 Plus at least has a optical image stabilization on the rear 8 megapixel snapper, whereas the same megapixels on the iPhone 6 don’t have this feature. This is particularly noticeable in low-light. Additionally, the iPhone 6 has a wimpy 1810 mAh battery, and at least the 6 Plus has 2915 mAh, which for its size is pretty small, but still a bit better. Overall though, both of these phones could be ditched in favor of a better one for the same (or even cheaper) price.
2. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Let me be clear: I also have nothing particular against this phablet. But the world needs to know that having two of the same products is wasteful. At 5.7-inches, with a QuadHD screen (1440 x 2560, or 518 pixels per inch) it has the exact same screen size and resolution as the Galaxy Note 5. Actually, it has the exact same everything - both have quad-core 1.5GHz processors, 4GB of RAM, 16 megapixel primary cameras (which are at the top of the low-light game), 5 megapixel secondary ones, and 3000 mAh batteries. What’s the difference? Good question. Basically, the Note has a stylus and the S6 Edge+ has Samsung Pay. The worst part? They were released on the same day. This was a waste of manufacturing. Just pick one.
3. HTC One M9
Again, on all counts, it’s entirely acceptable. But this is a flagship list, and it is a cut-throat world. With a 5-inch screen and HD resolution (1080 x 1920, 441 pixels per inch), it is not particularly impressive (please notice it’s still better than Apple, though). It has an excellent Snapdragon 810 (version two) quad-core 1.5GHz processor, with 3GB of RAM. The main problem with this handset is that there was no upgrade from the M8. If anything, it backtracked. They boosted the camera to 20 megapixels instead of the old “Ultrapixels” that did so much better. This means the back camera can’t compete with the other flagships in low-light settings. The front camera still has the “Ultrapixels” and can take excellent shots, but it has a pink hue, which makes it terrible for low-light. The display didn’t improve, and sometimes seems to be even worse than the M8, and the battery life didn’t improve either - even with all the additions.
It has a 5.2-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 resolution, or 424 pixels per inch. It has some decent specs, including the Snapdragon 810 processor, a 2,900 mAh battery (that supposedly lasts two days) and a new shiny 25mm, wide-angle 5.1 megapixel front-facing snapper. The problem? Everything else is the same as last year: the screen, the primary 20.7 megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, etc. It’s just incredibly boring for a flagship. It does have a micro-USB port, though.
5. ZTE Axon Pro
I’m sad to put this one on the list because it has all the makings for greatness: 5.5-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution, or 534 pixels per inch (wow), 4GB of RAM, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a fancy 13 megapixel snapper with f/1.8 aperture coupled with a 2 megapixel shooter that sits directly on top of the 13 megapixels so as to capture 3D depth so users can re-focus the image after shooting it (which is pretty nifty). The problem? It has the first version of Snapdragon’s 810 processor which overheats and slows down the phone horribly. It’s a real shame.
Another one that is sad to say, but necessary to mention. It has an excellent quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor that speeds along at 2.2Ghz, but it’s also only a 4.5-inch screen, with 1440 x 1440 resolution, or 453 pixels per inch. It has a standard 13 megapixel camera (which can manage 1080 pixel HD video), alongside a secondary 2 megapixel camera (which is pathetic). But the phone is actually massive. It is built like a horrible brick, and if that wasn’t bad enough, most apps can’t run on an a square display. It also can run most Google-powered apps, anyways.
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