When you buy a new phone, you always do an Android Phone Comparison. Whether you have a lot of money to spend or not, you always search for the best value.
At Trendy Like Me, we value good phones and we don’t want to overpay for anything. In this article, the focus is on Android phones, but in the near future you can expect other platforms as well. For example, Windows Phone comparison. Or iOS Phone Comparison, although this is mostly pointless – the best iOS phone is always the newest iPhone.
So, how do we do this? Well, we will try to break everything down in 3 categories – best Android budget phone, best Android middle class phone and best Android premium phone. We will focus on the most important aspects – camera, performance, design, price and value for money. So, let’s get started!
Let’s start off this Android phone comparison with the cheapest phones on the market. In the past, getting a cheap phone meant a lot of compromise. However, nowadays you can get a quality phone with decent specs for around 100 or 150 dollars. There are a lot of phones in this category, but we will try to feature only the best one.
We will start off with Samsung, who offers the Galaxy J1 (2016) for around 150 dollars. For that amount of money, you get a solid device from a well-known manufacturer. The screen size is 4,5 inches with WVGA resolution, which is sufficient for regular use. The screen technology is Super AMOLED, meaning vibrant colors and deep and realistic black, as well as superb contrast.
The design is also very good, especially the gold colored one. You get the standard plastic materials, but there is a high-end feeling when you hold the phone. Performance-wise, the phone is equipped with a quad-core processor which works at 1,3GHz, along with a Mali-400 GPU (graphical processing unit) and 1GB of RAM. This is sufficient enough for everyday use, and even for some light gaming.
The camera with 5 megapixels on the back is nothing impressive, but at least it has a LED flash and record HD ready (720p) video. The front camera is 2 megapixels, and sadly can’t be used to make killer selfies.
Now, this was a tough choice. First of all, what is the middle class of phones? For us, it’s between 200 and 400 dollars, and everything over 400 can be considered high-end or premium models. In this Android phone comparison, the best middle class Android phone is the new OnePlus 3. The phone costs around 399 dollars, and gives you the best bang for your buck.
For us, the only middle class aspect of this phone is the price. It has a huge 5.5 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (FullHD), with Optic AMOLED technology. It also has one of the most powerful processors on the planet – the quad-core Snapdragon 820. This processor works on 2,15GHz and it offers near desktop level performance. Combine this with the Adreno 530 GPU and impressive 6GB of RAM, and you have one killer phone.
The camera has a resolution of 16 megapixels, along with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a LED flash. It is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 frames per second. The front camera is also very good – 8 megapixels and a wide-angle lens. The design is pure aluminium and it gives a premium feel. Basically, this is a high-end phone, disguised as a middle class model.
When the Galaxy Note 7 failed, there was only one choice in this category. Although the phone is over 6 months old, it is still the best. Especially when you consider the price/performance ratio. Of course, we are talking about the Galaxy S7 Edge. This is a phone that impressed everyone, and it is still one of the most desired ones on the planet.
It has a 5.5 inch screen, which is curved from the left and right side. It gives the phone a unique look, and it is interesting to hold and look at. The screen has a Super AMOLED technology, and according to many reviewers it is the best on the market. The phone has a powerful processor – octa-core Exynos 8890, which is king at multitasking. This is coupled with 4GB of RAM, and storage of 32GB.
The camera on the back side is with a resolution of 12 megapixels, and it includes dual-pixel focus, as well as 4K video recording. For many reviewers, this is one of the, if not the best, camera on the market. The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels, but more importantly a wide angle lens. This is very useful when trying to do a group selfie. With a price of 599 dollars, this is our top pick for the best high end Android smartphone in the world.
Of course, as new models come out, we will revise our list and the Android Phone Comparison on a monthly level.