Top Ten An­droid Smart­phones and Tablets

It is a bit dif­fi­cult to choose a smart­phone to­day, as there is a be­wil­der­ing va­ri­ety of phones in the mar­ket. This ar­ti­cle will help the reader make an in­tel­li­gent choice.

OpenSource For You - - Contents - By: Bhagyashri Jain The au­thor is a sys­tems engi­neer and loves An­droid de­vel­op­ment. She likes to read and share daily news on her blog at

An­droid is a mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem de­signed and de­vel­oped by Google (ini­tially de­vel­oped by An­droid Inc.), ba­si­cally for touch­screen mo­bile de­vices such as smart­phones and tablets. There are mul­ti­ple An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tems avail­able, the lat­est ver­sion be­ing An­droid 8 Oreo. The An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem is writ­ten in Java, C and C++. It is also avail­able as An­droid TV for tele­vi­sions, An­droid Auto for cars, and An­droid Wear for wrist watches.

The ba­sic fea­tures avail­able in An­droid de­vices are shown in Fig­ure 2.

Main char­ac­ter­is­tics of a smart­phone or a tablet

There are many ques­tions a po­ten­tial buyer asks a dealer be­fore pur­chas­ing a smart­phone or a tablet. It is worth dis­cussing the main fea­tures that one should check be­fore de­cid­ing on a par­tic­u­lar de­vice.

Dis­play size and res­o­lu­tion: Dis­play has two di­men­sions – size and res­o­lu­tion. If you are a reg­u­lar user, you need a smart­phone for check­ing emails, as well as chat­ting and brows­ing so­cial me­dia; in which case, any­thing from a 12.7cm to 13.9cm (5-inch to a 5.5-inch) HD, or ful­lHD dis­play hand­sets are per­fect for you. Oth­er­wise, you can opt for a tablet.

Pro­cess­ing power: What the heart does for a hu­man, the pro­ces­sor does for An­droid de­vices. The pro­cess­ing power of a de­vice varies from one de­vice to another, de­pend­ing on sev­eral fac­tors such as the OS ver­sion, UI, bloat­ware and more.

Cam­era – cap­tur­ing mo­ments: Most users want to know how many megapix­els the cam­era has. But just hav­ing a higher num­ber of megapix­els does not mean that the cam­era is bet­ter. Sev­eral other spec­i­fi­ca­tions, such as

cam­era aper­ture, ISO lev­els, pixel size, auto-fo­cus and more, are also im­por­tant.

Bat­tery – the en­ergy life­line: It is im­por­tant to have a bat­tery with stay­ing power. If you are a heavy user and work on apps, play games, stream videos and more, then go for a smart­phone with at least a 3500mAh bat­tery or above. If you are an av­er­age or light user, a hand­set with a 3000mAh bat­tery would be good enough to run for a full day.

The build – the bench­mark for dura­bil­ity: The build is di­rectly linked with the dura­bil­ity of a smart­phone. The en­tire hand­set mar­ket is broadly di­vided into two types of builds - metal and plas­tic. Which op­tion you se­lect should be based on how you eval­u­ate your own us­age pat­tern – do you tend to be very care­ful with your de­vices or are you clumsy and rough?.

User in­ter­face – it’s all about in­ter­ac­tion: The user in­ter­face and OS ver­sion are key fac­tors to choos­ing the best de­vices. The in­ter­face is that part of the phone that you in­ter­act with each time you ac­cess any func­tion, so it should be easy and sim­ple.

Stor­age – when data is a prized com­mod­ity: Nowa­days, stor­age is avail­able in op­tions of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or more. Higher stor­age vol­umes are mainly re­quired by users who store movies or play heavy games.

Se­cu­rity – the main con­cern: Our smart­phone con­tains pri­vate data and pic­tures that we don’t want to share with any­one. So, se­cu­rity fea­tures are im­por­tant and can in­clude fin­ger­print sen­sors or even iris sen­sors.

Ser­vice – the con­nec­tiv­ity: Another fac­tor to con­sider when se­lect­ing a car­rier and an An­droid phone is whether or not it sup­ports the newer, high-speed 4G net­works.

De­sign – the look and the feel: A very im­por­tant fea­ture is the look and feel of a de­vice. If the de­vice fits in your hand then it is easy to ac­cess its fea­tures.

Top ten smart­phones and tablets

In this sec­tion we present, what in my opin­ion are the ten top smart­phones and tablets cur­rently.

1. Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL was launched in Oc­to­ber 2016, and is made by Google it­self. In In­dia, the price of the phone starts from ` 38,198. It is avail­able on Ama­zon, Flip­kart or its of­fi­cial web­site. Google Pixel XL has a 1.6GHz quad­core Qual­comm Snap­dragon

821 pro­ces­sor, which is one of the lat­est and is fast, and 4GB of RAM. Google Pixel XL runs the 7.1 ver­sion of An­droid, and has an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in all ar­eas, in­clud­ing bat­tery life. It has a sin­gle SIM slot. One draw­back of this de­vice is that its stor­age ca­pac­ity can­not be ex­panded.

Please re­fer to the of­fi­cial web­site for fur­ther queries or to buy the smart­phone: https://store.google.com/ prod­uct/pix­el_­phone

2. OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T was launched in Novem­ber 2017. In In­dia, its price starts from

` 32,999. The OnePlus 5T is driven by a 2.45GHz octa-core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor and 6GB of RAM (which is the same as your lap­top). It pro­vides the dual SIM (GSM and GSM) op­tion, and takes a Nano SIM in each slot. It of­fers users su­per con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clud­ing Wi-Fi, GPS, Blue­tooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G,

4G, etc. How­ever, one dis­ad­van­tage of this smart­phone is that the photo qual­ity in day­light is not the best.

Please re­fer to the of­fi­cial web­site for fur­ther queries or to buy the smart­phone: https://one­plus­store.in/5t

3. Nokia 8

Nokia 8 was launched in Au­gust 2017. In In­dia, its price starts from

` 32,899. This phone has a 1.8GHz oc­ta­core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM. It is a dual SIM de­vice that takes a Nano SIM in each slot. Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude Wi-Fi, GPS, Blue­tooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. The two draw­backs of this smart­phone are its poor cam­era per­for­mance in low light and that it is not fully wa­ter­proof.

Please re­fer to the of­fi­cial web­site for fur­ther queries or for buy­ing the smart­phone: https://www.nokia.com/ en_in/phones/nokia-8

4. Sony Xpe­ria XZ Premium

The Sony Xpe­ria XZ Premium was launched in Fe­bru­ary 2017. It is de­signed by Sony Mo­bile (pre­vi­ously known as Sony Eric­s­son Mo­bile). In In­dia, the price of the phone starts from

59,990. The de­vice has an octa-core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM. It is a dual SIM smart­phone that takes a Nano SIM in each slot. Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude Wi-Fi, GPS, Blue­tooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G. It runs on the lat­est An­droid 7.1.1. The spe­cial­ity of this smart­phone is its good build qual­ity and that it is wa­ter-re­sis­tant. It doesn’t over­heat un­der any con­di­tions. On the other hand, it is dif­fi­cult to main­tain the SIM card tray in this phone.

Of­fi­cial web­site: https://www. sony­mo­bile.com/in/prod­ucts/phones/ xpe­ria-xz-premium/

5. Oppo F5

Oppo F5 was launched in Oc­to­ber 2017. It is de­signed by Oppo Elec­tron­ics Corp. In In­dia , the price of the phone starts from 18,299. It has an octa-core Me­di­aTek MT6763T pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM. The Oppo F5 is a dual SIM smart­phone that takes two Nano SIMs. Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude Wi-Fi, GPS, Blue­tooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. It runs on An­droid 7.1.1. The best thing about this smart­phone is the good front and rear cam­era qual­ity; so it is also called the ‘Selfie Ex­pert’.

Of­fi­cial web­site: https://www.oppo. com/in/smart­phone-f5 6. Honor Pro 8

De­signed by Huawei, the Honor 8 Pro was launched in April 2017. In In­dia, it sells from

25,500 on­wards. The phone has a 1.8GHz octa-core Kirin 960 pro­ces­sor and 6GB of RAM. It is a dual SIM de­vice that takes two Nano SIMs.

Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude WiFi, GPS, Blue­tooth, FM, 3G and 4G. This de­vice runs on An­droid 7.0. Its spe­cial­ity is its good cam­era per­for­mance, good bat­tery life and lots of stor­age space.

Of­fi­cial web­site: http://www. hi­honor.com/in/prod­ucts/mo­bile-phones/ hon­or8pro/

7. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was launched in Au­gust 2016, and is de­signed by Xiaomi. In In­dia, the phone is priced from 9,999 on­wards. It has a 2GHz oc­ta­core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625 pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a dual SIM slot that ac­cepts a Mi­cro SIM and a Nano SIM. Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude Wi-Fi, GPS, Blue­tooth, in­fra red, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G. This smart­phone runs on An­droid 6.0. Its main draw­back is that it has a hy­brid SIM slot.

Of­fi­cial web­site: http://www.mi.com/ in/note4

8. Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S3

De­signed by Sam­sung, the Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE) was launched in Fe­bru­ary 2017. In In­dia its price starts from 47,990. The tablet has a 1.6GHz quad-core Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM. The Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S3 (LTE) has only a sin­gle SIM. Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude Wi-Fi, GPS and Blue­tooth. Good in cel­lu­lar data con­nec­tiv­ity, the tablet in­cludes a S Pen. How­ever, this de­vice al­lows lim­ited multi-task­ing.

Of­fi­cial web­site: http://www.sam­sung. com/global/galaxy/galaxy-tab-s3/ 9. Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) was launched in July 2016. De­signed by ASUSTeK Com­puter Inc., the tablet has a 1.7GHz hexa-core Me­di­aTek MT8176 pro­ces­sor and 4GB of RAM. Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude

Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth. Sen­sors on the de­vice in­clude a prox­im­ity sen­sor, ac­celerom­e­ter, an am­bi­ent light sen­sor and gy­ro­scope. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 runs on An­droid 6.0.

Of­fi­cial web­site: https://www.asus. com/Tablets/ASUS-ZenPad-3S-10Z500M/

10. Len­ovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro Len­ovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro was launched in Septem­ber 2015. De­signed by Len­ovo, its price in In­dia starts at 34,900. The Len­ovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro has a 2.24GHz quad-core In­tel Atom X5 pro­ces­sor and 2GB of RAM. It runs on An­droid 5.1, and has a sin­gle SIM slot. Its con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions in­clude Wi-Fi, GPS, Blue­tooth, USB OTG and 4G.

Of­fi­cial web­site: https://www3.len­ovo.com/in/en/

Fig­ure 11: Asus ZenPad 3S 10

Fig­ure 10: Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S3

Fig­ure 6: Sony Xpe­ria XZ Premium

Fig­ure 9: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Fig­ure 7: Oppo F5

Fig­ure 8: Honor Pro 8

Fig­ure 2: An­droid fea­tures

Fig­ure 4: OnePlus 5T

Fig­ure 5: Nokia 8

Fig­ure 3: Google Pixel XL

Fig­ure 1: An­droid ver­sions

Fig­ure 12: Len­ovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro

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