Smart­phones are now ubiq­ui­tous with mod­ern life.

Stuff Middle East - - News - Mike Priest, Deputy Edi­tor / mike@mo­ti­vate.ae / @MikePri­est

Look up from read­ing this magazine (but only for a sec­ond, mind) and if you’re in an even slightly crowded place I can guar­an­tee that you’ll spot at least a hand­ful of peo­ple around you, face down, en­grossed in what­ever’s hap­pen­ing on the five-point-some­thing inch screen nes­tled in their hands. And re­ally, who can blame them?

Smart­phones now rep­re­sent so many facets of our lives; a win­dow con­nect­ing us with the world at large (read: The In­ter­net), an easy way to snap pho­tos for pos­ter­ity and the now de­fault method of hu­man in­ter­ac­tion, be it Face­book, Twit­ter or Snapchat. Heck, they’re not too shabby at mak­ing the oc­ca­sional phone call ei­ther.

What re­mains over­whelm­ing for most of us is the sheer num­ber of op­tions avail­able in the mar­ket, and be­ing savvy enough to wade through all the white noise to find the cream of the crop be­cause, let’s face it, why would you spend your hard earned space bucks on any­thing less? That’s why this month we’ve put An­droid’s smartest and shini­est, the HTC One M8, LG G3, Galaxy S5 and Xpe­ria Z2 through the ringer in a superphone smack­down on p28.

For those of you more tablet-in­clined, we get our smudgy fin­ger­tips all over the new Sam­sung Galaxy Tab S (p43) - and whether you end up buy­ing one of those or the G3 (or both, you salty dog) be sure you push their gor­geous screens to the max by check­ing out our in­die film rec­om­men­da­tions on p64. En­joy the mag.

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