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Flagship Phone Shopping Guide for the 1st quarter of 2016

The smartphone war is everlasting and waged with varying luck.

The beginning of the year is the time when armies retreat to their camps to resupply and heal. Many companies are eager to jump in and fill the vacuum. This means that a bulk of available devices dates from the previous year. There is nothing wrong with that!

What killer flaship phone will remain the cream of the crop?

iPhone 6s

The first thing that draws attention is an innovative 3D touch display, which makes peaking at every little detail nice and easy.  Furthermore, the 12-MP back camera has a truly amazing Live Photo feature. On top of it all, a cutting-edge A9 processor supplies enough power to blow the competition out of the water. Both the front panel and the battery are easy to remove and replace, earning the iPhone a solid 7 out of 10 on iFixit’s phone repairability test. Though before engaging in any kind of DIY phone repairs on your iPhone, make sure your skills are up to the task or else you could make more damage than good.

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The Nexus 6P

Google’s second-generation phablet is all-aluminum device which impresses with the looks, but also delivers the imposing horsepower. It holds a 2-Gh octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and comes with 32, 64 or 128 GB of RAM. Nexus also has a solid internal structure, but the problem is that it is difficult to open the phone without risking the damage. A nice 12.3 MP camera and extended battery life round up one of the best phones money can buy these days.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

This Galaxy edition is not typical big-screen device, in fact, it is in a class by itself. A vivid, quad-HD screen will leave you enthralled with rich colors, and 16 MP with the optical stabilization separates Note 5 from the competition. With the Exynos 7420 processor and 4 GB of RAM memory, it can rival any other flagship phone in terms of processing power. The battery life could be better, which is one of the few downsides we identified. Still, being the best phablet out there, it surely justifies the price tag.

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OnePlus 2

This model is every bit as impressive as its predecessor, and is our bold choice of the year. It has a nice 1080p screen, and under the surface lays a mighty Snapdragon 810 processor. Despite being large and clunky, it fits just nicely in hand.  An Android OS paired up with the OnePlus’s Oxygen UI provides a familiar feel with a fresh flavor. Its components are modular, and can be replaced separately, which is handy for doing repairs. OnePlus 2 can go toe-to-toe with other phones on our list, and it is cheaper than most of them.

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LG G4

LG has once again pitched its model below competition’s flagships, resulting in a lower price. Still, crisp display and stunning camera are signs that you are getting more bang for your buck. G4 has a smart design with replaceable covers, while the battery and a rear panel can be replaced without tools.  With the new Snapdragon 808 processor, it also runs like clockwork. An excellent 16 MP camera will not disappoint anyone, making this phone a great contender in the 1st quarter of 2016.

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Aces high

The phones presented above are sitting on top of the smartphone pyramid, and each model has some ace up its sleeve as a flagship phone. But, if we would have to pick a winner, then iPhone 6s it is surely the device to beat. Some other options are less costly, making them worth a serious consideration too. Of course, we will be monitoring the novelties in 2016 with great attention.

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marcus flagship phone Flagship Phone Shopping Guide for the 1st quarter of 2016 marcusBio: Marcus is an Australian IT support professional. He’s running his own business, working with companies that outsource their IT maintenance. He often writes about technology, business and marketing and is a regular contributor on several sites.

 

 

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