Smart and Easy on the Pocketbook - The New Indian Express

Smart and Easy on the Pocketbook

Published: 02nd March 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 03rd March 2014 04:29 PM

Samsung Galaxy S5 (5.1-inch)

Samsung makes Android phones in every shape, size, colour and price point. But its flagship device is the Galaxy S series and its newest member is called the Galaxy S5. Sporting a massive 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, on the back it has the same old plastic swappable cover given a leather like finish to make it a little soft. Running the Android 4.4 KitKat, the S5 is available in blue, black, white and gold with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. After Apple introduced finger print scanner with the iPhone 5S it was inevitable that Samsung would follow suit and it does. The fingerprint scanner on the S5 though is a little differently implemented and so is a little more difficult. Another flagship feature is the heart rate monitor. As a first for a Galaxy device, the S5 is IP67-certified which makes it water and dust proof.

Sony Xperia Z2 (5.2-inch)

Sony makes the best Android smartphones. Unlike Apple and Samsung which bring out their flagship phones once a year, Sony is refreshing its phone every six months. The Xperia Z2 is the successor to the Z1 debuted six months ago in Berlin. The main attraction here is the 5.2-inch Full HD Triluminous Display with a resolution of 1080p and using Live Color LED technology that is snugly fit into a beautiful casing made from aluminium and glass. Running on a 2.3-GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor supported by 3GB of RAM, it comes with 16GB of internal memory which can be expanded using a microSD card. There is a huge 3,200mAh battery which should take you through the day. On the back you will find a 20.7-megapixel camera capable of recording 4K video and on the front a 2.2-megapixel camera. Like other phones in the Xperia series, the Z3 is also water- and dust-proof.

Nokia X and Nokia X+ (4-inch)

The Nokia X is one of its kind. It is the phone from Nokia now owned by Microsoft to run Android which is mainly backed by Google. Aimed at first time smartphone users in developing markets like India, Africa and Eastern Europe, the X and X+ will both sport 4-inch screens. While the X has 512MB of RAM with 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded using a microSD card, the X+ boasts of pretty much the same specs except for the fact that it has 768MB of RAM and comes with a free 4GB microSD card. Both have 3-megapixel shooters on the back and even though they run on Android, you will be hard-pressed to find anything Google related here.

Samsung Gear Fit

While Samsung’s first smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, got an upgrade with Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the company also got into the health/fitness wearables market with the Gear Fit. Sporting a 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED display, the Gear Fit is sleek and well-designed. Weighing a mere 27 grams, the band has a 210mAh battery which should last four days. Available with interchangeable straps in black, orange and mocha grey, the band connects to Galaxy smartphones using Bluetooth and with its heart rate monitor, its is capable of doing everything a smart watch does along with showing you the time and acting as a fitness band.

LenOvo S860 (5.3-inch)

Lenovo, the Chinese PC giant which recently bought Motorola, is putting out some decent budget phones for the Asian markets and S860 is one of them. Made with a metal back like a premium phone, the S860 boasts of a 5.3-inch 720p screen and runs on a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM. The primary camera is an 8-megapixel shooter and on the front you will find a 1.6-megapixel camera. The main selling point of this dual-SIM phone is its astounding battery life. Lenovo boasts that the phone will give you 24 hours of talk time and 40 days of standby.

Matham is a tech geek.

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