10 Top Smartphone Brands to Keep You Connected

The latest smartphones are graced with seemly never-ending improvements to their array of connectivity capabilities and digital camera clarity. Here are some of the latest models from the world’s top smartphone brands.

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Smartphones have been a revolutionary development in modern communications, to the extent that it’s almost inconceivable how anyone could wish for a phone that comes without internet connectivity and a decent camera. Tech companies have targeted this smartphone demand, releasing upgrades to their phones once or twice every year. Here are 10 of the latest handsets developed by world’s top smartphone brands.

 

 

1. iPhone 7

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No list of the top smartphones would be complete without the iPhone from Apple. The new iPhone 8 & x will available in the coming months but The iPhone 7 is the last refresh for one of the world’s most iconic smartphones. With this edition is Apple’s decision to dispense with the headphone jack (although there is a dongle with wired headphones provided). There is also improved battery and, for the first time, waterproofing. The 7 Plus edition features a great dual-camera setup, and boasts the longest battery life in the iPhone’s history.

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2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Samsung pioneered the curved touch screen, debuting the technology on its Galaxy S6 Edge phone. The Galaxy S7 Edge is one of the most enduring editions in smartphone development, with its 5.5 inch dual-edge display and a futuristic appearance. Features include water resistance, expandable memory and a dual-pixel camera.

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3. Google Pixel XL

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Designed in-house by Google, the Pixel and Pixel XL have been greeted as some of the best smartphones money can buy. Although their water-resistance is less than superior for a device in its price bracket, the Pixel XL in particular has generally high standards in build quality, decent battery life and smooth performance, with the superb camera and excellent Quad HD screen simply the cherry on the cake.

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4. LG K8

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The LG K8 2017 is the latest edition of LG’s mass-tier K8 smartphone, complete with a 13-megapixel FHD-video rear camera, fingerprint scanner, and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. One of the most inexpensive new smartphones on the market, the K8 also scores highly for its processing power and zippy speed.

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5. Sony Xperia X Compact

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Sony’s latest smartphone, although lacking the dust-resistance and waterproofing qualities of some of the big-hitters, scores highly for its superb camera quality (complete with laser-assisted infrared auto-focus) and compact size. It’s much easier to use one-handed than many of its rivals. The consensus from critics is that the X Compact is not genuine leap forward from Sony’s earlier Z5 Compact, but a solid performer nevertheless.

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6. HTC U Ultra

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The all-glass HTC U Ultra smartphone is one of the most striking new handsets, particularly for a company that was once famous for its all metal phones. A good protector would probably be essential for this unique design masterpiece. The curved back gives the phone a unified, seamless feel, rather than put-together, while the glass is ionised, making it change colour and shimmer depending on the light around the user. The phone’s display is stunning and there’s a secondary screen that makes it a doddle to read, for example, a short text without unlocking the phone. The HTC U Ultra has a 12-Ultrapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front-shooter for selfies.

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7. Motorola Moto G4 Play

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The Moto G4 Play is a great solution for those who want a fully-featured smartphone but lack the budget power to push for, say, Apple or Samsung devices. The phone is ready to go with almost any carrier. The really premium features such as fingerprint sensor are reserved for the higher budget G4 Plus, but if such bells and whistles are not your thing, the G4 Play is for you. A dual-SIM handset, the G4 Play’s connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G and 4G, while the handset is equipped with a proximity sensor, accelerometer and ambient light sensor.

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8. Microsoft Lumia 650 Dual SIM

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The Lumia 650 Dual SIM, with its 5-inch touchscreen display, attractive design, and good battery performance is another solid entry by Microsoft in the smartphone sector. The phone has benefited from the Windows 10 Anniversary update, although with more subtlety than on the company’s laptops and desktops, but the real USP of the 650 Dual SIM is its build quality. It’s the slimmest Lumia, with a soft-touch matte plastic backing and a weight (122g) that makes it one of the lightest. Processing power may not be quite as zippy as with more expensive smartphones, but this is a great compromise if you need a functional, great-looking smartphone that won’t swallow your budget!

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9. Blackberry DTEK60

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Blackberry for many years seemed to have been bypassed by players such as Apple and Samsung in the smartphone stakes, until their recent Priv model brought them right back into the foreground. The DTEK60 may not have as memorable a name as the Priv, but this is one of Blackberry’s prettiest and most elegantly designed handsets. Security and privacy is a priority feature of this phone, and it has truly excellent battery life. The camera has 21mp and shoots 4k video. It may not be as ‘fun’ as some of Blackberry’s previous models, but it’s a very strong ‘all business’ contender.

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10. Huawei Sensa LTE

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The battery on the Huawei Sensa LTE is a talking point in and of itself, delivering 19 hours of talk-time, and standby time of 18 days. The phone has superb camera features, including editing, video, while the audio and video are top notch also. The Sensa LTE is not loaded with apps, making it a perfect option for those new to smartphones, and want to learn about apps as they go.

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