Thursday, 5 July 2018

Best Flasghip Phones

Best Flagship Phones till Q2 of 2018

 
 Phones have become an integral part of human life these days. Smartphones play a very important role in the day to day work like calling, mailing, messaging, photography, gaming, you tubing and many more. So we can say that we can do each and every work with a smartphone which we can do with a PC but with less power and on a smaller screen.
 
In market various kinds of smartphones are available. Smartphones are mainly categorized in three segments that are Budget, Mid range and flagship. In this article we are going to discuss about some good flagship phones. Flagship phones are the best and most expensive phones from a company. These phones generally have the best processors, best cameras, best displays, so we can say that these phones come with the best technology available in the market.
 
In 2018 we have a lot of flagship phone choices such as Samsung Galaxy S9+, Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, OnePlus 6, HTC U12+, LG G7 ThinQ, Huawei P20 pro, Asus Zenfone 5z, Xioami Mi 8 and many more. So I am going to pick some of the best phones from these and put their pros and cons in front.
 
Apple iPhone X

 
 Apple, everyone must have heard this name. Apple is really famous for giving some of the best flagships to the world. Apple is among one of the first companies to start making smartphones. It is the only company which launch only flagship phones. Apple launched it's first iPhone in 2007 which has changed the whole smartphone era. And last year it was 10th anniversary of Apple's iPhone in which it launched Apple iPhone X.
 
iPhone X comes with some of the best specifications in the market. It is powered by Apple A11 Bionic chip which is the fastest chip available till date for a smartphone. Performance of iPhone X is v
really good, It does all the tasks faster than any other smartphone such as Samsung Galaxy S9+ and even Google Pixel 2 XL. So it is the fastest phone till now in the market.
 
iPhone X has a 5.8" screen size which is an OLED type display. The display has a resolution of 1125*2436 pixels. This is the first phone which is having a notch design but now each and every phone launching has that notch design. The display has an aspect ratio of 19:9 that reduces the bezels of the smartphone a lot. This display in iPhone X is supplied by Samsung and all of us know about the best displays of Samsung. So the iPhone X has one of the best displays available.
 
iPhone X is among one of the best camera phones. It has a dual camera setup at back with 12MP,f/1.8+ 12MP,f/2.4. Among these two, second one is a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. Also there is support of Optical Image Stabilization in the phone. The secondary camera is a 7MP,f/2.2 lens. These are just figures now let's talk about their real life performance. The camera of iPhone X is really good. Samsung Galaxy S9+, Google Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X don't have much difference in the camera quality. They all have their goods and bads and the image quality depends upon personal preference.

iPhone X comes with iOS 11.1.1 and we already know about the performance of iOS operating system. The phone is very snappy, there isn't any lag in normal usage of phones. The company has done optimization between hardware and software so well, like it always does, that it has become the fastest smartphone in the market. Also the updates on iPhones are really stable, there are not many bugs. So iPhone X comes with one of the most stable and fast user interface.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

 
Samsung is also very famous for it's flagship phones but Samsung has smartphones in every price segment. It's mid range and budget segment is not so much famous these days. But the flagship line up is really strong in Samsung phones. Samsung Galaxy flagship phones are always known for their design, display, cameras and performance.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with Qualcomm's snapdragon 845 chipset which powers many other smartphones like Google Pixel 2 XL and Oneplus 5. Snapdragon 845 is the 2018's flagship chip from Qualcomm. This is one of the fastest chip in the market. Galaxy S9+ is also very fast device. The performance of the device is really good. But it is not as fast as Apple iPhone X or Google Pixel 2 XL. Yeah but it doesn't mean it is slow, it is just a little bit slower than these two devices.

Samsung Galaxy line up is always famous for it's design. Samsung Galaxy S9+ has a very attractive design. S9+ follows the same design as Samsung Galaxy S8 line up. They have the same infinity displays. It has the same glass back design. The bezels on this display is also small giving more space to screen and hence it has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The screen size of Samsung Galaxy S9+ is 6.2" and it's display has resolution of 1440*2960 pixels and it is obviously of AMOLED type. I have to say that Samsung Galaxy S9+ comes with the best display ever in a smartphone. The display curves under edges of the smartphone which looks really good. Now if we talk about design it comes on personal preference but I will preferably pick Samsung S9+ among other flagships if design is the only criteria.
 
As I have already mentioned that three smartphones Pixel 2 XL, S9+ and iPhone X have very less difference in camera quality, so S9+ is also among the best camera smartphones. It has dual camera setup at the back. And this setup on the pone is really unique, the main lens at back has variable aperture to control the amount of light entering in the sensor. It is a 12MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm + 12MP,f/2.4, 52mm setup. The second lens is telephoto lens which provides 2x optical zoom. The phone can also record slomo videos upto 960fps, which is really amazing. The front camera is a 8MP,f/1.7 shooter.
 
Samsung comes with it's typical UI which is based on Android. It's not stock android, it is Samsung's self built UI. The UI is good, the phone feels very fast. But with Samsung the updates are a bit slower as it is Samsung's self built UI. Also there are reviews that at first the Samsung S9+ feels really fast but with time it gets slower, you will notice app launch delays and even some frame drops when switching between apps. And there not many fans of Samsung UI. Samsung is famous for it's design, display and hardware.
 
Google Pixel 2 XL


 Google Pixel phones are famous for their hardware, cameras and user interface. Earlier they have their nexus series and now they came up with pixel which is more or less same as nexus series but with a higher price. Last year Google launched Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Company launched Google Pixel 2 which is a flagship device with traditional display's aspect ratio that is 16:9 during that time when even some budget phones were launching with 18:9 aspect ratio. Due to this there is no point of discussing Google Pixel 2 here, we will only discuss about the bigger brother that is Pixel 2 Xl which comes with modern 18:9 aspect ratio.
 
Pixel 2 XL comes with Qualcomm's snapdragon 835 chipset. This chipset is little bit older but still it is a very fast chipset and it's performance is top notch. Samsung S9+ comes with snapdragon 845 which is one version ahead of  snapdragon 835. But I have seen their speed tests and Google Pixel 2 XL even beats Samsung S9+ in these tests. That is due to Samsung's heavier UI while Pixel comes with much lighter stock android. And also there is one more thing optimization, Google works a lot on optimization. Samsung you also have to work a lot on optimization to beat Google.
By reading all this you must have concluded that Samsung is slow and Google Pixel is really fast but this is not so. S9+ is slow, but it is a little bit slower, like few seconds behind of Pixel.
 
Pixel 2 XL comes with a single camera setup at back but still it beats S9+ and iPhone X in results. Yes it is the best camera phone of the year. But there is not much difference in their quality. Pixel 2 XL has a 12MP,f/1.8 camera at back. This is just a single lens but it can still capture images in portrait mode where it blurs the background. And the dynamic range of the device is just amazing, it's best in class. This is due to it's special HDR+ mode. But this camera can only record slomo videos in 240fps. It has a front camera of 8MP,f/2.4 aperture. Also OIS on it's primary camera is amazing, it's really smooth, so it helps a lot in video capturing.
 
Now it's time to discuss about the design of Google Pixel 2 XL. Pixel phones are never famous for their designs. Pixel 2 XL comes with a normal metallic and glass design. It's back is made up of metal and glass with glass on the upper side covering around 1/4th of back while rest is metal. The built quality of the phone is good but it doesn't look as pleasant as Samsung's S9 or Apple iPhone X design. Pixel 2 XL comes with an IPS LCD display made by LG. This display has 2K resolution. But the display also compete with the OLED displays provided in S9 and iPhone X. The display on Pixel 2 XL has some quality control issues like when you tilt the phone it's screen gives some blue tint which is not acceptable in a flagship device.

Here comes that aspect for which pixel phones are known that is it's User interface. Pixel 2 XL comes with Android 8.1 out of the box and this is stock android which means it won't have any bloatware or junk. Also whenever the new version of new Android comes firstly it comes to Pixel phones. So pixel phones are first to get the android updates. User interface of Pixel 2 XL is super fluid. The optimization is done so well that it is the fastest android device till date even faster than Samsung S9+ but it is not as fast as iPhone X.

OnePlus 6


And here comes the most affordable flagship of the year that is OnePlus 6. Oneplus is the company which mainly gives most of the flagship specifications in a smartphone in an affordable pricing. Due to it's affordable pricing and great performance Oneplus is famous in the whole world now.

Oneplus 6 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset which also powers Samsung S9+. The performance of the chipset is top notch and it is built on new 10nm architecture. But all these are just specifications, let's talk about it's real performance. Oneplus 6 is also among one of the fastest phones available in the market right now. Oneplus 6's performance is top notch, it's even faster than Samsung S9+. The performance of Oneplus 6 can be considered same as Google Pixel 2 XL.

Oneplus 6 comes with a notch design like iPhone X. The size of screen is 6.2". It has an AMOLED display which has full HD resolution. The aspect ratio of the display is 19:9. The quality of display on the phone is really good. Oneplus 6 has a glass back which makes the phone to look really premium but at the same time it makes this a fingerprint magnet. The built quality of the phone is really premium for it's price.

Oneplus 6 comes with a really good camera. It has a dual camera setup at back with 16MP,f/1.7 + 20MP lens. Oneplus 6 has the best camera performance in it's price segment. The camera also supports OIS for better photography. It can also record slo mo videos in 420fps for whole one minute. No smartphone can record slow mo videos upto so long. It has a front camera of 16MP,f/2.0 shooter. The camera performance is not as good as any other flagship smartphone discussed above but it's still better than any smartphone in $500 segment.

And now let's talk about the user interface of Oneplus 6. Oneplus 6 has a really good UI that is Oxygen OS. Oxygen OS is more or less same as stock android. It also doesn't come with lot of bloatware and also it looks like stock android. It has many functionalities same as stock android. Also the updates by Oneplus is fast, they are not as fast as Google Pixel phones but still they are fast. Also the optimization on this phone is really good which makes the User interface of the device buttery smooth. So the performance of the device is really good.

Now let's talk about the dash charging in Oneplus devices. Dash charging in Oneplus 6 is really fast, it's faster than any other smartphone in the market. It can charge the phone fully from 0 to 100% in just like 1hr 15 minutes which is fastest in the market till now. Dash charging a very unique feature on Oneplus 6.

 
 

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