If your family and friends are too embarrassed to pull out their aging smartphones in public, you already know what gift they’d most appreciate this holiday. Consider one of the following suggestions, which just might cure their device envy.
BlackBerry’s first Android device fuses the company’s celebrated hardware and top-notch security with the world’s most-popular operating system. BlackBerry PRIV rocks a 5.4-inch dual-curve screen for you to tap, swipe and pinch through apps from the Google Play store, while the slide-out physical keyboard lets you type messages, notes and documents with speed and accuracy. Other features include a powerful battery that lasts up to 22.5 hours, an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera and a microSD slot for up to two terabytes of capacity.
While it looks a lot like last year’s iPhone 6 – with the exception of a rose-gold colour option – Apple’s iPhone 6s packs a number of remarkable new features. Most notable is 3D Touch, which senses the amount of force you’re applying and responds to subtle taps. Press lightly to peek into emails, websites and photos; press harder to actually open them. Another noteworthy improvement is the new rear-facing iSight camera with a 12-megapixel sensor and the ability to shoot 4K video that delivers four times the resolution of 1080p HD video.
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The second generation of the world’s first dual-edge display looks, feels and runs like a premium smartphone for on-the-go types. For one thing, its massive 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen packs 518 pixels per inch for incredible clarity; swipe in from the side to access people and apps that matter most to you. Along with built-in fast-charging, the Galaxy S6 edge+ works with wireless-charging accessories. Other features include a pair of stellar cameras and support for SideSync, which lets you easily sync content between your phone and computer.
Running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), the Huawei-made Nexus 6P is Google’s new flagship phone. This 5.7-inch device offers an all-metal unibody design, a sharp high-resolution screen, a solid 12.3-megapixel camera that works well in low light and an accurate fingerprint reader. Those who like to run Android games or multitask between a few apps will benefit from the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor and long-lasting 3450 mAh battery. Included is a USB Type-C cable for fast charging.
Also from Huawei (pronounced “wah-way,” BTW) is the stylish yet affordable Y6, a five-inch Android phone with a colourful HD screen, loud stereo speakers and an 8-megapixel camera with a wide aperture (F2.0) for high-quality photos even in low-light situations. Huawei’s own Emotion UI complements the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with a number of user-friendly features. Under the hood, the Y6 sports a 1.2-GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of system memory (RAM), 8 GB of internal storage and a 2200 mAh battery.