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amaysim's guide to buying a smartphone in 2016

14 Apr 2016
Peter - amaysim blogger


amaysim's Head of IT Operations

With so many good phones around, I know it can be hard to get your head around the subtle differences. But, the most important difference when choosing a smartphone is you. So, let’s get your handset choice, handled.

The Tech Lover

These are my people. If you like your phone to look good and perform even better, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is for you. It’s a tech lover’s Picasso – a work of art. The slim design and high-resolution big screen are stunning but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

The incredibly fast processors and 4GB of RAM keep the phone running smoothly even while you’re jumping between apps and using it at full capacity. Samsung has made this phone not just fast but also functional. With long battery life, great shortcuts, smart pay technology, and a very cool operating system – what’s not to love?

The Front Runner

You suffer from smartphone FOMO. You want to be the first to get the newest apps, tech or software update. The iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus make sure you can do just that. Trust me, with Apple you’ll never miss out on the latest Uber update or the new taco emoji - you’ll get all the good stuff, the day it’s released.

But it’s not just fun and games. The both models have 3D touch, a 4-megapixel camera, the ability to take 4K video and the most advanced chip ever placed in a smartphone. If you want to be ahead of the pack, either of these is for you.

The Social Butterfly

The iPhone SE has got all the important stuff. Like a speedy processor, 12 megapixel camera, the A9 smart chip and it comes in the perfect palm size package –making it the ideal handset for those who like to get social.

Snap hard-to-get one handed #selfies like a pro and then use the 4G connectivity to post it on Instagram ASAP. Slip it in your back pocket as you party on or keep it with you on your daily adventures, it’s small enough to always keep close at hand (or in your hand) so you can always stay connected. With this powerful little package, you never have to worry about missing a moment.

The Infrequent User

Your phone is important but never as important as what’s going on right in front of you. In fact, you’re often busy living the sweet life that you forget it’s there. But don’t worry the Sony Xperia Z5 can handle a bit of neglect.

It’s waterproof and dust tight so you can drop it in the sink or leave it in the back of a cupboard without any worries. The 0.03-second autofocus camera means you can capture a moment quickly and move right on to enjoying the next one. And, with a fingerprint sensor and extended battery life, you don’t have to worry about remembering your pin, or your charger.

The Straight Talker

I’ll get straight to the point, you mean business and you want a phone that’s just that. Your phone needs to make calls, send texts and emails from 9 -5, Monday to Friday. Say hello to the affordable and compact Google Nexus 5X.

But don’t worry; with this little beauty, you can still let your hair down on the weekends. It’s got all the functionality typical of Google products with a powerful camera, fingerprint sensor and lightning speed charging.

The Multi-Tasker

There is a lot going on and you have your finger on every pulse possible, the Samsung Galaxy Note S5 has a larger than life screen and comes with an S-pen so you can write, draw, drag and drop all while using the multi-window functionality.

Just like you, this phone is a force to be reckoned with. The Octa-Core processor is incredibly fast and powerful so you can work wherever and whenever. And, with speedy and wireless charging, the Samsung Galaxy Note S5 won’t stop until you do. Get to it!

The Photographer

If you love to get snap happy then the LG G4 is for you. The 16MP auto-focus camera means you can take some wicked shots. And, the colour rich resolution is truly brilliant, making editing your photos or choosing the right filter a piece of cake.

It delivers on the usual features too and comes with a soft leather back that sits comfortably in your palm.

The Patiently Waiting

If none of those take your fancy, don’t worry 2016 isn’t over just yet. The iPhone 7, LG G5 and the HTC One M10 all still have to drop into out hot little hands.

I’m not sure how it can get better than this but it’s pretty exciting to imagine what will come next. Rest assured, I’ll be keeping you posted.

Over and Out,