In the era of continuously developing technology, pocket devices are the most commonly used by people world-wide. Manufacturers try to fit in as many features as possible in their phones to give their users a technological edge.
Since we’re always carrying a phone with us, we’ll explore the top phones on the market with good front-facing cameras for all the selfie addicts out there.
1. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Pricing: $649 for the 7, $769 for the 7 Plus
Weight: The 7 model weighs 138 grams, the 7 Plus weighs 188 grams
Storage: 32, 128 and 256GB models available
Rear Camera: 12MP telephoto
Selfie Camera: 7MP
Battery: 2900 mAh
The iPhones have been flagships of modern mobile phones for a long time now and the 7 and 7 Plus models are no exception. Quite recently a new red colored variant became available and it looks fantastic. The price might make some people stay away from the brand, but for those who can afford it – it’s one of the best options money can buy. Firstly, the 7 Plus has been given a longer battery life and for the first time a huge difference between it and its smaller release, it has two cameras. Both of which have 12 megapixel OIS. One has wide angle lens and the other is a telephoto cam, you will be able to switch between the two sensors or combine them to offer an optical zoom type effect. Out of all the phones Apple has released so far, this is the first that is actually water resistant. And when we mention water resistance it just means it will be protected against rain or small splashes, not submergible under water like its competition. Both the 7 and the 7 Plus are capable of capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second or 1080p at 60 FPS. The TrueTone flash has been upgraded with four LEDs – two of warm ones and two cold.
Much to the dismay of many fans, they have removed the headphone jack port. Even though you have an extra pair of stereo speakers now, you won’t be able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. It comes with an adaptor to connect any pair of typical headphones, but it still remains a frustrating factor. The amazing A10 fusion processor and its operating system will keep both these phones on top of the list as top-notch leading devices in terms of performance.
2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Weight: 157 grams
Storage: 32/64GB, upgradable via microSD
Rear Camera: 12MP
Selfie Camera: 5MP
The S7 Edge has been a clear change of pace first of all in terms of design for Samsung. They decided to add a more attractive and different approach for users that are looking to buy a powerful, yet classy phone. The screen is now much larger and the phone is curved on the edges, hence the name. It sports a much larger battery and it’s similar in size to the LG G5, while the camera protrusion on the back has been reduced to 0.42mm. While the phone is water-resistant, it’s not made for diving. It can only last about 30 minutes and to a maximum depth of 1.5 meters. Unlike the iPhone, it only has one audio speaker and not much of a premium sound.
The display has a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 with Super AMOLED technology. The contrast ratio is phenomenal and the always-on display is a neat feature as long as the phone still has some battery in it. Unfortunately this won’t manage to get all your notifications on-screen which like the LG G5 does.
The Adaptive Fast Charging estimates a 40% battery charge available in just 30 minutes, while significantly heating up the phone. While using a microSD for storage greatly enhances the space available, it decreases the performance. These key features and the Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU with the 4 GB of RAM make it a strong phone on the market.
The camera allows shooting of RAW photos and configuration of focal length, tone with a bunch of other options in ‘Pro mode’ to enhance the experience of taking pictures.
3. LG G5
Weight: 159 grams
Rear Camera: 16MP+8MP
Selfie Camera: 8MP
Although questionable in its design, the LG G6 is stepping closer to becoming a flagship mobile phone. With new and improved access to the battery without needing to remove the back over, the slot offers an accessory port with Add-ons. These include a battery grip which contains camera controls and combined with the Hi-Fi audio module. The G5 has a dual-camera on the back with one of the lens providing extra-wide angle. On the front we have an always-on 5.3-inch display that constantly shows us time, date and notifications.
The sturdy phone with a slender metallic rim allows a reach with the use of one hand over the whole display. The power button works as a fingerprint sensor.
The speaker and headphone jack placement is a strange choice seeing as we have two of them: one at the top, and one on the bottom. The speaker is also on the bottom of the phone and the connectivity is now done through the use of USB-C cables, rendering micro USB cables pointless. The display has a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 and 554 pixels per inch specification. The IPS LCD isn’t as bright as a Super Amoled, but still strong enough with the colors and brightness. The LG Cam Plus has a physical shutter button and a dedicated record key with a zoom wheel ready for landscape shots. The 2800mAh battery is sufficient to most users, but we still consider it relatively lacking for someone that enjoys using their phone more often.
The autofocus can be set by using the half shutter key and it the rear camera captures details at 135 degrees which actually means the field of view gets you more than the human eye can see. These features along with the Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM make it an interesting buy at its current price.
4. Google Pixel XL
Weight: 168 grams
Rear Camera: 12.3MP
Selfie Camera: 8MP
The idea behind the Google Pixel XL is to become a preferred phone over the iPhone 7. It sports many incredible features and gives you power over the Google search engine with its new Google Assistant. The assistant is in many cases more responsive and intelligent than Siri or Cortana. The phone is capable of playing VR games and has plenty of power to run over its competition.
On the design side it has a premium look and feel with no camera protrusion on the back, however it’s not waterproof and does not benefit from stereo speakers like the iPhone 7. The Gorilla Glass 4 used in the phone’s construction ads more security while in size it remains a bit thicker than other phones such as the 7 Plus from Apple. It has a bright AMOLED 5.5-inch display and absolutely no phone button, all the buttons remain on the display.
The Snapdragon 821 processor does well in performing your tasks, however it’s still not as fast as a Samsung. While the USB-C adapter can be frustrating, the 3450mAh battery keeps your phone alive for more than a day.
The camera application is weak when you compare it to competing phones and it lacks optical image stabilization. However, it is still capable of capturing amazingly detailed photos with accurate colors. It only includes HDR+ on the front camera unfortunately. As for stabilization, to compensate they added electronic image stabilization. On certain occasions, depending on the light and environment, the camera will catch a flare – one of the disadvantages.
5. HTC 10
Weight: 161 grams
Storage: 32/64GB expandable via microSD
Rear Camera: 12MP
Selfie Camera: 5MP
The all-metal body HTC 10 has incredible performing speed with improved sound recording quality. The Super LCD 5 boosts pixel count on the QHD resolution with 564 pixels per inch. It’s a bit heavier than most phones, but easy to handle with a comfortable texture. It has a strong build and the quality of the materials can be felt with ease. While the music sounds brilliant, the speakers are too small for blasting music. The auto brightness isn’t too great while the high resolution is pretty enchanting. The 4 GB of RAM and amazing processors give it an unbreakable speed that competes with all top-tier phones on the market, but it becomes overkill as the battery can’t keep up with such specifications. The Boost+ feature adds a lot of useful techniques to clean your phone, improve battery and performance. You can even limit the reach of some apps in order to give it more edge while you’re gaming.
While the battery isn’t bad for web browsing, it drains horribly fast per hour while using the phone in apps.
In terms of camera quality, it’s definitely the best HTC has offered so far. It’s more difficult to use and allows capturing of RAW files, but the Google Photos replacing the gallery app can become annoying for some people. A lower megapixel count than previous models but with much faster snapping and better image processing. The HTC 10 grants good images in low light environments as the facing camera also has optical image stabilization. The image ratio has been changed to 4:3. The Pro mode will give you access to RAW photo capture outputting files at around 1 to 2 MB each. It can record in 4K but overall it’s difficult to say if the photos are good enough. It has realistic tones and clarity, but washed up colors. The multi-directional speakers and excellent hi-res headphones provided with the package give it an excellent boost on the music, video and gaming side even despite the mentioned problem with the quality of the speakers. In terms of headphones, the new HTC 10 Hi-Res Audio Certified can be found inside the box and aren’t cheap to produce, thus the price increase of the phone.
The HTC interface has been reword with the help of Google and while the Android features are a lot cleaner than before, we can’t help but notice a bunch of useless apps lying around.
6. Sony Xperia XZ
Weight: 161 grams
Storage: 64GB internal, up to 265GB via microSD
Rear Camera:23MP Sony IMX300 1/2.3”
Selfie Camera: 13MP f/2.0, 22mm equivalent focal length
The flag-ship priced XZ is a water-resistant phone with a great fingerprint scanner and plenty of features to brag about. It is also dust-resistant while keeping both ports at the bottom of the phone open. The 5.2-inch screen is rather huge and impossible to handle without the use of both hands in most cases. It’s bright and neat but it’s not Full HD. It offers a small 424 pixel-per inch and lags behind its competition. To compensate, it has PS4 Remote Play for the gamers looking to enhance the level of fun they have with their phones. It fits comfortably in the hand but has no durable corners. The battery life is average, but you can use a power-saving mode included by Sony to disable apps and background data that continuously drain it. If you’re looking to charge it back up, the fast-charging tech offered on the XZ will allow you to quickly replenish the battery in no time.
The camera has a huge 23 mega-pixel sensor and good laser autofocus for the moving shots. The selfie camera has a 13MP capacity. On the rear, the XZ’s camera performs at a maximum aperture of f/2.0 accompanied by LED flash. Nt unique, but certainly useful. The colors of the images captured are not that great or vibrant, but the details and focus – they’re both spot on gorgeous. Capturing Full HD videos on the front camera is also possible, making live video calls more attractive. Both cameras fare remarkably well in low light, although you will need to play a little with the focus in order to make sure you get clear shots.
Pricing: 639 USD
Weight: 144 grams
Rear Camera: 12MP
Selfie Camera: 8MP
Huawei has a startling reputation of high specs on lower price-ranges. As such, the P9 is definitely cheaper than most of its flagship competitors. The phone is encased in an aluminum unibody rounded on the corners for a slick premium look and feel. It’s smaller in size than a 6S but has a much higher screen at 5.2-inch. For the cameras, Huawei uses Leica’s photography experience to outfit the phone with a neat and well performing camera setup. There’s no bump on the back from the camera or otherwise and the phone is available in three types of gold, grey and silver color. The Full HD 5.2-inch display has fantastic color saturation with 423 pixels-per-inch. The fingerprint sensor, although on the back of the phone, is lightning fast and we’ve encountered no problems with it. It’s a pretty large phone and the fact that it only features a 1080p screen was somewhat disappointing. Huawei seem to have focused more on battery life than 2K.
Among the few brands and phone types to support the Type-C USB connection, this can prove highly irritating for those of us that have a bunch of microUSB connecting accessories. The phone sports 3GB of RAM and an impressive HiSilicon Kirin 955 processor which can keep up with ease in the benchmarks. The operating system is based on the Android 6 Marshmallow software but looks very different as an interface. On some versions of the phone, it can be outfitted with Android 7 Nougat.
As we mentioned before, the camera technology in the P9 is notably good. For the dual lens shooter, Huawei collaborated with Leica. It has two 12MP sensors working for a better image output, one of which is a monochrome sensor for high detail capture. The 12MP RGB sensor is used to pick up the colors while the other one is used to enhance image detail land quality. As we mentioned before, there’s more choices in the P9 models with a variety of pro features to explore. Although it has considerably more features and image improvements on the camera side compared to the P8, it still performs very low to average during low light conditions. The wide aperture effect can be used for photos with bunch of items in the foreground and both camera sensors are used to add depth while focusing on the foreground or background elements of the picture. The camera interface is easy to use, with manual focus and blurring available just at the tip of your fingers.
On the front we have a 8MP selfie camera which is more than enough for good photos if you don’t plan on doing night shots.
Although Huawei mentioned improved battery life, it won’t last more than a day for a user that switches between many apps and for hours of gaming.
The Emotion UI 4.1 is still disappointing and rather weird for the Huawei phones. While it does have useful features, it’s generally not worth the struggle. The P9 is the best performing phone produced by the brand so far and it tried to compete with top-tier phones, however the price is the big denominator in this situation. With the current battery life and lack of a well-organized OS, the main attraction remains with the camera and processor.
8.Huawei Honor 8
Pricing: $400 USD
Weight: 153 grams
Storage: 32/64GB up to 256GB with microSD
Rear Camera: 12MP f/2.2 aperture + 1.25 °m pixel size
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.2 aperture
The Honor 8 model is comes with a great and interesting design sporting an attractive reflective glass. The gesture shortcuts and IR blaster are interesting and unique features which differentiate its competition. The fingerprint sensor can be customized in more ways than the iPhone 7. The 15 layers of nano-etched glass captures and diffuses light, there are no bumps and it features two cameras on the back side. All in all making it a very attractive and classy phone that attracts a lot of attention from those around you. Considerably lightweight and small, you don’t need two hands in order to operate the phone. The phone uses Nippon Electric glass in a similar technology to the Gorilla glass which makes it quite safe to handle. With a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, it lacks QHD resolution but stays highly competitive with adjustable color temperature. The auto-brightness doesn’t always do its job well which can be a bit nagging sometimes and the ambient light sensor makes it unusually saturated. The predominantly saturated blue screen has to be tweaked in order to make it more comfortable for the eyes. The fingerprint sensor can also be used as a smart key among the many gestures the phone provides. The Hisilicon Kirin 950 CPU isn’t the fastest, but this octa-core chip can keep up with the 820 Qualcomm Snapdragon with ease. The battery lasts more than a day but it’s slower to charge than most.
There are 12MP cameras on the back for good composite shots but there’s no 4K video option or optical image stabilization. The autofocus is fairly fast but the camera lacks telephoto lens like the iPhone 7. The Emotion 4.1 UI is the same one used in the P9 where we explained its shortcomings. It is generally more difficult to navigate than a stock Android – in terms of notifications and quick settings. The Phone Manager app on the Honor 8 is very useful for handling and customizing the software inside the phone and it also includes a traffic management feature to carefully monitor the data activity of individual apps. The battery setting allows optimization of your phone by detecting apps that drain too much power and you can also switch between plans of power consumption. These plans reduce the screen resolution, access of background apps and a few other options to help increase the battery life of the phone. After all is said and done, the touchscreen is highly responsive and sensitive thanks to its ergonomic 2.5D design.
In the Pro modes of the camera’s app you are granted control over exposure, ISO, focal point, shutter speed, white balance and manual focus. This makes it an excellent buy for users that hunt for more customizable camera setups.
9.Oppo F1 Plus
Weight: 145 grams
Rear Camera: 13MP
Selfie Camera: 16MP
With a look similar to an iPhone but half the price, the Oppo F1 Plus packs an important set of features worth the cost. It has a 5.5-inch display at 1080p and most of all a 16MP selfie camera. The fingerprint sensor is highly responsive and quick, while the design is encompassed in a svelte, slim metallic body. The compromise in buying this phone Is the weak and somewhat outdated operating system plus the octa-core processor which lacks the speed to keep up with flagship devices on the market. Not even the 4GB of ram is enough to make it worthwhile since it can barely keep up with games that fly on phones like S7 Edge. It’s sometimes slow in switching between apps and hangs. It has an average performance to say the least. The battery life can surprise you for its size and it can last up to one day and a half.
Its best feature is the selfie camera which has a 16MP wide f/2.0 aperture lens capable of shooting good quality photos. It even manages to capture impressive images in low-light conditions, so if selfies are your thing and you’re willing to overlook the lack of performance – this is definitely a good phone to have in your pocket. While the rear camera has a lower megapixel cam, it does support HDR and exposure tweaking, even control over the shutter speed. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t support 4K video recording, its maximum capability being 1080p at 30 FPS.
Probably the biggest drawback of the Oppo F1 Plus is the Android version, which only allows a 5.1 Lollipop system. If you’re searching for a 6S Plus lookalike that cuts on features, this device is a good buy for the price it asks.
Pricing: 468 USD for 64GB model, 511 USD for the 128GB model
Weight: 158 grams
Storage: 64GB internal
Rear Camera: 16MP Sony, f/2.0 aperture
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0 aperture
The OnePlus 3T offers great performance and features at a very fair price. The premium metal unibody not only looks great, but also feels great when held. It has a 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display with bright and vibrant colors. The 3T display has a Full HD resolution but at only 401ppi pixel density. It can manage a 6.0.1 Android with Oxygen OS interface which greatly increases functionality. Playing music, videos or games is easy and fun. The interface is clean, neatly organized and well thought.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset is the same processor you will find in the Google Pixel XL, accompanied by 6GB of RAM. Needless to say, it can compete with Galaxy S7 or iPhone 7 in the benchmarks and give you access to any kind of app and game you desire from the store. The battery gives you a full day of usage even while running through messaging apps and Spotify. It also charges pretty fast so you won’t need to wait for ages to have a full 100%.
The rear camera is a 16MP single LED flash accompanied wonder. The camera app provides HDR, HQ modes for better capturing of details and an option to save RAW files for later editing. The manual mode gives way to settings for ISO, shutter speed and white balance. In low-light, the images look a bit darker than we expected. Now the front camera is the flagship feature on the OnePlus 3T. With a good 16MP and color composition it offers great and vibrant photos.