Top High-End Smartphones To Buy This Festive Season

By Sanesh Mathew | October 12, 2016


Now, let us take a look at the dominant players in the Indian market. Apple and Samsung enjoy a major part of the smartphone market in our country. But that doesn’t mean other players are falling out of the race. Other players such as Sony, Moto, LG, Lenovo, Google, Huawei and Nokia/Microsoft are actively churning out worthy smartphones every year. Of late, the smartphone market has also seen new entrants such as Xiaomi, Le Eco, and OnePlus rise to fame, especially with the budget-conscious Indian consumers.

Unlike earlier times, phones today are a status symbol for some of us. And for all those people who don’t mind spending a bomb on buying a smartphone, the top phone manufacturers bring out their flagship devices every year. But with so many different flagship products around, with all their amazing yet distinctive features, it becomes more and more difficult to choose the best one.

Don’t you fret, though! Whether you are an Apple fanboy or you worship the droids, here’s our list of the best premium smartphones you can buy this festive season.

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iPhone 7/7 Plus

The iPhone 7 series is the latest addition to Apple’s smartphone list. And aren’t we amazed by it! (Pretty much the usual reaction when it comes to Apple devices.) A waterproof body, a magical camera (on the 7 Plus), no headphone jack and two new colour options – black and jet black. Wow!

The iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display. The device is powered by a powerful A10 Fusion processor which is a 64-bit quad-core processor. You can forget about even minor glitches now, your iPhone is going to run anything and everything, extra-smooth. The 12 MP camera clicks amazing pictures that you would proudly want to show to the world. Selfie addict? The 7 MP front camera takes the best selfies. The iPhone 7 runs on the latest iOS 10 operating system.

Now, you must be wondering what extra punch the iPhone 7 Plus packs. Well, it features a 5.5-inch screen, a bigger battery and a magical 12 MP dual camera (wide-angle and telephoto). And lastly, it surely outperforms the iPhone 7. Hah!

Watch This: iPhone 7 – Here’s What You Should Know

HTC 10

The HTC 10 is an impressive offering from HTC. It boasts a great design, long-lasting battery, amazing audio, and an improved user interface. The phone packs all the right bits underneath its beautifully-crafted hood.

Let’s take look at the different features of the HTC 10. The device comes with a 5.2-inch Quad HD display. The back of the phone houses a 12 MP camera which does a pretty decent job. Under the hood, the phone packs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM. You surely won’t be complaining about lags or crashes. With the 3000 mAh battery, you can get through the day easily before your phone runs out of juice.

Overall, we loved the HTC 10’s brilliant design, lean software, zippy performance, striking display, and amazing audio output. If you get a good discount on this device, it makes for a great buy.


The LG G5’s modular design caught everyone’s attention even before the phone hit the market. ‘What’s with the modular design?’ you must be thinking. Well, it lets you swap in cool accessories to your LG device. You can swap out the bottom bezel of the device and add another accessory to it. Though the whole ‘modular’ idea sounds cool, sadly there aren’t many cool add-ons available to play with.

Moving on from the modular design, what else does the LG G5 have that got it featured on this list? On the design front, it is pretty clean. The device has an all-metal body and houses a rear fingerprint sensor for ease of use. It has a 5.3-inch Quad HD display that provides sharp, true-to-life images. Battery life on this phone is pretty good too, thanks to its 2800 mAh battery.

As far as performance is concerned, the LG G5 comes with the Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM, making it a super-fast phone. It offers 32 GB of internal storage. In addition to these, the G5 features two great cameras – a 16 MP rear camera (with a secondary, wide-angle sensor) and an 8 MP front camera. If you are into smartphone photography, you’ll love the cameras on this device.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Even months after its release, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is still one of the best-performing smartphones in the market. And why wouldn’t it be? It features an elegant design, two amazing cameras and a powerful processor. Above all, it is water and dust resistant too. Sounds like the complete package, right?

The S7 Edge has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD display making it perfect for watching videos and playing games. Add an able Exynos processor and 4 GB of RAM to this and you get a phone that runs every application smoothly and with ease. The refined TouchWiz UI takes user experience to a whole new level.

The 12 MP primary camera is fantastic too. Pictures are clear, vibrant, and detailed, even in low light conditions. The 5 MP front camera is great for selfies. The battery life is pretty decent on this device too. If you want a phone that looks stunning and delivers exceptionally well, then this Samsung device is totally worth a buy.

Moto X Force

Whether you are a Moto fan or not, you cannot deny the fact that they bring out some of the best phones every year. The Moto X Force is no exception. Besides, it comes with a shatterproof screen. Whoa! That’s good news for chronic phone droppers.

Although not the best-looking device in the premium segment, this Moto device boasts a strong build quality and is a true performer. What more do you want from your phone, buddy?

Talking about the features of this device, it comes with a 5.4-inch AMOLED display, a 2 GHz Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor and 3 GB of RAM. The device also features a 21 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. However, it does not come with a fingerprint sensor and certainly lacks the premium feel that most other phones in this segment possess. However, the Moto X Force’s top-notch performance makes it a great buy, especially if it sells at a discounted price.

iPhone 6S/6S Plus

You must be wondering how this one made it to the list, especially with the iPhone 7 series in the market. Well, the answer is simple – the 6S and 6S Plus are still some of the best phones available out there.

So, what can you expect from these phones? Simplicity, a first-class performance and a great camera (especially on the iPhone 6S Plus). Both the devices flaunt a sturdier design when compared to their older siblings (6/6 Plus), thanks to the 7000-series aluminium used to make them. A new feature on these phones is 3D Touch which has proven to be a helpful addition.

Apple does take its smartphone cameras seriously and the 12 MP clickers on these phones are proof of that. The 6S Plus, however, features a better camera than the 6S, thanks to optical image stabilisation. Both the phones also feature 5 MP front cameras, and a 64-bit A9 processor powers both these devices. The 6S and 6S Plus come with 2 GB RAM. The 6S has a 4.7-inch screen while the 6S Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.

With the release of the iPhone 7/7 Plus, you can get the 6S/6S Plus at a reduced price (though they may still be a little pricey compared to the other options in the market). So, if you have been thinking of getting yourself an iPhone or upgrading from an older iPhone, this is the perfect time to do so.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The non-existence of a microSD slot and removable battery lead to a lot of backlash for the Note 5, especially from the loyal Note users across the globe. However, the Note 5’s premium design, powerful performance, feature-packed stylus, 4K video capability, superb display, and awesome camera, totally make up for the missing elements.

For starters, we would like to applaud the Note 5’s stylish makeover which gave it a classy, premium feel. Apart from the design, this Android phablet boasts a gorgeous 5.7-inch display, a top-notch processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 16 MP primary camera. Though the device lacks a microSD card, it offers internal storage of 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB which will pretty much take care of all your storage needs.

The Note 5’s top-of-the-line specs should be reason enough for you to get one this festive season. So, if you don’t really require the microSD slot and a removable battery option then the Note 5 is one of the best Android phablets to own.

We’re guessing you would have made your decision by now so rush to your favourite retail store or e-tailer’s app, take advantage of their superb discounts, and get yourself a brand new smartphone.

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About Sanesh Mathew

A talkative sleepyhead, Sanesh, enjoys watching horror movies, listening to music, reading all things related to personal finance and wandering aimlessly (walking meditation, he calls it!). He refers to himself as a 'simple human being with a rather chaotic mind'.

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