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Apple iPhone 6s

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Apple iPhone 6s
OnePlus X
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Oppo F1
Samsung Galaxy J5
Apple iPhone 6s
OnePlus X
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
Oppo F1
Samsung Galaxy J5
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Oct 2015
Dec 2015
Feb 2016
Sep 2015
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
13.0 MP
16.0 MP
13.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
1.5 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.7 inch
5.0 inch
5.5 inch
5.0 inch
5.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Quad-core 2.3 GHz, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72
Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery Capacity
1715.0 mAh
2525.0 mAh
4000.0 mAh
2500.0 mAh
2600.0 mAh
Operating System
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
Carrier
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint

  • It's not every day that such a complete and coherent smartphone comes to market. Perhaps more thoroughly than any other time, though, this year's iPhone 6s has become the center of so much technological advancement, that it's able to gain a surprising amount of lead against its counterparts.That is not to say the Apple iPhone 6s is necessarily the best in each and every department; rather, it means there doesn't seem to be an area where it comes off as incompetent.


  • The Apple iPhone 6s is faster than last year's model all around, including better AT&T LTE speeds.

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    The iPhone 6s is of excellent build, made out of a much sturdier aluminum alloy. The extra weight can be felt, but it's certainly not a deal breaker.
    The display on the iPhone 6s is pretty much the same affair we got in the original 6th model. It offers slightly lower brightness, but deeper blacks and the same great contrast. The sunlight legibility is great as well.
    Battery life is above average at 62 hours and matches that of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6S posted well balanced scores across all tests, including standby.


  • Prior to having the chance to use the OnePlus X as a daily driver, we were genuinely excited about this phone. It seemed like a killer mid-range offering – one with great design, decent specs, no-nonsense UI, and, above all, a very tempting price tag. Perhaps we had our expectations set too high as we're now convinced that the OnePlus X is not the ultimate mid-ranger. But it is not a bad phone either. It is a good-looking handset with very responsive software and a fitting price.We did run into a number of issues, however.


  • OnePlus have just done it for a third time and created a good phone for those on a budget. It doesn't have as many fancy features as the OnePlus 2, but for the price it's an impressive set up.


  • The OnePlus X is the best-looking phone for $250, but lacks solid LTE support in the U.S.

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    Build quality is top-notch, the metal shell is a welcome change.
    The display is decent: it isn't among the brightest we've seen, but offers deep blacks, very good viewing angles and contrast. The sunlight legibility however is only average.
    Battery life is very good with an endurance rating of 72h.
    Rich wireless and wired connectivity options.
    MIUI 7 is a clean and light Android Lollipop launcher but with rich customization options. Unfortunately the bootloader is locked and will require an official Xiaomi tool for unlocking, thus preventing the user from installing custom ROMs.


  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 may not be best suited to UK users out of the box, but with some simple setup tweaks it is an excellent budget Android phone with a fantastic design and performance for the price.


  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is priced at Rs. 9,999 for 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and Rs.11,999 for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which is very aggressive when you consider the overall package. Xiaomi has also partnered with Hungama to offer a free two-month subscription to its streaming service. It's hard to find fault with the Redmi Note 3 as it ticks all the right boxes, and in some ways, rivals phones that cost a lot more. The metal body and fingerprint sensor are welcome additions to the Redmi series, and make the Note 3 feel relevant in 2016.


  • The Oppo F1 is a neat phone, particularly if you're after something that'll keep you away from pricey contracts. It's a slim yet slick performer for the cash - one that doesn't reveal its affordable roots too quickly. However, with just a 720p screen and ColorOS software you might be put off. If not then the only real remaining question is whether you're enough of a hardware veteran to make upgrading to a 1080p phone like the OnePlus X worthwhile. Does the F1 achieve pole position in the budget phone rankings?


  • The Oppo F1 is priced at Rs. 15,990, which is not bad considering its overall performance. It has a lovely design and great build quality. General performance is good, and both the front and rear cameras deliver good quality in most lighting conditions. Battery life is also solid, given the moderate capacity. It would have been nice for Oppo to have added some more creature comforts such as NFC or even backlit navigation keys, which are lacking on the F1.

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    - The camera app looks fairly simplistic on the surface, with a hassle-free default auto interface, but hidden away is a vast array of powerful advanced features.

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    - The autofocus can also be quite slow and unreliable at times, especially while shooting macros.
    - Video recording quality is average.
    - The buttons are easy to access and provide good feedback.
    - Despite the overwhelming plasticky feel of it, the phone seems solidly built with no audible creaking of the body when pressed.
    - The flash at the back works well with decent brightness and coverage.


  • The camera on the Galaxy J5 is really the phone's only issue, though, as the rest of it is great value. Its excellent screen and amazing battery life far exceed anything else in this price range, and it's certainly got enough speed to get you through most of your daily smartphone tasks. The only other slight downside is that it's unlikely to receive an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is something new 3rd Gen Moto G owners can download right now without delay.


  • The Samsung Galaxy J5 is a real surprise package, giving the mighty Moto G a run for its money.


Top 5 unlocked cell phone under $300 of 2016:

  1. Apple iPhone 6s
  2. OnePlus X
  3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  4. Oppo F1
  5. Samsung Galaxy J5