Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top smartphones that make perfect Christmas gifts

Local tech experts have listed the hottest smartphone units that may be perfect gifts for your loved ones.

1. O + Ultra

A competitive smartphone with a price that is less than P10,000, that's O+ Ultra.

Mark Macanas, Editor-in-Chief of, said O+ Ultra is perfect for the road warriors with a battery that can last up to 2 days.

Macanas said O+ Ultra boasts of a front camera has a soft LED flash, capturing memories even in dark places.

2. Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

Macanas said while it practically looks like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the 6S versions bare the latest of the smartphone innovations. With the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, you'll get Apple's latest technology called the "3D Plus" which recognizes pressure to perform a certain function.

With the high competition on phone cameras nowadays, iPhone 6S and 6S have also leveled up their camera with the 12MP iSight shooter.

3. Sony Xperia Z5 series.

Macanas said website DxOMark chose Sony Xperia Z5 series --Z5, Z5 Premium and Z5 Compact-- as the best in world when it comes to camera phones. DxOMark criteria include how fast a phone takes pictures and how fast it zooms in to the subject.

Macanas said, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, the smallest of the three, proves that a phone's performance cannot be judged by its size.

With Sony Xperia Z5 series' 23MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and competitive imaging features, Macanas suggested to have one if you want to get the best imaging performance from a smartphone.

4. Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

For that picture-perfect selfie, Macanas said the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is the best. C5 Ultra has a full HD display and both its rear and front camera is 13MP, not to mention its front camera's soft LED flash.

Adding wonder to the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is its 64-bit octa-core processor, making fast gaming performance and smooth touch response possible.

5. Asus Zenfone 2 Laser

For P8,000 or less you can get this smartphone, and easily enjoy its sleek form factor and fast focusing capability.

6. Blackberry Priv

Tech Editor of Manila Bulletin, Art Samaniego, highly suggests Blackberry Priv.

Samaniego said the Blackberry Priv, a 5-inch device with a sliding keyboard, combines the best of the Blackberry security and the Android ecosystem is the surprise gadget of 2015.

7. Blackphone 2

With security issues and hacking prevalent nowadays, Blackphone 2 may be your best bet.

Samaniego said Blackphone 2 is an encrypted device and if someone attempts to modify the firmware, the phone will self-destruct.

8. Starmobile Knight Spectra

For local smartphone supporters, Macanas recommended the Starmobile Knight Spectra.

Macanas said the Knight Spectra has all the best features of the company's Knight flagship line, including a 5.5 full AMOLED HD display, a 3GB RAM and a digital TV Tuner.

9. LG V10

Concluding the list is the LG V10 recently launched in the Philippines.

Macanas said the metal-clad LG V10 has cameras that can be placed on manual professional mode, allowing enthusiasts to operate the camera's white balance, shutter speed, ISO and depth of field.

LG V10 also boasts of a super crisp and brilliant picture quality when connected to an external 4K display.