Reviews

Apple: iPhone 6

With the release of the new iPhone 6 come many improvements to Apple’s style and performance across the board. With improvements in reception, call quality, camera and overall ease of use, Apple has once certainly made a splash in the pool of competitive smartphone releases. The only con to this release seems to be the battery life. Though not a complete failure, of course, the iPhone 6’s battery weighs in at just over a 7/10 according to Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/products/apple/iphone/6/) along with the following rankings between critics and normal consumers:

Critics Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 9.5
  • Display: 9.1
  • Battery life: 7.7
  • Camera: 9.1
  • Ease of use: 8.7
  • Design and form factor: 8.4
  • Portability (size/weight): 7.8
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 8.3

User Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 9.3
  • Display: 9.3
  • Battery life: 7.3
  • Camera: 9.1
  • Ease of use: 9.5
  • Design and form factor: 8.3
  • Portability (size/weight): 9.2
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 9.6

Samsung: Galaxy S5

Each Samsung release in the Galaxy series has many noticeable improvements. It isn’t stated that this is a groundbreaking release as far as Samsung phones go but they’ve still managed to improve necessities such as performance, battery life and more. Compared to the Galaxy S 4, this phone hasn’t completely obliterated the specs and features, but it does provide a solid step up from its predecessor model.

Critics Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 8.2
  • Display: 9.5
  • Battery life: 8.8
  • Camera: 8.5
  • Ease of use: 6.7
  • Design and form factor: 7.1
  • Portability (size/weight): 7.6
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 7.1

User Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 8.8
  • Display: 8.9
  • Battery life: 8.8
  • Camera: 8.9
  • Ease of use: 7.6
  • Design and form factor: 6.8
  • Portability (size/weight): 8.2
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 7.7

HTC: One M8

The HTC One was an enormous and awesome mark in the Android phone market. HTC had definitely shown what an improvement this phone would prove to be from their previous models. With the bar set so high, they recently had released the HTC One M8. Though improvements to this model have made it just as good, if not better, than the M8’s predecessor model, the bar doesn’t seem to be able to go much higher.

Critics Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 8.9
  • Display: 9.1
  • Battery life: 8.8
  • Camera: 6.8
  • Ease of use: 8.9
  • Design and form factor: 9.4
  • Portability (size/weight): 7.2
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 8.2

User Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 9.4
  • Display: 9.6
  • Battery life: 9.1
  • Camera: 8.1
  • Ease of use: 9.4
  • Design and form factor: 9.7
  • Portability (size/weight): 8.9
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 9.5

LG: G3

LG G3 has released, what is being called, their best phone yet. With a large improvement to the LG 2, this phone has some awesome new specs worth upgrading for. Most notably, the G3 has a Quad HD display of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and a 2.5GHz processor.

Critics Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 7.5
  • Display: 9.2
  • Battery life: 7.7
  • Camera: 9.2
  • Ease of use: 8.1
  • Design and form factor: 8.5
  • Portability (size/weight): 8.0
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 7.6

User Rankings

  • Reception and call quality: 9.1
  • Display: 10
  • Battery life: 8.3
  • Camera: 9.1
  • Ease of use: 8.9
  • Design and form factor: 9.3
  • Portability (size/weight): 8.8
  • Ecosystem (Apps, accessories, etc.): 8.4