Here are the latest, greatest Smartphones on the market
Tech expert Trevor Long shares his top picks in the current market and what’s to come.
Choosing your next phone can prove to be a difficult task these days with all the new technology, upgrades and add-ons.
Depending on what you’re after there are some great options, from impressive cameras, speeds and tech to cheaper options with great design features, there is something for everyone.
TODAY chatted to Tech Expert Trevor Long to find out his top picks and get an update on what’s to come.
TODAY: Let’s start with the two most popular brands on the market, they do have some amazing products…
LONG: The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone ever, but also the best, the camera is amazing*, the facial recognition to unlock and authorise things is next level amazing, and generally it’s a really great phone to use.
Samsung too have an impressive flagship, starts at a cheaper price, but the Samsung S9 is all about the camera*, probably the best camera you can buy today, and the super-slow-mo effects are out of this world.
TODAY: Apple announced a special edition just last week?
LONG: The iPhone 8* and 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED*, as it’s called is one of many products over the years apple has produced where every purchase raises money for the worldwide fund for HIV and AIDS support. It looks simply beautiful and is different to previous RED iPhone’s as the glass back on this really makes it stand out.
TODAY: You’ve also got us a first look at a couple of other devices that are coming very soon…
LONG: These were announced recently in Barcelona and Paris and they are going to be with us probably before July.
The Sony Xperia XZ2* is a really great looking phone, slick speeds, great screen, amazing camera — and they have this feature that adds vibrations to the phone when watching a movie to really allow you to FEEL the action, it’s really cool.
When the Huawei P20* hits stores in the coming months it will probably take the title of best smartphone camera — this has three lenses and has been rated already as the best you can get, plus it’s a great phone overall. It only lacks wireless charging which all the previous phones we’ve mentioned have.
TODAY: What about something a bit more affordable?
LONG: Well the Sony and Huawei should be cheaper than Apple and Samsung. But check out this from HTC – it’s available at Vodafone, it’s called the HTC U 11 life* and it’s sensational – just $599. Honestly, I used this for almost three weeks nonstop, it did everything I needed — even got some great shots at Ed Sheeran even in the dark night with concert lighting. But general photography is excellent, great performance, great screen, you can squeeze it to get the camera open.
TODAY: Is there something for the mums and dads looking for a smartphone for the kids?
LONG: It’s hard to go past Alcatel. They don’t sell a phone over $300 — yet they are great phones, their parent company TCL makes screen so the entire phone is made in-house which brings the costs down.
The Alcatel A3* for example is $149! It’s a compromise on camera and speed for sure, but it does what you need for the everyday user just needing to be connected. In a month or two the new Alcatel 3X* will hit Australia. It will cost $199 and it’s a great design with all the features you want.