Nokia Lumia 930
The Nokia 930 recently made its debut into the Nigeria market essentially featuring the same hardware specifications as the Lumia 1520 phablet packed into a more manageable frame to appeal to a broader audience.
It runs on the latest version of the Windows Phone OS and has addressed some of the greatest complaints with it in the past and has a camera that promises exceptional photos as confirmed by Technology Times after a hands-on experience at the media launch held recently in Lagos, Nigeria.
So the Lumia 930 has all of the ingredients to make it a real contender for your hard-earned cash when it is time to upgrade your smartphone.
It has a 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. All of that sits behind a 5-inch full HD display with a 2 420mAh battery to power it all and wireless charging to get it charged back up again.
The Lumia 930 runs on the latest update to the Nokia version of the Windows Phone operating system known as Lumia Cyan which brings with it a host of much-needed improvements.
It also features a notification centre that allows you to see all of the notifications from the apps you choose as well as quick toggles for things like WiFi and flight mode.
The 20 megapixel camera with its Carl Zeiss lens takes fantastic pictures in both the bright and sunny as well as the dimly-lit and gloomy environments.
The Blackberry Q10 is one of the good performers from the stable of the popular Canadian smartphone maker.
Blackberry Q10 screen is small and half of the phone is dominated by a keyboard. It runs the Canadian tech company’s latest and greatest operating system so far, the BlackBerry 10.1.
The Q10 feels comfortable to hold. The design is more streamlined than previous keyboard-bearing handsets eliminating elements like the trackpad and navigation buttons. This time out, it’s all about the display and the keyboard. The power button up top and volume toggle/mute on the right are the only other controls.
In fact, the Q10’s design is a refined version of a BlackBerry experience.
BlackBerry Q10 comes equipped with the same rear-facing 8MP snapper with single LED flash and 2MP front-facing lens which adorn its fully touchscreen brother, the BlackBerry Z10. It comes at an average price of ₦47,000
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a massive success in terms of shipped units as at the time Technology Times is filling this report, the device maker has clocked up more than 11 million units globally.
The Galaxy S5 is a great phone which has made some key improvements over the Galaxy S4. The camera has also had a significant upgrade as has the screen.
The most important new additions to the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the waterproofing and fingerprint scanner, although both have their downsides.
Perhaps the most conspicuous of the new hardware elements is the dedicated heart rate sensor.
This is the first phone to use a dedicated heart rate sensor but it uses fairly familiar technology. It lights-up your finger with a red/IR light and monitors the visual changes caused by the circulation of your blood.
The Samsung S5 offers an excellent viewing experience a smartphone can offer with its FHD super AMOLED display now brighter with more clarity delivering a deeper and more vivid screen view.
Huawei Ascend P6
Huawei Ascend P6 represents the Chinese Smartphone markers biggest attempt to join the Android Elite.
Packed with high technology including a first 1.5 GHz Quad core processor and huge 4.7’’ HD screen that makes the Huaweii Ascend P6 ideal for entertainment from movies and also let you catch up TV to some 700,000 Apps from Google Play.
Slender beautiful and just 6.18mm thin, the Huaweeii Ascend P6 is incredibly strong and come built with an aluminum alloy frame and back cover. The phone is sold for ₦ 51,000
Sony Xperia Z1
With the waterproof Sony Xperia Z1, you take your picture while swimming in fresh water for up to 30 minutes.
The dust-resistant smartphone comes with a 20.7 megapixel camera with pulsed LED flash and auto focus. Its 2.0 mega pixel front-facing camera comes with the Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor.
The Near Field Communication (NFC) feature of the phone supports the viewing of photos and video from smartphone to TV. The ability to play music through wireless speakers is also enabled. Other features include Google Android 4.2 (jelly bean), 2.0 GB RAM and support for microSD card up to 64 GB.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Featuring a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, the Note 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz CPU and has 32GB and 3GB of RAM to take care of multitasking.
There’s a 13-megapixel main camera to shoot photos, but the S Pen stylus is once again the star of the show and has more apps to use its stylus powers.
It comes priced at ₦90,000
The LG G3 made a host of improvements on its predecessor, the G2. LG most notably adds a new 5.5-inch QHD screen that’s now sharper and offers decent viewing angles and natural colours.
Running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a totally reworked Optimus user interface there’s some new features like split screen view and the Snapdragon 801 processor ensures a slick overall performance.
The new 13-megapixel camera with laser autofocus helps make it one of the best shooters particularly for low-lit photography, the Korean company has taken things a few notches up with its latest flagship phone.
HTC One M8
Tweaking the already sleek metal design, the M8 has a bigger 5.1-inch screen a more powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and now includes a microSD card tray with support up to 128GB.
The biggest talking point is the camera as HTC still opts for larger pixels rather than more megapixels and includes a dual LED flash to bring more natural-looking results.
The M8 is almost 90% metal, with the few slivers of plastic left only being used to ensure the best possible reception for the internal antennae.
HTC’s front-facing BoomSound speakers are a great match to the beautiful display, and make watching YouTube videos a joy. They are impressively loud, but also very clear, with no signs of distortion or clipping when pushed to their limits. The retail price is ₦120,000.
LG Nexus 5
The LG Nexus 5 comes with 8 megapixel OIS camera which incorporates advanced technology to shoot vivid imagery with a wide range of colour and light intake. The Optical Image Stabilization feature of the smartphone keeps a shaky hand steady while taking a shot to guarantee sharp and clear photos and videos.
With any printer that supports Google Cloud Print, you can print your favourite shots on the spot. You can also print your documents, emails, and more with any printer anywhere in the world.
The LG Nexus 5 boasts of a fast 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity combined with cutting-edge power from the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and Android 4.4 KitKat to race you through games, navigate around the web and switch between apps at the flick of a finger. It also comes with a high voltage 2,300 mAh battery.
Other features of the single SIM smartphone include 2 GB RAM and16 GB internal memory. It is sold for an average price of ₦72,750.
Nokia Lumia 530
The Nokia Lumia 530 dual SIM comes with Smart Dual SIM, a great way to manage your mobile costs. This feature enables you to use call waiting and call forwarding between your SIM cards to choose the best SIM card for the situation.
The smartphone also comes with several apps scuh as Line, Viber, Skype, Shazam, Office, Vine, Facebook, Instagram Beta among others to give you the power to stay connected and perform other tasks with ease.
The Windows Phone 8.1 device enables you to open the Action Center with one swipe and your notifications, alerts and quick settings can all be found in one place.
It also features a 4 GB internal memory, 15 GB free cloud storage and up to 128 GB of extra storage that lets you to move your apps to the SD card. It sells at an average price of ₦16,000.