Top 5 Lists: High On Android Phones (Under 5.5″)

2015-04-13 13.35.10

This past weekend we kicked off our Top 5 Lists with the Top 5 High on Android Phablets. Next up is the list of top 5 phones for those of you that prefer a slightly smaller screen on your handset. This is the Top 5 HOA Phones Under 5.5 inches!

High on Android Phones (Screen Size Under 5.5″)

1.) Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge– We honestly thought about separating these phones out as we did with the Note4/Note Edge in the last list, but the differences here are less pronounced. The S6 and S6 Edge both feature beautiful SAMOLED displays with deep blacks and beautiful colors. The phones are both lightning fast with the Exynos Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor running things inside. In addition, the S6/S6 Edge have the best quality camera and fastest camera launch time we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The only downside for us is the lack of removable battery and expandable storage, which depending on your situation, may or may not be big for you. Which of these beasts should you pickup? It really depends on how the phones feel in your hand, go try one of each before making a final decision, or get both like we did!

2.) HTC One M9 To say the M9 has faced a lot of hate for looking so similar to the M8 would be an understatement. Everywhere, from professional blogs to your Twitter feed was no doubt blistered with comments about how HTC did nothing to their 2015 flagship to make it stand out. While we have to agree that the M9 is a more iterative upgrade than the S6, the M8 was still a damn impressive smartphone, and the M9 improves on that in several key ways. HTC made the phone easier to hold, gave us 3GB of RAM, Snapdragon 810 inside, and improved the camera. The camera is still not the best in the business, nowhere near S6 quality, but you do get expandable memory! If you need expandable storage or OS fluidity is more important to you than the camera, give Sense 7.0 and the M9 a try.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"