Producing a smartphone that really grabs the attention of the public is not easy. It takes a lot of hard work, effort and a little bit of luck.
There is so much choice for you and I as consumers, and it is this breadth of choice that makes it hard for smartphone brands to win big.
HTC have lost their way a bit of late, struggling to match Samsung and Apple’s devices. When I say lost their way, their hardware remains very good, but they seemed to have missed something in order to win the sale with many consumers.
Within the last month they have announced the HTC U 11 which might win over some. Just giving it a squeeze unlocks new potential.
BlackBerry too have been considered a company losing their way a bit over the last couple of years. I think it’s safe to say they have now adjusted their sails; the wind is behind them and they are full tilt into a bright new future.
The KEYone has been incredibly popular and has been our best seller this month!
Yes, the unique design has really captured the hearts and fingers of many. Our first stock sold out in a matter of hours!
So unsurprisingly the KEYone tops this month list, but how does the rest of the top 10 stack up?
If you want to see our previous top 10 lists you can do so here.
10. Honor 6X
The 6X sits below the more premium 8 but above thecheaper 5C and 5X models. It is more of a premium mid-tier smartphone if that makes sense.
It’s available today for well under £250 in Gold, Silver and Grey colours. This makes it more than half the price of top-tier handsets from Samsung or Apple. Each comes with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.
You get a fingerprint sensor, dual rear camera and large Full HD screen.
The fingerprint sensor is a new 3rd generation model. This provides accurate results in just 0.3 seconds and has gesture control support. Tap or slide on the sensor to interact with the system notification shade or scroll depending on the app.
Dual cameras so far have only been seen on high-end handsets. The secondary 2MP sensor activates some interesting depth of field bokeh effects. You can select these post-capture or, if you have the time, set up scenes as you shoot. This extra module also improves autofocus time and enables a pseudo aperture selector on screen.
The 6X looks very smart for a phone at this price point. 2.5D curved edge glass sweeps into the casing. A metallic tinted material is used for the body. This remains lightweight, reflective and durable, without the cost of milled aluminium.