So to anyone that follows mobile technology then you can probably already guess what is at the top of the list for this month!
Yes – spoiler alert – it is the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+. But then again, what else was it going to be?!
The change at the top has a knock-on effect down our list.
There has also been, what to some will be a surprise entrant, the BlackBerry KEYone.
At the time of writing, KEYone stock has not begun shipping from Clove, so normally we would not include the phone. The demand has been so high though, with stock imminent, that we have made an exception. Yes, it has a keyboard and yes, many are criticising it. Yet many still want such a device; be that due to nostalgia or legitimate personal preference.
Globally, the success of the KEYone may not even touch the sides of the S8, however that’s not the point. It was always going to be a niche product and not for everyone.
As devices become more similar, there is a space for brands to produce more unique and niche products. There does have to be a call and demand, but not everything has to sell millions to be a good product for those who want it.
As for a personal though this month: Android-powered cameras. This is a market I think could grow more. Samsung dabbled, as did Panasonic and Nikon. Imagine though a partnership of leading camera brands such as Nikon or Canon with the Google Pixel/Android experience. I’m not talking about a camera with a phone attached, or a phone with a camera attached. What I’m referring to is a camera with a modern, connected OS, rather than the frustratingly clunky interfaces most camera manufacturers continue to insist on, with their ragged crossover apps for connecting to mobile devices. I digress, but you probably see my point.
So here is the top 10 list for May 2017.
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.