A quick look at the newest, sleekest and smartest phones out now
By Nicole-Marie Ng
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LG’s latest flagship phone, the LG G5 ($988), is unlike any other phone in the market. While other smartphone players have abandoned the removable battery, this model continues the brand’s legacy with its slide-out battery design.
Besides being a key feature of the LG G5’s modular design, having a slide-out battery also allows the phone to be taken apart and be attached to LG accessories. These companion devices will help to turn your LG phone into a full-fledged digital camera, music player and more.
Pair the LG G5 with these accessories
– The LG CAM Plus is a versatile camera module that allow users to control the shutter, zoom and recording functions while providing a comfortable grip.
– The LG Rolling Bot helps to remotely monitor its surroundings by streaming images to your phone. Use it as a remote controller for home appliances or to entertain your pet.
Samsung Galaxy S7
The new Samsung Galaxy S7 ($998) features a more refined design, a better camera and more streamlined features. It is also water-resistant, allowing users to use it in the rain or underwater up to a certain depth.
One of the best ‘new’ features is actually an old one that Samsung has reintroduced — a microSD slot for expandable memory. Now, you can take crisp photos and videos with its 12-megapixel camera without ever having to worry about running out of space.
After years going bigger, Apple recently did an about-turn by launching the iPhone SE (starting at $658). The 4-inch smartphone has the same design as the 2012 iPhone 5 but that’s where the similarities end.
This new version is faster and more powerful than its predecessor, running the same A9 chip as the iPhone 6S. Its 12‑megapixel camera allows users to capture stunning photos and 4K videos, making it the most powerful 4-inch iPhone to date.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 150, April 15 – April 28, 2016, with the headline ‘3 smartphones to look out for’.