The Best Android UI’s Around

6. Sony UI

Sony's UI looks dated.
Sony’s UI looks dated.

Sony’s UI for its devices is quite heavy and does slow down the devices. The UI is quite heavy but doesn’t really bring that many options which are actually helpful or can help you make the device reflect your personality(themes)

5. LG UI

LG's UI has a flattened look to it but tries to do  simple things in multiple ways.
LG’s UI has a flattened look to it but tries to do simple things in multiple ways.

LG’s UI has a flattened look to it keeping it in line with Android Lollipop but does come with numerous options to do similar things, eg: There are quite a few ways to multi-task: Slide aside, Dual window and the stock app switcher. Add in LG’s own boring voice assistant. However, it does provide some cool options like Knock on and a resizable keyboard and floating window notifications.

4. Samsung TouchWiz UI

Samsung's Touchwiz has long been hated for slowing devices down but Samsung claims it has addressed these issues with the new version found on the Galaxy S6
Samsung’s Touchwiz has long been hated for slowing devices down but Samsung claims it has addressed these issues with the new version found on the Galaxy S6.

Samsung’s Touchwiz has long been hated for slowing devices down but Samsung claims it has addressed these issues with the new version found on the Galaxy S6. The problems usually stem from Samsung stuffing the devices full of unnecessary features and excessive bloat.

3. HTC Sense UI

HTC's Sense UI is probably the best skinned version of Android around.
HTC’s Sense UI is the best skinned version of Android made by a major OEM.

HTC’s Sense UI is the best Android skin by any OEM making Android devices today. Fast and intuitive, it enhances the look and feel of Stock Android and also provides good customization options including themes and BlinkFeed.

2. Stock Android


Stock bare bones Android is extremely quick as it is and gets the latest updates first. However, it contains all the available Google apps and relies almost entirely on Google Now which can get annoying. Also you need either a Nexus or an Android device to get your hands on the latest builds.

1. CyanogenMod OS

CyanogenMod is basically a turbocharged version of stock Android.
CyanogenMod is basically a turbocharged version of stock Android.

CyanogenMod is a custom ROM that runs on millions of devices around the world. It is basically a turbocharged version of Stock Android with the user being allowed to choose what apps he/she wants to use.

The Very Best Point-and-Shoot Killers Around

Smartphone camera have come a long way from where they started out oh so many years ago. Today, the shooters fitted to the back of your daily drivers have sent what was once a staple in almost every place, the point and shoot cameras, to the retirement home.

Today we look at the five shooters who are currently ruling the roost in the smartphone market.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The 16 MP main camera is the best camera that has graced the back of a Samsung device till date. If you’re a fan of vibrant, larger than life colors, then this is the camera for you. Images shot are sharp, full of detail, and even low-light photography is quite nice thanks to Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Videos shot are also quite brilliant and the ability to shoot in 4K is as always a welcome addition.

4. iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Yes, the one with the much hated bump. The iPhone 6 Plus totes an 8 MP iSight camera with OIS (the reason for the bump) which, combined with software tweaks, makes this one of the best cameras around. Shoots are highly detailed and low-light photography is also very good. Ultra-slow-mo video (120fps at 720p) is also present here.

3. Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3

The best camera on any Android device till date. Sony has been using the 20.1 MP sensor for a while now and they’ve tweaked to perform at its absolute best here. Shots taken in daylight are full of detail with true-to-life colors. Low-light shots are also quite impressive despite the fact that the Z3 lacks OIS. Videos are also quite brilliant thanks to Sony’s excellent software stabilization and the ability to record in 4K is brilliant. The ability to take photos and videos and videos underwater is a party trick that really takes the Z3 to a whole different level of cool.

2. Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia’s photography prowess has really shone through with the Lumia line of Windows devices. With the 930, Nokia once again made the smartphone optics department its stomping ground. The 20MP camera with OIS is a brilliant shooter in any lighting condition. Pictures are sharp and extremely detailed with vivid colors. Low-light shots are also extremely good. Video capture is top-notch.

1. Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020

Zoom Reinvented. With these words, Nokia changed the way modern smartphones were viewed , especially when taking photographs. That 41 MP camera is a behemoth and can easily give DSLRs a run for their money. This is a phone that’s built for one thing: taking brilliant photos.

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Content Editor @ProdNote