The life cycle of Android smartphones is limited.
Their operating system is receiving fewer updates than iOS. Two facts: iPhone 5S received new versions of iOS for five years, while Samsung received only two major updates until 2020.
By design, Android smartphones are losing relevance faster, too. Apple from 2017 to 2021 uses “bangs”, that is, the iPhone X is still in trend. Android smartphones for the same period of time came out without a cutout, with a bang, a drop, a dot and a retractable camera. Aesthetic standards are changing too quickly.
Below are the exceptions. These smartphones have not lost their relevance for three years or more. Manufacturers did not take them out of production and supported them with updates longer than usual, because there was a demand for them.
Samsung Galaxy S8 и S8+
After the disaster with the Galaxy Note 7, the Koreans had to rehabilitate themselves by releasing a successful update of the S line. The task was completed – the Galaxy S8 and S8 + were the most progressive smartphones of 2017 at least before the release of the iPhone X, and even after the revolutionary release of Apple they attracted a screen without a cutout for front camera.
Six months later, in the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards, the Galaxy S8 was named the smartphone of the year and specifically the best camera phone. Over time, smartphones at least did not age. They didn’t have night mode, but enthusiasts used it with Google Camera. Outwardly, they also did not lose their relevance: the devices were frameless, and the absence of bangs, drops, dots or a retractable front camera pleased the skeptics of these decisions.
The S8 and S8 + are among the first smartphones with 18: 9 screen proportions. Both models had a curved edge screen, which was not a mass solution before. In 2021, brands began to abandon this element, but then Koreans were surprised by the bezel-less effect and the feeling that the content is closer to the user.
Their only drawback was the implementation of the fingerprint scanner. It was flush with the body and almost did not feel tactile, but was located to the left of the rear camera, so when looking for it, the glass was often smudged. The problem was solved in the Galaxy S9 and S9 +. Only then did the S8 and S8 + become cheaper and profitable for those who want to save money. In general, some of the best smartphones in the S.
Xiaomi Mi 6
The 2017 Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphone is still used by 2.15 million people. This was announced by the head of the company Lei Jun in a microblog on Weibo. An impressive figure for a smartphone released four years ago, he noted. However, it is not surprising.
The smartphone turned out to be ideal for those who want to find a functional smartphone with a good camera and a powerful processor, while saving money. The Mi 6 has a 5.15-inch screen with LCD backlighting, 16: 9 aspect ratio and Full HD resolution. The device was powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, the memory capacity was 6 + 128 GB. The rear camera was double with a resolution of 12 + 12 MP, the front one was single at 8 MP. The battery capacity was 3350 mAh.
Xiaomi has chronic software problems – on the forum, MIUI users consistently complain about bugs. In terms of hardware, the company turned out to be as generous as possible. The processor is the best on the market, there is more memory than needed (then the iPhone 7 with 32 GB in the minimum configuration was still on sale), the camera is good, the screen and the battery are decent.
The 2014 smartphone was ahead of its time. Then Xiaomi just appeared, and the Chinese brands have not yet become mainstream. This device has already been sold mainly on the Internet, this is the policy of the BBK conglomerate brand: devices should be bought online, it is faster and more convenient.
OnePlus itself called the model a flagship killer: it had the characteristics of the most expensive models, and it cost only $ 400 (for comparison, the iPhone 6 of the same year of release was sold at a price of $ 650).
The smartphone was initially interesting with updates: out of the box it ran on CyanogenMod 11S firmware based on Android 4, and a year later it received an update to OxygenOS based on Android Lollipop.
In 2020, he once again surprised with software – the device from six years ago received an update to Android 10. In 2021, it is still alive: according to the company’s top manager Pitt Lau, 300 people still use it.
The characteristics of the smartphone were attractive. It was equipped with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16 or 64 GB of storage, a 5.5-inch screen, IPS matrix and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (Full HD). The camera was single with a resolution of 13 MP.
It didn’t stand out for quality like other OnePlus models before the 7 Pro. However, then less attention was paid to mobile photography, the game was turned over by Huawei P20 Pro in 2018. The OnePlus One challenge was to be as powerful and functional as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S, and it did it.
Another brand device. In May 2020, OnePlus began rolling out the Android 10-based OxygenOS 10 update to 5 and 5T smartphones. This is the third and last big Android update for them, they were still relevant back then – they were almost not outdated in terms of characteristics and were distinguished by convenient unique features.
The 5T chip is Dash Charge. In 2018, Tom’s Guide found out that smartphone charging is the fastest even among flagships. In the test, OnePlus replenished energy up to 53% in half an hour and up to 93% in an hour. iPhone X scored 50% and 81%, respectively, over the same time period; Samsung Galaxy Note 8 generally turned out to be an outsider of the top – in half an hour it charged only 35%. In 2021, smartphones take a little over an hour to charge, the 2017 device is up to date.
Of the unique features, OnePlus has OxygenOS and a sound mode switch. The firmware looks almost identical to pure Android and does not complicate the interface. The lever allows you to turn on silent or normal mode with one action, the smartphone does not need to be turned on, unlock, open the control panel. In this regard, OnePlus is one of the most user-friendly Android smartphones.
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