30 December 2015

Tech Buyer's Guide 2015

'Nerds are people who recommend products to people who aren't nerds.'

"Haha, that's me!" I thought to myself upon reading that beauty of a line in an article by Android Central. Subsequently, it has inspired to write this post to wrap up the year that is 2015.

Whenever I do recommendations, I always base it on the mantra of whether I would buy the product myself. So here are my recommendations across smartphones, tablets and digital cameras which are broken down into specific needs/criteria.


Best Display

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (5.7" Super AMOLED QHD resolution with 518ppi and multiple display modes)

Best Speakers

Google Nexus 6P (Dual, front facing stereo speakers)

Best Camera for Photos

Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+ (16 MP, f/1.9 lens, 1/2.6" sensor with OIS)

Best Camera for Videos

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 64GB/128GB (4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60/120fps, 720p at 30/240fps; OIS, time-lapse, continuous autofocus)

Best Front-Facing Camera for Selfies

Google Nexus 6P 

Best for Speed

Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus

Best Battery Life

Motorola Moto X Play (3630mAh with TurboPower charging)

Best Durability

Motorola Moto X Force (Shatterproof display)


Best Display

Google Pixel C (10.2" IPS LCD, 2560x1800 resolution for 308ppi)

Best for Tablet-Optimised Apps

Apple iPad Air 2

Best for Productivity

Microsoft Surface 3 (I would go for the 128GB/4GB/Wi-Fi model)

Best Tablet to Replace Your Laptop

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (I would go for 256GB/Intel Core i7/8GB RAM model. However, for 4K video editing, I would choose the 512GB/Intel Core i7/16GB RAM model)

Digital Cameras

Best Compact/Point-and-Shoot

Sony RX100 IV 
Best Travel Camera/Superzoom/Do-It-All

Sony RX10 II
Best Camera for 'Enthusiastic Beginners' (dSLR)

Nikon D3300

Best Camera for 'Enthusiastic Beginners' (Mirrorless)

Sony a5100
Best 'Next Camera to Upgrade to' (dSLR)

Nikon D5500

Best 'Next Camera to Upgrade to' (Mirrorless)

Sony a6000

Best 'Pro' Camera for Amateur Enthusiasts (dSLR)

Canon 7D Mark II

Best 'Pro' Camera for Amateur Enthusiasts (Mirrorless)

Sony a7II

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