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3 smartphones that are still worth your while today

The smartphone has passed its tenth anniversary, and just like the United States, it has a short but intense history. Although in the modern day, you can find anything and everything, from entry level smartphones to a truly competitive flagship that strives for perfection, other relics from the past still remain. Even today, they are adequate for many of us.

Nowadays, we have the beautifully designed Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, or the high performance Huawei Mate 9. In contrast, smartphone technology in recent years may seem outdated, but contrary to popular belief, some devices still hold their own today. Although they aren't able to compete with the today's leaders on the market, they don't lack much and they cost much less.

Nexus 5

For many of us, the Nexus 5 is a fond memory from yesterday. It was the treasure that had been forged by LG in Google’s shadow, and was met with huge success because it was priced affordably ($440 for the 16 GB model, $485 for the 32 GB model) for a smartphone with such a solid performance. Obviously, it is outdated today, as much in hardware as in software. It has a Snapdragon 800 (2.3 GHz), 2 GB of RAM and a Full-HD screen. It’s nothing to get worked up about, but for those who don’t have big expectations, it’s definitely worth having a look. Being able to charge your device without having to use a cable is obviously a bonus too. 

This smartphone is one of the most popular phones in history, it has a large community that obviously strives to keep it alive. From small tricks such as installing Android Nougat (the device is considered by Google to be too old to get officially updated), to the development of a custom ROM, the Nexus 5 is making the most of its retirement without showing signs of age.

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Here is the golden oldie, the Nexus 5. © ANDROIDPIT

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Phablet fans from all walks of the earth will be familiar with the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung's famous phablet. But why is it so popular? There are several reasons, the main one obviously being the combination of two elements that are generally synonymous with success: the first is the popularity of Samsung, and the second is the growing popularity of phablets at the time. Of course, not releasing the Note 5 globally and having an explosive Note 7 shines a light on all the positive values ​​of this Note 4.

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This 5.7-inch phablet has its own S-Pen, a feature very much appreciated by fans. Despite its large size and QHD resolution, it has a good battery, though the battery is rather big (3,220 mAh). The icing on the cake is that it proposes the system of fast charging and all those who have already used it will know that it’s difficult to go back to the system of normal wired charging. Of course, the community has found a way to get the smartphone on Android Nougat through custom ROMs. 

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Here is the Galaxy Note 4 and its ghostly successor, the Galaxy Note 5. © ANDROIDPIT

LG G4

The LG G4 is the last popular smartphone from LG. Don’t misunderstand me, the G5 has its fans, but overall the modules didn’t catch on, so much so that for the G6, the manufacturer had to improve its recipe somewhat. But let's get back to the LG G4, which, like the LG V20, has a removable battery and a microSD card slot, features which are becoming increasingly rare in 2017 and are yet still held dear by many users. A little bonus it does have though is that it has fast charging and even wireless charging.

In terms of performance, we don’t have any particular comments, on the whole it is decent, particularly thanks to the 3 GB of RAM. However, the true strength of the LG G4 is the photography ability of the phone: the LG G4 is a reference on the matter. To this end, it’s still a serious contender today, but it closely follows in the footsteps of some more modern flagships, such as the Google Pixel.

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The LG G4 is a real reference for camera phone photography. © ANDROIDPIT

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  • Mark
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    6 months ago

    I still say the Note 4 is the best cell phone ever made. It does everything and still is my daily driver. You will have to kill me to make me give up my Note 4. They are starting to get hard to find new at a reasonable price. I will get a new one just to have for a spare when I am in the States next month .

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  • Tech Mate 6 months ago Link to comment

    Moto X Style/Pure Edition.


  • CJ Brown 6 months ago Link to comment

    Huawei Mate 9
    ZTE Axon 7


  • Honestly, just get the J7V (or J7 2017, I'm on verizon though) I'm not one of those people huge on super HD screens, so the 720p screen is my sweet spot. Clear and bright enough to not see individual pixels but easier on the processor/gpu/battery than 4K. It has nougat and Grace UX and i dont have one single complaint having spent 175. The 64bit octa core 2.2ghz snapdragon 625 should hold up for quite a while


  • Nickels 6 months ago Link to comment

    Real mente al hablar de esos teléfonos que con tan sólo mencionarlos lleva la imaginación a volar me sentí nostálgico al ver esos tesoros de ayer como el clásico N5 y la note4 son dos verdaderas maravilla sin dejar afuera a uno de los móviles favoritos de los amantes a las fotografía el LG G4 me encantó este artículo ya no encuentro en mi país el N5 y con mucha suerte tal vez el note 4


  • A truly great and affordable phone was the atrix 4g by Motorola. I believe it was the very first phone with a fingerprint sensor. More recently was the Moto x pure edition which Motorola now has no replacement for. I will most likely switch to a new pixel phone when I need to upgrade because is Moto x owners are not worthy of a new edition apparently!


  • And LG G4 has one extra feature "BOOTLOOP"


    • You beat me to it! Yes - a G4 probably would still be a reasonable phone to own today, assuming of course that its still working and hasn't bootlooped and died by now


  • storm 6 months ago Link to comment

    No, these are dead ends with the sunset of driver support from Qualcomm having already occurred or Soon to occur. And it's only 32 bit. Sure the ROM community does what it can but it's reliant on updated drivers. So the future of updates is very limited. Doesn't seem worth the money to invest in a deadend at this point


  • I got an LG G4 the week after it came out 2 years ago. I still see no reason to get a new phone. Nothing new has anything much better. With 32gb of internal memory, my 128gb SD card inside, a beautiful 4k display, wonderful camera, and speeds only a tick slower than my buddies new Galaxy S8... I see myself with this phone for at least another couple years, until they really come up with some cool new stuff.


  • all great device's, but..
    i gave my Note 4 away, great hardware with appalling software, got a Moto X instead of Nexus 5 mainly for Moto display, a whole lot better​ than stock software..
    never bothered with LG, too much cheap looking plastic and the G4's leather never really appealed.

    but the real star especially in 2014 was Sony's amazing Z3 compact..
    great design that properly defined decent battery life and practical day to day use.

    the Note 4 (daughter uses daily) still works as well (!?) as the day it was bought so does the Moto X and the Z3, which still has amazing battery life..


  • Mark
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    6 months ago Link to comment

    I still say the Note 4 is the best cell phone ever made. It does everything and still is my daily driver. You will have to kill me to make me give up my Note 4. They are starting to get hard to find new at a reasonable price. I will get a new one just to have for a spare when I am in the States next month .


    • I'm a little biased against Sammy but the Note 4 was a brilliant device and my favourite Samsung design past and present,
      and I gotta give Sammy it's due nobody has come close to the features and functionality of the stylus..


    • storm 6 months ago Link to comment

      Keeping a phone makes sense to me when it's working for you as yours is. I don't see investing in these phones as a new to you device at this point in time unless you're getting them very cheaply.


      • Mark
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        6 months ago Link to comment

        If there was anything better you would be right the only thing that can compete with it is the LG V20 which I might get instead but $325 VS $650 plus I ready have external charger and batteries for the Note 4.

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