Best Phone Devices in The Market
By TOI Staff March 31, 2023 Update on : March 31, 2023
The evolution of widespread internet availability and the proliferation of devices on which we can access them has been responsible for some huge changes in the way we think about technology. Where once we would have needed a calculator, a watch, an alarm clock, a diary, not to mention a set of encyclopaedias, now we just need a phone.
Almost as soon as the practical applications of mobile and then smartphones were realised, there were developers finding ways to bring gaming into the designs. The earliest mobile games included the super-simple ‘Snake’ that came pre-loaded on Nokia mobiles from 1997.
The fact it was such a huge hit among mobile phone users was the first clue that mobile gaming might be a new entertainment phenomenon, and just a couple of decades later, mobile gaming has become a multi-billion dollar industry. With so many new games coming to market, such as the Eye of Horus slot on Virgin Games, gamers are choosing their phones based on whether they have the spec to handle their favourite games,
Black Shark 5 Pro
This phone provides everything a gamer could need for a reasonable price, and it has a host of features that mobile gamers really love. The handset itself has in-built triggers and buttons that can be popped up and programmed into your game, so gamers can programme their phone to become a giant controller.
It has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 12 GB of RAM so it can handle games even with the graphics totally optimised. Reviews have noted that the unit can get a little hot, and the battery life could be better, but even critics agree that the overall functionality of the Black Shark 5 Pro offers great value for money.
Nubia Red Magic 7
This phone is perfect for those that want a big screen and plenty to hold on to when playing while they’re out and about. The AMOLED screen is a whopping 6.8 inches and the high refresh rate makes it perfect for fast-paced games with lots of action.
Like many other leading phones, the Nubia has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor which has been designed with gaming in mind and can handle all the top-end games without a hitch. As you might expect, it can get a little hot, but it’s easy to cool down and it has a 65W charger that means you can power up super quickly.
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Although it’s not specifically marketed as a gaming phone, the high spec of the Sony Xperia means that it has what it takes to impress even the most hardened gamer. The snap-on cooler accessory is the ideal way to adapt this handset to offer a more gaming-friendly mode.
Another phone to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, the Xperia also has a 4k screen with sharp graphics that gamers will love. Although it has all the most impressive qualities of a top gaming phone, the Xperia also has an incredible camera and excellent battery life, so gamers that want to use their phones for other things too can have the best of both worlds with the Xperia.
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
When gamers choose phones, there is usually some degree of compromise to be had between features such as speed, functionality, and graphics. However, with the pace of technology moving so fast, the latest Asus phone appears to have found a way to balance all these elements in a phone that reviewers are calling ‘a delight’.
Hot on the heels of the recent releases of the ROG Phone 6 and 6D, expectations are high for the newly unveiled Ultimate edition. Although the phones are very similar, the Ultimate is a sleek gunmetal grey, but it does have the same colour screen on the back as the standard 6D.
Eagle eyed-observers might spot a flap at the back of the phone which opens to increase the effectiveness of the cooling system the Ultimate edition has. Powered by the Dimensity 9000 Plus chipset, with a 6,000 ohm battery, the entire 6D range offers exceptional speed, storage and battery life.
The only criticisms levelled at this phone are the lack of wireless charging and the low resolution of the screen. However, even these are proof of how well Asus know its market, as most gamers would gladly sacrifice wireless charging for a simpler setup that doesn’t contribute towards overheating.
As far as the screen goes, Android phones are optimised for a 1080 display, so the specs of the 6D work perfectly well for that purpose. While this phone may be the best to hit the market for a while, the speed at which the technology is evolving means that the next generation will be along soon.