This October 20th will mark 10 years of me being in social media, alongside my 24th birthday. To mark the occasion, I’ve decided to rank 5 of my favorite phones from the last decade, ordered by launch time.
The 2014 flagship from South Korean giants LG was by no means an all-time-great phone. But for some weird reason, it was my longtime crush. One of the first phones in the world to sport a QHD resolution screen, this phone had the best camera of 2014, offering features that were unheard of back then. The downside though, as with most of the phones of that time barring the iPhone, was the buggy UI.
It was nonetheless a very posh and premium device, despite carrying a plastic body.
People love underdogs. And that’s exactly how OnePlus had intended to define itself to the world when it launched its debut device, the OnePlus One. Dubbed as the “Flagship Killer” and priced at under $250 in most of the markets, this phone had a killer-looking UI, a very handsome design, and a proper Snapdragon flagship chipset. Due to its aggressive pricing and clean UI, the phone helped OnePlus create a large fanbase in a very short period of time.
The only downside was its scarcity and unavailability in a lot of regions around the world.
Xiaomi Mi A series ( Android One)
When it comes to entry-level or midrange phones, Xiaomi is the undisputed king. But Xiaomi took their game to another level when they launched Mi A1 in 2017 partnering with Google’s very own Android One to give users a pure stock Android experience.
Google had tried to inject stock android into the entry-level market before as well, with their Google Play Edition versions of different phones. And Mi A1 wasn’t the first phone to carry Android One. But it was undoubtedly the most complete Android One phone back then, with fantastic hardware specs from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi launched Mi A2, Mi A2 lite, and Mi A3 afterward. Mi A2 was the best of the lot, with a fantastic camera and a fantastic display. Having used it myself, it felt no less than a flagship device.
Google Pixel 3
To dethrone Apple from its camera supremacy is no easy task. Since 2014, Apple has been the supreme all-rounder when it comes to taking photos. However, in 2018, Google, with its software skills, beat the fruit of Cupertino to claim photography leadership with its Pixel 3 lineup. The most amazing thing was that Google didn’t upgrade its hardware much. It was all down to what they called ” Computational Photography”.
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
There’s a reason why Apple is freakishly rich. When you talk about OS, and chipsets, Apple hardly comes second. And those two are arguably the most important factors of a mobile phone. iPhone SE (2020) was a revolutionary device, due to the fact that small-sized phones are a rarity these days and it was the cheapest iPhone in years. The fact that they fit the A13 Bionic chipset in a $400 device is a wonder in itself.
Over the last decade, a lot of things happened in the world of mobile phones. We saw Nokia getting knocked away from relevance, and Chinese makers like Xiaomi and BBK Electronics (Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and Realme) stamp their authority in Asian markets. We also saw smartphones from international brands being made in Bangladesh. A lot of revolutionary phones were introduced as well, however, the aforementioned 5 phones, for some weird reasons, stamped their authority in my heart. You don’t need reasons to have a crush, by the way.