As mobile phones become a more integral part of our daily lives and our society, they are becoming more than just communication devices. Phones also include cameras, fitness trackers, and a variety of other features designed to make life easier and more convenient.
Here are 5 brand-new smartphones I saw at CES 2015 that I would say are truly amazing.
Kodak IM5 Smartphone
The first-ever smartphone from Kodak might also be the first one your grandparents can use. The Android-powered device features extra-large, high-contrast icons and a custom interface that is simple to use. The bundled Kodak camera app allows you to take and print photos easily, while the Remote Assist feature allows the grandkids to log in remotely and manage contacts, etc.
Polaroid’s first smartphone offering is a heavy-hitter when it comes to photography. It features a 2.0 megapixel front camera and an 8.0 megapixel rear camera with a crisp 5.0″ inch screen. Under the hood is a quad-core processor and Android v4.4 KitKat. A built-in Polaroid app makes taking, sharing, and printing photos easy.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Does anyone else feel like Samsung has a plan for total world domination of smartphones? Seriously, they have so many models to choose from – and yet they are all really good! The new Galaxy Note Edge features a screen that wraps around the corner of the phone. The edge screen has a small bar of information that can be accessed quickly. A pen stylus is included.
Sharp Aquos Smartphone
Sharp introduced their flagship smartphone at CES and boy, is it amazing! Start with the 5.0 inch 720p screen that goes edge-to-edge in a frameless crystal display. For making calls, there is a silicone speaker behind the screen! The front-facing camera has been moved to the bottom of the phone, as they’ve literally cut the top off. The phone also features a Qualcomm SnapDragon 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 8-megapixel camera, and Harmon-Kardon audio. The phone felt very slim and light in my hands and I was genuinely impressed.
LG G-Flex 2 Curved Smartphone
To call the LG G-Flex 2 a “smartphone” would be a bit crude, as it’s really more of an ultraphone. The 5.5-inch OLED display packs in 403 pixels-per-inch and looks incredibly bright and vibrant. It has a Qualcomm SnapDragon 810 quad-core processor and is available with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and has a 3,000 mAh long-lasting battery.
The G-Flex 2 also has a “self healing” back cover, which I’m not sure how it works. The phone has no physical buttons on the front or sides, and it took me a second to wake it up using the button below the rear camera. LG packs a lot of tech into this curved package.