Out of office: 3 best travel smartphones
BlackBerry KeyOne, Rs39,999
(physical keyboard, Blackberry Hub, security features)
The KeyOne is a rare Android smartphone offering the vintage Qwerty keyboard that makes typing a breeze. It is also touch-sensitive—you can scroll through a page by swiping down on the keyboard. The 4.5-inch display is sharp and big enough to browse through mails, documents, and social media. It runs Android 7.1 with an uncluttered stock UI and offers the DTEK security app, hardware level encryption and productivity features such as Hub, which organizes your calls, messages, emails and notifications in one place. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and 4 GB RAM, which can handle most work-related tasks easily.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Rs67,900
(easy to hold, S-Pen, Samsung Dex)
The Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch screen. The good news is that it comes without the heft and big form-factor that usually accompany such phones. There are no sideways bezels, and the horizontal ones look thin. So it looks slim (74.mm width) and is easy to handle. It runs on the Exynos 8895 octa-core processor with 6 GB RAM, and won’t struggle with multi-tasking. The S-Pen can be used to jot down notes, annotate text, edit images and draw with accuracy. The device also supports Samsung Dex, which allows users to connect a smartphone to a monitor or TV and work on a desktop-like interface.
Apple iPhone X, Rs89,000
(big screen, compact size, faster chipset for better multitasking)
The Apple iPhone X runs iOS 11, which is less susceptible to malware attacks than Android. It is powered by Apple’s new A11 Bionic quad-core chip, which is 70% faster than its predecessor and can handle anything you throw at it. Part of the new league of minimal-bezel smartphones, it offers a 5.8-inch (2,436x1,125p) display which covers the entire front panel except for a tiny strip at the top to accommodate the front camera. The famous fingerprint sensor has been replaced by the new Face ID, which uses 30,000 infrared dots to create a unique 3D model of your face and then saves it on the device’s hardware so it can’t be tampered with. The biggest advantage is that it is easy to carry around. It is just 70.9mm wide and weighs 174g.