Y-Fi: Alternative Smartphones

06 Aug 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Sample some of the best new smartphones around, with styles and budgets to suit all, says Matthew Herbst


Smart Slim


If you’re on the lookout for a phone that boasts similar functions to the more popular brands then you need to seriously consider the Fly Blade. Not only is it the slimmest phone on the market, it really is as good as some of the so-called quality brands. Powered by an octa-core processor with Android 4.4 KitKat OS and 16GB internal storage, it also includes a five-megapixel front-facing wide-angled camera and an eight-megapixel rear autofocus camera. It’s beautifully designed and proud of its scratch-resistant glass. Available in black or white at fly-phone.com from RO90.

I Desire


The HTC Desire EYE is the latest in a growing craze of super-selfie smartphones, offering twin 13-megapixel cameras, both with dual-LED flashes. With high-megapixel front-facing cameras, the current big buzz in smart tech, the Desire EYE is likely to tick all your boxes. The Desire is not much of a looker, but its round-edge, soft-touch plastic is very easy on the eye for a mid-range smartphone. SIM and microSD slots are found on the device’s left edge and it is waterproof up to one metre. Available at htc.com from RO240.50.

I’ve YotaPhone


If you’re looking for a dual-screen smartphone, then this is the one for you. The YotaPhone 2 is the first dual-screen mobile in the world that combines the features of a premium Android smartphone with the benefits of an Electronic Paper Display. The concept works well, and battery life is said to be impressive. It features the fully customisable always-on screen and sports hands-free messaging and notifications. You can enjoy the e-reader for up to 100 hours on a single charge and full Android functionality on both screens. Check the future of smartphones out at yotaphone.com from RO264.50.



The Honor 6 is a new smartphone with the backing of Huawei that has the specs to rival Apple and Samsung at a price that suits your wallet. The device is 7.5mm thick and weighs a mere 130g. The Honor has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with a Full HD resolution and sports a Kirin920 processor with an octa-core chip. Storage options are 16GB or 32GB and there’s a microSD card for adding your own memory cards. What’s more, it also has dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Not bad at all. Available at amazon.co.uk from RO144.50.

Bigger is better 


The Nexus 6 is Google’s first attempt at a phablet (a device between the size of a smartphone and a tablet), and is the most premium Nexus to date. If you’re all about large screens then this one will suit you down to the ground. The Nexus 6 features a powerful next-gen Snapdragon processor, improved camera, a new version of Android and a premium design. With a Quad HD screen and loud front-facing stereo speakers, watching movies and videos on the N6 is a treat. Snap one up at google.com/nexus/6 from RO281.50.



Meet the new LG G4 beast. With several marked improvements from last year’s LG G3, it now sports a fantastic 5.5-inch Quad HD display and has a camera to match that of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Despite not being as slim as the S6, the leather-backed options are still attractive. If leather is not your thing, then opt for the metallic gray, ceramic white or shiny gold options. The G4 boasts a removable 3,000 mAh battery, so you can carry a spare for emergencies or replace it further down the line. It also has a microSD slot, so you’re not stuck with limiting 32GB of stock storage allocation. Check it out at lg.com, prices from RO300.50 (add an extra RO15 for the leather-backed version).



The HTC One M8 looks like a great phone, with HTC’s main aim being to improve on the M7 version. The HTC One M8 is both taller and wider than its predecessor, yet doesn’t feel heavier or too large in your hand. It also comes with a microSD card expansion slot, unlike the M7. There’s support for 4G LTE networks and, instead of a micro-SIM card, the M8 will take a nano-SIM. The back of the HTC One M8 is home to two camera lenses, which HTC calls the Duo Camera and is one of the main features of this new smartphone. Available At htc.com from RO210.50.

APP OF THE WEEK: Shuffle My Life


If you’ve ever found yourself sitting around desperately trying to think of something new to do, ‘Shuffle My Life’ is the app you need. Shuffle My Life simply suggests new things to do to get a little variation in your day. There’s nothing terribly complex about it but then that’s the beauty of it. You don’t need to think and you don’t need to do too much. You simply choose to act on the suggestion or not. Free for Android users.

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