Best smartphones to take on a trek

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 16 Oct 2020
Best smartphones to take on a trek

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Going for a hike? It’s difficult to lug around a bulky DSLR along with your pack, right? And by the time you set it up for the perfect shot, the moment often passes you by. That’s why having a good camera smartphone in your pocket is always a good idea. The phone also doubles up as a compass if you get lost, and a music player to keep you entertained at  the campsite. And if things get worse, smartphones can send an SOS signal to the relevant authorities. These are the smartphones that can be your best companion to keep you  entertained as well as connected when you’re out in the middle of nowhere on an adventurous. 

iPhone 11 Pro Max 

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has the best camera you can get on a smartphone. Aided by computational photography and an improved camera sensor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max takes photos that are akin to the scene you’re shooting. Apple has also packed in an added wide-angle lens along with a telephoto lens, offering a host of options for the ideal shot. And for that matter, the wide-angle camera will come very handy in a trek. The phone also comes with a long battery life and the best display, making it ideal for your entertainment needs. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is also water and dust resistant up to 1.5 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Why miss a perfect shot while trekking just because you do not have a DSLR with you? The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, with its 108MP primary camera will let you click some very beautiful and detailed pictures. The 48 megapixel telephoto camera will allow you to capture details of objects that are far away. The front cameras are no slouches either, with 40MP dual front cameras, that perfect instagram shot of you climbing a mountain is just a selfie away. The phone’s 5000mAh battery means that you should have enough go juice while on an all-day trek, and the 6.9-inch dynamic AMOLED display will offer deeper blacks and well-saturated colours in all lighting conditions.

Oppo Find X 2

While out trekking, you’re often not at any one place for long, which means access to plug points can be very limited. You certainly want your smartphone to suck up as much juice as possible in as short a time as possible, and that’s where fast charging is a boon. The Oppo Find X2 supports 65W SuperVOOC Flash Charging, which claims to be able to charge the device up to 40% in a mere 10 minutes, and a full charge from dead takes just 38 minutes. This means a quick coffee and snack at a rest stop gives you enough time to charge your phone to capacity, and this is a huge bonus. You also get a 48MP quad camera setup on the back and a 32MP front camera, which offers pretty decent photography options. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset makes the device snappy even under the most demanding use cases. 

Google Pixel 4 XL

Very much a part of the trekking experience is camping, and what better way to spend a night outdoors than to marvel at the night sky? Of course you also want to be able to capture what you see for instagram, so your camera’s night performance is important. The Pixel lineup is known for its night mode performance, and the Pixel 4 XL excels at this. For those of us who do not want to carry around a DSLR, or learn how to use lenses, shutter and exposure times and the like, the Pixel 4 XL’s Night Sight mode offers a simple way to point and shoot and get amazing results.  The 6.3-inch screen smartphone also uses adaptive battery technology in order to make sure it lasts a whole day with normal use. 

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