LET ME TAKE A SELFIE – By Manil S Dodani
August 2013 when oxforddictionary.com chose “selfie” as the Word of the Year, little did we know that technology giants would sit up and take notice. Phone manufacturers have recognized the great burning desire amongst users to take that perfect selfie and have begun to incorporate high resolution cameras and superior quality lenses in the front facing camera, as well as apps and under the hood features that get you those likes on Facebook – you attention hungry junkie. This article aims to give you a lowdown on the best selfie smartphones out there
HTC ONE M8
The HTC ONE M8 is a selfie lover’s go to phone. With an f 2.0 lens and a 5 MP secondary camera, couples with a software based timer switch and a touch up feature that can make those oh so subtle blemishes vanish, this phone is sure to vanquish your selfie dilemmas forever.
MRP: Rs. 49,990
This beast made up of aeronautical grade aluminium sports a massive 8 MP secondary camera. We’ve put this phone to the test and it sure doesn’t disappoint. The selfies are sharp and textures smooth. The colours display brilliantly and the selfies can be tested against any average primary camera picture, it still one up’s likes a pro.
MRP: Rs. 42,999
MICROMAX CANVAS KNIGHT
Featuring an 8 MP secondary camera, the Knight pushes its hardware to the hilt to get you that perfect selfie you’ve always wanted. Try using this one with an Android touch-up app to make you look all the more dazzling (we say this if you want a decent quality camera that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket).
MRP: Rs. 14,000
OPPO N 1
The big daddy when it comes to the selfie taking world, the Oppo N1 has a 13 MP swivel camera – the primary camera is rotatable and hence becomes a selfie camera in a jiffy. Nifty and powerful is the phrase we’d use to describe this one. Thanks to the rotating feature it also features a front Flash and autofocus hat makes it the top contender on this list.
APPS of the MONTH
BEST PHOTO EDITING APPS
The selfie popularity has been well used by app developers, as they have churned out some great apps that make selfie snapping an even more fun experience
YouCam Perfect Selfie Cam
Platforms : Android
An application that allows you to beautify your images with an easy user interface. The realtime beautifying effects make you look perfect in every frame. It comes with the Eye enlarger feature
which lets your eyes really stand out and gives that perfect dreamy appearance. Advantage of using this app is that it allows you to connect to the Beauty Circle – The Social Community for All Things Beauty.
You can explore and discover the latest makeup, fashion and style. An option to share images on Facebook,
Instagram and other social networking apps is also available.
Platforms : iOS
CamMe is an Apple based beautifying application that allows the user to beautify their selfies. It is designed to eliminate unwanted appendage from the frame and allow you to capture selfies with a simple hand gesture. This is available on iTune for free.
Platforms : Android
This application gives you a diverse range of filters, designed especially for selfies. Swipe left or right to switch between the filters. There are many additional tools to beautify a selfie like Slimming, Whitening, Concealer, Lipstick, and Blush. It gives the option of Silent selfie. You can find cute stickers for your selfies and artistic ones for your photography.
Each sticker can be easily resized and moved using multi-touch. You can also share these images on social networking sites.
Platforms : Windows
It is the best rated photo editing app for windows as of now. Resolution of the photo can be enhanced with only one touch. Lots of photo effects and stickers are available on this app. This application is powered by Aviary, one of the best editors. Existing photos or newly clicked snaps can be edited easily and tonnes of effects can be applied on the photos.
Platforms : IOS
Camera+ is an iOS based application designed for iPhone users. It is a paid app that gives a wider range of exposure, continuous flash and allows a 6 times digital zoom option for greater impact. It is specially designed for selfies. It enhances the beauty of the photo and gives various filters and effects to make an impact over the various social networking sites.
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