Hard to believe it’s December already, but if the dates in our calendar, the chilling cold outside, and the barrage of Christmas shopping advertisements are anything to go by, it most certainly is December. This means the time to put your winter gloves on is approaching fast, and while they do keep those fingers warm, smartphone screens don’t get along with them very well.
Although touchscreens with the capacity to sense signals through fabric have been around since late 2012, the amount of gloves made specifically for touchscreen operation outnumbers smartphones with extra-sensitive displays for some reason. Thankfully, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find a recent smartphone that works with your beloved pair of mittens. Here’s ten of them, all introduced this year and up for grabs. Each one can keep you fine company during those cold winter bouts outside.
Nokia Lumia 830
The Nokia Lumia 830 is a Windows Phone 8.1 handset with a 5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 10MP main camera, a 2200mAh battery, and LTE connectivity. Not only it’s one of the finest and relatively affordable WP 8.1 handsets out there, but you can be sure it’s usable in the cold with your gloves on. After all, Nokia was the one that brought this perk into the mainstream!
Huawei Ascend Mate 7
The Ascend Mate 7 is the big daddy of Huawei’s 2014 smartphone line-up. The LTE-enabled behemoth carries a 6-inch 1080p LCD screen, Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 925 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP main camera, a huge 4100mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4. Now there’s one phablet you can comfortably take out in the cold this year!
Huawei Ascend P7
Ahh, the crown jewel of Huawei’s 2014 output. The Ascend P7 is a svelte, understated smartphone with a big 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Kirin 910T processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP main camera, a 2500mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. Don’t forget the white gloves to match!
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z2 had so much to offer that we still wonder what made Sony rush ahead with the Xperia Z3 just six months later. Anyways, the Z2 has a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, a spacey 3200mAh battery, a mighty 20.7MP main camera, and runs Android 4.4.4 to boot! The water and dust resistance are an especially welcome addition to the screen’s enthusiasm towards gloves.
Sony Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact
If you want the most recent smartphone from Sony, either wait until late February when the Xperia Z4 will (probably) show up, or choose between the 5.2-inch Xperia Z3 and the 4.6-inch Z3 Compact. Both feature Snapdragon 801 processors, 20.7MP cameras, and other kinds of specs-appeal on top of being gloves-supportive. They are also total lookers!
Samsung Galaxy S5
Ah, old faithful! Well, not technically old, it’s just that we’ve barely stopped talking about the Samsung Galaxy S5 after it was unveiled at this year’s MWC. Heck, we’ve been talking about it since late 2013! Although it failed to make the impression Samsung was hoping for, it’s still a water and dust-tight, up to date smartphone that you can comfortably carry in the cold winter.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
We think the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 needs no introduction at this point. It’s one of 2014’s best, most feature-stuffed phablets. Among the hundreds of things built inside it is the option to toggle its screen sensitivity between normal and extra-sensitive, the latter letting you use the note-able phablet with your favorite pair of gloves.
Chinese vendor Oppo’s October 2014 flagship is just nuts! Sporting a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM, and a motorized rotating 13MP camera, the Oppo N3 is a phone unlike any other out there… with the exception of the Oppo N1, maybe. Anyway, the N3 has Gloves mode among its set of features, but if its pocket-busting $751 price tag rightfully throws you off, maybe you can consider the Oppo Neo – one of the few low-end smartphones that are from 2014, not from Nokia, and can be used with gloves on.
Oppo Find 7 & Find 7a
The QHD-endowed Oppo Find 7 was not without its flaws, but it ranks admirably among this year’s big screen flagships. And so does its sibling, the 1080p Oppo Find 7a. Both are powered by very respectable hardware – we’re talking about Snapdragon 801 processors, 13MP cameras, and possibly the coolest LED notification light in a non-concept device! They also look great, and can be used with gloves during the winter.
And finally, the smartphone that conquered China! Meet the Xiaomi Mi 4, an amalgam of premium hardware and supremely cheap price. The Mi4’s 5-inch 1080p touch-screen can be used with gloves on, while the Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM, the 13-megapixel main camera, and the 3080mAh battery breeze through everything you throw at them. If you manage to snag this beauty for the $325 Xiaomi usually asks for in China, consider yourself very lucky!