5 best smartphones for taxi

Review of the best according to the editorial board. About selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Modern smartphones are so multifunctional that they are used in the most comprehensive way – directly for telephone mobile communications, searching for information on the Internet, all kinds of entertainment such as watching movies in good quality and playing video games. But there are a number of professions for which the smartphone serves as a working tool in the most direct sense. The closest and most obvious example is taxi drivers.

At the same time, you need to understand that not every smartphone is suitable here, and for comfortable operation the model must meet a number of requirements – accurate satellite navigation in several systems, large screen diagonal, two SIM cards for calling customers, 4G support for fast Internet searches the necessary objects, the total power for the simultaneous operation of specialized applications, a strong shock-resistant case, a capacious battery. And with all these qualities, a smartphone should not be too expensive – extreme operation in a taxi of the super-expensive iPhone Xs is at least inappropriate, if not completely unnatural.

The editors have prepared for you a special rating of the best smartphone models that meet the above characteristics. All five described models are from different manufacturers and cover all price categories, excluding the level of the top flagships.

Rating of the best smartphones for taxi

Nomination a place Name of product price
Rating of the best smartphones for taxi 1 Sigma mobile X-treme PQ39 RUB 24,000
2 ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ZB602KL 3 / 32GB RUB 11 490
3 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 4 / 64GB 10 400 rub.
4 Meizu M5 Note 32GB RUB 7,590
5 Prestigio Muze F5 LTE

Sigma mobile X-treme PQ39

Rating: 4.9

Sigma mobile X-treme PQ39

Let's start with the smartphone of the young, but very well-established brand Sigma mobile. The special feature of this model is increased shock resistance and record autonomy. For the rest of the parameters important for working in a taxi service, the device also fully meets the necessary requirements. Operating system – Android 7.0.

The dimensions of the smartphone are 86x169x16 mm, the net weight is 307 g. It is made in an expressive design in a reinforced black casing, equipped with effective water resistance. The screen size in the diagonal is 5.5 “, the high-quality matrix of IPS technology with the maximum physically possible viewing angles has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with a density of 401 per inch. Glass resistant to abrasion and minor damage – fourth generation Gorilla Glass.

This model supports two SIM cards of the nano-SIM standard with an alternating mode of operation. Supported cellular standards – from GSM 900 to LTE. Navigation aids provide GPS and GLONASS support, and an A-GPS cold start acceleration system is integrated. Other wireless devices are Bluetooth 4th generation and Wi-Fi 802.11n. Wired Connection – USB Type-C with charging function.

The electronics of the smartphone are powered by an eight-core processor brand MediaTek MT6753 series with a frequency of 1300 MHz cores each. Video subsystem – Mali-T720. RAM memory installed 3GB, memory for data storage – 32GB. External memory cards can be connected via the combined slot. The main rear camera of 13 MPix is ​​equipped with a flash on the LED. The camera on the front is 5 MPix.

This model stands out brightly against the background of other smartphones in the rating of the battery capacity. Here it is as much as 9000 mAh. Supports fast charging mode. The package includes: OTG cable; USB cable with Type-C plug; wired headset; device for fast recharging.

Advantages

  • durable body;
  • water protection;
  • powerful processor;
  • super-capacious battery;
  • fast charging;
  • IPS matrix.

disadvantages

  • no pronounced shortcomings were found.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ZB602KL 3 / 32GB

Rating: 4.8

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 ZB602KL 3 / 32GB

The second smartphone on the list in our rating is significantly cheaper than the first one with comparable (for the most part) characteristics, and at the same time it represents an authoritative brand known throughout the world. Operating system – Android 8.1.

Dimensions of the device – 76x159x8.45 mm, net weight – 180 g. It is made in a minimalistic design typical for modern smartphones in a durable metal case. The screen size is 6 inches, the IPS matrix with a resolution of 2160×1080 with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and a density of 402 pixels per inch.

As in the previous model, it supports two nano SIM cards with an alternating mode of operation. Coverage of cellular standards is slightly wider – from GSM 900 to VoLTE. Other types of supported wireless communication – Wi-Fi 802.11n, function of direct communication between devices via Wi-Fi Direct channel, Bluetooth new generation – 5.0, NFC-module. Extended list of satellite navigation means – GPS (including A-GPS), GLONASS, BeiDou.

The system is controlled by a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 on eight cores. Video subsystem – Adreno 509. The amount of RAM is the same as in the previous model – 3GB, internal memory – 32GB. The possibilities for expanding memory are huge – a separate slot for external flash cards up to 2TB. The camera parameters here are better than the above-described model – 12 and 5 Mpix – rear cameras with flash and 8 Mpix – front cameras.

The autonomy of this smartphone, of course, cannot be compared with the previous one, but it is still very decent – the battery capacity is 5000 mAh, which corresponds to the conditional 42 hours of talk time or 840 hours of standby. Supports fast charging via micro-USB. The package includes a cable with a Micro-USB plug, a charger (USB), a pin for removing the SIM card tray.

Advantages

  • strong build;
  • large screen;
  • advanced navigation;
  • high-speed performance;
  • capacious battery;
  • separate slot for flash cards;
  • stability.

disadvantages

  • no tangible deficiencies affecting the work in a taxi were found.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 4 / 64GB

Rating: 4.7

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 4 / 64GB

The third number in the ranking is the smartphone of the 'mass' brand Xiaomi. In the range of the brand's products, this is a very prominent model, despite the quite affordable price. And the smartphone copes perfectly with the everyday work tasks of a taxi driver.

Dimensions of the device – 75.45×158.5×8.05 mm, net weight – 181 g. Made in a classic minimalist form factor. A wide range of body colors are available. Scratch resistant glass. The body itself is made of aluminum and durable plastic. The screen size in diagonal is 5.99 inches, IPS matrix with a resolution of 2160×1080, proportions of 18: 9 and a density of 403 pixels per inch.

It also supports two nano SIM cards with alternating mode. Supported cellular standards from GSM 900 to LTE. Other types of wireless communication: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, IRDA. As in the previous model, there is expanded compatibility with satellite navigation systems – GPS (supported by A-GPS), GLONASS, BeiDou.

This model does not lag behind the previous one in terms of central electronics – the same processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 on eight cores, the Adreno 509 graphics chip. There is even more RAM – 4GB and even twice as much internal memory – 64GB. You can expand the memory by using an external flash card by donating a SIM card slot. The camera parameters are comparable to the above-described model – two rear cameras with 12 and 5 megapixels respectively, the front one – 13 megapixels. The smartphone can record video in 1920×1080 quality with a frame rate of 30 frames per second.

This model is equipped with a 4000 mAh non-removable battery. Its estimated battery life is 408 hours of standby or 165 hours of audio listening. Charging is carried out via the micro-USB connector.

The package includes a charger, a branded case, a pin for removing a SIM card, a USB cable.

Advantages

  • advanced navigation;
  • correct and error-free face unlocking;
  • autonomy;
  • high-speed performance;
  • ratio of price and functionality;
  • global firmware.

disadvantages

  • no pronounced shortcomings were found.

Meizu M5 Note 32GB

Rating: 4.6

Meizu M5 Note 32GB

Another worthy smartphone model in our rating, which is suitable for intensive work in the taxi service, produced by a well-known company Meizu, which from year to year never ceases to amaze with its successful technological solutions. Works under the operating system Android 6.0.

Dimensions of the device – 75.8×153.6×8.1 mm, net weight – 175 g. Made in a metal case with a classic, discreet design. The screen size is 5.5 inches. The resolution of the IPS matrix is ​​1920×1080 with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 and a pixel density of 401 per inch.

The device supports two nano SIM cards with alternating operation. Broad support for communication standards from GSM 900 to LTE-A Cat and VoLTE. Other types of wireless communication are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Supports satellite navigation of two systems – GPS and GLONASS, there is an A-GPS system.

The center of electronics in this model is the processor MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) on eight cores. Video processor – Mali-T860 MP2. Built-in memory installed 32GB, RAM – 3GB. You can expand the memory by using an external flash card up to 128 GB, a slot combined with a SIM card. The main rear camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels, supplemented by an LED flash. Front camera – 5 MPix.

The capacity of the original non-removable battery in this model is 4000 mAh. For this smartphone, this capacity means 30 hours of communication, 36 hours of listening to audio or 660 hours of standby mode. There is a function of accelerated charging via micro-USB.

Advantages

  • power;
  • autonomy;
  • high-speed performance;
  • fast charging function;
  • responsive touch screen;
  • metal case;
  • affordable price.

disadvantages

  • not the most durable glass.

Prestigio Muze F5 LTE

Rating: 4.5

Prestigio Muze F5 LTE

The rating of the best smartphones for taxis is completed by the most budgetary model of the Prestigio brand, which in terms of functionality is quite capable of coping with typical work tasks in a taxi service. Works under the operating system Android 8.1.

Smartphone dimensions – 71.4×148.5×9.5 mm, net weight – 175 g. Made in a classic design in a sturdy plastic case. The screen size is 5.5 inches. IPS matrix with a resolution of 1440×720, an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and a character density of 293 per inch.

Like all the models described above, this smartphone supports two SIM cards with alternating modes of operation. All the most popular cellular standards are supported – from GSM 900 to LTE. Other types of wireless communication are Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0. Only one satellite navigation system is supported – GPS, including the A-GPS system.

The system is controlled by a processor MediaTek MT6739 on four cores with a frequency of 1300 MHz. Video subsystem – PowerVR GE8100. Installed RAM 2 GB, internal memory – 16 GB. You can expand the memory with external flash cards up to 128GB. Rear camera resolution – 13 MPix, front – 5 MPix.

The battery capacity is similar to the previous model – 4000 mAh, but it provides even more autonomy due to the lower power consumption of the smartphone. The micro-USB connector is used for charging.

Advantages

  • high-speed performance;
  • stability;
  • autonomy;
  • the most affordable price.

disadvantages

  • from satellite navigation – only GPS.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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