5 top smartphones with clean OS: We pick the top phones across all prices with clean OS free of bloatware.
All smartphones have great hardware these days and it is genuinely difficult to choose between two. However, it comes down to the software for most people and this is where every brand plays cleverly. Some brands simply aim to offer a clean and pleasant experience while others want to use it as a service, serving ads and bloatware to offset the losses. This becomes a make or break deal for most consumers, and for all those seeking a clean interface, we have picked up a list of devices that offer the cleanest of software experiences.
Note that our list contains devices from all price points and are products that we have reviewed at HT Tech.
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5 phones with clean OS experience
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Starting at Rs. 139,900, the iPhone 14 Pro offers a clean and stable OS experience. iOS 16.1 in its current avatar is well optimised, has lots of customisation options to offer, a strict focus on privacy and security, and a great support for ecosystem devices. It even offers a unique AOD style, a funky yet helpful Dynamic Island, and Apple’s first party apps work superbly. Plus, it is likely to be supported for at least 5 years. For top money, the iPhone 14 Pro is a great and clean phone to use.
Google Pixel 7 Pro
For Rs. 84999, the Pixel 7 Pro boots Google’s beautiful iteration of Android. The Material You design theme looks beautiful and is well optimised for the Tensor G2 chip. No ads, no pre-installed bloatware, and some of the smartest software features make the Pixel 7 Pro a great buy for Android lovers. Plus, you will get 3 OS updates, and five years of regular security updates.
Starting at Rs. 65999, the iPhone 13 offers a similar iOS 16 experience as the iPhone 14 Pro. No Dynamic Island, fast 120Hz refresh rate and AOD here, but iOS 16.1 on the iPhone 13 works smoothly. You still get the topmost levels of security and no bloatware. Plus, you are part of Apple’s vast ecosystem. Apple should provide at least 4 more years of OS updates.
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
At Rs. 54999, the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is a great clean Android phone to buy. The Android 12-based interface is closer to the Google Pixel experience, offering a clean and ad-free UI. Motorola keeps its bloatware apps to a minimum, and none of them interfere with the main user experience. The phone is expected to get 3 OS updates of up to Android 15 but Motorola usually delays the update rollout.
Nothing Phone (1)
For as low as Rs. 27,499, the Nothing Phone (1) offers a fuss-free and clean Android experience. Nothing’s Nothing OS marries the stock Android beauty with dot-matrix font, which makes for a great experience. The OS is well optimised as well, and Nothing releases frequent software updates. The Nothing OS will soon get the Android 13 update and will get two additional OS updates in its lifetime.
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