Best Telus phones on plans right now


WhistleOut
10 February 2016

Just because you've picked you carrier doesn't mean you're done making choices; Telus has a substantial selection of phones. Plenty of them are quality handsets, but it's best to compare the better options to make sure you get the one best suited to your needs.

To make things a little easier, we've picked out the best phones Telus has going on plans right now. Each has its own pros and cons, but any of these handsets should make you pretty happy.

Motorola Moto X Play

The Moto X Play is a very affordable alternative to a fully-fledged flagship. On plans, right now you can grab it for the same price as the also-fantastic Moto G (3rd Gen), which is a sister phone of the X Play that's priced almost $200 cheaper if purchased outright

If you're looking for value for money, this is your best bet from TELUS right now (at the time of this article's last update).

The only drawback you might find with the Moto X, when compared to a flagship like the GS6 or LG G4, is the camera. It's not bad, but it's not amazing like they are. Nor can it hold a candle to the image capture capabilities of the new iPhones.

However, it still takes passable photos in most conditions, and you might consider the money you'd save going for this over another device to be well worth it. We loved this phone when we reviewed it, and think there's a very good chance that you will too.


iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Apple's late 2015 iPhone release - the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are just about indistinguishable in every way, apart from the obvious discrepancy in size between their 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens, and the small advantage in pixel density the 6s Plus’ 1080p resolution boasts over the smaller 6s’ Retina Display.

Being an "S" year, there aren't too many visual differences between these two and their predecessors. Once you go beneath the hood, things are a little different.

Starting with ‘3D Touch’ – the next phase in multitouch displays that measures the force with which you press with impressive accuracy. This lets you input different commands based on how hard you press. Expect this to be a new standard with iPhone, and eventually other smartphones, in the future.

The cameras are predictably fantastic, this year finally making the jump from 8MP up to 12MP. Apple claims that it’s taken this long for smartphone tech to advance to the point where the larger megapixel count can be implemented with no errors or visual noise.

They both also have reinforced frames, meaning that there should be no repeat of 2014’s ‘Bendgate’ scandal.


Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung releases two flagships per year, one 'standard' sized, and one bigger model. The first is the famous Samsung Galaxy S series, the second is the Galaxy Note. This year, it's the Galaxy Note 5.

Being the most recent of the two phones, the Note 5 boasts the best hardware and experience, albeit on a much-larger 5.7 inch display, compared to the Galaxy S6's 5.2 inch panel.

The camera is brilliant, possibly even the equal of this years’ iPhones, the CPU powerful, and the starting storage capacity is 32GB – double the lowest iPhone.

Ever-popular, the S-Pen stylus has even received some upgrades. It’s now metallic, to suit the new metal rim surrounding the Gorilla Glass device, and has a clicking mechanism to remove and lock it in to place. There’s also built-in wireless charging, a fingerprint sensor, and a gorgeous Quad HD display.


Nexus 5X and 6P

Like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the Nexus 5X and 6P are differently-sized phones released side-by-side to champion their ecosystem. Unlike the iPhones, these two Nexus devices are from different manufacturers; the Nexus 5X is from LG, and the 6P is from Huawei, both made in close partnership with Google.

The Nexus 5X is the baby, with just a 5.2 inch 1080p display and a lower price tag. It has options for 16GB or 32GB of on board storage, and comes running the latest version of Android out of the box.

When it comes to value for money, there are few phones on the market that can compare with the 5X. The only two three that jump to mind are the Nexus 6P, the Moto X Play, and the Moto G3. On Telus, the last of those three is the same price as the second, negating its pricing advantage, leaving just two real contenders.

This is a very-near flagship phone for a mid-range price. Plus, the native Android UI means you’ll get updates more-readily then even the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

The 6P is the premium Nexus for 2015 and first three quarters of 2016 with a big 5.7 inch quad-HD display. Despite being more-expensive than the 5X, it’s still comparatively cheaper than many of the other fully-fledged flagships out there.

Seriously, compare the price of the 16GB iPhone 6s Plus to the 32GB Nexus 6P. The latter features comparable flagship specs and double the storage, for a significantly lower cost. This is a competitively-priced top-tier handset if there ever was one.


LG G4

The LG G4 might be around 6 months old or more, but it’s still one of the best smartphones out there. The flagship for LG, this device is pretty much the equal of the ultra-popular Samsung Galaxy S6 in terms of user experience, with one all-important difference: price.

On contract, and sometimes outright, the LG G4 is often significantly cheaper than its Samsung adversary. If you’re choosing between two phones with comparable virtues, it makes sense to go for the more affordable option.

Probably the highlight of the G4 is the camera. While it’s been dethroned by the Note 5 and iPhone 6s in terms of being ‘the best’, it’s still an absolutely great shooter that should keep you happy for at least the next two years.


Original Telus HQ image from Shutterstock


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