Best WIND Mobile phones


WhistleOut
07 August 2015

WIND doesn’t offer phones on subsidized contract plans like other providers. Its plans are contract-free, month-to-month offerings with a focus on unlimited Canada-wide calling and texting, as well as Unlimited data with various full-speed allotments.

If you want a phone, you can pick one up from WIND by purchasing it outright, or on its own payment plan separate to your service plan. Depending on how much you’d like to pay up front, there are generally two payment ‘Tab’ options for each phone.

You can opt to pay off most of the phone in one go, with only a small recurring per-month fee for two years, or you can pay less up-front, and more on a monthly basis over the same period.

It should be noted that WIND only recently started selling iPhones, and even so the only ones on hand are the iPhone 5s and 5c from 2013. They’re still good phones for their price, but if you want a real cracker of a smartphone from WIND then you’re going to need to think Android.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung released two flagship phones in 2015: the 'flat' Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge. They're essentially the same phone once you ignore the Edge's curved display, which would be fine if not for the significant difference in price between the two. As such we prefer the flat S6.

In terms of general day-to-day functionality, both are fantastic phones. Samsung has ditched its bloatware-ridden past and gone for a more minimalist approach. The new version of its Touchwiz user interface (UI) is less laden-down with stuff you'll never use, meaning a faster and more fluid experience than ever before.

The camera is utterly fantastic. If it's not the best on the market, it's at the very least the equal of the iPhone 6 Plus and LG G; great photos during the day and surprisingly accurate ones in low light situations.

The only real downside is a small step back Samsung has taken in design. While the build quality is fantastic - hardened glass and metal make for a premium feel - the S6 is not water resistant, as was its predecessor. It also has no microSD slot for storage expansion, and the back is not removable meaning no option to buy a backup battery. Still, this is a great smartphone and well worthy of anyone's attention.

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LG G4

LG might not be the first manufacturer that springs to mind when you think ‘smartphone’, but it should be high up there. Last year the LG G3 was a surprise hit. In 2015, the LG G4 is making serious waves. Reviewers love it; if you’re after a stylish, powerful Android with a great camera, removable battery and microSD slot then you will too.

The camera is the real star of the show. This shooter is absolutely the equal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It's particularly strong at night, and boasts some great manual-mode options for the more camera-experienced among us. Shutter speed, ISO, exposure and white balance can all be fiddled with according to your own desires. Alternatively, just sit back and pop it in auto mode if you'd prefer a less user-intense level of participation.

For the stylishly-minded, the G4 also comes with a genuine leather back option. This is not a cover; it’s actually part of the phone case itself.

LG G4
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Nexus 6

The Motorola-made Nexus 6 was the official mascot for Android in 2014. It’s big, weighing in with a 6-inch screen, 3GB of RAM and a minimum of 32GB on-board storage. Despite being so huge, its screen boasts an impressive ppi of 493, thanks to its 1440 x 2560 resolution.

Nexus devices’ biggest draw card is their user interface (UI). Thanks to it being a vanilla Android experience, there’s no proprietary third party stuff to account for when an Android update hits the airwaves. As such, the Nexus 6 is bound to be among the first devices in town to rock the next couple of Android OS upgrades. In many cases it will be months ahead of the competition.

The only real drawback is its staggering size. Even bigger than the iPhone 6 Plus, you’re going to need some big hands, and big pockets, to comfortably get by with this gadget.

Nexus 6
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HTC One M9

The One M9, more than anything, stands out for its physical qualities. It's beautiful, is made primarily from brushed aluminium, and in the hand feels like the most solid phone on the market. HTC isn't too far off when it talks about the M9 being like a piece of jewellery.

As a phone it's fast, smooth and sports a relaxing minimalist user interface (UI). This, combined with the visual aesthetics, makes for a phone that lets you feel special every time you pick it up.

One downside is the rear camera. It's probably fine for the average user, but it's nowhere near the best on this list. Camera-lovers will want to look elsewhere, but if photos aren't a huge concern for you then there's little reason to pass up the market's most-stylish device.

HTC One M9
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Samsung Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung's current phablet flagship. It's a powerful, beautiful device. The upgrades between it and its predecessor are generally all to do with things you actually use - screen quality, processing power, 4G LTE connectivity, camera, build quality - and not a pack of gimmicky hardware and pre-installed bloatware like you might have once expected from Samsung.

Of course, those elements still exist in the heart-rate monitor and S-Fit ecosystem, but those were pre-developed for the GS5 and you can't really blame Samsung for including them again this time around.

Its big 5.7 inch display rocks a quad-HD 2560 x 1440 resolution. That's way more than the iPhone 6 Plus or any other 1080p device will give you. Despite this, and despite its larger screen, it's the same height as the iPhone 6 Plus and a similar width.

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