The Best Phones on Bell Plans


WhistleOut
11 February 2016

Picking your plan is only half the battle; you also need a smartphone. The problem is that carriers as big as Bell often have enough devices to choose from that things can get a little confusing. Even intimidating.

To take some of the load off, we've listed the best phones that you can get from Bell right now.


Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung's latest front-runner for its big-phone lineup. Released 6 months after the Galaxy S6, it boasts some minor hardware improvements and a camera upgrade over its smaller sibling, but if you're choosing between the two your real point of consideration should be physical size.

The large 5.7 inch screen is the most obvious drawing point of the Note 5. With a quad-HD (2560x1440) display, it has about 518 pixels per inch (ppi). Compare that to the 401ppi of the 5.5 inch iPhone 6s Plus, and you can definitely spot the difference in clarity. On top of that, despite having a larger screen, the Note 5 is roughly the same in overall dimensions to the 6s Plus, thanks to some impressively-thin bezels.

Photo enthusiasts will find a lot to love here. The camera is one of the best on the market; roughly on-par with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Shots during the day come out flawlessly, and low-light photography is about as good as it gets with smartphone cameras. If you're coming off of a two year contract, prepare to be surprised at how far indoor and night shots have come in the last 24 months.



iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Released in late 2015, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are the current front-runners of the iPhone line. There's not much point differentiating between the two, aside from their obvious contrast in size thanks to their respective 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch displays.

At the head of the photography game, these two phones feature cameras equal to, or above any of the other best shooters on the market. They excel in low-light situations (at least comparative to the competition), and are pretty much incapable of taking a bad shot during the day, barring considerable user error or the odd, very rare app glitch.

Available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB these phones have potentially huge amounts of storage, although it doesn't come cheap. We'd suggest hitting up the 64GB option for either phone. That way you're not paying absolute top-dollar, but should have enough storage space to keep you going.



Nexus 6P

2015 saw the release of two flagships for the Android platform: the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Rogers only sells that latter, but that's ok; it's the premium model. Made by Huawei, the 6P is the first Nexus-branded phone to feature an all-metal design.

Like the Note 5, it boasts a large 5.7 inch quad-HD display. Similarly to the Moto X Play, one of the big draw-cards is the price. It's more expensive than the Play, but it also boast full-flagship hardware. If you're going to draw spec sheet comparisons, do it between the Nexus 6P and something like the iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note 5.

Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage options, the Nexus 6P competes in every way with the biggest and best. Admittedly, its camera isn't quite in the same league, being closer to the Moto X Play in that department, but considering how much you save for an otherwise truly top-end experience, that's a sacrifice we can see a lot of people being happy to make.



Moto X Play

More of a high-mid range phone than a true flagship, the Moto X Play is the perfect phone if you want a great Android experience, but don't necessarily want to fork out for 'the best'. The 1080p 5.5 inch screen is a little below something like the Nexus 6P, but it still affords you 403 pixels per inch (ppi); i.e. the exact same clarity as an iPhone 6s Plus.

The CPU is powerful, the camera is more than decent, and the metallic frame makes for a more-premium feel than its direct competitors.

There's also the fact that it comes running the vanilla Android user interface (UI). That means it runs smoother than even phones with better hardware, and you get updates months ahead of other smartphones.

The best thing about the X Play is the price. This is a seriously affordable device compared to what Motorola is asking for it. Honestly, this is one of the best deals on the market and is likely to stay that way until Moto makes the next one.



Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the twin flagship phones for Samsung in 2015. Other than the curved-edge displays of the Edge, it and the ‘flat’ Galaxy S6 are all but identical. However, considering that you’ll fork out a considerable amount more for that fancy contoured design, we’re much bigger fans of the flat GS6. A cheaper price for basically the same handset is a good deal in anyone’s book.

Both phones boast one of the most, if not the most, impressive cameras on the market. It’s fast, accurate, has great colour accuracy and even takes stellar shots at night. It really is an all-round photography star, sitting right alongside the LG G4 and iPhone 6 Plus.



LG G4

LG might not be the first manufacturer that springs to mind when you think ‘smartphone’, but it should be pretty high up there. Last year the LG G3 was a surprise hit. In 2015, the LG G4 is making serious waves. Reviewers love it, and 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. The G4 is 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. If that doesn’t sound like your kind of deal, you can also opt for a fully plastic version.



Sony Xperia Z5 (and Z5 Premium)

The Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium are pretty similar in most respects, aside from their displays and a minor difference in battery size. For day-to-day use, they have the same processor, RAM, and graphics capabilities. That is to say: they're both serious powerhouses that can easily contend with anything currently on the market.

A minor drawback; the 5.2 inch display of the Z5 has a 1080p resolution. This affords it fewer pixels per inch (ppi) than other flagships on the market, but on a screen this size the difference isn't so big you should let it worry you and it's still better pixel density than either iPhone 6s.

As for the Z5 Premium, its 5.5 inch display is the first on a phone to rock the full 4K resolution, affording it a staggering 806ppi. Compare that to the 401ppi of an iPhone 6s Plus, or 516ppi of a Galaxy Note 5, and you get an idea for what an achievement this is.

While it's certainly impressive, you're probably better off going for the regular Z5. 4K is all well and good, but holding the two phones side by side makes for a similar picture. Considering the money you save by avoiding the Premium, it's probably worth it.


Bell store image from Shutterstock


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