There are a lot of perfectly viable choices when picking your next smartphone, but the plethora of choice can make things stressful. A smartphone is a pricey device that you’re going to spend a lot of time on over the next couple of years, so you want to be sure you know all the players before you make your pick.
In no particular order, here are the best phones currently available on Rogers Wireless.
Released in late 2015, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are still 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 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 glitch.
Available in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB these phones have potentially huge amounts of storage, although it doesn't come cheap. As with most flagship phones these days, you'll be paying top-dollar for the best Apple has to offer.
We'd recommend most users go for the 64GB model. 16GB is getting a little small for modern apps and photos. 128GB would obviously be nice, but most folk won't end up needing it, which means you'd be paying for extra storage that you're unlikely to use.
If you want a 5.7 inch phone then the Note 5 is as good as it gets. Samsung releases two phones every year, a 'Galaxy S' model in the first quarter, and a 'Galaxy Note' around September. So far we're up to the 5th in this line, and as ever it doesn't disappoint.
Powerful, with a great camera (about the equal of an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus), and a huge battery, the Note 5 is easy to love. Despite the larger display, it actually crams more pixels-per-inch in than the iPhone 6s Plus. It's also about the same size overall, thanks to smaller bezels around the screen itself.
There's also the ever-present, popular, and surprisingly-useful S-Pen stylus. Samsung has a number of built-in features surrounding this gadget, but by far your most common use is likely to be quick note taking, and drawing facial hair on pictures of your friends - something that never seems to get old, no matter what age you happen to be on paper.
The Moto X Play is a mid-range handset that delivers incredible bang-for-buck. It can't compete with a fully-fledged-flagship in a punch-for-punch battle, but if you're happy with getting a great handset for a lot less money, and don't feel the need to have the absolute latest-and-greatest, then this is a fantastic option.
As part of Motorola's Moto line, the X Play is a vanilla Android handset. That means there's no heavy 3rd party user interface (UI) slapped over the top; this is a pure Android experience, just as Google intended. Thanks to this, the hardware doesn't have to do as much work to handle daily operations, so you get more out of less.
It's a fast, smooth, and honestly great smartphone. Thanks to the lack of proprietary UI, you'll get Android updates super-fast; faster than anything but a Nexus device.
Finally, Moto has finally ditched its penchant for lackluster cameras. The Moto X Play, despite being mid-range, has a thoroughly-decent shooter. It's nothing compare to the likes of an iPhone 6s or Galaxy Note 5, but it'll definitely get you by in anything short of dodgy lighting conditions.
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 big 5.7 inch quad-HD display. Like 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 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.
The new physical design of hardened glass and metal leaves its plastic past behind, finally allowing a Galaxy S phone to feel as premium as its price tag.
The camera is still one of the best on the market; roughly-equivalent to the LG G4, but about a hair-width behind the Note 5 and iPhone 6s/6s Plus.
The LG G4 is LG’s proof that 2014’s G3 was no one-hit-wonder. The G4 is powerful and smooth. Underneath the rear case is an increasingly-rare sight; there’s a microSD slot for expanding storage and a removable batter, in case you’d like to buy a spare.
The most striking feature of the G4 is its screen. It’s a 5.5 inch display (the same size of a iPhone 6 Plus panel) crammed in to a device roughly the size of a Samsung Galaxy S6 (which has just a 5.1 incher). This is thanks to some remarkably-thin bezels, courtesy of LG’s engineering department.
The camera is the other real accomplishment. For all intents and purposes, it’s the equal of the astounding Galaxy S6 shooter. Night shots come out with a clarity rarely before seen, and day shots come out clear and very, very quickly. This is a smartphone for those photo enthusiasts out there.
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