Best Smartphones for Christmas 2018
Apple has long been an industry leader in smartphone design and innovation. Their signature iPhone has an unmistakable look and feel. The iPhone’s user -friendly interface and minimalist style makes it the perfect companion for first-time smartphone users as well as die-hard Apple enthusiasts.
Apple’s newest release, the iPhone 7, has now been available for the better part of a year. It offers a thinner profile and a better camera than previous models. With a faster processor, this model continues to provide Apple devotees access to over a million apps and unique services such as iMessage and free online storage via iCloud.
Rumors are already swirling around Apple’s much-anticipated smartphone releases this September, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. These new models are expected to be more of a technical leap forward than normal, so stay tuned for more details about these exciting new phones.
The Galaxy line is perhaps one of the most well-known and widely used models of Android phones. These phones get consistently high marks in reviews by tech publications and users, scoring well on quality, speed, and design. The Galaxy S is Samsung’s flagship phone, but the larger Galaxy Note is also a popular choice for those wanting more real estate in the screen department. The Note is sometimes referred to affectionately as a “phablet”– meaning part phone, part tablet.
Samsung’s latest offerings are the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 7. However, the Note 7 was discontinued due to unfortunate battery issues. An improved version, the Galaxy Note 8, is expected later this year. The S8 features a redesigned display that leaves past models in the dust. You can also expect larger internal memory than its predecessors, so you can store even more photos, videos, and apps without relying on external storage. A successor to the popular Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled Fall 2017.
Google abandoned their line of budget Nexus phones to focus on making a premium Android smartphone that could compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. The result? Meet the Google Pixel.
The Pixel meets the latest standards in performance and boasts what is arguably the best camera on a smartphone yet. If you’re a fan of Google’s productivity apps such as Drive, Docs, and Sheets, they’ve never been easier to use on a mobile device. The Pixel’s interface is simple and easy-to-use, making it another great option for those new to the smartphone game. The Pixel has also attracted a good number of Android users who prefer its straightforward design.
HTC brought the first commercial Android to the smartphone market years ago and has been pushing the technical limits of mobile phones ever since. The HTC U11 is this manufacturer’s latest creation and it does not disappoint. The U11 is packed with power to keep your experience speedy and snappy. HTC phones have a reputation for taking great photos and this latest model is no exception, with a 16-Megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-Ultrapixel rear camera for stunning, crystal-clear images. An HTC phone is a great gift for the tech-savvy or photo-obsessed person on your list.
Sony’s latest entry into the smartphone arena, the Xperia L1, might not be able to hang with the latest iPhone or Galaxy devices from a technical standpoint, but what it lacks in sheer power, it makes up for with convenient features and an affordable price tag. The L1 is reliable and durable, with a beautiful, scratch-resistant screen. If a large display is a must, but a premium phone isn’t in your budget – the Sony Experia is a solid and economical choice.
The BlackBerry made its name as the phone-of-choice for business professionals. Its full analog keyboard made it the perfect tool for writing emails, sending texts, and filling in calendar appointments. BlackBerry has recently adopted the Android operating system, which makes it even more versatile and easy-to-use. The BlackBerry Aurora is an affordable smartphone with plenty of convenient features that continue to make it a great organizational tool.
It is important to note that any models released previous to the Aurora will run on BlackBerry’s own OS, not Android.