If you’ve been using your phone for over a year or you’re just tired of the same old look, now might be a great time to consider getting a new one. To make decision making quick, we gathered some of our favourite phones of the year so far. Some are super-affordable, like the Moto G7 and Pixel 3A, which make them great for a student on a budget. Others have special features that are ideal for productivity or gaming after a long day, such as the Note 9 and Razer Phone 2, respectively. Whatever your needs, these devices will help you start the year off on the right note (See what we did there?).
Apple iPhone XR
If you’re running around all day, the last thing you need is to scramble and look for a phone charger. Clocking in the longest battery life for all three of the latest iPhones, the iPhone XR lasted a fantastic 19 hours and 53 minutes. It also has an excellent big screen in a comfortable body, fast performance, Face ID and wireless charging, as well as a camera that’s almost as good as the iPhone XS. And if you can wait until September, anticipate a price drop once Apple unveils the next iPhone 11. You can get one here
As the most wallet-friendly Galaxy S10 phone with a lot to offer. It’s a smaller phone, which is great for those looking for a comfortable grip, and it has a super-fast Snapdragon 855 chipset and a long-lasting battery life. And for that potential meet-cute that one Samsung commercial leads us to believe can happen, it can wirelessly charge other phones and accessories, like a pair of wireless earbuds or a smartwatch. If you want something slightly bigger, check out the Galaxy S10.
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Google Pixel 3A
The new-for-2019 Pixel 3A shaves a few features off of last year’s Pixel 3: It’s not water-resistant, doesn’t have wireless charging, and it maxes out at 64GB of storage. But it adds a 3.5mm headphone jack and keeps the same amazing Night Sight camera that can literally shoot photos in the dark. (Daytime photos look amazing, too.) Wanna know more about it? Check it out here
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
While the Note 10 is due out on Aug. 7, the Note 9 is still an outstanding phone. It has a big, bright screen, lots of internal storage (512gb plus an SD card slot) and an embedded S Pen stylus — perfect for jotting quick notes or laying out that presentation. The stylus can also trigger the phone’s camera shutter. This phone was designed for the power user. You can compare prices here
Motorola Moto G7 Power
If you truly want a phone with monster battery life, the Moto G7 Power tops our list. Though it doesn’t have dual rear cameras like Motorola’s current flagship, the Moto G7, the G7 Power’s 5,000mAh battery lasted 23 hours and 10 minutes, making it the longest-lasting phone we’ve seen this year. And if you’re looking for something even more affordable, consider the Moto G7 Play. Considering one? Check it out here.
Razer Phone 2
If you love to play PUBG, consider a gaming phone that accommodates heavy graphics and an immersive experience. With a bright 120Hz screen, the Razer Phone 2 adds IP67 water-resistance and wireless charging. It’s also compatible with 2TB microSD cards for extra storage and runs a close-to-stock version of Android. Together with its amazing built-in speaker, you have the makings for a great mobile gaming experience. Already thinking of all the games you’re gonna play? You can get one here
OnePlus 7 Pro
The OnePlus 7 Pro has plenty of features du jour to keep its fans enticed: a pop-up selfie camera, an in-screen fingerprint reader and multiple rear cameras. But it’s the phone’s 6GB of RAM/128GB storage that makes it the deal maker — ideal for peeps who want to save big on top features. There’s also an 8GB/256GB variant that costs a bit higher. Check it out here
LG G8 ThinQ
The LG G8 has a bright, sharp screen, a second wide-angle rear camera and a fast processor. It’s also water-resistant and has a headphone jack — a rarity among premium phones. Check it out here
Now you’ve got a wide range of options to choose from, happy shopping.
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