Smartphones are once again a hot gift this holiday season. They have been at the forefront of the technology revolution for over a decade. With the holidays here, what better gift is there than a brand-new cell phone, loaded with the latest innovations? Whether you’re shopping for family, for yourself, or your staff at work, there are some great smartphone choices available.
Best Consumer Smartphones
The best smartphones for personal use not only have good voice and sound quality, but do a great job of taking pictures and supporting social applications. They also provide a solid music listening, video watching, and mobile gaming experience. Below are some of the best consumer picks currently in the market.
Moto G5S Plus
If you’re not worried about photo quality, the Moto G5S Plus is a great deal for a quality smartphone at $279.
With great design, plenty of power, and an affordable price, the OnePlus 3 is the hot new challenger for Apple and Samsung to beat at $399.
The Google Pixel is reviewing as one of the best smartphones of the year. It boasts high quality design, build, camera, speeds, battery performance, and more. As an added bonus, the Pixel offers 24/7 live tech support. At $649 (currently $549 on Amazon), the Google Pixel is the go-to phone where software capabilities are of utmost importance:
Best Business Smartphones
Does your business still have $$ left in its tech equipment budget? Or perhaps you’re doing budget planning for 2018? Then now would be the perfect time for you to get a business phone. With greater processing power, multitasking capabilities, and optimization toward workplace usage, these three smartphones can vastly improve your work capabilities:
Samsung Galaxy S8
In terms of work phones, many consider the Samsung Galaxy S8 the best of the lot. It’s got great design, the best hardware specs out there, and a fantastic display. Samsung’s latest Galaxy phone, priced at $650, has only one drawback: awkward fingerprint reader placement. Otherwise this smartphone is above the rest of the competition.
OnePlus steps it up again with the OnePlus 5. The 5 has camera and display qualities that come in just under the Galaxy S8’s, and some of the strongest and smoothest performance you’ll get out of a high-end smartphone. Minor drawbacks: a boring but solid design, and fewer exciting/new features. But the $540 price tag for 128GB of storage ($480 for 64GB) makes this a great deal.
If you want a work phone that’s a little different, there’s Motorola’s ultra-thin 5.2mm Moto Z. The Moto Z is missing a headphone jack, and has a fingerprint-reader you might confuse with the home button. But here’s the coolness factor: There are a suite of attachable accessories available that, in seconds, can transform the Moto Z into a portable projector, a high-quality zoom camera, an Amazon Alexa, and more. All this, plus an impressively sharp screen and better-than-average hardware specs, means you can get a lot for the $624 pricetag.
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