Here are the top 5 phones you can buy right now and definitely worth breaking the bank for. List compiled by Fortune.
1. Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung’s latest smartphone. It’s waterproof housing prevents accidental damage, and its camera excels in low light situations.
In addition to impressive battery life and solid performance, Samsung is giving early customers a free Gear VR virtual reality headset with the purchase of the S7 or S7 Edge.
2. iPhone 6S, 6S Plus
Apple is a staple on any best smartphone list and for good reason. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are exceptional devices, each in their own right.
Apple is known for its seamless user experience on products that are easy to use and even easier to get serviced at one of its many retail stores.
Both devices are equipped with a 12-megapixel camera, capable of capturing fun Live Photos. The camera captures a short video before and after you press the shutter button, essentially bringing the photo to life when viewed.
Nifty camera tricks aside, Apple has mastered the ability to provided timely software updates to its entire product portfolio adding features and security updates.
3. Galaxy Note 5
Samsung’s Note line has traditionally provided productivity tools by leveraging its S Pen stylus, and the Note 5 is no exception.
With the Note 5, you can jot quick notes or sketches by simply removing the pen and writing on the 5.7-inch screen.
Battery life was more than enough to get through a full day of heavy use and even longer for the casual user.
One important benefit of the Note 5 that’s worth mentioning is “Samsung Pay”. The mobile payment solution first debuted with the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ last year (currently found on the Galaxy S7 line as well), and the method offers the added capability of paying with your phone on most standard credit card machines.
4. Nexus 6P
Google’s Nexus lineup has long suffered from battery life issues and unimpressive photo quality. Google however fixed both issues with last year’s crop of Nexus devices. The smaller Nexus 5X is a respectable device, but the larger Nexus 6P offers better performance. With a starting price of just $499 until March 27 (after which the price goes up $50), it’s difficult to overlook the 6P.
The biggest draw to the Nexus line for Android fans is that Google updates its Nexus line with the latest version of Android before its ecosystem partners. Meaning, when Google releases Android N later this year, the Nexus line will be the first to receive it.
5. Moto X Pure Edition
The Moto X Pure Edition is just as easy on your eyes as it is on your wallet. Currently priced at $299, Motorola’s lenovo-group-limited flagship device is completely customisable at the time of purchase.
Motorola has made it a point with its Moto X product line to keep Android as near stock as possible, which translates into your smartphone receiving updates faster than more heavily-customized Android skins from the likes of Samsung.
While the camera could use some work in low light situations, overall it’s still a proficient shooter.
Best of all, the Moto X Pure Edition currently starts at $299, and it is unlocked to work on any U.S. carrier.