Smartphones Of The Season
Apple iPhone 6s Plus: from $719 unlocked
LG V10: from $665 unlocked
Moto X Pure Edition: from $399+ Unlocked
The Snapdragon 808 inside the Moto X pure churns through everyday smartphone tasks easily, and offers decent battery life too. To put it all in perspective, the Moto X Pure may not be outfitted with all of the latest and greatest internal hardware, but it is still a good performer overall and offers a good user experience. What this handset does right is nail the essentials for the every-man. There's Moto Maker, which enables consumers to build the phone that perfectly suits them at no additional cost. Every Moto X Pure Edition is also sold unlocked, so you can use it with any major U.S. carrier, and you can utilize local SIMs from foreign carriers when you travel overseas too. On top of all that, the price is right... Read our review here.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ or Note 5: from $649 Unlocked
Their larger form factors and distinctive, elegant designs help distinguish the Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+ from their predecessors. We understand that a 5.7” screen isn’t ideal for everyone. But once you’ve become accustomed to the additional screen real estate, it’s difficult to go back to smaller devices. Save for a couple of features, the Galaxy Note5 and S6 Edge+ are very similar. The Note5 includes Samsung’s S-Pen and some additional software to support it, while the S6 Edge+ eschews the stylus in favor of a beautiful curved screen and associated bezel that gives the device a slimmer feel. Both of the phones sport all of the Android goodness of the original S6 / S6 Edge, with some tweaks to the camera app for more stable video, along with quick charging capabilities (you can fully charge the phones in roughly 90 mins). Read our review here.
Microsoft Lumia 950: from $549 Unlocked
The Lumia 950 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage. The 5.2-inch WQHD OLED screen has a 1440x2560 resolution. The front camera supports Windows Hello, which means you can log into your phone very quickly using facial recognition. The back camera is the real workhorse, though, with a 20MP sensor and a new, triple-LED flash that is meant to make for more natural-looking photos in a variety of lighting conditions. The Lumia 950 series will also feature true Continuum support, which essentially turns the phones into mini-Windows 10 PCs, that can run universal Windows apps and behave similarly to a desktop PC.