Best Smartphones Available this Holiday

I have been texted countless times asking my opinion on what new phone people should be buying this Holiday season so I figured I would make it easy and just compile my list here. Wouldn’t want to actually pick up the phone and discuss or use my unlimited text messaging package, ya know?

#1 Hand Down BEST smartphone to buy this Holiday Season: Google Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • It’s a Nexus. Straight from Google. Always first for updates and the latest software from Google.
  • Lightning fast. The way Android was meant to be. No additional bloat or gimmicky features and software.
  • Premium metal build. Looks and feels great.
  • Great camera. One of the best you can get on ANY smartphone.
  • No Contract. No monthly payment plans. You buy it, you own it, and you do what you want with it.

Where and How Much?

Google Play Store – 32GB for $499, 64GB for $549, and 128GB for $649

 

#2 Moto X Pure

Moto X Pure

  • It’s as close to a Nexus as you can get without it being a Nexus. Close to pure android with only nice improvements included in the software.
  • Great screen, camera, size, and feel.
  • Moto Maker. Design the phone from top to bottom to look however you want.
  • Screen is bigger than an iPhone 6s+ screen but the phone is smaller. Imagine that.
  • No contract at a ridiculous price. Flagship specs and performance.
  • Moto offers financing.

Where and How Much?

Moto Online Store – 16GB for $399.99, 32GB for $449.99, 64GB for $499.99, Keep in mind this bad boy has a memory card slot as well!

 

#3 Google Nexus 5X

Nexus 5X

  • It’s a Nexus. Straight from Google. Always first for updates and the latest software from Google.
  • It’s fast. Pure Android the way it is supposed to be. Without any gimmicky software or bogus interfaces from Samsung, LG, HTC and the rest.
  • More reasonable size at 5.2″ screen for those not a fan of larger phones.
  • Same great camera as the Nexus 6P.
  • No Contract. No monthly payment plans.

Where and How Much?

Google Play Store – 16GB for $299 (that’s $80 off for Cyber Monday!), 32GB for $349

 

#4 Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

  • It’s large and powerful.
  • Amazing Samsung screen.
  • Great camera.
  • S-Pen can be useful and provides a unique experience.
  • Premium quality build.

Where and How Much?

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Best Buy – Price will vary depending on contract and monthly payment plans offered by each carrier. Full retail price for 32GB is around $739.99.

 

#5 LG G4

LG G4

  • Great Camera.
  • Great Screen.
  • Premium build with different leather backs and options.
  • Fairly quick software updates as of late (but your carrier will surely hold this up).

Where and How Much?

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Best Buy – Price will vary depending on contract and monthly payment plans offered by each carrier. Full retail is around $584.99.

 

#6 The Rest Of the Field

  • You could look at the Edge versions of the Samsung Galaxy Devices or the Galaxy S6.
  • The new LG V10 with an additional display above the front screen is a gimmick.
  • You could consider an iPhone…but…well why would you do that?

 

Conclusion

If you noticed that the first 3 options do not include buying on a contract or monthly plan through your carrier, there is good reason for that. The top 3 options are great flagship devices that cost WAY less than the best devices your carrier has to offer. You buy the phone and you own it. You do not have to sign a contract or break up the full price and add it to your monthly bill. You can get a new phone whenever you want.

Think about it, did you sign a contract on your TV or Laptop? Are they leased? No. You bought them. They are yours. Your smartphone should be no different. Buy a quality device you like and own it outright.

As always, share your opinions and comments below!

Craig has been an Android user since the G1, perhaps that is why he tends to favor the HTC flavor when it comes to his Android devices. With 7+ years of mobile phone retail management experience, Craig is in touch with both the techie and the everyday consumer. Follow him on Twitter: @CraigP17

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