Our Favorite Phones for Back to School

Going back to school means a new set of wardrobe, books, and most especially, a spanking new smartphone. So we have compiled a list of the best smartphones that have been released so far in 2015, so you can take a pick of the best gadget that suits you best. Besides the ability to capture the most photogenic selfies, these smartphones are easy on the wallet and will also help you take notes in class.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

OS: Android 5.0.2 | Screen size: 5.1-inch | Resolution: 1440p | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 2550mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Featuring a vibrant big display without being “too big” like a phablet, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is definitely a far cry from its predecessors. Its metal and glass body gives it a natural classy look, and its internal powerhouse – the Samsung Exynos processor – paired with a 3GB RAM is definitely something impatient teens will love. The redesigned fingerprint scanner works great and will be the envy of your class.

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iPhone 6

OS: iOS 8.3 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750p | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 1,810mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Millennials love iPhones and who can blame them? The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is the best Apple device out there today (until the release of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 in September). Sleek and simple, the iOS 8 makes smartphone use a breeze and gets rid of overcomplicated menus. The iPhone 6 camera may not have the highest megapixels compared to other brands, but it takes photos in a snap, and the color and brightness can make any landscape look brilliant.

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OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: removable 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

If you want to set yourself apart from the iPhone and Samsung bandwagon, the LG G4 (aka “the most ambitious smartphone yet” according to LG) is your alternative. Choose between alluring leather or ceramic back cover that sets it apart from the regular metal and glass offerings. Its large screen is one of the best, and the auto-focus camera takes absolutely amazing pictures.

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HTC One M9

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080p | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2840mAh | Rear camera: 20.7MP | Front camera: 4MP

When it comes to build quality and elegant design, the HTC One M9 is the hands-down leader of the pack. If you’ve always been an HTC fan, you’ll be glad to know that your old favorites are still there: BoomSound enhancement and the Sense overlay. The HTC One M9 obviously aims to be the best there is, with a whopping 20.7MP rear camera.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

OS: Android 5.0.2 | Screen size: 5.1-inch | Resolution: 1440p | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 2560mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Having all the sweet features of an S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge adds an innovative flair to itself with its curved edges on each side. They don’t add any functionality but definitely brings something new to the table. The S6 Edge is also $100 more expensive than the regular S6, but if you want to stand out from the crowd, you can’t say no to this.

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