Back to School: 5 Phones to Study Up On

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School is back in session, and that means it's time to outfit the favorite student in your life with the latest and greatest gear and gadgets. Topping that list should be a brand-new smartphone, capable of navigating the sometimes-challenging waters of post-elementary life. To make sure your student is well-equipped and not left holding something technologically passé, we've compiled a list of five must-have smartphones. Time to study up!

Samsung Galaxy S9

If 2018 were to end today, Samsung would likely take home top honors for one of the year's best smartphones, thanks to its latest flagship, the Galaxy S9. The S9 features a large 5.8" Super AMOLED screen, which, because of its detailed Quad HD+ 2960 x 1440 resolution, delivers vivid details and fully rendered, high-definition content. It's equipped with dual cameras: a front-facing, 8MP, wide-angle lens—great for shooting selfies—and a powerful rear-facing 12MP camera with a Dual Aperture feature that automatically shifts between an F2.4 and F1.5 aperture, based on lighting conditions. Powering the S9 is the powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, which, in tandem with its 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, ensures students will be able to text, talk, and multi-task with ease—they might even get some homework done while they're at it.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Smartphone

LG G7

This year's G-series phone, the G7, is something of an amalgamation—in the best possible sense. Incorporating some of the most popular trends on the market, the new LG smartphone features a large 6.1" QHD+ FullVision display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 845 processor, and powerful dual rear-camera setup. It also leverages AI-backed Google Lens technology to teach you about the world around you. Need help prepping for an Art History exam? Snap a photo of that Rembrandt and Google Lens will tell you everything about it. Studying has never been easier!

LG G7 Smartphone

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

When the Mate 10 Pro hit North American shores earlier this year, we posited it would finish 2018 with best-in-class honors. So far, our assertion is looking pretty good. Starting with its all-glass body, near bezel-less design, and gorgeous 6" OLED display, the Mate 10 Pro is about as sleek as they come. But it isn't all about looks. The Mate 10 Pro also packs some serious power under its hood, including 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a hulking 4,000mAh battery. The power doesn't stop there, either. The Mate 10 Pro also utilizes an advanced dual rear-camera setup that includes 20MP mono and 12MP RGB cameras and enough photog-friendly features to rival the best setups on the market. Combine those features with a price tag several hundred dollars less than some of the other leading smartphones on the market, and the Mate 10 Pro is in serious discussion for this year's smartphone valedictorian.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone

Moto G6

The Moto brand is no stranger to shout-outs and recognition lists. Previous generations of the Moto G and Moto E have consistently placed among the year's best phones, delivering powerful performance at a consumer-friendly price. The new Moto G6 keeps that tradition alive and well, thanks to a solid slate of specs made available for hundreds of dollars less than what you would typically pay for a flagship device. Among those quality features are its sharp-looking 5.7" display, broad GSM and CDMA connectivity options, and a dual rear camera setup. Performance-wise, the Moto G6 utilizes an octa-core Snapdragon 450 CPU and 3GB of RAM to run Android Oreo. Best of all, the Moto G6 is water repellent, so it can stand up to light rain, spills, or a cafeteria water-balloon fight (not that we condone such behavior).

Moto G6 Smartphone

Nokia 6.1

Last year's Nokia 6 was one of the most welcomed surprises of 2017 because of its mostly flagship-quality specs and wallet-friendly price. Following in those esteemed footsteps is this year's Nokia 6.1, which continues that tradition of way more bang for your buck, thanks to all its standout features. Topping its list of highlights are a super-sleek aluminum unibody build with 5.5" display, an improved Snapdragon 630 CPU, and an upgraded 16MP rear Zeiss lens. Add in a pure Android experience, respectable 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, and the Nokia 6.1 starts to look like a legitimate rival for some of the bigger, flashier phones, which is crazy when you consider it costs less than some college textbooks.

Nokia 6.1 (2018) Smartphone

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The phone in the photo about 6 phones to consider, the square white phone isn't covered ! Which brand & model smartphone  is it ?  It's shown again with a woman 'using' it in your The connect Pet Article but, again, it looks too generic, i.e.  I cannot make out the brand and, oddly,  it's not mentioned in either article. Looks like an iPhone to me... which you don't se sell. Or is it a Huawei Mate 9 Pro (or something else I cannot afford)? 

that's a Sony Xperia, isn't it ? out of my $eague. 

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