Labor day is close and you know what that means right? Get that backpack ready, the school year is about to start. You might be upset about it, or you might be happy to reunite with people you haven’t seen in the summer, but the start of the school year is also the time and place to check how much everyone’s changed. Our fellow geeks, will notice that more and more people have joined the smartphone craze, and to keep up with the times here is our guide to the best smartphones to go back to school with.
Despite giving you the list below, though, for the first time in a while, we would wholeheartedly recommend that you don’t get a phone right now. Seriously, just wait a couple of weeks, and you’d save yourself a possible disappointment.
We have a couple of reasons why. First, the iPhone 5 is coming on September 12th and it’s expected to be the biggest upgrade to the iPhone since it launched in 2007. Second, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is coming with a bigger 5.5-inch screen and an S Pen that you’d appreciate in school. Third, Windows Phone 8 will arrive with a wave of new devices finally bringing dual-core processors and HD screens to Microsoft’s platform.
But does this mean there aren’t any good devices out there at the moment? Not at all! We’ve picked five great smartphones to help you with learning (and partying) that coincidentally all happen to run on Android. It’s just the upcoming events for iOS and Windows Phone that are the reason for this, don’t hurry to see bias here. And really, if you can, just wait a couple of weeks, it’d be worth it.
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Back to school guide to smartphones
Back to school guide to smartphones
1. Samsung Galaxy S III
Available on every carrier US carrier, even where you don’t expect it (hello, U.S. Cellular!), the Samsung Galaxy S III is the device that really stands out. It has everything from a huge 4.8-inch HD screen, to 4G LTE on a battery-savvy chip and the promise of Jelly Bean update in the very near future.
Samsung Galaxy S III Review
2. HTC One X
The HTC One X is another brilliant Android device. Crafted with such amazing feeling for design it is probably the prettiest Android smartphone we’ve ever seen. It’s got a quad-core processor to back it up and a great extremely speedy 8-megapixel camera, but we’d take some points out for the Sense UI and the crippled multitasking. Unlike the Galaxy S III though, it costs only $99 on contract, half the price of Samsung’s flagship. If you value price and beauty, that should be your choice.
HTC One X Review
3. Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus might seem like last year’s gadgetry, but it’s the best choice for those who don’t want a lengthy contract. Get it completely unlocked with no ties to a carrier for only $350 on Google Play. It’s the first and only phone to brag about having Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right now also, and it’s very, very fast and smooth. The Galaxy Nexus is a no-compromise device too - coming with a dual-core processor and 4.65-inch screen, but you might want to keep in mind that its 5-megapixel camera isn’t really on par with the previous two. Otherwise - it’s most probably the best value for the money.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review
4. HTC One S
A bugdet warrior, the HTC One S is a gorgeous extremely slim device with performance you’d expect from a smartphone at an affordable price. It comes with anodized aluminum body, a durable and great to touch texture, which feels very solid. It’s got a slightly smaller than most other high-end phones, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, and that’s the only tradeoff for the price.
HTC One S Review
5. LG Optimus 4X HD
The LG Optimus 4X HD is the only device that couldn’t get the carrier support it needs to succeed in the States. But if you want to stand out in the crowd, that’s the one device to get. It’s got a fairly casual, thin and practical plastic case, a gorgeous white version, a 4.7-inch HD display and a quad-core processor.
LG Optimus 4X HD Review