Back to school 2012: your guide to smartphones
posted by Victor H. / Aug 22, 2012, 8:53 AM
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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G Nexus FTW!
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 9:01 AM 12
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tbh i think the nexus is a little out dated.... i mean even it has android JB the specs like 1.2 dual-core and a 5 MP camera?? make me wanna stay away. its still a good phone though but i bet anyways the next version is coming soon.
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 9:11 AM 5
No Sony phones? despite them totally out-selling the 'One' series by HTC, and them being some of the best and most modern looking smartphones around and the Xperia S looking like being supported with the AOSP, come on PA! Stop following the crowd!
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 12:04 PM 3
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Do you have any sources on the Xperia line outselling the One line?, just interested.
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 12:13 PM 2
Ahh, I should mention this is in the UK only, not sure about states, china or japan etc, source is phones4u and O2 spokespeople who have both said iphone sells most, then galaxy line, then xperia nxt devices, sorry I didnt mention it was UK.
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 1:44 AM 2
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Speaking of school, I asked my Korean ESL students if they wanted to try an iPhone, they were like no, it's just too small and all. One of them wanted to preorder one on the 5th. So now I'll have to take the rest of them to Sony for their college phones. They'll like it for sure. I mean they'll be like the coolest kids around with an XS or even an XGo
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 5:18 PM 4
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True true. Tried the XU (which I liked cause screensize isn't an issue for me plus I'm no power user), zippy as the speed of light, can multitask like any other android phone plus it's just awesome. Not to mention you're backed up by a brand that doesn't copy designs nor does it leave you in the air when it comes to updates. Bring on the Xperia! Cool kids would have it like that, with all the glow and the awesome audio and multimedia support it has. Now I'm giggity about the XU.
posted on Aug 25, 2012, 2:00 PM 1
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Is this for private school kids, those phones are expensive
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 1:49 PM 4
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LOL, i have a galaxy nexus and i go to a public school. cmon thats such a bad stereotype.
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 7:13 PM 2
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These aren for kids.... PR Should have listed best mid rangers or low rangers .. such as galaxy y , ace , xperia tipo , miro , neo v ...
posted on Aug 22, 2012, 10:50 PM 0
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biased how can anyone leave out a SONY PHONE XPERIA S/ION should have been in the list , a pity to see :/
posted on Aug 23, 2012, 9:34 AM 3
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