Back to school 2012: your guide to smartphones

Back to school 2012: your guide to smartphones
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.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Zoobug.



1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

G Nexus FTW!

3. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

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.

6. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

But still for the price, you can't overlook it.

2. venom84

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 15, 2010

What no razr maxx :(

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

4x all the way!

5. sadaff

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

4X HD is worst!

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

No, just no. It's not the best though it's definitely not the worst.

8. borganwa

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

back to school? Give em kids Nokia 3310

9. Aaron_R96 unregistered

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!

10. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Do you have any sources on the Xperia line outselling the One line?, just interested.

21. Aaron_R96 unregistered

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.

13. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

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

22. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Great call, and exactly in my opinion Sony's phones are among the best looking out there and the software optimization is phenominal. Plus the XS is also considerably cheaper than the iphone yet still has far better specs..

24. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

even in india , htc is eaten up by sony ! biased list !

26. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

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.

11. fredje

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

And these are devices for kids? Which kid can afford this? It will be stolen within the week or lost or damaged...

12. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Is this for private school kids, those phones are expensive

14. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Students are indeed not known to have a lot of money, Show us the most cost-effective phones please.

15. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

LOL, i have a galaxy nexus and i go to a public school. cmon thats such a bad stereotype.

25. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

True, I own an Xperia arc (old but still good) and go to public school, but wouldn't you think that they would show cheaper phones in a better price range like under £200?

16. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 2012

I only got a galaxy ace and i go to a private school

18. thelegend6657 unregistered

Oh come on I lived in a 3rd world country , went to a public school and I own a smartphone (HTC universal ) since I was 12 . Problem ?

17. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

These aren for kids.... PR Should have listed best mid rangers or low rangers .. such as galaxy y , ace , xperia tipo , miro , neo v ...

19. thelegend6657 unregistered

Phonearena is teaching you how to be cool .

20. No_Nonsense unregistered

These phones are available only off-contract where I live and are ridiculously expensive

23. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

biased how can anyone leave out a SONY PHONE XPERIA S/ION should have been in the list , a pity to see :/

27. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

I know. Well, you can't blame anyone for their preference. Go Go Sony! Advanced Japanese Technology FTW!!

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