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Top Smartphones for College Students in 2015

A new Gallup study revealed that college students can’t imagine life without their smartphones and are more attached to their phones than previously thought. And while there’s a lot of debate regarding smartphone usage between millennials and older adults, it seems millennials are in the lead.

These students also try to keep up with the latest trends in the smartphone market so as to be perceived as trendy and to also have the latest operating systems that could support new mobile phone applications. Unfortunately, however, technology evolves at a fast rate, causing college students that are not tech-savvy to lose a lot of money making the wrong choices. It is wise that college students understand their kind of lifestyle and preference in order to buy the best phone that is right for them.

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1. iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is best suited for the adventurous and classy college student who loves travelling, taking photos and showing off. The 8-megapixel camera allows you to take high quality images and videos while the autofocus technology helps take sharp images. The sleek and thin design makes the iPhone 6 one of the thinnest smartphones on the market, comfortably fitting in skinny jeans pockets and small handbags. Lastly, the cost itself oozes class and sophistication, causing college students who own this type of phone to be accorded respect by their peers.

Price: from $199

2. Nexus 6

The decision between a tablet and a mega smartphone is hard to make. Nexus 6 is best suited for students who want a phone that doubles as a tablet when necessary. Loosely referred to as a phablet, the Nexus 6 is characterized by a 6-inch screen and stereo speaker. Movie lovers and internet addicts love the theatre experience the phone offers when watching movies through the big screen and stereo front speakers. Additionally, college students love it due to its portability, great photo and video experience, as well as browsing capabilities. However, the battery capacity is average and requires more frequent charging compared to other devices when used to it maximum.

Price: $598.99

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Architecture and design students find this phone to be extremely handy to suit their day-to-day needs. Designed with an easy-to-use stylus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 allows these students to make sketches and edits directly on their phone making client and class interactions easier and faster. Better still, they can comfortably handle their projects from any location using their phones. Coupled with high resolution, the 6-inch screen offers enough room for manipulation of designed items to perfection. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 redefines the art of photo taking, courtesy of the 16-megapixel back camera. The optical image stabilization, a rare feature in most smartphones, makes taking photos on the go a walk in the park. This is also a must-have for busy college students because the multitasking feature allows you to view two apps at the same time.

Price: $685.59

4. HTC One M9

Class and adventure are what define the HTC One M9. Who needs to buy a digital camera when this phone offers image quality of 20 megapixels? The sapphire cover lens adequately protects the camera extending durability through its scratch-resistant nature. This is the perfect smartphone for college divas who love taking high-quality images to post on Instagram. The HTC Eye Experience software is featured with live makeup, split capture and voice selfie features which, when coupled with the Zoe app, allow you to combine media with friends from multiple points of view. The HTC BoomSound feature makes this phone a hot sell for music and game loves by offering a 5.1 surround sound effect to exude a cinema feel. Lastly, college students with strong personalities are given the chance to customize their phones as much as possible via the HTC themes app, which changes the complete look of the phone based on preferences.

Price: $649.00

5. Motorola Moto G

Moto G

Smartphones come at an expensive price, but this can be reduced by buying budget smartphones; after all, nobody always uses all the extra features. Motorola Moto G keeps a college student’s budget low but this means you have to sacrifice some coveted smartphone features. Fortunately, the phone bears the basics: 16 GB of built-in memory, a quad-core processor, and a 1280x720 pixel screen. The 5-inch screen places the Motorola Moto G in the same range as other smartphones based on screen size, therefore competes well in terms of design and aesthetics. The best new age smartphones have a camera quality beyond the 5-megapixel spectrum. Unfortunately for this phone, it captures 5-megapixel images and lacks the new technological features that offer amazing editing options. Therefore, this is not the best phone for photo lovers.

Price: from $179.99

6. Samsung Galaxy S6

This is the latest phone in the Galaxy S series, flying off the shelves at a fast rate. The Galaxy S6 has a 5.1-inch screen, 3 GB RAM, a 16-megapixel back camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, offering very high quality images and selfies. This phone is great at power consumption with battery life of about 8 hours a day. Aesthetically, the S6 is a phone to die for. It features a glass and metal design that appears sleek, trendy and expensive, increasing the esteem of college students that want to appear financially stable. A road trip would require one to carry chargers but the sight of intertwined cables in a bag is an eyesore. You no longer have to go through this horrific ordeal thanks to the wireless charging features.

Price: $680.00

7. LG G4

LG is a world renowned and well-respected electronics brand. There’s a wide array of LG phones available, and the G4 offers the best package for power users. Who would want a phone that hangs while playing Candy Crush Saga? A cool phone is fast and can handle light to heavy games. This phone boasts Qualcomm’s zippy new Snapdragon 808 processor that allows you to run multiple applications at the same time, redefining the key features of smartphones. Additionally, the removable battery and expandable storage are to die for, features that other developers are eliminating from smartphones. Photo lovers do not have to sacrifice anything to own this phone because it provides 16-megapixel quality images with unimaginable clarity.

Price: $609.99

8. Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3

Another budget smartphone, Idol 3 costs more than half the price of other smartphones while it still contains all the necessary basics. It has an impressive battery life making it ideal for campers. When was the last time you thought of watching a movie upside down due to your sitting position? Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 offers exactly that, among other features such as the DJ mix app which lets you create your own music mixes to suit your mood and occasions. At its price, it offers an unexpected high camera quality at 13 megapixels, making it one of the best bargain smartphones of 2015.

Price: $249.99

See Also: How Addicted To Your Smartphone Are You?

It is important especially for college students to keep abreast with the latest technology. Who would want to be seen as backward and ignorant of the latest trends. Take time, shop around for the latest phone and join in on the conversation. Do not miss out on holidays, hikes and selfie moments just because you do not own the latest phone.

Which of these phones would you buy and why? Please leave your views in the comments section below.

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