Technology seems to be changing at the speed of light. Unfortunately here at Aumnia, we work at a human speed. In our brief hiatus from keeping you informed on all things mobile, we’ve been working hard (or hardly working?). With a little more manpower at the helm, we’re back and we’ve got an awesome phone buying guide for you this month- just in time to wrap up summer.

Apple

With Android phones proving their worth in the market and becoming increasingly popular with users, Apple has finally met its match. They’re not going down easy though and if you’ve taken a bite of the apple and can’t get enough- hold onto your hats because the Apple rumor mill is churning.

iPhone 6/6 Plus:

As we’ve covered in our last guide, there are truly only two main differences between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 or 6 Plus?

Battery Life & Size:

iPhone 6 Plus: More battery for your buck, as well as a larger screen display due to the large size of the phone.

iPhone 6: Normal and competitive battery life for phones it’s size and smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus by about an inch all around.

It is also important to note that there’s a lot of buzz going on in the mobile world about the release of the next iPhone. Rumors are swirling that Apple will be releasing two new upgrades, and its circulating names could be ranging from iPhone 6S, which would be the upgrade for the 6, and the iPhone 7, which would be the upgrade for the 6 Plus. Since Apple rebooted the entire design last year, it stands to reason that this new wave of upgrades will focus more on the interior of the phones. In which case, my recommendation would be to hold off on upgrading to a 6 or a 6 Plus right now and wait for the release of the new models later this year.

What About iPhone 5s/5c/5?

With that said I cannot stress enough that it’s not worth the money to even consider buying the 5c, 5s, and especially the 5 anymore. Apple is moving on which can only mean they’ll forget about your beloved iPhone 5 as well.

 

Android

Trending in the Droid world currently is the use of “edge” screens. The value isn’t in that the screen is made slightly larger by the elimination of sides, but more so because of the innovative use of the space.

 

Galaxy S6 Edge

The Edge utilizes the design of the screen to add cool features like their “Information Screen”, a “Night Clock” and “Edge Lighting”. Also, welcome to the future where phones are being created without cords to charge. Sold separately, you can purchase a wireless charging pad in which you simply rest the phone on top of the pad to charge the battery. The Edge also boasts a better rear and front facing camera specs than the iPhone 6. The Edge truly encompasses the “future”.

Galaxy Note Edge

If you’re looking to switch up your iPhone 6 Plus lifestyle, then the Galaxy Note Edge will become your new favorite device. Coming with a stylus, the phone allows you to do more with a handheld device than you could’ve ever imagined. The camera is fantastic with the display stunning. Multitasking is made easier by the incorporation of the new split window and pop up window screen options. The Galaxy Edge Note

 

Price wise- between the Samsung Galaxy phones and their rival iPhone counterpart, the prices are roughly the same give or take $50. Therefore, it really becomes up to personal preference as to whether you prefer the freedom of Android or the user interface of Apple.

 

LG G4

Priced about $100 less than the Samsung’s top phones on the market, the LG G4 holds its own with an impressive display and camera laser focus that competes easily, almost surpassing, Samsung. The phone will be closer to the size of the Note or the 6 Plus, so if you don’t mind the size, the price and the constantly updating software keeps this phone high on the list of consideration.

Motorola Nexus 6

If you love the big phones, the Nexus 6 was designed with you in mind. Constantly at the forefront of receiving all the latest Android software downloads, the Nexus is always up to date running the absolute latest available. However, it’s been noted it’s difficult to find a model of the phone that carries large enough storage (64 GB for example) to hold up with the average user’s need for space. You also have to factor in that you’re sacrificing camera quality for display quality- which for some users isn’t the best trade off.

 

Moto G

Best bang for your buck.

Named the “Best Cheap Smartphone You Can Buy”….

The Moto G [2015]:

Again and again we have discussed the benefit of the Moto G. But at under $200 for a smartphone that runs Lollipop, has a bright focused screen, and great speakers, it’s a hard deal to pass up. The latest 2015 model is now available and includes updates on the speed, camera, and added battery capacity. The phone also includes a Micro SD card slot- which is great for those concerned with not enough memory capacity or the hesitation to pay for more storage. Basically, the Moto G is perfect for users who are looking for a phone that gets the job done and has the battery life to keep up with everyday life.

 

Windows Phone

Ah, Windows. We love you on the computer but not yet on the handheld. Now that Microsoft has been doing their wave release of Windows 10, we strongly recommend you hold off on buying a Windows Phone, even if the sales associate is offering you a great deal. Consider spending the money you would’ve on a Windows Phone on the inexpensive Moto G before taking the plunge.

 

Carrier Suggestions:

Go ahead and check out our article on carrier suggestions, to figure out which carrier best suits your needs. All carriers are not created equal and differ considerably across the country and various areas, such as suburban vs. city living.

 

If you have any questions about any devices, feel as though I left one out, or have any personal experience with any of the devices, please share in the comments below.