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Best Overall: Apple iPhone 11 at Apple
"Now exhibits a main wide-angle and a secondary ultra-wide-angle camera."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: iPhone 8 at Virgin Mobile
"Strikes the right balance between features and size."
Best Budget: Moto E4 at Amazon
"Raises the bar for affordable smartphones across the market."
Best Android: Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx at Amazon
"Designed to keep up with a busy life."
Best Basic: Kyocera Kona Black at Amazon
"A compact and comfortable-to-hold basic flip phone."
Best Waterproof: Samsung Galaxy S9 at Amazon
"Submerge the phone to 1.5 meters in water for up to 30 minutes."
Best Value: iPhone SE at Virgin Mobile
"Packs powerful iOS features in a small package."
Best Camera: iPhone 8 Plus at Virgin Mobile
"One of the brand's top large models thanks to an unrivaled camera."
Despite being outdone in other areas by its "Pro" counterparts, the iPhone 11 doesn’t skimp on performance: All 2019 iPhone models include the same A13 Bionic CPU, meaning that you’ll be able to run the latest high-performance games and take advantage of the same advanced software photography tools as the pros, such as Night Mode and Deep Fusion, letting you capture stunningly great shots under just about any lighting conditions.
The new dual-lens camera system now exhibits a main wide-angle and a secondary ultra-wide-angle camera, allowing you to snap wider vistas. In addition to boasting a 12-megapixel sensor, the front TrueDepth camera has a wider field of view for group selfies. Plus you can record what Apple calls slofies, or slow-motion selfies. As these are the exact same three cameras found on the iPhone 11 Pro, the only thing you’re missing is the fourth telephoto lens.
You’re also still only getting an LCD screen, which may seem like a big shortcoming in an era when most smartphones have gone OLED, but Apple’s LCD screen is special — the 6.1-inch "Liquid Retina" display still delivers a 326 PPI pixel density and HD resolutions, along with color range and accuracy. There’s also more than enough battery life to spare, with the iPhone 11 beating last year's iPhone XR by an extra hour.
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The current workhorse of Apple’s iconic iPhone lineup, the iPhone 8 strikes the right balance between features and size. Available to Virgin Mobile customers in four different colors (gold, red, silver and space gray) and in both 64GB and 256GB capacities, the iPhone 8 hits all the high notes when it comes to camera performance, display and app availability.
The iPhone 8's rear 12-megapixel lens features a newer and faster sensor resulting in a deeper pixel count for increased color reproduction with every photo. The front 7-megapixel camera is ideal for selfies as well as FaceTiming in HD. The TrueTone 4.7-inch screen behaves smartly by adapting its brightness to surrounding ambient light and the fingerprint reader on the home button reduces the likelihood someone will errantly access your device. Boosted by Apple’s best-in-class app store, the iPhone 8 is a brilliant choice for anyone looking to take advantage of Virgin Mobile’s offerings.
With a simple style and budget-friendly price tag, the Moto E4 raises the bar for affordable smartphones across the market. Impressing with a 5-inch HD display, the E4 provides even more incentive to buy with a huge 2,800mAh battery that, with normal use, will last at least a full day.
Loaded with an octa-core processor, the E4 handles daily tasks with aplomb thanks to Android 7.0 Nougat software, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory (which is actually expandable to 128GB through microSD). The E4 has water and dust resistant hardware as well as an easy-to-read display — even in direct sunlight. The rear 8-megapixel camera is paired with a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter which captures surprisingly clear photos for the price point offering above-average exposure and contrast.
A solid performer across the board, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx is designed to keep up with a busy life. Running an octa-core processor that smoothly handles the latest in Android gaming on a 5.5-inch HD display, the Galaxy J7 Perx comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage plus an available microSD slot for expandable memory.
On the rear of the device is an 8-megapixel camera capturing video in 1080p at 30fps — on pace with the brand's flagship devices. A 3,300mAh battery allows up to 40 hours of talk time boosted by software enhancements from Android 7.0 enabling longer battery life. For additional customization, the Galaxy J7 adds an Easy Mode which allows users to simplify menu operations by choosing which applications to show and increasing the size of app icons for better visibility.
The Kyocera Kona is a compact and comfortable-to-hold basic flip phone that offers everything a Virgin Mobile customer could need minus any extra bells and whistles. Without the smartphone fuss, the Kona Black is a bare bones choice with a 2-megapixel camera that lacks video recording and flash for low-light photography. Instead, it focuses on a minimal, portable flip phone setup that is only 1.73 x 4.3 x 0.51-inches and weighs a mere 3.7 ounces.
Supported by Virgin Mobile’s 2G network, the Kona Black continues its appeal even without LTE speeds. A front 1.44-inch LCD display showcases the time of day, signal strength, and battery level and an internal 2.4-inch display shows the full selection of menu icons for quick navigation. The tactile alphanumeric keyboard is comfortable to use and, with large numbers, the Kona supports customers of all ages.
In today’s phone market, the concept of “waterproof” has become more than just a novelty. Phones of the past that touted IPX7 ratings as their calling card now have to compete with flagships promising IP67 and IP68 ratings. The Samsung Galaxy S9 offers the latter, meaning that you can submerge the phone to 1.5 meters in water for up to 30 minutes. Most people shopping for a Samsung Galaxy S9 wouldn’t be solely looking for water resistance though, so let’s talk some of the other specs.
The Galaxy S9's 5.8-inch screen gives you an amazing Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 (570 PPI). There’s a really fast Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor and dual aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4) in the rear-facing camera system. The front-facing camera is pretty solid too with an 8MP sensor. Both support digital image stabilization and offer great recording options including 4K video at up to 60 fps. There’s a 64-bit Octa-Core processor that delivers speeds up to 1.7GHz (2.8GHz overclocked) and 4GB of internal RAM alongside 64GB of internal storage. You can expand that memory further with a microSD slot, too. The speakers are tuned by AKG and the whole phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. Not only are you getting a solid water performance, but you’re getting a seriously premium flagship.
As Apple’s most powerful four-inch smartphone, the iPhone SE packs powerful iOS features in a small package. Utilizing the same internal components as the iPhone 6S, the iPhone SE incorporates a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and 4K video capture producing magnificent images and video that are both social media-friendly and high-quality enough to print.
Apple’s A9 processor allows for speedy performance in and out of apps as well as seamless handling of a huge selection of games available via the app store. Weighing a mere 3.99 ounces, the iPhone SE is available in both 32GB and 128GB sizing and in one of four colors (gold, rose gold, silver and space gray). The iPhone SE doesn’t skimp on the rest of Apple’s staple features, either — regardless of its size, the phone still offers Touch ID, FaceTime, Apple Pay, iOS 11 and Siri, the brand's personal voice assistant.
Taking its spot in Apple’s Plus lineup, the iPhone 8 Plus is one of the brand's top large models thanks to an unrivaled camera. With an all-glass design, the iPhone 8 Plus is everything devoted Apple fans loved about the previous generation of sizeable devices plus additional improvements like wireless charging and faster processor chips for increased gaming performance.
Available in three colors (silver, space gray and gold), the iPhone 8 Plus is water and dust resistant with an IP67 rating — meaning it can withstand up to 30 minutes of submersion in three feet of water. The real centerpiece of the iPhone 8 Plus, of course, is the rear 12-megapixel camera and its lightning-fast sensor which captures clear images with deeper pixels for improved real-world color shots. With built-in optical image stabilization for reducing camera shake while capturing photos or 4K video, the 8 Plus also offers portrait mode and up to 10x digital zoom for photos and 6x digital zoom for video.
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