Best Mobile Devices

It seems as though every year the newest devices get faster, lighter and prettier than they were the year before. 2015 has brought in some pretty amazing mobile devices so far, and we’ve compiled a list of the best of the best.

 

Smartphones

 

The Samsung Galaxy S6, which hit retailers April 10 of this year, is easily the best phone on the market. Trending on Twitter as #TheNextBigThing, it has amazing specifications and the price tag to match. Its price ranges from $199 to a whopping $679, but if you have the money for it, the S6 is worth every penny. It boasts a 5.1-inch display with a 1440 by 2560 resolution. It uses the newest Android 5.0 operating system (Lollipop) and has a cleaner design and user interface. It comes with 32, 64, or 128 GB of memory and 3 GB of RAM. Its battery life is decent, with up to 17 hours of moderate usage. It also has a fingerprint scanner that will help you protect your information better than ever before.

 

The iPhone 6 plus is a little bit heavier than the Galaxy S6, but it’s also quite a bit bigger than most phones on the market right now. The phablet weighs in at 6.07 ounces with a 6.22-inch high display. It uses the easy-to-understand iOS operating system and comes with 16, 64, or 128 GB of storage plus 1 GB of RAM. Combine this with an amazing camera, elegant design, and a solid battery life, and it’s clear that the iPhone 6 Plus is a big competitor in the smartphone industry, in more ways than one.

 

The HTC One M9 ends up being the cheapest of our options, with prices ranging from $199 to $644. It has a 5-inch 1080 by 1920 display, 32 GB of storage, and 3 GB of RAM. Its battery life is a measly 3 hours, but the M9 mostly makes up for it with a gorgeous design and strong camera.

 

Tablets

 

The iPad Air 2 is both the priciest and the most impressive tablet available so far. With prices ranging from $549 to $599, you would expect some pretty amazing technology, and you wouldn’t be disappointed. The Air 2 is one of the slimmest tablets on the market right now at 6.1 mm thick, which is 1.4 mm less than it was last year. That’s not a massive difference, but it’s enough that it weighs quite a bit less as well (437 g versus 469 g last year). It has a beautiful design that looks very sleek and compact, especially when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S tab. With the Galaxy S, you can tell that it’s a device made up of many different parts, but with the Air 2, it all fits together seamlessly for an elegant look. It comes with 16 to 128 GB of memory and a gorgeous 2048 by 1536 resolution. Add on up to 10 hours of battery life and the option of adding cellular capabilities, and it’s clear that the Air 2 excels in both functionality and style.

 

While the Samsung Galaxy S can be found $100 cheaper than the iPad Air 2, it also offers a little less when it comes to specifications. With the Galaxy S, you can choose between 16 or 32 GB of memory, although it can be upgraded to 128 GB with an SD card. It weighs a little more than 1 lb with either a 10.5-inch or an 8.4-inch screen. It’s just a little bit thicker than the Air 2 at .26 inches thick. The battery life is also decent, with up to 9 hours of battery life. All around, the Samsung Galaxy S tab seems to be a close second to the iPad Air 2.

 

The Nvidia Shield is a decently priced gaming tablet with the potential to replace steam. Its price ranges from $359 to $399, and it’s connected to the Nvidia Grid’s gaming service, which has plenty of popular PC games. It has an 8-inch display with an impressive 1920 by 1200 resolution and full HD display. It weighs 13.7 oz and can have up to 10 hours of battery life for watching videos and surfing the web, and up to 5 hours of game time. It’s a fantastic option for gamers. The only downside is that the controller is a bit bulky. Other than that, though, it’s a very good option for anyone looking to take their games with them wherever they go.

 

Laptops

 

The 13” MacBook Air runs at around $999 to $1199, which is relatively cheap for Apple products. It comes with 128 to 512 GB of storage and 4 GB of memory. The most impressive update to the newest MacBooks is the Retina display. It’s a step up from the full HD display that companies have been using up until now, and it’s very pretty. Pair that with an Intel Core i5 processor and up to 12 hours of battery life, and it’s clear that this is a fantastic machine. The design of this model is the same as it has been for years now, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Something about only fixing broken things, right?

 

The Surface Pro 3 is the next item on our list. It’s a fantastic 2-in-1 device from Microsoft that runs at around $799 to $1949. It comes with a 12-inch touch screen, 256 GB of storage, and either 4 or 8GB of RAM. You can also choose between the Intel i3, i5, or i7 processors, which adds up to a very fast device. It weighs a measly 1.76 pounds, making it perfect for professionals and students with deep pockets. It also has an impressive 2160 by 1440 resolution and a beautiful design. The biggest downside is the battery life. It’s not awful, with up to 9 hours, but it’s not the best either. All around, it’s still an impressive device, and it provides an exciting new look into the potential for 2-in-1 devices.

 

The Asus ROG is an impressive new gaming machine that has easily claimed the title of best entry-level gaming laptop. Gaming laptops generally come with a pretty hefty price tag, but with good reason. The Asus ROG GL551 comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia enthusiast-level graphics, a dual venting system with rear venting to create a more comfortable gaming experience, turbo boost technology, and a whopping 32 GB of RAM. Weighing in at 9.9lbs with a $2999.99 dollar price tag, it would be rough on your back and your wallet, but it’s ultimately worth it for avid gamers.