Cyber Monday is one of the busiest days for shopping in the pre-Christmas retail season, with millions of Brits making use of online outlets to buy gifts ahead of the festive celebrations each year. In 2016, there will be plenty of people who are on the lookout for gadgets to snap up on Cyber Monday, so that they can keep their family happy with main presents or stocking fillers. If you are thinking about buying a smartphone during the event, here are just some of the best models to consider.
An obvious choice, perhaps, but the iPhone SE is Apple’s current budget option, which gives people the opportunity to enjoy all that its iOS ecosystem has to offer, without paying a premium price for the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. With a four inch display, it is also more compact than its counterparts, benefitting from a 12 megapixel primary camera that makes it surprisingly competent when it comes to photography. With support for millions of apps, from Instagram and Snapchat to Photoshop Express and Candy Crush, it is amongst the most widely supported devices on the planet from a software perspective.
Recently introduced as the major rival to the iPhone 7, Google’s own-brand Pixel is a compelling smartphone option in its own right. It has a five inch 1080p display, the Snapdragon 821 chipset under the bonnet and a 2770 mAh battery. It also promises to deliver the definitive Android user experience, in addition to receiving the latest software updates as soon as they are made available, with no other companies getting in the way of the rollout process. A slim, stylish build and the inclusion of a headphone socket arguably give it the edge over Apple’s current flagship, if Android is your platform of choice.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
While the Note 7 may have been a failure for Samsung this year, fans of the South Korean company can take comfort in the fact that its best handset is still available to buy. According to some media outlets, it is actually the best mobile on the market at the moment. Its curved AMOLED display gives it a beautiful aesthetic style as well as a comfortable hand feel, while the QHD resolution makes it crisper and clearer than other devices which are stuck with 1080p pixel counts. A 12 megapixel primary camera, along with a microSD memory card slot to allow for expandability, both make an appearance on this device. Samsung’s subtle adjustments to Android mean that the user experience is intuitive and feature-rich without being overly convoluted.
Motorola Moto Z
Currently claimed as one of the thinnest mobiles around, the Moto Z is also an unusual modular device which allows for a degree of expandability on top of its basic features. It has a 5.5 inch QHD screen, and Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of onboard storage. With a 13 megapixel primary camera and five megapixel front-facing camera for selfies, it fits the bill in terms of multimedia capabilities. Since add-ons can be snapped onto the rear, it could also get bigger and better features further down the line.