How to Choose a Smartphone That Will Simplify Your Life
For InStyle's November issue, on newsstands now and availale for digital download, we teamed up with Google to uncover your most-searched questions and problems. Then, we found the best sites, apps, and tools to answer 'em all.
Admit it: You rely on your smartphone for almost everything. Us too. That's why we set out to determine what key features you're looking for in a phone (from child-proofing to water-proofing) by peeking into Google's search archives. We took it a step further and tried out all of the latest devices to find the best one for every need. Read on, then start counting down the days until you're due for your next upgrade.
For Artists and Creative Professionals: iPhone 6s Plus
The image-stabilization feature and extra-large screen make it super-easy to produce original content on the go. Plus, Apple holds strong with the biggest app inventory to date. ($750 for 16 gigs; apple.com)
For Extending Your Battery Life: Google Nexus 6P
Thanks to this phone's hexa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 10 minutes of charging will get you nearly four hours of battery life. ($499 for 32 gigs; store.google.com)
For Parents Whose Tots Like to Browse: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
A "kids mode" allows you to switch over to a child-friendly interface so your little ones won't mess with your apps and settings. No more worrying about nonsensical tweets slipping out. ($768 for 32 gigs; samsung.com)
For Globetrotting: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Hitting the beach or the slopes on your next vacay? Lucky you. This model is waterproof and sweat-proof, so you can surf and ski with peace of mind. ($384; sonymobile.com)
For Shooting High-Quality Videos: LG G4
An impressive 16 megapixel camera records 4K videos, and built-in in-video auto-focus helps you capture pro-quality footage. ($552 for 32 gigs; lg.com)