With new phones coming out every year, it’s hard to stay up to date on the latest and greatest. It’s to find out what is the best for the cost and how to choose between them! Every year there are new phone that seem to be better than the year before, but as of right now, these are the best phones for college students!
1. iPhone 11
The brand new iPhone 11 is one of the best iPhones for college students on a budget. It gives all the best features from the iPhone 11 Pro but for 30% less! It has a dual camera setup with a wide camera for regular angle shots and an all new ultra-wide camera for when you need everything in the photo. This versatile camera array means you never miss a moment.
This 6.1in Retina Display provides a nice, big vibrant viewing experience so you can watch videos and do work on the go. The iPhone 11 is offered in 6 different colors; Yellow, White, Green, Purple, Red, and Black at a starting price for 64GB for $699!
2. iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max
The brand new iPhone 11 Pro is the other one of the best iPhones for college students in photography and video editing majors because of its triple camera setup, extra performance, and wide capabilities. Cameras include a telephoto, wide angle, and ultra-wide angle. With these improvements over the regular 11 it makes it the best pick for these select students. Because they are able to produce high quality content right off of the devices in their pockets.
The Pro models also offer ground breaking battery life over previous generation iPhones which offers 2 hours longer on the 11 Pro and 3 hours more on the 11 Pro MAX in battery life. The 11 Pro comes in two sizes; 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches with 4 different colors; Space Gray, Sliver, Midnight Green, and Gold. The starting price for the 11 Pro is $999 and the Max is $1099 with a storage of 64GB!
3. iPhone XR
Although the iPhone XR is a generation older, it still maintains all of the key features that make the iPhone great! It has the same screen as the regular iPhone 11, it has the same regular camera, and wireless charging which makes this a great option for phones for college students! This has most of the features of the iPhone 11 for $100 less. This cost savings for students can be very important. You will only lose is the ultra-wide angle camera, 1 hour extra battery, and new processing power.
This was the best-selling iPhone of the previous generation so it will still be updated for a long time afterwards. The XR comes in 6 different colors; White, Black, Blue, Coral, Yellow, Red, and starts at only $599 for 64GB!
4. Galaxy S10/S10+
Samsung’s newest offering to their S-line is one of the best phones for college students because of the versatility it offers. You can use the S10 as a phone as well as a desktop computer thanks to Samsung Dex. When you plug the S10 into a TV or monitor via HDMI it launches the Samsung Dex Experience which feels like Windows and allows you to browse the web, type a paper, make a PowerPoint, and do light editing.
Similar to the iPhone 11 Pro Max, it features a triple camera setup with a telephoto lens, wide angle, and ultra-wide angle. There are 6 different colors; Prism White, Ceramic White, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink, Prism Black, Ceramic Black with a cost of $899 for the S10 and $999.99 for the S10+ with 128GB of storage.
6. Note 10/10+
Samsung’s newest Note 10 series is very similar to the S10 series except it has a bigger screen and stylus. This means the Note 10 is one of the many very handy phones for college students. As you can use the stylus to take down notes in class and on the go work. You can also work on papers in multi-screen mood right on the phone!
The huge battery in the Note 10+ leads to more than a day of use on a single charge. If you do manage to drain the battery, you can charge it for 30 minutes which can offer you hours of power. Just like the S10+ it offers telephoto lens, wide angle, and ultra-wide angle. This line offers 4 colors; Oura Glow, Oura Blue, Oura White, Oura Black for $950 for the Note 10 and $1100 for Note 10+ with 256GB in storage!
7. Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL
The Pixel is known as the king of phone cameras and the cleanest android experience designed by google. It uses a single lens system but has artificial intelligence and machine learning in order to produce the sharpest photos out of any phone on the market. It has features like portrait mode, night sight, and unlimited photo storage in the cloud. This is one of the best phones for college students if you are looking for a phone that has great cameras and produces great photos!
It also has all the all the latest specs and gets android updates first. So your never left behind. There are 3 colors; Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink for the $499 Pixel 3 and $599 for the 3XL with 64GB in storage.
8. Pixel 3a/3aXL
Much like its bigger siblings, the 3a has an amazing camera but also offers an amazing value. Although it doesn’t have the top of line specs, it is well optimized so it runs just as smooth. This phone allows you to save money and still get great specs. The 3a starts at only $399 and can go as low as $149 with eligible iPhone trade in. There are 3 color; Just Black, Purple-ish, Clearly White for $399 for 3a and $479 for the XL with 64GB in storage!
9. Oneplus 7 Pro
A company you might have not heard of, Oneplus is known as the flagship killer. They offer phones with flagship specs for half the price. The Oneplus 7 Pro has similar specs to the Note 10 for half the cost. It also features a must faster screen which means it is very sooth when using in day to day operations. There are 3 colors; Almond, Mirror Gray, and Nebula Blue for $669 with 128GB of storage!
10. Oneplus 7T
The Oneplus 7T, the company’s latest offering brings in the newest processor even faster than the 7 Pro and Note 10. Still features the same fast refresh display of the 7 pro. Now packing a triple camera setup like the competition. It is a great phone for a great price. There are 2 colors; Glacier Blue and Frosted Silver for $599 with 128GB of storage!
All of these are great phones for college students, some without breaking the bank! Do you have one of these phones? What do you think of them? Tell us in the comments below!
Brooke is a senior at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in Education. She is from Waterbury, Vermont, and loves her puppies and kittens which are currently at home waiting for her. Brooke is a dedicated student and spends most of her time working and study.