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Aug 14, 2018

Four great devices to prepare you for heading back to school

Let us help you find the perfect pocket companion for campus life

Acing back to school is a lot easier with a little help from the right device. You need a phone that can handle both work and play. It has to help you communicate with peers and capture memories. And it needs to be able to keep pace with you from the moment you wake up through to the wee hours. It's more than a phone, it's your reliable companion day in and day out. To help you pick the right one, we've compiled a short list of strong contenders.

Samsung's AR emojis mirror your own face.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 is Samsung's star pupil. It has a stunning 5.8-inch curved Super AMOLED display that literally runs over the phone's sides, providing an edge-to-edge picture unlike any other. Its 12MP rear camera snatches moments from the air with flair, and can make them even more dramatic with Super Slow Motion. And Samsung's AR emojis let you express yourself to friends and family like never before by using the S9's camera to mirror your own face. It's a superlative campus assistant.

Get a Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Tab E tablet – both for $0 on select two-year plans and receive a free Google Home Mini while supplies last.

A look at iPhone 8's glass body design

Apple iPhone 8

Apple's 8th generation iPhone may also be its prettiest, thanks to its gorgeous glass body design. And it's got brains to match its beauty thanks to the A11 Bionic, Apple's fastest chip yet, guaranteed to help you get maximum performance from your favourite mobile games while smartly conserving power. Add in an outstanding new camera – professional looking portraits have never been easier – paired with Apple's ultra-sharp Retina HD display and you've got a phone that will turn your fellow scholars green with envy.

For a limited time customers save up to $250 on latest iPhones, available on select 2-year plans. And keep in mind that an iPhone purchase gives you 30% off on Beats headphones at participating Rogers stores.

Google's Pixel 2 XL can get seven hours of battery life from a 15-minute charge.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google's Pixel 2 XL exemplifies why the word "smart" has been added to our phones. It can recognize and provide information on just about any subject you capture in a picture and identify a song being played in a restaurant just by listening to it. You can use your voice – or simply give your phone a squeeze – to have Google Assistant activate GPS, text your friends, or even grab a selfie. And thanks to lightning fast charging speeds – get up to seven hours of juice from a 15-minute jack-in – it's always ready when you are.

Get a Google Pixel 2 XL – or any of the latest Android smartphones – starting at $0 on select two-year plansand receive a free Google Home Mini. While supplies last.

Scribble notes on the Galaxy Note9 with the enhanced Bluetooth S-Pen. Also shown: Gear IconX cord-free earbuds.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Thanks to its huge and beautiful display, enhanced Bluetooth S-Pen, long-lasting battery, and new 10-nanometre chipset (Samsung's fastest yet), the Note9 is essentially incomparable. Scribble notes in class the way you would with a traditional pen and notebook, then plug it into a DeX Pad or DeX Station (sold separately) back in your dorm to pound out essays – no desktop or laptop needed. You don't need to be the smartest student on campus to own the smartest phone.

Preorder a Samsung Galaxy Note9 by August 23, 2018 and get a pair of Gear IconX cord-free earbuds (MSRP: $299). Plus get a free Google Home Mini when you activate or upgrade to this phone on select two-year plans. While supplies last.

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