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More - Nov 21, 2016

The Hottest Handsets to Give this Holiday Season

Surprise a loved one (or treat yourself) with one of the best phones of 2016

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Whether you’re in the market for a new smartphone for yourself or shopping for a device to put under the tree, 2016 yielded more than a fistful of great hardware sure to make you hem and haw a bit when deciding. To make things easier, we’ve rounded up some of the year’s best.

Google Pixel / Pixel XL

The Ultimate Android Experience

Designed in-house at Google and loaded with cleverness, the Pixel (and its supersized sibling, the Pixel XL) is an amalgam of beauty and power. Its seamless glass-aluminum body with curved edges is a pleasure to look upon and a delight to hold. The 12.3-MP camera on its rear side earned the best score ever handed out by the mobile-image-quality gurus at DxOMark. It’s also the first phone to have Google Assistant built in, making it easier than ever to manage travel, track daily tasks and get the information you need when you need it. Plus, it automatically clears storage by uploading space-hogging pictures and videos to the cloud while allowing you to instantly retrieve them when needed. It’s basically the ultimate Android phone.

At a Glance:

  • Top-rated mobile camera, according to DxOMark
  • First phone with Google Assistant built in
  • Smart Storage means you’ll never run out of space


Moto Z / Moto Z Play

Your Phone, Your Way

Thanks to Moto’s magnetic mods, few phones are more customizable than the Moto Z and the Moto Z Play. Want better pictures? Snap on the Hasselblad True Zoom camera mod to gain 10x optical zoom, a Xenon flash and RAW-format file support. Craving better audio? Attach the JBL SoundBoost speaker to turn your phone into a portable boom box. Need to share with the whole room? Connect the Moto Insta-Share projector and throw up a 70-inch image on any flat surface. It's a phone worth having even without the mods, thanks to a gorgeous, ultra-thin metal frame, lightning-quick recharges and a brilliant AMOLED display.

At a Glance:

  • Optional mods for photography, audio, projecting
  • Moto Z’s gorgeous metal frame is the world’s thinnest
  • Super-fast battery recharging


iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus

The Best iPhones Yet

Apple’s latest smartphones are all about subtle but substantial upgrades. They offer twice the storage of their predecessors at each price tier, have displays that are 25% brighter, run on a powerful new chip that makes them 40 to 50% faster, and are now much less susceptible to water damage (they can withstand being dunked in a metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes). They’re also equipped with a slick new non-mechanical Home button, which simulates traditional clicks with haptic feedback, and a bigger battery that keeps them running for around an hour longer than previous models. All this, and they’re available in a pair of new colours, too: Black and Jet Black.

At a Glance: 

  • Quicker, brighter and longer lasting than previous iPhones
  • Designed to survive bathtub tumbles
  • Haptic Home button delivers contextual feedback


Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge

A Galaxy of Possibilities in the Palm of Your Hand

The Galaxy S7’s feature set reads like a laundry list of stuff savvy smartphone shoppers want. A 12-MP camera that can capture images to rival those of a professional photographer? Check. Durable? It’s built to resist water, dust and scratches. Secure? You’re not getting in without a fingerprint scan. Add in a peerless 5.1 Super AMOLED screen (with stunning, functional curved sides, if you opt for the Edge), super-speedy battery recharging and a powerful chipset that will smoothly render even the most visually intense mobile games, and it’s not hard to understand why Galaxy handsets are still the top choice for most Android lovers looking for a luxury device. And, just in time for the holidays, Rogers will offer the Galaxy S7 Edge in two new colours: Blue (launching November 29) and Silver (available November 22).

At a Glance:

  • Terrific 12-MP f/1.7 primary camera
  • Stunning Super AMOLED display with curved edges (Edge only)
  • Blazing-fast battery-recharge speed


LG G5

Boldy Different

LG’s flagship handset bravely eschews traditional design in its quest to be a smarter phone. The bottom section of the chassis pops off, making it easy to swap out batteries or attach optional audio and camera modules. But the G5's built-in dual camera is no slouch. One lens captures crisp 16-MP images, while a second with a vast 135-degree field of vision – broader than your eye can see – delivers terrific wide-angle shots. It also incorporates a cleverly designed screen that constantly displays a clock and any incoming notifications, saving battery life by keeping you from turning your phone on every few minutes just to check the time. It’s an outside-the-box phone for people who aren’t afraid to try something a bit different.

At a Glance:

  • Modular design allows for swappable battery, optional audio and camera modules
  • Dual rear camera captures both standard and wide-angle shots
  • Smart screen saves battery life by constantly displaying time, notifications


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