Christmas 2016 is creeping up on us at lightning speed. If you’re looking to spoil someone with some new tech or treat yourself to something flashy then a new phone might be the perfect Christmas gift.

Waking up to a shiny new mobile phone in your Chrissy stocking would be a great start to Christmas day. Apart from giving you the freedom to shop around for a new phone plan as your needs change, we’ve crunched the numbers to show that buying a phone outright for Christmas and pairing it with a SIM-only plan is actually cheaper than diving straight into a contract a 12- or 24-month contract:

With so many new phones released in 2016, what’s the best mobile phone to buy outright?

Let me run you through four of the best phones (in my humble opinion) that you should buy this Christmas.

1. iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus – the people’s choice

Arguably two of, if not the most popular phones on the market, the iPhone 7 release earlier this year was highly anticipated although it wasn’t completely clear of criticism. The removal of the headphone jack created a bit of an uproar but Apple devotees haven’t let this deter them from purchase. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is still a fantastic step up from its predecessors. For the first time in iPhone history it is water resistant, welcome news for those who are a little rough with their devices or a tad clumsy.

Buy it for: The Apple devotee

Key specs:

  • Display - 4.7 inch for the iPhone 7 and 5.5 inch for the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Storage – 32GB, 128GB or 256GB
  • Camera – 12 megapixel main camera for the iPhone 7 and 12 megapixel dual cameras for the iPhone 7 Plus (one wide angle and the other telephoto), 7 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Operating system – iOS 10
  • Protective features – Splash, dust and water resistant

Head to the Apple site for more detailed iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus specs.

RRP:
The Apple iPhone 7 32GB starts at $1,079 and the iPhone 7 Plus 32Gb starts at $1,269. Check out Apple’s website for more information.

2. Google Pixel & Pixel XL – the newcomer shaking things up

This new release from the tech giant lives up to the hype, offering a seamless transition from your existing Apple or Android device, integration with your Gmail and Google Drive, an in-built Google Assistant activated through voice control and one of the best quality cameras to be built into any smartphone to date. While the design may not be as flashy as some others in market at the moment, the functionality speaks for itself. If you’re looking for a change from Apple or Samsung then the Google Pixel is one to watch.

Buy it for: The budding photographer in your life

Key specs:

  • Display - 5 inch for the Pixel and 5.5 inch for the Pixel XL
  • Storage – 32GB or 128GB
  • Camera – 12.3 megapixel main camera and 8 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Operating system – Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Protective features – N/A

Check out some more detailed Google Pixel specs.

RRP:
The Google Pixel 32GB starts at $1,079 and the Pixel XL 32GB starts at $1,269, for more information head to the pixels website.

3. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge – the stylish and sophisticated pick

The newbie from Samsung has some pretty great features including a high quality screen, wireless charging capabilities, and a curved front and back design making it both stylish and super functional. The camera is impressive, although a teeny step down from what the folks over at Google are bringing to the table.

Buy it for: A Fandroid looking for an upgrade

Key specs:

  • Display – 5.5 inch
  • Storage – 32GB or 64GB
  • Camera – 12 megapixel main camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Operating system – Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8890 Octa-core
  • Protective features – Water and dust resistant

Check out the Samsung website for more detailed Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge specs.

RRP:
The Samsung galaxy S7 Edge 32GB retails for $1,149 and the 64GB model retails for $1,249.

4. LG G5 – the one with the tough exterior

One of the key selling points of the LG G5 is that, unlike the majority of other smartphone released this year (or in quite a while), it has a slide-out removable battery plus an aluminium build making it quite a sturdy mobile. It’s got a wide angle lens camera for more impressive photos, a classy modular design and a tough screen that claims itself to be ‘damage resistant’ – is this the smartphone version of the indestructible Nokia 3210? Time will tell.

Buy it for: That one person always dropping their phone

Key specs:

  • Display – 5.3 inch
  • Storage – 32GB
  • Camera – 16 megapixel main camera, 8 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Operating system – Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Protective features – Gorilla Glass 4 screen that is damage resistant

Head to the LG site for more detailed LG G5 specs.

RRP:
The LG G5 retails for $1,099.

I hope this mini-guide has helped you to find the best mobile phone for you or your special someone. And don’t forget to tee your new phone up with one of our great value, no lock-in contract mobile plans – just bring your own (new phone) and your existing number, simple!

Happy festive season!

Cheers,
Mark

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