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Top Rated Gifts for this Black Friday Season – Televisions and Smartphones – Part 2

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As we’ve firstly talked about TV’s here is the second part presenting the greatest smartphones gifts for this year’s Black Friday Season.

  1. Apple iPhone 6S

Apple iPhone 6S

Coming in at a cost of around $200 as part of a plan on a U.S. carrier, or between $600-$700 without carrier subsidies, the Apple iPhone 6s comes at a standard price for a top phone, its speed is clearly improved over the iPhone 6, due to both a faster processor and faster wireless. It also adds new touch screen technology called 3D Touch, which although not an absolute “game-changer” is certainly an improvement. It’s also less likely to break than its predecessor and has a camera with live photos and 4K video, as can be expected of Apple products, it looks great, runs great and people love it.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung’s Apple iPhone 6S Plus competitor the Galaxy Note 5 continues to build on its well-regarded reputation, with its latest model, it has a 16MP camera, 4GB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery into a thing body and under a 5.7inch display. It also sells at a similar price point to Apple’s iPhone 6S, with a subsidized cost of $200 and cost of around $700 without carrier subsidies. Oh, and it also has a great stylus, which for all the 1990’s throwback ridicule, is actually a great accessory.

  1. LG V10

LG V10

Selling between $250 and $300 with carrier subsidies and $600-$700 without, the LG V10 comes in at the standard price range set by Apple and Samsung flagship phones. It has a great camera, that offers a manual mode, a fingerprint sensor and the customizability of a removable battery and expandable memory. It also boasts a 5.7inch display, a weight of 6.77 ounces. It also has a couple of other very cool features, such as a dual screen and a second finger print reader on the back of the phone.

  1. Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P

You can get this wallet friendly phone on Amazon for only $619. Despite some news of user complaints, Shadow’s expansive view of user opinion indicates that those stories are probably overblown. The 6P’s specs aren’t shabby considering the price, it has a 5.7inch AMOLED display, 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 2.0GHz Octa-core processor and 3GB of internal storage. It’s a solid Android option.

  1. Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

The unlocked 16 gig version in $850, the 64gig version will cost about $950, and the top of the line 128GB version costs just over $1000. It’s not cheap by any measure, but it comes with the same great features of the 6S (including 3D touch), is powered by a powerful 64-bit A9 chip and a 5.5inch high definition screen. It’s all the great iPhone features in a bigger body, but perhaps some people aren’t too happy with the price.

  1. Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

For the budget minded phone buyer, Apple’s past model, the iPhone 6 offers great quality for less, it starts at $550 for an unlocked 16GB model and $650 for the unlocked 64GB model and it is still quite powerful and packed with features. Boasting a 4.7 inch Retina display, a powerful A* chip and a great 8-megapixel camera, plus HD video, it’s not slouch. It has a proven reputation and as with most Apple products, above average customer service.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

A 5.7 inch screen, 16MP camera, 4GB of RAM and a powerful 1.5GHz processor is enough to become a crowd favorite. However, according to the crowd, it has lost its coveted position as the top contender to knock of the iPhone as the best of a crowded smartphone market, being priced at $779 for a 32GB version and close to $860 for the 64GB isn’t doing it any favors.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

At around $600 for an unlocked 32GB version, it’s priced competitively, the Galaxay S6 also features a fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, a 5.1 inch AMOLED display, 16MP main camera and 5MP front camera. It’s a great phone, with tons of features at an affordable price, but just as iPhone users are always wary of buying before the next model comes out, Samsung diehards may want to wait until the S7 debuts with a rumored ability to support (again) swappable microSD cards.

  1. LG G4

LG G4

The G4 might have some stiff competition when it comes to features, but it is the hands down winner when it comes to cases. Its genuine leather case is a seemingly unique standard feature that users love and they should after the 12-week manufacturing process involved. Beyond the case, it offers what you would expect, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 5.5inch quad HD screen, 16MP rear camera and microSD card support.

  1. Motorola Moto X Pure

Motorola Moto X Pure

It’s an affordable $399.99 direct from Motorola for the standard 16GB version, it has a 5.7inch high resolution screen, an impressive 21MP camera, 3GB of RAM and a dual core 1.8GHZ CPU. It’s also boasts a water repellent Nano coating, which has led to user praise of its durability, it’s not the best phone of the bunch, but it’s a solid choice at a very affordable price.