Smartphones are indispensable for traveling — you can use them to navigate new cities, translate questions in an unfamiliar language, and, of course, take stellar photos of your trip. If you're looking for an upgrade or need an unlocked phone for a foreign sim card, check out our list of best options for the road.
Moto G Plus
This phone offers all the features of an expensive smart phone (great camera, sleek design, and a good amount of storage) at a budget-friendly price of $299. It's universally unlocked, so ideal for traveling internationally, and has One Button Nav, which turns your phone into a mini tablet with an effective fingerprint sensor.
One Plus is another relatively affordable option that costs less than models from Apple or Samsung, but looks just as modern and chic. It has 8GB of RAM, which makes using multiple apps at the same time a breeze, and has a regular headphone jack, meaning you can bring just one set of headphones for the plane, your computer, and your smartphone.
Huawei Mate 9
Are you the type of traveler that likes to spend a whole day exploring? If so, consider the Huawei Mate 9. With a long-lasting battery, a display perfect for streaming movies, and a processor that can handle work-friendly tasks like Adobe Photoshop Express, it's a JS editor fave for staying connected on the go.
The word on the street is that the forthcoming iPhone 8 doesn’t offer that many improvements over the iPhone 7. And given all the great features of the trusty iPhone 7 — a stellar camera, water and dust-resistant body, and powerful retina HD display that supports 3D touch — we're not planning on upgrading anytime soon — especially now that we might be able to score a great model for a much lower price.
This is a fast-performing android phone, which, as its name implies, provides an elevated visual experience for its use with must-have apps and icons. Of those apps, Google Assistant merges all of your favorite Google programs such as Mail, Calendar and Maps with an AI interface. But the phone's big draw is undeniably its ability to create stable, smooth footage no matter how action-packed your scene may be.
LG Electronics V20
If you're planning on spending a few days off the grid, invest in the LG Electronics V20, which has a swappable battery that allows you to go for long stretches of time without having to charge your phone. You can also add storage with a microSD, in case you want to make extra room for photos, videos or other files, and record audio.