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Head back to school with these phones

Relieve the back-to-school blues by putting a top-notch phone in your pocket.

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Head to school with these phones

Summer is already over and school is back in session. Though the prospect of studying up in a classroom may not sound great, getting a phone may help relieve the back-to-school blues. Here are our top choices.

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Apple iPhone 7

User-friendly and equipped with a great camera, the iPhone 7 is a guaranteed win if you're already in the Apple iOS ecosystem.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is one of the most high-end phones around. Packing a crystal-clear 5.8-inch display, a 12-megapixel camera and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, the S8 is sure to be a winner.

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OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is affordable and superfast, with an 18-hour battery. Its camera takes great portraits and low-light shots and includes a 20-megapixel telephoto lens.

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HTC U11

The U11 is a performance monster. It's gorgeous front and back, it's water-resistant and it packs a big screen. In short, the phone ticks the boxes that matter.

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Google Pixel

With its fantastic camera and useful Assistant software, the Pixel is one of the best Androids around and stands out from the crowd. While we like the 5-inch pocket-friendly original, there's a 5.5-inch XL version too.

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Motorola Moto G5 Plus

The splash-resistant Moto G5 Plus has a near-stock version of Android Nougat, a metal build, and a camera that's good for photos and video -- and it's extremely kind to your wallet.

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Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra

The 5.2-inch XA1 and 6-inch XA1 Ultra are Sony's latest midrange offerings. Aside from their barely-there bezels, they have 23-megapixel cameras, 32GB of storage and MediaTek processors.

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LG G6

Aside from its waterproof design, the G6 has two cameras on the back, which includes a wide-angle lens. That means less straining for everybody with those group selfies. And if you're active on Instagram, the phone's Square Camera app will give tons of new photo tricks.

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Motorola Moto Z2 Play

With a strong battery life, clever software and magnetic Mod add-ons, the Motorola Z2 Play is a compelling midrange choice.

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Nokia 3310

While the rebooted 3310 isn't a good choice for your modern phone needs, nostalgia for old tech is real. It only has a 2-megapixel camera and 2-inch screen, but it'd make a cool secondary phone with its throwback design.

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