The best smartphones for travelers

From digital maps to translations to photography to reservations, smartphones have changed the way we travel. But when it comes to features, not all phones are created equal. Today we offer to your attention a guide to the best features and phones to help you make the most of your next journey.

iPhone 11


The iPhone 11, with 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display and powerful processing speeds, is an affordable and legitimately great follow-up to the X.

It has the 12-megapixel front facing camera. In addition to an excellent, automatic Night Mode, it touts an entertaining ultrawide-angle effect, which gives you a 120-degree field of view, as well as a Portrait mode for things like super close-up pet shots. In addition, we welcome the slofie: a slow-motion selfie feature in video mode. There are three cameras in all, two prominently housed on the back side, making the overall design a little less sleek.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus


This powerful Android features a giant screen measuring a whopping 6.8 inches. The massive HDR10+ certified screen is a Dynamic AMOLED panel and offers vivid, super-bright video.

What makes this iteration special is the S Pen. The Note has always been known for its stylus feature and the S Pen, which allows you to precisely and simply navigate all the different tasks and features the 10 Plus has to offer. The newest additions, a gyroscope and accelerometer, allow you to control your phone using the S Pen from up to 15 feet away. You are able to take photos or switch modes in the camera app without being anywhere near the phone. And with 256GB storage and a MicroSD slot, you’ll never have to worry about storing all those images.

The Note Plus has three cameras, two 12-megapixel lenses and a 16 megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and it offers a Night Mode for low-light situations. In addition, it has a 3D Scanner, which allows you to scan, then animate any object using motion capture, and AR Doodle, which lets you draw right on top of people in the camera view, and whatever you draw will follow that person as they move around the frame.

Google Pixel 3a


This lower-priced phone from Google makes the most of its lower price point – featuring a premium experience including blazing fast speeds. Its plastic back makes it significantly lighter than the Pixel 3 yet it sports the same color schemes as its more expensive siblings. There’s a headphone jack, which is missing in more expensive handsets. A full HD screen and 24-bit color depth make watching videos a dream, and the camera has the same rear camera specs as the Pixel 3. Capturing motion isn’t a problem, and the Night Sight mode allows for excellent low-light images.


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