Best duopoly phones for displaced Windows users
Two years ago today, Windows 10 Mobile was finally released to the public. It lasted less than 19 months before Microsoft killed it.
As everyone knows, there is officially a duopoly in the smartphone industry, and the usually outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been totally quiet about it — and for no good reason.
That is the world we are in now, though.
That said, there are duopoly phones you can get if support for your Windows phone has ended.
Here are our recommended duopoly phones.
IPhone 6s Plus: this is one of the three IPhones we can recommend, and the largest IPhone we are recommending. The IPhone 6s Plus has an amazing camera that rivals that of the Google Pixel. Also, it is capable of being held by a selfie stick (unlike the HP Elite x3), which means butt naked selfies on the main avenue is no problem. And it is compatible with most of T-Mobile’s network (not compatible with Band 66).
IPhone 6s: this is one of the three IPhones we are recommending. The IPhone 6s has an amazing camera that rivals that of the Huawei Nexus 6P. It is compatible with most of T-Mobile’s network (not compatible with Band 66).
IPhone SE: this is one of the three IPhones we can recommend, and the smallest IPhone we are recommending. The IPhone SE has an amazing camera for such a small phone (the screen is just four inches). It is compatible with most of T-Mobile’s network (not compatible with Band 66).
Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition: formerly known as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung repaired the ill fated phablet and made the batteries smaller and safer. The result is an experience that Note 7 users wanted in 2016. However, the only way to get this phone is to get it from eBay, the only online store that is selling the devices in the US.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active: this is one of only two phones with capacitive buttons on the recommended list. The S7 active has everything a simple smartphone user not on Windows could want: a good camera, capacitive buttons, a headphone jack, military build (shatter proof) and water resistance (IP68 rating). Oh and yea, it is now affordable too.
Samsung Galaxy S8: this phone from 2017 is as good as the S9. Sure, it will not have the ability to do slow motion video, but the phone is among the best — the S8 was a complete makeover from the S7 as it is larger and has an improved front facing camera. Oh, and it had the added pressure of being the first phone Samsung made since the Note 7 debacle.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: this is the second superphone ever released (the HP Elite x3 was the first), and by far the most successful (pending sales of the Galaxy S9 Plus). Like every other Samsung high end phone that has been released since 2017, it cut no corners when the Seoul corporation made it, while making it dual camera and IP68 rated.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: this phone has just been released, with a combination of S8 Plus and Note 8 thrown in. It also has an improved dual camera, with the ability to capture slow motion video.
LG X Venture: the LG X Venture is one of two phones with capacitive buttons (the other is the Galaxy S7 Active) on the recommended list. It is also the cheapest of the phones on this list, costing under $200 on Swappa and eBay. This phone is affordable for everyone and storage can be expanded.
LG G6: Yes, the G7 is around the corner, but the G6 has quickly become affordable, in many cases, less than $350 online. Its rear camera has a (somewhat) unique dual setup, with the dual tone flash in-between the lenses.
LG V30: This phone has been named as one of the best phones of 2017, and it is easy to see why. It had, until the S9 Plus came along, the best dual camera of all-time. Much like with Samsung’s line of high end phones, no corners were cut here. Oh and yea, it is the first phone to have the new LTE band…Band 71. However, it will cost you a good bit.
Motorola Moto x4: this phone has an excellent front camera. It has a great body. It has expanded memory. It is midrange. Sadly, it is also the last of the X series of phones, and the only Motorola phone that is verifiably water resistant — none of the Z series of phones are water resistant.