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The best phones for students

Discover the best phones for campus life

Study while on the go, email professors or stay in touch with friends and family back home – get the full university experience with an affordable smartphone that gets straight A’s.

Which are the best phones for students?

Ready to graduate to an upgrade?  We’ve compared the top smartphones for display, processor speed and camera quality – with prices to suit your student budget in a wide range of Pay monthly mobile plans.

Apple iPhone XR

Succeed in your studies with iPhone XR. Read your lecture notes on the all-new 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display and keep track of your schedule with Siri. The smart Bionic chip with Neural Engine uses real-time machine learning that transforms the way you experience photos, gaming and augmented reality. Shoot stunning group selfies with the wide-angle TrueDepth camera or turn yourself into a Memoji.

Samsung Galaxy J5

Study smarter not harder with the Galaxy J5.  Turn on Dual Messenger to keep personal and school contacts separate. Stream videos with ease or flip through flashcards on the go with the speedy Snapdragon 410 processor. And when class is over, take perfect group selfies with your mates using Wide Selfie mode and 13-megapixel dual cameras. 

Sony Xperia XA1

Make the most of your undergrad years with the Xperia XA1. With a brilliant 23-megapixel rear camera, you’ll capture those special uni memories.  Stream videos, download assignments or FaceTime with ease thanks to a speedy processor. And with built-in intelligence that learns your preferences, you can spend more time living in the moment.

Huawei P20 Lite

Kick-start the school year with the Huawei P20 Lite. A bright, 5.84-inch screen with Huawei FullView FHD+ display makes chatting on FaceTime, viewing photos and web surfing a pleasure. Boost your social game with flawless selfies or take professional snapshots of campus life with the 16-megapixel Leica Dual Camera.

iPhone SE

Go where life takes you with the iPhone SE. Less than five inches tall, it’s perfect for compact dorm life or studying abroad. It comes packed with all you need, like a vivid Retina display and a clever A9 chip. With a 12-megapixel iSight rear camera and FaceTime HD front camera, you’ll bring your school year to life for loved-ones back home.

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