Social networking has become an integral part of today’s popular culture. Whether you’re a fan of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or all of the above, using social networking platforms is almost a necessity in today’s world, especially if you want to keep in contact with friends, and know about all sorts of events going on in your community. Read on to find six of the best smartphones for social networking, so you can stay connected in style.
Samsung Galaxy S5
This powerhouse of an affordable smartphone is preloaded with Facebook, and the rest of the popular social media apps are free from the Google App store. With a super streamlined OS, the Samsung Galaxy S5 makes it easy to share interesting articles, pictures, and status updates with your friends and family. It includes a professional quality 16MP camera mounted on the back that takes gorgeous pictures, plus a front facing camera for cute selfies. If you’re willing to pay a bit more, upgrade to the S6 for even more features.
Apple iPhone 6S
With Apple’s famed iSight camera and the inclusion of Facebook, the iPhone 6S makes accessing social media a breeze. There is also the built-in app FaceTime, for video calling using the rear-facing HD camera. Apple has finally included widgets in the pull down screen, so you can more easily make status updates or tweets while you’re on the go. Plus, Apple’s iTunes Store has tons of different social media options, including multi-tasking apps that will let you time your tweets and post simultaneously to multiple platforms, among other ideas.
The main competitor for Samsung and Apple, the LG G4 is a beautifully designed phone with streamlined social media functionality. Add widgets to the main screen of your phone for easy updates and notifications. You can also have new notifications from a variety of apps display on your lock screen when you receive them, so you’re always in the know, even if you don’t have time to look through your feeds. The LG G4′s camera rivals that of the iPhone with a higher pixel count, which means even more beautiful and detailed photos to share.
Motorola Moto X Pure
This perks of this phone can be summed up in two words: Water resistance. Want to take a quick snap or post an update about a great event you’re at, but it’s drizzling? With the Moto X Pure, that’s no problem. While not fully submersible, the water resistance on the Moto X means you don’t have to worry about rain or fog, making it the perfect on-the-go phone. It doesn’t have some of the OS upgrades like the G4 or 6S, but for social media users that travel or spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s a great alternative with a more affordable price tag. Plus, the camera tops out at 21MP, much higher than most of the others on the list.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Galaxy Note 5 is one of the largest phones on the list, but that big screen means you can better keep track of everything on social media platforms. Plus, the Note 5 has a gorgeous camera, and with the big screen, you can better see what you’re taking pictures of — the phone has been especially noted for its wonderful outdoor picture-taking abilities. Plus, this phone has a stylus, which makes it easier to use for those who don’t like using their fingers to navigate phone screens.
The follow-up to the G4 by a few months, the LG V10 has stainless steel bumpers and a shock-absorbing back, in case of accidental drops. Plus, it has two front facing cameras for wide-screen shots, or the option to just use the typical 80 degree camera. The LG V10 has one of the most innovative screens on the market — a second screen at the top of the phone is always on, displaying time and important notifications to keep you up to date without having to wake the main screen.
All of the phones on this list are excellent for social media use, and have specialized features to help you get the most out of your phone while keeping in contact with friends, family, and the world around you.