Strolling around campus without a smartphone is like, well, you probably don’t even want to think about it. How else would you keep tabs on all your classes and assignments, stay in the know with Twitter and share photos via Instagram and Snapchat? There are also plenty of student apps that can help you cram for tests or solve superchallenging math problems. But picking the right device for your needs doesn’t need to feel like homework. Here are five great smartphones for students that will keep you connected and entertained for years to come.
Students like to share lots and lots of photos, and the Lumia 1020 is guaranteed to get you more likes on your pics than any other smartphone — assuming you shoot interesting stuff. The 41-megapixel sensor and six lenses inside this AT&T-exclusive Windows Phone combine to capture an incredible amount of detail. We love that you can zoom in or out on a photo after it's taken, which should reveal all sorts of tasty tidbits. The Nokia Pro Camera app will let you tweak everything from the shutter speed and focus to white balance with a few quick flicks. Sure, the $299 price tag is fairly steep, but it's less than half as much as what you'll spend on college textbooks for one year.