Pokémon Go has everyone scattering across their city to catch an infamous Pokémon, collect cool items, and go into battle the gym leaders. This is serious business of running across lawns, parking lots, and colliding into others in the same pursuit. If you witness groups of people on a street, all looking down at their phone simultaneously, chances are they are deeply involved in this new location-based game.
Visualize the excitement of grade school recess, and you will nod in understanding of a crazy, fun phenomenon. You probably have already had someone run by you in anxious determination. This is the new explorer—technology made; fueled by an innovative game, a great phone, and the sought after fantasy of being a Pokémon master.
If you are ready to jump in, get some fun exercise and meet new people in an environment- situational pursuit, then all you need is a solid phone with network and GPS connectivity, a camera, and gyroscope. The most important essential is a hefty battery and maybe even a battery pack if you are a die-hard Pokémon enthusiast. Keeping this in mind, we have outlined the best phones to start your Pokémon Go Adventure.
Samsung phones are all-around excellent phones. If you own a Samsung, then you are most likely already off on your Pokémon Go journey. Whether you get the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge, they both feature a nice 2560 x 1440 resolution to see all your Pokémon details in a crisp and clear way. Samsung cameras are one of the best amongst cell phones, so count on using that Augmented Reality feature to see the Pokémon as if they have been living in our world for a long time without notice. Snap a picture before you grab that Pokémon. The battery life is the most important aspect of playing Pokémon Go. Samsung S7 holds a 3000 mAh while Samsung’s Edge will last a while longer with a 3600 mAh.
This is another android phone which integrates with Google heavily. The first best feature with BLU Energy X LTE is the price; it is less expensive than that of a Samsung or IPhone. It has a massive battery. How about a 4000 mAh battery to chase down those Pokémon’s? Another great advantage is the LTE support, meaning speedy data during the hunt. It also has a 5.5 full HD 1080p display and on the back is the 13 MP cameras with phase detection autofocus will push out some great high resolution photos. And if should you choose to show your sheer joy of chasing a Pokémon, there is a front-facing 5MP camera designed for those smiling selfies.
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact won’t disappoint you when it is down to conquering gyms. When you are pushed to venture outside your comfort zone, this phone is waterproof and dustproof. It may be smaller at only 4’6” this still may be to your advantage when heading into challenging environments. The GPS with GLONASS is perfect for using the Google location services. The Sony Xperia has a non-removable 2700mAh battery which delivers 77 hours and 520 hours at standby. The dedicated camera is an HD1080p for video and 5.1MP for photos. The Sony camera is superior with Steadyshot, hybrid autofocus, and geotagging.
Google’s Nexus 6P is a superior choice for a Pokémon Go phone. With a nice 5.7 display screen, it is running the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat. The screen is sharp and the camera is solid. The biggest draw here is the price, as it has been dropping dramatically with the next version of this phone right around the corner. The price and quality of hardware are hard to beat for the money. This phone will play Pokémon Go with the greatest of ease.
Motorola still makes great phones, and this one in particular is Pokémon Go compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks, so you can play the game regardless of your subscribed provider. It also has the GLONASS feature for location tracking and geotagging. Even the Moto X shines on with capturing Pokémon easily. Both of these Smartphones have a 3000mAh battery for longer hunting time.
Whatever phone fits you and the Pokemon system requirements is all up to you. After all, running across streets and through rugged urban environments requires fast legs, and a superior partner in a cell phone.