Updated on 1 December 2015 by

The best cellphones with WiFi also support tethering which can help you use our mobile phone to share your internet connection with other WiFi enabled devices.

Wi-Fi is a feature available in most modern smartphones. It is based on the hardware of the phone and is carrier independent. It is a mechanism for wirelessly connecting the smartphone to the Internet via a wireless network access point. An access point (or hotspot) has a range of about 20 meters (65 ft) indoors and a greater range outdoors. Hotspots are often found at restaurants, train stations, airports, libraries, hospitals, coffee shops and various other public establishments throughout the US.

The speed of the Wi-Fi connection depends on many factors including:

  • The distance between your phone & the wireless router.
  • Your broadband speed.
  • The capability of your phone hardware.
  • The number of devices using the hotspot.

Normally, the download speeds can vary from 1mbps to 8 mbps or more when connected to a broadband router.

Many public and private establishments and educational organizations offer free Wi-Fi access. Commercial Wi-Fi is also available with volume based billing. Here, authentication of the user will be required.

Another feature supported by new smartphones is Wi-Fi tethering. It allows your mobile device to share its Internet connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices, effectively making your phone a Wi-Fi hotspot. This might be useful when you need to go online from your laptop or PDA or e-book reader and there's no other means of Internet access available. This can also save money if you are using a paid data service on your cell-phone as it eliminates the need of separate hardware/connection for your laptop etc.

The best cellphones with WiFi of 2015 all support the latest WiFi standard - called 802.11n. The earlier standards, 802.11a/b/g, provided successively the capability of higher speeds and are now outpaced by the 802.11n standard.


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Motorola Moto G
LG Google Nexus 5
Apple iPhone 5s
Nokia Lumia 1520
Motorola Moto G Smartphone
LG Google Nexus 5 32 GB (Black) Smartphone
Apple iPhone 5s 16GB (Space Gray) - Unlocked
Nokia Lumia 1520 Unlocked LTE Smartphone
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$500 - $600
$390 - $1,500
$525 - $999
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Digital Camera Resolution
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
20.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.5 inch
4.95 inch
4.0 inch
6.0 inch
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based), Apple A7
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Battery Capacity
2070.0 mAh
2300.0 mAh
1560.0 mAh
3400.0 mAh
Operating System
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.4 (KitKat), Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android 4.4 (KitKat), Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop)
iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black, Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
Carrier
AT-T
T-Mobile
AT-T, Sprint
Verizon, AT-T
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100% Positive
85% Positive
15% Negative
63% Positive
37% Negative
100% Positive
Camera
30% Positive
70% Negative
36% Positive
64% Negative
100% Positive
84% Positive
16% Negative
Look and Feel
80% Positive
20% Negative
70% Positive
30% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
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37% Positive
63% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
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