As a travel editor, I do love taking pictures, though. And I take tons of them—thousands and thousands on any given trip, almost entirely on smartphones. I take my Instagram game seriously and occasionally have images published here, on the very site you’re reading. For years, I’ve been so dependent on mobile photography that I’ve committed to carrying around two phones—one, an Android, that’s easier to type on, and the other, an iPhone, that has stronger apps and a killer camera.
For the last few weeks, I carried three: Google’s Pixel, the iPhone 7 Plus, and the Moto Z, the latest entrants to the mobile photography race. (The Moto has flown largely under the radar, but its key selling point is its compatibility with magnetic “mods” that include a portable speaker and an attachable Hasselblad 4116 True Zoom camera.) We are living in the first true golden era of smartphone photography.