With its ease of use and powerful features, the T5i is a great step from a point-and-shoot or smartphone.
The phone in your pocket is OK for quick snapshots. But for challenging subjects or lighting, you need an actual camera. These five entry-level DSLRs make the upgrade easy.
If you aren't wedded to Canon or Nikon, the budget-priced Sony Alpha a58 offers a ton of features and good image quality.
The Canon EOS T5 is relatively inexpensive and takes care of the basics, but it doesn't offer all the bells and whistles you might want.
The D3300 is the rare DSLR that will please both beginner digital shutterbugs as well as those with more experience.