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Last updated: 04 October 2018

Choosing the right smartphone can be mind-boggling. You need to consider a range of factors such as operating system, size, features, functions and price – and that's before you even get started navigating the complexities of a mobile phone plan.

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We test and review smartphones, ranging in price from top end to rock bottom, to help you choose the best phone for:

  • web-browser performance
  • sound, picture and video quality
  • battery life
  • display
  • email and SMS performance
  • handling
  • durability.
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Internal memory is the storage on the phone itself which will be used to contain both the Operating System (OS) as well as any other stuff you want to keep on your phone such as photos, video, apps etc.

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A memory card is a good expandable memory option to store photos, video and music.

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A phone with a 3.5mm jack will let you use a standard set of headphones to listen to music. USB-C and Lightning connections forces you to use special headphones that are often expensive and of variable quality.

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We assess the size of the display as well as quality of the image with regard to sharpness and colour clarity.

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We assess how well the phone performs as a digital camera.

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Durability score

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We drop the phone from a table or out of a shirt pocket up to 25 times; store the phones in hot, damp conditions; and carry out a rain test.

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Internet score

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How easy it is to start the browser, navigate to sites, enter addresses and use favourites and bookmarks? We also do a practical test on content downloads and award extra points for Wi-Fi connectivity.

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  • Sound quality score
  • Camera score
  • Music score
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  • Texting score
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  • Synchronisation score
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  • Time in use 3G (hours)
  • Standby time 3G (days)
  • USB connection
  • Wi-Fi (b/g/n)
  • Camera resolution (Mp)
  • Front camera resolution (Mp)
  • LED flash
  • HD video capture
  • NFC
  • Standard headphone jack
  • Removable memory card (microSD)
  • Bluetooth
  • FM radio
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Internal memory (GB)
  • Internal memory available (GB)
  • Maximum memory (GB)
  • SAR (W/kg)
  • Battery capacity (mAh)
  • Operating system
  • Screen resolution (px, WxH)
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