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Last tested: 20 November 2015

For most of us, the smartphone is an essential tool in our daily lives but choosing the right mobile 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. 

Not sure what features you need? Use our smartphone buying guide to find out, and see how we test smartphones.

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We test and review more than 60 smartphones, ranging in price from $149 to $1379, to help you choose the best phone for:

  • web-browser performance
  • sound, picture and video quality
  • battery life
  • display
  • reception
  • email and SMS performance
  • handling
  • durability.
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Internal memory
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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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4G or LTE (long term evolution) is a wireless standard to get faster online performance from your mobile phone.

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A memory card is a good expandable memory option to store photos, video and music. Check to see exactly which type of card you'll need, as all the models we tested that support removable memory use microSD cards.

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We measure the phones' receiving sensitivity and sending power (particularly important in areas with poor network coverage) in both the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for GSM networks and on 2100MHz for the 3G network.

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Durability score
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We simulate falls 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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Specifications

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  • Overall score
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  • Internet-score
  • Reception-score
  • Sound-quality-score
  • Email score
  • Camera score
  • Music score
  • Video score
  • Handling score
  • Touchscreen score
  • SMS score
  • GPS score
  • Synchronisation score
  • Display score
  • Durability score
  • Personal hotspot
  • Maximum video resolution
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  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Time in use 3G hours
  • Standby time 3G days
  • USB connection
  • Charging via usb
  • WiFi bgn
  • Camera resolution megapixels
  • Front camera resolution megapixels
  • LED flash
  • Xenon flash
  • Front facing camera
  • Autofocus
  • HD video capture
  • NFC
  • HD Voice (AMR-WB)
  • Standard headphone jack
  • Removable memory card microsd
  • Bluetooth 3
  • FM radio
  • A-GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Internal memory
  • Internal memory available
  • Maximum Memory
  • Tethering via USB
  • SAR (W/kg)
  • Battery capacity mah
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  • Name of application store
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  • Weight
  • Removable battery
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