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Last updated: 15 June 2016

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. 

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We test and review more than 40 smartphones, ranging in price from $70 to $1379, 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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Operating system
Internal memory (GB)
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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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The size of the display as well as quality of the image with regard to sharpness and colour clarity.

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We measure a number of acoustic criteria, such as frequency response, for both incoming and outgoing calls. In addition, a user panel subjectively rates the sound quality of calls.

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Camera score
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We assess the phone's digital camera capabilities to produce an image in different lighting situations. Photo images are printed and rated for resolution, colour reproduction and noise. We also look at how easy it is to use the phone in picture-taking mode.

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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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  • Time in use 3G (hr)
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  • Front camera resolution (Mp)
  • LED flash
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  • HD Voice (AMR-WB)
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  • Removable memory card (microSD)
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  • Maximum memory (GB)
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  • Personal hotspot
  • SAR (W/kg)
  • Battery capacity (mAh)
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  • Screen resolution (px, WxH)
  • Maximum video resolution
  • Screen size diagonal (in)
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