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Last updated: 14 September 2023


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Our tech experts test and compare a range of smartphones from Apple, Google, Samsung, Oppo and more to find the best models for:

  • sound, picture and video quality
  • battery life
  • display
  • durability
  • selfie camera shots
  • privacy and security.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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

Our product reviews can help you make sense of your options and find the best phone for you.

Curious to see how we get our results? Check out how we test smartphones to find out out more.

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List of brands we tested in this review.


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      Performance score

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      We measure the processor performance as well as assess the storage capacity and available RAM.

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      Display size (inch)

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      Screen size in inches (measured diagonally).

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      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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      5G is the fastest available network and with support on smartphones for less than $400 is a must if you want to keep your mobile for more than a couple of years.

        Shop Ethical rating

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        Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

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          • Performance score
          • Sound quality score
          • Camera quality score
          • Selfie camera score
          • Sound score
          • Video score
          • Touchscreen score
          • Ease of use
          • GPS score
          • Display score
          • Durability score
          • Battery score
          • Privacy score
          • Battery life after a 15-minute charge (hours)
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • OS type
          • Price
          • Best for photo and video
          • Operating system
          • 4G
          • 5G
          • USB connection
          • Wi-Fi (b/g/n/ac/ax)
          • Camera resolution (MP)
          • Front camera resolution (MP)
          • UHD (4K) video capture
          • NFC chip
          • Standard headphone jack
          • Removable memory card (microSD)
          • Bluetooth version
          • FM radio
          • Gyroscope
          • Compass
          • Shop Ethical rating
          • Internal memory (GB)
          • Internal memory available (GB)
          • OS updates
          • Name of application store
          • Battery capacity (mAh)
          • Screen resolution W x H (px)
          • Display size (in)
          • Weight (g)
          • SIM
          • SAR (W/kg)
          • Warranty


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