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Last updated: 02 July 2019

Choosing the right smartphone can be mind-boggling. You need to consider a range of factors such as 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.

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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
  • selfie camera shots
  • battery life
  • display
  • durability.

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    Best for photo and video

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    These models performed well for the main camera and the video performance and would be a good option for travel or parties. The selfie camera score is scored separately and mobiles that score well in this area are good if you want to be in your own photo.

      Camera resolution (Mp)

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      This shows the resolution of the main camera. However once you get above 16Mp don't be swayed by the larger number.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 5 and 48

      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.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 8 and 512

      Removable memory card (microSD)

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

        Standard headphone jack

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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. Alternatives include wireless Bluetooth headphones.

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          • Music score
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          • Touchscreen score
          • Ease of use
          • GPS score
          • Display score
          • Durability score
          • Battery score
          • Good points
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          • Price
          • Brand
          • Model
          • Availability
          • Best for photo and video
          • Time in use 3G (hrs)
          • Standby time 3G (days)
          • USB connection
          • Wi-Fi (b/g/n)
          • Camera resolution (MP)
          • Front camera resolution (Mp)
          • LED flash
          • HD video capture
          • NFC chip
          • Standard headphone jack
          • Removable memory card (microSD)
          • Bluetooth
          • Bluetooth version
          • FM radio
          • Gyroscope
          • Compass
          • Internal memory (GB)
          • Internal memory available (GB)
          • Maximum memory (GB)
          • SAR (W/kg)
          • Battery capacity (mAh)
          • Operating system
          • Screen resolution W x H (px)
          • Display size (in)
          • Weight (g)
          • Removable battery
          • 4G
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          • Name of application store
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