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Last updated: 02 June 2020

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 a range of smartphones including Apple, Google, Samsung, Oppo and many more, ranging in price from top end to rock bottom, to help you compare the best phones for:

  • sound, picture and video quality
  • battery life
  • display
  • durability
  • selfie camera shots
  • web-browser performance

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

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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.

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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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      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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          • Buy now
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          • Sound quality score
          • Camera quality score
          • Selfie camera score
          • Music score
          • Video score
          • Touchscreen score
          • Ease of use
          • GPS score
          • Display score
          • Durability score
          • Battery score
          • Privacy score
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Price
          • Brand
          • Model
          • Availability
          • Best for photo and video
          • Time in use 3G (hrs)
          • USB connection
          • Wi-Fi (b/g/n)
          • 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
          • Internal memory (GB)
          • Internal memory available (GB)
          • SAR (W/kg)
          • Battery capacity (mAh)
          • Operating system
          • Screen resolution W x H (px)
          • Display size (in)
          • Weight (g)
          • Removable battery
          • 4G
          • SIM
          • Name of application store
          • Contact


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