Choosing a new phone
If you want a top-quality camera, speedy 5G or you're on a budget, we’ve found the best of the bunch.Shop all phones
Whether you’re making a beeline for a specific feature or haven’t a clue where to begin, we’ve simplified head-spinning jargon for easier decision making.
Latest phones and 5G
What is 5G?
- 5G is the latest and fastest way of accessing the internet on your phone.
- It enables faster downloads, a more reliable connection and greater bandwidth.
- To put it in perspective, 4G takes approx. 7 minutes to download a full HD film, whereas 5G typically takes less than 1 minute.
- Not all phones are 5G enabled and not all locations in the UK currently cover this speed.
Best camera phones
The camera has become one of the defining features of any smartphone. We’ve picked out some key features to look out for and top brands making waves with their camera phones.
SIM free & SIM only
What is pay as you go?
With a pay as you go phone, you buy bundles of minutes, texts and data which last 7 or 30 days depending on your network and which bundle you choose. You can set up direct debits or top up your credit before your pack runs out. If you don’t use all your texts and minutes by the expiry date, you will lose them, however some networks rollover the data you didn’t use to your new bundle.
Android, iOS & HMS
There are 3 types of operating system for smartphones - iOS for Apple iPhones, HMS for the latest Huawei phones and Google Android for everything else.
We’ve simplified the in-depth features and specs that mobile phones offer. From battery and charging, storage and processors, we’ve demystified the nitty gritty details to help make your decision easier.
Mobile phone processors
What is a processor? - The processor is your phone's brain. The better the processor, the smoother and faster your phone will run.
Processor specs - Every process has a number of cores, dual (2), quad (4), hexa (6) or octa (8), and the more it has, the smoother it can do more things at one time.
Processor speed is also important. This is measured in GHz and a faster processor is a more powerful processor.
RAM is the final piece of the processor puzzle and once again, more of it means better performance. More RAM will provide a much smoother transition when using multiple applications at once.
To get the performance you want, you need a phone with enough cores, speed and RAM to satisfy your usage. Below we've put together a handy guide to help you decide if a phone has enough power for what you need it for.
Android processor comparison
Cores: Dual-core or Quad-core
Processor speed: Up to 2GHz
RAM: 1 to 2GB
Cores: Quad-core, Hexa-core or Octa-core
Processor speed: Up to 2.5GHz
RAM: 3GB to 4GB
Cores: Hexa-core or Octa-core
Processor speed: Up to 3GHz
RAM: 4GB +
iPhone processor comparison
Processor speed: Up to 1.5GHz
Cores: Quad-core or Hexa-core
Processor speed: Up to 2.3GHz
Cores: Hexa-core or Octa-core
Processor speed: Up to 2.65GHz
RAM: 3GB to 4GB
Battery and charging
Battery size - A bigger battery often means more battery life. Battery size is measured in mAH (milli-amp hours) and is included on most of our product pages.
How do screen quality and processing power affect battery life? Screen brightness and fast performance can sometimes place a greater demand on the battery. This means that mid-range models often have better battery life than top-of-the-range phones.
Battery saving tips
- Use Wi-Fi instead of 4 or 5G
- Use power-saver mode
-Turn down screen brightness
-Close background apps
-Turn off your location
Mobile phone storage
Mobile phones come with two types of storage: internal and cloud.
Internal is the amount of physical storage space on your phone. You can get phones with 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512GB of storage.
- With 8, 16 and 32GB you may find that space fills up quickly if you take lots of photos and videos.
- 64GB and 128GB phones provide ample space for even the most snappy users, with more room for apps, games and podcasts too.
-Devices with 256 and 512GB have more than enough space for all the essentials, as well as high-quality video files.
Most Android and Apple phones come with a set amount of free cloud storage, through either Google Drive or the iCloud. Storing items in the cloud frees up physical storage and lets you access files from other devices.
The size and quality of screen you need often depends on how you'll be using your phone.
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