Our guide to choosing a new mobile phone
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Mobile phone guide
Understand the key specs and find the perfect SIM-free phone for you with our guide.
What does SIM-free mean?
SIM-free phones come without a contract and SIM card attached. You own the phone outright and all you need to do is find a SIM card to go with it.
The benefit with a SIM-free phone is that you pay for the phone upfront, with the only monthly cost coming from your SIM card.
Operating system: iOS or Android?
There are two types of operating system for smartphones; iOS for Apple iPhones and Google Android for everything else
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.
You can also get an idea of talk time (the time a battery last whilst you talk to someone) and stand-by time (time a battery last will last whilst on, but not in use).
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.
Mobile phone camera guide
The camera has become one of the defining features of any smartphone. Here are some of the key features to look out for.
Mobile phone screen guide
The size and quality of screen you need often depends on how you'll be using your phone.
Latest phones and 5G
5G is here!
The latest generation of mobile connection has arrived in the UK, promising faster downloads, more reliable connection and greater bandwidth.
You can view the current range of 5G enabled phones below, and expect to see even more devices become compatible with the technology as it rolls out across the UK.
5G is expected to offer speeds much faster than the existing technology, 4G, with the aim of providing faster connections and data sharing between your every-day smart devices.
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