Phones with smaller screens are more likely to sit more comfortably in your hand. Larger phone screens are better for work and watching videos.
There are three main players when it comes to screen type: LCD, AMOLED and Retina display.
LCD is the most commonly used screen type and is used in a range of devices. Higher quality LCDs will have bright colours and clearer viewing angles.
AMOLED screens tend to be easier on battery life, allow for thinner phone designs and offer bright and vibrant colours.
Retina display is a brand name used by Apple for screens that have a display where pixels are not visible to the naked eye. They offer crisp displays of text and images.
An IP67 rating means a phone is resistant to dust, general dirt and sand. It also means a phone is water resistant for up to 30 minutes at 1m depth.
Mobile phones with an IP8 rating are also resistant to dust, dirt and sand. This rating means a phone is resistant to water at 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.
Even with a water resistance rating, it is not recommended to try and use your phone underwater. Resistance is for protection, not use.
More pixels mean better clarity, better zooming and better cropping. However, they're not everything. There are other features that can make a good camera a great one.
The sensor is the part that captures the image. A bigger sensor will give you better shots by capturing more light.
A feature that helps to prevent blurry images by compensating for slight shakes and keeping the lens still.
HD and 4K
Many smartphones let you capture and record photos and videos in HD and 4K. These take up more storage space, but are the highest quality you can get when it comes to smartphone cameras.
Gyroscope & Virtual Reality
This tiny sensor gives your phone a 360 degree view of the world and is required to get the full experience for VR apps like Pokemon Go.
Having a good camera app can make all the difference when snapping quality shots. Try out a few to find one with the best filters and features.
How much storage do I need?
What if I need more storage?
What is a processor?
The number of cores a processor has determines how it
fares when multi-tasking. The more cores a processor has,
the more things it can do at once.
Suitable for basic use. May struggle to multi-task and run more demanding apps.
Suitable for everyday tasks like social media, listening to music and browsing the web.
Great for gaming and managing several tabs and apps at once.
Connect to other Bluetooth capable devices.
Connect to home and roaming.
Access to better maps and directions.
Lets you use your mobile as a Wi-Fi router.
Lets you use mobile payment services and access local connections.
SIM free phones
Using your phone abroad
Essential extras for mobiles
Once you've picked a phone, there are a number of important extras
that will make your mobile experience even better.
A case can protect
your phone against
drops and bumps.
Choose from our range of mains, USB and super-fast lightning chargers.Shop all phone chargers
Power packs and wireless power pads let you stay charged when you're out and about.Shop all portable power chargers
Increases the amount
of storage space your
Prevents damage and
scratches to your
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