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Best mobile phones to buy this Christmas

December 14th, 2017

After a busy year of releases of new smartphones from the larger manufacturers (and some newcomers) here’s the list of best picks that the Telegraph recently reported;

iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus remains one of the best phones you can buy, although lacks some of the latest cutting edge features now on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. With the 7 Plus you get a 5.5-inch screen and a dual lens camera, as well as Apple’s latest iOS 11 operating system.

With the release of iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the iPhone 7 Plus has undergone a price cut, so its an attractive option if you don’t mind having technology that is slightly outdated.

Nokia 8

Nokia 8 is one of the top Android flagships out in 2017 and a brings a welcome return for the Nokia brand to the market. Not flash but reasonably priced at around £500, it runs on a smooth, clean version of Android. With a 5.3-inch screen it is also comfortable to hold, its rounded edges sitting nicely in the hand.

It has a dual camera on the rear with its own signature ‘bothie’ feature, which lets users take a front picture and a selfie at the same time.

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE s now one of the cheapest Apple phones and the 4-inch screen and iOS 11 handset still make it an attractive purchase.

With a 12MP camera on the back and starts out at 32GB of storage, although this can be upgraded to 128GB. Available for around £300 so a bargain if it’s your first Apple purchase.

Google Pixel 2

Google revealed its new  Pixel 2 smartphone this year, it features Google Assistant smart aide , one of the best cameras on a smartphone and comes with Android O – Google’s new operating system.

Like Apple, it has done away with a headphone jack and was launched with a whole host of other Google hardware, including headphones that translates languages in real time. Priced at over £600 though!

iPhone X (or the iPhone 10!)

If money is no problem and you want the latest…  the new iPhone X is one of the most expensive handsets around, starting at £999.  Its also one of the fastest, most powerful devices money can buy.

With all-screen front and dual 12 MP cameras, it has a unique look and feel with Touch ID removed and relys on facial identification software to unlock the system.

OnePlus 5 T

A favourite amongst many… the OnePlus 5 T brings superb  flagship specs with a fast Snapdragon processor to a mid-priced phone.  This upgraded on the old OnePlus 5 brings a bigger, 6-inch screen that almost fills the front of the phone. Comes with a powerful dual camera that takes snaps with its 20MP shooter.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Theses latest standard iPhones from Apple come with wireless charging and a significantly enhanced processor.  Available in a 4.7 inch screen, with the Plus having a larger 5.5 inch version. Still keeps the fingerprint scanner and with the speed improvements is definately one to consider if you’re upgrading an existing iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy range boast some beautiful devices and the S8 doesn’t disappoint.  With an all round Edge Display (the phone screen slides seamlessly to the sides of the product) , it also has a headphone jack, unlike the rivals from Apple. It is water and dust resistant and features 64GB of internal storage. Many polls put the Galaxy S8 top of the best phone list.

iphonexAndroid vs Apple

Android phones have made a comeback this year, with great-looking and powerful devices from Google, Samsung and OnePlus.

Apple has focused on truly premium devices, like the new iPhone X. With their handsets you get iOS operating system, which many users prefer.  Devices can work seamlessly alongside the iPad and Apple Watch.

Android phones give you more more options and are better value on the mid-range devices.

What to I look out for in a smartphone?

Key technical specs you should look for in your smartphone include basic choices such as screen size, battery life, and performance indicators such as processing power and storage.

If a camera is important to you, then make sure find out the power of it and its features.

The feel of the phone’s operating system will also be important; several Android phone manufacturers add their own designs to the system – some with positive innovations,  others not so.

Screen size: range from just under 5 inches to close to 6 inches for screen size, which can be quite large to hold in the hand. The largest handsets may feel a little oversized, but will provide a better experience if you want to enjoy video or apps like Instagram or Snapchat.

Battery life: A device will offer at least all day battery life on mixed use and any phone with significantly more than 24 hours is considered very good. Many manufacturers will judge battery on talk time but the phones will actually last days if left on standby.

Storage and memory: Lower spec smartphones will have around 2GB of RAM (the memory space which makes the phone run more quickly), while better models will have closer to 4GB. Cheaper Android phones will probably only have around 32GB of hard drive space for files and photos, although nearly all come with a slot for adding a micro SD card to boost storage space.

Camera: Most smartphones will take great pictures and high-end models compete to offer the best cameras. Megapixels (MP) are not everything, and some top models have even cut down, but they can create shots with greater close-up details. Other features include dual cameras for extra depth and built-in apps to create different types of photo.


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