Best mobile phones to buy in 2013


Motorola RAZR HD

A great alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Motorola RAZR HD Our Expert Opinion The RAZR HD is a powerful and good-looking Android phone with a huge battery, and it’s also good value on contract. We liked the Kevlar back panel, splashproof coating and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen, and the large 2,530mAh battery meant the phone managed a huge 14 hours in our video playback test. The phone’s 4.7in screen is an AMOLED model with a 1,280×720-pixel resolution, and is just as impressive as that of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The phone is also 4G-compatible if you fancy a bit of super-fast data – the only let-down is its uninspiring camera. Read our full Motorola RAZR HD review SPECS OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.1.2 (JellyBean) PROCESSOR SPEED 1.5GHz NUMBER OF CORES 2 RAM 1GB MOBILE DATA GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE DISPLAY 4.7in 720×1,280 LCD CAMERA 8-megapixel INTERNAL STORAGE 16384MB MEMORY CARD SLOT microSD DIMENSIONS 68x132x8.4mm, 146g PART CODE XT925 BUY IT FROM Free on a £22-per-month contract from www.buymobilephones.net

HTC One

The ultimate next-gen smartphone HTC One The big players are all launching their next-generation smartphones, and the HTC One is the pick of the bunch. It has a gorgeous metal body and high-contrast 4.7in Full HD display, which is perfect for browsing web pages at full zoom. The phone feels gorgeous in the hand, and the display’s vibrant colours makes using Android 4.1 a pleasure. The HTC One is fast, too, thanks to its quad-core 1.7GHz processor. Beautiful design aside, the One stands out from other Full HD Android phones such as the Sony Xperia Z due to its far-reaching software modifications. Instead of being full of icons and widgets, by default the homescreen is an information feed, with chunky tiles displaying the latest information from news and social media feeds. If you’d prefer the standard Android homescreens instead, you can always shuffle around the order so the news feed isn’t the first thing you see. This is the best Android phone we’ve seen yet, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 will have to work pretty hard to beat it. Read our HTC One review SPECS OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.1 (JellyBean) PROCESSOR SPEED 1.7GHz NUMBER OF CORES 4 RAM 2GB MOBILE DATA LTE DISPLAY 4.7in 1,920×1,080 LCD CAMERA 4.1-megapixel INTERNAL STORAGE 32GB MEMORY CARD SLOT none DIMENSIONS 137x68x9mm, 143g

Samsung Galaxy S3

The best Android smartphone just got better Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE Our Expert Opinion The Samsung Galaxy S3 is no longer the best Android smartphone there is; but it’s still slim, fast, has a beautiful AMOLED screen and is now available at a very reasonable price. The phone has just got better, too, thanks to an upgrade to support 4G. On Everything Everywhere’s network we saw speeds up to 25Mbit/s, which is twice as quick as many home broadband connections. However, if you want 4G be sure to get the LTE version of the handset, as there’s still a lot of 3G-only ones on sale and only these are available as part of the cheapest offers Samsung has loaded the phone with clever features. If you bring the phone to your ear while a contact is on screen it will call that person automatically, if you flip the phone over while it’s ringing it will turn the ringer off, and the Smart Stay feature uses the front camera to keep the screen on while you’re looking at it. Throw in an excellent camera and you’ve got all the ingredients for a brilliant smartphone. Read our full Samsung Galaxy S3 review SPECS OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.1 PROCESSOR SPEED 1.4GHz NUMBER OF CORES 4 RAM 2GB MOBILE DATA GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA, (4G optional) DISPLAY 4.8in 720×1,280 LCD CAMERA 8-megapixel INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB MEMORY CARD SLOT microSD DIMENSIONS 137x71x9mm, 133g BUY IT FROM Free on a £26-per-month contract from Buymobilephones.net

Google Nexus 4

Google’s cut-price Android 4.2 wonder Google Nexus 4 Our Expert Opinion The latest Google-branded smartphone is made by LG, and it’s a stormer. The Nexus 4’s quad-core 1.5GHz processor runs Android 4.2 incredibly quickly, and its 4.7in 1,280×768 display has a similar pixel density to the iPhone 5’s Retina screen. There’s also a high-quality 8-megapixel camera and built-in NFC, so the phone will support Google Wallet’s tap-and-pay service when it arrives in the UK. The phone is also incredibly good value SIM-free at just £239 – it’s a lot of phone for the money. Read our full Google Nexus 4 review SPECS OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.2 PROCESSOR SPEED 1.5GHz NUMBER OF CORES 4 RAM 2GB MOBILE DATA GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA DISPLAY 4.7in 768×1,280 LCD CAMERA 8-megapixel INTERNAL STORAGE 8GB MEMORY CARD SLOT none CLAIMED BATTERY LIFE 15 hours talktime, 16 days standby DIMENSIONS 134x69x9.1mm, 139g BUY IT FROM £239 from Google Play

Apple iPhone 5

A worthy update to the iPhone Apple iPhone 5 Our Expert Opinion Five generations on, and the iPhone is still the model to beat. Android has taken great strides, but iOS is still the slickest, fastest and easiest to use operating system, and there’s no arguing with the quality of the apps in the Apple App Store. The iPhone 5 is an evolution of the 4, with a longer screen for more room for app icons and an aspect ratio better suited to widescreen films. It’s also incredibly quick – more than twice as fast as the iPhone 4S in the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark. The only thing stopping the iPhone 5 from getting an award is Apple’s horrendous new Maps app, which replaces Google Maps, but this should improve with time. Read our full Apple iPhone 5 review SPECS OPERATING SYSTEM iOS 6 PROCESSOR SPEED 1GHz NUMBER OF CORES 2 RAM 1GB MOBILE DATA 4G DISPLAY 4in 1,136×640 LCD CAMERA 8-megapixel INTERNAL STORAGE 16GB MEMORY CARD SLOT none DIMENSIONS 124x59x8mm, 112g BUY IT FROM £528 from the Apple Store

Motorola RAZR i

A gorgeous slimline Intel phone Motorola RAZRi Our Expert Opinion The RAZR i has an Intel rather than ARM processor, and it’s seriously quick – around the same speed as the iPhone 5 in the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark. It runs Android 4.1 incredibly smoothly, and the operating system looks great on the phone’s 960×540-pixel Super AMOLED screen. The RAZR i has a 4.3in screen, which is big considering how compact the phone is. It’s also incredibly slim, and the rubberised back looks great and makes the phone comfortable to hold. It’s a classy handset all round, and is also remarkably good value on contract. Read our full Motorola RAZR i review SPECS OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.1 PROCESSOR SPEED 2GHz NUMBER OF CORES 1 RAM 1GB MOBILE DATA GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA DISPLAY 4.3in 960×540 LCD CAMERA 8-megapixel INTERNAL STORAGE 8GB MEMORY CARD SLOT microSD DIMENSIONS 123x61x8mm, 126g BUY IT FROM Free on £21-per-month contract from T-Mobile

Nokia Lumia 920

The best Windows Phone 8 handset there is Nokia Lumia 920 Our Expert Opinion Nokia really went to town with its first Windows Phone 8 handset. It’s a chunky phone which feels beautifully made, and has a 4.5in screen with a huge 1,280×768 resolution. The screen is an IPS model, and has excellent contrast and viewing angles. The display’s resolution is big enough for web browsing without having to zoom in and out, and particularly suits Microsoft’s gorgeous Windows Phone 8 operating system. Windows Phone 8 has had some useful tweaks, such as the ability to resize the home screen’s Live Tiles depending on how much information you want each to show, and it runs beautifully on the phone’s dual-core 1.5GHz processor. The phone also has a camera with optical image stabilisation, which excels in low light; the only disadvantage is the phone produces over-processed daylight shots. Read our full Nokia Lumia 920 review SPECS OPERATING SYSTEM Windows Mobile 8 PROCESSOR SPEED 1.5GHz NUMBER OF CORES 2 RAM 1GB MOBILE DATA GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA DISPLAY 4.5in 1,280×768 LCD CAMERA 8.7-megapixel INTERNAL STORAGE 32GB MEMORY CARD SLOT microSD DIMENSIONS 130x71x11mm, 185g BUY IT FROM Free on £36-per-month contract from Buymobilephones.net

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