Mobile phones have come a long way in the last 20 years. Long gone are the days when we chose a new phone based on them having the latest version of Snake or for having a cutting-edge colour screen. Nearly all of us now have smartphones, with which we can do pretty much anything. They are basically pocket-sized computers, giving us the abilitiy to browse the internet with ease, no matter how far away we are form our home broadband connection.
With so much choice out there, it can be difficult deciding which smartphone you want next. And with every mobile manufacturer bringing out a new smartphone every year, keeping up to date can be difficult. This guide will show you the best smartphones available on the market that allow you to browse the web effortlessly and help you to decide which one will be right for you.
Every year Apple bring out a new, updated version of their hugely popular iPhone range. The latest model is the iPhone XS Max, a step up from the iPhone X that was released in the autumn of 2017.
With the price set at around £1,000, the latest iPhone does not come cheap, but you won’t be disappointed with the performance. It has 4GB of RAM which is enough to run all your web browsing and apps, and its A12 Bionic processor makes the experience smoother and faster than any iPhone that came before it. It can also come with up to 512GB of storage, which allows for a lot of room to store your ultra-high quality 12-megapixel photos. It comes with a sleek, glamorous design and a 6.5-inch OLED display which is perfect for streaming and watching Ultra HD videos. It also has Apple’s longest ever battery life for a smartphone, something which customers have complained about with iPhones before.
If you’re getting a new smartphone and switching between iOS and Android, it’s easy to transfer all your contacts, photos and music. However, with paid-for apps it’s not so simple. If you use a lot of apps, we recommend getting an iPhone as almost all the best apps will be available on the App Store
Samsung’s latest Android smartphone is also a firm favourite with customers, many of whom prefer the Android operating system over Apple’s iOS. It’s been 10 years since Samsung launched their ‘S’ smartphone series and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.
With 8GB of RAM, the Galaxy S10 Plus will be able to process more than enough web browsing or apps that you could possibly handle. Some models even come with a whopping 12GB of RAM. It also boasts the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, which according to Samsung, will boost your internet speeds by up to 20%. However, you will probably need a new router in your home to take full advantage of this. With a Snapdragon 855 chipset, its processor is the best ever for an Android phone and is almost as good as the A12 Bionic processor, as seen in the iPhone XS Max. It also comes with either 128GB or 512GB of storage, allowing plenty of room for photos which can be taken from one of three lenses – one with an amazing 16-megapixel lens. One of the coolest features of the Galaxy S10 Plus is that it allows you to charge other Samsung devices wirelessly by putting the phones back to back, although you’ll need at least 30% of battery on your smartphone for this to work.
Samsung’s latest smartphone will cost you around £900, so it’s definitely not cheap, but still won’t set you back as much as the iPhone XS Max.
The latest Google model is the third instalment of their Pixel smartphone range, which are good enough performance-wise to rival both Apple and Samsung. Like its predecessors, it comes with an Android operating system.
It’s a good-looking phone, one of the smallest and lightest up-to-date smartphones on the market and comes with a few features that set it apart from other Android smartphones. It comes with 4GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 845 processor, making web and app browsing fast and seamless. It also comes with either 64GB or 128GB of storage, starting at £739. Its standout attribute is it has some of the best camera features of any smartphone available today, with a 12.2-megapixel rear camera that automatically chooses your best photos, all on a 5.5-inch OLED screen.
The latest model of smartphone from the Chinese tech giant is one of the best all-round phones on the market right now.
With a 6.39-inch OLED screen, it’s not ideal if you’re looking for a smartphone on the smaller side of the scale. But with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB, its performance is top of the range. It has a state-of-the-art Kirin 980 processor, which is the first 7nm silicon chip in the world enabling 20% better performance than Huawei’s previous model. It also has a much more efficient battery than before, and most other smartphones for that matter, that can last up to two days of heavy usage. The quality of its camera is also hard to beat, with a 40-megapixal rear camera capable of high-quality underwater photography, and an 8-megapixel front camera. Costing around £900, it’s not cheap, but with such a high performance it’s arguably worth every penny.
Another Chinese competitor that has burst on the scene in recent years, OnePlus’s latest model is a great smartphone with all the standard, up-to-date features while still offering great value for money.
It has a Snapdragon 845 processor, with 6GB of Ram and 128GB of storage upgradable to 8GB and 256GB respectively, meaning its web browsing experience is just as fast and smooth as some of the other top-of-the-range smartphones. And when you can snap one up for less than £500, it’s one of the more attractive options available to people looking to buy a new smartphone. It has a 6.41-inch HD OLED screen and a 20-megapixel camera, all within a sleek design. OnePlus may not be the most well-known mobile phone brand yet, but it was only launched in 2013 and its smartphones are now beginning to rival the best ones on offer from its better-known rivals.