Which are the best smartphones?
We’ve already given you our recommendations for smartphones on a budget, but what if you simply want the best smartphone experience possible?
Below are our favourite lab-tested smartphones that have received a Best Buy award. Clicking on the link will take you through to all our deals for that phone as well as a full review and specs summary.
If you’re new to smartphones and want some basic information about their features take a look at our essential smartphone guide.
The best smartphones
The latest version of Apple’s smartphone not only sorts out the antenna problems that dogged the iPhone 4 (and denied it a Which? Best Buy award) but also introduces a much better camera and includes a huge boost to the device’s processing power.
In fact the improvements are so impressive that they make the iPhone 4S the best phone we have ever tested. Some will still argue that the restrictive app store, lack of removable memory card or battery and prohibitive price mean it isn’t the best choice – but it is definitely one of the finest (lots of) money can buy.
The highest scoring Android smartphone we have ever tested, the Galaxy Nexus includes the latest version of the operating system – Ice Cream Sandwich – as well as some very impressive hardware.
A large – and curved – screen make the phone easy to use and give it a nice shape, while a decent camera and great web browser complete the package and make the Galaxy Nexus a very impressive smartphone indeed.
One of the highest scoring mobile phones we have ever tested, the Galaxy S2 is the follow-up to the hugely successful Samsung Galaxy S. Samsung has somehow squeezed in a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchsceen and 8Mp camera, all into a phone just 8.5mm thick.
Running on the slightly dated Gingerbread version of Android – although this will be be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich soon – the Galaxy S2 has access to hundreds of thousands of apps on the Android Market and is also surprisingly easy-to-use. It excelled in our tests and scored particularly high scores for its camera and accessing the internet. Despite its incredible features the Samsung Galaxy S2 can be picked up free on mobile phone contracts of just £24 a month.
While some of the more recent BlackBerrys have struggled in our tests the Torch 9810 did brilliantly – showing off the new BlackBerry 7 OS and being the easiest to use smartphone from maker RIM we have ever seen.
Some good hardware and an especially long lasting battery also didn’t do it any harm and allowed it to take its place as clear Best Buy.
While the big selling point is its super slim case, the Razr is not all about style and has a hefty serving of substance as well.
It runs the slightly out-dated Gingerbread version of Android – although it will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich soon – but it’s still powerful and easy to use, plus good performances from its web browser and camera make it a Best Buy – although we did find the quality of its video recording to be quite disappointing.
Please note, we’ll be regularly updating this page but retailers may change their deals at any time and phones may go out of stock.
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