Best smartphones

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Smartphones can do an awful lot for you - so it's important to get the right handset for your needs. This selection is the best around, no matter whether you want Android or iOS.

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Best Android phone

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung's policy of evolution (not revolution) sees the best Android phone around become better still.

SPECIFICATIONS

6.2in AMOLED screen with HDR10 support | Dual rear cameras | 3.5mm headphone port | Dolby Atmos audio

Reasons to Buy
The best screen on a smartphone
Versatile dual-lens camera
Fantastic performance
Eye-catching design
Reasons to Avoid
Little has changed from last year

Best iOS phone

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

It's pricier than the iPhone 8, but betters its smaller sibling in pretty much every area, including sound, battery life and camera. The larger screen is handy for watching films and You Tube snippets on the go.

SPECIFICATIONS

5.5in, 1080p screen | Dual-lens camera | Wireless charging | 64GB/256GB storage

Reasons to Buy
Great screen
Superb dual-lens cameras
Solid performance
Good build quality
Strong battery life
Reasons to Avoid
Large, dated design
No headphone jack

Best budget phone

Honor 9

Doesn't present or perform like a bargain-basement phone in any way. For the price, you get bags of bang for your buck.

SPECIFICATIONS

5.15in, Full HD LCD display | Kirin 960 octa-core CPU | Dual rear cameras

Reasons to Buy
Eye-catching design
Responsive performance
Expandable storage
Multi-functional dual cameras
Excellent feature set
Reasons to Avoid
1080p screen looks overly sharp
Music lacks finesse
No waterproofing
Shiny finish is all too easy to scratch
EMUI Android customisations are a little cumbersome

Also consider

Best Android phone

Samsung Galaxy S9

SPECIFICATIONS

5.8in FHD+ screen | 3.5mm headphone jack | Wireless charging | 64GB storage

Reasons to Buy
Superb screen for video
Powerful performance
Dual-aperture camera is effective
Well built
Great design
Reasons to Avoid
Audio still lacks the last word in timing

Best iOS phone

Apple iPhone X

SPECIFICATIONS

5.8in screen | Dolby Vision HDR support | Stereo speakers

Reasons to Buy
Fantastic screen
Impressive audio
Impeccable performance
Attractive design & strong build
Great battery life
Reasons to Avoid
No headphone jack
FaceID not perfect

Best budget phone

Motorola Moto G5

SPECIFICATIONS

MicroSD card slot | Removable battery | 1080p screen

Reasons to Buy
Good build quality
Bright, sharp screen
Snappy performance
Stock Android interface
Reasons to Avoid
Audio performance lacking
Camera could be better

Best budget phone

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

SPECIFICATIONS

5.2in 1080p screen | 16MP camera | Waterproof

Reasons to Buy
Great build quality
Punchy AMOLED screen
Good battery life
Decent cameras
Reasons to Avoid
Video could be a little sharper
Some better-specced competition
Audio is disappointing