Choosing a phone is one of those things which, on the face of it, shouldn’t be that hard. These days, almost every smartphone on the market is fast enough, long lasting enough and has a decent enough camera. But in a market with so much strong competition, our desire to get the very best has only increased.
It’s a problem compounded by the sheer number of new smartphones on the market. So, before you call the 3 customer service number, check out our guide to the best handsets for big, medium and smaller budgets.
The Best Smartphone for Big Budgets
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge
Why? If you’re looking for the very best smartphone and don’t mind paying for it, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is a superb choice. With a stunning 4K screen, near perfect 12MP camera, a lightning fast processor, micro-SD card support, full waterproofing and much more, it’s pretty much the perfect phone. However, whilst Samsung have always excelled in putting powerful components in their devices, they’ve never done so in such a beautiful device.
Runner up: iPhone 7
Why? The iPhone is a stunning phone, with an excellent camera, wild speeds and (finally) a degree of waterproofing. It’s also, unfortunately, a step backwards in a few ways – most notably the lack of headphone jack. Critics have called the removal of the universal headphone standard ‘anti-consumer’ and we’d have to agree with them.
The Best Smartphone for Medium Budgets
Winner: Huawei P9
Why? A phone that flew under the radar somewhat upon its release, the Huawei P9 is an underrated classic. With a stunning build quality, fast processor and good battery life, it makes for an excellent phone. Its neatest trick, however, is around the back. The Huawei P9 has two rear facing cameras, one which only shoots in black and white and the other in colour. That means you can take stunning native black and white pictures, or utilise both lenses to reveal detail and colour the likes of which you’ve never seen in a smartphone.
Runner up: Samsung Galaxy A3
Why? A very solid all-rounder, the Galaxy A3 is less feature packed than the S7 and S7 Edge, the A3 is nevertheless a very fine phone indeed. It’s got a good camera, fast enough hardware and a lovely all metal construction which belies its mid-range price.
The Best Smartphone for Small Budgets
Winner: Microsoft Lumia 550
Why? Three aren’t known for offering a great many budget handsets, but the Lumia 550 is a good phone nonetheless. Powered by Windows 10, it’s a fast, fun and approachable little smartphone that will do everything you need of it with very little hassle at all. You can get games and apps from the Windows Store, check up on your friends Xbox Live antics or even get work done with the built in Office suite. Whatever it is you need to get done, the Lumia 550 provides a solid platform.