The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.
Standby time (up to)
The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.
Talk time (up to)
The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.
Battery size (in mAh)
This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.
Body and screen
The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.
The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.
The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.
The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.
Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.
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The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.
The weight of the device in grams.
The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.
If this mobile phone has a built-in speaker, you can use it to have hands free conversations or share music with friends. (Dependent on your handset's features).
Works in USA
Often known as 'tri-band', this device can connect to mobile networks in Europe and the USA. You'll also need to make sure your UK network offers service in the place you're visiting.
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Technology that enables your device to be activated and controlled by your voice. The latest devices let you control many features - check the weather, start the camera, make a note – whatever you need.
The number of bands your phone works across. Dual bands will normally only work in your home country and continent, quad bands will work in the Americas.
The type of flash that is used by the device for taking photos in low light.
Front facing camera
Capture self portraits to use as your profile pics or share with friends. If your device supports video chats you can also use the front facing camera as a handy web cam, for face-to-face calls. Generally, the more megapixels (MP), the better the quality of the images you’ll get.
Video camera quality
The resolution and quality of the video footage that the device’s camera shoots. Generally, the higher the quality figure is, the more detailed the video footage is.
The amount of megapixels (MP) of the device’s camera. This is a measure of detail, so, as a general rule, the higher the megapixel count, the more detailed photos you’ll get.
Mobile hotspot and tethering
This allows you to share the internet data connection of your device with other devices, allowing laptops and tablets, among other devices, to access the internet when they would otherwise need to find a Wi-Fi connection.
The other connectivity technologies that the device supports, allowing it to share to or control other devices.
The technologies that the device can access to update its location and tell apps, like Google Maps or Bing Maps, where the phone is, allowing for accurate navigation.
If your device is compatible with Wi-Fi then you can access the internet via wireless networks, and enjoy broadband-like browsing speeds. Signal strength varies, and you might need a network key.
3G is a wireless technology that transfers data between mobile devices. If you connect to the internet via 3G then you'll enjoy fast browsing and downloading speeds. Costs vary between networks.
With 4G, internet speeds are five times faster than with the older 3G connection. It’s perfect for streaming videos and music, and means web pages load instantly. You won’t be getting the most out of your new phone without a 4G tariff. Find out more and compare the 4G phones and 4G deals in our 4G comparison hub.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets your device send and receive media like pictures and songs, as well as connect to accessories like Bluetooth headsets for hands free calling.
Internet data connection
The device can connect to the internet without having to first connect to a Wi-Fi connection. The internet data connection covers all data types that are slower than 3G and 4G – check other features to check if this device can connect to the internet at faster speeds.
Music and entertainment
A music player lets you play music on the device that is stored in the device’s built-in memory.
A built in app that lets you listen to radio stations on your phone.
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Processor and memory
Memory card type
Different devices use different types of memory expansion card, so it’s important you use the correct type. The cards slot into the device and let you boost the amount of memory that is available for music, photos and videos.
Internal phone memory
The amount of memory built into your device for movies, music and other files.
The full name of the processor that powers the device. If you have a specific need, check the strong points of your device's processor.
The speed of the processor. Generally, the faster the processor speed the more powerful the processor and the faster it process information, making it better for games and complex tasks.
RAM is the memory used for running programs. Generally, the more RAM, the smoother everything will run, and the more complex apps you can run.
Number of cores
The number of cores in the processor. Each core is the equivalent of a standalone processor.. Some processors have dual or quad cores, and may be better for certain tasks. Generally, the more cores a processor has, the more powerful it is.
281 of 289(97%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Nizzy from London,08 March 2014
I have been wanting this phone ever since it came out I was on a Nexus 4 till I got this for just £240! Its super fast and its lightning quick on multitasking but my advice is to turn on ART mode for the ultimate performance boost which can be found in settings on "developer options" overall a great buy and the build quality is great with the soft touch material used for the body and ceramic keys not to mention the beautiful screen! With a PPI of 445 definitely a must buy! Its the fastest phone to date!
Fantastic device and all the more amazing given the price. Only down sides I can think of: no FM radio (which doesn't bother me but I know is important to some) and it's design is best described as minimalist. If you want bling - look elsewhere. Even if you just want a bit of wow-factor you won't get it here. This is the phone equivalent of the little black dress. Simple and sophisticated which suits me fine.
Brilliant piece of kit, just let down by the vibration been too weak you cannot hear of feel it vibrating even if it is right in front of you. I guess this is cause i have been sent a "pre-update" version: although the batch code shows 2014 is still has the smaller speaker holes. google this if unsure ;) don't get fooled by this, i absolutely love it, battery life is decent too!