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.
Android 4.4 KitKat
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.
Body and screen
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm
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.
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.
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.
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.
Begin calls to your friends without typing numbers - just say their name!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Music and entertainment
Discover a world of possibilities with downloadable applications on your device.
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.
Processor and memory
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.
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.
319 of 328(97%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Brissle from Bristol,23 April 2014
I have only really been using this phone for a couple of days due to having to order a Micro SIM from my network (which was free) and waiting for that to come through (my old SIM was the older slightly larger size). I am very impressed with the speed of this phone - both processor speed and also networking speed - WiFi and mobile networks. It picks up the faster Virgin Media broadband WiFi (5G?) and also 4G mobile, and this is very noticeable. Not one for the less technical minded though because there are a lot of things to work out before you get up and running properly - e.g. using Hangouts for texting (not really all that difficult), also the installed Google Media player doesn't play WMA files and it has taken ages to find a decent app that does (not free). Everything else, though, works very well and the screen is excellent, camera seems good too and audio is OK for a phone. I can't see me ever using a tablet again as this does the job so well, it's made the tablet redundant. I don't think I've actually made a call with it yet though, so can't comment on that. Battery life is better than my old phone, especially at work where there's poor mobile coverage. Overall, very happy with this phone, especially at the price.
I have had an HTC Desire, an iPhone 3GS, a Samsung Galaxy S3, but this is by far the best phone I have owed. It has no unnecessary system apps installed, it gets the latest Google firmware first, and it's a great price for the impeccable performance. Must buy.
Pros Fast, great camera, large screen, light weight, I found it easy to use once setup to how I'd like to have it.
Cons I didn't like the hangout text sms app. Hooks up with google plus and whoever is in your circle on there, downloaded chomp instead. Also use whatsapp for sending pics. Had to use my laptop to import a track into ringtones to set it as my ringtone. No 4G in my area either