Tips for choosing your new phone

Do you need some help choosing which new phone is right for you? Here are some handy tips.

How’s your current phone?

There’s nothing wrong with getting the updated model of your current phone. If for example you have a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Samsung Galaxy S4 and love it, it makes sense to get the Samsung Galaxy S5. You’ll be familiar with lots of the settings and generally be more comfortable with your new phone. This is true of almost any phone you might have. There’s always a new replacement.

If you fancy a change though, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to smartphones. Here are some things to look out for.

4G or 3G?

When you access the mobile internet with your old phone, you were using 3G. 4G is similar, but is up to five times faster and more reliable, making it perfect for streaming videos and music. When you’re getting your new phone, 4G is something you should definitely look into and find out if it’s right for you. Our 4G Comparison Hub has all the information you need.

What is iOS, Android & Windows Phone? What do I need to know?

When you use a smartphone, whether you’re typing a text or taking a photo, you’re using an operating system (OS), similar to the operating system you use on a computer. The three most popular are iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

iOS

This operating system is found on iPhones and iPads. It’s known for being easy to use, and the look is clean, clear and easy to understand. It also has the biggest app store with the most apps.

Android

You’ll find Android on more phones than any other OS, but the most recent and popular is the Samsung Galaxy S5. There is also a huge choice of cheaper phones. Android is very customisable, letting you change how it looks and alter lots of settings. The app store is almost as big as iPhone’s App Store, but has the advantage of having more free apps.

Windows Phone

Windows Phone is found on all Nokia Lumia phones, like the Nokia Lumia 1520. Some other manufacturers use it too, and there’s a good choice of cheap and more expensive phones. Windows Phone is simple to use, and is a very colourful and good looking system. It’s excellent for business as well. The app store is smaller than the ones from iOS and Android, but is growing fast.

Things to look out for if…

you want to take a lot of photos

Look out for megapixels and optical image stabilisation (IOS). Megapixels measure how detailed your photos are. Generally, the more megapixels, the better your photos. OIS keeps the camera steady in the phone’s body. This stops small handshakes from blurring your photos or videos, giving better photos than phones without it.

you want to watch a lot of videos

Make sure you get a phone with a big screen and that has a high screen resolution. We recommend a screen size over 5” for watching movies. A high resolution of 1080p HD or 720p HD makes sure the screen can show you lots of detail too.

you want to play a lot of games

You’ll need a fast processor and lots of RAM. For playing fast games with lots of details, look for processors with dual or quad cores. They’ll also need a high GHz number, which is a measure of the processor’s speed, of over 1GHz. When it comes to RAM, which is the memory phones use to run games smoothly, we recommend 2GB or 3GB RAM.

you want a phone with a good battery

Look at the mAh of a phone’s battery. This is a measure of how large the battery is, and how much power it stores. Generally, the higher the mAh figure, the longer a phone’s battery will last.

I’m ready to look at the phones!

Start with our Phone finder. It has all our phones in one place. Using the tabs on the left, you can select the type of contract or Pay as you go deal you want, as well as the types of phone. And in the top right, you can order the phones for easy finding.

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