What kind of smartphone user are you?
With so many different smartphones to choose from, it can be hard to figure out which handset is best for you. To give you a helping hand, we've ranked the best smartphones on the market in our phone comparison table. Already know what phone you want? Check out our sim-only deals and contract phone deals.
If you often find yourself dropping your phone, you'll want a reliable smartphone made out of Gorilla Glass and Stainless Steel with a strong screen.
If you love to have an app for everything, go for a smartphone with plenty of storage space, the latest operating system and 5G connectivity.
If you're happiest streaming the latest on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ then you'll want plenty of battery and a nice, big screen to watch it all on.
If you find yourself doing a lot of work on your smartphone we recommend a device with the best available operating system, Google app capability and a large screen.
If you love keeping fit, and take your smartphone with you to exercise, then you'll need a smartphone that keeps pace. We recommend a lightweight, durable and water resistant smartphone you can take on runs no matter the weather.
If you spend hours playing Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run and Pokemon Go a smartphone with great battery life, a decent size screen and the best operating system on offer will be the mobile gaming setup you need to get all the high scores.
If you'd rather spend your money on other things, we've got you covered. You'll want a great smartphone at an affordable price.
If you or a loved one is over the age of 65, you might not need the latest smartphone but rather something that’s easy to use and comes at a reasonable price.
If you're passionate about photography then you'll want a smartphone with a high-spec camera array that takes detailed and varied photos. All our cameras have been scored by an independent third party expert.
If you're buying for your pre-teen, we know it's important to find a device that is affordable, small (for small hands), colourful and water resistant. Check out our best phone for kids guide.
If you struggle to comfortably hold bigger smartphones, we've picked out the smallest handsets on the market that don’t compromise on specs.
If you have a teenager to buy for, then, let us help you out. You'll want the coolest smartphone on the market for the most affordable price.
If you are visually impaired, based on an independent third party expert, we've ranked the latest handsets from best to worst for visual impairment. Most smartphones have now introduced braille support and voice control options. However, to get accurate results most smartphones will require extra assistance to initially set up. Click visually impaired above to see our expert recommendations.
Now that you know what kind of smartphone user you are, compare our SIM-only deals and our best contract phone deals to ensure you get the best mobile plan for your needs.
We’ve got all the latest handsets on great deals at a range of prices on pay monthly plans and SIM only. Just pick the smartphone you want, compare our best deals and you’ll soon find the right mobile phone package for you.
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Looking to buy an iPhone? You can compare our best iPhone deals and check out preorders for Apple’s latest smartphones - the iPhone 13 range.
The latest range of Apple's flagship smartphone series has instantly impressed with enhanced specs, spectacular cameras and improved battery life. From the iPhone 13 mini to the standard iPhone 13, or the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, you have a four fantastic smartphones to choose from.
Don't forget last year's range. From the standard iPhone 12 and the fits-in-any-pocket-sized iPhone 12 mini, to the premium iPhone 12 Pro and the even bigger iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you can't decide between the many iPhones on the market, check out our iPhone 12 vs iPhone 12 Pro review to help you decide the best smartphone for your needs.
Not after the latest iPhone? Compare our iPhone 11 deals, iPhone 11 Pro deals and iPhone 11 Pro Max deals. Maybe you want the iPhone XR or an iPhone SE? We’ve got plenty of deals on all available iPhones from all the major networks.
If you’re an Android user and you'd prefer a Samsung smartphone, check out our deals for the Samsung Galaxy S21 range. Choose from the standard Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. We’ve also got Samsung Galaxy S10 deals and Galaxy S20 deals and more.
Apple and Samsung are two of the biggest names, but there are many other excellent mobile phones to compare from brands like Oppo, OnePlus, Nokia, Honor, Huawei and Google Pixel.
Still not sure and would some more info? You can compare specs, prices, features and mobile phones in more depth with our detailed best phone reviews. Check out our best camera phones ranked, the best Androids phones of 2022 and top budget smartphones guides. If you're unsure which iPhone or Samsung to buy check out the best iPhones list or best Samsung phones 2022 review.
Apple iPhone 13 launch
Ru Bhikha, mobiles expert at Uswitch.com, comments: “With four variants of the iPhone revealed, Apple is increasingly offering a handset to suit every user’s needs and, more importantly, their budgets.
“The reduced ‘selfie camera’ notch at the top of the screen is 20% smaller and makes the handset even more attractive to gamers and those who watch video content on their smartphone, as it enhances the viewing experience by creating a wider display. 50% faster graphics in the Pro version give this a real boost for users.
“Improved 3x optical zoom for video recording make the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera setup even more solid than the iPhone 12, which had an amateur level zoom with low quality detail.
“The new macrophotography feature in the iPhone 13 Pro improves performance in the camera, and further improvements to low-light conditions allow you to take photos of the night sky, but it’s hard to see this being a star attraction for the average user.
“Some ten million consumers say they are planning to upgrade to the next generation of iPhone in the coming year. By keeping its pricing the same, Apple will be hoping that these upgrades are enough to entice buyers to part with their money."
Samsung Galaxy S21 series launch
Ru Bhikha, mobiles expert at Uswitch.com, comments: “After weeks of speculation on how the pandemic might affect this launch, Samsung has pulled a rabbit out of the hat and given fans three impressive devices at a range of prices.
“At £769, the standard S21 model with its 6.2-inch screen is cheaper than last year’s equivalent S20, reversing years of steadily increasing prices and acknowledging the strain on many consumers’ budgets.
“The £949 S21+ has a 6.7-inch display, while the top-of-the-line S21 Ultra boasts a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen which is 25% brighter than the S20.
“The Ultra’s quad camera set-up includes a 108MP wide lens and two telephoto snappers in the latest bout of the continuing arms race between manufacturers for the crown of best picture-taker.
“Consumers can finally use the S Pen so beloved of Note-series fans, but the gadget can only be used with the Ultra model, which retails at £1,149.
“Like the iPhone 12 there’s no charger in the box, and this looks like being a trend that we are likely to see more of this year as manufacturers brag of their environmental goals.
“The S range has always been popular with Android users, and the addition of the S Pen will only burnish the reputations of these devices.”
For our Handset League Table, we broke each smartphone into 12 phone specification categories. A score out of ten was awarded for each category and these results were used to determine a total score for each smartphone. Additionally, we further ranked each smartphone based on 13 smartphone user types. All prices shown are based on the starting price for the smallest storage capacity available. Storage capacity is ranked on the maximum storage capacity available.