Mobile phones: Best Buys
Finding it hard to choose a new phone?
New, ‘must have’, mobile phones seem to go on sale every day but with so many to choose from it it can be hard to pick the right one. And with most phone contracts now lasting two years, getting it wrong can be a painful mistake.
Which? spends £100,000 every year testing mobile phones. We send new models to our labs every five weeks and because we've tested mobile phones for more than 10 years you can be sure that our Best Buys really are the best you can buy.
Our mobile phone researchers make and receive calls on every phone to check sound quality. And we even reproduce the sound of a busy cafe to see how they cope with loud background noise.
We regularly review our tests to make sure we cover everything you need to know, and we've recently introduced a new rating for the performance of the phone's video camera.
You've told us that battery life is crucial so rather than accepting the manufacturers' claims we check this thoroughly, recording call times in real life scenarios and measuring how long you can surf the Net before reaching for your charger - and the results vary wildly.
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What makes a Best Buy mobile phone?
Mobile phone reviews you can trust
We've reviewed hundreds of handsets over the years from all the top brands, including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Blackberry and Apple. We always test a mobile phone’s essential features - sound quality on calls, ease of use and battery life. And because mobiles are crammed with more and more features these days our experts assess these too. So we test the cameras in different lighting conditions, record and view footage shot on the phone’s camcorders, rate the built-in music players and even look at the performance of each phone’s web browser.
Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.
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- Reviews of 82 mobile phones including all the latest smartphones
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- Brand reliability ratings plus network and phone retailer satisfaction scores