10: Blackberry Z10: from £174 (UK) - $185 (USA)
The Blackberry Z10 was the first smartphone of the Canadian brand powered by the new operative system BB10. This good looking phone had never been a hot seller due to the fact that people were not interested in Blackberry anymore. The Z10 has a gorgeous 720p screen, it is powerful enough to enjoy BB10 without lags, and had some nice extras such as HDMI and sd card slot. At launch BB10 was “almost” ready, but Blackberry failed to convince potential customers to join them. Today with the latest updates, BB10 operative system is probably one of the best OS around, fast, intuitive and great for multitasking. If you are not too bothered by the lack of some apps and games, want a smartphone to communicate (email, social network) and a good multimedia player, the Z10 is a great option. At launch the Z10 was being sold at around £600/£700 sim free. Now it is available on Amazon UK from £174
- Experience BlackBerry Flow: features and apps work together seamlessly and share your train of thought to help you complete tasks faster and with ease
- BlackBerry Hub: Stay close to what's important and keep everything that matters to you in one place
- BlackBerry Keyboard: type faster and more accurately on a touchscreen keyboard that learns how you write
- BBM with Screen Share: Catch up face-to-face and share what's on your screen
- Camera with time shift: create the perfect shot by moving parts of your picture
9. Nokia Lumia 820: From £180 (UK) - $180 (USA)
With the Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia tried to reach a young audience. The Nokia Lumia 820 is a powerful, good looking and solid phone. Smaller and more manageable than the Lumia 920, the 820 was supposed to be a huge success. Unfortunately the Lumia 820 never found its market. I owned it for 4-6 months and enjoyed it. Battery life is OK, the screen is clear and nice but not HD, the camera is average, but with 1GB ram the Nokia Lumia 820 is a great device for windows Phone 8.1. Being a Nokia phone, you will enjoy the amazing Nokia apps (such as Here, Maps, Music, City Lens etc….). At launch Nokia asked more than £400 for a sim free device, today you can get one on Amazon for around £180. If you don’t want a big phone, the Nokia Lumia 820 is definitely a purchase to consider.
- Capture the magic - create perfect group photos with Smart Shoot by picking the best expression for each person
- Nokia's most versatile Lumia - catch the moment with an 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and relive it in vivid colour on the 4.3 inch ClearBlack display
- Find your way - know more about the neighbourhood than the locals by viewing the world through Nokia City Lens
8. Samsung Galaxy SIII: From £210 (UK) - $308 (USA)
For Samsung there is a before and after the SIII. 100 days after the launch, Samsung claimed they sold 20 million of the Galaxy SIII. With a 4.8” (how small!) Super Amoled Display, an 8mp camera, SD card reader and the recent upgrade to Android Kit Kat, the SIII is still a great phone and an option definitely to consider. If you are not too bothered by Touchwiz, at around £230 the SIII has still a lot of life and joy to give.
- With a 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display, the GALAXY S III offers a large and vivid viewing experience. Samsung Mobile's heritage Super AMOLED display even enhances to HD and 16:9 wider viewing angles.
- With the innovative smart stay feature, Galaxy S III automatically recognises when you are looking at the phone, whether it is to read an e-book or browse the web. The front camera looks deep into your eyes and maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure
- The Galaxy S III's minimal and organic design is reflected in its smooth and non-linear lines. Its comfortable grip, gentle curves and platinum organic form deliver a natural look and feel
7. iPhone 4S from £300 (UK) - $380 (USA)
I personally consider the iPhone 4S as the best iPhone ever. The build quality is outstanding, the camera is still excellent, and iOS works perfectly with the older processor of the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S is a small smartphone but has a design that will never be out of fashion. If I were Apple I would continue with the iPhone 4S and call it something like: iPhone Classic. At £315 it is an option if you really want or need an iPhone!
- Powerful Dual Core A5 chip
- Excellent new 8MP camera
- The latest version of iOS is refreshing and user friendly
- SIRI is an amazing assistant
- Millions of Apps available for iPhone
- Thousands of accessories available
- Excellent built quality
- iCloud integrated.
6. Blackberry Q10 From £260 (UK) $269 (US)
Soon after the launch of the Z10, Blackberry launched the Q10 a more classic device with the famous Blackberry keyboard. The Q10 is all about Blackberry at its best. Beautiful screen, great keyboard, stylish back, overall the Q10 is a nice little smartphone. Powered by BB10 it is a true multitasker, and a tremendous communication tool. But again, Blackberry failed, and even if the Q10 has been more successful than the Z10 it was still a niche device. The launch price was certainly a huge problem (more than £550-£600). But now it is available for around £270, and at this price it’s a bargain! If you want to try BB10 and need a physical keyboard, at this price you shouldn’t hesitate! The funny thing is that I only saw one person with a Q10: a Google employee!! Amazing...but that’s another story!
- 3.1" Super AMOLED display
- BlackBerry 10 OS
- Dual-core Qualcomm processor
- 8MP camera and HD video
- BBM Video with Screen Share
5. Blackberry Bold 9900 from £150 (UK) $175 (USA)
I am sure that a lot of you will say, OMG the Bold 9900 in the TOP 5. OMG another Blackberry! I don’t own a Blackberry, my current smartphone is a Moto G, but I know a lot of fans of the old BB7 operative system. Do you remember BB7? Poor internet browser, poor camera, and slow OS, but probably the best OS for email. In my opinion the Blackberry Bold 9900 is the best device to enjoy BB7. In fact it is a beautiful phone. It has still the best physical keyboard, great speaker quality, NFC, micro SD and excellent for email. The screen (small) is also very crisp, and very responsive (touchscreen). If you are not bothered about apps, but want a great smartphone for email (maybe a second device) at around £140-£150 Sim Free, the Bold 9900 is a secure option. Only for die hard BB7 fans!
- 1.2 GHz processor and 8GB of expandable memory
- Sleek, high-end, and loaded with the ultimate tools, the thinnest, sleekest BlackBerry smartphone yet
- BlackBerry 7 OS has been powerfully enhanced
- Communicate and interact like never before with the fluid touch screen
- Amazing physical keyboard
- Ultra secure email with BB7
- NFC and SD Card reader
- Crisp touchscreen
4. Nokia Lumia 920 From £210 (UK) - $199 (USA)
The Nokia Lumia 920 was the super flagship phone of Nokia. The Lumia 920 was the biggest Windows Phone 8 device, and the most powerful. But the Lumia 920 is heavy and chunky. That’s probably why Nokia never sold millions and millions of them. It’s a shame because the 920 has plenty of great features such as a built in wireless charging, NFC, excellent camera, really nice screen, flashy colours. So here is the good news. The Lumia 920 is now available from £210 on Amazon and that’s a bargain for sure. If you want to try Windows Phone 8 and don’t want to spend hundreds and hundreds of pounds…. Consider the Lumia 920. You won’t be disappointed.
- Nokia's most innovative Lumia - take bright, blur-free photos and videos in any light conditions with PureView technology, and then relive the moment on a 4.5 inch PureMotion HD+ display
- PureMotion HD+ display - the world’s brightest, clearest, fastest touchscreen is sensitive enough to respond to your fingertips, even when they’re covered up
- Innovative design - you don’t need to plug your Lumia 920 in to charge it, just put it on a wireless charger and you’re good to go
- Wireless charging
- Fast Windows Phone 8.1
- Great Camera
3. Sony Xperia Z From £267 (UK) - $350 (USA)
The Xperia Z signed the return of Sony in the Smartphone game. Big phone, full HD Screen, powerful processor, NFC, Waterproof, Dustproof and a relatively good camera are the strong selling points for this phone. The Xperia Z was a successful phone for Sony, but as a result of the launch of the Z1 and now the Z2, the Xperia Z has lost a lot of his value. At launch the Xperia Z was a costly smartphone (more than £550) and now you can get one for around £280! It’s a powerful device, and Sony UI is less intrusive than Samsung touchwiz.
- 13 cm/5” Full HD Reality Display, 13 MP camera with Exmor RS, 2GB RAM, 1.5Ghz quad-core processor
- Water-resistant and dust-proof with a tough casing
- View razor-sharp images on the HD bright display
- Take natural-looking photos and video in any light
- Amazing quality and trendy design
- Great Full HD screen
- NFC and Micro SD card reader
2. Samsung Galaxy Note II From £299 (UK) - $420 (USA)
If you like huge phones with great Super Amoled screens, and like the idea of using a stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note range is for you. The Note III is a real hot seller for Samsung but it’s also a very expensive phone. The Galaxy Note II is an excellent option because it is very powerful, has a big beautiful screen and a great camera. You can get one new for less than £300 and that’s a real bargain. If you feel you need a stylus to spice your life...go for the Note II.
- Perfect Viewing Experience on-the-go
- Enhanced S Pen / S Note: More writing tools and note pad templates to always match your creative style.
- Power Performance at its best; Built with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 3100mAh battery empowers to keep your mind at ease as you unleash your creativity
- Amazing HD 5.5" Super Amoled Screen
- Micro SD Card Reader
- Powerful processor
1. LG G2 From £280 (UK) - $400 (USA)
The LG G2 is the most recent on the list, but with the new G3 announced yesterday, the LG G2 has dropped in price. The LG G2 has one of the best cameras on the market, a beautiful screen, powerful processor. With the button on the back LG has made a little revolution in the world of Smartphones. As a result you get a good looking phone with ultra thin bezel. At £280 sim free, it’s for sure a great price and a serious option if you are in the market for a brand new smartphone.
- 5.2" full HD IPS display
- 13 MP OIS camera
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.26 Ghz quad-core CPUs
- Long-lasting battery
- Beautiful Full HD display
- Amazing fast camera. One of the best out there.
- Stylish design
- Clever button on the back of the device.
- Fast processor.
So I hope this list will help you if you want to buy a new phone. As always I can’t wait to read your comments. If you like the post, please click on the LIKE buttons