What you need to know in 2019 to buy a

Why do you need a new smartphone?

Let’s face it, who isn’t addicted to their smartphone! It’s really hard to imagine life without them now but some phones will suit your lifestyle better than others and Pick Your Best can help you find the right device – without bombarding you with tech jargon. It’s worth spending a few minutes thinking about how you will use your phone – and if you already have one, identifying why you want to upgrade. Each new phone released from the big smartphone manufacturers promises an even better experience, but in all honesty not everyone needs all the bells and whistles.

Here we describe the main ways we believe most people might use a smartphone today – if you have another idea please do contact us and tell us – we’d love to hear from you. If you need help shortlisting three smartphones that meet your needs try our Product Chooser.

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Fast action games

You can play games on all smartphones – but if you are looking for the smoothest possible game play, on perhaps the ultimate portable gaming device you can have – use our Product Chooser to find smartphones with better graphics and plenty of storage space.

Read more about choosing a smartphone for fast action games

Away from a charger

Battery life is not an accurate science because ultimately, it’s how much you use the phone and what you do that determines the battery length. However, some do have bigger batteries than others and our Product Chooser will help you find them.

Read more about choosing a smartphone for longer battery life

Apps for everything

We all know there are apps for everything today – from shopping to travel, mindfulness to muscle building, serious advice to serious escapism. If you want to have a wide range of apps on your smartphone our Product Chooser will identify phones that have lots of internal storage, to prolong the time when you need to start your own one app on, one app off policy!

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Making calls

If you are not that fussed about apps, photos or movies and you just want to talk, then our Product Chooser will help you find a simpler, lower cost smartphone that does the job.

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Movies and TV

Love watching movies, TV and video clips on the bus, in bed, on the train, on the plane then you’ll appreciate a higher quality screen for a better image. If you want a smartphone for entertainment use our Product Chooser to find the right one for you.

Read more about choosing a smartphone for movies and TV

Taking great photos

The great thing about smartphones over cameras is that you are more likely to have it with you when that amazing photo opportunity arises. Selecting this scenario in our Product Chooser will match you to smartphones with the best camera and in-built photography software, so that you can take great pictures.

Read more about choosing a smartphone for taking great photos

For the kids

Choosing a smartphone for the app generation can be tricky, you don’t want them to be disappointed but equally they probably don’t need the latest and greatest device. In our Product Chooser we match you with mid-tier phones with good storage capability.

Read more about choosing a smartphone for kids

In one hand

Some of the larger phones demand two hand operation. Use our Product Chooser to find phones that you are more likely to be able to control with just one... leaving the other free to hang onto your toddler, or the rail on the underground train or your just your bag.

Read more about choosing a smartphone for use with one hand

What to look for when buying a smartphone

One of the big things most people struggle with when looking to buy a smartphone is what is different between all the models. Many places online provided too much technical information that makes this difficult. Our choice experts have simplified everything so you can quickly and easily see what matters. So if you want to learn a little but without all the complicated jargon you are in the right place. Once you know a little more you can compare all the smartphones that are available today from your favourite UK shops - or we can pick your best using our Product Chooser.


When using your smartphone some things will be more demanding on the technology inside than others. If you are likely to do multiple things at once, stream lots of movies or play fast moving games then a smartphones with higher performance will really make a difference.

Screen size

Think about how you will use it - a large screen will give you comfortable browsing and a better movie-watching experience. If you are on the move a smaller screen will be more portable and easier to carry around in your bag.

Battery life

The more calls you make, websites you visit and videos you play will mean you will need to charge your battery more often. Some phones have a larger battery and can last more than twice as long but this can mean your phone is bigger or heavier.


If you are like many people, the rear camera in your smartphone will be the only camera you need. Whilst high end models can be expensive, the convenience of not having to carry a separate camera may be worth it.