So you need a new phone. Whether your old one went for a swim in the toilet, got stolen or simply died (RIP), buying a new phone is no walk in the park.
Checking out the latest models and all their fancy features might be fun, but having so many options to choose from can leave you feeling bamboozled.
If you’re having trouble wading through all the techy lingo and online debate about which phone is the best, don’t despair. In this blog we’ll give you the lowdown on some of the most popular phones out there, explaining their pros, cons, and standout features.
The latest iPhone has attracted plenty of attention, but does it live up to the hype? The nerds diehard fans who queued up outside Apple stores when it first came out seem to think so, but not everyone is going to be so easily impressed.
The iPhone X’s standout feature is face-recognition technology. Instead of using your fingerprint or security code to unlock your phone, all you need to do is look at its screen. Pretty cool, right?
- The iPhone X has tons of high-tech features, including an edge-to-edge screen and a dual-lens camera.
- It’ll make you look like the coolest kid on the block.
- There’s no home button. You have to swipe up to get to the home screen, which can take some getting used to.
- The price. An iPhone X will set you back over $1,500. Yikes.
Samsung Galaxy S8
If you prefer Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy S8 gives the iPhone a run for its money in terms of sleek aesthetics, camera quality and tech-savvy features. Worried about the Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery fiasco? That may have been the PR disaster to end all PR disasters, but the cause of the problem has been discovered and Samsung is gradually recovering its reputation.
Fire hazards aside, the Galaxy S8 is perfect for people who want a show-stopping phone and the Android operating system.
- The Galaxy S8 is fitted with an amazing edge-to-edge screen (similar to the iPhone X).
- The phone’s powerful processor can render high-resolution videos with ease.
- There a ton of customisable features that can easily be adjusted to suit your personal preferences.
- The Galaxy S8’s high-res screen comes at a cost. Its battery life only lasts around 7-8 hours of casual use, so you’ll need to keep your charger handy.
- The fingerprint sensor is in kind of an awkward position next to the rear camera. Samsung, why you do this?
Google Pixel 2
Google’s flagship phone is renowned for its high-quality camera. The Pixel 2 is also water-resistant (that doesn’t mean you can go surfing with it, but it won’t stop working at the first sign of water, unlike some smartphones).
With its distinctive matte finish, front-facing stereo speakers and ‘Active Edge’ feature (this lets you squeeze the sides of the phone to trigger certain actions), the Pixel 2 is a great option for fans of high-tech features and quality phone photography.
- The Pixel 2’s superior camera can help you capture Instagram-worthy photos with ease.
- The powerful Android 8.0 operating system is simple to use and highly customisable.
- There’s no headphone jack.
- The battery life is a little meh compared to other smartphones on the market.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
This Xperia XZ Premium offers Sony’s professional photography heritage in a pocket-sized device. It might not look quite as pretty as the iPhone X or the Galaxy S8, but there’s still plenty to like about the Xperia XZ Premium. Its camera can capture high-quality photos and videos, and the 4K display is ultra-sharp and bright.
- You’ll feel like a professional photographer.
- Shooting at a rate of 960fps, the Xperia’s slow-motion video function is top notch.
- It’s waterproof.
- It’s a little bulky and lacks the sleek style of other smartphones.
- The waterproof feature isn’t quite perfect – it only works if the rubberised flap that covers the sim card slot has been pushed in properly.
There’s no one-size-fits-all phone for everyone, but no matter what you’re looking for in a new phone, we can help you find the perfect match.