It seems like each week we’re hearing about the launch of a new phone. Fastest this! Slimmest that! It can get exhausting quickly, and if you’re not paying attention, the landscape can shift rather quickly before you. Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 there have been thousands of new smartphones launched, each iterating on what came before them and adding new features along the way.
If you’ve been too busy getting on with your life, you might be confused at the current state of the smartphone market. So, with Christmas just around the corner and plenty of Vodafone customers looking to upgrade from their old phones, what are the best phones on the network for all budgets?
Top of the Range: iPhone 6s, Xperia Z5, Galaxy S6 Edge+
We’ve included three phones in this section, because when you’re spending money each month on a phone, you want to ensure it’s going to continue to please you over the next two years. After all, there’s nothing quite as annoying as getting a new phone to find it doesn’t work how you’d like it to.
First up is the iPhone 6s, and, well, it’s the latest iPhone. Coming in 16, 32 and 64GB flavours as well as in a larger Plus variant. Whilst new features like ‘Force Touch’ are something of a gimmick at the moment, it doesn’t take away from the fact that this is the most capable iPhone yet. Powerful, slim and with a great camera and screen, it’s a great phone. Battery life, however, is still a let-down and if you don’t like iOS on any other Apple device, you’re still not going to like it here.
The Sony Xperia Z5 is a criminally underrated device. It’s completely waterproof with a beautiful design, and not to mention it’s lightning fast, has a great camera, two-day battery life and a lovely screen. Its battery is sealed in line the iPhone’s but it does come with a micro-SD slot to expand its memory, so you’ll have plenty of room for all your music, photos and videos. Don’t worry about a fingerprint reader, either, because it has one.
Finally, there’s the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. Its name might be a mouthful, but it’s a worthy contender. If you’re looking at the iPhone 6s Plus and wondering what its competition is, well look no further. The Edge+ has perhaps the most beautiful design and build quality of any smartphone, a huge battery, superb camera, nice fingerprint reader and great pace. It’s also got a wild wrap-around screen that features a number of neat tricks to impress your friends.
Midrange: Xperia Z5 Compact
Our first pick for the midrange phone of choice is the Xperia Z5 Compact. We picked the Z5 as one of our top of the range picks, but don’t think the Compact is the inferior device. It features the same processor and camera and is just as beautiful and well built. In fact, the only change is its size (it’s got a very comfortable to use 4.6″ display). So, if you want a smaller smartphone with huge power, this is it.
Budget: Moto G (2015)
Once upon a time, buying a good smartphone meant spending a lot of money. These days, however, you can spend a little and get a huge amount of what makes those expensive smartphones great. Our case in point in the Moto G. Made by (you guessed it) Motorola, the device has a 5″ HD display, lovely 13MP camera, a clean build of the latest version of Android, a fast processor, waterproof casing and great battery life. It doesn’t do everything the phones above will do, but if you want a smartphone on a budget, this phone will impress you like no other.