With so much choice, it’s difficult to know whether to go with an Apple iPhone, an Android from Samsung, Sony or HTC, or a Windows Phone from Nokia.
Your best bet is to think about what you’re going to be using your phone for on a daily basis.
Basic phones: If apps, the web, music and pictures aren’t your thing, perhaps something a little more utilitarian would be up your street. Basic phones make it easy to call or text. Beyond this, they typically only have a few key functions, such as a diary, a calculator or an alarm clock.
Smartphones: Increasingly the most popular choice, smartphones are essentially a computer in your pocket. With hundreds of apps and features at your fingertips, they are a personal organiser, digital camera and music/video player rolled into one.
If you’re looking at smartphones, you’ll need to consider whether you prefer an Android, Windows Phone or Apple operating systems. This decision might come down to the type of devices you already own. If you have a Windows laptop already, then a Windows phone might integrate better with it. Own an Apple iPad? It’ll play nicer with an Apple iPhone.
Smartphones are usually more expensive than basic phones, but there are increasing numbers of highly capable low-cost smartphones on the market these days. So it always pays to shop around.