Shopping guide recommendations for the festive season

 

2013 has been a very challenging year in the mobile industry but for the smartphones and tablets, and many get confused as to which of these mobile devices to own. So we have taken it upon ourselves to share our opinion on the various mobile devices starting from the low to high end smartphones category.

This guide would be a detailed guide placing each smartphone under a price category as well mentioning its pros and cons.

Smartphones

Under £100

This category is for those who just want a low budget mobile phone for texting, web browsing, social networking and emails not minding the speed of the device. Our lists would include both Android and windows phone be it dual or single sim with a processor speed = 1GHZ Dual-Core.

1.Huawei Ascend Y300

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory – 4GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android OS v4.1(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – Dual Core 1GHz

Cons

  • Poor Camera
  • Limited internal Storage
  • Build quality could be better

2.Nokia Lumia 520

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory – 8GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – Dual Core 1GHz

Cons

  • App catalog falls short of Android and iOS
  • No front facing camera
  • No LED Flash

3.Samsung Galaxy Fame

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory – 4GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android OS v4.1(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1GHz

Cons

  • No dedicated camera key
  • Mediocre display
  • Low resolution display
  • Narrow viewing angle

4.Sony Xperia E

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory – 4GB(2GB user available)
  • 3.15MP Camera
  • Android OS v4.1(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1GHz

Cons

  • No front facing camera
  • Mediocre screen quality
  • Fixed camera, No LED flash
  • No HDMI plug

Under £200

This category is for those who just want a low budget mobile phone for texting, web browsing, social networking and emails not minding the speed of the device. Our lists would include both Android and windows phone be it dual or single sim with a processor speed = or > 1GHZ Dual-Core.

1.Huawei Ascend G510

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory – 4GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android OS v4.1(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.2GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Low resolution
  • Glare type screen
  • Slippery to hold

2.Windows Phone 8S by HTC

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory – 4GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – 1GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • No front facing camera
  • App catalog falls short of Android and iOS
  • No front facing camera

 3.Nokia Lumia 625

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory – 8GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – 1.2GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • No NFC
  • Only 512MB of RAM
  • App catalog falls short of Android and iOS
  • Low speaker performance

4.Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory – 8/16GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android OS v4.1(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • No dedicated camera key
  • No 1080p Video recording
  • Feels plastic

5.Blackberry Z10

  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Memory –16GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Blackberry OS 10
  • Processor Speed – 1.5GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Unstable behaviour
  • Blackberry world missing key applications
  • UI not for everyone

6.Nokia Lumia 620

  • RAM – 512MB
  • Internal Memory –8GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – 1GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Low screen resolution
  • A bit chubby
  • UI not for everyone
  • App catalog falls short of Android and iOS

7.HTC Desire 500

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –4GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Android OS, v4.1.2(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.2GHz Quad-core

Cons

  • Poor Battery runtime
  • Uncomfortable physical keys
  • Energy consumption during standby
  • No full HD video recording

8.Sony Xperia M

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –4GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android OS, v4.1(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Poor video codec support
  • Disappointing call quality
  • Poor display viewing angle
  • Unstable webcam

9.Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –4/8GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android OS, v4.2(Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1GHz Dual-core/ 1.2GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Minimal upgrades over predecessor
  • Noisy video capture
  • Average camera
  • Low resolution display

Under £300

This category is for those who just want a low budget mobile but as well want to enjoy speed and multitasking. Our lists would include both Android and windows phone be it dual or single sim processor speed = or > 1.5GHZ Dual-Core.

1.Sony Xperia SP

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –8GB(5.8GB user available)
  • 8MP Camera
  • Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.7GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Average battery life
  • A bit laggy to use
  • Non user-replaceable battery
  • Mediocre screen viewing angles

 

Under £400

This category is for those who just want a low budget mobile but as well want to enjoy speed and multitasking. Our lists would include both Android and windows phone be it dual or single sim processor speed = or > 1.5GHZ Dual-Core.

1.Nokia Lumia 920

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –32GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – 1.5GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Big and Heavy
  • Average battery life
  • App catalog falls short of Android and iOS
  • No microSD card
  • Non user-replaceable battery

2.Samsung Galaxy S3

  • RAM –2GB
  • Internal Memory –16GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – 1.2GHz Quad-core

Cons

  • Screen difficult to read in sunlight
  • Over exposure of camera photos

3.Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

  • RAM – 1.5GB
  • Internal Memory –8GB(5GB user available)
  • 8MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – 1.7GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Back cover is a finger print magnet
  • Takes poor light shots
  • Underpowered, compared to the Galaxy S4

4.Windows Phone 8X by HTC

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –16GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Processor Speed – 1.5GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Camera not as sharp enough
  • App catalog falls short of Android and iOS
  • Non user replaceable battery
  • No microSD card slot

 

Under £500

This category is for those who are interested in the speed and multitasking of their smartphones not minding the price. Our lists would include both Android and windows phone be it dual or single sim processor speed = or > 1.5GHZ Dual-Core.

1.Apple iPhone 5c

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –16/32GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • IOS 7
  • Processor Speed – 1.3GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Non user replaceable battery
  • No expandable storage
  • No FM radio

2.HTC One

  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Memory –32/64GB
  • 4MP Camera
  • Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.7GHz Quad-core

Cons

  • Camera app offers only basic settings

Under £600

This category is for those who are interested in the speed and multitasking of their smartphones not minding the price. Our lists would include both Android and windows phone be it dual or single sim processor speed = or > 1.5GHZ Dual-Core.

1.Apple iPhone 5

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –16/32/64GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • IOS 6
  • Processor Speed – 1.3GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • Limited themes and personalization options
  • No widgets
  • No expandable memory slot

2.Samsung Galaxy S4

  • RAM –2GB
  • Internal Memory –16/32/64GB
  • 13MP Camera
  • Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.9GHz Quad-core

Cons

  • Dimmer screen than competitors
  • No FM radio
  • Video recording is slightly worse than on the Galaxy S3

3.Apple iPhone 5s

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory –16/32/64GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • IOS 7
  • Processor Speed – 1.3GHz Dual-core

Cons

  • No widgets
  • Limited codecs support
  • Limited integration of 3rd party social networks and services

4.Samsung Galaxy Note II

  • RAM – 512GB
  • Internal Memory –16/32/64GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.6GHz Quad-core

Cons

  • Camera struggle in low light
  • No dedicated camera key
  • S Pen not as good as on the Note 10.1

Tablets

Below are a list of our recommended tablets all having a good specification, it all depends on how much you are willing to spend but do know we took our time to select these for you.

1.Microsoft Surface Pro 2 – From £720

  • RAM – 4/8GB
  • Internal Memory – 64/512GB
  • 2MP Camera
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor Speed – 1.6GHz Intel Core i5

Cons

  • Heavy and thick for a tablet
  • Lack of apps for tablet use
  • Keyboard cover is practically required

 

2.Asus Transformer Pad Infinity – From £549

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory – 32/64GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream
  • Processor Speed – 1.6GHz Quad Core

Cons

  • Heavy dock
  • Cramped keyboard

 

 3.Apple iPad Air – From £399

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory – 16/32/64/128GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • IOS 7.0.4
  • Processor Speed – 1.3GHz Dual Core

 Cons

  • No expandable memory
  • No standard usb port
  • Expensive

 

4.Sony Xperia Z Tablet – From £399

  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Memory – 16GB
  • 8.1MP Camera
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.5GHz Quad Core

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Poor outdoor screen visibility
  • Audio is poor compared to other available tablets

5.Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – From £399

  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Memory – 16/32GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 1.6GHz Quad Core

Cons

  • No NFC support
  • Poor video recording quality
  • Poor location of speaker

 

6.Google Nexus 10 – £319

  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Memory – 16/32GB
  • 5MP Camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream
  • Processor Speed – A15 Dual Core

Cons

  • No 3G/4G option
  • No storage expansion
  • Material not as good as Nexus 7

 

7.Apple iPad mini Retina display – From £269

  • RAM – 1GB
  • Internal Memory – 32/64GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream
  • Processor Speed – 1.6GHz Quad Core

Cons

  • No expandable memory
  • No standard usb port
  • Expensive

 

8.Amazon Kindle Fire HDX – From £199

  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Memory – 16/32/64GB
  • 8MP Camera
  • Android 4.x (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor Speed – 2.2GHz Quad Core

Cons

  • Lacks Google Play
  • Poor battery life
  • Lack of core applications

 

For more details on the listed devices you could visit www.gsmarena.com

For great deals on these products or others do visit www.carphonewarehouse.com or www.no-contract-plans.com

 

 

 

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