Mobile Phone Buying Guide
A Smartphone is a mobile phone with an operating system and advanced features that means it behaves more like a computer than an ordinary mobile phone. You can browse the web, download thousands of apps and send emails from your Smartphone.
They’re great if you’re always on the go and need to keep yourself up-to-date.
More advanced Smartphones will typically feature faster processors, better cameras and larger, higher resolution screens.
Usually falling between 5in and 6.9ins, Phablets are a cross between smartphones and tablets. The bigger than average screen means they’re great for watching movies on the go, you can see apps more easily and view photos without enlarging or distorting their sizes. Plus they make it easier to browse the Internet.
These are mid-range handsets which fall somewhere between a smartphone and an entry level phone. They feature a limited web browser, which may only support slower GPRS Internet speeds, rather than the faster 3G you get on Smartphones.
Most feature phones will support email and include some built-in apps for social networking.
These phones are ideal if you need to stay in the loop but prefer to check emails and browse online on your computer.
If you’re looking for a simple, uncomplicated handset to make calls and send the odd text without access to the Internet, and you don’t want a contract, then an entry-level mobile phone is the perfect choice for you.
They often have a longer battery life and some have additional features such as a camera.
It makes sense to protect your beautiful new phone with one of our cases.
We offer a full range of the latest fashion cases as well as rugged protection, portable power cases and much, much more.
Don’t forget your memory card, please make sure you buy the right card for your phone.
Headphones are brilliant if you do a lot of travelling and want to link up with your favourite music you keep stored on your phone.
We’ve a wide range of headphones to suit your style, and how you want to use them - from ear buds to over the ear headphones.
Whether you need a replacement cable, spare cable or even a colourful cable you can find it here.
Don’t get caught out by running out of battery, take a look at our extra battery kits, portable power and in-car charging accessories.
Technology that puts you in control with the things you love, from tracking your fitness, communicating with your world to buying your coffee.
Please see individual product details for full features.
The megapixel count is a good indicator of the quality of photos your phone’s camera will take. More megapixels will mean better quality photos whilst HD video recording feature will let you capture pin-sharp high definition photos on your phone with premium models allowing you to record in 1080P Full HD.
Look out for flash for indoor shots and zoom feature to get in close. Phones with a second camera on the front are great for making video calls and taking ‘selfies’.
The quality of a phones camera is based on the quality of the lens and the phone software. The higher the mega pixel the greater the picture resolution, which means you can display bigger, clearer pictures on your PC. MP is short for megapixel. A pixel is a small dot that makes up an image. A megapixel = 1 million pixels. Useful camera features available on phones are Flash (a must for taking pictures indoors), zoom (allows you to get a better view of distant subjects) and shake control (prevents blurry photo's).
The processor or CPU chip built into the phone does all the processing and calculations.
A phone with a higher MHz or GHz figure will process things more quickly and efficiently whilst Dual-Core processor chips mean lower battery consumption and let you do more things at once. Plus they’re better for gaming.
A Quad-core processor is even more powerful and quicker at multi-tasking, gives you a faster, smoother performance and further improves battery life.
Resolution is the number of pixels on the screen with high-resolution screens featuring smaller pixels so the images are much sharper.
PPI or pixels per inch is a good indicator of how sharp and clear a screen will be, the higher the figure, the better the clarity and detail on the screen (really improtant if you love to browse the internet on your phone).
Most smartphones offer a fast, reliable Internet connection using the 3G/HSPA network.
The latest smartphones have 4G connections that can give you up download speeds that are up to five times faster than traditional 3G, similar to fast home broadband.
Just great if your busy lifestyle means you’re constantly on the go.
Different Smartphones have different operating systems which manage all the programs on your mobile.The operating system also provides a platform for developers to make applications (apps), which are small, downloadable programs for your phone, showing anything from where you are on a map to up to date news headlines.
Created by Google, Android is the most widely used operating system and is found on a wide range of Smartphones from popular brands such as Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and more. Android can customise multiple home screens with useful widgets and apps that let you access content and the functions you use most easily, more quickly. You can access email, music, the web and over 370,000 apps via the Android Market store, many of which are free.
Blackberry’s operating system lets you personalise your BlackBerry smartphone with games, social networking apps, themes, and personal productivity apps. It features a BBS messaging system that keeps the content of messages private.
Windows 7 OS uses rectangular ‘live tiles’ on the home screen or start screen. These ‘live tiles’ are a sort of cross between a widget and an application icon which display live information on the start screen. Plus you get easy access to mobile versions of Microsoft Office favourites like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Apple’s multi-touch, multi-tasking operating system runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s really easy to use - you just tap on the screen to open a program, pinch your fingers together to minimise or enlarge an image, or swipe your fingers across the screen to change pages. You can currently download over 500,000 apps from Apple’s App store.