Get smart about your smartphone: A cheatsheet for what phone to buy next – Newslaundry

Get smart about your smartphone: A cheatsheet for what phone to buy next – Newslaundry

It’s very hard to decide which phone to buy right now because there’s a dazzling array of models, and the differences between them are a little confusing to work out, without spending a lot of time poring over spec-sheets. Since I already do that compulsively, let me try and make it a little bit easier for you by picking out a few models that are compelling, for different priorities and budgets.

Before I begin, I repeat my old disclaimer from when I recommended laptops. I haven’t personally reviewed these models. These recommendations are based on a combination of (1) the specs the devices offer, (2) other professional reviews of the model where available, and (3) the experience of people who’ve used it, where that information is available.

Also, as before, you could follow the recommendations here and still get a dodgy phone. I hope that doesn’t happen but if it does, I have to disclaim any responsibility for it. Remember to scrutinise and make full use of the returns policy.

Which iPhone should I buy?

I’m getting this question out of the way first because I am an Android user, and the decision here is much simpler because the pool of devices is so small. iPhones are luxury products and the cachet is as much of a reason to buy them as any other aspect. They’re by and large terrific devices with class-leading performance and cameras, if you don’t mind using iOS, don’t mind a less smooth 60Hz screen, and have
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