When it comes to finding the best mobile phone deals, the amount of choice can be overwhelming - but the perfect deal could significantly cut your phone bill.
We’ve updated our list of the most popular phones right now with some new handsets and more great deals.
First you'll need to decide whether you want to get a pay monthly deal, or get a SIM only deal and buy your handset separately.
Think about what’s most important to you from your mobile phone deal. On average, you can save £92 a year if you're willing to go SIM only as opposed to a new contract.
But not everyone wants the hassle of buying a handset outright - or has the lump sum necessary - and many opt for a pay monthly deal instead.
Next, consider how you use your phone. Do you make a lot of phone calls? Or are you more of a social media addict?
Determining your typical usage is a key step in finding the best mobile phone deal. If you’re not sure, look at past phone bills.
When you’ve worked it out, head to our handset and SIM only pages to find the best deal for your needs. Use the interactive sliders to set the range of minutes, data and texts to perfectly match your usage and find the cheapest deal.
Still need help? Don’t worry - we’ve put together a list of the most popular phones right now. Just click on the link below each handset to see the best mobile phone deals available.
Samsung’s April 2017 offering is an exceptional device, and one that many reviewers have tipped as the year’s best smartphone.
The Galaxy S8’s standout feature is its futuristic 5.8-inch Quad HD infinity display. The screen subtly wraps around the edges of the phone to cover its entire face from edge to edge.
The display is stunning, offering exceptional clarity, sharpness and colour reproduction. The way the screen curves away at the sides combined with a longer 18:5:9 aspect ratio makes viewing movies an incredible, immersive experience.
The screen blends seamlessly with a sleek aluminium casing that comes in either black or orchid grey, giving it an eye-catching, high-end appearance.
If you favour a larger handset, the Galaxy S8 Plus is easily one of the best big smartphones around. The 6.2-inch screen is massive, but the phone’s narrow design and curved front and back help it sit nicely in your hand. That said, it’s likely you’ll need both hands to use it, and may need to stretch to reach some buttons.
The S8’s advanced Dual Pixel camera features an f/1.7 lens, enhanced image processing and fast autofocus technology, offering high quality shots jam-packed with colour and detail.
Powered by an Exynos 8895 CPU and 4GB RAM, the S8 is one of the fastest performers on the market, and is able to handle top-end games and apps running at high settings without issue.
There’s a decent 64GB of storage as standard, with a microSD slot enabling you to expand it significantly if you need more space.
One of the S8’s few issues arises from its biometric security system. In order to make way for the huge display Samsung has moved the fingerprint scanner to the back, making it somewhat awkward to reach.
It also has iris and face recognition, which generally work well, but can sometimes be a bit hit and miss.
The iPhone 7 blends the best bits of previous models with some impressive new updates.
The iPhone 7 stays true to the design of the 6 and 6s. This time, as well as the classic Silver, Gold and Rose Gold, it’s also available in new Black and glossy Jet Black colour options.
In March 2017 Apple released a limited edition sixth colour option: (PRODUCT)RED. The great-looking matte red version has been produced in partnership with HIV and AIDS organisation (RED), and a portion of its profits will contribute to the global fund to fight AIDS.
Apple’s controversial removal of the headphone jack will be an inconvenience for some, although the inclusion of a set of Lightning Earpods and an adapter for alternative headphones should help sugar the pill.
The iPhone 7’s Retina HD display is brighter and more vivid than ever - 25% brighter to be exact - and can show a wider range of colours.
The re-engineered camera has seen a significant upgrade. It’s been boosted to 12MP, with optical image stabilisation and a larger f/1.8 aperture, giving sharper, more vibrant images and better results in low light.
For selfie fans, the front-facing camera has been upgraded to 7MP, and again performs better in lower light.
For those who like a larger screen, the iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5-inch display. Apple has bumped it up to Full HD, with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a screen density of 440 ppi.
Other than screen size, the biggest difference between the 7 and the 7 Plus is the camera. The 7 Plus has a dual-camera system, with two 12MP rear sensors. The second camera is a 56mm telephoto lens with a f/2.8 aperture, enabling you to zoom in on images with improved quality and clarity. The portrait mode on the 7 Plus uses both cameras to create great professional style headshots without requiring a high-end camera or photographic experience.
It’s under the hood, though, that the iPhone 7 has seen its biggest improvement. The A10 Fusion chip is Apple’s most powerful processor yet, making the iPhone 7 twice as fast as the 6. It also offers two hours more battery life per charge than its predecessor for typical use.
Whilst performance is largely equal between the 7 and the 7 Plus, an extra 1GB of RAM gives the 7 Plus a slight edge. Its larger size also means it can accommodate a larger 2,900mAh battery, so you’ll get a little bit more use per charge.
The Google Pixel is a landmark device for the search engine giant, proving Google is able to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone department.
Whilst it doesn’t look as good as the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 7, the Pixel is still an aesthetically-pleasing phone.
Its unique design features a metal body with an unusual glass panel on the back around the camera and fingerprint scanner - which has divided opinion among some reviewers.
The Pixel’s Full HD display is brilliant. Its AMOLED panel is vibrant, colourful and pin-sharp. The saturation is accurate, and both brightness and viewing angles are excellent.
If you’re after a bigger display, the Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch screen with a higher resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (534 ppi), making it better for virtual reality.
On the spec sheet, not much has changed since the Nexus 6P. The Pixel still has a 12.3MP rear camera with 1.55 micron pixels, an f/2.0 lens and laser autofocus.
In practice, however, the Pixel’s camera performs fantastically - even without optical image stabilisation. The photo app and autofocus are quick and simple to use, and pictures are bright and clear. Colours are punchy and true to life, with lots of detail even in low-light shots.
It performs excellently when recording video too, and the 8MP front camera is equally impressive.
One of the highlights of this phone is that it comes with free, unlimited cloud storage for all your full-resolution photos and videos - which makes up for the lack of a microSD slot.
The Pixel is an impressive performer, with a Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM meaning it rivals the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 for speed.
The battery should last around a day on light to moderate usage, but is likely to require a nightly charge. It charges quickly though - a 30-minute charge should take it to 50%, with another 40 minutes taking it to full.
The larger Pixel XL has a correspondingly larger 3,450mAh battery, so is likely to fare a little better in terms of battery life.
For those who aren’t keen on the iPhone 7’s larger size, the iPhone SE packs similar performance and power into a more compact design, and is now available in 32GB or 128GB.
Although the design of the SE is the same as Apple’s handsets from 2014, it caters to those who are after a more compact device.
Design-wise, the only major difference between the 5S and the SE is the addition of a Rose Gold handset. Similarly to the 5S, there is still an issue regarding the power button not feeling properly attached.
Despite its exterior resembling older models, the internal features of the iPhone SE have really been amped up.
The SE’s power keeps pace with the iPhone 6 and 6S. Its M9 co-processor is able to tell the phone when to be less active - if it’s left in a pocket or on a desk, for example. This feature is great at keeping the battery going for longer throughout the day.
The iPhone SE also benefits from the new A9 chip, which puts it leagues ahead of the 5S in terms of speed and battery life.
The SE’s upgraded camera is perhaps one of its best new features. Although Apple has chosen to keep the front-facing camera at 1.2MP, the 12MP rear camera is a significant step up from the 8MP camera of the 5S.
Photos are highly detailed and colours appear lifelike, and the 4K video quality is impressive.
The camera copes well in low light conditions. For such a good value handset the SE’s camera is definitely a standout feature.
The sharpness of the SE’s display matches that of the 6S, with a pixel density of 326 ppi. Colours are bold and well-balanced, and the range of colours is also equivalent to the 6S.
The Moto G5 is a high-quality offering from Motorola at a very attractive price, with an upgraded metallic design and a host of impressive new features.
Motorola has made a major effort to upgrade the stylistic elements of the G5. The aluminium design makes the phone feel much more premium than its predecessor, the G4.
The G5’s concave fingerprint scanner is a notable feature, enabling you to navigate quickly and easily between apps.
The G5 also comes in a range of colours, with a brushed metal finish giving each colour a high-quality appearance.
The Moto G5 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, a slick piece of software which has optimised its navigation recently so you can navigate from the home screen and around apps more smoothly.
Notifications that appear when the phone is locked will phase in and out of the screen to save battery life.
Disappointingly, the G5 features a lower-end processor (the Snapdragon 430) than its predecessor, but this processor is somewhat better suited to Android games when compared with higher-end processors.
Although the Moto G5’s 13MP sounds impressive for such a low-priced handset, it doesn’t feature the dual LED flash of the larger model, the G5 Plus.
The camera tends to struggle in low light conditions and images can appear somewhat blurry.
However, the front-facing camera features a wide-angle lens, which makes it great for taking group selfies, and you can tap anywhere on the screen to capture an image without having to use the shutter button.
Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium boasts a market-leading display and is impressively powerful, with a camera capable of shooting incredible slow motion footage.
The Xperia XZ Premium’s design is arguably an area where this phone disappoints.
The Gorilla Glass 5 covering the front and rear of the phone definitely provides some tough protection, but the plastic sides feel a bit dated.
The glass on the back of the phone is also prone to fingerprints and other smudges, which again detracts from the generally slick design of the phone.
Like Samsung’s and Apple’s flagship handsets, the Xperia XZ Premium is IP68 water- and dust-resistant, meaning you can safely immerse it in depths of up to 1m for 30 minutes - although Sony warns against keeping it submerged for long periods of time.
The screen, though, is what really sets this handset apart. The XZ Premium has a gorgeous 4K display, with an incredible 807 ppi screen density - possibly the sharpest display of any smartphone.
Watching 4K content on the XZ Premium is an amazing visual experience. Unfortunately, there isn’t currently much of that content readily available.
The XZ Premium is the first Sony handset to be kitted out with the ‘Motion Eye’ capture system.
It can record at a staggering 960 frames per second, producing footage that is up to four times slower than that of competing smartphones.
With its Predictive Capture feature and exceptional motion detection technology, the camera produces images of fantastic quality.
The Predictive Hybrid Autofocus feature makes for incredibly clear action shots. It anticipates movement, allowing your subject to stay in focus without any resulting blur.
With a Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, the XZ Premium performs excellently, coming close to the Samsung Galaxy S8. It can handle multiple games and apps with ease, and makes for a slick user experience.
In terms of battery life, you’ll easily get a day’s moderate use from a single charge.
LG’s April 2017 offering is better than all its previous devices, giving the brand a much-needed boost back to the forefront of smartphone design.
With the G6, LG has departed from the unconventional designs of the leather-clad G4 and the modular G5, and opted for an understated and elegant metal and glass build.
It comes in white, black and platinum, and - most strikingly - has very little bezel around a screen whose curved corners attractively mirror the rounded edges of the phone.
The Quad HD display has an 18:9 aspect ratio. The extra height makes for a more aesthetically pleasing experience than the G5, although some apps - YouTube, for example - don’t fit the display properly.
Although it isn’t AMOLED, the screen is still impressive, delivering deep blacks and vivid colours.
While not drastically improved from its predecessor, the G6’s camera has seen a few minor upgrades to an already strong setup.
Like the G5, it features both normal and wide-angle lenses, but this time LG has bumped up the wide-angle sensor from 8MP to 13MP.
Image quality is generally very good, but the G6’s camera isn’t on a par with those of the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8, and the lack of significant improvement from the G5 may be a disappointment for some.
The G6 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset, rather than the 835 as featured in the Galaxy S8.
However, the G6 can still handle heavy multitasking, is fast in pretty much every area, and can hold its own in the flagship smartphone stakes.
The HTC U11 combines incredibly impressive specs with innovative design, a great camera and superb audio performance.
The HTC U11 features a striking metal and glass design. The curved glass ‘liquid surface’ back changes colour depending on the angle you view it from.
The only downside of this intriguing shimmer effect is that the glass has a habit of showing up fingerprints - luckily, though, they wipe off easily.
The U11’s headline feature is that it’s squeezable. Its ‘Edge Sense’ capability enables you to perform different functions by squeezing the sides of the phone. Generally it’s effective, although it will take some getting used to.
Aside from its chunky bezel, the U11’s screen is top quality. It’s bright, clear and colourful, and although it doesn’t quite match up to competing phones with AMOLED displays, you’re unlikely to be disappointed by it.
The camera is a huge improvement over previous HTC handsets. Its HDR Auto mode combines the best bits of three shots every time you press the shutter, resulting in excellent photos with lots of detail.
Colour balance is good, and despite a slight lag in shutter response, it handles impromptu snaps well.
Where the HTC U11 really excels is in its advanced audio capabilities. It supports Hi-Res audio, and comes with a great set of earbuds that deliver superior sound quality. Music simply sounds brilliant on this phone.
Like Apple with the iPhone 7, HTC has opted to remove the headphone jack, which will be annoying for some.
However, the bundled adapter is excellent. It has a digital amplifier inside, meaning it will improve the sound quality of whichever headphones you choose to plug in.
The HTC U11 runs on a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor. With a clock speed of 2.45GHz - and backed up by 4GB of RAM - it’s one of the fastest setups around.
It handles 3D games and multi-tab web browsing with ease, and stacks up well against any of the other competing flagship handsets.
The Lenovo P2 offers unbelievable battery life and quality that punches well above its budget price.
The P2 features a full metal unibody design, which looks much more premium than you’d expect from its price tag.
While thicker and heavier than many of the other 5.5 inch phones on the market, it’s still surprisingly slim considering the size of the battery, at 8.3mm.
The display is a Super AMOLED panel with Full HD resolution, offering punchy colours, inky blacks and bright whites, as well as good viewing angles.
The P2’s 13MP rear camera features an f/2.0 aperture, phase-detection autofocus and a dual LED flash.
It’s capable of capturing decent images, especially landscape shots in good lighting, but it struggles somewhat with night photography and close-ups.
Powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor, the P2 is able to open apps, stream videos and load photos perfectly well, and for the price its performance is far from disappointing.
The P2’s standout feature is its phenomenal battery life. With a battery capacity of 5,100mAh, it’s by far the most powerful battery you’ll find on any phone in the UK.
A single charge can last three days for light to moderate users, and even heavy usage should see it last more than two days.
Charging is fast, too - you can get a full charge in around 90 minutes - and you can even use it as a power bank to charge your other devices.
The OnePlus 5 is a serious step up from its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, with some reviewers touting it as the best mid-range smartphone available at the time of release.
The OnePlus 5 combines an impressively thin 7.25mm handset with a sturdy and slick design, bearing a significant resemblance to the iPhone 7.
Featuring a curved back and similarly curved 3D Gorilla Glass 5, it’s not only slim but also comfortable to hold and use.
Its 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S8’s, which makes the screen easily accessible with one hand.
Other nifty features include the alert slider which sits just above the volume rocker, allowing you to quickly switch the phone into silent mode when it’s in your pocket.
Most of the buzz surrounding the launch of the OnePlus 5 has been around its new dual camera, which features two lenses instead of one.
The primary lens is 16MP and the additional lens is a 20MP telephoto lens, with both sensors made by Sony.
The main lens features a super-wide aperture of f/1.7. This produces bright photos that manage to avoid overexposure, even when lighting isn’t great.
The OnePlus 5’s portrait mode is an especially exciting feature. It blurs the background of photos whilst leaving the subject of the image in sharp detail, although it can be difficult to get this mode to work sometimes.
Powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset, the OnePlus 5 has high-end processing power and achieves exceptional speeds, easily giving the Samsung Galaxy S8 a run for its money.
The battery comfortably lasts a full day on a single charge, and the Dash Charge feature allows you to power your phone up incredibly quickly, taking the phone from dead to full in around an hour.
A major issue arose when it was discovered the OnePlus 5 would automatically reboot when an emergency number was dialled. A software update has now been rolled out to resolve the problem, and OnePlus is urging all users to download it.
We hope our guide has helped you work out what you want from your mobile phone deal.
Hopefully reading through the selection of phones above has helped you decide which features are most important to you in a handset - now you just need to find the mobile phone contract to match!
The link below each phone takes you to a comparison of all the best mobile phone deals available for that device, so once you’ve worked out your typical usage you’ll be able to find the cheapest mobile phone deal that fits your needs.
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