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Your mobile phone doesn’t have to be just a mobile phone any more. With a smartphone you can browse the internet, check emails, use instant messaging and more – all from a device that fits in your pocket. In fact, a smartphone is a computer as much as it’s a mobile phone.

Smartphones comparison chart for 2017

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Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
LG Optimus G
Apple iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Nokia Lumia 920
Motorola RAZRi
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
apple iphone 5 has a rating of five  overall samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of five  overall google nexus 4 has a rating of five  overall htc one s has a rating of five  overall samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of four  overall lg optimus g has a rating of four  overall apple iphone 4s has a rating of five  overall samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of three  overall nokia lumia 920 has a rating of four  overall motorola razri has a rating of four  overall
Design
apple iphone 5 has a rating of five  design samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of five  design google nexus 4 has a rating of five  design htc one s has a rating of five  design samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of four  design lg optimus g has a rating of four  design apple iphone 4s has a rating of five  design samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of three  design nokia lumia 920 has a rating of four  design motorola razri has a rating of four  design
Reception
apple iphone 5 has a rating of five for reception samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of five for reception google nexus 4 has a rating of five for reception htc one s has a rating of five for reception samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of five for reception lg optimus g has a rating of four for reception apple iphone 4s has a rating of five for reception samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of four for reception nokia lumia 920 has a rating of four for reception motorola razri has a rating of four for reception
Processor
apple iphone 5 has a rating of five for processor samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of five for processor google nexus 4 has a rating of five for processor htc one s has a rating of four for processor samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of five for processor lg optimus g has a rating of four for processor apple iphone 4s has a rating of five for processor samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of four for processor nokia lumia 920 has a rating of four for processor motorola razri has a rating of four for processor
Operating system
apple iphone 5 has a rating of five for operating system samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of four for operating system google nexus 4 has a rating of five for operating system htc one s has a rating of four for operating system samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of four for operating system lg optimus g has a rating of four for operating system apple iphone 4s has a rating of five for operating system samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of three for operating system nokia lumia 920 has a rating of five for operating system motorola razri has a rating of four for operating system
Camera
apple iphone 5 has a rating of four for camera samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of five for camera google nexus 4 has a rating of four for camera htc one s has a rating of five for camera samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of four for camera lg optimus g has a rating of four for camera apple iphone 4s has a rating of four for camera samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of four for camera nokia lumia 920 has a rating of three for camera motorola razri has a rating of four for camera
Voice recognition
apple iphone 5 has a rating of five for voice recognition samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of five for voice recognition google nexus 4 has a rating of five for voice recognition htc one s has a rating of five for voice recognition samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of three for voice recognition lg optimus g has a rating of four for voice recognition apple iphone 4s has a rating of five for voice recognition samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of four for voice recognition nokia lumia 920 has a rating of four for voice recognition motorola razri has a rating of four for voice recognition
Battery
apple iphone 5 has a rating of four for battery samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of five for battery google nexus 4 has a rating of five for battery htc one s has a rating of five for battery samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of five for battery lg optimus g has a rating of four for battery apple iphone 4s has a rating of five for battery samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of four for battery nokia lumia 920 has a rating of four for battery motorola razri has a rating of three for battery
Storage
apple iphone 5 has a rating of five for storage samsung galaxy s3 has a rating of four for storage google nexus 4 has a rating of four for storage htc one s has a rating of four for storage samsung galaxy note 2 has a rating of five for storage lg optimus g has a rating of four for storage apple iphone 4s has a rating of five for storage samsung galaxy nexus has a rating of four for storage nokia lumia 920 has a rating of four for storage motorola razri has a rating of four for storage
Specification
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Operating system
iOS 6 Android OS, v4.0.4 Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) Android OS, v4.0 Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) iPhone OS 5.0 Android OS, v4.0 Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Screen size
4 in 4.8 in 4.7 in 4.3 in 5.5 in 4.7 in 3.5 in 3.7 in 4.5 in 4.3 in
Resolution
640 x 1136 720 x 1280 768 x 1280 540 x 960 720 x 1280 768 x 1280 960 x 640 720 x 1280 768 x 1280 540 x 960
Size
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 130.9 x 65 x 7.8 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5 115 x 58.6 x 9.3 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 122.5 x 60.9 x 8.3
Weight
112 133 139 119.5 182.5 145 137 135 185 126
Memory
16/32/64 16/32/64 8/16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM 16/1 16/32/64 32 GB, 2 GB RAM 16/32/64 16/1 32 8 GB (5 GB user available), 1 GB RAM
Touchscreen
apple iphone 5  touchscreen samsung galaxy s3  touchscreen google nexus 4  touchscreen htc one s  touchscreen samsung galaxy note 2  touchscreen lg optimus g  touchscreen apple iphone 4s  touchscreen samsung galaxy nexus  touchscreen nokia lumia 920  touchscreen motorola razri  touchscreen
Multimedia
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Music player
apple iphone 5  music player samsung galaxy s3  music player google nexus 4  music player htc one s  music player samsung galaxy note 2  music player lg optimus g  music player apple iphone 4s  music player samsung galaxy nexus  music player nokia lumia 920  music player motorola razri  music player
Video player
apple iphone 5  video player samsung galaxy s3  video player google nexus 4  video player htc one s  video player samsung galaxy note 2  video player lg optimus g  video player apple iphone 4s  video player samsung galaxy nexus  video player nokia lumia 920  video player motorola razri  video player
Digital camera
8 Mp 8 Mp 8 Mp 8 Mp 8 Mp 13 MP/8 MP (market dependent), autofocus, LED flash 8 Mp 5 Mp 8 Mp 8 Mp
Video recorder
apple iphone 5  video recorder samsung galaxy s3  video recorder google nexus 4  video recorder htc one s  video recorder samsung galaxy note 2  video recorder lg optimus g  video recorder apple iphone 4s  video recorder samsung galaxy nexus  video recorder nokia lumia 920  video recorder motorola razri  video recorder
Internet browser
apple iphone 5  internet browser samsung galaxy s3  internet browser google nexus 4  internet browser htc one s  internet browser samsung galaxy note 2  internet browser lg optimus g  internet browser apple iphone 4s  internet browser samsung galaxy nexus  internet browser nokia lumia 920  internet browser motorola razri  internet browser
Email
apple iphone 5  email samsung galaxy s3  email google nexus 4  email htc one s  email samsung galaxy note 2  email lg optimus g  email apple iphone 4s  email samsung galaxy nexus  email nokia lumia 920  email motorola razri  email
Call features
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Features
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Apps
apple iphone 5  apps samsung galaxy s3  apps google nexus 4  apps htc one s  apps samsung galaxy note 2  apps lg optimus g  apps apple iphone 4s  apps samsung galaxy nexus  apps nokia lumia 920  apps motorola razri  apps
Maps
apple iphone 5  maps samsung galaxy s3  maps google nexus 4  maps htc one s  maps samsung galaxy note 2  maps lg optimus g  maps apple iphone 4s  maps samsung galaxy nexus  maps nokia lumia 920  maps motorola razri  maps
Compass
apple iphone 5  compass samsung galaxy s3  compass google nexus 4  compass htc one s  compass samsung galaxy note 2  compass lg optimus g  compass apple iphone 4s  compass samsung galaxy nexus  compass nokia lumia 920  compass motorola razri  compass
Battery
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Talk time
8 hrs 9 hrs (2G) / Up to 15 h (3G) 10.5 hrs 35 hrs (2G) / 16 hrs (3G) 15 hrs 8 hrs 8 hrs 20 mins 17 hrs (2G) / 10 hrs (3G) 20 hrs
Standby time
225 hrs 420 hrs Up to 390 h (3G) 317 hrs 980 hrs (2G) / 890 hrs (3G) 335 hrs 200 hrs 270 hrs 400 hrs (2G) / Up to 400 hrs (3G) 350 hrs
Connectivity
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Wi-Fi
apple iphone 5  wi-fi samsung galaxy s3  wi-fi google nexus 4  wi-fi htc one s  wi-fi samsung galaxy note 2  wi-fi lg optimus g  wi-fi apple iphone 4s  wi-fi samsung galaxy nexus  wi-fi nokia lumia 920  wi-fi motorola razri  wi-fi
3G
apple iphone 5  3g samsung galaxy s3  3g google nexus 4  3g htc one s  3g samsung galaxy note 2  3g lg optimus g  3g apple iphone 4s  3g samsung galaxy nexus  3g nokia lumia 920  3g motorola razri  3g
Bluetooth
apple iphone 5  bluetooth samsung galaxy s3  bluetooth google nexus 4  bluetooth htc one s  bluetooth samsung galaxy note 2  bluetooth lg optimus g  bluetooth apple iphone 4s  bluetooth samsung galaxy nexus  bluetooth nokia lumia 920  bluetooth motorola razri  bluetooth
Audio jack
apple iphone 5  audio jack samsung galaxy s3  audio jack google nexus 4  audio jack htc one s  audio jack samsung galaxy note 2  audio jack lg optimus g  audio jack apple iphone 4s  audio jack samsung galaxy nexus  audio jack nokia lumia 920  audio jack motorola razri  audio jack
Warranty
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Period
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Help & support
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Telephone support
apple iphone 5  telephone support samsung galaxy s3  telephone support google nexus 4  telephone support htc one s  telephone support samsung galaxy note 2  telephone support lg optimus g  telephone support apple iphone 4s  telephone support samsung galaxy nexus  telephone support nokia lumia 920  telephone support motorola razri  telephone support
Email support
apple iphone 5  email support samsung galaxy s3  email support google nexus 4  email support htc one s  email support samsung galaxy note 2  email support lg optimus g  email support apple iphone 4s  email support samsung galaxy nexus  email support nokia lumia 920  email support motorola razri  email support
User manual
apple iphone 5  user manual samsung galaxy s3  user manual google nexus 4  user manual htc one s  user manual samsung galaxy note 2  user manual lg optimus g  user manual apple iphone 4s  user manual samsung galaxy nexus  user manual nokia lumia 920  user manual motorola razri  user manual

Smartphones explained

Smartphones use the same technology as normal mobile phones to make and receive calls. They can send text messages, pick up voicemails and do all the other things you might want from a mobile phone.

However, the most noticeable difference with smartphones is that they tend to have big, clear screens. These are often touch-sensitive and take up the entire front of the phone. Smartphones are also equipped with powerful computer chips and a fast data connection, so they can connect to the internet while you’re out and about.

Most smartphones have cameras and some even have GPS chips (for satellite navigation). And, just like your computer, smartphones allow you to download and install different applications (‘apps’) to perform particular tasks.

Thousands of apps are available, from games to more ‘serious’ apps like document editing tools, navigation systems and all sorts.

What you can do with a smartphone

As well as making and receiving calls, smartphones can be very useful for:

  • Accessing websites while you’re out and about.
  • Sending and receiving email, so you can reply more quickly.
  • Taking photos and videos.
  • Listening to music and recording audio memos.
  • Viewing and editing documents.
  • Checking your diary and adding new appointments.

Size, weight and battery life are key when you choose a smartphone. With their big screens and powerful computer chips, smartphones can run out of power faster than normal mobile phones. Similarly, they can be a little more bulky.

However, once you’ve tried a smartphone, you’ll never want to go back to your old mobile phone. In fact, you’ll stop seeing your phone as a simple phone at all. What you have in your pocket is an entire computer.

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Rank
Apple iPhone 5
Samsung Galaxy S3
Google Nexus 4
HTC One S
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
LG Optimus G
Apple iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Nokia Lumia 920
Motorola RAZRi