With only a matter of Saturdays until Christmas left (I know, I cringed at that thought too), it won’t be long until lights will start lining our streets and carollers knocking on our doors.
Make someone’s big day extra special this year with one of these best phones on the market just in time for Christmas. Whatever your budget, there’s a phone out there that will be perfect for a loved one…
You will no doubt be aware that the newest phone on the market is the latest iPhone. The iPhone 6 was launched in September, and is generally considered the crème de la crème of all smartphones.
Available in gold, silver or “space Grey”, the iPhone 6 is a sleek-looking handset which offers the latest in iPhone features, including iOS 8, an impressive 8MP camera and access to the all-important App Store.
You can guarantee that no-one will be disappointed on unwrapping the iPhone 6 on Christmas day, though with deals starting from £43/month (or £539 for a SIM-free handset) it might be the only present you’ll be buying this year!
Despite the HTC One M8 having been around since March this year, it is still one of the most popular Android phones around, and for good reason. It has a premium-looking aluminium casing, a brilliant UltraPixel camera with incredible additional camera features, and HTC BlinkFeed, an alternative to the usual Android interface.
The HTC One can be yours for just £22/month, or £449.99 for the SIM-free handset.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony’s new flagship for 2014, and is idea for all the budding photographers, music fanatics and gamers out there.
Building on Sony’s expertise in the music, TV and games industry, the Z3 offers a wide selection of bespoke apps and camera features to suit everyone’s needs. And with respectable offers coming in at around the £30 mark, you need look no further than that Xperia Z3 this Christmas.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is another impressive handset to hit our shelves this year, and has proved a huge success in the smartphone arena. The lightweight, sleek phone has amazed Android fans with its new and improved range of features and bespoke Samsung apps, on top of its impressive 13MP camera.
And the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be yours from £25/month or £490 for a SIM-free handset.
If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, why not take a look at our selection of mid-range smartphones available for a fraction of the cost?
If the iPhone 6 or 5s are a bit above your budget, why not take a look at the iPhone 5c, a slightly cheaper version of the top of the range iPhone 5s? It features the same immaculate design, up-to-date operating system and 8MP camera, but at a snip of the cost!
What’s more, available in 5 colours, you can get the iPhone 5c to make this year’s Christmas gift that extra bit special.
With a SIM-free handset costing £369 or deals offering a free handset starting at £18, your loved ones can get the one of the newest iPhones on the market, without breaking the bank!
Like the look of the Samsung Galaxy S4 but not its price tag? The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is the perfect solution- it offers the same array of features as the flagship model, but costs just £379 or £20.50 on a monthly contract.
The same goes for the HTC One Mini; manufacturers seem to be jumping on the ‘mini’ bandwagon, rereleasing their best handsets in a variety of sizes to suit all budgets, and this year, HTC is no exception.
The HTC One mini 2 can be found for the same price as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, or from £14 on a pay monthly tariff.
If you’re not feeling flush enough to purchase some of the deals listed above, these budget phones can be found from as little as £10 per month.
The Nokia Lumia range of smartphones have revolutionised the mobile phone arena, offering an alternative to the Android and iOS operating systems which currently dominate the market.
The Windows Phone operating system is really easy to operate, and is therefore a great option for a first-time smartphone user. It’s also available in red, yellow, blue, white and black, and features a vibrant customisable home screen, making it stand out from all the rest.
With prices for the Nokia Lumia 520 starting from just £8.50, you really can’t go wrong!
Last but not least is the Sony Xperia E3, a budget Sony smartphone which features all the same features and design elements as your typical flagship phones. With Android built-in, users can access Google’s Pay Store, offering a wealth of apps and programmes to easily download.
Unlike so many of the flagship handsets, the Xperia E3 is really dinky, and won’t weigh down your pockets, like the others. And it won’t make too much of a dent in your bank balance either, with a price tag of less than £149, or deals starting from just £6.50 on a monthly contract.