Here we take a look at the best phones for travellers but we know that you are all as unique as the destinations you visit. So, we have split the best phones for travellers into three categories; basic phones, cheap smartphones and premium smartphones.
If you just want a basic phone for calling back home then nothing can be more worry-free than going on holiday with a mobile phone that cost less than £10.
The Nokia 108 is available from £9.99 on pay as you go and this simple phone has a small 1.8” display. It is extremely practical, weighing in at only 70g, which is roughly half the weight of a modern smartphone.
The Nokia 108 has a basic low-resolution camera and alarm clock. The battery delivers up to 31 days standby or it can play music for up to 40 hours.
The Samsung E1200 is available from £0.99 on pay as you go and with its dust-resistant surface and keys, it is perfect for taking to the beach.
This basic phone has a small 1.5” display, weighs only 65g, has no camera and offers up to 30 days standby from one charge.
If you cannot leave Facebook behind then a cheap smartphone can be the solution to worry-free travel.
The Microsoft Lumia is a fully fledged smartphone that doesn’t break the bank at £84.99 SIM free or £49.99 on pay as you go. It has a 4” display and best of all, it will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10, when it becomes available. This smartphone can be used to keep in touch with home through Skype video calls and all of your favourite apps, such as Facebook and the Candy Crush Saga, are available.
A 2MP camera is built in along with a secondary camera that works with the Lumia Selfie App. The Microsoft Lumia 435 also features the Cortana digital assistant, Wi-Fi connectivity for checking your email or browsing the internet and GPS navigation, with offline maps that can be downloaded before you travel.
The Motorola Moto G 2015 is available from £149.99 SIM free or from £7 per month on contract. This smartphone is perfect for travellers with a 5” high-definition display that is protected from scratches and scrapes by Corning Gorilla Glass. It is also IPx7 rated for protection against splashes and accidental drops into water.
The Moto G 2015 runs on the popular Android OS and has a high resolution 13MP camera that can shoot in panorama mode or burst mode, for when you want to ensure that you get a perfect shot. A colour balancing flash aids capturing the evening’s entertainment and a secondary 5MP camera can be used to get the perfect holiday selfie.
If you are looking for a travel phone that can also be your permanent phone, then maybe a compact premium smartphone is what you need.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is available from £18.50 per month on contract and this travel-sized smartphone has the perfect set up for holidaymakers. Incredibly, an extreme high-resolution 23MP camera is built-in and this has an extra-large camera sensor for night time photography. 5x Clear Image Zoom lets you zoom in on a subject or the panorama, with almost no loss in detail.
The main camera can capture video at 4x the resolution of HD (4K) and the 5MP secondary camera has SteadyShot, which removes the effects on hand shake when taking selfies. On one side there is a 4.6” high-definition display while on the other is a cool-touch frosted glass black. The Xperia Z5 Compact is waterproof and dust tight, has a 2-day average use battery and Hi-Res audio.
Written by: Michael Brown