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- 4G Phones - Which One Should You Choose?
Posted by : Amanda Stein Thursday, January 30, 2014
If you want to buy a 4G capable mobile, then there is a range of choices available on the market today. In this article we are telling you about the best 4G phones for every budget, so before you make your final decision, read on to find out our recommendations.
Why 4G Phones?
You might be wondering why you should be looking at 4G phones in the first place, and that is a pretty good question. What is the difference between a regular 3G mobile and a 4G mobile? You can find out the high tech definition of 4G right here, but the basic difference is that a 4G phone will let you connect over a different kind of network.
Why do you care? Yet another great question. You care because if you can connect over a 4G network then you are going to get faster mobile data speeds. That means better video streaming for you, as well as just generally faster Internet access. We all love to use our mobiles to go online, so who would not want faster Internet speeds?
The only caution is that you will need to make sure that you either have a contract or sign a contract with a mobile operator which has a 4G network. Right now your choices are EE, Vodafone, Three or O2. 4G networks do not cover all of the UK yet, but they are growing extremely fast so if you do not have coverage now, do not panic, you will have soon.
High End 4G Mobiles
All of the new top end phones are coming with 4G capabilities right now, and that means that it is tough to recommend any one phone. Instead, we will give you the best phone for each of the four major operating systems, and tell you what you will be getting for your cash.
Obviously, if you are looking for a high end iPhone then the clear choice is going to be the iPhone 5S. A dual core 1.3 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a crisp four inch screen, a fantastic 8 MP camera and your choice of 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal memory make the iPhone 5S the absolute top of the line when it comes to Apple devices, and it is our definite recommendation for a good 4G iOS model.
Android is a little trickier, because there are a lot of choices. In the end though, we have got to go for the Sony Xperia Z1, due to its huge specs. There is a truly huge quad core 2.2 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, as well as a five inch screen, an unbelievable 20.7 MP camera, and 16 GB of internal memory plus an SD card slot. Phones really do not come much more powerful or faster than this one.
Want a BlackBerry? Then the BlackBerry Z30 has to be your top end, 4G choice. It is a dual core 1.7 GHz powered device, and has a full five inch touch screen, plus there is an 8 MP camera, 16 GB of internal memory as well as an SD card slot for additional memory. This is no keyboard BlackBerry phone, the Z30 competes with the best of the best and gives Android a run for its money.
Finally, if you want a Windows phone, then we are recommending the Nokia Lumia 1020. You will be getting a dual core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, a four and a half inch screen, a massive 41 MP camera and 32 GB of internal memory. This is by far the best Windows phone on the market, and fully 4G capable.
Mid-Range 4G Mobiles
You do not need to spend a whole bunch of cash on a 4G mobile; there are some great mid-range models too. If you are looking for a decent 4G phone which is going to cost you under £350, then check out these models.
The LG Nexus 5 is one of our favourite mid-range models on the market now, mostly because it has tons of top end specs for a mid-market price. There is a quad core 2.3 GHz processor along with 2 GB of RAM, plus a 4.9 inch display, an 8 MP camera and a 16 GB internal storage capacity; a fantastic mid-range Android buy.
We are kind of hooked on the Sony Xperia SP too though, since it is such a stunning looking little phone. It comes with a dual core 1.7 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, there is a 4.6 inch screen, an 8 MP camera and 8 GB of internal memory plus an SD card slot; a great phone for a very affordable price.
Let us not forget BlackBerry though. The BlackBerry Q5 is a keyboard phone with full 4G capability, and makes a good choice for those who like to send emails or messages from their phone. On top of the keyboard you get a three inch touch screen, and then there is a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. The camera has 5 MP and there is 8 GB of internal storage plus an SD card slot. Not bad at all.
Budget 4G Mobiles
We are seeing more budget 4G models coming on to the market, though 4G still is not a standard feature on cheaper phones. You do have options though, and here are a couple of our favourites.
The Nokia Lumia 625 is a new release with full 4G capability. It is a Windows phone with a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM, a nice 4.7 inch display, a 5 MP camera, and 8 GB of memory, plus that all important SD card slot. Nice specs for a budget phone.
Our second choice is the BlackBerry Z10, another touch screen model from the manufacturer. This time there is a dual core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, a 4.2 inch display, an 8 MP camera and 16 GB of internal storage as well as the SD card slot. Again, great specs for a budget phone.
If you are looking for a great 4G mobile, whatever your budget is, check out these models with your operator; you will be glad you did!
Before looking into 4G phones, Phil Turner went onto operator websites to find out if there was 4G network coverage in his area.