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Thursday 25 December 2014

From Samsung to iPhone: The world's ten best mobile phones

<b>1. Best for budget buyers</b><br/>
Palm Pixi Plus<br/>
The Palm Pixi is a well-kept secret that's great for apps, has a superb touchscreen, and a snazzy operating system. Palm has the best interface apart from the iPhone, cleverly mixing contacts, Facebook details and multiple calendars. <br/>
<b>£110 on pay-as-you-go, no contract</b><br/>
<b>www.o2.co.uk</b>
1. Best for budget buyers
Palm Pixi Plus
The Palm Pixi is a well-kept secret that's great for apps, has a superb touchscreen, and a snazzy operating system. Palm has the best interface apart from the iPhone, cleverly mixing contacts, Facebook details and multiple calendars.
£110 on pay-as-you-go, no contract
www.o2.co.uk
2. Best for the stylish
Samsung Omnia 7
The metal-clad Omnia 7 will turn heads. It has a dazzling display and is a great fit in the hand. It's another handset using Microsoft's surprisingly appealing Windows Phone 7 interface, which integrates contacts from Facebook.
Free on £35 monthly contract
www.carphonewarehouse.com
3. Best for IM addicts
BlackBerry Curve 8520
You can send unlimited instant messages on BlackBerry Messenger to other BlackBerry users at no cost. Suddenly it's not just a business phone - thousands of teenagers are using it. Also great for email and you know... calls.
Free on £20 monthly contract
www.vodafone.co.uk
4. Best for value-seekers
Nokia 5230
There are cheaper handsets, but this touchscreen is a bargain because it includes six months of web access and a year of unlimited free Nokia music downloads, and you keep the music afterwards. Plus free navigation with Ovi Maps.
£99.99 pay-as-you-go
www.t-mobile.co.uk
5. Best for photo freaks
Nokia N8
The 12-megapixel camera here is splendid: it takes easily the best shots of any mobile. A great handset and outstanding battery life too.
Free on £30 monthly contract
www.nokia.co.uk
6. Best for music-lovers
HTC HD7
This uses the Windows Phone 7 system. Features include Zune, Microsoft's rival to the iPod. It wirelessly synchronises your home PC music and video content with the phone. And the 4.3-inch screen is stunning for video playback.
Free on £45 monthly contract
www.o2.co.uk
7. Best for app-lovers
Apple iPhone
The iPhone 4 looks the business and has a good battery life. The screen is sharp, and for ease of use the interface is unbeatable. There are more than 300,000 apps available, so there's something for everyone.
Free on £45 monthly contract
www.carphonewarehouse.com
8. Best for your dad
Vodafone 340
If you're buying a phone for someone who justs want to make calls and send the odd text, this simple phone from Vodafone has big keys, an easy-to-read screen and a basic camera.
£15 pay-as-you-go
www.vodafone.co.uk
9. Best for rebels
HTC Desire
Don't like Apple? HTC's Android phone is the best implementation of Google's Android interface, making it even more powerful and easy to use. The 3.7-inch screen is great for HD video or photos.
Free on £30 monthly contract
www.orange.co.uk
10. Best for business users
BlackBerry Bold 9700
The best Qwerty keyboard on any mobile and the Bold 9700 is compact and powerful. The email service is unbeaten for speed, security and reliability. The operating system is quirky, but it's a stylish phone.
Free on £25 monthly contract
uk.blackberry.com

Whether you're in the market for the bells and whistles of the iPhone, want music on the go, or simply need to make a few calls, there's a handset here that's perfect for you

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