What phone should I get?

Someone recently asked me:

A good pal in the pub asked what was the best phone apart from the iPhone. What do you think? James Whatley you know about these matters. What’s the best out there on balance?

My response?

If you’re not looking for an iPhone. Then your choice is Windows Phone or Android. If you want amazing photos, look at the Lumia 925 or the Lumia 1020 (see yesterday’s post for more on that one). The latter outperforms the former in the photography stakes, however the 925 has a more aesthetically pleasing industrial design. 

If photography isn’t your number one reason for having a phone (oh and if, like me, you can’t get on with the Windows Phone 8 OS) then it’s a tie between the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the HTC One – I own and adore the latter.

Finally, if budget is an issue, I’d look at the Google Nexus 4. It is, at the time of writing, Google’s flagship device and is merely an astonishing £159 SIM free on Google Play.

That’s all I got.

Whatley on a phone

Disagree with this? Let me know.

But while you’re at it, let me know which phones you recommend when people ask you this same question. Those of you that don’t reply with ‘Let me ask Whatley’, that is…


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Author: James Whatley

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3 thoughts on “What phone should I get?”

  1. Initial thoughts on the Nexus 5? Trying to decide whether to make the switch over from my iPhone 4.

    James Whatley Reply:

    Hey Dave,

    I haven’t actually played with the Nexus 5 yet, so I can’t give you my own ‘hands on’ opinion. However feedback so far has been fairly positive.

    A few people have pointed out the lack of expandable memory is an issue, but I’m not fussed by that. I’ve also read that the Nexus 5 is Google’s best Nexus device to date, which is kinda expected but still good to know.

    If I was getting a new phone today, and I was buying outright (eg: not getting it on contract), I’d probably get the Nexus 5.

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