First of all, you’ll need to do a bit of research to figure out what kind of phone you want to buy. Think about what you do and don’t like about your last phone; see what your friends have; and have a read about some models to find out what’s out there. Consider things like:
Price – Are you willing to splash out for the best phone you can find, or are you strapped for cash and want something cheap and cheerful? Check out our guide to the best cheap phones if you’re on a budget, or find out about our top phones this year if you’re not.
Size, shape, and design – You’re going to be using your new phone a lot, so make sure it’s one you like holding. Huge phablets, chunky compact phones, sleek metal, and colourful plastic all look and feel very different. Large screens are ideal if you browse the web, watch videos, or play games a lot, but smaller screens tend to be cheaper.
Operating system – iPhone or Android? Each comes with unique benefits… and problems. iOS has excellent connectivity and can sync with your iPod, iPad, or Mac seamlessly. Androids, on the other hand, are super customisable, but look a little different on every phone. Going for an Android? Find out what our favourite ones are in our guide.