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What Are The Best Smartphone Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every smartphone and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated smartphone brand is Samsung with an average rating of 84%.

Rank Brand Number of Smartphones Price Range Average Rating
#1
Samsung Smartphones 51 $42 - $890
84%
15,109 reviews
#2
Apple Smartphones 20 $138 - $1,366
77%
8,073 reviews
#3
Huawei Smartphones 25 $42 - $3,000
77%
7,697 reviews
#4
Oppo Smartphones 20 $179 - $12,550
70%
2,972 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a Smartphone?
AA smartphone is a mobile phone that has access to the internet, and a fleet of different programs (called 'apps') to do everything from take photos, to browse facebook, to playing music.
QWhat are the main types of smartphone?
AWhile there are many different types of phone, the major split is what operating system they use. Apple's iPhone range uses 'iOS', while the majority of the other phones used 'Android'.
QWhat is 'Siri'?
ASiri is Apple's artificial assistant - a voice-controlled helper that can look up info, answer questions and perform basic tasks.
QWhat is 3G, 4G & 5G?
A3G, 4G & 5G refer to the communication networks used by the phones to transmit calls and data. Each one provides a faster, more reliable service - so a phone with 4G capabilities will download data faster than a 3G phone, but worse than a 5G phone.

Kagoo Guide to Smartphones

Mobile phones have existed since the 1980s, and are an invaluable part of modern society - most of us wouldn’t be able to function without a phone with us at all times. While originally capable of little more than making and receiving phone calls, mobile phones have seen a massive increase in their capabilities, especially in the last 20 years. Almost all mobiles these days are no longer just phones - they are smartphones.

What are Smartphones?

Smartphones is simply a mobile device that is capable of running programs, accessing the internet and transferring data, as well as standard calls/text messages. A modern smartphone is more than just a communication device - it’s a portable entertainment centre, able to store/stream hours of music, take professional quality photos and play a vast collection of games. Hard to go back to a time where you couldn’t just break out your phone and distract yourself for 5 minutes while waiting for the bus!

What is 3g/4g/5g?

Smartphones use dedicated cellular networks to transfer calls and data. As time has gone on, the networks have become more powerful - allowing faster data transfer speeds, meaning your phone will download apps or stream video faster. They are named by ‘generation’ - so a 4G (4th Generation) compatible phone will be able to access the internet and download data faster than a 3G phone, but not as fast as a model that supports 5G.

What are Apps?

One of the key features of the smartphone is the ability to download & run programs to provide additional capabilities for the phone. These are known as ‘applications’, universally shortened to ‘apps’.

You can download apps for pretty much anything you want - many websites and companies offer dedicated apps to make it easier for you to access/use their services. Popular examples include Facebook for social media, The Guardian for news, Deliveroo for takeaways, etc. There is also a fleet of apps designed for self improvement - everything from marathon training & daily exercises, to self-care & meditation support.

Of course, a large portion of available apps are games - smartphones are a potent tool for killing time or distracting yourself, so it’s unsurprising that there is a massive selection of video games available to mess about with.

All these apps are available from special portals called app stores. These collect everything together, and attempt to tame the flood of apps with personalised suggestions and searches, so you can find exactly what you’re wanting. On the iPhone this is simply called the ‘Google Play Store’.

Pricing structures for apps on smartphones can be a little bit confused. Generally speaking apps are either free or cost a small amount of money, but there are a number of important considerations:

  • Free - doesn’t require you to pay, completely free to use
  • Free (add supported) - no need to pay, but the developers raise money by showing adverts while you’re using the app. These can be varying levels of annoying, depending on how invasive they are.
  • Subscription - users will need an ongoing subscription (usually charged monthly) to continue using the app. You can normally get a free week or month to try it out before you buy. Sometimes you’ll be able to use the app free in a limited format without paying for a subscription.
  • Premium - the app costs money to buy, but there are no extra costs and no ads once you’ve paid.

What are the main types of Smartphone?

Smartphones are extremely varied, and cover a massive array of different specifications, features and prices. Some models are small, and concentrate on the basics, while others are miniature computers, with powerful graphics chips for the latest games. There are compact phones that fit neatly into a back pocket, or larger sizes for better watching movies on the tube. There are even models with special bendable screens, so that they can unfold to offer twice as much screen space!

Over time though, 2 main camps of smartphones have emerged, based on the operating system powering the phone. These are:

  • iOS - the software powering Apple’s iPhones, iPads and related devices. Offers a streamlined, easy to use experience, although one that is tightly controlled by Apple. There is little (official) 3rd party customisation possible with iOS, and the apps available are carefully curated. While this limits what can be done with the phone, only having a single version of the system means that Apple can limit compatibility issues, and ensure that users can always get the most up-to-date version of the software.
  • Android - if your phone isn’t an iPhone, it’s probably running Android. Based of the Linux operating system, Android is an open-source, extremely customisable system. While it’s not always as sleek or user-friendly as iOS, developers can modify every part of the system - allowing them to change how it functions or looks. This is a double-edged sword - on the one hand, phone makers can tweak Android to perfectly fit their needs. On the other hand, the sheer number of Android variations available can make choosing a phone difficult - there may be compatibility issues with apps, and a model of phone isn’t guaranteed to have the most recent version of the system.

As a broad generalisation, iPhones have a more polished selection of apps and have better camera functionality, while Android phones are cheaper, offer greater customizability and can be upgraded/improved.

How to choose the best smartphone for you

There are great phones available whether you look at Android or an iPhone, and your choice will depend largely on personal preference. Some important considerations while you browse our list of the best smartphones:


Screen size: A larger screen size will make it easier to watch movies, but also increase the size of the device. Some people with small hands find large phones hard to handle effectively.

Storage capacity: The larger the internal capacity, the more apps, videos & music the phone can hold at once. Some models allow you to add bigger memory cards to improve storage.

Camera: Smartphone cameras can vary drastically - from reasonably good to professional level. There is a lot to pay attention to: optical zoom (much better than digital zoom), a front facing camera for video calls/selfies, low-light mode for night shots and 3d depth perception are just a few of the extras smartphone makers add to improve the cameras on their phones.

Headphone support: As phones have become thinner and sleeker, manufacturers have to make sacrifices. One of the most controversial is the removal of physical headphone jacks from phones - without this port, you’ll have to use bluetooth headphones to listen to music.

Water-resistance: smartphones are expensive gadgets, and they can be very costly to fix or replace. Improvements to the construction process in recent years have allowed for water resistance - some models are even entirely waterproof. Look for the IP rating of a phone to see whether it can survive getting wet - if not, then it would be wise to invest in a case!

Smartphone Retailers, Prices and Features

Mobile Phone Prices

Mobile phones range in price from $14 to $12,550 and in total we found prices for 169 mobile phones. On average, a new smartphone costs $439 and 80% of mobile phones are priced between $110 and $699. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the cheapest mobile phone at only $15, and Oppo Find X2 Pro is the most expensive at $12,550.

Mobile Phone Brands - Price Range

The average price of Oppo mobile phones is $1,040 which is the highest average price of all mobile phone brands. Oppo mobile phones range in price from $179 to $12,550.

Fairphone mobile phones start at $649 and their most expensive mobile phone costs $649. The average price of Fairphone mobile phones is $649 which is the second highest average price of all mobile phone brands.

Huawei smartphones start at $28 and their most expensive smartphone costs $3,000. The average price of Huawei smartphones is $559 which is the third highest average price of all smartphone brands.

Smartphone Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 29,502 expert reviews and 17,661 user reviews for mobile phones and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of mobile phone. Samsung is the top rated mobile phone brand with an average rating of 84%. Apple is the second best brand with 77% and Huawei is the third best brand with 77%.

Biggest Smartphone Retailers

We found 172 current offers for mobile phones from eBay making it the biggest smartphone retailer. That is over 11 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 15 current offers for mobile phones. The third biggest retailer is e-Global Central US with 10 current smartphone offers.

When Are Most New Mobile Phones Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release dates for new smartphones over the last 3 years. The biggest month last year for new mobile phone releases was May, with 13 new mobile phones released that month. In August 2019, 24 new mobile phones were released making it the biggest month that year for new smartphone releases. Seven new mobile phones were released in November 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new smartphone releases.

How Fast Do Smartphone Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, smartphones drop in price by 54%.

A typical new mobile phone costs on average $439. By waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $238.

Display Diagonals

'Display Diagonal' is a measurement of the size of the screen on a smartphone, measured from the top-left to the bottom-right corner.

The display diagonals of smartphones range from 2.8" to 7.6". The display diagonals of most mobile phones range from 6.4" to 6.8". The Huawei Mate 20X 5G, which is priced at $2,409.00, has the biggest display diagonal and is a 7.2" display diagonal mobile phone. The smartphone with the smallest display diagonal is the Nokia 2720 Flip, which is a 2.8" display diagonal smartphone and sells for $89.00.

Storage Capacities

The amount e.g of data which can be stored inside the device.

Comparing all mobile phones, the storage capacities range from 4GB to 512GB. The storage capacities of the majority of smartphones range from 110GB to 160GB. The smartphone with the biggest storage capacity is the Sony Xperia 10, which is a 512GB storage capacity mobile phone and can be purchased for $179.00. The Nokia 2720 Flip, which is available at $89.00, has the smallest storage capacity and is a 4GB storage capacity smartphone.

5G

5g denotes whether the smartphone has support for 5g networks.

Of the 190 new mobile phones currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are mobile phones which do not support 5G. 142 out of 190 mobile phones are mobile phones which do not support 5G and only 47 out of 190 are mobile phones which support 5G.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Smartphones?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying smartphones. For each retailer it shows the total number of smartphones where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying smartphones. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 139 of their mobile phone prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Smartphones for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for mobile phones by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of mobile phone prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's mobile phone prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 80.8% of their mobile phone prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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