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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 54 $27 - $2,900
84%
14,561 reviews
#2
Apple Smartphones 20 $110 - $969
77%
8,469 reviews
#3
Huawei Smartphones 25 $83 - $2,449
76%
7,833 reviews
#4
Oppo Smartphones 25 $165 - $13,585
71%
2,824 reviews

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$188.00
$337 cheaper
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Find X3 Lite
$525.00
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Find X3 Neo
$632.35
$508 cheaper
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Galaxy A52
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$82 cheaper
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$742 cheaper
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$180 cheaper
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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

We currently list 175 mobile phones ranging from $14 to $13,585. On average, a new smartphone costs $459 and 80% of smartphones are priced between $110 and $745. The cheapest mobile phone that we found is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at only $15, and the most expensive is the Oppo Find X2 Pro at $13,585.

Mobile Phone Brands - Price Range

The highest average mobile phone price out of all brands is Oppo smartphones with an average price of $1,016. Oppo smartphones start at $165 and their most expensive mobile phone costs $13,585.

The average price of Fairphone smartphones is $697 which is the second highest average price of all smartphone brands. Fairphone smartphones start at $650 and their most expensive smartphone costs $745.

Huawei mobile phones start at $83 and their most expensive mobile phone costs $2,449. The average price of Huawei mobile phones is $494 which is the third highest average price of all mobile phone brands.

Mobile Phone Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 29,706 expert reviews and 16,684 user reviews for mobile phones and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of mobile phone. The top rated smartphone brand is Samsung with an average rating of 84%. The second best brand is Apple with 77% and the third best brand is Huawei with 76%.

Biggest Smartphone Retailers

We found 172 current offers for mobile phones from eBay making it the biggest mobile phone retailer. That is over 10 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 17 current offers for mobile phones. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 17 current mobile phone offers.

When Are Most New Smartphones Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any evident trend in the release month for new mobile phones. The biggest month last year for new mobile phone releases was May, with 13 new mobile phones released that month. August was the biggest month in 2019 for new mobile phones, with 24 new mobile phones released that month. In 2018 most new mobile phones were released in November, with seven new mobile phones released that month.

How Fast Do Mobile Phone Prices Drop After Release?

On average mobile phones drop in price by 58% in the first 6 months after release.

That means that on a typical mobile phone costing $459 you could save on average $266 by waiting 6 months before buying.

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 mobile phones range from 2.8" to 7.6". The display diagonals of the majority of mobile phones range from 6.4" to 6.8". The mobile phone with the biggest display diagonal is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, which is a 7.6" display diagonal smartphone and is on sale for $1,399.99. The Nokia 2720 Flip, which sells for $109.69, has the smallest display diagonal and is a 2.8" display diagonal smartphone.

Storage Capacities

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

The storage capacities of mobile phones range from 4GB to 512GB. The storage capacities of most mobile phones range from 110GB to 160GB. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, which is available at $1,399.99, has the biggest storage capacity and is a 512GB storage capacity smartphone. The mobile phone with the smallest storage capacity is the Nokia 2720 Flip, which is a 4GB storage capacity mobile phone and is available at $109.69.

5G

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

Of the 201 new smartphones currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are smartphones which do not support 5G. 142 smartphones (71%) are smartphones which do not support 5G and only 58 out of 201 are smartphones which support 5G.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Mobile Phones?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying mobile phones. For each retailer it shows the total number of mobile phones where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying mobile phones. 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. 167 of their smartphone 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 smartphones by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of smartphone prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's smartphone prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 97.1% of their mobile phone prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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