GoBear is now part of Finder

Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.

Mobile Phone Finder™ will help find your perfect phone

Choosing your next mobile phone doesn't need to be overwhelming. Our comprehensive guides will help find the best phone for you.

What you should consider when choosing a mobile phone

Android vs iOS

For all intents and purposes, there are two mobile operating systems to choose from, Google’s Android platform or Apple’s iOS. While Windows Phone technically still exists, it accounts for less than 1% of market share globally, and other custom operating systems are also too small to consider as a viable choice.

The choice between the two platforms comes down to a matter of preference for hardware, with iOS exclusively on offer for iPhones, while Android is on the vast majority of major smartphones.

The operating system you choose also affects the range of apps available to you. While many popular apps are available for both iOS and Android platforms, there are still plenty of examples of apps and games that are only available on one platform. If those apps are important to you, choose the operating system that offers the app you need.

Mobile phone prices

While this won’t necessarily stop you from choosing the device you want, it will have an impact on the type of phone you can afford. Many of today’s flagships cost thousands outright and are subject to extra monthly payments even if you’re picking up the phone on contract. That said, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up cheap phones from retail partners if you shop around, which can help ease the strain on your wallet.

Buying a new smartphone is an investment, not just in terms of the physical product but also in how you use the device. With many phones purchased on contract, making sure you’re happy with your purchase over time is almost as important as the desire to get the shiniest new phone.

How to compare mobile phones

Whether you’re picking up a top of the line phone or just a cheap prepaid device, there are a number of factors you should consider before you make your purchase:

Screen size

The trend over the past few years has definitely tended towards the “bigger is better” mantra, with phone screens approaching 6 inches on the diagonal. Having a bigger screen makes reading text and watching videos easier, but drains the battery faster and can be difficult to control one handed.

Screen resolution

Smartphone screen technology has come a long way in the past few years, with 4K capable screens now accessible. For the most part, those resolutions are wasted on a device smaller than six inches, but it’s worth comparing the Pixels Per Inch (PPI) specification to see just how many pixels the manufacturer was able to cram into an inch, with more pixels generally resulting in a crisper image on screen.

Battery life

While manufacturers have managed to offer improvements through both cramming more battery into larger phones and reducing battery consumption through smarter software, battery technology still remains largely the same as it was when Apple launched the first iPhone. For a full day’s battery life, you should probably focus on phones with 3,000mAh or more.

Connectivity

Not all carriers use the same network frequencies, so ensuring your phone works on the full spectrum of frequencies for your carrier is essential. It is fairly complicated, but you can compare the networks and their respective frequencies to get a better idea.

Camera

The smartphone camera has all but replaced the compact digital camera market, and the quality of phone photos gets better every year. It’s not all about megapixels though, with sensor size and twin lens technologies helping make smartphone pictures even better.

Storage

If your phone is going to house your entire life, including photos, videos and everything in between, make sure you have enough storage to keep it all. Lower storage devices are cheaper but look for an expandable memory microSD slot so you can expand the capacity. Alternatively, look for a higher capacity device.

Mobile phone contracts

Not all phones are available on a mobile plan. If you can’t grab a phone on contract, be prepared to pay more for the phone up front. However, doing so will likely save you money in the long run.

See the latest tech deals

Deal

Up to 60% off select products

Deal

Up to 40% off Logitech, Renpho, Xiaomi & more

Deal

Up to 30% off Amazon vouchers

Deal

26% off Norton 360 for Gamers

Deal

Up to $100 discount

Deal

67% off premium web hosting

Deal

70% off VPN secure connection

Code

20% off site-wide on orders $15+

Deal

30% off antivirus business edition

Deal

From $0.01 + up to 60% off + buy 1, get 1 FREE gift

Deal

Up to 50% off Apple iPhone cases

Deal

10% off Surface Book 3, Surface Laptop 3, and more

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Deal

38% off Singapore Travel Sim Card (6GB | 8 days)

Deal

Singapore Travel Sim Card (6GB | 15 days) for only AUD$45

Deal

Up to 30% off video gaming t-shirts, figures, accessories and more

Code

$20 off Artillery 3D printers brand sale

Deal

49% off all-round protection

Deal

$5 coupon with newsletter sign-up

Deal

FREE 7-day returns

Deal

Up to SGD$752 off selected Surface bundles

Deal

Up to 30% off new domains

Expires 2 Feb 2022
Deal

20% off Tronsmart Force Pro Launch sale

Code

Buy 1, get 1 at 50% off

Deal

30-day FREE trial Amazon Prime

Deal

FREE local and international delivery

Deal

Up to 40% off daily deals

Deal

Up to 60% off sale

Deal

Up to 67% off annual plans

Deal

69% off 3-year plan

Code

25% off MagSafe accessories

Code

Buy 1, get 1 FREE phone cases

Code

30% off Karat Floral

Code

FREE standard shipping

Code

25% off your first order

Code

30% off coupon

Code

25% off orders over $60 + FREE shipping

Code

21% off Samsung Galaxy S21 collection

Code

25% off Brilliance collection

Code

30% off orders over $75

Code

20% off orders over $45

Deal

FREE logo design guide

Deal

Up to 34% off VPS hosting

Deal

FREE VPN trial

Deal

FREE 1-month trial

Deal

Up to 25% off Surface Pro X

Expires 1 Jul 2022
Deal

E-commerce MWP from $7.99/month

Expires 2 Feb 2022
Deal

Up to 30% off first year

Deal

30% off SSL

Expires 2 Feb 2022
Deal

50% off Reseller Plans

Deal

50% off Hosting plans