What’s in Your Hand?

No we’re not talking about Bic Biro versus Parker fountain pen, we’re talking about your choice of mobile phone.

Does it even matter what handset you have? Well, probably not if you are only using your handset for text messages and phone calls, but if your phone has become everything from pocket diary to email and document viewer, from camera to sat nav, and from holiday booker to video and game hook-up, then you have to a device that fits your needs.

The reality is that there are hundreds of phones on the market, and we would never be able to review everything, that’s why using sites like GSM Arena to give phone specifications and reviews can be so helpful, but Apple and Samsung are definitely not the only ones out there! So let’s have a little peak, in alphabetical order.


Apple are clearly the most expensive on the market, well built, easy integration with all your other Apple devices, and they monitor the App store to try and keep the rogues out. Getting screens replaced is relatively cheap and easy. Phones tend to last well and have a good resale price even after two years.

The iPhone 8 is still one of the best out there, but the X and XS (Max) have both come out since, which means the 8 is getting on a bit now but then the price reflects that too. There’s also the lower spec XR, which will bring the cost down slightly on your new iPhone.

If you can afford the price tag, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you need something a little cheaper, then read on.


Blackberry used to be the only phone to have for a business, definitely not true any more. They still have the handy keyboard, but in terms of handset there isn’t much choice.

The KEY2 is pretty much all they have to offer at the moment, and while their security has always been good, there are plenty of other options which are as good or better.


If you didn’t know CAT have phones, then you are missing out. These are the ultimate piece of rugged kit. Think steel toe capped boots, and these are the phones to match.

There’s more than one model, including the super basic non-touchscreen models. They bounce, are waterproof and designed for heavy duty use on building sites. From as little as £50 for the basic phone.


I’m not sure your thoughts on Google, and them taking over the world, but you can have a Google phone. The Google Pixel 2 or the XL version are fairly plain looking but they do the job.

They offer the techie geeks lots of menus to get lost in and fiddle with. They aren’t terribly expensive either. Although it’s not a particularly new phone now, it still has a really great point and shoot camera on it.


HTC may not be the first name you think of when you think mobiles but they have a bit of a reputation for being innovators, with BoomSound audio and UltraPixel camera technology under their belt.

The U12 plus is an excellent option and not massively expensive either, while One M8 is a good budget option.


Huawei are rapidly becoming one of the hottest selling phone brands, and when you see their flagship model you can see why. They have top specs, which cost a couple of hundred pounds less than Samsung or Apple. They have a massive range of prices and specs available, in some really pretty colours.

I’ve not tried to get a replacement screen on one of these, so I don’t know costs or ease of having it done.

For business users I would recommend the P20 range which comes in three tiers of spec and price. But if you’re looking for budget handsets, the Honor 9 or the P Smart could be a good option.


Perhaps better known for their TVs, LG have been around a long time in the mobile phone world too. Their latest phones might be budget but there is plenty of choice and they might just surprise you.

The K range is the cheapest, through the Q range, to the G range, with the V range of top end. These have decent cameras, with some interesting looking features. The K10 2017 is potentially your best option for a value phone, while the G7 ThinQ is a great mid range phone.


No longer are they offering the funky little clam shell phones, their current phones can keep up with the other cheaper end phones, and have quite reasonable cameras too.

The G6 and the E5 offer great value for money.


Anyone over the age of about 35 has probably owned a Nokia, and while you can still get those little 3310s that just play snake and make calls, it’s not the only thing they do. Their mobiles have come on a lot since then, with the latest phones being pretty good, and best of all, they won’t break the bank.

Most Nokias have a number rather than a fancy name, with the theory being the higher the number the higher the spec phone and price tag. Amongst the best though are the 6.1 and the 8. Certainly worth considering if you are on a budget.


Samsung has various ranges and specifications, with numbers which don’t always follow the pattern. As a general rule in terms of price and quality, at the top you have the Note (more geared for business use), the S range, working down through the A range to the J range at the bottom, with the Xcover offering some level of rugged protection.

Their top end models are comparable with Apple but they definitely make less of a dent in the pocket financially.

One thing you’ll need to watch with Samsung is the screens, as replacing them can cost an arm and a leg. You can expect it to be about a third to half the cost of just replacing the phone. You can blame that on having to get genuine Samsung parts. Make sure you have a good screen protector for those accidents that inevitably happen.

Best choices out there are the S9 with it’s curved screen and excellent camera, or the A8 if your budget can’t stretch that far. But I wouldn’t rule out the J3 (2017) though if you are on a tight budget – the build quality is lower but if you’re going to stick a case on it anyway you won’t notice too much.


Sony used to be one of the best you could buy but then they sort of vanished for a while. Their pickup in sales has been slow but they are really quite nice phones now.

Again, they have a tiered price and specification for their phones with the XZ range at the top, the XA range in the middle and the L range at the bottom.

The new XZ3 looks like it has some potential, though I am yet to see one.

Quick round-up

A quick overview can never really do phones justice, and there are more brands out there than these.

Hopefully though, you can see there’s more to phones than just Apple and Samsung for your business.

You don’t have to spend £1000 to get a reasonable phone, you can get something for as little as £100, and obviously everything in between. If you need help to find the perfect phone for your budget and needs, give us a ring or drop us an email and we will help you through that process of choosing your handset.