20 best smartphones right now

Samsung Galaxy S II

£400, samsung.com/uk

20 best smartphones right now - Samsung Galaxy S II 2

With a successor due imminently, Samsung’s Galaxy S II is almost certainly entering its twilight days, but you can’t ignore a phone that’s spent its entire lifespan in the upper echelons of our Top 10 smartphones list. With its super-slim build, vibrant AMOLED screen and 1080p video shooting, the S II has managed to fend off attacks from all but the iPhone – and that’s only due to an Android-wide lack of killer apps. It may not be the newest, but S II owners can rest safe in the knowledge that they’re in possession of a gadget classic.

Quick specs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 4.3in, 8MP

Samsung Galaxy S II review

Huawei Ascend P1 S

£tba (due April), huawei.com/uk

20 best smartphones right now - Huawei Ascend P1 S 2

With smartphone screens getting bigger and pocket real estate at a premium, you can’t afford to sacrifice vital millimetres to unnecessary mobile girth. Thinnest of the lot (for now) is newcomer Huawei’s 4.3in Ascend P1 S, with a waistline that’s just 6.68mm at its skinniest. Its waif-like figure means it isn’t as powerful as the quad-core crowd, but its 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM should have ICS skipping along, and it has an 8MP camera capable of shooting 1080p video. Not bad for a phone that looks as if it could slice tomatoes.

Quick specs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 4.3in, 8MP

Huawei Ascend P1 S hands-on

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ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s

£325, viewsoniceurope.com

20 best smartphones right now - ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s 2

ViewSonic’s new Android phone has a dual-identity problem. Not only is it called ‘4s’ (now where have we seen that before?) but its 3.5in screen has a resolution of 960x640 at 326ppi, the same as the iPhone 4S (ah yes, that’s where). But then duality is rather fitting for a phone with two SIM slots. Rather than switching between the two, the ViewPhone will multitask – so you can make a call with one while downloading an app with the other. A 5MP rear/VGA front cam setup allows you to take pics of yourself, so you don’t get all Jekyll and Hyde.

Quick specs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 3.5in, 5MP

HTC Radar

£240, htc.com

20 best smartphones right now - HTC Radar 2

You’ll find cheaper phones, but as far as value for wonga goes, this 3.8in Windows Phone 7-powered bargain is hard to beat. Just like HTC’s more wallet-emptying offerings it’s clad in a classy, metallic unibody shell that makes it look like a much pricier offering. Meanwhile, despite being underpowered compared to quad-core competition such as HTC’s One X or LG’s Optimus 4X HD, a 1GHz single-core processor keeps everything ticking over nicely. Its 5MP camera even shoots 720p. Now if 720p could only be the price of the thing…

Quick specs Windows Phone 7, 3.8in, 5MP

HTC Radar review

Samsung Galaxy Note

£470, samsung.com/uk

20 best smartphones right now - Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Are you a person who struggles to make decisions, like what to have for lunch or which of your children you would save from a bear attack? Then Samsung’s Galaxy Note could be the answer to your ‘should I buy a tablet?’ dilemma. Its 5.3in display brings slate-style functionality to your smartphone, its S Pen stylus allowing you to sketch and annotate at your whim. A 1280x800 resolution and AMOLED tech makes it ideal for movies, although it’ll have to downscale the 1080p videos you shoot on its 8MP camera. As for the bears… we’ve got nothing.

Quick specs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 5.3in, 8MP

Samsung Galaxy Note review

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