Budget pick of the month: Huawei P30 Pro
A five-star handset for a rock-bottom price.
There’s a lot to love about the Huawei P30 Pro, but the star of the show is the handset’s remarkable triple camera, which had us scooping our jaw from the floor in 2019 with its "unbeatable" zoom that refused to compromise on detail. There’s a bit to pay upfront here, but if you’re someone who can’t turn down a photo op, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Total cost of ownership: £675
Best of the rest
Samsung Galaxy A51
The Samsung Galaxy A51 might not be a bona fide flagship, but it still packs a punch where it counts. The plucky handset combines a 48MP quad-lens rear camera with a vibrant Super AMOLED display and snazzy prism design that’s groovier than Marvin Gaye in their prime. Oh, and you’ll be getting all of that with nothing to pay upfront.
Total cost of ownership: £432
Apple iPhone XR
Another five-star phone for a tiny price. That £250 upfront might seem hefty, but it’s totally worth it for one of the best iPhones of the last few years – and the contract (just £17 a month) is a complete steal.
Total cost of ownership: £658
Motorola Moto G50
For those of you seeking super-fast connectivity, the Motorola Moto G50 will see you right. The affordable handset ushers in 5G support without breaking the bank, and tosses in a capable 48MP triple-camera and 6.5in 90Hz display for good measure. Not bad for under £20 a month!
Total cost of ownership: £456
Sony Xperia 1
"A sensational smartphone and a film enthusiast’s dream." That’s how we described the Sony Xperia 1 a couple of years ago, and we stand by every word. Sony’s beast of handset was tailor made for video enthusiasts who like to multi-task, with its slender 21:9 4K HDR display the real star of the show. You’ll need a little upfront dollar to get in on the action, but it’ll keep those monthly payments to a minimum.
Total cost of ownership: £585