20 best smartphones right now

Panasonic Eluga Power

£500, panasonic.co.uk

As first-world problems go, your phone’s battery conking out is only slightly higher up the list than your local deli running out of organic hummous. But with the Eluga Power’s 5in 720p screen, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, NFC and an 8MP camera enticing you to use it every waking moment, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it flaked out just after breakfast. Luckily it charges in super-fast time, meaning you can juice it to 50 per cent battery in just half an hour, or 80 per cent in 57 minutes. That should give you time to phone around and find somewhere selling hummous.

Quick specs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 5in, 8MP

Panasonic Eluga Power hands-on

Motorola Defy Mini

£155, motorola.com/uk

Not all cage fighters are towering man mountains with chests like Transit vans. Some are whippet-like fellas who’d still knock you flat in a nanosecond. Likewise, not all tough phones are hefty bricks. Take Motorola’s Android-powered Defy Mini. Its subtle brawn comes courtesy of a 3.2in Gorilla Glass screen, well-protected ports and a sturdy plastic chassis. It’s also water- and dustproof, and while the 3MP camera isn’t the best for filming as you chokeslam a gorilla, at least it has GPS to guide you back to safety. But then, real men just use maps, right?

Quick specs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3.2in, 3MP

Sony Xperia S

£420, sonymobile.com

Until you can use NFC to buy your weekly shopping or a house, rather than just a packet of crisps and a Mars bar at the local newsagent, you’re going to have to find something else to do with that chip. Handily, Sony’s dual-core, 12MP, 720p-screened Xperia S comes with four customisable SmartTags. Stick one in your car to trigger connection to your handsfree 
kit, another to set your alarm when you tap it against your bedside table and another on your desk at work to remind you to buy a packet of crisps and a Mars bar on the way home.

Quick specs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 4.3in, 12MP

Sony Xperia S review

Lumigon T2

£tba (due June), lumigon.com

If Samsung’s Galaxy S II is the BMW 3 Series of the smartphone world (premium, powerful but on the common side), Lumigon’s T2 is the Maserati’s Quattroporte – stylish, upmarket and rare as diamond socks. Forged on the same Danish shores that gave us Bang & Olufsen, the 3.8in Lumigon T2 doesn’t just share a passport with the Scandinavian design kings: B&O’s ICEpower audio tech also lies inside.The T2 can be used as a handy infra-red universal remote, while a rear-mounted 8MP camera, NFC and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) make this phone so much more than just a pretty face.

Quick specs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 3.8in, 8MP

Lumigon T2 hands-on

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active

£220, sonymobile.com

Personal trainers might keep you fit, but they’re expensive and they shout at you when you’d rather be eating Jaffa Cakes. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Active will never do that – but it will help you fend off the flab with a built-in pedometer and a suite (mmm, sweets) of health and fitness apps. Its water-shrugging chassis means that a little rain is no reason to postpone your run, and the 3in touchscreen is even meant to remain responsive in the drizzle. It’s unlikely that the meal planner will recommend any more Jaffa Cakes, though. Shame.

Quick specs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3in, 5MP