Alongside Nokia’s 3.1 and Motorola’s G6, Huawei’s P Smart is the best budget smartphone you can buy right now and is tailor-made for those who want a larger screen while not paying more.
Its 5.7-inch display means that you get to scroll through emails, documents and social media much more comprehensively than with smaller-screen devices. (A 5.7-inch screen is around 25pc bigger than a 5-inch screen.)
The phone’s design isn’t thrilling, insofar as it looks like any other generic smartphone. But it’s more than adequate and the handset is both slim and light.
It includes a fingerprint scanner but opts for a micro USB port rather than a new USB-C variant.
The 3,000mAh battery on this phone is moderate and definitely won’t see you through to a second day.
Unusually for a non-flagship device, the 32GB model has two rear cameras (although the second 2-megapixel camera is there to guide the first one rather than being a second, distinct telephoto lens like on an iPhone). Its selfie camera is eight megapixels.
The quality of the photos is only okay, but definitely on par with other phones in its price range.
If you need a big phone (or a second one), this is a great choice. We’re not used to thinking of iPhones as ‘budget’ devices, yet the current SE model all but qualifies.
For the money, this is one of the bestequipped, most powerful smartphones you can buy right now.
Its main compromise (although it’s really a design choice) is its screen: at four inches, it stands out as the smallest display you can get among any of the major phone brands.
It means that it’s not as good for watching videos or TV and possibly not as good for long surfing sessions through social media or email.
On the other hand, it’s much easier to handle and operate with one hand, which is one of the biggest drawbacks of the larger smartphones. There’ll be no thumb-strain here.
There is an argument that the iPhone SE is the most aesthetically beautiful handset that Apple ever produced. It’s utterly distinctive.
You get 32GB of storage as standard, which is reasonable.
The iPhone SE also has an excellent 12-megapixel camera, better than just about any other smartphone in its price bracket.
It also runs a powerful processor (the A9, which is the same as on the iPhone 6S) and can run the latest iOS interface, similar to any of the bigger iPhones.
Unlike the larger models, the SE also retains a headphone jack.
For those who are nonplussed by the shiny black slabs that appear to make up 99pc of all new smartphones, regardless of manufacturer, this stands out as a real, modern, powerful alternative.
There’s only one thing to bear in mind – Apple will probably update this model in September when it unveils its latest iPhones.
So while this generation of SE phone will likely keep up with iOS for at least another two years, Apple may shove more power under the hood in a few weeks.