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APPLE IPHONE XR
If you like the design of the iPhone XS Max but fancy something smaller and cheaper, try the iPhone XR. It has a 6.1in display covering the phone’s front, but because it uses LCD technology instead of OLED and has an aluminium chassis instead of stainless steel, it’s less expensive. And it comes in six colours including feisty coral and sunshine yellow. The phone has the same super-fast processor as the XS, but while it only has a single rear camera rather than two, it can still create bokeh (sharp subject and blurred background). It has the best battery life of any iPhone (ever!), great for travellers. It’s also powerful: although this phone is a lot cheaper than the iPhone XS or XS Max it has the same fast processor, making features like Face ID possible.
From £749, apple.com/uk NOKIA 8 SIROCCO
When Finnish company HMD Global began making phones with the name Nokia on them, it brought real continuity from Nokia’s early days, including many senior staff and engineers, and the Sirocco label for its premium devices. Hence the strikingly good-looking Nokia 8 Sirocco with its curved screen. The Nokia 8 Sirocco isn’t as big as some phones featured here, with a 5.5in OLED screen that’s bright, vivid and colourful. There are twin rear cameras with Zeiss optics and cute, if gimmicky, extras like the Bothie, where you can shoot a rear camera and the front facing one at the same time, so you can snap a performer at a gig and your reaction at the same time. Still, this is a smart, business-like handset with decent performance and an opulent design.
£449.99, johnlewis.com BLACKBERRY KEY2
Like Nokia, BlackBerry is a company which faded and is now making a strong return with phones boasting a physical keyboard – ideal if you write a lot of emails and find a proper keyboard faster than tapping on glass. The keys make for smooth typing, with autocorrect to help. You can also swipe up and down the keyboard to scroll through on-screen content. This is the only phone with a fingerprint sensor on the front of the handset cleverly concealed in the space bar. Because of the keypad, the screen is smaller on this phone than others here (4.5in). Although this is an Android phone, it still has much in common with the old BlackBerry system, including enhanced security features, intended to make it especially safe for business use.
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