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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, ap­ 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, john­ 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.

£469, sel­




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