4G it taking off in a big way, with EE bringing access to massive swathes of the UK, O2 and Vodafone hot on its heels and Three tempting customers with 4G access at no extra cost and that’s before we even consider the LTE-A networks that EE and Vodafone have started rolling out.
Not only is 4G now widely available but there’s an enormous selection of handsets that support it. In fact almost every smartphone made in the last year or two does, covering everything from flagships to entry level phones.
Some handle it better than others though and they all have their own strengths and weaknesses above and beyond 4g, so we’ve made things easier for you by curating a list of the 8 best 4G handsets you can buy right now.
Motorola really impressed us with the Moto G, a low cost yet impressively high spec smartphone. Then shortly afterwards it impressed us even more with the improved Moto G with 4G.
The 4.5 inch 720 x 1280 IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 329 pixels per inch is almost as big and just as sharp as the screen on the iPhone 6, while its 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM ensure that it runs smoothly.
Of course it also includes 4G, all for just around £130. There are some concessions made to achieve that price point. The build is attractive but plastic and the camera is only 5 megapixels. There’s also just 8GB of built in storage, but with a microSD card slot included too that doesn’t much matter.
All in all it’s a great little phone and with such a low price tag it’s impossible to ignore. It’s not quite the cheapest 4G phone available, for example the EE Kestrel can be had for just £99, but the Moto G with 4G gets so much right that it justifies the extra
Windows Phone fans will struggle to do better than the Nokia Lumia 930. Even before you factor in the inclusion of 4G it’s one of the very best Windows Phone handsets around, with a crisp 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display giving it a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch.
There’s a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM powering it so it’s no slouch and this being a Nokia flagship there’s a hugely impressive camera on-board. Specifically a 20 megapixel Carl Zeiss one with optical image stabilisation for impeccable snaps.
Add to that a generous 32GB of storage and a premium build quality complete with a metal frame and this is the whole package, easily justifying its £350 price tag.
Since launching the Galaxy S5 Samsung has released the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 4, but the S5 is still one of its best all round phones for our money. It might not have the premium build of those other two or quite match the specs of the Note 4 but its 5.1 inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display is a more manageable size for most users.
It’s also still exceedingly powerful, with a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM. Then there’s its large 2800 mAh battery which can keep it going for up to two days at a push, its feature packed 16 megapixel camera, its fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor and its water and dust resistance.
We could go on, but suffice to say this is a powerful phone and one of the most feature packed around and while we’d love a better build quality it’s still got more mainstream appeal than the Alpha or the Note 4. It’s also more affordable than ever, as you can now pick it up for under £400 if you shop around.
Sony’s latest flagship isn’t a huge upgrade over the Xperia Z2, but it does a lot of things right. From its slim and stylish 7.3mm thick metal and glass build, to its dust and water proof body, its powerful 20.7 megapixel camera and its fast 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM.
Then of course there’s its impressive stereo speakers and incredibly long battery life thanks to a 3100 mAh juice pack. Of course no matter how impressive it was it wouldn’t be on this list if it didn’t support 4G. So not only is it fast, powerful, stylish and feature-packed but you can make the most of it wherever you are with a speedy mobile data connection.
There’s very little to dislike about the Xperia Z3, other than the fact that it’s not a huge upgrade over the Xperia Z2, in fact it packs the same 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 display. Then of course there’s the fact that it looks like the Xperia Z4 is already around the corner, but for now this is the best Sony phone you can buy and one of the best 4G phones too.
The HTC One M8 was released in early 2014 but it’s still one of the best phones around. It’s immediately eye-catching thanks to a full metal body with a gently curved back.
But it’s got more than just good looks. The HTC One M8 also has a lot of power thanks to a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM.
The 5.0 inch 1080 x 1920 Super LCD3 screen with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch is a perfect window onto all your apps and media and it has an innovative 4 UltraPixel camera with a separate depth sensor, so it can take superb low-light shots and adjust the focus after the fact.
Audio quality from the M8 is surprisingly impressive too thanks to dual front-facing BoomSound speakers and its Sense interface is one of the most attractive Android overlays around. It’s not quite the most powerful phone available but it’s not far off and with good looks and great features it’s one of the best 4G handsets you can buy and it’s available from just £400 SIM free if you shop around.
The LG G3 is a lot of firsts. It was the first phone to reach the UK with a QHD display and the first to have a laser autofocus on its camera. Ok, so it’s only two firsts, but that’s still more than most handsets can claim. It was also one of the first phones in the UK to support Cat.4 LTE, which means it can theoretically reach download speeds of up to 150Mbps, outpacing many older 4G handset.
Plus it’s just a great all-round phone, with a 5.5 inch 1440 x 2560 IPS+ LCD display giving it a pixel density of 534 pixels per inch, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera and a stylish build with a faux-metal finish.
With that big QHD screen it’s the ideal partner for all those videos you can stream with super speedy mobile data. It’s also now available for under £300, which really is a bargain.
It’s debatable whether the iPhone 6 is the best phone on the planet, but it’s definitely not far off.
Either way it’s definitely one of the best 4G phones that money can buy, as like the LG G3 and a handful of others it supports Cat.4 LTE, which means it can deliver download speeds of up to 150Mbps, which is more than most areas of the UK even support right now. But that’s ok because it just means it will be more future-proof than some of the competition.
As well as extra fast data the iPhone 6 features a stunning new curved design with a metal shell and a super-thin 6.9mm thick build, making it one of the best looking phones on the planet.
It also has a bigger screen than past iPhone’s, bringing the size up to 4.7 inches but keeping a 326ppi pixel density thanks to a Retina HD 750 x 1334 resolution display.
It has a powerful and efficient A8 processor, an improved 8 megapixel camera, NFC for the first time ever and comes with iOS 8, so you can enjoy the latest version of Apple’s operating system. We haven’t even touched on the M8 motion coprocessor or its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, but it goes without saying that this is the best Apple phone yet and one of the best 4G phones too. It’s not cheap, with prices starting at £539, but it’s worth it.
Its 5.7-inch screen won’t suit everyone, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is impressively high powered and full featured. For a start not only is that screen big but also high resolution at 1440 x 2560, giving it an amazingly crisp pixel density of 515 pixels per inch and as it’s a Super AMOLED screen the colours are also rich and bright.
It doesn’t disappoint when it comes to power either, with a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM making it one of the most powerful phones on the market.
Then there’s its 16 megapixel camera and a wealth of extra features, such as an S Pen stylus, split screen apps, a heart rate monitor, a fingerprint scanner and even a UV sensor. It really is probably the most full featured phone around and it looks good too, with a metal frame giving it an edge of quality that’s lacking from most Samsung handsets.
Better yet it’s one of a very small number of handsets that supports Cat.6 LTE for download speeds of up to 300Mbps. That means it’s fully prepared to make the most of LTE-A and more future-proofed than most of its rivals and for that reason it’s our number one 4G phone.< Back
All content and images are copyright © 2009 3G.co.uk all rights reserved