Every network in the UK is now offering 4G and coverage is getting better all the time. There’s also now an almost mind-boggling selection of 4G handsets available, with everything from flagships to budget blowers packing in the speedy tech.
With so much choice we’ve made things easier for you by curating a list of the 6 best 4G handsets you can buy right now.
6. Motorola Moto G with 4G
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 £150. 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.
5. Nokia Lumia 930
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 £400 price tag.
4. Samsung Galaxy S5
Since launching the Galaxy S5 Samsung has released the Galaxy Alpha and is about to unleash the Galaxy Note 4, but the S5 is still its best all round phone 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.
3. HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 was released early this year 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 just £400 SIM free.
2. LG G3
The LG G3 is a lot of firsts. It’s the first phone to reach the UK with a QHD display and the first to have a laser autofocus on its camera. It’s also the first phone in the UK to support Cat 4 LTE, which means it can theoretically reach download speeds of up to 150Mbps, outpacing most of the handsets in this list. Ok, so it’s only three firsts, but that’s still more than most handsets can claim.
It’s also 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. Like the Galaxy S5 this phone can be found for under £400, which really is a bargain.
1. iPhone 6
You’ll have to wait for our full review to see whether the iPhone 6 is the best phone on the planet, but we can tell you now that if it’s not it’s not far off.
Either way it’s probably the best 4G phone that money can buy, as like the LG G3 it supports Cat 4 LTE, which means it can deliver download speeds of up to 150Mbps, which is more than any UK network even supports right now. But that’s ok because it just means it will be more future-proof than most 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 for now the best 4G phone too. It’s not cheap, with prices starting at £539, but it’s worth it.
Looking for something a bit more affordable? Checkout our list of best cheap 4G phones.