Looking for the best new smartphones in the UK?

So you've been thinking about buying yourself one of these swank new smartphones that you've been hearing so much about these days? That's great news, but unless you put in the appropriate research you run the risk of finding yourself landed with a real dud of a phone - obviously this isn't something you want, especially when you're going to be paying out so much of your hard earned money for the privilege of owning a new handset.

Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can keep in mind when it comes time to fork over your money. As a rule, you're much safer sticking to the very top manufacturers in order to minimise your risk. For our money, that list comprises of Apple, Motorola, HTC, Sony Ericsson and LG. While there are other manufacturers around, the level of quality from the aforementioned companies makes them a much safer bet.

If you decide that you're going to go with Apple, then that means an iPhone. The 16GB iPhone 4 is currently available from The Carphone Warehouse for as little as £21.50 per month on a 2 year contract with O2. This deal includes 100 monthly minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of internet usage.

If you want to go for a phone using Google's Android platform, then you'll have a much wider variety to choose from. If you want top of the range, then we recommend taking a look at the HTC Desire S. This phone runs Android 2.3 which, although not the most up to date system, does offer far more reliability than anything else available. This can be yours for just £20.50 per month with Vodafone, including 100 minutes, 500 texts and 250MB data usage.

Finally, if you're not looking for anything particularly fancy, but rather something that will allow you to use the web and stay connected to your email around the clock, no matter where you are, we recommend the LG Optimus Me, which is available for just £12 per month with Talkmobile and includes 200 minutes, 200 texts and 1GB of data per month. Who said buying the best new smartphones in the UK had to be prohibitively expensive?

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