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Buying Guide, Top mobile phones compared: what phone is best for you?

If a phone isn’t in the top 20 best phones in the world list, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth giving two hoots about.

Here’s a few handsets you might want to think about should none of the above tickle your fancy… although you’re clearly VERY hard to please:

Motorola Razr HD

Motorola Razr HD

A former top 20 resident the Motorola Razr HD is still a decent contender and has only dropped out of our best phones list due to newer handsets elbowing their way to the top.

While this phone lacks in some areas (let’s be honest: a dual-core processor doesn’t get anyone’s heart racing any more, despite being able to handle most tasks) it still has a clear screen, simple OS and a really strong battery at its heart.

Many will be taken by the almost stock Android platform it uses, and the fact it’s got an additional HDMI port means it’s easy to sync your phone up to a big screen – plus it doesn’t cost the earth.

Motorola Razr HD review

Huawei Ascend Y300

Huawei Ascend Y300

Fancy stepping into the smartphone market but don’t want a phone that’ll cost you the earth? Then why not check out the capable Huawei Ascend Y300, yours for just £100.

At that price you’re not going to get any breakthrough technology, but with Android Jelly Bean, a dual-core processor and a 5MP rear camera it offers plenty for the first time user.

You don’t get 4G, NFC or a shiny metal chassis, but the Y300 offers a solid build a reliable – if not slightly sluggish – interface.

Huawei Ascend Y300 review

Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia Lumia 720

The Nokia Lumia 720 is a great smartphone and though some may be put off that it’s rocking Windows Phone 8 over Android, if you’re in the market for a mid-range mobile this is certainly worth considering.

If offers a bigger screen then the excellent, but small Lumia 520 and it won’t make a massive dent in your wallet if the Lumia 925 is out of your price range.

It is up against some tricky, and more established Android competition, but if you fancy taking the plunge for something new you can’t go wrong with the Lumia 720.

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10

Everyone is going touchscreen these days, BlackBerry’s even got the Z10 and Z30 now, but for those of you still reliant on a physical keyboard to type the Q10 is one of the few options available to you.

While the Q10 may struggle to match the top end Android and iOS handsets in terms of features, apps and value, it does offer the best physical typing experience on the market – and for some that’s all they need to hear.

Huawei Ascend P2

Huawei Ascend P2

The Huawei Ascend P2 is a highly capable smartphone and offers a strong line up of features and a decent level of specs – it just doesn’t excel at anything, or wow us with amazing features.

If you fancy a powerful handset on a budget then the Ascend P2 is a decent shout with a quad-core processor, 4.7-inch HD display, 4G connectivity and a 13MP camera.

It’s not going to win any races against the likes of the HTC One or Galaxy S4, but you’ll be safe in the knowledge you got decent value for money.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

If you’re one of those people who plays by their own rules then you won’t be taken by any of the generic slabs of plastic and metal which are today’s smartphones – you’ll want something different, something out there, something a little bit off the wall. Meet the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Is it a phone? Is it a camera? Well it’s kind of both. From the front it looks like another Samsung clone, but flip it over and there’s a whacking great optical zoom camera lens plastered on the back.

It’s big, brash and heavy and that will put a lot of people off, but it you want a device which can take some impressive pictures and make the odd phone call you may fall for the S4 Zoom’s… umm… charm?

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