GADGETS: Six of the best 4G handsets
Samsung Galaxy Note 3, from free on contract, www.phones4u.co.uk
An eye-pleasing 5.7inch OLED display really brings the screen action to life. Although certainly more sizeable than your average smartphone the benefits are clear, and it still fits into a back pocket. There's an S-Pen stylus tucked away inside to assist with doodling - sorry, note-taking - and as a step aside from other manufacturers in design terms, the back of this handset has a sophisticated leather finish.
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LG G2 - £399.99, www.three.co.uk
Not only will the powerful processor and 2GB of RAM give you speedy multitasking prowess, the makers have also tucked in a decent battery, meaning you can get a full day's work out of this powerhouse handset. We've not seen LG on the scene for a while, and it looks like they're back with attitude. With an edge-to-edge high-resolution screen and - a first - no side controls, as they're all tucked away on the back, this model takes a bit of getting used to, but then people said that about the wheel at first...
Nokia Lumia 1020, from free on contract, www.carphonewarehouse.com
This is not the best mobile ever, nor is it the best camera we've seen, but it is, hands down, the best camera-phone ever created. The incredible 41 megapixel sensor lets you shoot super high-resolution imagery and combines with a raft of features to create some of the best images you'll see from a smartphone.
iPhone 5s, from free on contract, www.phones4u.co.uk
Keeping its position in top spot takes plenty of innovation from the Apple team. Samsung are really snapping at their heels, so the brand's latest launch needed to stand out - and that it does. It might seem unnecessary to some, but the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner takes this model to the sci-fi level that consumers are seemingly hankering for. It also operates at breakneck speed.
Samsung Galaxy S4, £496.80, www.pixmania.co.uk
About the best Samsung yet, definitely had the Apple execs in a flutter on release, and with technologies unique to the South Korean outfit, I suspect their sleepless nights are set to continue. The S4 features eye-monitoring technology that keeps watch on your ocular activity and does smart things, like pause video, when you look away from the screen.
Sony Xperia Z1, from free on contract, www.dialaphone.com
Available in three colours, this offering from Sony is certainly a bold challenge to the more established manufacturers, and states their ambitions very clearly. This well-built and beautifully styled handset ticks plenty of form boxes and, function wise, is certainly a contender.
APP OF THE WEEK
Just Eat, free on Google Play and iTunes
Simply pop in your postcode and you're moments from placing your takeaway order. A network of over 18,000 eateries in the UK means you'll never be underwhelmed with the choices on offer. Once you've picked, just place your order, pay by card and wait on your delivery. Best takeaway app by far, as it lets you add and delete from your menu and not have to start all over if you change your mind.
TOP 10 PAID FOR APPS FOR ANDROID PHONES
1. Angry Birds Star Wars II
2. Camera for Kindle Fire
3. The Magic Castle
4. My Alarm Clock
5. The Chase
6. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
7. The Room
8. Where's Waldo Now?
9. Alice Trapped in Wonderland
10. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
TOP 10 FREE APPS FOR ANDROID PHONES
1. FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS
2. Flick Soccer
3. Dumb Ways To Die
4. Angry Birds Star Wars II Free
5. The Smiler
6. Stickman Downhill
7. BBC iPlayer
8. Chupa Chups Maker
9. BBC Media Player
10. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
(Both charts courtesy of Appstore on amazon.co.uk)