The 10 Best new smartphones

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From vast HD screens to free data storage, high-quality cameras to neat functions, these handsets have it all...

1. Nokia Lumia 920

£450, ee.co.uk

The 920 has unique features such the facility to work the 4.5in touchscreen with gloves on. Like the iPhone this is a 4G phone on EE, and it uses the new Windows Phone 8 interface.

2. Sony Xperia T

£429.99, o2.co.uk

James Bond uses this in Skyfall and it comes pre-loaded with content including 007 ringtones. It has a cracking 13MP camera and a 4.6in HD screen, to view your snaps on.

3. Apple iPhone 5

£529, apple.com

The first 4G phone to reach the UK – if you're with EE, parent to Orange and T-Mobile. It has a great 4.3in screen, faster processor and excellent 8MP camera with a neat panorama function.

4. HTC 8S

£239 (out next week), amazon.co.uk

Like the 8X, this features Windows Phone 8 – but in a more affordable way. Its contrasted colour pairs are available in muted or bright combinations. The 4in screen is easy to read outdoors.

5. Motorola RAZRi

£399.99, mobilephonesdirect.co.uk

The first phone from Motorola since the Google buy-out comes with a slick 4.3in screen. The 8 mega-pixel (MP) camera launches in less than a second.

6. HTC 8X

£399 (out tomorrow), amazon.co.uk

This is one of the most handsome phones yet with a pin-sharp 4.3in display. It has clever extras, like downloading maps to avoid data costs abroad.

7. Samsung Galaxy S3

£449.99, orange.co.uk

The super-slim S3 uses Near Field Communication (which allows you to tap phones together to share photos, apps and contacts). It has a 4.8in screen and an 8MP Smart Stay camera.

8. ZTE Grand X

£200, virginmobile.com

The Grand X has a quick dual-core processor, 5MP camera and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich operating system software. A good, solid, mid-range phone.

9. Samsung Galaxy Note II

£549.95, carphonewarehouse.co.uk

Packing a whopping 5.5in screen, this is useful for editing documents and watching videos. It also comes with a stylus for note-taking.

10. Sony Xperia J

£169.99, O2.co.uk

Although its 4in screen isn't HD, the Xperia J is a great budget phone. It comes with Google's latest operating system the sweetly named Jelly Bean and has 4GB of storage and 5MP camera.

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