There are a number of 4G smartphones that have accompanied the launch of the EE network and people may well be mulling over which is the right one for them. Of course, they’ll all have their own supporters and detractors, but if there was one high point and low point to each – what would it be?

Apple iPhone 5

You have to start with the Apple device really, which means traversing some very delicate areas and trying not to upset the fans. The truth is though, the iPhone 5 is once more the sleekest, most intuitive device out there and is a great successor to the 4S thanks to 4G, a bigger screen and a lighter body. If there’s a bad point, it would have to be the lack of NFC. Apple had the chance to make a big leap forward by including this, so it’s a shame we’ll have to wait for the inevitable iPhone 6 to get it.

Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE

You can’t mention the iPhone nowadays without acknowledging its fiercest competitor which, on paper, might seem like the better device. The 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen of the Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE certainly leaves Apple in the shade and the quad-core processor is enough to match the A6 chip. However, it simply doesn’t feel as good in the hand as the new iPhone, which makes the latter feel like it still holds the keys to the smartphone kingdom.


Another Android device launched by EE was the HTC One XL, with the most obvious positive being the lower price point than the Apple and Samsung phones. For less cash, you get a cracking 4.7-inch high definition screen and full HD video recording. Front and rear facing cameras mean you can film in all sorts of ways and there’s plenty to enjoy in terms of apps and entertainment. However, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for – and the cheaper build quality of the HTC One XL might just be enough for some to dig deeper into their pocket.

The thing is, all of the above are really great devices and will allow you to make full use of the 4G signal when it arrives in your area (if it hasn’t already). If you’re thinking about upgrading, you’ll frankly have a whale of a time with any of them.


Paul Thompson is a Gadget and Technology blogger from Manchester. He currently writes for