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The Best Mobile Phones You Can Buy in March
Need some help choosing your new phone? Here are the best-selling phones this month.
Gone are the days when we just had to choose between a Nokia or a Motorola in black or grey. With the arrival of Apple's iPhone and a huge range of smartphones from the likes of Samsung, Sony, Google and newcomers such as OnePlus, Honor and Xiaomi, we have more choice than ever before. And before all that we have to decide whether we prefer Apple's iOS or Android operating system.
With over 2 million happy customers at Chitter Chatter and over 25 years of selling mobile phones, we've picked up a few pointers when it comes to choosing a new phone (and of course, getting a great deal). We've rounded up the best-selling mobile phones this month, along with our view on why each one may be the phone for you.
March's Best Mobile Phones
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G | Powerful flagship without the S21 price
The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (FE stands for “Fan Edition”) 5G arrived this year and, as the name implies, is targeted at fans of the original S21 but with a few new additions. The idea was to provide users with a customisable flagship phone, without the S21 price point, plus add some much needed colour to the range and few extra updates for 2022 including a bigger screen.
You can think of the S21 FE as a “greatest hits” edition of the S21, with a few other additions. the S21 FE includes a 6.4" screen which is actually slightly bigger than then S21's 6.2". Just like the Galaxy S21, Samsung's new FE edition includes a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling. The Galaxy S21 FE also uses Samsung's Dynamic AMOLED display tech and has Full HD Plus resolution, the same as the Galaxy S21. However, the pixel density, or number of pixels per inch, is lower than the Galaxy S21's since the S21 FE's screen is larger, but the difference really isn't noticeable.
Like many models in the Samsung Galaxy range, the S21 FE comes with a triple-lens camera. The phone includes a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel wide camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with a 30x digital zoom and a 32-megapixel front-facing camera so your selfies will look better than ever.
What we love about the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G
+ Large Dynamic AMOLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate
+ Bright display so video and photos really pop
+ That triple lens camera which delivers stunning photos
+ Bigger battery than the S21 (4500mAh vs 4000mAh)
+ A range of new colours
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G specs
Screen size: 6.4-inch Display: 2340 x 1080‑pixel resolution with Full HD Plus | Dimensions: 155.7 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm | Weight: 177g | Operating system: Android 12 | Storage: 128GB or 256GB
iPhone 13 | Apple's latest flagship is nearly the perfect phone
No surprises here that the most popular phone at Chitter Chatter right now is the latest flagship from Apple; the iPhone 13. It'll cost you more than the iPhone 11 or the iPhone 12, (which are both still available with some nice price cuts) so what are you getting for your cash? First up, Apple's new A15 processor is included which helps apps launch faster and can help power those more demanding games. It's also water resistant like the iPhone 12 before it, which means it should survive any unexpected dunks, but we wouldn't recommend doing it on purpose. 5G is also included so if you have 5G coverage, you'll be getting the fastest network speeds possible.
What we love about iPhone 13
+ A faster processor for more demanding games and apps
+ 5G included
+ A range of new colours available
iPhone 13 Specs
Screen size: 6.1-inch Resolution: 1170 x 2532 pixels Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm Front camera: 12MP Rear camera: 12MP+12MP Weight: 174g Operating system: iOS Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
iPhone 11 | The 2nd most popular iPhone you can buy
Still a best-seller thanks to a nice price drop, this is the iPhone 11. Includes Apple's A13 processor. It's also water resistant like the XR, but has a higher IP rating of IP68 (compared to the XR with IP67) - that means it can survive underwater at 2 meters for 30 minutes.
The big upgrade on the iPhone 11 is the camera tech - it has a second, 12 megapixel ultra-wide camera and a new Night Mode for low-light photography. That second lens is brilliant for fitting more content into each frame and the flash is a bit brighter than the XR too. And if you're a pet owner, the new iPhone 11 camera can recognise non-human faces now too for it's Portrait mode. It's going to cost you around £28-£32 a month depending on how much you want to pay upfront and how much data you need.
What we love about iPhone 11
+ Great value thanks to a nice price drop
+ Spec still outperforms a number of other flagship models
+ Camera produces some stunning photos
iPhone 11 Specs
Screen size: 6.1-inch Resolution: 1792x828‑pixel resolution at 326 ppi Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm Weight: 194g Operating system: iOS Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
Samsung Galaxy A12 | Great value, decent camera and a budget price
If the top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy phones come in above your budget, then the A12 is a great next-best option. Priced substantially cheaper than its big brother, this affordable handset still offers many of the features of the flagship S21. It offers a high-capacity 5,000 mAh battery, 48-megapixel main camera at the rear and an 8-megapixel front camera for high-definition video calls, and HDR.
Samsung targets the A12 at a younger demographic, though the phone still offers sufficient horsepower for even the most demanding business users too. The 6.5-inch display is ideal for gaming, editing and even word processing on the go. And the HD+ Infinity-V Display is capable of displaying bright white and deep blacks side-by-side.
What we love about the Samsung Galaxy A12
+ Substantially more affordable than the S21
+ Decent battery life
+ High-quality HD+ Infinity-V Display
Samsung Galaxy A12 specs
Screen size: 6.5-inch Resolution: 720 x 1600‑pixel resolution at 270 ppi Dimensions: 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm Weight: 205 g Operating system: Android 10, upgradable to Android 11 Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB, microSDXC
iPhone 13 Pro Max | Apple's top of the range flagship doesn't disappoint
The iPhone 13 might be among the best selling mobile phones of all time, but it is arguably the iPhone 13 Pro Max that is Apple’s true flagship model. And, as you might expect, it packs quite a punch. Compared to the standard model, the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a 120 Hz ProMotion display, a triple-lens camera system and a stainless steel frame. Additional improvements include improvements in the Telephoto, Ultra Wide and Wide lenses plus advanced photography options, including the ability to take close-up shots.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max uses the same A15 Bionic processor as the standard iPhone 13, packing a total of six cores – two for performance, and four for efficiency. It also offers a 16-core “Neural Engine” for AI and machine learning tasks – an example of the type of task-specific chip specialisation we are likely to see more in the future.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max, though, has a substantially larger screen. The standard model offers 6.1 inches of Super Retina XDR OLED real estate, while the Pro Max offers a generous 6.7 inches at virtually the same PPI. On the Pro Max, Apple claims up to 28 hours of video playback on a single charge (versus 22 hours on the standard model), and up to 95 hours of audio playback (versus 75 hours on the standard model).
What we love about the iPhone 13 Pro Max
+ An impressive array of camera options and upgrades
+ A powerful processor that can specialise in machine learning tasks
+ Significant battery life improvements versus the standard iPhone 13
iPhone 13 Pro Max specs
Screen size: 6.7-inch Resolution: 1284 x 2778 pixels Dimensions: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65 mm Front camera: 12MP Back camera: 12MP+12MP + 12MP Weight: 240g Operating system: iOS Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G | 5G ready and an awesome camera
Samsung brands the A32 5G as “the most affordable 5G device on the market.” And, as you might expect from the Korean handset maker, it offers tremendous value. Samsung equips the device with an expansive 6.5-inch, edge-to-edge display, capable of 90 Hz. You also get speedy performance, thanks to 5G accessibility and Samsung’s proprietary Game Booster technology for graphically demanding apps.
As you might expect, the cameras are not on the same level as Samsung’s flagship models, but they still provide all the essential features users have come to love and cherish. There is a 48 MP main camera, a 5 MP macro camera for close-ups, an 8 MP ultrawide for panoramas, and a 2 MP depth camera that sharpens the foreground and blurs the background. Samsung also offers Super Steady technology which compensates for any unwanted hand tremor while snapping photos.
The battery is decent too. Samsung equips the phone with a 5,000 mAh cell and its 15W Fast Charging technology, allowing users to quickly give their handset a boost when at the library, on the train, or in a coffee shop.
What we love about the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
+ Great value for money
+ Multiple rear cameras for different types of shot
+ Powerful 5,000 mAh with Fast Charging.
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G specs
Screen size: 6.5-inch Resolution: 720 x 1600‑pixel resolution at 270 ppi Dimensions: 1164.2 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm Weight: 205g Operating system: Android 11 Storage: 64GB/128GB , microSDXC
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G | superfast 5G and a fast processor
The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a higher spec version of the A32 5G, also offering users superfast 5G connectivity. Unlike the A32 which uses the MediaTek MT6853 Dimensity 720 chipset, the A53 comes with the Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G chipset paired with an Octa-core CPU and Adreno 642L GPU for graphics applications. The result is a faster phone that can handle virtually all current-generation mobile apps, addressing user speed concerns.
The A52 5G offers slightly upgraded camera specs too. Users get a 64 MP main camera (which also serves as the wide-angle lens), ultra wide-angle 12 MP camera, a macro camera offering 5 MP and a depth camera also with 5 MP. Samsung also equips the device with a 32 MP front-facing camera with settings for capturing more flattering selfies. Both front and rear cameras can capture in 4K at 30 fps, with the rear camera able to video at 60 fps in HD (1080p).
The body features Gorilla Glass 5 and a plastic back which Samsung claims will protect the device from dust or water exposure for up to 90 minutes. The 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display runs at up to 120 Hz and the battery offers 4,500mAh with 25W Fast Charging.
What we love about the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
+ Fast Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G chipset pairs with an 8-core processor
+ 64 MP camera with 32 MP front-facing camera, both capable of 4K at 30 fps
+ 25W Fast Charging
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G top specs
Screen size: 6.5-inch Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels Dimensions: 159.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm Front camera: 32MP Back camera: 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP Weight: 189g Operating system: Android Storage: 128GB
Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 | Flip phones are back
It's been a good few years since we had a flip phone in our top sellers list, but Samsung have done such a great job with their Z Flip 3 that it's more that worthy of being in this month's list. Let's be clear, the selling point of this phone is the increased display it gives you by being foldable. Samsung have nailed the foldable screen experience, and if you want a nice big display, but in a compact form factor, the Flip 3 is well worth checking out.
It's also had a nice price drop at Chitter Chatter this month.
What we love about the Samsung Z Flip 3
+ Foldable design makes it pocket-friendly
+ Large display once unfolded is great for videos and gaming
+ 8GB of RAM so plenty of power for demanding apps and games
Samsung Z Flip 3 top specs
Front screen size: 1.9-inch Flex screen size: 6.7-inch Dimensions closed: 72.2 x 86.4 x 17.1~15.9 mm Dimensions open: 72.2 x 166 x 6.9 mm Front camera: 10MP Back camera: 12MP + 12MP Weight: 183g Operating system: Android RAM: 8GB Storage: 128GB Battery: 3300 mAh
Google Pixel 6 Pro - Google's latest Pixel phone
It seems like only yesterday when Google announced the first Pixel, a phone, it claimed would eliminate annoying app bloat and give users a seamless experience. Now, it has just come out with its latest device, the Pixel 6 Pro.
The new Pixel is perhaps the most innovative iteration of the handset yet. It features Google Tensor – the tech brand’s first custom-built processor. It also has the most advanced camera ever included on a Google handset, featuring pro-level lenses and computation photography options.
Getting everyone in the shot is easy, owing to the ultrawide 94-degree field-of-view front camera – great for capturing impromptu moments. And taking photos at night is now possible, thanks to the 150 percent improvement in the photosensitivity of the lens.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a striking appearance. Offering devices in Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny, and Stormy Black, Google is clearly taking a leaf out of Apple’s stylebook.
The Pixel Pro 6 is also faster than previous devices while providing an all-day battery. Google says that the phone delivers up to 80 percent more speed and responsiveness across a diverse range of apps.
What we love about the Google Pixel 6 Pro
+ Features a brand new Google-designed chipset, Tensor
+ Advanced camera capable of capturing 150 percent more light
+ Magic Eraser tool for quickly removing photobombers from pictures
Google Pixel 6 Pro specs
Screen size: 6.71-inch Resolution: 1440 x 3120‑pixel resolution at 512 ppi Dimensions: 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm Weight: 210g Operating system: Android 12 Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
So there you have it, our best-selling phones for this month. You can check out more mobile phone deals here or call the Chitter Chatter team on 0208 185 7579 if you'd like to talk to us. Alternatively, you can tweet us or message us on Facebook.
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