Every 4G phone you can buy in the UK today!
EE’s 4G network launch is still a few weeks away, but as of today, you can now walk into any T-Mobile or Orange shop and pick up a 4G-ready handset for the first time: then when it hits the switch, it’s a simple case of upgrading your tariff for those juicy super speeds on the go. We’ve already looked at just how fast it really is in practice: now we’re looking at what smartphones can reap the benefits right now.
If you’re coming to the end of the contract or tired of slow 3G, why not take a look?
Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE
The baddest Android smartphone on the block is on sale today in its 4G flavour from T-Mobile and Orange, so you can match its super processing speeds with turbo download speeds. If you caught our hands on, you’ll know that on average it produced the fastest download speeds of any 4G phone – at least in the spot where we tested it. That’s probably all the encouragement you need, right?
Apple iPhone 5
The Apple iPhone 5 was actually the first phone in the UK to go on sale with 4G powers, but so far they’ve remained dormant. Not to worry though: the iPhone 5 runs just fine on EE 4G, and turns in some impressive speeds that outstrip much of the competition. Note though that only iPhone 5 units locked to Orange or T-Mobile networks, or completely unlocked (if you bought one SIM-free, say), can be upgraded to EE 4G.
HTC One XL
The HTC One XL is a souped up 4G version of the hit One X phone from earlier this year. Unfortunately, it’s since been superseded by the new HTC One X+, with even beefier specs – but no 4G. Choices, choices! Rest assured we’ll get you a review as soon as we can to answer this little dilemma.
Huawei Ascend P1 LTE
Huawei’s Ascend P1 doesn’t exactly leap out from the line up with its dual-core processor and chunky build. But if the price is right, this could be an attractive option nonetheless – it’s the only one of the 4G ready launch phones that you can get free on contract right now.
and the ones on the way…
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung’s all singing, all dancing Samsung Galaxy Note 2 monster phone is already on sale, but the 4G variant will hit T-Mobile and Orange store on 15 October, just in time for the 4G launch, we hope.
Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820
Nokia’s Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 should be the first Windows Phone 8 devices in the UK to pack in 4G super speeds. But we’re still waiting on Nokia to give them a release date less vague than, er, this year.
Which 4G phone will you be buying? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.