Last month, the mobile landscape changed with the launch of a network that could fully support the capabilities of the 4G iPhone. In October, EE began its roll-out of 4G services across 16 key cities, promising that more areas would follow in the New Year and bringing with it a range of tempting handsets.
Of course, the all new iPhone 5 remains one of the most desirable smartphones on the market and has already proved itself a popular successor to the iPhone 4S. But what are the other devices EE is offering to 4G customers? What are the differences between them? And which should you be considering if you aren’t looking for an Apple mobile phone?
Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE
It really is getting to the stage where you can’t mention Apple without at least referencing what its South Korean rivals are up to. In fact, for many people the Samsung Galaxy SIII LTE offers a host of features that actually top the iPhone 5, including a larger display measuring 4.8 inches that is equipped with high definition Super AMOLED technology. With the new Android Jelly Bean OS on board, there are plenty of other reasons to consider it too, as well as a quad-core processor that will keep everything ticking along just fine as you make the most of all it has to offer.
HTC One XL
There’s a lot to like about the HTC One XL that will sadly be ignored by those who are more interested in taking sides with either the iPhone 5 or the Galaxy SIII. The first thing you’ll notice is the lovely design of the handset and how nice it feels in the hand, as well as the nice big 4.7-inch high definition touchscreen display that shows off video so wonderfully. Unfortunately, this particular Android runs on the slightly older Ice Cream Sandwich operating system so is a bit behind it’s Samsung cousin, but that’s still a pretty impressive package so don’t rule it out.
Huawei Ascend P1 LTE
Huawei has been producing solid smartphones for years now and while they are a long way off catching the two smartphone leaders, they continue to serve a real place in the market for those looking for something more affordable. That said, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE is no slouch when it comes to features either, with a dual-core processor, high definition video, a slim form factor and a 4.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen. The design certainly isn’t as sleek as its competitors, but this could be a great way to make use of 4G at a lower cost.
The New Year will no doubt herald some all new devices to challenge all of the above, but for the early adopters out there is plenty to compare already.