Best for taking photos Nokia Lumia 925 This one is all about the lens. It comes with an 8.7mega pixel camera, a Zeiss f/2.0 lens, dual LED flash, OIS and 1080p video recording. Fans of retro photography can also download the new Oggl app for it, from the creators of one of the best photo apps out there: Hipstamatic. www.uae.souq.com.
Best for apps iPhone 5 Apple still rules the roost when it comes to time-saving apps and great games. There are now more than 900,000 available for the iPhone, with 375,000 of those also optimised for the iPad. You’re also getting perhaps the slickest looking phone on the market, which will be further improved by the release of the new operating system iOS7 in September. www.du.ae, www.etisalat.ae.
Best for speed Samsung Galaxy S4 If you’re short on time, we recommend perhaps the best smartphone on the market. It runs Google’s latest Android operating system, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a 4G version is available, offering super-fast surfing of Facebook and Twitter and movies which download in three minutes. www.du.ae.
Best for a budget Spice Spice are an Indian brand launching more wallet-friendly options in the UAE later this year, with the most expensive being priced at Dhs1,200. They’ll be selling one that has a front facing 5mp camera. www.si2imobility.com.
Best for recording video HTC The One Comes with a 4.7inch full HD screen and a program called HTC Zoe, which captures HD video every time you take a photo by grabbing an image 0.6 seconds before you press the shutter button, and then capturing info for three seconds afterwards. The images and videos from a given event are then stitched together to create an up to 30-second video which you can export as an MPEG-4. It’s also particularly good at taking video in low light conditions. www.du.ae.
Best for watching films Sony Xperia Z This Android phone has a massive 5inch HD screen and is water and dust resistant. Clarity is the key buzz word for this one from Sony. www.carrefouruae.com.
Best for clumsy people Motorola Razr i Comes encased in drop-proof Kevlar and aircraft-grade aluminium. It looks like an iPhone and, as well as being much tougher, lets you add a micro SD card to beef up the memory capacity. www.amazon.com.
Best for business Blackberry Q10 Phones aren’t just about getting a high score on Angry Birds and watching a dalmation riding a bike on YouTube, you know (although we recommend searching for the latter). The new Q10 proves that Blackberry is still your best bet for a business phone and features brilliant organisation through Blackberry Remember, which collects and groups messages, emails, Evernote files, web content, photos and even voice notes. www.du.ae, www.carrefouruae.com.