With a new year comes a batch of new phones - here's our pick of the best.
All-new design, slimmer, appreciably lighter (20 per cent less heft, to be exact), a taller 4in screen, great camera that's better in low light and a lightning fast speed thanks to an A6 processor. In fact, that's the best thing as far as we’re concerned: surfing the web with the iPhone 5 is startlingly pacey – a joy compared with the 4. Yes the maps app is nowhere near as good as it should be, but knowing Apple they’ll be fixed. And one last bonus: the woeful old earbuds have gone, replaced with "EarPods".
Price with contract, apple.com/uk
Vertu Signature Zirconium
At Esquire we like to make time to appreciate arts and craft, even in the middle of a guide to high-end smartphones. Vertu’s new Signature Zirconium is the first phone to be hand-assembled by a single craftsman, which goes some way to explaining the price. Made from a high-performance material similar to Titanium “except more durable” it’s so hard you need a diamond to scratch it. Featuring a sapphire crystal hi-res OLED display, a high-fidelity 11mm x 15mm speaker and jeweled bearings, it’s also the only phone to feature ringtones and alerts played by the London Symphony Orchestra as standard.
Nokia Lumia 920
Seen the ad where Nokia is mocking Apple monochrome world? It nails what’s so great about the Lumia 920: the simple joy of adding bold colour to your tech. Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 model has a polycarbonate unibody build (reassuringly strong), a 4.5in display (slick), NFC (pays for stuff) and built-in wireless charging (though you need to buy the recharge “pillow” separately). Topping this rainbow of features is the excellent PureView system for the camera, giving shots and HD video of a quality that by rights really shouldn’t come from a phone.
Price with contract, nokia.com