A phone you can rely on

Mobile phone manufacturers launch so many handsets on an annual basis that the act of upgrading can be a head-meltingly unpleasant process (in which you basically spend days deciding which one you won't get bored with before your 18-month contract is up). So let us point you in the direction of the new Satio from Sony Ericsson to save you the bother.

A touchscreen candy-bar design, the phone has two things which immediately lift it clear of its competitors: a 3.5-inch screen that makes up for its lack of home cinema dimensions with a peerless, 16 million colour widescreen display - watching films on this is a true pleasure, even when you're squashed up against the accordion midriff of a bendy bus in rush hour.

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And the second? A 12.1MP camera with a Xenon flash and face detection function; there is no better camera phone around right now (it will, in fact, run rings around some of the dedicated digital cameras in your local branch of Jessops). Add to this a reliable point and tap internet browser and foolproof route finder, and you have the makings of a great handset.

Price varies with contract.