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The 10 best mobile phones from John Lewis you can buy in July 2020

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Looking for a brand new mobile phone? Well you're in the right place. You may know it better for its Christmas ads and Elton John playing a piano, but John Lewis consistently has some of the best prices out there on SIM-free phones. Whether that be on the world's best smartphones such as the iPhone 11, Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 or the more affordable models like the Huawei P Smart, John Lewis has it all.

One of the UK's most recognisable retailers, John Lewis isn't only offering up cheap prices as a reason to buy a phone from it. Free standard delivery for your device, an easy returns policy and two year guarantees, John Lewis is an oasis for those needing a new phone. 

And, with the opportunity to seize some John Lewis Black Friday deals now just around the corner, now is looking like the ideal time to be shopping with John Lewis.

So enough convincing - we really doubt you need it. Down below you'll find our pick of the ten best phones John Lewis has up for grabs right now, so you can see what all of your options are. We've included a range of high-end smartphones and competitive budget smartphones so there's something for everyone.

10 best phones you can buy from John Lewis:

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

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1. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Samsung's newest release is its best yet

Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3200 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 12 + 64 + 12MP | Front camera: 10MP

Powerful yet sleek
Much-improved zoom
More 5G connectivity
Ever-higher price
No headphone jack

Samsung's latest trio of devices are easily some of the best handsets currently available. They come with some exceptional camera quality, multiple lenses, big batteries and powerful processors.

Of the three handsets, the Plus model feels like the best value option. You can read more about it with our Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review

2. Huawei P30 Pro

The best of the best when it comes to Huawei

Weight: 192g | Dimensions: 158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.47-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256/512GB | Battery: 4200mAh | Rear camera: 40 + 20 + 8MP | Front camera: 32MP

Incredible cameras
Large screen
Plenty of power
Design offers little grip
EMUI not for everyone

Huawei's P30 Pro is no longer the newest option in the form of the P40 Pro now available. However, due to the access to Google apps being cut in Huawei's latest launch, the P30 pro remains its best choice.

It comes with a powerful camera and specs similar to what is available in 2020 flagships, just with a much lower price tag.

You can read our full in-depth review of the Huawei P30 Pro here.

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3. iPhone 11

2019 Apple specs at a surprisingly affordable price tag

Weight: 194g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm | OS: iOS 13 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 828 x 1792 | CPU: A13 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 3110mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP

Cheaper than last years
Good battery life
strong camera for the price
Not hugely improved from XR

As the most affordable option from Apple's latest trio, the iPhone 11 is looking like the Apple device most people should go for right now. With the exception of a third camera lens, the 11 offers everything that you can get from both the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. 

It even packs Apple's latest CPU - the fastest on the market. That paired with its 3110mAh battery and 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display come together to make a premium Apple device.

samsung galaxy note 9

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10

The S Pen makes this phone distinctive

Weight: 201g | Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 512GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Brilliant 6.4 inch infinity display
Beautiful camera, even in low light
S pen allows for new ways of doing regular tasks
Expensive
Bixby button can get in the way

Between Samsung's two most recent 'S' pen sporting phones, we can't help but recommend the Note 10 over the Note 10 Plus. It cuts the costs down slightly minimising the hefty price tag that Note 10 Plus deals charge.

With the Galaxy Note 10, you're getting a 3500mAh battery, a 6.3-inch AMOLED display and some serious processing power. That combined with Samsung's 's' pen makes this an all-round solid handset to get your hands on.

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5. iPhone SE

Apple's brand new cheap iPhone

Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 13 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | CPU: Apple A12 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 2658mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Lightweight frame
Low price for Apple
Apple's powerful A13 chipset
Battery life could be better
Old design

The iPhone SE is Apple's 2020 cheap iPhone. It comes with Apple's A13 Bionic chipset, packed full of power and offers features like 4K video to entice you in.

However, outside and in many ways internally, this is an iPhone 8. It has the same body, a similar battery and more. All of those features allow the iPhone SE to have a pretty affordable price tag.

6. Google Pixel 4

Google's latest and greatest camera

Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 12.2MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

One of the best cameras on the phone market
5.5-inch OLED screen 
Great one-hand size 
Weaker battery that some competitors
4GB ram not as powerful as other devices

As is the nature of Google phones, one feature stands out above everything else with this phone - the camera. With the Google Pixel 4, you're getting a 2800mAh battery, a 50% increase in RAM over what Google was offering last year and most importantly a high-performance camera.

'Astrophotography' (the ability to get accurate shots of the sky), top-notch night shots and detailed software to improve photos, these are just some of the features on offer.

6. iPhone 8

Apple quality on a budget

Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Apple A11 Bionic | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Battery: 1821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Cheaper than newer iPhones
Camera is great for point and shoot
Wireless charging
Not a huge upgrade on the iPhone 7
Battery life isn't the best

If you're not fussed about owning the newest Apple technology, the iPhone 8 could be the perfect phone for you. Almost two years old and this phone still manages to consistently impress us.

We especially like getting wireless charging, the glass rear and decent specs for this price (you can see our iPhone 8 review for all the details). Of course, if you were thinking of going bigger with your phone then you could always upgrade to the iPhone 8 Plus for just £100 more.

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8. OnePlus 7T

Big impressive specs, low affordable pricing

Weight: 190g | Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.55-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3800mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP

90Hz refresh rate
Powerful battery + fast charge
Powerful rear camera
Big camera bump
No wireless charging 
No headphone jack

OnePlus has a special ability - cramming high-end specs into affordable handsets. The latest of these affordable devices is the OnePlus 7T. Offering a battery of 3800mAh, an 8GB RAM processor and a dual camera lens, the OnePlus 7T offers everything we've come to expect from a flagship while charging far less than the average phone of this calibre.

9. iPhone 6S

Age may have grabbed hold of this phone but it has never been so affordable

Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm | OS: iOS 9 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 1715mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great design
Affordable price tag
Stable operating system
mediocre battery life
Live photos can be gimmicky 

The iPhone 6S may not be the newest phone, in fact it's over three years old now but it still rocks a lot of the features we'd expect from high-end smartphones these days. Strong processor, decent battery and a good operating system. Best of all, the device is now incredibly cheap compared to other competitors. Despite its age there still seems to be a lot of buzz around this phone and we can see why.

You can read our full review of the iPhone 6S here.

10. Moto G7 Power

Because a massive battery shouldn't cost a fortune

Weight: 193g | Dimensions: 159.4 x 76 x 9.3mm | OS: Android 9.0 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1570 | CPU: Snapdragon 632 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Massive battery
Very cheap
Good gaming performance

Camera can be quite slow

The Motorola Moto G7 Power has two key things going for it - its price and its battery size. Coming in far below the £200 SIM-free mark, you would be beyond surprised to know this has one of the biggest batteries on the market, topping the Note 10 Plus, Huawei P30 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Beyond that, Motorola has crammed in some impressive gaming performances, a decent processor and a 6.2-inch LCD screen - although the camera isn't exactly award-winning.

 Who is John Lewis? 

John Lewis rose quickly to become one of the top high-end department stores in the UK. Since its arrival in 1864 the brand has consistently aimed to hit the mark between high-end and affordable and continues to strive for that now.

 Not only does it offer affordable online prices but it lets you go in store to buy and collect so you can get your gadget right away. Free next day delivery is also an option if you're in a rush but don't want to get to the shop itself.

John Lewis click and collect

Order online, walk into the shop the next day and pick up your phone. It's that easy. No more arriving to find out stock has run out, John Lewis in-store collection lets you walk in calm and collected knowing your phone will be there for you. And the best part, it is completely free on orders over £50.

John Lewis store locator

While John Lewis doesn't quite have the same amount of stores as some of the other bigger chains, they definitely have enough that there will be one near you. You can use the John Lewis shop finder to locate your nearest one.

Apple iPhones from John Lewis

John Lewis SIM-free phones

It can often be more cost effective to buy an unlocked SIM-free handset and then get a SIM only deal separately. That can save you money in the long run and means you aren't locked into a contract. This is ideal for upgrading when you want, changing deals as you like and actually owning the phone for as long as you need. Check out the best SIM only deals right here to find you perfect partner.