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The 10 best mobile phones from John Lewis you can buy

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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 13 and Samsung Galaxy S21 or the more affordable models like the OnePlus Nord or 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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Powerful yet sleek+Much-improved zoom+More 5G connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Incredible cameras+Large screen+Plenty of power
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Cheaper than last years+Good battery life+strong camera for the price
Reasons to avoid
-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.

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4. Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Samsung's latest Note device with a new and improved S pen

Specifications
Weight: 192g
Dimensions: 161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3mm
OS: Android 10 (Oreo)
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4300mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Reasons to buy
+Strong camera specs+New and improved S pen+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Surprisingly low spec screen

The Note 20 - Samsung's latest phone release brings forward a lot of specs to be excited about. An improved latency within the pen, a larger battery and display and even a much improved camera set-up.

On top of all of that, the Note 20 comes in at a lower price than the previous Note 10. For anyone who likes the idea of using a stylus with their phone, this looks like the best way to go.

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5. iPhone SE

Apple's brand new cheap iPhone

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight frame+Low price for Apple+Apple's powerful A13 chipset
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+One of the best cameras on the phone market+5.5-inch OLED screen +Great one-hand size 
Reasons to avoid
-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.

7. iPhone 8

Apple quality on a budget

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Cheaper than newer iPhones+Camera is great for point and shoot+Wireless charging
Reasons to avoid
-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 Nord

Big impressive specs, low affordable pricing

Specifications
Weight: 184g
Dimensions: 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.44-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2400
CPU: Snapdragon 765G
RAM: 6/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4115mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front camera: 16MP
Reasons to buy
+Affordable handset+Premium design+Loads of camera features
Reasons to avoid
-Big camera bump-No wireless charging -No headphone jack

The OnePlus Nord is going to be an excellent option for anyone on a budget. Costs come out extremely affordable and yet, OnePlus manages to cram in a whole load of impressive features.

Internally, there is a 4115mAh battery, a massive triple camera set up on the rear and a whole load of other features to get your teeth into. This truly thrives as one of the best budget phones around.

9. iPhone 6S

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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Great design+Affordable price tag+Stable operating system
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Massive battery+Very cheap+Good gaming performance
Reasons to avoid
-
-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.

Alex Hughes

As the editor of all things broadband, SIMs and phone contracts, Alex is constantly scouring the internet to land you the best prices. Whether that be with the latest iPhones, breaking down how broadband works or revealing the cheapest SIM plans, he's got the know.