“I use my phone for everything now – the internet, listening to music, storing photos and even as a sat nav.  It’s hard to believe that phones used to be just for making calls.”

The word "smartphone" is now bandied about so freely that it can feel too late to ask the basic questions. What is a smartphone, what can it do and how do you work one? Our guides provide clear, intelligible answers, along with step-by-step guides to choosing the right smartphone for you and getting the most out of it.

Mobile phones with extra functions like cameras, email and web browsers.

Help choosing between iPhones and Android handsets.

Smartphones can have internet banking apps, personal emails and private addresses - so it's worth thinking about how to keep all that information safe.

The important things to bear in mind when you are choosing a smartphone for an older user.

You may have heard about people running up big bills by buying credits or paying for items within a smartphone game. Here is everything you need to know about in-app purchases and how to avoid the pitfalls.

When it comes to choosing a smartphone the most popular options are Android handsets and Apple’s iPhone range. We compare them side by side.

A beginner's guide to using apps
An intermediate guide to using apps

A selection of guides to help you find your way around and make the best use of your iPhone

A selection of guides to help you get familiar with an Android smartphone

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