Enjoying good music, food and the company of friends and family is what festival season is all about. Before you head off, it is important to ensure you have all the things you need and a plan for while you are there. Having a phone will help keep you safe and well connected with those around you, and there are a few key features that will be handy during those long festival weekends.

Whether you want to take pictures like a pro or make sure your phone is protected from strong weather, these are our picks of some of the best festival phones, including low-cost options so you can enjoy great spec on a budget. This is the best way to record your memories without worrying too much about losing an expensive device.

The devices below all feature access to cloud storage, so you can feel at ease knowing your pics are saved even if the worst occurs and you happen to lose your device. You can also find great options for festival phones in our collection of contract, SIM-free and refurbished handsets.

Google Pixel 7a

A top festival phone contender is the Google Pixel 7a. With a large 4385mAh battery to keep you charged all weekend long, and Fast Charging with Qi-certified wireless charging capabilities, you can keep in touch with your friends during the festivities.

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Yet its most compelling features are the ultrawide lens boasting a 120° field of view and 64MP main camera. Photograph your favourite musicians from anywhere in the audience, so you don’t miss capturing those special moments.

The Pixel 7a is a great choice for combining the latest spec with affordability. With the Google Tensor G2 chip on board, the Pixel 7a is fitted with the same processing power as the Pixel 7 Pro. Not only does it offer a fast and responsive user experience, but it also works together with the Titan M2 security chip to offer reliable protection, keeping your personal content safe.

Honor X7a

We ranked the Honor X7a extremely highly in our rundown of the top budget handsets. Standout highlights included its massive 6000mAh battery, great performance courtesy of the Helio G37 chipset, and excellent affordability.

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Long battery life at a festival is essential, and the Honor X7a comes with a 5330mAh ultra-large battery which gives extra-long battery life and a worry-free user experience. If you want to take a phone that can withstand the elements, but doesn’t carry a premium price tag, the Honor X7a is a fantastic choice of festival phone.

Motorola Moto E13

It could be handy to leave your smartphone at home for the weekend and opt for an affordable handset instead, such as the Motorola Moto E13. You can enjoy impressive features such as an AI-powered 13MP main camera, allowing you to take impressive snaps with the tap of a button.

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Taking something affordable means that you don’t have to worry about losing or damaging your phone, and you get to enjoy the benefits of a long-lasting 5000mAh battery. Dolby Atmos sound also ensures that any videos you take sound fantastic, taking you right back to those amazing shows.

Samsung Galaxy A34 5G

Offering up another high-quality camera, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G comes with a 48MP triple-lens with auto-framing and Nightography technology. When the day draws in and the evening events start, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G ensures you can still take amazingly detailed photos. This handset also comes with IP67 water and dust protection rating, to ensure your handset is protected from any spills or rainfall, the perfect addition for festivals.

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Most importantly, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G is a sure-fire choice when it comes to battery life, and has an epic 5000mAh battery capacity which offers up to two days usage off a single charge, so you can worry less about powering up and more on enjoying.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

We’d always recommend taking a budget smartphone to a festival, due to increased risks of it getting lost or damaged. However, if you’re intent on having the best possible smartphone experience, then this handset will help you record your memories in the most impressive fashion.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is the perfect all-rounder for festival season, with fantastic camera capabilities, durability and waterproof features. This Apple handset can handle depths of up to six metres for a length of 30 minutes, making it an excellent waterproof phones for those potentially rain-drenched days.

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The 48MP shooter and compelling action mode takes stunning photos, and with an excellent battery life of up to 13 hours, you can enjoy long festival days without worrying about loss of power.

With a festival phone picked out to suit your needs, now you can enjoy the festival season with peace of mind. If you are looking to prioritise battery life in your festival handset, take a look at the best phones that excel at fast charging.