Choosing The Ultimate Festival Smartphone

Choosing The Ultimate Festival Smartphone

Festival season is upon us, and it's time for music-lovers across the UK to stock up on the essentials. While wellies and a raincoat are definite must-haves thanks to the unpredictable British weather, making sure you've got a brilliant festival smartphone in your pocket is just as important. Whether you want a basic device to meet up with friends, or a more advanced model that can take brilliant photos without breaking the bank, one of the festival-friendly phones below is sure to be perfect for you.

Investing in a festival phone is a great idea, nobody wants to lose their brand new, £600+ smartphone in a muddy field after all. Opting for a cheap, SIM-free alternative is a wise solution, particularly if you're a frequent festival goer year in, year out.

Take a look at some of the best festival phones available at below. Once you've found the right device for you, you can simply pop in your existing SIM card or pick up a separate, Pay As You Go SIM instead.

Nokia 3310

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The go-to festival phone everyone's been talking about, the return of Nokia means the re-release of the classic 3310 for 2017. The updated version will include all those well-loved features, like Snake, a T9 keyboard and a long-lasting battery, alongside some new specs like a handy 2MP camera with built-in LED flash. Stay stylish with a black model, or opt for a fun, colourful yellow or orange design.

At a glance:
Retro-inspired design
• Long-lasting battery, up to 744 hours on standby
• Up to 22 hours of talk time
• Durable yet sleek design
• Upgradable to 32GB with a Micro SD card

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

Price: £134.99

Slightly more expensive, but a brilliant budget smartphone considering its features, the Samsung Galaxy J3 is worth investing in if you can't live without your smartphone comforts. With innovative camera features like auto-focus and face detection, you're less likely to be left with blurry pictures when snapping away in the crowd, and tough Asahi Dragontail Glass adds an additional layer of protection to your screen.

At a glance:
• Excellent 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera
• Speedy Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor
• Vibrant 5-inch display
• 22 hours of talk time
• 349 hours on standby

HTC Desire 530

Price: £139.99

If you're keen to get a little bit more from your festival smartphone, consider the HTC Desire 530, which is another superb budget smartphone. Take selfies with friends and record your favourite songs thanks to the two fantastic cameras, access must-have social media apps quickly on 4G and enjoy the vivid, easy-to-use 5-inch display.

At a glance:
• High-quality 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera
• 16GB internal memory, with the option to boost to 200MB with a Micro SD card
• 4G ready
• Speedy quad-core processor

Nokia 216

Price: £29.99

If you prefer to go super-budget, the Nokia 216 isn't quite a smartphone, but it's a pleasure to use and boasts some impressive, festival-worthy features. There's two cameras, both on the rear and the front, and this durable yet sleek device can definitely withstand a few bumps and scratches. And then of course there's that attractive pricetag...

At a glance:
• 24 days standby time
• Talk-time up to 18 hours
• Internet access for Facebook and Twitter users
• Under £30

From waterproof handsets to big-data deals, you can fulfil all your festival requirements over at