Shopping for a new phone is a pain at the best of times. First, you have to find a phone that is worth the investment, then figure out where to buy it.
And at times like these, when every major retailer is trying to get in on the Black Friday sales boom, it's even harder. Among the minor discounts and confusing contract offers, the very best mobile phone deals can be hard to find.
Hard, that is, but not impossible. This is the ideal time to snap up a bargain with phones you've had your eyes on for months. To save you time and money, we've scoured the internet to find you the best offers currently available.
The best Black Friday mobile phone deals so far
1. Apple iPhone 11
Apple's flagship iPhone 11 is a brilliant phone, and a perfect choice for people who aren't obsessed with high-end tech, as it's not all that different from the iPhone 11 Pro. The 11 comes with a two camera array (while the 11 Pro has three outer cameras), has a slightly smaller battery, less-deep waterproofing, and is made of aluminium rather than stainless steel.
Indeed, the average person doesn’t care about any of those features, so if you’re an iPhone obsessive, the 11 is a great choice with a flawless screen, beautiful camera, and plenty of colours to choose from - red, white, green, purple, orange and yellow.
2. Samsung Galaxy S20
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is spec-tacular, in every sense of the word. It has everything a person could need, really; a 1080p 120Hz 6.5-inch display, 5G support, mega 4500mAh battery, expandable storage and three cameras on the back to help you create any kind of photo you want. The colour range, and feel, is also undeniably high-end.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 20
While the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is ultra-expensive, the Note 20 offers a very similar package without costing a fortune. With an integrated stylus, note-taking and drawing is incredibly easy, and it has a powerful operating system to back up some impressive cameras and intuitive, future-friendly software. The battery also lasts all day. A win all round.
Contract? £46.59 per month, £30 upfront, from O2
4. Google Pixel 4A
Arguably the best value smartphone on the market, the Pixel 4A is an astonishing bargain even when it's not Black Friday. Though it's a tad smaller than other, more popular Android phones, it has a phenomenal camera and super-sharp OLED screen. Google also promised it would deliver three years of fast updates for the Pixel 4A, meaning you’ll always be updated with the best Android technology.
5. OnePlus 8 Pro
Big phone lovers, rejoice. The OnePlus 8 Pro is not only massive in size, but tech specs too. It boasts a 120Hz display, 48MP ultra-wide camera package (of which there are four on the back of the phone), Qi charging, an IP68 rating and much more. In our opinion, it's the best OnePlus release to date.
The best early SIM-only smartphone contract deals for Black Friday
Though there are brilliant deals on contract-and-phone offers, above, it is sometimes cheaper to buy the handset and get a SIM-only contract separately. It isn't always easy - particularly if you don't have a few hundred pounds lying around - but it can pay off long-term.
Thankfully, there’s a number of great offers on SIM-only deals this Black Friday already, and we’ve rounded up a few of the best to help you out.