Sunday, 15 December 2019

The best cheap PS Vita prices, sales and deals in December 2019

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So you're looking for a cheap PS Vita price? With Sony shutting down global production of the console in 2019, now is the time to get a PS Vita in a sale before it's too late.
Research
Many places are charging a small fortune or only selling preowned/refurbished models though, but we regularly sweep the net though to find the best prices around. Check out our comparison chart below to find the best price on a PS Vita.
The PS Vita is a brilliant handheld gaming console, certainly the most powerful and graphically impressive handheld we'd seen before the Nintendo Switch bulldozed its way onto the scene. It can even be used to stream games from your PS4. 
Hardcore gamers with cash to spend should feel confident in snapping this monster up and fire up some of the big launch games with great haste. For anyone else, it's a case of working out if you think it's worth it. If you just want to play 99p puzzle games, by all means stick to your mobile phone or tablet – but they won't be able to do everything the Vita can.
But if you've decided to buy one, you've come to the right place. We've got all of the cheapest PS Vita prices all in one place. If you're more interested in a full-sized console, check out our cheap PS4 deals.
The best Cyber Monday PS Vita prices and deals
We'll be tracking all the PS Vita deals available throughout Cyber Monday, so be sure to save our Cyber Monday deals page for the big day! 
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The most recent PS Vita model is slimmer and has better battery life
The latest model of the PS Vita is 2014's 'Slim'. Sony made some subtle changes with this model, both internally and externally, but they're mostly welcome improvements. The design tweaks make for a more portable, comfortable system, although it does come at the expense of the OLED screen which has now been replaced with an LCD. The console is around 20% slimmer (about 3mm) than the original, bringing it down to 15mm. It's also 42g lighter, which is the most immediately noticeable thing when you pick the Vita Slim up.
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The original PS Vita has a better (OLED) screen
There are a few reasons why you might opt for the 2012 original PS Vita over the 2014 redesign. Firstly, if you can find a great deal there's absolutely no reason not to pick one up. It's every bit as powerful and plays all the same games. Plus, this version has a much-vaunted OLED screen which is better than the LCD unit in the 2014 model. Admittedly this older model doesn't have the same impressive battery life, but it all comes down to price. If the current deals are just as good on the 2014 model we'd recommend you go for that one. If you can see a super cheap original model, go for it!

Best Mobile Phone Deals for December 2019: Compare Cheap Contracts

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UK mobile phones deals are in a constant state of flux and never seem to sit still. Because of this, renewing your mobile phone deal can be a stressful ordeal, with lots to consider.
There's everything from the best provider to go with, which retailer to purchase from, and what kind of phone contract you actually want. But most importantly — what is the best mobile phone deal?
That's a lot of information to process, so PCMag is here to help you compare the best UK mobile phone deals, and break down all the mobile phone jargon along the way. All of the essential information you will need is contained within this article, alongside some helpful links in case you already know what you're after.
Whatever budget you’re working with, this guide will help you to find the best UK mobile deals for December 2019. If you want to compare phone deals, this list, alongside our price comparison chart, is always a great starting point on your journey to a contract.
Compare the Best iPhone 11 Deals
iPhone 11 is the new entry level device, replacing the iPhone XR. It is over £300 cheaper than the Pro and Pro Max device, starting at £729. One of the main differences between the new handsets is the camera, as the 11 comes with a two-camera setup, whereas the more expensive alternatives come with three rear-facing cameras.
Best Google Pixel 4 Deals
The Pixel 4 has launched and hit shelves on October 24. New radar technology allows the device to be ‘touched’ without actually touching it. According to Google, this has been achieved by sensing through materials and an improved gesture experience.
The Pixel 4 is available in Just Black, Clearly White, and a limited edition Oh-So-Orange. It started shipping on October 24, and starts at £669 SIM-free in the UK.
Best Samsung S10 Deals
The Galaxy S10 range is the cheapest its ever been, and with the S11 set to release in 2020, the handsets is likely to get even more reductions. The S10e continues to be incredibly budget friendly, and you can now pick up the device for less than £25 per month.
Best Huawei P30 Deals
Probably the most well known Chinese phone at the moment, the Huawei P30 continues to be an advanced addition to the Android phone market. Prices are very competitive, and will likely stay that way throughout the Black Friday sales.
New Phone: Can I Keep My Number?
It’s incredibly easy to switch your phone number over to a new device. All you need is a PAC (Porting Authorisation Code) from your old network.
Recent regulations from Ofcom now mean you can switch providers without having to call up your old network.
All it takes is one text, here are the relevant steps:
  • If you want to switch and keep your existing phone number text "PAC" to 65075 to begin the process
  • Your existing provider will respond by text within a minute
  • You will then receive the switching code (PAC), which will be valid for 30 days
  • All provider's reply must also include important information about any early termination charges or pay-as-you-go credit balances
  • Your PAC code can be handed to new provider, and the company must arrange for the switch to complete within one working day
  • One in six people want to keep their mobile number when they switch. For those who don't, you can text "STAC" to 75075 to request a "service termination authorisation code".
    The Best Phone Network?
    Every network has its own benefits, but there isn’t really a wrong choice when it comes to picking. All the networks have their own set of advantages, so here’s some to take note of when buying your next phone.
    EE - Compare the Best EE Deals in 2019
  • Great 4G and 5G speeds
  • Free BT Sport
  • Free Apple Music
  • O2 - Compare the Best O2 Deals in 2019
  • Priority rewards (2-4-1 dinners, free coffee, and more)
  • WiFi hot-spot access
  • Vodafone - Compare the Best Vodafone Deals in 2019
  • Data coverage abroad
  • Red Entertainment deals
  • New unlimited 5G coverage
  • Three
  • Unlimited data packages
  • 4G calls and texts
  • London Underground WiFi coverage
  • Contract or SIM-free?
    The most popular option in the UK is paying for your phone through a contract. These allow you to pay for both your device and SIM in one package and benefits those who don’t want to pay-out a massive sum when they get a new phone.
    The other option is to buy a phone outright, and then buying the SIM separately. This is a less common option, but it can come with a number of benefits, if you can afford the handset. There’s plenty of freedom when it comes to your data plan and going SIM-free is cheaper in the long run. Although, that initial upfront payment does tend to put most people off.
    If you do decide on a SIM-free phone, you should definitely consider the best SIM-only deals in 2019.
    What data plan should I get?
  • 1-9GB - Realistically, you need at least 1GB on your plan, as most providers will offer this at a reasonable price and will allow for plenty of messaging, mapping, and emailing services on the go.
  • 10-19GB - This amount of data is normally more than enough for the majority of users, and will let you download audio, scan social media, and watch YouTube on the go.
  • 20-30GB - Big data is perfect for streaming online video from sites like Netflix. Packages like this will also offer plenty of add-ons as well.
  • Unlimited - Plenty of providers now offer unlimited data plans, although it can be pricey. If you do want to go unlimited, it could be smart to opt for a SIMO plan and buy your phone outright to reduce overall cost.
  • What about 5G?
    PCMag has a dedicated article that will give you all the relevant information on 5G, but here’s the jist:
    The United Kingdom now has its first 5G network. At the end of May, EE, one of the four major providers, launched 5G in six major cities across three countries: London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester.
    Vodafone is the most recent network to switch on, with its 5G network going live on July 10. While Three and O2 will have their own options by the end of the year.
    A number of smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, LG, and Oppo are also supporting the new wireless technology.
    EE and Vodafone are currently the only UK providers to offer 5G, and all data plans will be expensive, especially in 2019.
    But, if you are willing to pay, 5G has the potential to pave the way for a more dynamic and advanced mobile phone future.
    Compare More Mobile Phone Deals
    The following deals are simply a snapshot of the best out there, so check out PCMag's other in-depth round ups if you already know which phone you're after.
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    DxOMark rates the best smartphone cameras for 2019

    DxOMark rates the best smartphone cameras for 2019

    Why it matters: 2019 has been a great year for smartphone cameras in which the technology has not only enabled consumers to capture better photos and videos than before, especially in the dark, but also played a major role in hardware design by pushing manufacturers to come up with all sorts of interesting rear camera layouts.
    DxOMark tested camera(s) performance of 31 smartphones this year across a variety of price points and picked the winners for each of its five major categories.
    Overall Performance
    In terms of overall camera performance, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition came out on top with a score of 121 "making both devices an excellent choice for mobile photographers who need top-end performance in any mobile photo or video situation."
    The remaining three options in the overall ranking include the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (117), the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (117) and the Galaxy S10 5G (116).
    Best for Video
    For shooting video, the website reckons Apple's flagship to be the top choice with a score of 102, which was equaled by the aforementioned Xiaomi smartphone. Google's Pixel 4 came in third (101), followed by the 5G versions of Samsung's Note 10 and Galaxy S10.
    Citing Apple's focus on the video performance of its iPhones as well as their huge popularity in the mobile video community, DxOMark pointed to the "abundance of choices in terms of mobile video accessories, such as external microphones, video grips, and lighting solutions, as well as video editing apps," enabling consumers to shoot high-quality footage with lightweight and compact equipment.
    Best for Zoom
    For those looking to make out the finer details in their shots, the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro stood out once again, thanks to its complex zoom system that's "currently unrivaled." The phone was praised for its true optical zoom and for producing high-quality telephoto images at different focal lengths.
    The second and third place went to Huawei P30 Pro (95) and Mate30 Pro (91), respectively, followed by the latest Pixel (81) at fourth and Honor 20 Pro (79) in fifth place.
    Best for Ultra-wide
    The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G came out first when it came to ultra-wide photography with a score of 42. DxoMark noted the device's wide field of view and good image quality across indoor and outdoor environments.
    The iPhone 11 Pro Max came in at second by a difference of 2 points (40), which is shared with the Galaxy S10 5G. The fourth and fifth positions in this category went to the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro (39) and the Galaxy S10+ (38).
    Best for Night photography
    The last category is the one in which smartphone photography has been making strides. Thanks to software trickery and better sensors, taking good pictures in low-light or at night is now a possibility, even if limited to a few high-end smartphones at the moment.
    Interestingly, neither Apple nor Google were able to secure any place in the top 5 positions. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro came out on top once again with a score of 61 and was praised for its good exposure, color saturation, wide dynamic range and low noise levels in dark conditions.
    The company's P30 Pro came in at second with a score of 59, which was matched by the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and the Galaxy S10 5G, while the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro ranked fifth with a total of 56 points.
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    Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 are the best smartphone cameras you can’t have

    Mate 30 Pro and the Mi Note 10 have been named as the best camera smartphones by DxOMark (Image: Huawei • Xiaomi • Getty)
    The Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (called the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition in China) are the best smartphones you can buy… if you place camera performance above all else. At least, that's according to DxOMark, a publication based in France that’s renowned for putting smartphone sensors through a series of excruciating tests before awarding them a final number of based on performance.
    Throughout the course of 2019, DxOMark has reviewed every flagship smartphone you can possibly imagine – and then some. Its leaderboard is full of some usual suspects like the Samsung Galaxy S10, iPhone 11 Pro Max and OnePlus 7 Pro but you might be surprised to see two Chinese phones you can’t buy if you live in the UK.
    DxOMark recently published an article discussing the best smartphone cameras of 2019. The outlet praised the Mate 30 Pro and Mi Note 10 for jointly taking the best overall photos and video on a mobile device. In particular, DxOMark said Huawei’s offering is slightly better for taking photos because it manages noise and artefacts slightly better while the Xiaomi was said to offer a better zoom.
    The French outlet explained: “The Huawei achieves a slightly better Photo score, mainly due to better management of image noise and artefacts. Thanks to its dual telelens approach, the Xiaomi performs better when zooming, though, delivering excellent quality across the entire zoom range; further, it also offers a slightly wider field of view with its ultra-wide camera than the Huawei.
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    “In terms of video, the Xiaomi just edges out the Mate 30 Pro, largely thanks to better colour rendering, lower noise levels, and more reliable video autofocus.”
    On paper, both Huawei and Xiaomi have given photographers everything but the kitchen sink to play with. The Mate 30 Pro comes equipped with a 40-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel telephoto, 40-megapixel ultra wide-angle and a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor.
    The Mi Note 10 comes with a whopping 108-megapixel primary snapper, a 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel telephoto, a 20-megapixel ultra wide-angle and a dedicated macro camera.
    Of course, both phone’s aren’t just a one-trick pony. Both the Mate 30 Pro and Mi Note 10 come with big beautiful displays, huge batteries and have great designs. It’s just a shame Android fans in the UK can’t get their hands on them.
    The Mate 30 Pro launched back in September and has since only been made available in a select few markets such as China, Singapore and Spain. The main reason for this is because Huawei’s currently burdened by a US trade ban that forbids it from trading with American companies such as Google. In a nutshell, that means the handset can’t come pre-loaded with the likes of the Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail… the list goes on.
    There’s better news if you’re eager to get your hands on the Mi Note 10. The device is confirmed to be coming to the UK, we just don’t know when and for what price. In Europe the handset will start from €549, so we’re not expecting it to break the bank.
    Of course, just because the Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 won DxOMark’s best overall camera phone doesn’t mean a few other devices didn’t snatch some individual awards. Most notably, the iPhone 11 Pro Max won the best for video and the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G took home the best ultra wide-angle camera category.
    Huawei Mate 30 Pro
    Huawei Mate 30 Pro was unveiled back in September (Image: Express Newspapers)
    Xiaomi Mi Note 10
    The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 comes with a whopping five rear cameras (Image: Xiaomi)
    Here’s a full list of DxOMark’s camera awards for 2019:
    • Best all-rounder - Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10
    • Best video - Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
    • Best for zoom - Xiaomi Mi Note 10
    • Best ultra wide - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
    • Best for night photography - Huawei Mate 30 Pro

    5 Best Smartphones with A Headphone Jack In 2019

    What are the best smartphones with a headphone jack in 2019? I don't know you but I sometimes use my phone to record conversations and insert a microphone using the 3.5 mm headphone jack on my smartphone. If you are a purist like I am that is still holding on to the headphone jack, you are fighting a losing battle, but there is still hope because we have compiled a list of 5 best smartphones with a headphone jack in 2019.
    You have probably seen Titanic-inspired headphone jack memes on social media highlighting the sad fate of the universal 3.5 mm headphone jack. First, it was the death of removable batteries, and now it is the death of the headphone jack. U.S based manufacturer Apple Inc initiated this new trend. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and many other companies, including Samsung, have also gone down the same route despite making fun of it at first.
    The fact that many flagship smartphones no longer include a headphone jack is a huge blow, especially to music lovers and those that consume content heavily on their handsets. It is because it brings about some inconveniences that come with forcing people to use the USB type C for their wired audio connection. For example, you cannot charge and listen to music using your earphones at the same time unless you use wireless earphones.
    Unfortunately, wireless earphones have limited battery capacity, so they have to be charged regularly, and good-quality ones are also very expensive. Fortunately, there are still phones that still maintain the headphone jack, thus our list which includes the best phones for headphones in 2019.
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    We compiled the list of the best smartphones with headphone jacks by first selecting criteria for the candidates. We obviously had to prioritize the latest releases that have headphone jacks, which means that any phone without a headphone jack was off the list. Second, we considered the components and performance of these handsets by evaluating their chipsets, the RAM, internal storage camera performance and even their battery capacity. This criteria made it possible for us to narrow down the list. Fortunately, the phones that managed to make it to the list are those that were released this year. This is because companies keep competing against each other and so every year the phones end up being more powerful and feature-packed compared to those released in the previous year. We also focused on making sure that the list was as accurate as possible, so we crosschecked with other similar lists published not so long ago. They were published on Wired.com and notebookcheck.net. We also went a step further to make sure that our list was well updated by checking newer releases that have the headphone jack and we crosschecked the release dates as well as the features through gmsarena. Which are the most affordable mid-range smartphones with headphone jacks? This is one of the other questions related to headphone jacks that we encountered during our search. You will be happy to know that some of the best budget phone out there are on this list, and also the cherry on top is that one of the best gaming phones of 2019 tops the list.
    #5 Xiaomi Mi 9T/ Mi 9T Pro
    Xiaomi has taken the smartphone market by storm this year with its robust offering, and leading the Chinese company's charge is the Xiaomi Mi 9T and the Mi 9T Pro. This phone has earned global recognition as the best flagship killer because it offers some features available in high-end phones, but it manages to do so at budget-phone prices between $300 and $380.
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    Despite the humble price range, the Mi 9T Pro version comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage. It also comes with an AMOLED screen and of course, the 3.5 MM headphone jack. It, however, lacks some features found in the latest flagship smartphones, such as wireless charging and an IP rating. Yet, it can be forgiven since it is still a budget handset, and those features would have increased the price anyway.
    #4 The LG G8
    LG still makes good phones, but its handsets are not so popular, and this is perhaps the company does not market them enough. An excellent example of one of the best phones that the South Korean electronics manufacturer makes is the LG G8 which is feature-packed. For instance, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and a beautiful OLED display.
    The LG G8 also has a game in the camera department, thus increasing its appeal. Its cameras are just as good as those on the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It solidifies its camera offering with a robust camera app that has a comprehensive manual mode that professional photographers will appreciate. It has a 3500 mAh battery, which is not the biggest, but it is optimized for efficient performance. The headphone jack is the icing on the cake for those who prefer to have it on the phone.
    #3 The Huawei P30
    It is the little brother to the infamous Huawei P30 Pro, which has a monstrous camera. While the flagship comes with beefier offerings, it excludes the headphone jack, but the P30 has it. If that 3.5 mm jack means a lot to you, then you should consider this phone. You will not be missing out on much since the Huawei P30 still has a lot to offer despite being slightly toned down. It even has a Kirin 980 whose equivalent is the Snapdragon 855. It also has a decent battery at 3650 mAh.
    Its cameras are still good, but the image processor is not as good as the one on the P30 Pro. It also does not have optical image stabilization and has 3X zoom rather than the 5X zoom on the beefier version. Nevertheless, the P30 makes up for its shortcomings through a lower price tag.
    #2 The Samsung Galaxy S10+
    The Galaxy S10+ is one of the few flagships that managed to retain the headphone jack, an interesting decision from Samsung, considering that it deleted the headphone jack in the Note 10. The Galaxy S10+ also features DAC to support a higher quality of sound through the 3.5 mm headphone jack, making it a strong option for individuals that are very particular when it comes to quality.
    Since this is one of Samsung’s flagships in 2019, it comes with high-end features such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 4100 mAh battery, stereo speakers, IP68 certification. If you can tolerate the unusual camera holes on the screen and relatively slow charging, then this might be the phone for you, especially if you are after an excellent Android phone with headphone jack.
    #1 Asus ROG Phone 2
    It is perhaps the most powerful phone in 2019, and that is no surprise since this is a gaming phone. Asus went all out on this one by giving it the full treatment, which includes the latest best processor from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon 855+. The device has a massive 12 GB of RAM to cater to demanding gaming needs, a whopping 1TB of internal storage, and 6,000 mAh battery as well as 30W fast charging.
    The Asus ROG Phone 2 also comes with a 120 Hz AMOLED display so you can imagine how smooth this phone feels, especially when gaming or even scrolling through the menu. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is also present in this one. This robust offering from ASUS costs $899. While that is flagship territory, this device is moderately priced, considering that it goes above and beyond with its offerings, and that is why it tops our list of the best phones with headphone jacks in 2019.
    Disclosure: None. Best smartphones with a headphone jack in 2019 is first published at Insider Monkey,