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Best Three Android phones (UK)

Here is the latest round-up of the best Three Android phones available in the UK. Three's services are quite compelling, so let’s see if Three has some equally tempting hardware on offer.

Published onJuly 8, 2015


Three may be a smaller player in the UK market, but the company has recently been taking a stand against the established mobile carriers, promising not to charge extra for faster 4G data speeds or punishing their customers with expensive roaming charges. The company also bucks current trends by offering to unlock its smartphones for free and has some of the lowest pay-as-you-go call and text rates around.

It’s all quite compelling, so let’s see if Three has some equally tempting hardware on offer. Here are the best Three Android phones.

#1 Samsung Galaxy S6

As I’m sure you’re aware, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is probably the most cutting edge piece of mobile hardware on the market right now. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find a list that isn’t recommending this phone, but Three’s current contract options make it an even more appealing bargain.

Contrary to many other carriers, Three is actually selling the Galaxy S6 for cheaper than the LG G4, the HTCOne M9, and Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. Contract prices begin at just £35 per month with £0 down for the 32GB model, while rival flagships are all priced closer to £40 per month with at least £20 upfront. Over two years, that works out to a saving of £140! However, this offer is set to end on July 9th.

Three also has the Galaxy S6 Edge available with a slightly higher £43 per month minimum contract price and £49 upfront.


  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440×2560 resolution
  • 2.1GHz Samsung Exynos 7420 SoC
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB internal storage
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,550mAh battery
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, 138g
  • Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum or White Pearl colours
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

#2 LG G4

If your smartphone has replaced your old point-and-shoot camera then the LG G4 is probably the next handset for you. Boasting an improved f/1.8 aperture camera with 16 megapixel resolution, the LG G4 produces impressive picture in both high and low light environments.

Coupled with LG’s latest and greatest QHD display, hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, microSD card and removable battery, the G4 is a cutting edge device in every regard.

Three’s contract pricing starts at £39 per month with £19 up front. The handset is also one of the cheaper flagship options available with a pay-as-you-go SIM. The G4 has a price tag of just £479.99, which is more than £100 cheaper than the S6 or One M9.


  • 5.5-inch LCD display with 1440×2560 resolution
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage with support for 128GB microSD card
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 3,000mAh battery
  • 149.1 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm, 154g
  • White, Black
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

#3 Galaxy Note 4

A modern classic, the Galaxy Note 4 is still a go-to choice for customers looking for a larger smartphone with specs in the right places. Featuring a QHD 5.7-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and 16 megapixel rear camera, the Note 4 is still a competitor to 2015’s range of flagships.

Price wise, the Galaxy Note 4 is a little more expensive that other flagships on Three’s network. The 32GB model comes with a £32 per month two year contract with a rather large £99 upfront fee. PAYG is also an option, but at £600 the Note 4 doesn’t come cheap.


  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440×2560 resolution
  • 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage with 128GB microSD card support
  • 16MP rear camera and 3.7MP front camera
  • Removable 3,220mAh battery
  • 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm, 176g
  • Black Charcoal
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop


These days you don’t need to spend a fortune to lay your hands on flagship level performance and HUAWEI has been at the forefront of lowering smartphone costs in Europe. Three is offering the HUAWEI HONOR 6 Plus at almost half of cost of your typical flagship, which certainly makes it a contender for one of the best Three Android phones.

The HONOR 6 Plus doesn’t come with the extra flagships bells and whistles, such as NFC connectivity, wireless charging or fingerprint scanning technology. But with dual-SIM support, a powerful HiSilicon 925 SoC and a 5.5-inch 1080p display, there’s very little to complain about at this price.

The HONOR 6 Plus will set you back at least £24 per month over two years with £19 upfront. Three’s PAYG price is also reasonable at £299.99.


  • 5.5-inch LCD display with 1080×1920 resolution
  • 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 925 SoC
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal memory with 128GB microSD support
  • Dual 8MP rear cameras with 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,600mAh battery
  • 150.5 x 75.7 x 7.5 m, 165g
  • Black
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat

#5 Motorola Moto G

If you’re looking for a more moderately priced mid-ranger, there are few handsets that offer more bang for buck than the Moto G.

Featuring a sharp 4.5-inch display with 720p resolution, Snapdragon 400 processing package, 8GB of internal storage and 4G connectivity, the Moto G offers a great balance of hardware and cost for your day to day tasks.

Three’s cheapest contract starts at £16 per month with £0 up front. However, the PAYG cost of just £129.99 is also quite an attractive prospect, given that you pay as little as 3p per minute and 2p per text with a Three SIM.


  • 5-inch LCD display with 720×1280 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage with 32GB microSD card support
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,390mAh battery
  • 141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm, 155g
  • Black
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

#6 Samsung Galaxy A3

Style is certainly a subjective thing, but a good looking handset can be hard to come by in the mid-range market. Closing out our best Three Android phones list, the Samsung’s Galaxy A series aims to address this gap in the market with its metal unibody design.

Specifications wise, the Galaxy A3 includes a 540 x 960 pixel 4.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage and 1,900mAh battery, making it quite a typical mid-ranger.

Three has priced the Galaxy A3 quite competitively against the likes of the Moto G, which a monthly contract price of £17 per month for two years with £0 up front. PAYG is also a more expensive option, with the upfront cost leaping to £259.99.


  • 4.5-inch Super AMLOED display with 540×960 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage with up to 64GB via microSD
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 1,900mAh battery
  • 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm, 110g
  • Black or White
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat, upgradable to Android 5.0.2

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