For some, buying a new smartphone is an important decision. It’s up there with deciding on a university course or selecting a boy/girlfriend. You don’t want to be seen in public with the same phone your mum might be flaunting, but it’s also a bad idea to break the bank with a top of the range phone if you don’t need to utilise all its advanced functions. For gamers, choosing a phone should be fairly simple. Just go for the one that suits your specific gaming needs. Here are a few to consider for different types of player.

Budget Range- Moto G4 Play

If you only want to play basic puzzle games like Candy Crush, Sudoku, or bingo, and don’t really use your phone for any games that require higher processing power, then there isn’t much need to go for something really expensive. There are plenty of basic phones on the market at reasonable prices that are more than capable of running such games. Basic apps and mobile bingo sites are designed to be played with any smartphone, and are normally free and easy to download. One of the best budget options on the market right now is the Moto G4 Play, which can be picked up for a mere $139.99. It has an 8 Megapixel camera, 16 GB of storage, and comes in a choice of black or white.

Mid-Range- HTC One M9

For players who enjoy the kinds of games mentioned above, but like to spend a lot more time playing than the average person, you may need to get a phone with slightly higher capabilities. For instance, if you download a lot of different apps, you will need more storage than the basic models. The HTC One M9 is a fantastic phone which has drastically reduced in price lately with the HTC 10 now on the market. When the M9 came out it was a whopping $649, which has plummeted to a seriously tempting $400 now. It has 3 GB of RAM, which is more than enough for running multiple apps, and also boasts a 2840 mAh battery that should last ample time for someone who games a lot throughout the day. The Super LCD screen also provides good visual quality for games like Gardenscapes that incorporate a lot of vivid colours. Other phones of this quality can be picked up soon after newer models are released. Older iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models are also worth considering.

High-End- Samsung Galaxy S8

For players who like to play the most advanced mobile games that require a higher functioning phone, you need to look to the elite models. To make the most of the amazing graphics in games like Modern Combat 5: Blackout, Asphalt 8: Airborne, and The Room Two, it’s worth splashing out on a phone that can provide the best possible visual experience. Right now, that phone is the latest Samsung Galaxy S8, which is a massively upgraded version of its predecessor last year, the Galaxy S7 Edge. It has a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours, and an awesome 570 ppi pixel display brought about by the 1440 x 2960 pixels screen resolution. This results in possibly the crispest graphics ever seen on a smartphone, and games like the ones mentioned above will look incredibly realistic. In addition to that, it has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which is a vast amount for a mobile device. It can even be used as a VR device when owners purchase the Gear 360 and VR Platform Lens, and offers the best quality VR experience available from a mobile.

Although the S8 is a truly exceptional phone, many people will be unwilling to part ways with so much cash to get their hands on the latest Samsung offering. There are plenty of other options out there, though, which are just slightly cheaper. The iPhone 7 Plus is one such phone, and is probably the most efficient gaming mobile that Apple has made to date. But remember, if you only play the simple games like bingo, there are plenty of bargains to be found.