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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Top 13 BEST Smartphones of 2020



world right now it's a big question but
today we've got some answers I've got
five honorable mentions phones that
didn't quite make the top tier and then
13 phones that I absolutely love and
number five in this list of runners-up
is the new iPhone se to be clear I like
almost everything about it it's got the
build quality and the performance of a
thousand dollar phone and it's 399 even
the camera is really quite good it's
just that the battery life isn't and
it's not just a case that battery isn't
the strong point to the phone it's more
the you know it could actually cause you
a bit of a problem and if you're going
to use your phone for two to three years
it's only gonna get worse over that
period so if you're considering the SE e
I personally think there's better
options but we'll come to them number
four is a phone that looks pretty
unremarkable on paper you could read
through the phone's entire spec sheet
and not a single thing would jump out at
you is wow that's really cool but the
Google pixel 3a is one of the nicest
phones to use for the $300 you can get
it out now
clean Google's software with a pretty
decent OLED screen but with this phone
Google has kind of shifted the balance
for what they think is important to a
phone away from really high-end
materials this thing's made of plastic
and away from a screen that fills the
entire front of the phone for this the
camera I was just messing around with it
a few weeks ago taking photos of my cat
and it's so impressive that I came back
wondering if even my $1400 Galaxy S 20
ultra could have done this the reason
it's only an honorable mention is
because this is their mid-range phone
from last year and is soon to be
replaced by the Google pixel for a so if
you bought it now you might be a little
bummed in a couple of months but that
brings me to the pixel for which is the
company's top-end flagship from last
year and it might be a bit of a surprise
I'm even mentioning this at all because
when it launched for $800 it was
underwhelming and the whole thing was
undercut by poor battery life if a phone
can't get through a full day of usage
then as far as I'm concerned it could
have the coolest features on the planet
it could tie your shoelaces for you but
I can't recommend it however in a bit of
a surprise turn of events after a few
updates pixel for battery life improved
in my testing that doesn't happen very
often
to be clear and add to that there in
most regions you can now get the pixel
for for like $499 and I think it's
actually quite a viable alternative to
the iPhone se number two is
a bit of a sad story we're talking a
smartphone that has an incredible set of
cameras really really good performance
and a market-leading display this is the
Oppo find x2 Pro and under different
circumstances this could well have been
a smartphone of the year the catch is
that it's been pretty much invalidated
by the existence of the oneplus 8 Pro
barely a month after the find x2 Pro
oneplus dropped a phone with almost
identical specs similar design and a
software skin I think most people will
prefer and a much lower price tag and
that turns this opera phone into
basically a luxury alternative to the
oneplus this phone has a beautiful vegan
leather finish I want more companies to
do this it feels like a supercar the
cameras they can zoom further but from a
practical standpoint I just don't think
is worth the extra money
and then the final runner-up is also
from Oppo is the Renault 3 pro I use
this phone for like two whole months
this year which is far longer than I
usually use mid-range phones you could
think of this as a nearly flagship
camera stuck on a mid-range phone's body
I just would have liked to see a higher
end chipset inside of it okay those are
the good smart phones and that leaves us
with the best smartphones and I've
categorized them for the different kinds
of buyer with one overall champion at
the end it's a first of all if you're
anything like me and you're almost a
little bit sick of smartphones
overtaking the size of your face you
just want a compact flagship there are
three good options just as a disclaimer
compact in a fairly loose
sense the word because most good phones
now are not small phones but these three
should be pretty manageable for all
hands so first of all galaxy s 20 and
this is pretty much d compact phone I've
been asking for four years it's got the
latest everything in fastest chipset Ram
storage the camera this is
quintessential Samsung and the screen is
in the top five displays on a phone
right now we're talking quad HD plus
AMOLED 120 Hertz panel and the batteries
great if you get the Snapdragon version
and that's the one caveat if you're in a
region like the UK or India where
Samsung serves the Exynos version
battery life Falls from great to pretty
good
alternatively iPhone 11 pro and I mean I
could say err comparing the specs and
the features but this really boils down
to the question do you want an iPhone or
you want an Android if you're open to
either I would say try the galaxy s 20
it's got 5 g and the 120 Hertz display
will make it feel faster but rest
assured if you go for the iPhone 11 Pro
it's up there too and finally the last
compact phone is actually the galaxy s
10 II now I generally try to stay away
from recommending older phones because
they're just going to become outdated
faster but because this category of
compact flagship phones doesn't get too
much love this is still one of the
better options for now closer to $500
good camera great screen and this just
feels like it was made for your palm
incredibly comfortable to hold okay
Gaming phones and to be honest this to
that wind by an absolute landslide the
first one is the red magic 5g which is
surprisingly affordable and quite
possibly the fastest smartphone on the
planet it's also got a 144 Hertz display
that's the kind of refresh rate you see
on high-end PC gaming monitors and just
generally a bucketload of features for
gamers but I've made a more in-depth
video about this phone already so I'll
link it on my head so the second of
these gaming phones is Xiaomi's black
shark 3 Pro somehow even more outlandish
we're talking a 7.1 inch quad HD plus 90
Hertz AMOLED display a phone with a five
thousand milliamp hour battery a 65 watt
charger and dedicated trigger buttons
that hide themselves when they're not in
use I remember when I first found out
about the existence of this phone and it
took me a grand total of a minute to
scrap the video I was currently working
on and focused all my efforts on getting
this and reviewing it and I can confirm
it's a pleasure to use as well providing
you know it fits in your hand but at
this point I should clarify that
technically any of these flagship phones
can play games just fine
buying a gaming phone is for people who
are happy to take a bit of a hit in the
camera department for starters and be
people who play games either
competitively or just for long periods
of time otherwise you might not even see
the benefits at all you'll just be that
person who holds a TV to their ear to
make a phone call I've had a few people
ask me should I save a bit of money and
buy an older gaming phone like let's say
the asus rog phone - and the answer is
probably not the way I see it if you
want to game seriously on your phone
the number one priority is having the
best performance so if you're picking up
a gaming phone from last year there has
an older chip then all of those
optimizations are paying for like liquid
cooling or physical fan inside they're a
bit redundant you'd get better
performance if you bought just the
cheapest current phone with the latest
chip even if it didn't have all those
things but okay my main problem with
gaming phones the reason I don't use one
is that they tend to sacrifice on
photography but if you did want to take
great photos if for you your smartphone
is just as much about its camera as it
is about connecting you with people then
the Huawei p40 Pro is the best
photography experience I've had on a
phone as long as you are okay with the
fact that there are no Google services
pre-built on this phone if for example
you're perfectly happy with Huawei's own
app gallery or if you're a bit of a
tinkerer and you wanted to try and
sideload Google then this is an awesome
bit of hardware with good battery life -
 I  can get good battery life
from any of these phones I've put on my
top list but what if you wanted great
what if you wanted to wake up in the
morning download 10 movies spend the
entire day watching them and then finish
that all off with a session of gaming
well there's two great options - 11 Pro
Max and samsung galaxy s 20 ultra again
though Snapdragon version they're both
seriously expensive and just big phones
but as far as phones with massive
batteries are concerned there's still
two of them all balanced offerings Lane
be clear you can get phones with bigger
batteries in these two but a good
smartphone experience is all about
balance what you don't want is a
mediocre smartphone with a power bank
tape - its back on the subject of
iPhones though and I thought long and
hard about whether or not I should
include this but I decided it's
important to have an affordable iPhone
category and this sounds like a pretty
strange idea but here's the thing if
there was one undisputable smartphone
king at each price point my job would be
pretty easy all I need to do is to just
find out how much someone was willing to
pay and then be like ok this is the best
phone you can get with that but people
have different preferences things that
for them are based requirements in a
phone that they choose and the one I see
the most is I need it to be an iPhone I
have a lot of people I know personally
who don't ask which phone should I buy
they asked which iPhone should I buy
because they want Apple features like
FaceTime and I message etc so if you're
in that group and you don't have the
budget to buy the absolute top-end
iPhone 11pro then you're probably
picking between three
options.the $399 iPhone se the $599 10r
and the $699 iPhone 11 a long story
short I'm gonna make this easy for you
pick the 11 the SE is probably not going
to cut it battery wise and compared to
the 10 are the 11 is far faster and has
a much better camera system if you want
a budget just generally and you don't
need an iPhone then I would say real me
sits in for those you don't know real me
is yet another subsidiary of BBK
electronics like Oppo like vivo like
oneplus but the difference is that real
me is new and because it's new the
company's trying to make a name for
itself and to do that they're pricing
their phones at a staggeringly
affordable price so for around $250 this
one has first of all a quad camera setup
that would sit fine on a $400 phone a
1080p display which somehow also has a
90 Hertz refresh rate and upper
mid-range chipset specializing in gaming
and great battery life don't get me
wrong you'll know when you're using it
that it's not a top level flagship but
for this price it's not even close real
me 6 is up there there's also the poco
x2 really just nice phone and again for
a budget-friendly price we're talking
120 Hertz display we're talking 4,500
million power battery
it's just that you'll struggle to buy
this phone outside of India so I haven't
officially added it to the list okay
before the overall winner let's talk
about the best all-rounder phones the
phones that don't necessarily specialize
in one thing but ones that do everything
well and there's a few here I already
mentioned the iPhone 11 pro and Galaxy S
20 ultra these two they nail the
fundamental pillars of what makes a good
smart phone but there's three more
galaxy s 20 plus which is really similar
to the ultra in the things that matter
but just slightly smaller a bit more
manageable and more affordable than to
be honest even though yeah the 64
megapixel main camera there should be
less capable than the 108 2 megapixel
one on the ultra in practice it's not
really there are cases where the ultra
looks better but there are plenty of
cases with a normal s xx and as
twenty-plus look better but the fact
that they trade blows is telling within
what shammies me 10 pro and as far as
i'm aware this is the most expensive
mainstream phone they've ever made and
for some context the me 9 pro last year
was like $600 this is a
thousand but before that you get pretty
much just insane specs across the board
I said to give you an idea
you've got snapdragon 865 108 megapixel
quad camera setup you've got 4,500
milliamp hour battery with an insane at
65 watt charger included in the box
5g dual speakers everything plus it's
all wrapped in something I really
appreciate on phones a soft touch matte
finish it does miss out on an official
IP rating which is kind of confusing
considering the massive price hike over
last generation but I don't think that
alone should stop you considering this
phone and then finally in this category
is one plus eight pro and apart from
having a headphone jack
this is 100% and everything phone every
feature that you think at 20:20 flagship
should have this probably does and it
does so cheaper than its competitors you
could put it side-by-side with the s20
ultra as an example and some people
might actually say they prefer the
oneplus even though it's four hundred
dollars less but it's not the ultimate
value King people have also asked me
about the Galaxy Note 10.1
personally I would err on the side of
caution with that one I just think the
cameras and the power of the s20 lineup
they've come a long way but the note m+
still isn't old enough to be cheap
either okay that leaves me with my
current smart phone of the year and just
before I get to that there's a couple of
phones that I've been seeing online that
look really interesting that I haven't
managed a test yet
there's the Xperia one - which is this
super widescreen cinematography focused
phone and it supposedly uses technology
from the company's own alpha DSLR
cameras I think this is an awesome
concept but just bear in mind it doesn't
mean it's gonna be great
just take the red hydrogen one as an
example there's this funky new LG velvet
smartphone which kind of makes it seem
like LG has gone right back to the
drawing board in terms of design I'd say
it looks decent I think is meant to be
inspired by water drops but what's
confusing to me is that this would have
been a perfect chance to start using a
hole-punch camera for the front as
opposed to this kind of ugly looking
knotch and then finally is Motorola's
edge plus which is yet another
thousand-dollar flagship phone but one
that looks like it has very little
missing it's even got a five thousand
milliamp hour battery and a headphone
Jack so if the software's good this
could actually be top level and now my
overall smartphone value champion is a
firm that I was expecting to be
impressed by and I was it's the one plus
eight but with one important asterisk
which I'll come to the phone as one plus
is typical caveats they loses wireless
charging and an official water
resistance rating but the important
thing is that using it feels
indistinguishable from the very best
phones out there and top level chipset
top level display this is the most
comfortable phone I've held in a long
time it feels just as premium as the
thousand-dollar Huawei P 40 Pro and
Xiaomi me 10 Pro but actually has
sleeker less bloated software than both
of those offerings the one area you'll
be reminded that you didn't just sink a
thousand dollars into your phone is the
camera where oneplus has basically
reused the sensors from last year's
black ships I was initially kind of
annoyed by this but I mean look at the
iPhone se that uses a camera sensor from
three years ago just with improved
 and it's a similar story here
the camera won't blow you away but it's
actually quite good
the asterisk the important thing to bear
in mind here is that with oneplus phones
in particular pricing varies massively
by region to the point where I don't
think it's even fair for me to say that
the 1+8 is the best value regardless of
where you are let me give you an example
in the u.s. 1 + 8 is the exact same
price as the iPhone 11 but here in the
UK it's the equivalent of one hundred
and thirty dollars cheaper and if you go
to India it is literally three hundred
dollars cheaper so while in the u.s. you
could look at both these phones and
think ok I've got a slight preference
for iOS I'm gonna pick the iPhone that
 in the UK and it
makes much much less sense if you're in
India where I think the oneplus delivers
unquestionably higher value areas if you
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