The Best Phones of 2020

Life without a smartphone is unimaginable for most of us today. It has become an integral part of our everyday routine. But smartphones get old too. Thy break or simply become obsolete. It is necessary to buy a new one sometime. Some of us are content with using the same thing for 5 years. Some change them every 6 months. Anyway, sometime you will have to buy a new one, and will have a hard time picking a new one, because the market is veritably flooded with these.

To choose a new smartphone you will have to agree upon a price range, then decide what features you would like to have, and then you will still have a lot to choose from. Here is where our rating will come in useful – it lists 10 best smartphone models with the best ratio of price and specs.

Place#
Product
Editors’ Rating
Editors’ Opinion
#1
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Plus
9.8
/
10
Editors' Pick
#2
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
9.7
/
10
Editors' Pick
#3
Samsung Galaxy A70
9.6
/
10
Best budget Samsung phone
#4
Iphone 11
9.3
/
10
The best iPhone for most
#5
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Plus
9.1
/
10
Best phone with a stylus
#6
Google Pixel 4
8.9
/
10
Best google phone
#7
OnePlus 7T PRO
8.8
/
10
Best budget flagship
#8
HUAWEI P30 Pro
8.5
/
10
Best for photography
#9
Google - Pixel 3a
8.2
/
10
Simple and reliable
#10
Moto G7 Play
8.1
/
10
Best budget
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Plus
#1
Editors' Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.8
/
10

Released: March 2019. OS: Android Pie. Screen: 6.4 inch. Core: Snapdragon 855. Accumulator: 4.1 Ah. Camera: 16 Mp + 12+12 MP. Front camera: 10+8MP.

Pros:

  • Newest development
  • Powerful sensors and strong CPU.

Cons:

  • Unnecessary features
  • Expensive

This is by all means the best device on Android at the moment. Its biggest strong-point is the innovative Snapdragon 855. Its performance is off the chart and is even quicker than the best of 2018. There are also a few other very interesting features, but all of this comes at a big price.

Screen: with a diagonal of 6.4 inches and AMOLED technology this screen is among as good as they get. The camera, being placed in a pit instead of a notch, looks more well hidden. The hole is wider than ever, because now there are two lenses in the pit, instead of one.

Battery: The accumulator is also one of the best.  Its volume of 4.1 Ah far surpasses the 3.5 of S9 Plus. This lets the powerful machine get through a day’s work with 30% left. However with the screen on full brightness it will drain faster.

Cameras: The rear side holds three objectives – two for 12 MP and the third for 16. The front cameras are no worse and are totally worth it, considering they fit in that small pit on the screen.

Overall this phone surpasses all others, but it comes at a price most can’t pay.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
#2
Editors' Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.7
/
10

Screen: 6.4 inch AMOLED. Memory: 128 GB + 6 RAM Resolution: 2340 by 1080 Cameras: 48+8+13 for rear and 20MP front. Battery: 4000 mAh

Pros:

  • Strongest CPU
  • Good cameras

Cons:

  • May overheat
  • Bluetooth lags

As the leading competitor from Samsung, this Xiaomi is equipped with a newest development from Snapdragon – the 855. This CPU has unprecedented speed and performance, outstripping all smartphone processors by far. For example, the second best CPU is 25 % slower at gaming.

Cameras: The leading rear camera boasts a 48 megapixel sensor. It is aided by 13 and 8 MP sensors. The optical zoom allows up to tenfold enlargement of image. The selfie camera is no worse.

Screen: The bright AMOLED screen is of the optimal diagonal size – 6.4 inch. Not too wide, although it may be considered on the large side. It is equipped with an unblocking fingerprint sensor, making it conveniently quick to open.

Battery: The volume of the accumulator is 4 Ah, so it is only a small bit behind the battery of Samsung’s S10+. The battery will assuredly last you a busy day’s work.

All in all a good phone. Without lacking anything significant, it has a much more affordable price when compared to the previous entry.

Samsung Galaxy A70
#3
Best budget Samsung phone
Editors’ Rating:
9.6
/
10

Screen: 6.7inch AMOLED. Has dactyloscopy sensor. CPU: SD675, 8 cores. Cameras: three behind (32+5+8), one in front – 32MP. Resolution: 3840 by 2160. Battery: 4500 mAh

Pros:

  • Big battery
  • Great UI
  • Excellent screen
  • Good selfies

Cons:

  • Pretty poor camera performance at night
  • No video stabilization

With a reliable Snapdragon 675 at its core and a sharp AMOLED screen this phone is great for its money. All games are within its reach, and only the most resource-consuming games will slow it down.  All other specs are not lacking either, as we shall see below.

Screen: The screen uses the newest AMOLED display technology and has a 4K resolution. There is a fingerprint sensor in the screen, which allows for quick unblocking.

Processor: The SD 675 is able to handle almost all games at top speed, and it I assisted by the mediocre GPU Adreno 612. The processor is among the best and even though it is slower than the very best855, it is a mostly unnoticeable difference.

Battery: 4500 mAh accumulator will guarantee you a day of work, and will have some left too.

A great smartphone with an oversized screen. There’s nothing it can’t do.

Iphone 11
#4
The best iPhone for most
Editors’ Rating:
9.3
/
10

Screen: 6.1 inch LED. Processor: A13 Bionic. Memory: 256\4 GB. Cameras: 12+12 rear and 12MP front

Pros:

  • Good specs
  • Affordable for an Apple

Cons:

  • LCD screen
  • The surface gets marred easily

Although it is not as powerful as the 11 Pro Max and Pro, it is a good choice for people who want a phone from Apple with a plausible price and good specs. Its wide 6.1 inch screen is well paired with a double camera at the rear side. It also looks great.

Screen: Even though not as bright as OLED, it is still plenty good for anything, and only total gourmets can spot the difference.

Batter: Lasts all day and then some. It is even better than what XR offers, and that was supposed to be great.

Cameras: At the rear there is an ultra-wide and a regular camera, which gat good pictures in the dark. However, there is no telephoto, like the Pro has.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Plus
#5
Best phone with a stylus
Editors’ Rating:
9.1
/
10

Screen: 6.8 inches, AMOLED.  Camera: rear has 4 lenses – 12, 12, 16 and TOF. Front is 10 MP. Battery: 4.3 Ah. Processor: Snapdragon 855

Pros:

  • Powerful CPU
  • Big screen
  • Good camera

Cons:

  • No traditional 3/5 mm port
  • Poor quality of video and pictures at night

This model stands out because it has the S-pen, which acts as a modified stylus, but all its other features are remarkable too, like the powerful processor – the best of Snapdragon. The AMOLED screen also deserves appreciation, as well as the cameras.

Screen: The display technology is today considered the best, and with the huge diagonal it allows boundless images and videos.

Processor: it is hard to say much here – SD 855 is, simply put, the best of the best, so any game will work seamlessly at maximum resolution.

Cameras: The three objectives have a good megapixel count, powerful lenses and are additionally aided by a TOF sensor. The front selfie camera is 10MP strong and allows for excellent pictures.

Battery:  It will surely give you over 18 hours of video playback or 12 hours of active web browsing with full memory usage.

Google Pixel 4
#6
Best google phone
Editors’ Rating:
8.9
/
10

Screen: OLED, 5.7 inches. Processor: Snapdragon 855. Battery: 2800 mAh.  Memory: 64/6 GB Cameras: Rear – 12.2+16 MP Front: 8MP.

Pros:

  • Great cameras
  • Nice display
  • Likeable design

Cons:

  • Small battery
  • Glitchy motion sensor

This is a middle-class phone with a very affordable price and good specs. All of its features put it among the best in its price range.

Screen: Colorful OLED with a medium-sized diagonal of 5.7 inches is a good combination.

Battery: This is the only real drawback of this phone, because with 2.8 Ah capacity it can be considered as too small, especially if you remember it has a powerful processor and bright screen.

Processor: The best available – SD 855. This processor will easily be able to make any game work at top performance speed. Also any program, even if it is resource-greedy, will work without causing a minute hangup.

Cameras: a strong duo of 12 and 16 megapixel sensors occupy the rear. The front has a 10 MP camera, which is by far enough for a great selfie. The cameras are often brought up in reviews as the best strong point of the phone.

Overall a good phone, albeit it is scarce on the market, because there were not many of these produced.

OnePlus 7T PRO
#7
Best budget flagship
Editors’ Rating:
8.8
/
10

Screen: 6.67 inches OLED CPU: SD855, Memory: 256\8 GB Cameras: Rear - 48+8+16, Front: 16 MP Battery: 4085 mAh

Pros:

  • Great performance of CPU
  • Good screen quality and resolution
  • Cameras function great at night

Cons:

  • Not waterproof
  • No ports for microSD or 3.5 mm

A great flagship model with refresh rate of 90 HZ. This already makes it a great pick, but the inclusion of a Snapdragon 855 just makes it even better. The colorful screen and powerful cameras seal its position as a model rivaled only by the best.

Processor: It suffices to say that the SD 855, which is the core of this phone, is the best one yet from Snapdragon. It is aided by a fairly strong GPU Adreno 640, so that any game or program will work without a single hitch.

Screen: The fluid AMOLED screen boast an extreme refresh rate of 90 hertz. This is almost the only time a smartphone had such a refresh rate. And this is the same screen that has a resolution of 3120x1440.

Memory: The 128 GB is sufficient for anything. However it cannot be expanded with an SD card, so that’s a weak point of this phone. The 8 GB of RAM handle any game or resource-heavy program.

Cameras: The triple sensor at the rear of the phone captures images in 12 MP resolution and gives excellent flagship quality. The selfie camera is unique for being held on a small module, which slides out from the phone’s body. It too gives quality pictures.

Battery: the phone’s accumulator is sufficient for a days work, and you can browse the web for 12 hours straight on one charge. The charger has a strength of 30 watts, so it will take only an hour to get it to 100 percent.

HUAWEI P30 Pro
#8
Best for photography
Editors’ Rating:
8.5
/
10

Screen: 6.47 inch OLED Processor:  Kirin 980 + Mali-G76 MP10 Cameras: 40+20+ TOF + telephoto and 32MP for selfies. Battery: 4200mAh Memory: 128\6 GB

Pros:

  • Many available color options
  • Very quick-charging
  • Strong CPU

Cons:

  • No 3.5 mm port
  • Fixed focus on selfie camera

This model absolutely excels at photography, but all its other specs are up-to-date as well. It is now the absolute best at pictures and videos.

Cameras: Three sensors – 40 MP, 20 mp, a TOF and an 8 MP telephoto are working together to create unparalleled quality. Needless to say, 32 megapixels is plenty for selfies.

Battery: The large battery holds 4.2 Ah and is tested for 20 hours of looping video at full quality. The battery is applicable for quick charging and the phone comes bundled with a 40 watt charger that is able to recharge the battery from 0 to 100 in less than an hour.

Processor: The best Kirin processor today - Kirin 980. In this case it is also improved by the addition of a strong GPU Mali-G76 MP10. Although it can still be outrun by Snapdragon 855, it is amazingly capable and only the most infatuated people will note the difference between this and SD 85.

Screen: 6.47 inch OLED screen is just of the optimal diagonal, although any would consider it on the large side. With a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 it can be considered one of the best in its price range.

Google - Pixel 3a
#9
Simple and reliable
Editors’ Rating:
8.2
/
10

Screen: 5.6 inch OLED. Processor: Snapdragon 670. Battery: 3000 mAh Cameras: 12 MP back, 8 Mp front

Pros:

  • Great image quality
  • Powerful while affordable
  • Quality screen

Cons:

  • No slots for SD cards
  • No port for 3.5 mm

While the of smartphones follows the trend of big screens, this one remains of a more handleable size. Most of its specs are also great and it is overall a balanced middle-class phone.

Screen: 5.6 inch OLED screen, which gives a resolution of 1080 x 2220. It is protected with Dragontrail Glass, so will not easily get scratched or bruised.

Processor: It is a fairly fast Snapdragon – the 670. In addition a GPU is installed - Adreno 615. In combination with a RAM of 4 GB it can handle most games and programs. However this chip was not originally aimed at games, and is lacking when it comes to rendering graphics at a high speed.

Battery: Here is one of the weak points of the phone. It is not small, but not exceptionally big either. Many reviewers simply say – decent, or OK. You can live with it, but it is not the best.

Cameras: HERE THE PHONE EXCELS. The cameras take excellent pics not just in the day, but at night as well. And the megapixel count is good for getting the details.

Moto G7 Play
#10
Best budget
Editors’ Rating:
8.1
/
10

Screen: 5.7 inch IPS. Battery: 3 Ah Processor: Snapdragon 632. Cameras: 13 MP rear and 8 MP front.

Pros:

  • Affordable and efficient
  • Good processor
  • Strong battery

Cons:

  • No NFC
  • Not best for gaming

This phone is far from being the best in terms of pure processing power and overall specs, but if you look at it from a cost to performance ratio, it turns out to be possible the best one out there.

Screen: IPS provides true color and decent brightness, while not drawing too much energy.

Cameras: Although it may seem strange to only have one camera on either side, the phone is actually pretty good with them, and the pictures turn out better than expected. At night, though, the performance falls and the picture gets noisy. The cameras can record 4K video.

Battery: Even though 3000 mAh is not the biggest battery size available, it does fine with the more manageable screen size, so it will easily last you more than a day of work.

Processor: This core is good for everything except the most demanding games. You may notice lags on many games though, if they are graphics-heavy.

Memory: Weak point. With 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage you will not be doing much gaming. However for all other tasks this volume is not a problem.

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