At A Glance

Best Overall (Apple)

• IPhone 12 series (12 mini, 12, 12 pro & 12 pro max)

Best Overall (Android)

• Samsung Galaxy S20 series (S20, S20 plus, S20 ultra)

Best Value

Google Pixel 4a

Best Smartphone for Creative tasks

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ultra

Best Design

OnePlus 8 pro

Best Budget (Android)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Best Portable and Best Affordable (iPhone)

IPhone SE

Best Smartphone for Camera and photography

Google pixel 5

Best Foldable
Samsung Galaxy Z fold 2

Best Smartphone for Videography

Sony Xperia 1 ii

Best Smartphone for Battery Power

Moto G power

Best Unique

Microsoft Surface Duo


It is estimated that over 5 billion people use mobile phones of which 2.7 billion people are smartphone users. That is to tell you how widespread the usage of smartphone is. Smartphones have now even turned best friends to many of its users.

Over many years, phones have evolved from the “just making and answering calls functionality to listening to audios to watching videos to surfing the internet and streaming videos to playing games and performing some other tasks”.

Modern smartphones have closed the gap between laptops and phones; many flagship smartphones now perform task which were only performed by laptops; with flagship smartphones, you won’t also need to buy a camera, game console, music player etc.

When it comes to buying the best smartphone, one might be confused because a smartphone might be excellent in a feature and lags in another. Buying the right smartphone is dependent on many factors which we have  already written an article on and may include its performance, operating system, storage size, display size and characteristics, body dimension and design, etc.

Also, before purchasing a smartphone, we must know its pros and cons to avoid regrets in the future that is why we are reviewing the latest best smartphones, its specs and properties, things we like and things we dislike about each smartphone.

Our picks are unbiased and were based on in-depth investigations and researches so as to write this article just to suit your various demands and desires.


OUR RECOMMENDATIONS


BEST OVERALL (Apple)

IPhone 12 series (12 mini, 12, 12pro & 12pro max)

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Specs and properties
• Processor: Hexa-core Apple A14 Bionic
• Graphics: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
• RAM size: 4GB (12 mini & 12) and 6GB (12 pro and pro max)
• Operating System: iOS 14.1
• Screen Size: 5.4 inches (12 mini), 6.1 inches (12 & 12 pro) and 6.7 inches (12 pro max).
• Display Type: Super Retina XDR OLED
• Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels (12 mini), 1170 x 2532 pixels (12 & 12 pro) and 1284 x 2778 pixels (12 pro max)
• Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB (12 mini & 12) and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB (12 pro & 12 pro max).
• Dimensions: 5.18 x 2.53 x 0.29 inches (12 mini), 5.78 x 2.81 x 0.29 inches (12), 5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches (12 pro), 6.33 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (12 pro max)
• Weight: 4.76 oz (12 mini), 5.78 oz (12), 6.66 oz (12 pro) & 8.03 oz (12 pro max)
• Body: Glass front, glass back and aluminum frame
• SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM and eSIM)
• Main camera: 12-megapixel wide and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera (12 mini & 12), 12-megapixel wide, 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel telephoto camera (12 pro and pro max)
• Selfie camera: 12-megapixel front camera
• Connectivity: 5G, Wi-Fi dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.0
• Ports: 1 USB 2.0
• Battery power: 2227mAh (12 mini), 2815 mAh (12 & 12 pro) and 3687mAh (12 pro max)

Pros
• Super fast processors
• Alluring and exceptional body design
• Awesomely clear camera quality
• Magnificent OLED screen
• Good photo quality across the board, day and night
• LiDAR Scanner for the 12 pro and pro max models.
• Portability for the 12 mini model.
• Superb audio system

Cons
• No headphone port
• No finger print sensor
• Expensive

Review
Apple launched the iphone 12 series on October 13, 2020 which includes the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 pro and iPhone 12 pro max and it is one of the best if not the best smartphone so far. Unlike the preceding iPhone 11, this comes with a new design, better camera quality and better processing speed.

The iPhone 12 series features a Super Retina XDR OLED display with a better HDR, a 2 million-to-1 contrast ratio and has a display size of 5.4 inches for the 12 mini, 6.1 inches for the 12 and 12 pro while the 12 pro max has 6.7-inch display. The iPhone 12 models come with an edge-to-edge design.

The flagships have a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 and pixel density of 476 PPI for the 12mini; 2532 x 1170 and 460PPI for the 12 & 12pro and 2778 x 1284 and 458 PPI for the pro max and displays up to 1200 nits peak brightness of HDR content, clear and true to life wide Haptic touch for giving feedbacks, and true tone to suit the temperature of the display color.

The iPhone 12 series borders were slightly reduced and flat edges introduced thereby making it smaller and lighter than the preceding model. Unlike other preceding iPhone models, these have a unique feature called Ceramic Shield which protects them from damage when they fall, making them 4x tougher. The iphone 12s are water and dust resistant and can stay up to 30 minutes in water of 6 meters deep.

The IPhone 12 models have thesame 12 megapixel selfie lens, wide (aperture of f/1.6) and ultra wide camera (aperture of f/2.4) while the 12 pro and 12 pro max come with an extra camera feature which is the telephoto camera which has a pixel of 12 megapixel and aperture of f/2.0 and f/2.2 respectively.

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The iPhone 12s also have the fastest 5-nanometer processor (A14) which having 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU thereby resulting in a magnificent performance. The A14 chip has a 16-core Neural Engine processor that offers up to 80 percent faster performance and executes over 11 trillion operations per second.

iPhone 12s’ frame come with a custom 5G antennas offering a download speed as high as 4Gb per second download and 200Mb per second upload. With its
Smart Data Mode feature, 5G is automatically reversed to Gigabit LTE when 5G download speed isn’t necessary or when 5G isn’t available. Another feature was added which is the Magsafe which has an inbuilt magnet for charging the phone, easy attaching of objects and cases.

For battery runtime, the iPhone 12 mini is the least offering up to 15 hours of video playback, 10 hours of streaming video playback & 50 hours of audio playback, then followed by the iPhone 12 and 12 pro which offers up to 17 hours of video playback, 11 hours of streaming video playback & 65 hours of audio playback and then the iPhone 12 pro max which has the highest runtime offering up to 20 hours of video playback, 12 hours of streaming video playback & 80 hours of audio playback.

All iPhone 12 models offer fast charging which provides up to 50 percent charge in 30 minutes using a 20W power adapter. The 12 pro and pro max also has a feature which the 12 mini and 12 model lacks and this is called LIDAR SCANNER.


BEST OVERALL (Android)

Samsung Galaxy S20 series (S20, S20 plus, S20 ultra)

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Specs and properties
• Operating System: Android 10, One UI 2.5
• Screen size: 6.2 inches (S20), 6.7 inches (S20+), 6.9 inches (S20 ultra).
• Display type: Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, HDR10+
• Pixel density: 563ppi (20), 525ppi (S20+) and 511ppi (S20 ultra)
• Refresh rate: 120Hz 
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
• RAM size: 12GB; S20 ultra also has the 16GB option.
• Internal storage: 128GB; S20 ultra also has the 512GB option.
• Expandable storage: Up to 1TB
• Back Cameras:
-12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto (S20 & S20+)
-108MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide and 48MP telephoto (S20 ultra)
• Selfie Camera: 10MP (S20 & S20+) and 40MP (S20 ultra)
• Dimension: 5.97 x 2.72 x 0.31 inches (S20), 6.37 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches (S20+), 6.57 x 2.99 x 0.35 inches (S20 ultra)
• Weight: 5.75 oz (S20), 6.56 oz (S20+), 7.83 oz (S20 ultra)
• Body: Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame
• Connectivity: 5G, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.0
• Ports: USB Type-C 
• Battery Capacity: 4,000 mAh (S20), 4,500 mAh (S20+), 5,000 mAh (S20 ultra)

Pros
• Exceptional body design
• Fast charging feature
• Ultra fast processors for performance and multitasking
• Superb camera quality
• Water and dust resistant

Cons
• Expensive
• No headphone port

Review
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series which includes the S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra are the best phones (android) you can buy with fascinating designs, exclusive specs and many other amazing features like reverse wireless charging.

All Galaxy S20 models have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, 64-bit octa-core processor, Dynamic AMOLED 2X display, a screen resolution of 3 200 x 1440 pixel and a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The S20 Ultra has the largest screen size, having a screen display size of 6.9 inches followed by the Galaxy S20 plus which has a 6.7-inch display and then the Galaxy S20 at 6.2 inches. Pixel density of 511 pixel per inch for the S20 Ultra, 525 PPI for the S20 plus and the S20 has a PPI of 563 though you might not really spot this difference.

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When it comes to camera, the S20 and S20 plus has same camera pixels. For the rear cameras, the S20 and S20 plus have a wide camera of 12 mega pixel, telephoto of 64 megapixel and 12 megapixel for the ultra wide camera. For the front camera, they both have a 10 megapixel camera. Then the S20 Ultra has a more fascinating camera. Its wide camera is 108 megapixel, the telephoto is 48 megapixel and the ultrawide camera is 12 megapixel while the front camera is a whopping 40 megapixel. The S20 series have 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom and 30x super-resolution zoom.

For battery runtime, it all depends on usage because battery will last more when it is on 4G compared to when on 5G. S20 has the least battery capacity among the trio. It has a battery capacity of 4000 mAh and battery runtime of about 10-12 hours followed by the S20 plus which has a battery capacity of 4500 mAh and a battery runtime of about 11-13 hours and the S20 ultra having a battery capacity of 5000 mAh and a battery runtime of about 12- 13 hours; just like we said before, the battery runtime is not consistent and it depends on how we use the phones. One other unique feature which the S20 Ultra has is that it comes with a fast charger and supports USB-C PD charging with an external adapter.

They trio are also 5G enabled. The Galaxy S20 comes with sub-6GHz 5G, while the S20+ and S20 Ultra have a faster and high penetrating 5G network with an additional mmWave to the Sub-6GHz.


BEST VALUE

Google Pixel 4a

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Specs and properties
• Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G
• Graphics: Adreno 618
• RAM size: 6GB
• Operating system: Android 10
• Internal storage: 128GB
• Expandable storage: No
• Display type: OLED, HDR
• Screen size: 5.81 inches
• Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
• Dimension: 5.67 x 2.73 x 0.32 inches
• Weight: 5.04 oz
• Body: Glass front, plastic back and plastic frame
• Screen Protection: Corning gorilla glass 3
• SIM: Nano-SIM and eSIM
• Back camera: 12.2 MP wide camera
• Selfie camera: 8 MP lens
• Connectivity: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
• Ports: USB Type-C, 3.5 mm jack port

Pros
• Fascinating single camera
• Good battery life
• Headphone jack
• Best value for money

Cons
• It is not water resistant
• No wireless charging

Review
On August 20 2020, the Google Pixel 4a was released in the US, then followed by Australia on September 10 and then UK on October. If you are looking for a phone with so many features galore and yet has the best bang for your buck? Then this is your best phone bet. Though there is an upgraded version of the Google pixel 4a which is 5G-compatible, we will be reviewing the older version.

The Google Pixel 4a comes with the very powerful Snapdragon 730 chipset and has a RAM size of 6GB and internal storage of 128GB which guarantees adequate multitasking with zero hanging; it runs any app or game smoothly.

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The Google pixel 4a has a display size of 5.81 inches with an OLED full HD+ display. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixel, pixel density of 443ppi and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The screen comes with the Gorilla glass 3 which protects it against scratches and cracks.

It features the stock Android 10 operating system which is easy to navigate and runs smoothly. Google also guarantees updates up to android 11, android 12 and android 13.

The Google pixel 4a features just two cameras. One selfie camera having a megapixel of 8 with an aperture of f/2.0 snapper and an 84° field view, and has the ability to shoot video of 1080 pixel at 30fps and one back camera having a megapixel of 12.2 with an aperture of f/1.7 and an 84° field view. It has the ability to shoot video of 4K at 30fps; 1080 pixel at 30fps, 60fps and 120fps; and 720pixel at 30fps, 60fps & 240fps. Despite having just two cameras, these cameras features the impressive image processing which produces high quality images and Night Sight with the built-in astrophotography produces decent low-light shots and shoots the scene at different exposure levels though it works best when outdoor.

It has a battery capacity of 3140 mAh though this isn’t so impressing but according to google, it can last up to 24 hours (depending on usage). It has the fast charging feature but lacks the wireless charging feature.

Other fascinating features include the embedded-Sim (e-sim), headphone jack, finger print scanner, slick Google Assistant integration. Though it lacks the IP water resistance rating and 5G( though the newer version is 5G enabled).


BEST SMARTPHONE FOR CREATIVE TASKS

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 ultra

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Specs and properties
• Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+
• Graphics: Adreno 650
• RAM size: 12GB RAM
• Operating system: Android 10 One UI 2.5
• Internal storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
• Screen size: 6.9 inches
• Display type: Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz, HDR10+
• Resolution: 1440 x 3088 pixels
• Refresh rate: 120Hz@FHD and 60Hz@QHD
• Rear camera: 108 MP wide camera, 12 MP ultrawide, 12 MP telephoto,
• Selfie camera: 10 MP camera
• Dimensions: 6.49 x 3.04 x 0.32 inches
• Weight: 7.34 oz
• Body: Glass front, glass back and stainless steel frame
• Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
• Connectivity: dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.0
• Ports: USB Type-C 
• Battery capacity: 4500 mAh

Pros
• Ultrafast performance
• Hitch-free S Pen performance
• Excellent battery life
• Can streams Xbox games

Cons
• Expensive
• Selfie camera oversmooths faces
• Camera bump is quite gigantic

Review
On August 21 2020, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was released. The Note 20 Ultra has a massive screen of 6.9 inches and due to this, it can be described a phablet.

When it comes to display, this device is so topnotch that you can’t wait to have it; Its color accuracy, viewing angles, and brightness are all superb. It has a resolution of 3088 x 1440, OLED quad HD AMOLED 2X display, 496 per pixel inch, HDR10+ certified and 120Hz variable refresh rate.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, RAM size of 12GB and internal storage of 128GB/512GB and microSD card slot which can support up to 1TB SD card for hyper fast performance.

It has an appealing camera system. On the front, you will find the selfie camera of 10-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.22μm); then on the back, you will find three cameras: a 108-megapixel wide camera (f/1.8, 0.8μm (at 12-megapixels), 79-degree FOV, 1.33-inch sensor size and laser autofocus), ultrawide camera of 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.4μm
120-degree FOV) and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera (f/3.0, 1.0μm, 5X optical zoom, 50X digital zoom, 20-degree FOV) with a periscope assembly.

It also comes with an impressive and ultrafast 9ms S pen which is 1.8 times faster than the preceding Note 10 thereby making you to enjoy the S pen with zero gap.
It also has a 4,500mAh and fast charging features which can charge more than 50% in 30 minutes thereby making sure you always stay connected to your device.

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Other amazing features include: Wireless and reverse wireless charging, in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, IP68 water and dust resistance, 5G enabled featuring both the sub 6-GHz networks and mmWave networks and has a superfast browsing speed of about 40 Mb per second to 99 Mb per second and uploads speed of about 10Mb per second to 35 Mb per second.

As we have always known, Samsung Notes has this ability of realigning handwritings to texts and read aloud.


BEST DESIGN

OnePlus 8 pro

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Specs and properties
• Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865
• Graphics: Adreno 650
• RAM size: 8GB/12GB
• Operating system: Android 10, OxygenOS 11
• Internal storage: 128GB/256GB
• Display type: Fluid AMOLED, HDR10+
• Screen size: 6.78 inches
• Resolution: 1440 x 3168 pixels
• Refresh rate: 120Hz
• Rear cameras: 48 MP wide, 48 MP ultra-wide, 8 MP telephoto, 5 MP color filter camera
• Selfie camera: 16 MP
• Dimensions: 6.51 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches
• Weight: 7.02 oz
• Body: Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame
• Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
• SIM: Dual SIM
• Connectivity: dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Bluetooth 5.1
• Ports: USB Type-C 3.1
• Battery power: 4510 mAh

Pros
• Fascinating displays
• Exceptional design
• It is 5G enabled for ultra fast browsing experience
• Great camera
• Reverse & fast wireless charging
• Fast Oxygen OS with regular updates

Cons
• Rear camera bump
• No expandable memory

Review
One plus 8 pro has a release date of April 24, 2020. It has a sleek, stylish, powerful design and has a large display for better gaming and video watching. It is an upgrade of the preceding one plus 8.

It features the Octa core Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processor backed by Adreno 650 and RAM size of 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM and internal storage of 128GB/256GB for excellent performance. It features the Oxygen OS with a lightweight touch of Android 10 for easier navigations and running.

One plus 8 pro features a 6.78-inch fluid AMOLED QHD+ display, has a screen resolution of 3168 x 1440 pixels and pixel density of 513 ppi. It has a whopping refresh rate of 120Hz which means smoother scrolling in apps, and better graphical fluidity in games and an aspect ratio of 19.8:19. It has a screen to body ratio of 90.36% with a commanding 1300 nits peak brightness and solid color accuracy.

Oneplus 8 pro has 4 fascinating rear cameras and it is highest camera upgrade made by Oneplus. It has a 48MP main camera with an aperture of f/1.78 aperture, OIS and EIS enabled and can offer up to 4K video recording. The ultrawide camera has a 48MP lens with an aperture of f/2.2 aperture and 119.7° field view, telephoto camera with an 8MP sensor for 3x optical and 30x digital zoom, color filter of 5MP lens with an aperture of f/2.4 and brings real-to-life filters to the camera.

OnePlus 8 Pro which is available in ultramarine blue, onyx black and glacial green has curves all over the vertical edges and a metal frame layered together, glass at the front and back of the chassis and gorilla glass at the display screen for optimum protection against scratches and cracks when it accidentally falls. It has the IP68 rating which means it is water and dust resistant and can stay up to 30 minutes when submerged in one meter pool of water.

OnePlus 8 Pro has an excellent battery capacity of 4510 mAh which is the highest battery you will ever find in a Oneplus phone. It also has fast charging feature and can charge up to 50% in 23 minutes. It also has the wireless charging and reverse charging feature and it is 5G enabled.


BEST BUDGET (Android)

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Specs and properties
• Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865
• Graphics: Adreno 650
• Internal storage: 128GB/256GB
• RAM size: 6GB/8GB
• Display type: Super AMOLED, HDR10+
• Screen size: 6.5 inches
• Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
• Refresh rate: 120Hz
• Operating system: Android 10, One UI 2.5
• Back camera: 12 MP wide camera, 12 MP ultrawide, 8 MP telephoto
• Selfie camera: 32 MP lens
• Dimensions: 6.29 x 2.93 x 0.33 inches
• Weight: 6.70 oz
• Body: Glass front, plastic back and aluminum frame
• Communication: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC
• Ports: USB Type-C 
• Battery capacity: 4500 mAh

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Pros
• Magnificent triple camera system
• Solid performance
• Affordable price
• Large display
• Battery life is topnotch for its price.

Cons
• Extra cost for fast charger
• No space zoom

Review
One of the factors we must consider before purchasing a phone is affordability and portability. Imagine carrying a bulky phone around every single time. It feels absurd right? Or Imagine spending all the money you have just to purchase a phone when you can still purchase a phone with great features and yet 5x cheaper?

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was released on October 2 2020. It has a whopping 120Hz refresh rate delivering smooth navigation and superb gameplay. The S20 FE has a screen resolution of 2400 x 1800 pixels and has a full HD+ display screen. It displays up to 679 nits peak brightness with adaptive brightness turned on. It also has a gorgeous and colorful display screen and it recorded 133.3% of the DCI-P3 color space. The S20 FE also makes use of an optical sensor embedded in the display.

One of the things that makes the S20FE so unique is its variety of color options. Make your choice from the various varying colors: white, red, navy, orange, mint and lavender. It has a solid chassis; the back is made of polycarbonate and it has a unified curving around all sides.
S20 FE is also IP68 water and dust resistance rated, which implies that you don’t have to be afraid when your phone accidentally falls into a poll of water.

It has a powerful triple-camera system with up to 30x space zoom. It has a selfie camera of 32MP lens with a f/2.2 aperture. Then turning the back, you will find triple camera lens: the main camera having a 12 megapixel lens with an f/1.8 aperture, the ultrawide camera also has a 12MP lens with an f/2.2 then the telephoto camera, having an 8MP lens with an f/2.4 aperture and 3x optical zoom.

The Samsung galaxy S20 FE comes with the solid Snapdragon 865 together with a 6GB RAM size and internal storage of 128GB (expandable to 1TB) for optimum, fast performance and multitasking with zero hitch. Also on the GFXBench graphics test, the S20 reached a whopping 1,325 frames (i.e. 22 frames per second).

It is 5G enabled, S20 FE has the sub-6GHz 5G on all models and mm-Wave on the Verizon model and also seven-carrier aggregation for the 4G network.

It has an excellent battery life; It also has fast charging features, wireless charging and reverse wireless charging features. It has a Battery capacity of 4,500 mAh and takes about 90minutes for a full battery charge.


BEST PORTABLE & BEST AFFORDABLE (iPhone)

IPhone SE

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Specs and properties
• Processor: Hexa-core Apple A13 Bionic
• Graphics: quad core Apple GPU
• RAM size: 3GB
• Operating system: iOS 13
• Internal storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
• Display type: Retina IPS LCD
• Screen size: 4.7 inches
• Resolution: 750 x 1334 pixels
• Rear camera: single 12 MP wide lens
• Selfie camera: 7 MP lens
• Dimensions: 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches
• Weight: 5.22 oz
• Body: Glass front, glass back and an aluminum frame
• Screen protection: Ion-strengthened glass with oleophobic coating
• Communications: dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
• Ports: USB 2.0
• Battery power: 1821 mAh

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Pros
• It is very affordable
• Budget friendly
• Impressive performance
• Great cameras
• Features the Touch ID
• Great value for money

Cons
• Small screen display
• No night-mode camera feature
• Big bezels.
• Battery power is not top notch.

Review
The old iPhone SE version was discontinued in 2018 but was later revived in April 2020. iPhone fans should also know that this flagship is budget friendly and portable. It is currently the most affordable iPhone.

iPhone SE features a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display, wide color, Dolby Vision, and HDR10. It has a screen resolution of 1334×750 pixels with pixel density of 326 PPI and a 1400:1 contrast ratio.

It also comes with multi-touch capabilities, P3 wide color support for bright and natural colors with up to 625 nits brightness; True-tone which works with the ambient light sensor to detect and modify the color intensity in a confined space for a more natural experience. It also features the Haptic Touch works which is similar to the 3D Touch, just that this is best described as a press and hold operation with haptic feedback.

The front and back chassis of the iPhone SE is made of glass and a color-matching aluminum band varying from white, black or red. It also features thick bezels at the top and bottom with the Touch ID Home button which also serves as a fingerprint-based biometric authentication. It is water and dust resistant and can stay few minutes when accidentally dunked in water.

The iPhone SE comes with the faster A13 Bionic processor, RAM size of 3GB and an internal storage of 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB for better performance and efficiency.

The iPhone SE has an excellent camera quality featuring a 7-megapixel front-facing camera with an aperture of f/2.2; also featuring the portrait mode, wide color capture, Depth Control support and QuickTake feature. The front camera can record 1080 pixel HD video at 30 frames per second. Then at the back, you will find a single 12MP rear camera with an aperture of f/1.8. The back camera also features wide color capture, next-generation Smart HDR for improved highlights and shadow details, optical image stabilization, LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync capabilities and support for Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. Though it doesn’t support the Night mode feature but the camera is still super solid and excellent.

It has a battery capacity of 1821mAh and can last up to 13 hours of video playback, up to eight hours when streaming videos, and 40 hours audio playback. It also has the fast charging feature and can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. It is wireless charging enabled featuring a built-in Qi-based wireless charging accessories.


BEST SMARTPHONE FOR CAMERA AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Google pixel 5

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Specs and properties
• Operating system: Android 11
• Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G
• Graphics: Adreno 620
• RAM size: 8GB
• Internal storage: 128GB
• Display type: OLED, HDR10+
• Screen size: 6.0 inches
• Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
• Refresh rate: 90Hz
• Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
• Back camera: 12.2 MP wide and 16 MP ultra wide camera
• Selfie camera: 8 MP camera lens
• Dimensions: 5.70 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches
• Weight: 5.33 oz
• Body: Glass front, aluminum back and aluminum frame
• Communications: dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC
• Ports: USB Type-C 
• Battery power: 4080 mAh

Pros
• An improved flat display
• It is 5G enabled
• It is Compact and well-built
• Fascinating images
• IP68 water and dust resistance rating
• Good battery runtime

Cons
• Terrible audio quality
• It’s expensive.
• Fast charge is quite slower when compared to other flagships

Review
Google Pixel 5 was made available on September 30, 2020. If you are looking for a midrange smartphone with the best camera quality for your photographs, then the Google pixel 5 is the best phone. It looks similar in many ways to the preceding Google pixel 4A though this has more features like IP water resistance rating, improved RAM and 5G network.

It comes with the powerful 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor with 2 Cortex A76 cores and six Cortex A55 cores up to 2.4GHz & 7nm and GPU is Adreno 620. Unlike the Google pixel 4A, this has an upgraded RAM size of 8GB and has an internal storage of 128GB for optimum performance.

The OLED AMOLED display device has a screen size of 6 inches (diagonal). It also has a screen resolution of 2340×1080 pixel and pixel density of 408ppi. It has a refresh rate of 90Hz and aspect ratio of 20:9. It has a perfectly flat screen leaving an amazing bezel and at the top left corner, you will find a hole-punch front camera.

Just like the Google pixel 4A, this has the standard-array 12.2 MP wide camera with a 27 mm-equivalent aperture of f/1.7 lens, 1/2.55-inch sensor and 1.4µm pixels, coupled to a dual-pixel PDAF and OIS for low-light photography.
Then instead of the telephoto camera, Google opted for the ultra wide camera, it has a 16 MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.2, 1/3.09-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 107° field view. This means you can capture many scenes such as landscape, nature, widelife without having to move backwards.

Google Pixel 5 has the IP68 water and dust resistance rating which the preceding pixel 4A lacks. The device can stay up to 30 minutes when submerged in a 1.5 meters deep water.

The device is also 5G enabled which gives an extra boost of speed so that movies can be downloaded within seconds and for smooth video streaming. It can download a file of up to 1.3GB in less than one minute. Though this depends on content provider and network connection. The 5G network supports both the mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz 5G networks. While the sub 6GHz 5G network is cheaper and easier to rollout, the mmWave 5G requires extra and expensive antenna modules.
It also has the wireless charging feature and a battery capacity of 4080 mAh.


BEST FOLDABLE

Samsung Galaxy Z fold 2

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Specs and properties
• Operating system: Android 10, One UI 2.5
• Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+
• GPU: Adreno 650
• RAM size: 12 GB
• Display type: Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X, HDR10+
• Screen size: 7.6 inches
• Resolution 1768 x 2208 pixels
• Pixel density: 373 ppi
• Cover display: 6.23 inches
• Cover Resolution: 816 x 2260 pixels
• Refresh rate: 120Hz
• Internal storage: 256GB/512GB
• Dimensions Unfolded: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9 mm
• Folded: 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 mm
• Weight: 9.95 oz
• Body: Glass front when folded and plastic front when unfolded; glass back and aluminum frame
• Rear camera: 12 MP wide, 12 MP ultrawide and 12 MP telephoto
• Selfie camera: 10 MP camera lens
• Cover camera: 10 MP camera lens
• Communications: dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC
• Ports: USB Type-C 
• Battery capacity: 4500 mAh

Pros
• A phablet (phone and tablet in one)
• It is 5G enabled
• Refined outward appearance and feel
• Astonishing RAM size for excellent multitasking and performance
• Excellent battery life
• A true upgrade of its predecessor
• Fast charging feature

Cons
• Inner screen is not very solid
• It is heavy and thick
• Multi-window isn’t supported on all apps
• No IP water resistance rating
• It is very expensive

Review
The Samsung Fold 2 was announced on 5th August 2020 alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and it is the third foldable phone in Samsung’s current lineup and it is arguably the best smartphone among other foldable devices.

Despite the fact that Z Fold 2 maintained of shape of its preceding model, the fold 2 has improved design and premium performance featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor.

The Z Fold 2 is a two-in-one device (phablet) though it will look a bit fat when folded but Unfolding makes it a tablet. It features a sturdy hinge which can props up to 75° – 115° making it to stand on its own and high fluid multitasking skills as display is split into two or three zones for multi apps usage.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a Dynamic Amoled 2X Infinity display screen of 6.23 inches when folded and 7.6-inch display when unfolded. It has a crease in the middle of the screen(when folded) but it suddenly disappears when in use.

The Z fold 2 screen is made of ultra-slim sandwiched glass of plastic then gorilla glass which has an aluminium frame for the back panels and then nylon fibers for the hinge. It also comes with a replaceable screen protector.

It also has a total of five fascinating cameras. It has two selfie cameras; each having 10 megapixel, one located in the internal screen while the other in the cover screen; three back cameras 12-megapixel, one wide, one ultra-wide angle and one telephoto (2x).

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It is also 5G enabled so you can enjoyed ultra fast browsing speed when connected to the 5G network and an all-day battery power of 4500 mAh making sure you always stay connected to your device.


BEST SMARTPHONE FOR VIDEOGRAPHY

Sony Xperia 1 ii

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Specs and properties
• Display type: OLED display
• Screen size: 6.5 inches
• Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels
• Pixel density: 643 ppi
• Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
• Operating system: Android 10
• Processor: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865
• Graphics: Adreno 650
• RAM size: 8GB/12GB
• Internal storage: 256GB
• Back camera: 12 MP wide camera, 12 MP ultrawide camera, 12 MP telephoto, 0.3 MP depth camera
• Selfie camera: 8 MP camera lens
• Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.80 x 0.30 inches
• Weight: 6.38 oz
• Body: Glass front, glass back and aluminum frame
• Communications: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC
• Ports: USB Type-C
• Battery power: 4000 mAh

Pros
• Superb body design
• Versatile camera experience
• Features the headphone jack
• Fascinating customization of Android OS

Cons
• It is expensive
• Slower charging when compared go other flagships
• Lacks the 5G network

Review
Among all the phones Sony made since 2008, non has been as appealing as the Sony Xperia 1 II.

This xperia 1 ii comes with display size of 6.5 inch and an aspect ratio of 21:9. The OLED display phone comes in an all-black glass chassis, has a resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixel and refresh rate of 60Hz though it seems Sony deliberately made a decision to choose display sharpness over refresh rate; the refresh rate might not be top-notch to some people but the phone has a feature called Motion-Blur-Reduction which makes it feel more like a 90Hz refresh rate.

The phone is very squared-off and is flat on all sides though there are still curves at the edges thereby allowing the volume rockers on its right side. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, a RAM size of 8GB and internal storage of 256GB for optimum performance.

When it comes to camera and videography, Sony xperia I ii camera is so advanced with so many amazing features. I’m even thinking that Sony made this devices specifically for videographers and photographers. The wide camera has a 12 megapixel camera with a 1/2.6-inch sensor and Dual-PD autofocus, the ultra camera also has a 12 MP camera with a 1/1.7-inch sensor and Dual-PD autofocus while the telephoto like the other duo has a 12MP camera with a 1/3.4-inch sensor, PD autofocus and OIS. Then for the selfie camera, it has an 8MP camera. Other fascinating camera features include: Real-time Eye-AF, 3D iToF sensor, Upto 20 fps burst mode etc. For the zoom lenses, the device can zoom up to 16mm – 24mm – 70mmm. It also comes with two camera apps: The Photo Pro app for zooming even up to 200m and the Cinema Pro app which is similar to the Photo Pro app and used for controlling shutter speed, shutter angle and display resolution.

Other fascinating features include IP68 water and dust resistance, Notification LED, 3.5mm headphone jack, Stereo front-facing speakers, fingerprint scanner, Near Stock, shutter button etc.


BEST SMARTPHONE FOR BATTERY POWER

Moto G power

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Specs and properties
• Display type: IPS LCD
• Screen size: 6.4 inches
• Resolution: 1080 x 2300 pixels
• Pixel density: 399 ppi
• Operating system: Android 10
• Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665
• RAM size: 4GB
• Graphics: Adreno 610
• Internal storage: 64GB
• Dimensions: 6.30 x 2.98 x 0.38 inches
• Weight: 7.02 oz
• Body: Glass front, plastic back and aluminum frame
• SIM: Nano-SIM
• Main camera: 16 MP wide lens, 8 MP ultra wide lens and 2 MP macro camera lens
• Selfie camera: 16 MP wide
• Communications: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
• Radio FM radio
• Ports: USB Type-C, headphone port
• Battery capacity: 5000 mAh

Pros
• Long lasting battery life
• Awesome performance
• Budget friendly
• Macro camera feature
• Headphone jack present

Cons
• The camera quality isn’t that to notch
• No optical zoom
• Lacks the NFC feature

Review
Are you looking out for a very good phone with ultra battery power and yet affordable? Then the Moto G power is your best bet. The Moto G Power is currently the best phone when it comes to battery power and was released on April 1, 2020.

It has a battery power of 5000 mAh battery, which with just a single charge, is designated to last up to 3 days. On this device, music can be streamed for up to 6 days and video stream for up to 23 hours plus 27 days of standby time.

It comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor and RAM size of 4GB making you enjoy phenomenon performance while surfing the internet, watching videos, playing games and music.

It has thick bezels around the screen though the bezels are slimmer than that of iPhone 11. It has a screen resolution of 1080 x 2300 pixels and pixel density of 399 ppi.

It has triple cameras at the back. The wide camera has 16megapixel camera, a focal length/ aperture ratio of f/1.7, 1/2.8″and pixel size of 1.12µm while the ultra wide camera has an 8 MP, a focal length to aperture ratio of f/2.2, 118˚, 1/4.0″ and pixel size of 1.12µm and a macro camera 2 MP, a focal length/ aperture ratio of f/2.2 for taking frivolous snapshot photos and videos. Then turning to the front, you will find a hole-punch housing the selfie camera which has a 16 MP camera, a focal length to aperture ratio of f/2.0, 1/3.06″ and pixel size of 1.0µm.

Other features include: fingerprint reader at the Motorola logo, USB type C charging port, a headphone jack and has an internal storage of 64GB which is expandable to 512 GB. Though it lacks the IP water resistant rating and can’t really be compared to the Iphone 12 and other topnotch Samsung phones but it has the best value among them considering the pricing and features.


BEST UNIQUE

Microsoft Surface Duo

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Specs and properties
• Processor: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855
• RAM size: 6GB
• Graphics: Adreno 640
• Operating system: Android 10
• Display type: AMOLED display
• Size: 8.1 inches
• Resolution: 1800 x 2700 pixels
• Pixel density: 401 ppi
• Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
• Screen size (folded): 5.6 inches
• Resolution (folded): 1350 x 1800 pixels
• Dimensions (Unfolded): 186.9 x 145.2 x 4.8 mm
• Dimensions (Folded): 145.2 x 93.3 x 9.9 mm
• Weight: 8.82 oz
• Body: Glass front, glass back
• SIM: Nano-SIM, eSIM
• Internal storage: 128GB/256GB
• Main camera: 11 MP wide lens
• Selfie camera: main camera serves as the selfie camera too.
• Communications: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
• Battery capacity: 3577 mAh

Pros
• Hinge is firm and bends up to 360°
• Two apps can run instantaneously
• Thin and beautiful chassis
• Microsoft pen is supported
• Battery runtime is okay

Cons
• Multi-window isn’t supported on all apps
• Camera isn’t good
• Software not topnotch
• Lacks 5G connectivity

Review
On September 10 2020, the Microsoft surface duo was launched in the US. One thing I like about this Microsoft’s flagship is its uniqueness. It’s a dual-screen foldable Android phone and tablet hybrid; which means when you unfold it, you get two screens side by side and when folded back, you get one screen.

It features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor though we thought it will use the latest Snapdragon 865 but not to worry as the CPU is still super powerful. It has a RAM size of 6GB and internal storage of 64GB & up to 256GB for a super fast multitasking and superb performance.

The device when folded has a display size of 5.6 inches OLED display, screen resolution of 1,800 x 1,350 pixel, 9.6mm thick screen and aspect ratio of 4:3 but when unfolded, it has a display size of 5.6 inches, screen resolution of 2,700 x 1,800 pixel, 4.8mm thick screen and aspect ratio of 3:2 with bezel and a 360° bespoke hinge in the middle. It has a refresh rate of 60Hz and also comes with the Corning’s gorilla glass for protection against cracks and scratches when it falls off. One other unique feature this device has is that two different apps can be ran on each display screen at the same time.

Though the camera of Microsoft Surface Duo isn’t that topnotch but it is still okay especially if u aren’t a camera or selfie freak or a photographer. When closed, It has no cameras on the outside. It has a single 11 megapixel camera with f/2.0 lens, 1.0m, PDAF, 84° diagonal FOV and supports both full HD and 4k videos at 60fps. It also features HDR support, 7x zoom and image stabilization.

It has an excellent battery life featuring duo batteries summing up to make 3,577mAh and an all-day runtime making sure you always stay connected. Though it lacks the wireless charging feature and 5G network which might be a huge disadvantage in the future but the browsing speed is still superb. An S pen can also work on this device.


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