Smartphones boast a diverse array of features, from eye-catching displays to powerful cameras. Deciding the ideal mobile phone will depend on your priorities.
Mobile gamers typically require fast processors with high refresh rates, while photography enthusiasts require wide-angle lenses. If audio quality is important to you, look for devices equipped with AptX and LDAC codecs.
1. Sony Xperia 1 V
The Sony Xperia 1 V is an advanced camera phone for those who take photography seriously, boasting high-quality lenses and features like music/video playback tools that may not appeal to everyone. While its unique form factor may not please everyone, or have Sony-specific software quirks; nonetheless it makes an excellent choice for photography buffs with serious dedication.
Sony’s 6.5-inch cinematic ratio display features Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection. Their next-generation Exmor sensor promises superior dynamic range, lower noise levels and greater detail in low light scenarios than previous generations of Exmor sensors.
This phone runs a mostly stock version of Android 13, with some Sony apps and no bloatware installed. Sony guarantees three years’ worth of OS updates and security patches compared to two from either Samsung or Google phones.
2. Oppo Find X5 Pro
Oppo’s Find X5 Pro represents an important advancement for their Chinese manufacturer, showing they can compete with Samsung and Google in terms of technology offerings. Boasting an top-tier Qualcomm chip, impressive battery life and unique design along with four years of software updates from Oppo, this phone marks an exciting step forward for Oppo.
Oppo’s flagship smartphone boasts a formidable triple camera setup that utilizes Oppo’s in-house Marisilicon X image signal processor to further boost AI photo processing intelligence. However, this phone does not come cheap; for similar money you could purchase the OnePlus 10 Pro which boasts Hasselblad-branded camera technology – both devices offer exceptional smartphone experiences but one may prove more superior than another.
3. Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung’s S20 smartphone is one of the smallest in this year’s line up and an ideal option for those seeking an Android device without bulging out of their pockets or needing both hands for operation. Furthermore, it boasts a maximum 120Hz refresh rate, making games like Alto’s Odyssey appear smoother than ever and increasing battery life by nearly 2.5 hours compared to comparable phones.
All Galaxy S20 phones feature Samsung Pay, which works at any mag-stripe terminal. In addition, these smartphones are IP68 dust and water resistance with support for sub-6GHz bands; 5G support exists across sub-6, mmWave and NSA bands; they boast 6.2-inch Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED displays featuring central punch holes; they boast 10MP selfie cameras.
4. Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple’s high-end flagship model is an upgrade over its standard iPhone 14 device. Among other improvements are an always-on display with Dynamic Island, upgraded cameras with 48MP main camera and satellite connectivity for emergencies (which requires cellular network service), faster A16 Bionic chip performance and new Deep Purple and Space Black colors to choose from.
Crash Detection, using sensors, is this year’s signature feature, sending alerts when it detects an accident involving serious car collision. Other notable features are flat edges, Face ID and iOS 16 software experience; additionally it supports mmWave 5G for faster video streaming in public areas like concerts and airports.
5. Google Pixel 7a
Google’s Pixel 7a brings premium smartphone experience into a more affordable package, featuring its top chip, class-leading camera and bright 6.1in display with 90Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling experience.
It features an aluminum frame designed to be more robust than previous Pixel A devices, while still meeting our expectations of IP67 dust and water resistance ratings.
Pixel Buds come in two distinct hues — sky blue and coral (exclusive to Google Store) — each offering different levels of vibrancy; coral’s bolder hue fits seamlessly with the overall aesthetic of other Pixel devices.
6. Apple iPhone X
Apple’s most advanced phone ever, the iPhone X features an edge-to-edge OLED display with amazing details, Face ID for secure unlocking, and portrait mode to take professional-quality photos.
This iPhone marks a first in that it lacks a home button and relies on gesture-based navigation instead. Furthermore, its top-mounted notch houses camera system, speaker system and more.
The A11 Bionic chip provides fast performance when multitasking. Additionally, its camera is impressive with two 12-megapixel rear cameras equipped with optical image stabilization and HDR support for stunning photos and HDR support respectively. Finally, there’s also a front 7 megapixel camera suitable for high-quality selfies.