Top 13 BEST Smartphones of 2020 (Mid Year).

what are the best smartphones in the

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


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

I say the word 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


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 -

but I mean you 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

software 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

makes much less sense 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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