Choosing the perfect smartphone to fit your needs isn't an easy task. There are tons of devices on the market and it's tough to know which are the best ones, let alone which one is the right one for you. In this article, we've rounded up the best of the best among Android and iOS smartphones in 2020 so far.
In order to help you find the right smartphone for your needs, we've divided our top picks into categories:
- The best overall
- The best foldable smartphone
- The best for photography
- The best value
- The best battery life
We have two choices for this category: the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Samsung Galaxy S20+
This is the ideal smartphone for those who want to carry an elegant, ergonomic device that is perfect down to the last detail and can play games and videos without any compromise in quality. Even the battery life is improved in this Plus model when compared to the regular S20. You also get more cameras and there, for opportunities for creativity.
If you're more productivity-focused, you also can't go wrong with the Note 10 and its S-Pen.
The alternative: iPhone 11 Pro Max
If the Android universe is rebuffing you, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is certainly the best option you can find in 2019. Running on iOS, the iPhone offers optimal performance and lacks nothing for everyday use. Apple managed to erase all the faults of the previous generation by delivering a smartphone that's more successful, including battery life that is ideal and a camera that delivers good shots in all circumstances.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max takes all the qualities of its little brother, the iPhone 11 Pro, while adding longer battery life and a larger screen.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
We all got a bit excited when the Samsung Galaxy Fold was launched and then relaunched. There were those that were disappointed but our man Pierre like the Fold. The reaction to Samsung's second foldable smartphone, however, the Galaxy Z Flip, was much more positive all-round. The form-factor is closer to what we saw on with the Motorola Razr 2019, and we think that's a good thing. It's also the most usable foldable smartphone for everyday usage. From a technical standpoint, the Z Flip is the best foldable smartphone you can buy today.
The alternative: Huawei Mate Xs
For those who like the idea of having a tablet-sized device that folds into something that can fit into your pocket - instead of a regular smartphone-sized device that folds down even smaller - then the Huawei Mate Xs is the smartphone for you. Huawei got off to a bit of a false start with the original Mate X, which never really rolled out in Europe or the USA due to the problems the Chinese firm is having with The White House. However, Huawei is back with an improved version and it ticks all the boxes in terms of what we wanted to see from the interesting-looking device.
Huawei P30 Pro
With its new generation of the P series, Huawei has pushed the limits in photography. The P30 Pro also has a triple camera (a 40 MP Super Spectrum sensor + a 20 MP wide-angle sensor + an 8 MP sensor for zoom) and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera that work to improve the quality of photos (10x optical zoom, laser autofocus, larger pixels).
In addition to its photographic capabilities, the camera is not only stylish but also powerful. The assembly and the finish are simply impeccable also.
The alternative: Google Pixel 4 (XL)
If the interface of Huawei is not the one you like the most, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL deserve their place in the category of the best cameraphones. Google managed to make a very good camera with a single sensor thanks to a perfect optimization between the software and the hardware in the past, and the new Pixels do not really surprise us with their design, but the camera is once again one of the best on the market. The only thing missing is that there is no wide-angle sensor.
OnePlus has had a profound impact on the smartphone market. Unlike the Honor 20, which can now be bought at a relatively reasonable price, OnePlus raises the bar while maintaining value for money. Its interface is also one of the most appreciated by users because it is very close to pure Android. Its design conforms to market standards, battery management is excellent and you are never short of performance.
Unfortunately, some high-end features, such as an IP rating and a headphone jack, are still missing. However, the smartphone remains the best value for money of the moment and has nothing to envy from the OnePlus 7T Pro.
The alternative: Realme X2 Pro
Launched in mid-October, the Realme X2 Pro also offers excellent value for money and performance. Visually, the device is successful and will seduce a lot of users. Even the camera is convincing. Under the hood, there is nothing wrong with it and we also have a fingerprint reader under the screen. All this for less than €400!
Galaxy Note 10+
With a hole-punched display, a large bezel-less screen, a triple camera, the new flagship from the South Korean manufacturer clearly shows the ambitions of the brand in 2019. The Galaxy Note 10+ is an elegant smartphone, technically fantastic and offers especially remarkable battery life with two days of juice even in conditions of intensive use. Powerful and original in its design, Samsung's latest device delivers perfectly in all areas where it was expected to do well. Its screen and camera will delight most users who are also looking for a versatile smartphone. And as a bonus, you are a fan of the S-Pen.
The alternative: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Huawei phablet brings battery life and cool features that should inspire all smartphones on the market. The Mate 20 Pro reaches a full 48 hours of battery life. Even better, Huawei has a system to detect power hogging apps to improve the management of resources. The 4,000 mAh battery can be charged very quickly thanks to Huawei's ultra-fast charge technology.
What's coming to shake up the ranking soon?
This ranking is updated each month based on our reviews and new devices that come onto the market. The Galaxy S11, OnePlus 8 and Mate 30 Pro could be on this list. So be prepared to find new names in the list very quickly and feel free to tell us in the comments what kind of devices you would see in our selection and in which category.
Which of these smartphones is your favorite?