The smartphone market was estimated to be worth 714.96 billion USD in 2019 and is expected to reach 1351.8 billion USD by 2025.
China has a lot of different players in this market space. There are less premium Chinese brands than cheap ones.Only Huawei, Xiaomi, and Oneplus occupy the premium market. Over the years these Chinese brands have penetrated various markets and even in the US they now have over 20% of the market, while having almost 40% of the rest of the worldwide market. Because of these numbers, this is one of the markets that can hurt China the most.
Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus / Ultra ($$$$) – The Best Android on The Market
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Series is the flagship for Samsung with a nice design, great screen and a very strong performance. It’s Samsung’s bet on universal 5G and an improved camera experience (with a great 30x max zoom).
Samsung’s S20 series is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-core. It comes with AMOLED 120Hz refresh rate displays ranging from 6.2 to 6.9 inches (S20 6.2-inch, S20+ 6.7-inch and S20 Ultra 6.9-inch), 8GB to 12GB of RAM (8GB for the S20 and S20+, 12 to 16GB for the S20 Ultra), 128GB to 512GB storage options with a microSD for even more capacity, three rear cameras 12MP (the Ultra has unique camera specifications with 108MP) and a 10MP selfie camera (the Ultra comes with a 40MP selfie camera). The battery capacity is great and ranges from 4,000 to 5,000mAh (S20 4,000 mAh, S20+ 4,500 mAh and S20 Ultra 5,000 mAh).
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is the best android phone you can buy today with the best overall mix of features for your money’s worth, while the smaller (and slightly less capable) Galaxy S20 is so similar that if you want to save some money it can be a valid option. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the best Android phone on the market and the bet Samsung has put out, but you need to be willing to splurge.
Apple iPhone 11 ($$$) – The Best Value for Money iPhone
The Apple iPhone 11 is inferior to the iPhone 11 Pro but is so well priced (for an iPhone) that its most likely the iPhone model that gives most quality for your money. With a great dual-lens camera, high performance, long lasting battery and a great design, you might not need any other Apple device.
The successor iPhone XR, has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina LCD touchscreen with16M colors, a fast Fast A13 Bionic CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB to 256GB of storage. It has a 12MP dual lens main camera it allows you to take stunning wide-angle pictures and a 12MP wide selfie camera to cram everyone into your pictures. It also has amazingly good low-light photos via its Night Mode and fantastic video. It also comes with the Face ID feature.
Overall, the iPhone 11 offers great cameras, fast performance, long battery life and a slick design. It’s probably the iPhone release that has given you the most value for your money in a really long time. It clearly outperforms for what we would expect by its price tag (specially for an iPhone).
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus ($$$) – The Best Big Phone
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the best big screen phone out there with its 6.8-inch OLED display. The S Pen differentiates it other phones and makes quite unique in the high-end smartphone space, allowing you to execute air gestures and convert your handwriting to text, practical for execs on the go. It also gives you the option of 5G.
It’s a very powerful smartphone with an Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 octo-core, in 12 GB of RAM and 256-512 GB of internal storage, expandable through its microSD slot. It packs four rear cameras with 12MP that allow you to take perfect photos and Samsung’s Live Focus effects for video. The 10MB selfie camera is great a loads of fun with all the included filters. The phone carries a large battery that gets up to 12 hours of battery life and with fast charging you get 65% of battery life in 30 minutes of charging. Samsung has also dropped the headphone jacks, so you need wireless headphones or headphones with a USB-C connection.
It’s a bit expensive but ideal for anyone who wants a big screen and/or a smartphone with a top of the line stylus.
iPhone SE 2020 ($$) – The Cheapest Among the Best
The iPhone SE 2020 is a great powerful smartphone at a lower price range than others on this list, with a premium build quality and a more classic iPhone design.
The 4.7-inch retina display is vibrant and colorful, and the A13 Bionic chipset gives you the performance of Apple’s flagship iPhone 11, making it a very valuable smartphone for its price. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 64/128/254 GB of internal storage (non expandable). The 12MP single lens rear camera and 7MP selfie camera give you reallu good quality in a compact design. It also brings some nice features such as wireless charging.
In the end it’s a really good iPhone on a budget. Definitely an option for Apple lovers on a budget.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus ($$$) – Still One of the Best
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is Samsung’s general market flagship and over time it has become cheaper. It comes with an ultra-wide camera, great battery life, the One UI software, wireless charging and a stunning design.
The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display on the S10 Plus is amazing. Samsung’s S10 Plus has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octo-core, 8-12GB of RAM, 128GB-1TB internal storage with a microSD for added storage, making it a pretty powerful option. The 3 lens rear camera (12MP main + 12MP telephoto + 16MP ultra-wide) gives you stunning photos and dual lens (10MP + 8MP) selfie camera gives you the ability to shoot Live Focus photos. It also brings a 3.5mm headphone port, which is becoming rare.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a feature packed and powerful option for Android lovers. There’s also the normal S10 option with a 6.1-inch display for people looking for a smaller option.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL ($$$) – The Best Google Smartphone
The Google Pixel 4 gives you a smartphone with the latest firmware and security updates and a great user experience. The Google Pixel 4 (5.7-inch display and a 2,800mAh battery) and Pixel 4 XL (6.3-inch and a 3,700mAh battery) only differ in display size and battery capacity.
It comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB internal storage. The dual rear 16MP / 12.2MP cameras and 8MP front-facing camera are paired with Google’s software give you stunning photos even at night.
It also brings some cool features like face unlock but doesn’t bring a fingerprint sensor and the battery life could be better. Still a good option if you want the best Google phone and one of the best Android phones on the market.
SONY XPERIA 1 ($$$$) – The Best for Watching Movies and TV Series
The SONY XPERIA 1 is all about its big 6.5-inch 21:9 4K vibrant display and the Dobly sound system, making it the best smartphone for watching movies and TV series.
It brings the latest Snapdragon chip making it lightning fast, 6GB of RAM and 64 to 128GB of internal storage (expandable with a MicroSD card). The battery life could be better but will get you through the day even if you spend a lot of time on it watching videos.
The 12MP 3 lens rear camera allows you to record 4K videos and the 8MP selfie camera can record 1080p HDR videos, delivers a great photographing and filming experience, making the smartphone ideal for users that want to make movies
If watching movies / TV series and photographing / filming on your smartphone is something you really value, then this is the option for you.