Your smartphone not faster or snappy like you just bought? Need a bigger or smaller screen? Or you simply want to get yourself a gift in view of the Christmas holidays?
In this article we have divided the models based on the price range. Obviously the smartphone market (or mobile phones, if you want to be a little vintage) vast and articulated, and for this there will be some illustrious exclusions from our choices.
How to choose the right smartphone
In this guide the reference variable will be that of price, which is probably the one most considered by Italian consumers. Of course, there are models more devoted to one use rather than another, such as professional photography, or the long battery life.
For each phone we will try to highlight the strengths, but it must be remembered that each of the smartphones included in this list is worth buying, guaranteeing a quality in line with the price to be paid to the retailer.
Best cheap smartphones (maximum 150)
Or the devices suitable for those who do not need technical features to make their heads spin, and for those looking for a reliable partner without having to empty their wallets. In addition to those presented here, among others they are interesting Xiaomi Redmi 7a, lo Xiaomi Mi A2, the Huawei Y6 2019 and lLG K40.
Motorola One (price 130)
After a difficult period, Motorola returned to the big market, proposing effective solutions and quality to a low price, such as the MotoG series. This Motorola One it is no exception, and with the lowering of prices in recent months it really becomes a telephone to be taken into consideration if the limited budget.
The rather classic design, with a glass body and measurements just below the category average, which makes it one of the most compact and handy smartphone: 150x72x7,97 thick, and a weight of 162 grams.
Double sim, expandable memory, dual camera In short, everything you need to make a reliable phone present, as well as the screen from 5.9 inch LCD. The strong point for the presence of Android One, practically the same version present on the Pixels, which makes the user experience fast and intuitive. Photographic performance ok, with a slight drop when evening falls.
Samsung Galaxy A20e (price 140)
If you do not want to opt for a device from the Chinese market, this Samsung A20e could be the right choice. With less than 150 euros a reliable terminal is brought home and, among other things, equipped with integrated NFC chip, which is not to be taken for granted in this price range.
Not equipped with a light sensor, and this must be taken into consideration during the purchase, but the technical features are undoubtedly interesting: dual sim, 32GB expandable internal memory, 13 megapixel camera and fingerprint sensor on the back. The 4000 mAh battery easily reaches the evening, and the measures 158.474,77,8 mm make it a challenging phone to hold.
Honor 8a (price 120)
Honor has accustomed us over time to functional devices at a competitive price. THE8a not least, and in some respects it can compete with much higher-end smartphones.
One of these is 6.09 inch screen high definition, which guarantees realistic colors and good visibility even under the rays of the sun. The camera from 13 megapixels manages to take amazing images for the price, as are the videos in fullHD. The NFC chip is missing, and this could be a big deficit especially in the near future, when payments via smartphone could forcefully enter our everyday life.
The measurements are 156,2873,58 mm, for a weight of 150 grams.
Best smartphones for less than 200
If your budget is slightly higher than 100/130 then our advice is to go to higher end phones. Once, saving on the purchase of mobile phones could be a risk not just, but in recent years companies (especially Chinese) have made enormous progress in this respect, managing to guarantee an excellent quality / price ratio on all terminals. A few compromises will have to be made, but there will be very little and you will have saved a lot of money. In addition to those presented, there are noteworthy devicesHonor 10 lite, the Samsung Galaxy A40 and it Xiaomi Redmi Note 7.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (price 170)
Released a few months ago, in March 2019, this Chinese device is still probably the best that can be purchased while remaining below the barrier of the 200. The Android 9 Pie operating system runs great, supported by a Snapdragon 665 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.
The screen is rather large (one speaks of 6.3 inches diagonal) and matches up with one 48 megapixel camera (you read that right), capable of shooting at a resolution of 80004000 pixels. The NFC sensor is missing, but if you manage to do without it Xiaomi will undoubtedly prove to be a winning choice, with measures to 158,375,38,4 and a weight of 190 grams.
Huawei Mate 20 lite (price 185)
Of course, there are many competitors at this price, but the Mate 20 Lite of Huawei manages to be convincing even after being released a few months ago. The 6.3-inch display large and bright, and the camera is able to guarantee good shots in all light conditions.
You have to choose whether to insert a second SIM or the card for the expandable memory, and this could be a problem for the most connected and demanding users. Good 3750 mAh battery, able to reach the day of intense use.
Measurements: 158,375,37,6 mm for a weight of 172 grams also due to the aluminum body.
Best smartphones for less than 300
The price rises and the expectations for the devices in question also rise. At less than 300 you can find excellent terminals that guarantee a high experience of use and of the technical characteristics of all respect. Also noteworthy is the Motorola One Vision, the Samsung Galaxy A50, the Huawei p30 lite, lo Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Motorola Moto G8 Plus.
Xiaomi Mi 9T (price 270)
In Europe it is called Xiaomi Mi 9T, in China Redmi K20, but the substance remains the same, or a phone with excellent performance and amazing battery life (4000 mAh with fast charge). The dimensions are in line with the category, 156.774,38,8 mm and the screen 6.4-inch AMOLED of excellent quality.
The photographic department is interesting, with triple 48 megapixel camera but above all an unusual choice for the front camera, or a motorized pop-up sensor from 20 megapixels. At this price without a doubt a best-buy.
LG G7 ThinkQ (price 280)
The Korean company more than a year ago presented this device as its top of the range, and the attention that is still reserved for consumers confirms the goodness of the project, which inevitably with the time dropped in price. The weight of 162 grams makes it handy and light, as well as the measurements of 153x72x8 mm combined with a screen from 6.1 inches.
The hardware is excellent, and there are some interesting options like the waterproof and the predisposition for wireless charging. The weak points are probably the battery (only 3000 mAh) and the absence of the possibility of inserting a double sim.
Best smartphones for less than 500
The reference price rises by two hundred, and therefore the expectations also rise. The sector populated by top-of-the-range products from the past year and almost top of the range, however, bordering on perfection in some aspects. There are other in-depth devices Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, the Huawei p30, the Reno Opposition 2, lAsus ZenFone G.
Motorola OneZoom (price 430)
This Motorola OneZoom differs slightly from the panorama of devices from about 500, given his propensity for photography. The quadruple camera from 48 mpx (24 mpx front) works great and able to return faithful and high definition images in every possible condition. The device weighs 190 grams, with bluetooth 5.0 and NFC chips.
The 6.4-inch display perfect for looking at the beautiful photographs taken during the day. Just the battery from 4000 mAh the weak point of this device: it arrives easily in the evening, but for this price we could have expected something more. Measurements from 158x75x8.8 mm, is 128 gb of internal memory.
Google Pixel 3 (price 430)
The technical specifications of this Pixel 3 do not make your head spin, especially if compared with competitors at this price. What makes the phone of Big G an interesting choice without doubt the experience of use of Android Stock, able to turn at maximum speed without ever stopping.
Add to that the impermeability and a display of excellent quality from 5.5 inches. Just the maneuverability another strength of this device, smaller than the competitors (145.668,27.9 mm for only 148 grams of weight).
Battery life from 2915 mAh acceptable, while surprising the quality of the photos, taken with a 12 megapixel sensor.
Best top-of-the-line smartphones
If you don't want to pay attention to costs, this is the area for you. Obviously there are many possible choices, and for this reason we would like to say that we have not analyzed in depth devices such as the Google Pixel 4, lOnePlus 7 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro and other.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (price 750)
Of course, it costs a little less than the older brother Galaxy Note 10plus, but apart from the dimensions this Note 10 has nothing to envy. The possibility of using the nib (really well thought out) makes it even more interesting.
The measurements are those of a medium-small telephone for current standards: 151x72x8 mm for only 168 grams of peso make it a solution suitable for everyone. The display 6.3-inch AMOLED almost perfect, and incorporates the fingerprint scanner. The excellent camera, as well as the experience to use, and could not be otherwise for the top of the house range from Samsung. The only flaw is the battery, certainly not in line with the rest of the phone.
Apple iPhone 11 (price 800)
Could we draw up a list of interesting phones without entering the king of the category? Of course not! The operating system Apple it certainly does not need introductions, as well as everything that is proposed by the house of the bitten apple. Either you love it or hate it, but the iPhone undoubtedly a smartphone that has upset the market over the last ten years, and shows no signs of slowing down.
The family expanded with time, with l11 Pro and l11 Pro Max, but our choice remains the original. The 6.1-inch display mates with an internal memory of 128 gb it's a weight of 194 grams. The dimensions are similar to those of Samsung Note 10: 150.975,78,3 mm, all accompanied by the iOS 13 operating system. The Apple experience as always, with little possibility of customization but great speed and simplicity of use.
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