Best Smartphones That You Can Buy Right Now – Plus Budget Ones
If you’re shopping for a new phone right now, then here are some top options for which ones to buy. Even if you’re on a budget, you’ll still find something here.
When it comes to shopping for a smartphone, most people like to do a bit of research beforehand. After all, you’re going to be stuck with the thing for a long time to come, so you might as well make sure that you’re getting the right one.
Thing is, there is so much information out there about new smartphones that it can be difficult to tell the real commentary from the paid advertising. Sometimes you want someone to just tell you what’s good and what’s just a complete pile of BS.
In this post, we’ll introduce you to some of the best smartphones on the market right now in three price ranges: top-of-the-range, mid-range, and budget phones. Regardless of how much money you have to spare, we guarantee that there will be something on this list that you will be able to afford.
Top of the range
If you’re looking for something that has all the latest gizmos, then you’ll have to part with at least US$1,000. This is the price that a top-of-the-range handset comes in at these days and while that might seem steep, it simply means that you’re getting all the latest technological advancements like wireless charging, device-to-device charging, the very best in processing chipsets, and possibly even a foldable screen (if you’re willing to part with some $2,700 for the upcoming Huawei Mate X).
When it comes to this line of products, you can expect to get the very best premium gear that certainly won’t disappoint. This is also the most exciting price range to shop in because you’re on the cutting-edge of new technological developments in the smartphone industry and beyond – this includes support for 5G.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ ($1,099)
The Note 10+ is the latest smartphone to be released from Samsung. It features the signature stylus pen that you can use to navigate the device, as well as an extremely sleek design and top-notch specs.
With the Note 10+, you get the Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 9825 chipset – the very latest from the Korean conglomerate and one of the best chipsets ever made. This is the central power source of the Note 10+, although the impressive specs don’t end there. The Note 10+ has 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage capacity.
On top of that, the phone features a quad-lens rear camera with a 16MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP main lens, a 12MP telephoto lens and a depth-vision lens for support. It also has a 10MP selfie cam. If you’re looking for cutting edge sleek tech with all the latest gizmos, including device-to-device charging for wireless headphones and smartwatches, then the Galaxy Note 10+ is the phone for you.
iPhone XS Max ($1,099 or $1,449 for 512GB version)
Apple’s iPhones are probably the only phone in the world that don’t need any introduction. The sexy handsets have consistently been regarded as the crème de la crème of the smartphone world and the XS Max is the biggest and baddest of them all.
The 6.5-inch display is the first thing you’ll notice on the XS Max – it’s the largest iPhone ever made and the size is so formidable that users with small hands might even have difficultly operating the thing. That being said, the iPhone XS Max is pure style and with the upcoming release of iOS 13 bringing massive updates to the device, it’s just too tempting for many to pass up.
The XS Max is powered by the A12 Bionic chipset, which is Apple’s most advanced processor to date and ensures that the device can handle even the most taxing of tasks. On top of that, it has 4GB of RAM (not impressive compared to the newest phones on the market, but still okay) and up to 512GB of internal storage.
It also sports a dual-lens 12MP + 12MP rear camera setup, and a 7MP front lens, plus a facial recognition camera. The iPhone XS Max comes with all those unique Apple gizmos that make iPhones such a pleasure to use, as well as cutting-edge tech like wireless charging.
If you want the very best Apple smartphone, then this is your boy. If you’ve got a bit more patience, then you might want to wait a couple of months until the iPhone 11 is launched and then either buy one of those, or get an XS Max at a cheaper price once it’s not top-of-the-line anymore.
Best mid-range smartphones
Not everyone wants to spend $1,000+ on a smartphone, that’s totally fair enough. The great thing is, you don’t need to spend big dollars to get a premium smartphone. Many handsets out there offer the same internal specs that you can expect to find on the best Apple and Samsung products, just without the techy add ons that ramp the price up.
In some respects, these mid-range phones are actually superior to their more expensive cousins thanks to better cameras, battery life, and other essential features. After all, not everyone needs an A12 Bionic chipset, do they?
Google Pixel 3 ($799)
Google have really knocked it out of the park with the Pixel 3. While it might not have the internal specs of the more expensive options, it still comes with some formidable specs and the camera is still widely considered to be the best on any smartphone on the market. It also sports 64GB internal storage.
The Pixel 3 only comes with a single 12.2MP rear camera, but thanks to Google’s machine-learning photo tech, it can produce photos in the highest quality with ease. The camera can basically understand what it is you’re shooting, which means that you end up with much higher quality photos.
Nokia 7.1 ($499)
The Nokia 7.1 is a great mid-range smartphone that comes with a Snapdragon 636 chipset, plus 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. While this doesn’t quite match the top-of-the-range smartphones, it’s still more than enough to ensure that the Nokia 7.1 can handle most everyday tasks that you throw at it.
In terms of cameras, the Nokia 7.1 has things under control with a dual-lens rear setup that sports a 12MP main lens supported by a 5MP depth cam. On the front lies the 8MP selfie cam to keep you looking great on social media.
The display is stunning and comes in at a fairly decent 5.84-inches which makes it ideal for watching movies and YouTube on the go. For the price, this is a really good smartphone.
Best budget smartphones on the market
What’s really going to surprise you here is that the phones in this section are in some respects going to seem better than those priced way higher. In some respects, this is actually the case. The reason for that is simple: Chinese phone manufacturers.
Companies like Xiaomi are pretty much forgetting about making profit from their phones altogether and going instead for massive expansion. This, plus access to the world’s manufacturing hub and some of the best logistics facilities anywhere on Earth ensure that their prices stay low while the quality pushes ever higher.
Redmi Note 7 ($260)
If you want a decent smartphone that people will assume cost you $1,000, then this is your phone. The Redmi Note 7 from Xiaomi comes with a whopping 48MP + 5MP dual-lens rear setup, plus a 13MP selfie cam. The impressive camera that has so far been limited to much more expensive handsets is obviously a massive selling point, but that’s not all.
The Redmi Note 7 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 Octa-core chipset (the same as the Nokia 7 Plus). It also has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This is impressive for a budget phone.
The display is a more or less uninterrupted 6.3-inches with a punch-hole camera at the top center. Both the front and back of the device are made of glass, giving a premium feel to the device.
Frankly, the Redmi Note 7 could have been sold for a much higher price than it’s going for. Big thanks to China for this one!