Buying the best smartphone paying as little as possible is an aspiration that anyone wants to fulfill, even if it has a large budget.
But getting the best mobile phone in quality/price ratio is not easy, and with some exceptions, the latest high-end models are not a good choice. Whether you are looking for a new smartphone at the best price, or want to advise on cheap and complete models to family or friends, we suggest a shopping guide with 40 recommended smartphones if you want the best terminal without spending too much. And we have tried them all in Engadget.
In search of the phone with the best value for money
As we said, in the search for a terminal with good quality/price ratio, high-end models, with some exceptions, are not precisely the ones that stand out the most. They have very important purchase arguments, the best features, design and of course cameras, but the technical difference does not always do justice to the price.
If we stick to get the best at the lowest possible price, the high-end of previous generations, teams on sale or with specific discounts, as well as a medium-high range each year more competent for the general public, are the most logical decisions and recommended. In many of the cases, their services fully satisfy the uses we are going to give the terminal.
Choosing the perfect phone is not easy. With bets from major manufacturers already available in the market, it is time to ask which of the available phones offers the best results. From AndroidPIT we have chosen the seven categories that best define the needs of each user and we have selected the smartphone that best defends each of them. While waiting for the analysis of the last batch of smartphones presented during the MWC.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung has renewed its flagship phones at the beginning of 2018, and with the Galaxy S9, it manages to improve a great Galaxy S8. The main improvement is to its rear camera, which remains a single sensor, but adds variable aperture between two positions: ƒ / 1.5 and ƒ / 2.4. This allows improving the quality of the photos in certain situations, and the beginning of what can be the improvement represented by the variable aperture cameras in the smartphone sector. In addition, it records video at 960 FPS and with a resolution of 720p, which puts it almost in line with the Sony Xperia XZ2.
That screen has a resolution of 2960 × 1440 pixels and is compatible with video playback in HDR10. It has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, micro-SD card reader, USB type C connector, 3.5 mm audio jack, a waterproof design with IP68 certificate, an ultra-fast LTE of up to 1.2 Gb / s download, wireless charging, fast charging and other extras that depend on external accessories. For example, the Dex base allows you to connect it to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and use it as a PC.
The P20 of 2018 is a phone that is characterized by a careful design and a screen with a cut higher than the iPhone X to make room for the front camera of 24 Mpx. The rear camera is 12 Mpx accompanied by a secondary monochrome of 20 Mpx, which together with the optical stabilization and camera software make it a reference in the photographic section, and better than the camera than the Galaxy S9, but worse than that of the phablet P20 Pro that you can find in the article of high-end phablets . The camera can also record in slow motion at 960 frames per second and 4K video.
The processor is a powerful Kirin 970 with a neural processing unit to improve the taking of photographs through artificial intelligence algorithms. It is a very fluid phone with a version of Android 8.1 preinstalled, with 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of ultrafast UFS 2.1 storage, and micro SD card reader. The screen is IPS type with RGBW layout, 5.8 inches with a resolution of 2240 × 1080 pixels. It includes a fingerprint reader on the front of the phone and features advanced facial unlocking.
LG has completely changed the design of the G6 with respect to previous models when creating it in aluminum and glass. It is a rugged phone, with a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels, making great use of the front of the phone, so despite being a telephone of 148 mm high, you get in return at least a half inch more of the screen that similar phones.
The screen allows you to see two applications at once in 1440 x 1440 pixels format, which according to LG improves productivity. The applications have been adapted to this screen format to, for example, be able to show a zone of the capture of photos in the application of the camera, and another one with the recent captures.
Xiaomi Mi 6
The Mi 6 is a phone made of aluminum frame and glass back, which is more the current trend of the high-end sector. It has a 5.15-inch screen with FHD resolution and includes a powerful Snapdragon 835 eight-core Kryo processor. It is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of UFS 2.0 storage, with an option of 128 GB.
It also maintains the current trend of the double rear camera, both of 12 Mpx with optical image stabilizer, capable of recording at 4K and 30 FPS. It has all kinds of connectivity, NFC, wifi 802.11 ac MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, and supports multiple LTE bands both FDD and TD. The fingerprint reader is included in the front physical start button, which is the ideal position.
The news in the mobile telephony market increases every year. The global demand for smartphones is huge and the launch of the new devices of the most prestigious brands are events of unthinkable repercussions just a few years ago.