With all the innovative brands on the market right now, getting a new laptop or smartphone can be a complicated decision to make. Some factors that you should keep in mind include your overall budget, what operating system works best for you, and certain tech specifications.
Whether it’s battery life, storage capacity, camera, or screen size, knowing what you’re primarily using your smartphone for can help you figure out which brands and models to go for. In general, OLED screens have better contrast compared to smartphones with LCD screens so if graphics are a priority, this is something to keep in mind.
In no particular order, here’s an overview of smartphone brands and their latest models to help you make your decision:
According to recent reports, Apple is going to release several new models to add to its flagship line of iPhones this year. Reputable rumors suggest that they’ll have a new 5.4-inch model, which would have a smaller screen than the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro, a budget 6.1-inch model, a 6.1-inch model with high-end specs, and a 6.7-inch model which is a little larger than the current iPhone 11 Pro Max.
While many users go with Apple due to its intuitive operating system and minimalist designs, the brand is also rumored to remove both the in-box charger and earbuds for newer releases. As a result, if you’re trying to stay on budget, it might be best to look for other options.
For those who are looking for a luxury hybrid somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is a device unlike anything in the market. Through integrated circuit technology, the foldable device functions using a sophisticated power delivery system design. This means that the phone can fold and unfold, adjusting to flexible power demands depending on screen size.
A lower budget option is the Samsung Galaxy A51, which has a large 4,000mAh battery and a quad-camera setup for fans of photography. It’s a little on the larger side with a 6.5-inch display, along with a 5G version that provides faster connectivity speeds with a higher price tag.
A relative newcomer to the smartphone market is Google. Their line of Pixel phones is known for their ability to capture high-quality photos at a relatively affordable price point. One of their best offerings is the Pixel 4A, which is one of the best Android phones currently on the market.
The 5.8-inch OLED screen looks great — especially since Google removed the bezels at the edges, giving the screen more room. In a world where headphone jacks are less commonplace, it comes equipped with one for music fans. However, some downsides are that it’s not water-resistant and the polycarbonate body feels a little less sturdy than glass.
Competing with Samsung’s Fold series, LG recently announced a dual-screen device named the Wing. It comes with a main touchscreen that swivels sideways to reveal a smaller screen underneath it. For gamers, this means that the top screen can show what’s happening in the video game while the bottom screen can function as a joystick.
It can also be used to navigate and play music at the same time, boosting multitasking capability. With a 6.8-inch main display, a 4-inch secondary display, and a triple camera setup, it’ll be priced at around $1000 when it launches. Alternatively, a budget option is the LG G7 ThinQ that comes equipped with a wide-angle camera but a smaller battery.
Another mainstay in the budget smartphone market, Motorola has recently released the premium Motorola Edge Plus to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11 Pro. For those who value both form and function, it has a ‘waterfall’ display, which gives it sleek curves and a stylish appearance.
It’s definitely a phone for the demanding user, as it comes equipped with an advanced Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and a huge 5,000mAh battery. If you’re more flexible with specifications, the Motorola One Zoom is a great phone with decent battery life and fantastic camera quality for its price.
Although it used to the leader of the phone market in its heyday, Nokia phones tend to be overshadowed by its more popular rivals. However, Nokia has reinvented itself with budget to mid-range Android models, along with a few premium versions.
The Nokia 9 PureView is their newest model, which has an eye-catching five-sensor rear camera. It’s a little more affordable than other premium smartphones in its range but could have a better fingerprint scanner and an easier design to hold. An older alternative is the Nokia 8.1, which has a large display for its affordable price. It’s not a very powerful smartphone but has decent features for the casual smartphone user.
Before settling on the smartphone of your dreams, it’s best to do your own research and test out several models. When it comes down to it, buying a smartphone is a personal choice, so picking a brand and model that works for you requires some trial and error.