May 2022

Smartphones: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Smartphone rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2022.

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smartphone
Pocket-lint
The Verge
IGN
Creative Bloq
Consumer Reports
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
Laptop Mag
T3
Digital Trends
1
+2 $1048
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
3
5
6
-
-
2
1
-
1
3
2
-1 $829
iPhone 13
5
1
1
-
-
3
5
-
7
2
3
-1 $999
iPhone 13 Pro
2
3
-
-
-
6
2
1
-
1
4
+2 $1099
iPhone 13 Pro Max
-
-
3
-
1
1
-
6
2
-
5
- $899
Google Pixel 6 Pro
1
-
4
-
-
8
-
8
5
4
6
-2 $727
Google Pixel 6
-
6
-
-
-
4
6
2
-
6
7
- $1230
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The most powerful Android smartphone available that exceeds expectations in terms of performance and features at a premium price.
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-
-
1
2
-
3
-
9
-
8
- $437
Google Pixel 5A
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9
2
-
-
5
-
5
-
-
9
+5 $1399
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
-
10
-
8
-
11
-
-
-
8
10
- $429
iPhone SE
-
-
-
-
-
9
9
4
-
7
11
+2 $865
OnePlus 10 Pro
6
-
-
-
-
7
-
-
3
-
12
+13 $1255
Oppo Find X5 Pro
4
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
4
-
13
+13 Check price
Xiaomi 12 Pro
7
-
-
-
-
-
-
11
6
-
14
-5 $598
OnePlus 9
A worthy smartphone that is fairly priced.
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-
-
9
-
-
11
10
-
-
15
- $400
Moto G Power
-
-
-
-
-
13
-
9
-
5
16
- $750
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
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2
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
17
-5 $800
OnePlus 9 Pro
A very good smartphone that’s fast and shoots great pictures.
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-
-
3
-
-
7
-
-
-
18
- $848
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
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7
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
-
19
- $805
iPhone 12
The best iPhone for most people
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-
-
4
-
12
-
-
-
-
20
-9 $1300
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The best smartphone for productivity and creativity.
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-
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6
-
-
8
-
-
-
21
- Check price
Samsung Galaxy S20
-
-
-
10
-
-
13
-
-
-
22
+2 $725
Samsung Galaxy S22
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-
-
-
-
10
-
-
8
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We ranked Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra #1 in May 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Pros
Superb build and display
Camera performance is elite

Cons
Battery life slightly lets it down
Charging speeds could be quicker

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The Verge

The Phone that does Everything

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IGN

Best Phablet

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Tom's Guide

Samsung's best phone

Pros
Best-in-class display
Built-in S Pen
Improved cameras with better Night mode
Faster 45W charging

Cons
Shorter battery life than S21 Ultra
Very expensive
Less RAM than previous model to start

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TechRadar

A top tier smartphone, and it takes our best crown

Pros
Incredible cameras and zoom
Excellent little S Pen

Cons
No microSD slot
Battery life could be better

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T3

The best flagship Android phone right now

Pros
Seriously powerful hardware
Versatile camera with AI features
S Pen comes in a handy slot

Cons
It's pricey
No microSD card slot
S Pen stylus won't be for all

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Digital Trends

Best Android phone

Pros
S Pen is convenient and highly accurate
Versatile camera takes great photos
The latest processor for power
Long software support
Beautiful high refresh rate screen

Cons
Not very fast battery charging
Large and heavy

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We ranked iPhone 13 #2 in May 2022 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked iPhone 13 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Pros
Great display and camera
Battery life is improved over iPhone 12

Cons
Misses out on some flagship features

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The Verge

Best iPhone to buy in 2022

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IGN

Best Smartphone

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Tom's Guide

The best phone for the money

Pros
Best-in-class cameras
A15 Bionic blows away Android phones
Brighter display
Long battery life

Cons
Charging could be faster
No telephoto zoom or 120Hz screen

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TechRadar

The best Apple iPhone bang for your buck

Pros
Strong battery life
Powerful internals

Cons
Minimal design changes
No 120Hz screen

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T3

The best phone for most people

Pros
Great screen
Sensible size
Top performance

Cons
Lacks Pro Motion
Limited zoom range

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Digital Trends

Runner-up best iPhone

Pros
Fast and responsive performance
Excellent camera and video capabilities
Long-lasting battery life
Supports most premium features

Cons
Still no USB-C
No higher refresh rate or telephoto lens

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Smartphones.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Smartphones, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2022 ranking

We ranked iPhone 13 Pro #3 in May 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked iPhone 13 Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Pros
Finally offers a 120Hz display
Improved battery life
Camera is simply brilliant

Cons
No big leaps from iPhone 12 Pro
Heavy users may still challenge the battery

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The Verge

Best Phone for Photography and Video in 2022

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Tom's Guide

A powerhouse flagship with great battery life

Pros
Fast A15 Bionic performance
Stellar cameras
Long battery life

Cons
Relatively slow charging
No Touch ID

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TechRadar

The best iPhones

Pros
Great performance
Strong battery life

Cons
Limited design changes
Notch still too large

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Laptop Mag

Best smartphone for most people

Pros
Bright 120Hz display
Excellent camera performance
Unmatched software support
Outstanding battery life
Untouchable performance

Cons
Slow charging
Telephoto needs more reach
Notch needs to go

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Digital Trends

Best overall smartphone

Pros
Packs lots of power into the size
Incredible camera and video performance
Very long-lasting battery
Smooth and responsive 120Hz screen
Comes with 1TB storage option

Cons
No USB-C
Not all third-party apps are optimized for higher refresh screen

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We ranked iPhone 13 Pro Max #4 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked iPhone 13 Pro Max as #1.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best iPhone

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Consumer Reports

Best iPhone

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Tom's Guide

The best phone overall

Pros
Best-in-class cameras
120Hz ProMotion display
Superior performance

Cons
Charging could be faster
No Touch ID

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Laptop Mag

Best big screen iOS smartphone

Pros
Beautiful, premium chassis
Excellent performance
Great battery life
Gorgeous display with 120Hz refresh rate
Stellar cameras

Cons
Really expensive no matter the config

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T3

The best flagship Apple phone right now

Pros
Pro Motion fast refresh screen is large and luscious
Outstanding for photo and video
Great battery life

Cons
It's bulky and heavy
No distinctive special features over the iPhone 13 Pro

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We ranked Google Pixel 6 Pro #5 in May 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Google Pixel 6 Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Our Top Pick

Pros
Top-tier camera performance
Bold design

Cons
Slightly chunky
Not especially fast charging

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IGN

Best Android Phone

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Tom's Guide

A very good flagship value

Pros
Incredible cameras
Tensor performs well
Cheaper than other flagships
Attractive new design

Cons
Disappointing battery life

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Laptop Mag

Best affordable flagship phone

Pros
Excellent software support
Fantastic and versatile camera system
Unique software features
Affordably priced
Bright 120Hz display

Cons
Unproven processor
No charger in the box

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T3

The best phone for a pure Android OS experience

Pros
QHD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate
Staggeringly good AI photography features

Cons
Still no optical zoom camera
No charger in the box

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Digital Trends

Runner-up best Android

Pros
Incredible camera
Fun camera features and editing tools
Vibrant, colorful screen
Android 12
Long software support

Cons
Unreliable in-display fingerprint sensor
Flaky cellular connection in some situations
120Hz screen can jitter

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We ranked Google Pixel 6 #6 in May 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

The Best Google Experience

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Tom's Guide

The best Android experience for a great price

Pros
Tensor chip adds smarts to the phone
Excellent photo-editing features
Android 12 is a welcome update

Cons
Battery life can be short over 5G
Lacks telephoto lens and 120Hz display of Pixel 6

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TechRadar

The best photo capability

Pros
New design looks classy
Cameras and software are incredible
Great displays

Cons
Middling battery
Pixel 6 price fluctuates by carrier
Pro priced high for extras

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Laptop Mag

Best phone value available today

Pros
Excellent software support
Unique AI software features
Bright 90Hz display
Affordable price
30W fast charging

Cons
No telephoto lens
No charger in the box

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Digital Trends

Best value

Pros
Great camera
Screen is colorful and vibrant
Latest Android 12 software
Years of software updates

Cons
Flakey connectivity
Fast charger not included

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra #7 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Jul 2021)
The most powerful Android smartphone available that exceeds expectations in terms of performance and features at a premium price.
Experts Praise For:
  • S Pen support
  • Impressive optical zoom capability
  • Large AMOLED screen
  • Extended battery life
Experts Criticise For:
  • No microSD card support
  • Charger not included
  • Very expensive
A more detailed summary:

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra was made to impress, and it doesn’t come short on features. It is a beast in terms of size and power. Its massive size is justified by a large 6.8-inch AMOLED display that delivers a great viewing experience, and with a 120Hz refresh rate, it is certainly smooth. Backed by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and a generous 12GB of RAM, it is responsive and will perform without much effort. The 888 happens to be the most powerful chip that Qualcomm has to offer. Of course, this needs a battery that can last. Thankfully, the 5,000mAh battery will do just that. The S21 Ultra runs on Android 11 and comes with S Pen support. However, the stylus is sold separately.

While all the features above make the S21 Ultra an exceptional smartphone, the camera is what sets it further apart from the flagship offerings of other brands. Its quad-camera system features wide-angle, ultra-wide, and two telephoto cameras that enable a whole range of capabilities for the device. Recording 8K video is effortless, and its 108MP wide-angle camera captures high-quality images that are crisp and clear. The system is capable of 3X, 10X, and 100X (Space Zoom) zoom. Taking pictures at 100X zoom surprisingly produces better images now.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium smartphone that comes with a premium price. It does not include a charger nor an S Pen. However, if those things are not an issue for the user, then it is worth the price tag.

Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

The best do-it-all smartphone

Pros
Wacom pen tech
Excellent camera zoom

Cons
Big and bulky
Expensive

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Consumer Reports

Best Android Phone

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TechRadar

The second best Galaxy S Ultra

Pros
Excellent camera zoom
Mesmerizing design

Cons
Expensive at any level
No microSD card slot

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T3

The best last-gen Android flagship on the market

Pros
Superb 120Hz, WQHD+, HDR10+ screen
Hyper premium internal hardware
Versatile, feature-packed camera
S Pen digital stylus support

Cons
Very high price

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We ranked Google Pixel 5A #8 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best Android Phone Under 500$ in 2022

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IGN

Best Budget Smartphone

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Tom's Guide

The best budget camera phone

Pros
Spectacular cameras
Big, bright display
IP67 water resistance

Cons
Same chipset as Pixel 4a 5G
Limited to U.S. and Japan

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Laptop Mag

Best affordable Android smartphone

Pros
Strong battery life
Bundled fast charger
Excellent camera performance
3.5mm headphone jack
Water-resistant

Cons
Disappointing performance
Outdated design
60Hz display

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 #9 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best Folding Phone of 2022

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Creative Bloq

The best folding smartphone

Pros
Powerful
Beautiful design

Cons
Very expensive
Cameras could be better

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Tom's Guide

The best phone with a foldable screen

Pros
More durable, water resistant design
Dual 120Hz displays
Improved mutitasking

Cons
S Pen isn't included
Still pricey

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Digital Trends

Best foldable smartphone

Pros
Improved screen durability and IPX8 waterproofing
Powerful hardware and capabilities
Solid rear cameras
Great for multitasking and productivity

Cons
Still expensive
Lackluster battery life

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We ranked iPhone SE #10 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The most affordable iPhone

Pros
Fastest performance for the money
Very good photo quality
More durable design

Cons
No Night mode for camera
No mmWave 5G support

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TechRadar

The cheapest new iPhone came in 2020

Pros
Low price for an iPhone
One-hand-friendly and light
Has the Touch ID home button

Cons
Battery life could be better
Old screen technology

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Laptop Mag

Best budget iOS smartphone

Pros
Flagship A13 Bionic CPU
Excellent value
Supports wireless charging
Stellar software support

Cons
Dated design
Weaker camera performance

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Digital Trends

Best small smartphone

Pros
Future-proof A15 Bionic chip
Affordable price point
Excellent image processing
Compact form factor

Cons
Dated bezels and design
Unexciting LCD panel

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We ranked OnePlus 10 Pro #11 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Pros
Fantastic display
Speedy performance
Customisable and bloat-free software

Cons
Battery life could be stronger
Not very different to Find X5 Pro
USB-A charging cable is puzzling

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Tom's Guide

A great Samsung alternative

Pros
Excellent battery life
Beautiful new design
Best OnePlus cameras to date
Lower price than last year

Cons
Telephoto is just 8MP

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T3

The best phone for most people

Pros
6.7-inch QHD+, 120Hz display
Powerful efficient performance
Seriously fast charging

Cons
Other phones have a better battery life
Camera can be a bit inconsistent

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We ranked Oppo Find X5 Pro #12 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Pros
Durable, beautiful design
Incredible display
Excellent charging speeds

Cons
The punch-hole camera is quite stark
The camera software isn't that intuitive

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Creative Bloq

The best smartphone for an incredible camera

Pros
Unique, sleek design
Stunning display
Excellent camera

Cons
Expensive
Poor zoom on camera

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T3

The best Android phone design

Pros
6.7-inch 120Hz, QHD+ screen
Long-lasting battery and fast charging
Impressive camera system

Cons
No MicroSD card slot or headphone jack
Expensive

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We ranked Xiaomi 12 Pro #13 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Pocket-lint

Pros
The screen is unrivalled
Very good camera trio
Slick software experience

Cons
Battery life is mixed
Notification issues
Can run warm

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Laptop Mag

Best alternative Android phone

Pros
Unmatched charging and battery life
Impressive triple 50MP camera array
Solid software support
Bright adaptive 120Hz display
Powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor

Cons
Occasional stutters in OS
Weak telephoto versus competitors
Generic design

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T3

One of the best screens in an Android phone

Pros
Superb screen for entertainment
Strong triple rear cameras

Cons
Battery life fairly weak
Some software quirks

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We ranked OnePlus 9 #14 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A worthy smartphone that is fairly priced.
Experts Praise For:
  • Impressive display
  • Rather good camera
  • Excellent overall performance
  • Fast charging time
Experts Criticise For:
  • camera has no optical zoom
  • The phone does not have expandable memory support
A more detailed summary:

The OnePlus 9 may be a notch lower than the OnePlus 9 Pro, but it doesn’t come short on features. It comes with an impressive display that’s comparatively larger than other smartphones in its class. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor is powerful and delivers an excellent and lag-free experience. It’s always a bonus to have a phone that recharges fast, and with y 65W charging you only have to wait around half an hour to get it to full charge status. It also supports wireless charging, which is another bonus. The 4,500mAh battery can get you through the day with normal use. The main 48MP camera takes great shots thanks to Hasselblad technology and Sony’s sensor but unfortunately, the camera system doesn’t come with a telephoto lens. Consumers looking for optical zoom capability in their phones may not be content with digital zoom. The device does not have expandable storage support. In this situation, opting for the 256GB version is a wise choice.

The OnePlus 9 packs enough power and memory, recharges fast, has a decent battery, and is equipped with a commendable triple-lens camera system. Overall, this is a very good phone that’s priced fairly.

Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

The best value flagship

Pros
Beautiful, smooth screen
Fast wired charging

Cons
No expandable storage
No zoom camera

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TechRadar

A great-value option with no major drawbacks

Pros
Great specs for the cost
Good camera

Cons
No telephoto camera
Lack of flagship-material polish

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Laptop Mag

Best smartphone under $750

Pros
Fantastic performance
Long battery life
Insane charging speeds
Vivid and bright 120Hz display
Decent photo and video quality

Cons
Plastic frame
No OIS (blurry night shots)
Lacks expandable storage
5G not supported on all carriers

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We ranked Moto G Power #15 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The phone with the best battery life

Pros
All-day battery life
Low price including a sub-$200 model

Cons
Only one Android software update

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Laptop Mag

Best budget battery life smartphone

Pros
Unmatched battery life
Awesome sub $250 price
Better than average camera
Large and bright display

Cons
Dull display

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Digital Trends

Best cheap smartphone

Pros
Excellent battery life
Stripped-back software
Solid design
Huge display

Cons
Sub-par camera
720p display
Missing NFC

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus #16 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

The Best Android Phone to Buy in 2022

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Laptop Mag

Best premium Android phone for most people

Pros
Unmatched optical zoom
Gorgeous adaptive QHD+ AMOLED screen
Excellent battery life
S Pen support

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We ranked OnePlus 9 Pro #17 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
A very good smartphone that’s fast and shoots great pictures.
Experts Praise For:
  • Greatly improved camera
  • Impressive AMOLED display at 120Hz
  • Fast charging (wired and wireless)
  • Good phone performance
Experts Criticise For:
  • A bit expensive
A more detailed summary:

The 9 Pro is the latest flagship offering from OnePlus. There are several things to like about this smartphone that are worth mentioning. To start with, it has an impressive 6.7-inch AMOLED display that is convenient to use. The size is just right to handle comfortably, not too big and not too small. The screen responds well, thanks to the higher refresh rate. Achieving full charge status is fast, with wired charging taking about half an hour to fully charge, and wireless charging taking less than an hour. That’s actually impressive. In addition, the 4,500mAh battery can last a full day with normal use, depending on the usage.

The smartphone packs enough muscle with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 8GB of memory, providing all the heavy lifting. The phone also features a much-improved camera system with the help of Hasselblad technology. The OnePlus 9 Pro is a good phone overall. The price may be a bit steep for some people, but in exchange, you get a great camera, good performance, a high-quality screen, fast-charging capability, and decent battery life.

Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

The best sub-£1,000 camera phone

Pros
Impressive camera
Sharp, smooth screen

Cons
Good, not great battery life
Mediocre zoom on camera

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TechRadar

A giant leap for OnePlus photography

Pros
The best OnePlus camera phone
Great power

Cons
High price
No microSD support

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 #18 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Verge

Best Flip Phone of 2022

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Laptop Mag

Best foldable phone you should actually consider buying

Pros
Unique and stunning design
Bright, vivid 120Hz display
Excellent camera performance
IPX8 water resistance
Affordably priced

Cons
Terrible battery life
Lacks telephoto

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We ranked iPhone 12 #19 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
The best iPhone for most people
Experts Praise For:
  • Amazing OLED display
  • Very good camera
  • 5G-ready
Experts Criticise For:
  • Average battery
  • Low base storage
  • Display only 60Hz
  • No charger
A more detailed summary:

The iPhone 12 is one of the four variants of the series that offers good performance and reliability overall. It comes feature-packed but costs considerably less than the iPhone 12 Pro. With a sleek new design, super-fast A14 Bionic processor, beautiful OLED display, high-quality camera, wireless charging capability, 5G-ready connectivity, and MagSafe, it’s loaded with the essentials and then some. It has many similarities with the iPhone 12 Pro except for the missing telephoto lens camera that enables zooming and less memory. It is a big phone but can be handled snuggly with one hand. The battery is also worth mentioning since it can last a full day with no problem.

The 6.1-inch OLED screen is large enough to provide a more-than-comfortable viewing experience. The colors are brighter, and the display looks great. The camera can take impressive photos in any light. The night mode feature is also a welcome addition. With 5G support, the phone is equipped with next-gen capabilities as well. For those more focused on aesthetics, Apple gives consumers five stylish color options to choose from.

The iPhone 12 is a good phone to have, but a bit expensive. The lack of zooming capability and the missing charger may turn some people off, but these are compensated by good performance and an abundance of features.

Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

The best bang for buck iPhone

Pros
Beautiful display
Solid camera

Cons
Battery life could be better
Base storage low

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Tom's Guide

Still a great iPhone

Pros
Attractive new design with MagSafe
Comprehensive 5G coverage
Impressive dual cameras

Cons
Only 64GB of base storage
Subpar battery life

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra #20 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 Sep 2021)
The best smartphone for productivity and creativity.
Experts Praise For:
  • Powerful processor
  • Outstanding battery
  • Excellent camera
  • Massive 6.9-inch display
  • S Pen included
Experts Criticise For:
  • Very expensive
A more detailed summary:

Here is a phone that can meet various needs whether the consumer is a casual user, a gamer, a creative, or someone who simply needs the functionality of a pen and paper on a digital device anytime, anywhere. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is expensive, but it’s a high-end smartphone that’s packed with high-end specs. The combined power of the Snapdragon processor plus 12GB of RAM can sufficiently handle the load even with multiple apps running. Playing games, watching movies, or doing anything else really on the massive 6.9-inch AMOLED display would be very satisfying for the user. The higher refresh rate provides a smooth operation and faster response.

The camera system includes an ultra-wide camera, a wide-angle camera, and a telephoto camera. It is capable of 8K video capture and 50x zoom. It has a battery that is large enough to last a whole day, even with extended use. It also comes with a handy S Pen stylus that can be used to jot down notes, draw, or do anything else that requires a pen and paper. Indeed, this is more like a computer than a phone. The price may seem steep, but with all the functionality that it offers, it may be a price worth paying.

Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

The best smartphone for creative superstars

Pros
Superb camera
Incredible screen

Cons
Expensive
Slower charging

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TechRadar

The 5x optical camera zoom crushes it

Pros
Amazing camera zoom
Handy S Pen stylus

Cons
'Ultra' expensive
Photos exhibit skin smoothing

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy S20 #21 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

Excellent across the board

Pros
Amazing screen
Brilliant camera

Cons
Busy interface
Dull design

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TechRadar

Previously the best two smartphones in town

Pros
A top screen
Excellent cameras

Cons
Still quite high price
Iterative improvements

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy S22 #22 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
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Tom's Guide

The new low-cost Galaxy flagship

Pros
Most affordable Galaxy S22 model
Improved zoom and low-light photos
Solid performance

Cons
Below-average battery life
Cameras still trail Pixel 6, iPhone 13

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T3

The best small-scale Android flagship phone

Pros
Stunning Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
Loads of new AI-based camera features
Powerful hardware

Cons
Not that different to the S21
S22 Plus and S22 Ultra exist

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