The Best Smartphone Quality/Price

Updated on 2 September 2022

After 39 hours of analysis and the comparison of 68 smartphones, we believe that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 presents the best value for money at the moment.

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Our choice, Best budget

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

This smartphone brings together many first-class features in a convincing and high-quality device. In our opinion, it is the best solution for everyone at a reasonable price.

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Like the Redmi Note 10 before it, the Note 11, is an excellent smartphone for average users. It combines good performance for all uses and even for gaming. Ergonomics and battery life are, of course, still of an excellent level. The only downsides are the lack of 5G and the photography, which still needs improvement. For a smartphone of this price, the results are still very satisfactory.

 

 

Best mid-range

Google Pixel 6

Designed to dominate the smartphone market, this new version combines high efficiency, optimised photography and maximum performance.

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After focusing on the user feedback with its Pixel 5, Google has decided to go for consistency when designing the Pixel 6. The latter is based for the first time on its own processor, called Tensor, which is optimised to the maximum. It allows for more than generous power, even for heavy tasks such as video games. It is also one of the best in terms of photography. However, its battery life remains its weakest point, as well as its tendency to heat up. Fortunately, the Pro version improves its performance, although the latter two problems remain.

 

Best high-end

Apple iPhone 13

This iPhone has an excellent screen that is also notable for its high-strength glass. Its photo quality is also very good, and it performs very well in gaming.

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The iPhone 13 improves on the iPhone 12 recipe and adds several enhancements. With higher performance, the photographic side has been improved thanks to new sensors capable of capturing more light, for even more qualitative images. The screen is almost identical to the iPhone 12 but gains in maximum brightness to reach a value of 800 nits (against 625). Unfortunately, the “basic” iPhone 13 limits the refresh rate to 60 Hz. The battery life has also been improved by 2h30.

 

Budget alternative

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

The successor to the A52 perfects the recipe of Samsung’s relatively affordable smartphone and manages to convince in the face of stiff competition. It has significantly improved its photographic performance.

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The Galaxy A53 5G is like the A52, but with a few upgrades… The design is the same, the screen is very similar and the battery capacity is larger. However, graphics performance is lower than the previous version due to the processor change. Battery life is also down, although it is still good (between 1-2 days). Fortunately, the improvements in photography are noticeable, with sharper images and a considerable improvement in detail.

 

Mid-range alternative

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Unique to Samsung’s range, the Fan Edition smartphones are a souped-up version of the brand’s previous high-end models. In general, they have the same advantages/disadvantages as their counterparts.

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Being based on an older model does not necessarily mean that the features of the Fan Edition are outdated – far from it. This model boasts a neat AMOLED display, a fast processor (Snapdragon 888), an attractive photo section and IP68 certification. Samsung has understood that by basing this smartphone on buyer feedback, it would result in an excellent phone. Unfortunately, they have been unable to improve on their most pointed criticism: battery life.

 

High-end alternative

The Galaxy S22 range remains the best of Android in terms of performance and diversity, especially the Ultra version, which is a beast. So, whether we’re talking about its operating performance or its photographic level, all of its offerings are generally able to satisfy the average user. The only drawback is that the battery life, although improved, is still too limited at the moment. Also, the quality of night-time photos still requires a little more detail and due to the new processor, you will have to adapt the code if you want to enjoy your favourite video games at maximum performance.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best budgetBest mid-rangeBest high-endBudget alternativeHigh-end alternative
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Google Pixel 6 Apple iPhone 13 Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Samsung Galaxy S22
This smartphone brings together many first-class features in a convincing and high-quality device. In our opinion, it is the best solution for everyone at a reasonable price. Designed to dominate the smartphone market, this new version combines high efficiency, optimised photography and maximum performance. This iPhone has an excellent screen that is also notable for its high-strength glass. Its photo quality is also very good, and it performs very well in gaming. The successor to the A52 perfects the recipe of Samsung's relatively affordable smartphone and manages to convince in the face of stiff competition. It has significantly improved its photographic performance. The brand's new top-of-the-range model has many advantages which make it one of the best smartphones available today. This quality is also noticeable in all versions.
£ 235.08 on Amazon £ 599.00 on Amazon
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£ 399.00 on Amazon

 

Honourable mentions

OnePlus Nord 2 (£247.49 upon publication): another excellent mid-range alternative. The Nord 2 is OnePlus’ smartphone with the features of a higher-end model, but at an extremely attractive price. The brand has perfected the recipe of the first version by improving the overall performance, the phone display, and the design. In addition, it is directly compatible with 5G. However, in terms of photography, it lags far behind its direct rivals.

Apple iPhone SE (£419.00 upon publication): a new interior for an old design. Apple’s affordable smartphone brings a touch of joy by blending the features of the iPhone 8 with those of the iPhone 11 to deliver compelling results in a compact form factor.

 

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How to choose your smartphone?

Nowadays, a large number of smartphones are fighting for the top spot in the market and each manufacturer tries to attract our attention with attractive prices and features that we are not always sure what they are for.

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Each smartphone has its strengths and weaknesses leading to specific uses (gaming, standard use, for work…). | Source: Selectos

To help you understand all this better, here are some of the most important criteria to consider:

  • Performance: the processor is connected to the graphics card and together they represent the brain of your device. Thus, they determine how fast the phone runs. The more powerful the processor, the more flexible photo editing will be, the faster applications will open and, of course, the smoother the game will run with correctly rendered graphics. Today, the most powerful is the Snapdragon 855.
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Gamers should choose a specific device or one of the higher price ranges. | Source: Selectos
  • The phone display: modern smartphones use IPS-LCD technology or OLED technology for the display. IPS technology is perfect for people who want to do a lot of video editing on their smartphone, but if you want vibrant colours, HDR video and better battery life, a model with OLED technology is the better choice.
  • Ergonomics: this concept is determined (above all) by the materials and weight of the device. A glass case is more aesthetically pleasing but slides around more; a metal case is sturdier, but heavier; and a plastic case will be cheaper, but less elegant. It also affects the position of the various buttons, the camera, the fingerprint sensor, and the speakers.
  • Photo quality: the best performance is achieved by resolutions of about 12 Mpx (i.e., sensors of about 48 Mpx). To take good photos, you need to check brightness, contrast, and colourimetry, as well as the context in which you take them. Good images during the day are often not good at night and vice versa.
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Battery life is the weak point of smartphones. A value of 2 to 3 days is considered to be respectable. | Source: Selectos
  • Battery life: expressed in Ah, it is only relevant if the sum of the consumption of all components of the phone is considered. While some smartphones offer 6000mAh, for example, which is twice as much as normal, they do not necessarily last much longer. If you have the opportunity, it is best to look for a professional test or rely on the experience of other users.

 

Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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