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Top 5 BEST Smartphones of 2020

we are almost halfway through 2020, and although it's been apretty bad year so far, the good news is that we'vehad some excellent smartphones, and in this article I'mgoing to be giving you my top five smartphonesof the year so far. 

Top 5 BEST Smartphones of 2020

Top 5 smartphones for 2020

A few disclaimers before we get into it. Firstly, I've used manysmartphones this year, but of course I'm notused every single one. So there may be some smartphones that would make your listthat haven't made my list. That's absolutely fine. Also, this is my personal top five list. It may be slightly different to your list. That's also fine, we can still be friends. Please, do drop your toppicks in the comments below. Final disclaimer, this listis in no particular order. I'm just giving you my top five. With that all out of the way,let's get straight to it. 

Galaxy S20 Plus

So the first smartphone on mylist in no particular order is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. Now the S20 line doeshave three smartphones, the S20, the S20 Plus,as well as the S20 Ultra. The S20 Ultra in my opinion ismore of an enthusiast phone. It's not something for everybody. Whereas the S20, as well asthe S20 Plus, are smartphones that are easilyrecommendable to most people. The Samsung Galaxy S line has been known to have some great all-rounders, and this is definitely the case here with the Samsung GalaxyS20 and the S20 Plus. We've got some great displayswith 120 hertz refresh rates which make things look very, very smooth. Great all-around cameraswith very consistent results, especially for video. I would say that the S20sdo have the best video on the Android side withup to 8K video recording. One UI, which I personally do really like, and I think it's a very simple and clean with an emphasis on one-handed usage, which many of the manufacturers do not have into consideration. Great overall hardwarewith flatter displays than what we've had in previous years, which is something that I really do like. 25 watt fast-charging out of the box. Wireless-charging,reverse wireless-charging, and although the Galaxy S linethis year for the first time does not have a 3.5 millimeter jack, we still do get a micro SD card slot. So you can expand the storage on here, something which youcan't do on pretty much any other device right now. Now we do have some different variants depending on your region. You can either get the Exynos variant or the Qualcomm Snapdragonvariant, and this is something that I've spoke aboutin many videos before. There is inconsistencyin terms of performance, and if you do get theQualcomm Snapdragon version, you will be getting asuperior device overall, and although we do havea 120 hertz display, this is only at full HD. We don't get the quad HD resolution if you do want 120 hertz. Well, despite that if youdo want a great all-rounder, then the S20, as well as theS20 Plus, are great options.  

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Now one device that offersboth quad HD resolution at 120 hertz is the Oppo Find X2 Pro. Now this is a really good all-rounder. Really bright display withminimal bezels as well. Ticks all the boxes whenit comes to specifications. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 12 gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.0 storage with 512 gigabytes, and the fastest charging thatI've tested on any smartphone, 65 watt SuperVOOC 2.0, which can get your phone from zero to 100% in just around 40 minutes,which is absolutely insane. We've got some reallygood overall cameras, including periscope zoom technology which will allow you to get invery close to your subjects. Now, although you do have someof the fastest wire-charging that you will find out there, unfortunately there's no wireless-charging which I did find myself missing, and the cameras are really good, but the selfie camera Ithink can be improved. You've got only up to 1080p, and the dynamic range isn't great when you're taking portrait shots. The device also starts at 1,100 pounds which might be a bit pricey,although that is in line with a lot of other flagships out there. Now if you are looking fora lot of the same features that you're getting on the Find X2 Pro, but at a cheaper price, then, of course, 

OnePlus 8 Pro

we have the OnePlus 8 Pro which is the next device on my list. Now the OnePlus 8 Pro looksvery similar to the Find X2 Pro and that is because it'sgot almost the same display. Oppo and OnePlus are partner companies. So it's easy to see why this is. So you do have quad HD+ with 120 hertz which makes things super smooth, but what I like about OnePlus devices is that, yes, they tick all the boxes when it comes to the hardware,but it's really the software which makes things feel even faster. Oxygen OS is one of myfavorite skins on Android. It's very clean, and it doesn't reallyhave too much clutter, and on top of that, you do get very fast updatesfrom OnePlus as well. This year, the camerashave also been improved. We've got some really good cameras here on the OnePlus 8 Pro, very comparable to someof the competition, and we do get 30 wattswarp-charging out of the box, but what's more importantis that for the first time on a OnePlus device, wedo get wireless-charging. Not only that, it is up to30 watt wireless-charging. Now although you do haveto get a separate charger for this, it's a reallynice option to have. It's obviously not perfect. I have experienced somedisplay issues myself, which other people have also reported on, and these are being improvedwith software updates as far as we know, and the cameras arereally good at the rear, but again the front-facing camera is locked off at 1080p. You cannot get 4K fromthe front-facing camera, and the price, although it'scheaper than other flagships starting at around 800 pounds, or $900, is quite a bit higher compared to what OnePlus have offered previously, but nevertheless, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a really good all-aroundsmartphone at this price point, and it's a device thatI can easily recommend. 

Huawei P40 Pro

The next smartphone on mylist is the Huawei P40 Pro. Now this smartphone in myopinion has the best design on any smartphone this yearwith its silver frost finish which I really, really like. Huawei, really one ofthe first to introduce graded finishes on their smartphones, and I think they've donea really good job here with the P40 Pro. Another thing that Huawei introduced was periscope zoom technology, and we've got greatcameras on the P40 Pro, some of my favorite. The zoom is really, really good, and we had a very large primary sensor, but as well as that you getsome great front-facing cameras. I would say that the P40 Prohas my favorite selfie cameras on any smartphone right now, and that is because we'vegot two cameras at the front, which really do helpwith the portrait mode. However, those do give youquite a bit of a cut out, the pill cutout on the display, and the display is reallygood, but it is 90 hertz, not 120 hertz like we've seen on some of the other competition. Now that pill cutout alsohas some additional sensors, however, which do allow 3D face unlock which is something thatno other smartphone on this list offers. So you do have an in-displayfingerprint scanner, as well as very secure 3D facial unlock. Other devices usually justuse the front-facing camera for facial unlock which doesn'treally make them as secure. This is not the case with the P40 Pro. You do have to very secure methods to unlock your smartphone. You do get 40 wattcharging out of the box, as well as up to 27.5watt wireless-charging, but of course, the biggestdownside on the P40 Pro is the lack of supportfor Google Play Services. Now this is very unfortunate, and although it is perfectlypossible to use the P40 Pro on a daily basis becausewe do have alternatives like the Huawei App Gallery, and personally for me in particular, the APK pure app gallery whichgives you most of the apps that you would use on a regular basis, you are, of course, missingthose core Google Play Services, and although you can access a lot of these through the web browser, theexperience is not going to be the same as a device thatdoes have Google Play Services supported from the get-go. 

A few people haveactually found workarounds to get Google Play Services unofficially on the P40 Pro, but I reallyhope this is a situation that can be fixed in the long term because Huawei offers some great devices and brings lots of greatcompetition to the table, and the P40 Pro for medefinitely makes my list of the top five smartphonesof this year so far. 

iPhone SE

Now the final smartphone in my list I know is going to be alittle bit controversial, and that is the iPhone SE. Now before people go crazy in the comments saying how can this be oneof your favorite smartphones of the year so far, hear me out. Yes, the display isnowhere near the displays of the 2020 flagships thatwe have at these days. It's practically the same as the iPhone 6 which came out many, many years ago, and we do have very thickbezels with LCD technology and a low resolution,however, the iPhone SE retails at around $400,or around 420 pounds, and in my opinion, it hasthe best cameras overall for photos and videos at this price point, and that is becausealthough the camera hardware might be old camera hardware, it is using the A13 Bionic chip. The A13 Bionic chip does haveits own image signal processor and that gives you some great results for both photo and video, and performance is rightup there with the flagships thanks to that A13 Bionic chip. It's very fast and smooth. Now it's not perfect, of course. Along with that display, it's also not got the best battery life becauseit's a very very small battery but you do get wireless-charging here, and it's also a muchmore compact form factor, which you can't really find these days on many other smartphones. So if you are after a smaller smartphone at a reasonable price, andespecially if you want to be part of the Apple ecosystemand take advantage of features like Airdrop, then the iPhoneSE is a really good option, and it has made my top five list so far. 

So that is my top fivesmartphones of 2020 so far. What are your top fivesmartphones of the year? Do drop those in the comments below. That's it from me, guys. I hope If You Like this article and found it useful. 


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