The best phone to buy in 2020

Phone manufacturers are evolving and bringing innovation faster than ever and the year 2020 has been the most exciting year for phones. Only we have not seen more Handsets with 5G Or Devices with flexible screens, But there has been a rush of phones that have premium specs and Affordable prices. However, some things remain the same – the fact that Apple Pal and Samsung still dominate the market. Their latest flagships, IPhone 12 And the Galaxy Note 20 offers powerful processors, fantastic multi-rear camera setups and 5G, respectively.

But while Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy line are the top choice for many, other companies like Motorola and OnePlus also sell great phones. The intense amount of solid competition gives users the best options to choose from in the price range.

To help you get the best out of it, we’ve collected our 2020 favorite phones. Each of the phones on this list has been thoroughly reviewed, from their cameras to their batteries. We’ve linked to the unlocked version of each phone, and except otherwise mentioned, they’re mostly the big four U.S. Should run on wireless carriers. We update this list regularly to make sure the best phones are always released.

And for more information, read our guide to help you find the best phone for your needs and take a look at our tips How To Buy A New Cell Phone.

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The iPhone 12 (and its tallest iPhone 12 Pro counterpart) has got our highest score ever. It has a powerful and fast A14 bionic processor, dual rear cameras, 5G and a magnetic “MagSafe” feature that allows it to connect to other mobile accessories. Read our Apple Pal iPhone 12 review.

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For Samsung’s flagship phone 2020, the Galaxy S20 has a bright 6.2-inch AMOLED display with ultra-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, reverse wireless charging, water-resistant design and three rear cameras (in addition to its pretty good front camera). . For the Android user it is a daily driver and if you have to spend more, there are also Galaxy S20 Plus and Ultra. Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 5G review.

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If you want a 5G phone that doesn’t cost much, the Pixel 4A 5G is one of our top picks. Available for pre-order and shipping 19 Nov. The 19, $ 499 (£ 499, AU $ 799) handset has solid battery life, fantastic dual rear cameras and strong software support from Google. There’s also the Pixel 5, which has a great 90 Hz display, but is priced at 9699 (9599, AU $ 999). Read our Google Pixel 4A 5G review.

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OnePlus released a lot of phones in 2020, including the 8 Pro and 8T, but this year our favorite is the OnePlus 8, largely because of its price. It is priced at 9699 (£ 599, AU converted to 1 1,180) at launch and has since been discounted. The phone has a 6.55 inch AMOLED screen, 90 Hz display, water resistant design and 5G. Read our OnePlus 8 review.


The Motorola Edge Plus has everything you would expect in a premium 5G phone: a Snapdragon 865 chipset, a huge battery, an OLED screen with high refresh rate, and many rear cameras with heavy-duty specs. Motorola took the features on other top-of-the-line Android phones, put its own big spin on it and made it all into our favorite Android phone of the year. Read our Motorola Edge Plus review.

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Starting at just 39 9,399, the 2020 version of the iPhone SE is the best budget phone you can get right now. With an A13 processor (just like the iPhone 11) and an amazing camera, the iPhone SE is more powerful than being right anyway. Old-school iPhone fans will also appreciate the touchID and home button back. Read our Apple Pal iPhone SE (2020) review.

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The Note 20 Ultra, along with its smaller counterpart the Note 20, is an expensive, ultrapremium Android phone with an extended screen, embedded S Pen stylus and 5G. The Note 20 Ultra also has a triple rear camera array, high-power Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and reverse wireless charging. It comes with either 128GB or 512GB internal storage. Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review.

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The Pixel phone has a loyal following and good reasons. Regardless of its price, Google’s Pixel 4A has a top-of-the-line Miro that takes brilliant photos. But it’s even better that the phone is priced at 34 9,349 (£ 349, AU $ 599). The 8.81-inch handset also comes with a headphone jack, 128GB of storage outside the B8X and better battery life than last year’s Pixel 4. Read our Google Pixel 4A review.

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In addition to its flagship Galaxy S flagship phones, Samsung has a line of more expensive phones. This year it launched the Galaxy A51 and its second phone priced at 9399 (9329, AU $ 599) – although there is a 5G variant priced at 9499. The device has four cameras, an in-screen fingerprint reader and extensive storage. Read our Galaxy A51 review.

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