Best Smartphones of the year 2020.

Yeah you read the title, smartphones. The smartphone domain has evolved so much.

To a point that you cannot simply pick a phone and name it the smartphone of the year. There are smartphones for a particular purpose and aimed at a particular audience or a user base. But here, we’ll be mostly categories by price and there will be a most innovative phone also. There will be two winners, one of our choice and then the users choice which we had collected through polls on Instagram. Be sure to follow us there, to take part in such activities and to express your views.

So here’s the category according to price

  • Upto 15K Budget Segment
  • 15K to 30K Midrange Segment
  • 30K to 50K Flagship Killer Segment
  • 50K above Flagship Segment
  • Most Innovative phone of the year

Budget Segment

The Budget Segment has developed quite a lot from the past years. The completion has become fierce which offered us more value for money. Having said that for me the phone which offers the most value for money is the Realme 7. The MediaTek Helio G95 processor is great for gamming and even though it lacks behind the Snapdragon 720 on paper, in day to day use no major difference can be experienced. The IPS display is justifiable at this price coupled with the 90Hz refresh rate makes it even better.


Realme 7

The Realme 7 comes with a 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP Quad camera setup along with a 16 MP Front Camera. The general trend of a quad camera setup is followed here also without any good reason for the macro camera and the depth sensor. They are just there to make the phone look better on paper. But the main sensor is a 64 MP shooter which is a considerably upgrade over most of the competition’s 48 MP one. Overall the picture comes out pretty decent and there can be no complaining with that price tag.

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The Realme 7 also comes with a 5000 mAh which could last you a day or even more if your a light user. The Realme 7 comes with a 30 W SuperDart charger which charges the phone to 50% in just 26 minutes. Even though it is not comparable to the 65 W SuperDart charge on the pro model or even the Nazro20 Pro, still its manageable.

That sums up our choice lets look at the your choice according to the polls. And the winner is. Poco M2 Pro

Xiaomi Poco M2 Pro
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Midrange Segment

Well this was a no brainer. However I looked there was no other phone which could rival the Nord. Some came close but the Nord is my pick for the best Midrange for this year. The Nord brings us all the perks of a OnePlus phone to a much lower price with a bit of tradeoffs. The first being the plastic built rather than the glass sandwich built. There can be no complaints about the Snapdragon 765G . And the most impressive feature is the eye catching display of the Nord. And Amoled panel with a 90Hz refresh rate is just magical.


OnePlus Nord

The Nord is equipped with a 48 MP main sensor + 8 MP ultra wide + 5 MP depth sensor + 2 MP macro sensor along with a 32 MP + 8 MP front shooter. The Nord also comes with a 30 W charger (Warp Charge 30T) which they claim could charge the Nord from 0%-70% in half an hour. Though the battery is only 4115 mAh the software is optimized to last you a day.

Another feature that attracts attention and makes the Nord worthy of this title is the software experience. Oxygen OS has been a favorite for Android users, the clean and simple software is admirable. In a price segment with phones that comes with bunch of bloatware and ads this makes a huge difference.

With a great display, a great software, a decent camera, battery and processor the Nord take home this segment. And I just cannot end this without give a honorable mention to Realme 7 Pro for the insane value for money. But since we have a bigger price limit, the Nord is a better pick. Now lets take a look at your views about this segment. And it’s the same the polls suggest that OnePlus Nord was the winner.

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Flagship Killer

I have mixed feelings about the price of the FE and could we term it as a flagship killer. Looking back at the Poco F1 which was labeled a flagship killer and was priced way lower but the market has evolved and the price of flagships have also hiked, so its reasonable for me to pick the S20 FE as the Flagship Killer of the year. Although there was some serious competition from the OnePlus 8T.


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

This phone with its specs is literally indistinguishable from a flagship, the plastic back can be forgiven when you look at the rest of the phone. The FE has a 120 Hz AMOLED display, The FE also has a 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel + 8 MP triple camera system and a 32 MP front shooter. And to power all this the Snapdragon 865 unless your in the Exynos region, then you’ll get an Exynos 990. The FE also has a fairly good 4500 mAh battery with fast charging. All this along with the perks of a flagship like wireless charging, IP 68 water resistance and 5G compatibility.

And overall a well rounded phone which bring the flagship features to a lower price segment. Now lets see the people’s choice. Which somehow also is the same. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was also elected as the best Flagship Killer by you guys.

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Flagship

For most people this is the answer. The best Flagship of the year the iPhone always finds it way up here. But for me it was interesting. There is good competition from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and also the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ if only they had the Google services this would’ve been more heated. Just look at that phone its really well designed and maxed out in specs but this one thing holds it back. Now coming to the iPhone, Apple’s decision to go back to the boxy design like that of the iPhone 5 really pleased everyone, including the hardcore Apple fans.


Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

The biggest iPhone ever comes with some great features too. The main focus was on the cameras. The Pro Max has a different sensor from the other iPhone 12’s. The new sensor has sensor shift stabilization instead of than lens shift stabilization and also a new 2.5X telephoto lens. A bigger iPhone means a bigger screen but it would’ve been way better if we got a higher refresh rate and without that notch but hey what can we do, still it looks great. And you just don’t buy an iPhone for how it looks right. Most of the people who buys an iPhone might already own an iPhone and is already accustomed to the notch. And also a bigger iPhone means better bigger speakers and bigger battery. And yes it has a bigger speaker and the biggest battery of any iPhone that came out this year.

Wireless charging is available and still the iPhone does not support type c cables, well at least they took out the charger from the box to protect the environment. Jokes apart the iPhone is a well designed phone which makes the user experience even better. IOS is also adapting and implementing some quirks of Android.

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So now it’s time for the people’s choice. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the people best Flagship of the year 2020.


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Innovative Phone

For me this segment does not matter what the price is, the only thing which influenced me is how innovative the manufacturer gets. What new form factor does they put out now. There was already the folding phones from Samsung, Huawei and also the flip phone from Moto. And now we’re like what else came come out now which could top this, then LG comes introduces the LG Wing, the swiveling smartphone. And for such a bold and innovative move I just have to give them the win.


LG Wing

When its closed it looks like a normal phone with the Amoled screen and the in-display fingerprint reader, and with a phone at this price range all the flagship feature boxes are checked. And this normal closed mode is called basic mode by LG. Then there’s the swivel mode where you just take the bottom part and swivel it to revel the display below. Forming a T shaped phone. The built and durability are pretty good for a first gen device. The specs doesn’t matter that much here. We could find phones with better specs but for me this form factor is quite interesting.

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Well that was now choice, lets see how the people have voted. The most innovative phone according to the people polls is. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2.


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That sums up our last post for this year. Thank you for visiting Burgee Byte , and reading our buyer’s guide. Also do check out our article on best laptops of the year.

Have a great new year!

John Varghese

Turned on by phones, here just to give my view on things.

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