Technology has advanced so much since the creation of the prototype smartphone in the early ’90s. During this time between the invention of the first mobile phone and smartphone, the internet was given birth. This was revolutionary because it sparked the advent of digital telecommunications.
Nowadays, people quickly forget the previous year’s lineup of smartphones, and tech giants like Apple and Samsung are always coming with new products, so coming up with favorite recommendations every year. Let’s see some of the leading household brands, why they’re still at the top, and what they have to offer for the year 2020.
Apple – iPhone 11
Let’s be real here; the iPhone will always be a staple product in smartphone history as it was the first phone to offer real-time internet browsing back in 2007. A truly genius brainchild of the late Steve Jobs and the Apple Team. However, things have taken different routes since, and now we glance at Apple’s flagship product and why it is still one of the best options out there.
It didn’t come scot-free of problems though, as Apple’s iOS 13.1.3 came with numerous battery issues where an iPhone won’t turn on even if you start to charge it from a dead battery. Some users and reviewers reported a drain of about 30-40% on average daily. These issues were somehow resolved when Apple released a new version of iOS.
With Apple’s fastest A13 bionic CPU, dual cameras, and a lower price than the iPhone 11 Pro at $699, it is undoubtedly one of the more attractive choices on this list and having a more significant 6.1 -inch LCD screen than the previous 5.8 -inch screen of the iPhone X, it is indeed deserving of a spot in this list.
The cheaper 2nd Generation iPhone SE is also available for those looking for a more budget option from their old iPhone 5’s, which are already considered fossils in terms of computing power, camera quality, and battery life compared to later models.
Samsung – Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
It’s funny how Samsung has its way of naming their products, but imagine having to say “Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra” over and over again to people who ask you about your phone. Jokes aside, The Note 20 Ultra is one of the most powerful phablets in the android market, and no other phone can do as much.
Even though it comes with a hefty $1,200 price tag, users are happy to report that they are enjoying their time with the Note 20 Ultra as it boasts a vibrant 6.9 -inch OLED display with the fluidity of a 120Hz refresh rate. Photos are also better with a new 50x zoom camera and integrated laser autofocus technology. The S Pen also received several upgrades like a smoother 9 ms response time and more air gestures. The Note 20 is also considered somewhat of a desktop computer as its improved DeX mode.
Of course, android users cannot deny that ever since OLED came to the smartphone market, they have always been trying to win the lottery with this feature. OLED screens have always had screen tinting issues, and Samsung’s new phablet didn’t get lucky this time. Edge lighting was also reported to be faulty sometimes. Still, the company has made efforts to roll back some of their units to lessen customers’ possibility of getting a screen malfunction.
Leaving the industry in the hands of Apple and Samsung would be easier for everyone. Still, the economy doesn’t work that way, so here are some of the notable offerings from competitive brands that have started to make a name in the smartphone world.
The OnePlus 8 Pro from the Chinese is one of the smartphones that come with flagship features at an affordable price. A beautiful 6.78 -inch display with 120Hz display is undoubtedly an excellent combination for gaming, productivity, and everyday use. It also comes with the fastest wireless charging technology the market has seen, and that’s saying a lot.
The most performance per digit of currency you can get on a smartphone is hard to find, but luckily for those who haven’t been living under a rock for the past 20 years, the Google Pixel 4a is just that. It sets you back only $349, and with features like a 5.8 -inch OLED display paired with the competitive Snapdragon 730G chipset, it is something you should consider.
In A Nutshell
It is always up to the consumer’s budget and preferences when choosing the right smartphone. With the help of community feedback and the convenience of the internet, making a decision becomes more straightforward. Here’s to another fruitful year of smartphone innovation and telecommunication coinage in our history. Society will continue to look towards the future of what handheld technology will become.