Best 5 Smartphones Of 2022

Half of the year has already gone and it’s time to check which five phones are the best at slightly different price points, going from $899 to $1199. Many factors are considered, including industrial design, speed and camera prowess. We also consider user experience.

5 – Xiaomi 12 Pro ($999, 1099.99)

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is a very agreeable and good-looking smartphone with a fingerprint and scratch-resistant back cover that keeps it looking clean. This phone has the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 platform which allows it to compete at the top of Android phones. This phone did really well in the synthetic CPU and GPU benchmarks, and this might be your handset of choice for sustained performance.

The camera’s three 50MP sensors (Primary Ultrawide, Zoom) give it a robust camera hardware configuration. Some sensors may have small pixels (0.7 microns and less), which can limit the amount captured light in difficult conditions. We computed a CAMERA HW score of 177 for the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

The zoom lens is designed for portrait photography (48mm), but not for long zoom (200mm+). There’s nothing wrong with that, but we’ve noticed that most people find long-zoom shots very useful.

This handset is not waterproof certified. However, tests have shown that it has a slightly shorter battery life than high-end smartphones. Xiaomi compensates for this with a super-fast 120W charging that is one of our fastest.

4 – OnePlus 10 Pro ($899, €919.00)

The OnePlus 10 Pro is an exciting Android phone because it has excellent performance and top-notch battery life, thanks to its 5000 mAh battery and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. It can also charge quickly at 65W, which is fast, but not the fastest, in an emergency.

Data shows that this phone packs the most battery density (mAh per square inch), which partially accounts for its endurance.

The stunning camera module conceals a triple-camera system behind it. This includes a 48MP primary, 50MP ultrawide and an 8MP zoom camera. Hasselblad collaborates with OnePlus on the design and tuning of this camera. This collaboration leads to certain color profiles that might appeal to Hasselblad enthusiasts.

On a more objective note, our CAMERA HW score of 164 indicates that the

OnePlus 10 Pro’s primary camera could benefit from having better hardware. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s zoom and ultrawide module cameras are not as good as those of its peers on this list.

3 – Apple iPhone 13 Pro ($999, €1159)

The iPhone 13 Pro is Apple’s best-selling smartphone, with impressive battery life and performance. Apple has a clear lead in both CPU performance, and overall longevity. This is evident from the majority of benchmarks. Some benchmarks scored lower than expected, but real games should run well enough.

Apple has done an excellent job updating its camera system. It now boasts a powerful primary camera that can compete with Samsung and Google. We recommend the 13 Pro model if you are concerned about iOS and quality of photos. It’s worth it, trust us.

This camera snatches a CAMERA HW score of 191, clearly in the top percentile, even at this price range. Unfortunately, it’s not the absolute best overall camera on the market, and you would need to switch over to Android for that.

The lack of fingerprint unlock may be another issue. You can choose the iPhone 13 Pro Max if you require a larger display or battery. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has the same camera and performance as the smaller iPhone 13 Pro.

2 – Google Pixel 6 Pro ($899, €899.99)

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is currently the most powerful Pixel phone. People love it for its “pure” Android OS experience, but we think that the photo editing and camera style are also among the most popular reasons to own a Pixel phone.

The phone’s industrial design is easy to recognize from other phones.

The Pixel 6 Pro is powered by the Google Tensor processor. This gives it more powerful AI capabilities, which allows for advanced image processing effects. Performance is comparable to Snapdragon 888, and while it’s not the fastest today, it is very respectable and sufficient, even for advanced users.

The results for classic 3D graphics, as measured using the GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 testing, are similar to the S22 Ultra. According to our tests, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can render graphics up to 50% faster in modern graphics tests. Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 may be more suitable for those who play 3D games.

We like Google’s investment in the camera, as it scores a superb 197 in our CAMERA HW benchmark, which is much higher than the Pixel 5’s 121 score. Experts would agree that the photo quality is proportionally better, so kudos to Google for recognizing that it’s not “all about camera software” and that physics matters (a lot) in photography.

The Pixel 6 Pro’s battery life could be better, and it slightly loses out to some high-end Android phones in various battery tests, but most people should get through the Day.

1 – Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra ($1,199  €1,259.00)

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is currently the best Android phone for power users and the most expensive in this selection.

Like others, it is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, but on top of that, it delivers world-class industrial design and display technologies. The e-pen support is unparalleled in the smartphone market and it offers unrivalled pen user experience. The Galaxy S22 Ultra is a true multimedia and productivity machine.

That’s not all. Its camera hardware is also top-notch and slightly better than its S21 Ultra predecessor. Reviewers are raving about the camera’s prowess, and we’re not surprised.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has the highest CAMERA HW score on this list, at 203. The overall quality of the photos is excellent, particularly with the powerful zoom lens which packs a big punch. This camera is unique in that it is extremely balanced and produces excellent zoom, ultrawide and wide shots.

The battery life is slightly shorter than last year’s S-series, but it has the largest

Display is better than other phones on the list. Samsung has increased its charging power to 45W. So you can recharge quickly and be on the way. Unfortunately, you’ll have to purchase that fast-charger as none is provided in the box.

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