Best Phone 2022: The Top 10 Smartphones


See below for the top 10 Smartphones reviewed by REVIEW CABLE.

 

1. APPLE iPhone 13 PRO MAX

Apple's biggest and most feature-rich iPhone is a mouthful, the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple listened to customers, and while the phone looks just about the same as last year's 12 Pro Max, it is a tad thicker with a larger capacity battery and longer battery life.

The display now supports a refresh rate up to 120Hz while optical zoom on the telephoto camera is improved to 6x. Macro photography and cinematic video modes are new features in the camera system that are sure to please photographers and videographers alike.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max price starts at $1,099 for the 128GB model and ranges up to $1,599 for the 1TB storage capacity. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is available in graphite, silver, gold, and sierra blue.

 

2. SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FOLD 3 5G

While we put the iPhone 13 Pro Max as the best overall phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best overall phone for productivity. The addition of S Pen support and an IPX8 water-resistant design makes the Z Fold 3 the perfect phone and mini tablet I could ask for, and it is very well optimized for getting work done on the go.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 serves as a very capable smartphone and small tablet, providing an extremely strong and fast 5G connection in both modes. The outside display offers a typical 6.2-inch smartphone experience with the addition of 120Hz refresh rate support this year. The large 7.6-inch main display is stunning with a 120Hz refresh rate, Samsung's lovely AMOLED technology, and special S Pen support. What could be more perfect for a Note and foldable fan?

You get the fastest RAM and internal storage speeds available, S Pen support, water resistance, triple rear cameras, a 10MP front-facing camera, a unique 4MP under-display camera, and much more. The 4,400mAh battery easily gets you through a full day, even when using the large main screen.

 

3. GOOGLE PIXEL 6 PRO

Google's Pixel 6 Pro is the best smartphone currently available from Google. The Pixel 6 has many of the same specifications, with one less camera on the back and a slightly smaller display: the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro sport Google's new Tensor processor.

The Pixel 6 Pro is a flagship competitor and starts at $899 for the 128GB model, with the 512GB model priced at $1,099. You can purchase one in Stormy Black, Cloudy White, or Sorta Sunny with some limitations on storage capacity with the different color options.

 

4. APPLE iPhone 13

While the iPhone 13 Pro Max is clearly the best iPhone 13 model available, it is also a large smartphone with a hefty price tag. The iPhone 13 is the clear winner for most people, with a starting price of $799 and six color options.

The Apple iPhone 13 is an interesting device since it has the exact same 6.1-inch display seen on the iPhone 13 Pro, so size and battery capacity are not differentiators here. There is one less rear camera on the iPhone 13, and there is no support for the LiDAR scanner. If the telephoto capability is not important to you, then you can save some money with the iPhone 13, and it does support 2x optical with the existing cameras.

 

5. SAMSUNG GALAXY S21 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S21 launched in January of 2021 but remains a top contender for the best Samsung Galaxy -- and some may argue, best Android -- phone for most people. But unlike its older siblings, the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Z Fold 3, what sets the S21 apart isn't solely based on muscle and brawn. The overall package -- a mix of high-end internals and a "glasstic" (Samsung's label for plastic that feels like glass) build -- make the S21 the perfect phone for most.

In a market full of large-display handhelds, the Galaxy S21 only sports a 6.2-inch panel with beautifully symmetrical bezels, making it easy to hold and use with one hand. You won't find a similar experience unless you pick up an iPhone 12 or 13 mini, or a Galaxy Z Flip. Still, Samsung managed to squeeze a capable 4,000mAh battery in the S21 and Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 888 processor to power the device.

 

6. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 20 ULTRA 5G

This category may be a bit debatable now that Samsung has added S Pen support to the S21 Ultra and Z Fold 3, but there is no silo for the S Pen in either phone. It's an extra accessory for these devices, and the hassle of carrying one around makes it less convenient than the Note series. It's not clear if we will see another Note from Samsung either.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 20 series last fall, and it is clear the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is one of the best smartphones for productivity and an easy recommendation for those who love the S Pen.  

 

7. GOOGLE PIXEL 5A WITH 5G

The Google Pixel 4A 5G was a great 5G phone, but in 2021 Google replaced it with the 5A 5G that offers more and has a price of $50 less. At $449, it's one of the most affordable 5G phones we have seen released, and it includes some upper-level features such as IP67 dust/water resistance and a metal unibody design.

In addition to the software being a focus for Google, the camera is another reason to buy the Pixel 5A 5G over other, better smartphone hardware. However, while others have three or four rear cameras, Google provides just two, so there are some limits on its capability as a daily shooter.

 

8. SAMSUNG'S GALAXY S21 ULTRA 5G

Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is one of the best overall smartphones today and the best that Samsung has to offer for camera performance. With a $200 price cut at launch, compared to the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the phone is also one of the more affordable high-end flagship offerings.

In addition to the latest and greatest specifications, the S21 Ultra 5G provides support for Samsung's S Pen, so you are no longer limited to just the Note line if you want stylus support.

If your job requires you to zoom into subjects from far away, no other phone beats the S21 Ultra in terms of telephoto capability and quality. Zooming up to 30x provides good quality images, but even beyond this level of zoom, there are practical reasons to see details of the subjects you are shooting.

 

9. ONEPLUS 9 PRO

OnePlus used to be the "flagship killer" brand but has since evolved into higher-priced flagships directly challenging the likes of Samsung and Apple. Compared to Samsung, OnePlus offers an experience that is free from ads and bloatware while also now providing some interesting features such as reverse wireless charging and adaptive 120Hz displays.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is priced at about $200 less than Samsung's S21 Ultra, which is significant given that Samsung's price is also $200 less than its launch price in 2020. For less than $1,000, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a serious flagship smartphone to consider.

 

10. MICROSOFT SURFACE DUO 2

The original Surface Duo suffered from old and missing basic specifications while launching a unique form factor that was much more than just a smartphone. Microsoft listened to feedback and offers significant improvements in the specifications this year so that the Surface Duo 2 matches other flagship smartphones in 2021.

However, the focus on this phone is still on productivity, and it is perfect for those who multi-task and need to use two apps at the same time. The issue for Microsoft is whether or not there is a sustainable market for a device fit for these specific customers.