Best Smartphones For Your Money: Our Picks


Believe it or not, the year is almost over. If you’re looking for the best smartphones to upgrade to in 2020, then you’re in the right place. Let’s take a look at the hottest new phones that are worth your money right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

The pride of the Android lineup, Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones remains an excellent choice for those who want to stay out of Apple’s walled garden. The Note line of Galaxy phones, for their part, are larger, beefier phones with long battery life.

Compared to the baseline Galaxy phones, Galaxy Notes are downright massive. The Galaxy Note 20 is one of the best Android phones on the market right now, and we recommend it highly.

The massive, gorgeous screen, as well as the multi-lens camera and S Pen, make the Note 20 a stellar option for any Android user. The specs are impressive, allowing the phone to handle everything from productivity to gaming to streaming video. The only drawback is the steep price, coming in at $1,100. However, for that price you get one of the best Note phones Samsung has ever made.

Google Pixel 5

The Pixel 5 is an admirable little smartphone. Made by the same company that makes the Android OS, the Google Pixel is the closest thing Android has to an iPhone. If you’re looking for a more curated experience but prefer Android’s operating system, you want a Pixel. The Pixel 5 retails for $700, making it notably more affordable than many similar flagship smartphones.

Software updates tend to hit the Pixel first, since Google is the one rolling those out. Likewise, the hardware and software are always working hand-in-hand, since each is optimized for the other. It’s nice to keep it all under one roof, after all.

Apple iPhone 12

The best overall phone on the market right now, unsurprisingly, is the iPhone 12. The newest iteration of the iPhone sports the excellent MagSafe system, allowing it to magnetize to compatible peripherals.

The angular design marks it apart from other recent iPhones, and the robust cameras are the best Apple has ever put in a smartphone.

The display is as good as you’d expect from Apple, bringing bright colors and crisp definition to photos and videos. Needless to say, at $800, the base iPhone 12 is a steal. If you want the absolute height of performance, of course, you can upgrade to the $1,000 iPhone 12 Pro.