After several hours of research, Best Android Phones For The Money, I finally made my selection of the 9 best Android phones for the money from more than twenty models currently available. My favorite is the OnePlus 6T which offers, in my opinion, a high-end device performance for a mid-range price, a value for money that will be difficult to beat.
The Best Cheap Android Smartphones
This device may not be too expensive, it is nonetheless a quality product. If you want a good quality of the photo by cons, it will be better to review your budget upward.
1. Honor 8X: The Best Cheap Android Phone
After the Honor 7X, Honor launches Honor 8X, the latest in the $ 200 mobile segment of Honor, Huawei’s sister brand.
The design of this one follows current fashion with a massive 6.5-inch screen surmounted by a notch that contains a photosensor as well as a speaker.
Seen from the front, he will not be without reminding us of his cousin Honor Play. From behind, the smartphone stands out with a glass plate with two shades of blue, giving a sleek and elegant appearance to the device.
The finishes are of excellent quality. In short, aesthetically, it is very pleasing to the eye. Note that despite a screen occupying 84% of the front, the phone is very large, which makes it difficult to handle with one hand.
Level ergonomics, the phone is doing a little less well, with a fingerprint reader that is slightly too high. Same thing for the volume buttons that are placed too high.
You will need stretch fingers. Well, no need to be Dhalsim either with stretch fingers, but these features do not fall under the finger, which is a shame.
Level facial recognition, the phone is doing well but takes a good second to operate.
Despite the glass shell of the device, it is not compatible with wireless charging. In addition, it has a micro USB and not USB-C, which is a bit surprising for a smartphone as recent. This will probably repel some, although for my part I do not find it so serious.
Let’s see the display a little closer. The only problem is that some colors exceed level 5 which can make the display a little fanciful and it is seen especially in the photos.
The contrast of the device is a bit weak for a smartphone of 2018 (only 1100: 1), but the brightness is quite correct and can read the screen of this smartphone in all circumstances. There is also a very high level of reflectance, which contributes a little more to good readability.
The smartphone is not too bad at the level of the tactile delay and the remanence, with 94 ms of tactile delay and 13 ms for the remanence. In summary, at the level of the slab, the screen is of excellent quality, only the colors in a little bit.
Featuring a Kirin 710 chip with 4 GB of RAM, this device is able to juggle between different applications without problems and shows no sign of lag.
By cons level game, it will sometimes make some concessions in terms of graphics.
Another appreciable point, the Honor 8X only heats very little, with a temperature that never exceeds 37 degrees, even after long sessions of photos or games.
Let’s see the sound of the device. The headphone output of the Honor 8X is a bit feeble but it is the only real defect of it. The crosstalk, dynamics, and distortion are of good quality. Note that it is better to use the “standard” profile.
The speaker does a pretty good job, with a sound sometimes can be a little too light but still restores the sound fairly complete.
Not surprisingly, it is at the level of the photo that the sacrifices were made. Even with two sensors, the Honor 8X does not really hold the distance.
At the level of the details, the rendering is rather correct, it is at the level of the colors that the problems begin. The contrast and the sharpness are of poor quality so that the photos are not living enough.
At the level of the night photos, Honor has taken the party to accentuate the smoothing to remove the electronic noise but the result is not terrible because it crushes full details. The portrait mode is adorned with a smoothing too accentuated even without fashion beauty.
It is at the level of battery life that this device is doing best, with two-day battery life in moderate use! It is thus among the best in its category.
Level recharge, it will take about two hours to recharge the phone to 100%.
Let’s see the OS now. It is adorned with the traditional overlay EMUI Honor. It offers an arrangement to the iOS, but it is possible to return to an experience similar to that of a pure Android by taking a tour in the settings.
We deplore the pre-installation of a dozen applications that are not all essential. Fortunately, it is easy to uninstall them.
- Affordable price
- Top finishes
- Fluid experience
The best mid-range Android smartphones
These mid-range devices offer outstanding performance and some could almost be considered high-end despite their lower price.
2. OnePlus 6T: The Best Mid-Range
Compared to other smartphones in this comparison, this OnePlus 6T has an excellent fingerprint recognition system. This one is included in the display of the device and reacts to the finger and the eye (or rather the finger in the present case hehehe).
Level design, the 6T offers an elegant appearance, with a notch shaped tear.
Although OnePlus finally decided to use the glass for this 6T and fired the jack for headphones, the company still decided not to set up a wireless charger. Strange.
The display of this device is of excellent quality and rivals even with smartphones that are twice its price. Its large AMOLED panel (2340 x 1080) is slightly larger than the One Plus 6, but the most notable difference is the notch that is less intrusive.
Its OLED display is of excellent quality. It is not exactly as good as the Galaxy Note 9 for example, but for this price, the display is absolutely excellent.
But now let’s talk about the photo of this smartphone. It offers a dual-focus camera with a 16 MP and 20 MP lens and a 20 MP front lens.
A brand new Night Mode has been included, which allows you to capture more detail in low light places. Unfortunately, this one does not always work wonders and the photos sometimes end up with too much grain. Night mode is not really useful.
In the light of the day, the colors offered by the 6T are realistic at will. Level Portrait, this smartphone does not fare too badly, but still tends to over-smooth the details.
The 6T has 8 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 845, allowing it to offer performance worthy of a Galaxy Note 9 for example, as well as it can run anything without problems!
At the OS, we are in the presence of an OxygenOS overlay of Android that has more than one trick in his bag. One of its advantages, Smart Boost, allows this smartphone to start much faster than its predecessor. The OS has two navigation modes, which can be changed in the settings.
Gaming level, this device is a war machine that beats even phones like the iPhone XR or the Pixel 3 XL! It’s quite impressive when you see the difference in price between these devices!
The battery life of this smartphone is also first class, it can last almost 20 hours without charge with moderate use. The charge is also in the game with the “Dash Charge” system which is incredibly fast, allowing you to charge your OnePlus from 0 to 60 percent in just 30 minutes!
The value for money of this device is simply crazy and it rivals much more expensive models! If you are looking for a photo smartphone that is ok at a reasonable price with many other tricks in your bag, look no further!
- Incredible price for such a performance
- Excellent for gaming
- Best Andriod phone for the camera
- Night mode unconvincing
3. LG G7 ThinQ: Almost as good as high end
The LG G7 ThinQ is a device that is a bit of a break with older LG devices by offering a more classic design and closer to the competition. Thus, the ignition button is no longer on the back.
But it’s for the better, because the volume buttons, ignition and the one dedicated to Google Assistant fall naturally under the fingers. The impression sensor is also fast and efficient, so it is faultless in terms of ergonomics!
The finishes are excellent and worthy of a high-end smartphone. I like the glass back, even though it tends to be a fingerprint factory. The front panel contains a notch screen that occupies 82% of the device. It is possible to configure the screen so that it does not display a notch which will please the “nuggets”.
The size of the screen makes one-handed use of this phone impossible, despite a great job of optimizing the front panel. We also appreciate the waterproofness of the smartphone (waterproof for 30 minutes to 1 meter deep) and the fact that we can insert a microSD card. Charging is via USB-C.
But let’s see the display now. This one is a little disappointing. We are in the presence of an IPS panel with a lot of display adjustment options, but unfortunately, none of them gives the possibility to lower the E delta below 3 which is, remember, the threshold under which the human eye no longer perceives colorimetric drifts.
It is at the level of readability that the camera is better thanks to an extremely high maximum brightness that will read the screen without problems even in direct sunlight. The contrast and the reflectance disappoint a little with rates respectively at 1700: 1 and 13%.
The IPS panel offers a definition of 3120 x 1440 px and restores a clear and precise image. In addition, it displays only 81ms of touch delay and 14ms of remanence.
The smartphone has a Snapdragon 845 and 4GB of RAM that can run everything without slowing down, even when it comes to 3D games or heavy applications.
It is also appreciated that the device hardly heats up, even when it is roughly tested with a temperature never exceeding 38 degrees.
The headphone output of the LG G7 is missing a 10 out of 10 because of its power that leaves something to be desired and that’s a shame because apart from that, the sound reproduction is absolutely excellent!
The speaker offers a fairly complete sound and pretty much all the sound spectrum. High-pitched sounds are sometimes a bit too aggressive, but not enough to panic.
At the photo level, this smartphone is a bit below its predecessor.
Guilty party? The photo processing that has too heavy hand especially on the smoothing, which becomes a habit with some manufacturers who do not seem to understand that this mania of smoothing reduces the quality of photos.
And it’s a shame because the photo itself is of good quality.
The night photos are also a little disappointing and it is still the fault of the smoothing that crushes a little too much detail. Well, the result is not catastrophic either, but it remains below a lot of competitors.
The photo application is very complete with many options including the ability to shoot videos in HDR or with some predefined calibrations.
The battery life of this phone is a bit feeble and can only hold about a day and a half with moderate use. In terms of recharge, it lasts a little less than two hours, which is average.
In terms of the interface, we find the usual overlay of LG, which is inspired somewhat by the iOS. Android purists can find their favorite OS by searching through the phone’s settings. New users should not be too lost to this interface.
Some applications are preinstalled on the device and we regret the fact that we cannot uninstall McAfee for the benefit of another antivirus.
- Flawless finishes
- Excellent performance
- Best audio quality
- The quality of the photos leaves something to be desired
4. Honor 10: For Good Photos
Honor 10 has a nice screen occupancy of about 80%. The design of the device is very nice with its elegant glass shell, but unfortunately, it also means that it catches fingerprints.
The edges of this smartphone are slightly curved to offer the device an excellent grip. If the design itself is not revolutionary, the finishes are excellent.
Unlike other devices in this comparison, Honor 10 has its fingerprint reader on the front. The mechanism is responsive and effective.
Small shadows on the board: no seal certification which is strange for a high-end device and especially this one, does not have a microSD port, which is unforgivable in the current Android universe. Users wanting more than 64GB will have to shell out more to buy the 128GB model …
Despite its upscale positioning, Honor decided to opt for an IPS and not Oled screen. This has some technical limitations, but the brand has really paid attention to the quality of its screen. The colorimetry, in particular, is excellent as soon as one opts for the right screen profile.
Level readability, things are going well. The maximum brightness allows to see clearly even in full sun and the minimum allows you to read without hurting your eyes at night. The only slightly disappointing point is the contrast, but it’s really looking for the little beast.
Level of responsiveness of the screen, this Honor 10 is one of the good students. The Full HD + definition of the 5.8-inch screen is largely sufficient for 90% of uses and allows a clean display.
Configuration level, this device is equipped with the chip Kirin 970, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. Android has no trouble turning on the machine and all applications run at a fast speed.
Nothing to report looking at the temperature. And this after a long game session or photo and video captures. No overheating is to be deplored.
Gaming level, this phone has no problem running any game on the Play Store even with the maximum graphics options.
The camera sins a little about sound quality. Indeed, even if the rendering is rather clean thanks to a broad dynamic, the mobile still lacks power.
It will be necessary to bring you a suitable helmet if you want to enjoy a sound experience worthy of the name. By cons, the bass is correct with the speaker, which is rare enough to be clarified.
For photos, this camera is doing pretty well. In daylight the photos are nickel and the details stand out very well with minimal degradation on the corners of the stage.
At night, smoothing is well thought out and manages to erase the digital noise, but it also drools a few textures.
About battery life, Honor 10 is doing very well. The smartphone is about two days in moderate use. In addition, it only takes 2 hours to recharge.
The phone is managed by the Android 8.1 system supported by Huawei’s own EMUI overlay.
All in all, for all this, is an excellent high-end device at a price that is very reasonable for the material of this quality.
- Quality photos
- High Battery Life
- Quality performance
- Sound system a little weak
5. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact: Finally a good Sony smartphone for money!
Sony’s Compact range is, as its name suggests, a range of smartphones that make it a point of honor not to be too big and therefore to be used with one hand.
The screen of the XZ2 Compact reaches the bar of 5 inches but remains much smaller than most of the competition.
In terms of design, the Xperia XZ2 adopts a curvaceous aspect and switches to a screen at 18: 9 which occupies 74% of the front of the smartphone (his big brother only occupied 70%).
It is far from more than 80% of the competition, but with a screen of this size, the device is easily manipulated with one hand. The back of the device is curved to perfectly fit the hand when held.
The Xperia XZ2 Compact is rather heavy for a smartphone of this size (168 g). To the touch, it gives a feeling of robustness.
The back of the camera is frosted glass, which gives it a rather elegant appearance. We appreciate the fact that unlike the competition, this back is not a fingerprint retention factory. Finally, the device is waterproof, which is always welcome (resists immersion up to 1.30 m for 30 minutes).
The fingerprint reader is on the back of the device. It works very well, but it is a bit too low. This can also be blamed on the unlock button that is located on the right edge of the device.
The XZ2 Compact features an IPS panel that measures 5 inches diagonally and offers Full HD + definition (2160 x 1080 px). The resolution is better than that of its predecessor from 319 to 482 dpi.
The contrast ratio is 1146: 1, LCD requires. The camera is perfectly legible in bright sunlight with excellent brightness and a light reflection rate of only 7%.
By rummaging a little in the parameters we can obtain an excellent colorimetry with an E delta of 2.4 and a color temperature of 6451 K which are excellent results. In terms of the responsiveness of this device, the results are average with a touch delay of 91 ms and persistence of 16 ms.
The smartphone has a chip Snapdragon 845 and 4 GB of RAM which offers excellent performance. No slowdown or lag is regrettable. In addition, it heats little, displaying a maximum temperature of 37.7 degrees and cools very quickly once the task is over.
But that’s not all, this device also has an Adreno 630 graphics chip that allows you to run the most resource-intensive 3D games without slowing down or compromising graphics.
This device has abandoned the 3.5mm jack for headphones in favor of a USB-C adapter. The performance is average. The delivered power is rather correct but will remain insufficient for the owners of helmets very greedy in energy
More surprisingly, the smartphone offers stereo speakers in front despite its small size. The duo is quite powerful and can turn up the volume to an appreciable level.
The highs are however a bit aggressive if you increase a little too much volume. It should be noted that these speakers are especially suitable for watching movies and other videos rather than listening to music.
At the photo, this smartphone is doing very well by shipping only one sensor module. It produces very detailed pictures and with correct exposure.
We can just blame him for a slight tendency to accentuation that makes a little nature to the clichés.
The XZ2 Compact is doing just fine in dark conditions. He manages to reproduce a large amount of detail without this damn smoothing comes to scramble everything. The electronic noise remains, but it is not very annoying.
It is a less good level front camera, it displays photos that lack detail even without activating image processing smoothing.
In terms of battery life, this device remains below the competition with a range of a day and a half in standard use.
On the OS, the device comes with Android 8.0 Oreo with the overlay of Sony. The interface is very close to a pure Android and regulars will not be disoriented. By cons what is more boring, it’s the slew of applications are all uselessly installed automatically, especially the painful AVG antivirus that cannot be uninstalled!
- Good photos
- Well calibrated screen
- Excellent performance
- Battery leaves something to be desired
The Best High-End Android Smartphones
These phones are more expensive but it’s for a good reason. Their performances are top level and will satisfy the majority of users.
6. Huawei P20 Pro: The Best Android Phone for Gaming
The Huawei P20 Pro is the new flagship of the smartphone range of the Chinese brand.
Level design, the P20 has a screen with a notch, which is always a cleavage point among smartphone enthusiasts. It remains much smaller than that of an iPhone X.
In addition, the P20 is doing very well by distributing on either side the notification icons, networks or battery. If you are “notchy” you can always make it disappear by disabling the areas of the screen on each side.
The space under the screen is optimized to integrate the fingerprint reader. It is always accessible and falls under the thumb without problems to unlock the P20 Pro at full speed.
The finishes are good and the P20 looks very elegant, with a metal surround and a glass back. Yes, it involves the retention of fingerprints.
Finally, the P20 is waterproof and IP67 certified (resistant to dust and water up to 1 m for 30 min). This is a point that has become unavoidable on high-end smartphones.
By cons, it is a pity that this smartphone does not include a microSD port, despite the amount of internal memory more than comfortable (128 GB). The headphone jack also disappears in favor of a USB-C adapter.
The smartphone has an Oled panel, which implies a level of almost infinite contrast. The maximum brightness is more than honest and can read the P20 even under the sun, let alone with a light reflection rate of only 8%. In the dark, things also go well, the brightness can go down to an acceptable level for the retina.
Level colorimetry, I recommend switching to “normal colors” mode which offers the best rendering with a delta E at 1.6. An interesting mode has been added, called “Natural Colors”, which adjusts the color temperature according to the light environment.
Level of tactile delay, the P20 is doing very well with a touch delay of only 69 ms.
This smartphone ships the Kirin 970 SoC processor and comes with 6 GB of RAM, which allows it to run everything you need, as it should, without slowing down.
On the other hand, the phone sinks a bit at the temperature. The P20 heats a little when it is subjected to heavy tasks. It can reach up to 40 degrees at the front and 38 degrees at the back. Fortunately, these temperatures come down very quickly. graphics chip which is one of the most powerful on the market. In other words, you can run any video game without problems.
The headphone output lacks power but shines by its lack of distortion. Both speakers offer correct stereo with comfortable power. By cons, there is a bit of distortion when pushing the volume in its last entrenchments.
But what about the photo? In low light, Huawei finally gets good results. It’s not the top of the basket, but it’s more than honest.
The P20 has 3 photo modules on the back, a main with 40 Mpx sensor, a monochrome sensor module of 20 Mpx and finally an 8 Mpx sensor with an equivalent 80 mm lens. The P20 is doing very well with these and offers one of the best performance of the market in terms of a telephoto lens on a smartphone!
For video, the P20 can go up to a UHD definition (3840 x 2160 px) at 30 fps. However, the Full HD mode is the one that passes best in all conditions.
An idle mode also allows you to shoot in HD. Be careful however this feature is only viable in excellent light conditions.
Range battery life, the P20 is doing very well with the possibility of holding two days of standard use.
Regarding the OS, we are served with an Android 8.0 Oreo equipped with the overlay house EMUI 8. Navigation logic remains about the same as a traditional Android.
One of the only big differences is the lack of a default application menu.
- Amazing Screen.
- Great Keyboard.
- Good battery life.
- Solid Performance.
- No Thunderbolt 3 Port.
7. Samsung Galaxy S9+: An Excellent Performance
The Galaxy S9 + is the update of the Galaxy S8 +, the high-end model of last year.
Let’s first look at the design and ergonomics of this device. With a 6.2-inch screen, it will, of course, be reserved for lovers of large devices.
There is a glass back with metal slices and an 18.5: 9 screen that occupies a little over 84% of the front panel. In addition, it is waterproof certified, has a USB-C port and supports wireless charging.
Samsung has learned from its past mistakes and has finally placed the fingerprint reader in a more accessible place. And that’s a good thing because the “smart recognition” system (iris + face) still leaves something to be desired.
This S9 + offers an excellent rendering in terms of color fidelity and offers an almost perfect color temperature.
Side readability no problem either. The brightness is sufficient to read under the sun and can reach a low enough level to read in the dark without damaging the eyes. The glare ratio is also very low with a rate of only 6%.
The Galaxy S9 + ships a Soc Exynos 9810 processor supported by 6 GB of RAM. These, of course, provide a more than satisfactory performance regardless of the use.
The manufacturer has optimized its software so that there is no need for 8 GB of RAM. And gaming level, of course, no problem to run any game available on the Play Store.
Level heating, this smartphone is also very well with a temperature never exceeding 36 degrees on the surface.
The headphone output of the S9 + is also well made. Power is largely sufficient for the majority of uses with almost zero distortion. And above all, there is still a headphone jack, which is not the case for all high-end mobiles.
The stereo speakers also offer an honest performance, even if you feel that it is especially the high mediums who are honored.
Photo level, the Galaxy S9 + is based on two modules that offer a rather pleasing result. The color reproduction is as clean as possible, the dose of detail is good.
In addition, in low light, Samsung has raised the bar, turning the smoothing that crushed all the details on the Note 8 … to replace it with a lighter smoothing, which crushes despite all the details, but still less than before. We can not say that the results are to die for, but we still note a clear improvement.
Do not get me wrong though, despite the low-light performance, the Galaxy S9 + is still an excellent smartphone for photography, as long as you do not spend your time shooting at night.
battery life has unfortunately not improved since the S8 +. Admittedly, the device can hold a day and a half with moderate use, but we are far from what other high-end models can do.
Software side Samsung clutters again the gloomy Bixby (who still does not speak French).
Fortunately, the OS is more friendly and you can always enjoy a presentation with or without applications drawer and change the order of navigation buttons and take care of customizing a lot of other small details if you have the courage to go for a walk in the settings and its forest of submenus.
- Screen good quality
- Good Performance
- Battery below what we could hope
8. Sony Xperia XZ3: Excellent photo in low light
Sony’s first smartphone to integrate an Oled slab, it represents an advance for the Japanese manufacturer.
Level design, this smartphone breathes the high end with a very pleasant finish to the eye. At the rear, the aluminum hull has the good taste of not holding fingerprints. At the front, the 6-inch slab occupied 81% of the facade.
On the other hand, at the level of the positioning of the buttons, it is less that. The volume buttons are slightly too high and the lock button is a bit too low.
The fingerprint sensor is also placed too low and the worst is that it is the photo module that falls naturally under the finger.
Only convenient button, the one dedicated to the camera, which is an exclusive Sony. Positioned in an ideal way, it makes it possible to take a shot in landscape mode more naturally than the competition.
The Xperia XZ3 can accommodate two nano-SIM cards, but the second port can also be used as a microSD port, and accommodate cards up to 512 GB, which is not luxury as this smartphone does not only 64GB of internal storage.
Finally, the Xperia XZ3 is IP68 certified, which means that it is water and dust resistant: the least you can do for a device in this range.
The Oled 6-inch slab offers a ratio of 18: 9 with a definition of 2880 x 1440 px. And this screen is really excellent.
On the other hand, it is necessary to go through the parameters to reveal all the potential of this slab. Regarding the brightness, this screen does not disappoint with excellent brightness that will allow the smartphone to be readable even in direct sunlight. Same thing in night condition, no risk of spoiling your eyes!
Finally, the touch delay is only 53 ms, which is an excellent performance. Contrast level and persistence, Oled requires, one is almost infinite, while the other is nonexistent.
The smartphone is equipped with a chip Snapdragon 845 assisted by 4 GB of RAM. The device has no trouble juggling between different applications.
In addition, the smartphone does not heat even after long games or after photo or video sessions.
Gaming level is the Adreno 560 chip that takes over and it guarantees a smooth experience even on the latest 3D games.
Audio level, this unit has a USB-C jack and an adapter is provided for the 3.5mm mini-jack. The performance of it is not bad but the output power leaves something to be desired.
The speakers when they offer a sound experience that is above average. The volume can be high and the sound is rather clear without distortion to disturb the listening.
But let’s come to the photos, which interests us particularly. The Xperia Z3 has only one photo module on its back.
This one is made of a 19 Mpx sensor and a lens opening at f / 2. When the brightness is good, the module provides excellent shots.
The details are present and the treatment of the image thanks God rather light and especially the smoothing is moderate. The contrast ratio is good and the rendering is even a bit more natural than that of a Galaxy Note 9.
But the most interesting is in low light. Indeed, the result is very good. The module captures detailed photos and the final rendering is quite correct despite some electronic noise and smoothness.
The front module is composed of a 13 Mpx sensor with a lens opening at f / 1.9. He produces selfies of good quality. Be careful, however, sometimes focusing a bit random and the management of the backlighting that is not always up to the task.
The smartphone will be able to film in 4K and 30i / s. The videos made are correct and suffer may be only a tiny lack of brightness.
The battery life is much good. Indeed, the device can only hold one day with normal use.
It is still little when the competition accustoms us to two days of battery life since already some time. In addition, it will take about 2 hours to fully recharge the XZ3, which is rather long compared to the competition also.
At the OS level, we are in the presence of an Android 9 with an overlay made by Sony. This consists mainly of a set of pre-installed applications. For navigation, the regulars of Android will not be disoriented.
- Photo in low luminosity of quality
- Stunning design
- Excellent slab
- Battery Life
9. Asus ROG Phone: Designed for gamers
The ROG Phone is Asus’ gamer phone and he wants to show it to you with his design. The look of this phone is somewhat atypical. The back of the device has a glass surface and a matte plastic part. We note the possibility of illuminating the Asus logo of the color of his choice, which I find somewhat useless, but good tastes and colors ….
The finishes are of excellent quality overall. Unfortunately, here is another phone that did not put its fingerprint reader in an intuitive place; moreover its elongated shape does not offer a huge surface.
The ROG Phone is an imposing smartphone with a 6-inch screen so it can not be handled easily with one hand. However, it has an air trigger function that gives access to shortcut keys and allows you to switch more or less to a one-handed mode of use.
The front-panel occupancy rate of the screen remains below most of the competition with only 78% occupancy. This is due among other things to the fact that Asus has made the choice to house two front speakers.
Connectivity level, this phone has a USB-C port and a 3.5mm mini-jack and also offers a connector consisting of two side-by-side USB-C ports that are there to connect the accessories of this phone, which are sold separately.
We can regret the lack of microSD card reader despite the internal memory of 128 GB rather comfortable. Note also the tightness of the device below most of the competition with only IPX4 certification, which provides only protection against light splash water.
Asus chose to use a 6-inch diagonal Amoled slab offering Full HD + definition (2160 x 1080 px). One of the main good points of Amoled technology is its contrast ratio which is almost infinite. The ROG Phone has a correct brightness, allowing good readability in full sun and can go down to a low enough brightness not to dazzle in the dark.
When it comes to color matching, you have to go to “custom” mode and switch the color temperature slider to the warmest for the best result. We thus obtain a delta E of 2.9 and a temperature of 6990 K. These are two values of a very good level.
Looking at responsiveness, the ROG Phone offers an excellent tactile delay of only 73 ms and a zero remanence. One can also note the presence of a mode capable of activating a screen refresh rate of 90 Hz to provide a better feeling of fluidity.
Smartphone gaming requires, Asus has put the dishes in the big at the level of performance. So here we are in the presence of an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 845. This phone is able to run anything and everything without showing a single sign of weakness.
In terms of temperature management, Asus provides a small fan that helps maintain a lower temperature during long games, which are still the vocation of this smartphone.
After an hour of greedy play, the device reaches a temperature of 45 degrees without a fan and will not exceed 40 degrees with the fan connected. On the other hand, the fan starts the battery. One hour of play can consume almost half of the battery with the fan.
The headphone output of this smartphone is excellent and offers a comfortable power without leaving room for distortion. The dynamic range is one of the best of this comparison and the restitution of the stereo image is very good.
The two front speakers are very powerful. However, if you want to avoid a distortion too troublesomely, it is better to stay at 75% of the maximum volume.
Photo level, this camera is average but no more about daytime photos. The images produced are correct but offer a level of detail, all the same, less than that of the best products of this comparison. We also deplore colors sometimes a little too saturated.
It is in low light that it spoils with once is not custom, an abuse of smoothing that destroys all the details of the shot. Video level, better be content with a Full HD definition, especially in a low light environment.
The battery of this Asus smartphone has a battery life of 4000 mAh. It can take 2 days without a problem with standard use. By cons, if it is used to play intensively, the device will only take 4 to 7 hours depending on the game used.
The ROG Phone comes with Android version 8.1 and benefits from an Asus overlay. Aside from some graphics changes, the OS looks very much like the original Android and will not confuse anyone.
Asus focused on adding video game features.
This allows managing the mapping of keys and accessories, the live broadcast or even the display of system information in real time. The ROG Phone also offers a “game center” application that will display information on temperature, frequency and memory used.
- Well thought out game interface
- Excellent headphone output
- Excellent performance
- No micro SD port
How to choose your best Android phone for money?
Here are the main points to consider when choosing your Android smartphone.
An excellent Android phone must react to the finger and the eye, whether you are playing a game or navigating the interface. Most high-end Android phones use the same kind of processor, so the differences in performance will mostly reside in the software.
A bad version of Android can completely ruin the experience and even the most powerful configuration on the market will not do much if the manufacturer has not optimized Android as it should.
Generally, phones with fewer modifications and an overlay that modifies less Android are easier to use. Your smartphone will also end up with a lot of personal data so security is important.
A phone that comes with outdated software that does not receive a security update or has a history of security breaches is not a good buy, no matter the price.
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“The different versions of Android all have a dessert name and come out in alphabetical order: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0 / 2.1) (…) until the last of the moment with the letter” P For Android Pie 9.x. All … except for the first 2 versions: Android 1.0 was originally Android Alpha (or Astro Boy) and Android 1.2 “R2D2”. You’ll understand the idea was already there with the “A” of Astro/Alpha for the first, or the 2 of R2D2 for the second. But it was Ryan Gibson who changed the branding in 2009 to put names of desserts instead of fictional characters.
Many people spend a few hours a day watching the screen of their smartphone. It is important that the screen is of good quality and especially that it is easy to read even outside.
The phones in this comparison all offer a display allowing at least good readability in full sun, but some are of better quality than others.
Here, the best will still be to rely on the tests of the model you want to choose and see images of what the device is capable of doing. A more expensive smartphone does not necessarily mean better photos, even if the best photophones are usually high-end.
If a phone can not last a full day of heavy use, you do not need to buy it. Some phones offer more than one-day battery life but it’s not a must for most people.
If it takes until bedtime it will usually be enough.
The Build Quality
Android smartphones can cost more than 1000 €. A phone with poor build quality may break even before you finish paying for it.
Phones must use quality materials such as aluminum, ceramics or glass. The smartphones in this comparison all have excellent finishes and should not break at the first fall.
The Moment To Make Your Purchase
All the big phones of 2018 are already out. The market for Android phones is expected to remain stable until the release of the LG V8 and Samsung Galaxy S10 in April 2019.
There has been a radical change in the shape and size of Android smartphones this past year. Many manufacturers have started making their phones bigger and thinner, giving one-handed models with screens of an improbable size.
You can find Android phones with screens from 4.6 inches to 6 inches. But with the new form factor, it is very important to look at the width of the phone as well as the width of the screen.
The Best Version Of Android
All Android is not equal. If you want a pure Google experience then you will need a Pixel device. Other manufacturers have very clean Android overlays, even if they add their own details to the basic Android system.
The most recent version of Android is the 9.0 Pie, which is only available on Google Pixel, OnePlus and Essential Phone at the moment. For most other phones, Android version 8.0 Oreo is the version used and you should find it on most phones today.
Do not buy a phone with a less recent version than 7.0 Nougat, because the older the version of Android, the more likely you are to have serious security problems.