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Posted by: Samuel Ndwiga on 21/11/2019

7 Best Smartphones

7 Best Smartphones

The number of smartphones currently on the market is hard to imagine considering barely a decade ago people did not have as many choices. All most people knew was the famed Nokia 3310 or Alcatel (a brand that has been edged off the market by smartphones) or Siemens. With so many options on the market as we speak, how do you pick the perfect smartphone for yourself or as a present?

Since the introduction of smartphones, even computers are considered of low importance. Who needs a laptop when you can send the same email via your phone or even better, make a video call and talk to your next employee face-to-face while they are halfway across the globe? The perfect phone should match your interests; is it mostly for gaming, work, or social media? How much space do you need? Do you take a lot of photos and videos? These are some of the questions you should answer before settling on a particular smartphone brand. 

Before we look at 7 of the best smartphones in 2020 currently on the market, here are some important considerations you should look at before making a purchase.

The Operating System

Your smartphone's operating system is the engine that makes it possible for the device to handle all the tasks you wish completed to its full potential. Most smartphones on the market run on the Android operating system while iPhones use iOS. There are several versions of the Android operating system considering the Google team is always upgrading this software. Each version offers a different experience, but it is advisable to opt for the latest. 

An outdated version of an operating system might mean your phone will have problems opening specific programs app on your phone. As such, always choose a smartphone with the latest version of the operating system you like (iOS or Android).

Size and display

A lot of people were fascinated by the iPad when it hit the stores only to realize later that it is not the best device to use as a mobile phone. Picking calls on a phone that covers your entire face might be comfortable for some people, but others regard it humorous. More so, a smartphone with a small display might give you problems when typing text messages or entering information on a particular website.

There are two forms of display in most smartphones, namely LCD and AMOLED. The latter has more saturated colors and better contrast while the former is brighter. Getting a smartphone with the capacity to render images in Full-HD or QHD resolution is also a factor worthy of considering. 

Processor

The processor is the part of your smartphone that works to ensure everything is running smoothly or as it should. At the moment, Mediatek and Qualcomm processors are the best bargain. Your smartphone's processor should have a track record of good performances to prevent your device from 'hanging,' especially when you need it most. However, for a processor to function correctly, your smartphone needs to have high Random Access Memory (RAM)

RAM and internal storage space

Some smartphone vendors know that people are now smarter when it comes to checking the RAM and a device's internal storage. They know that clients will go for a device with a higher RAM and bigger internal storage, so some take advantage and use stickers with misleading information regarding the same. As such, before purchasing a smartphone, switch it on and look at its settings to find out its real internal storage space size as well as its RAM. 

Also, before choosing a phone with a lot of storage space, such as 128 or 64 GB, be sure of the exact amount you will use. There is no need to buy a smartphone with a lot of storage space at a high price when you can opt for one that has the space you need at an affordable price. However, if you love downloading apps, movies, or music (audio and video), a smartphone with abundant storage space is your ideal choice.

Integrated functions and software

The very essence of new mobile devices being called smartphones is due to their ability to perform almost every task a computer can with some doing it even more efficiently than computers. Do you need a phone that you can unlock using your fingerprint? Or perhaps you need one with a UV sensor or one that can measure your steps when taking your morning run? There are even smartphones that can help you monitor your heart rate when exercising or connect to other smart devices in your house. 

Do not merely look at a smartphone and decide to purchase the same based on its hardware features. Explore the software as well as the hidden features to ensure it fulfills your idea of the smartphone you desire. Some phones even come with pre-installed applications that cannot be found on other devices; if you need such features, take your time and look for a smartphone that offers the same and is affordable.

With the information above on your fingertips, you are now ready to choose a device among the 11 best smartphones in 2020 below. 

1. Samsung Galaxy S10 and its S10 Plus counterpart

Samsung Galaxy S10+


The Samsung Galaxy 10 is somewhat similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. The only difference is the latter is an upgraded version of the former and, as such, might contain some features that are not available in the Samsung S10. However, both smartphones have versatile cameras and large screens, as well as a lovely design. They also both have curved glass and support HDR and Quad-HD resolutions.

The only downside to either phone is the battery life, which has been a problem for most Samsung phones to date. However, considering their features as well as their price, the Samsung S10 and the Samsung S10 Plus are worthy purchases this year.

2. iPhone 11 Pro

Iphone 11 Pro


The iPhone 11 Pro has a bright display and some of the best cameras on a smartphone at the moment.  The iPhone 11 Pro also comes with a quick charger, and while the design might not have changed much compared to its predecessors, this smartphone is still elegant. Its internal storage is also large (64GB) with an option to extend using a micro-sd card, but the additional features meant the price would also increase. 

Why would anyone complain, though, when your phone has a Super Retina XDR display and a triple camera array at the back? As the first 5.8-inch display from iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro is a worthy purchase. The only downside is its poor battery life. 

 

3. iPhone 11

Iphone 11


The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch display and 64GB expandable internal memory. Its battery life is also impressive considering most iPhones do not store power for long hours as well as the front and back cameras. It is among the few smartphones on our list with the ability to take amazing photos and videos during the night. The iPhone 11 is also very affordable and comes with a bright and colorful screen. 

However, unlike its counterpart above, the iPhone 11 does not come with a fast charger. Nonetheless, it makes up for this deficiency with a fast A13 Bionic CPU. 

4. Google Pixel 3A

Google Pixel 3A


A lot of people (including me) have been wondering when Google will release a mobile phone. It might not be the first from the multi-billion dollar company, but it is arguably one of the best yet. The Google Pixel 3A should be your ideal purchase if you are looking for a phone with amazing cameras and a headphone jack. Aside from said features, it also has an excellent display size and renders images and videos with fantastic quality.

The only cons we found on the Google Pixel is lack of Qi charging and no water resistance capabilities. 

5. Xiaomi Mi 9

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is among the best flagship smartphones for 2019. It offers some of the most versatile camera experiences of any phone on our list, as well as unbelievable value for money. As far as its performance is concerned, this smartphone edges out popular brands thanks to 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC processor. Its most impressive feature is a triple primary camera with a 48-megapixel sensor. 

While it has fast charging capabilities and amazing battery life, this smartphone is slightly temperamental when it comes to the fingerprint sensor. It also has no IP certification.

6. OnePlus 7

One Plus 7


The OnePlus 7 offers a great software experience and has long battery life. It also guarantees top-notch performance thanks to a variety of state-of-the-art features such as a Snapdragon 855 processor and a 48-megapixel camera. With a few updates every once in a while, you can take the best pictures and videos using the OnePlus 7. The OnePlus 7 also a Quad-HD HDR 90Hz panel as well as a triple-lens array to ensure you watch movies and videos with clarity.  

While it is affordable, the OnePlus 7 has no IP certification and wireless charging. Nonetheless, it is a worthy purchase for 2019. 

7. Asus ROG Phone 2

ASUS ROG Phone II


If you are looking for a gaming smartphone, the Asus ROG is your best bet. It has a sensationally big display and extended battery life, the two things every gamer needs in a smartphone. Not to mention, with 12GB RAM and a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, you can not only download any game on this smartphone but play online with ease as well. While its internal memory capacity stands at an amazing 512GB, there are rumors its developers will soon release a smartphone with 1TB internal storage capacity. 

 Its only downside is its size and the fact that it is missing a telephoto camera. It is also not waterproof.


Lastly, if all the phones above do not appeal to you, try out the Motorola RAZR 2019. It is easy to see why a lot of people are excited by this new release from Motorola considering it has one of the biggest RAM (6GB) sizes of all the phones featured on our list. It also has an internal memory of 128 GB with an option to expand via a memory card. Its P-OLED display supports HD quality videos and thanks to an octa-core processor and the latest version of Android (Android v9.0 Pie), your device will never freeze or become unresponsive. 

It also has some of the best cameras with features such as digital zoom, face detection, and auto flash to mention a few. Sadly, with a battery capacity of 2510mAh, you might require a to charge it regularly if you are always on your phone.

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Other Powerful Pocket Friendly Phones included Below

1. Techno Spark K9

Techno Mobile is best known for introducing high-performing and affordable smartphones in the Kenyan market. The Techno K9 is an excellent example of such a smartphone with a 6.0-inch display and a 1.5 GHz Octa-core CPU. However, its RAM is slightly smaller (2GB) compared to most phones on our list, but it does the trick for people who do not use too many apps or love gaming so much. 

Its battery life is also not the biggest (3400mAh), but considering it does not have too many energy-sapping features, that battery capacity is ideal. 

 

2. Infinix Hot 6 Pro

A while back, there were all sorts of jokes regarding Infinix smartphones due to their bulky nature. However, what most people did not realize is Infinix smartphones have some of the best features for phones with affordable price tags. For example, the Infinix Hot 6 has 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. It also runs on an octa-core Snapdragon chipset and comes with two rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and a face ID lock feature. 

Its battery life is also awe-inspiring with a capacity of 4000 mAh, meaning you can play games, watch videos and make calls throughout the day. Trust me; there aren't any smartphones with such features at the same price as the Infinix Hot 6; it is a total bargain.

3. Huawei P20 Lite

The Huawei P20 Lite is considered a tablet smartphone due to its 5.84-inch screen. The screen makes it possible for this smartphone to house an impressive 2280 by 1080 pixel display, which means all your images and videos will be crystal clear. The Huawei P20 Lite also runs on the Android 8.0 operating system, one of the latest from Android, and is powered by a Kirin 659 chipset with eight cores.

It also has an impressive RAM (4GB) and 64GB of expandable memory. Thanks to two rear cameras and a powerful front camera, you can take the most explicit selfies using the Huawei P9 Lite. It is also very affordable. 

4. Nokia 4.2

It would be a mistake to talk about the best and most affordable smartphones in Kenya in 2019 without mentioning the Nokia 4.2. With a 5.71-inch IPS display, you can watch your favorite movies and videos with ease. It also has a 3GB RAM and extendable 32GB ROM, which means you can save as much data as you like. The Nokia 4.2 smartphone runs on an octa-core CPU and comes with dual back cameras (13MP and 2MP) and an 8MP front camera. 

It also has a fingerprint sensor, a 3000mAh battery, and comes with 4G LTE support. It might not be the most stylish of all smartphones on our list, but its features and performance make it worth the purchase.

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