The Best Smartphones 2020

Axiarus

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This article is missing QWERTY smartphones entirely. Writing something more than two words plus some emojis with virtual keyboard is a pain.


For $ 339.99

- Physical keyboard
- IP67
- 8M+16M Cameras
- 128GB flash + 6GB RAM
- 6000mAh Battery
- NFC
- Dual SIM
- Fingerprint sensor
- 3,5 mm connector
- Did I mention physical keyboard?

Screen is almost square so widescreen fullscreen videos leave much space blank. But who cares? Videos are better to watch from tablet/laptop/TV/computer/you name it. There is also Real Deal: you can scroll screen swiping keyboard. So just scrolling is possible without touching screen itself. When just reading something, your fingers are not on way.

Definitely deserves place on this list. Simply awesome product considering price.
Huh, just swipe to type. Both Android and iOS have this. It is superior to any other way of typing. It is worth getting used to.
 
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lazer

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While Samsung is a very good phone, after mine dropped and broke, I got a LG and am very happy with it. Has good sound and solid features. Have it over a year - no problems.
 
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HardReset

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Huh, just swipe to type. Both Android and iOS have this. It is superior to any other way of typing. It is worth getting used to.
Swipe to type works badly if trying to write other word that system guesses, write short words (necessary to press space), there are same consecutive letters or trying to write not words but more like "code". In those cases physical keyboard is much better. Titan also supports swipe to type but it also offers physical keyboard for cases where it's superior.
 

Axiarus

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Swipe to type works badly if trying to write other word that system guesses, write short words (necessary to press space), there are same consecutive letters or trying to write not words but more like "code". In those cases physical keyboard is much better. Titan also supports swipe to type but it also offers physical keyboard for cases where it's superior.
If it types a word you weren't trying to type there are suggestions above the keyboard to press and insert the correct word. After you type a word it inserts a space, so no need to press space. Consecutive letters just require a loop on the letter. If physical keyboards were better they would be used during texting competitions, which they aren't.
 

HardReset

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If it types a word you weren't trying to type there are suggestions above the keyboard to press and insert the correct word. After you type a word it inserts a space, so no need to press space. Consecutive letters just require a loop on the letter. If physical keyboards were better they would be used during texting competitions, which they aren't.
If suggestions contain only wrong words, then what? In that case there should not be automatic space, right? Loop on the letter does not sound very convincing.

Another problem with virtual keyboard is that you basically must look at keyboard when typing. There is no proper physical feedback with virtual keyboard, that makes writing almost impossible without looking at it.

How many desktop users use virtual keyboard instead physical one? Your claim suggests that all desktop users should ditch physical keyboard and get virtual one, yeah right. Not gonna happen. Fact is that human physiology is better suited for physical keyboard use rather than virtual one. That's a fact, like it or not. I doubt physical keyboards are allowed on texting competitions. As they would be superior.

Only REAL reason why virtual keyboards exist on phones is to allow bigger screen for casual BS things like watching (porn) videos and taking (nude) pictures.
 

Axiarus

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If suggestions contain only wrong words, then what? In that case there should not be automatic space, right? Loop on the letter does not sound very convincing.

Another problem with virtual keyboard is that you basically must look at keyboard when typing. There is no proper physical feedback with virtual keyboard, that makes writing almost impossible without looking at it.

How many desktop users use virtual keyboard instead physical one? Your claim suggests that all desktop users should ditch physical keyboard and get virtual one, yeah right. Not gonna happen. Fact is that human physiology is better suited for physical keyboard use rather than virtual one. That's a fact, like it or not. I doubt physical keyboards are allowed on texting competitions. As they would be superior.

Only REAL reason why virtual keyboards exist on phones is to allow bigger screen for casual BS things like watching (porn) videos and taking (nude) pictures.
Dude, like I said, it takes getting used to. Very rarely does the suggestion contain only wrong words. Happens to me what...once a week maybe? Looping on a letter is very quick. I can absolutely swipe to type without looking at my phone with minor mistakes. Even then I just press the word and press the correct suggested word. You are not going to beat someone using swipe to type with a physical keyboard. You are seriously underestimating how fast it is once you learn it. Desktop users have the advantage of using all of their fingers and not just their thumbs. Switching to virtual on desktop would be dumb.
 

HardReset

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Dude, like I said, it takes getting used to. Very rarely does the suggestion contain only wrong words. Happens to me what...once a week maybe? Looping on a letter is very quick. I can absolutely swipe to type without looking at my phone with minor mistakes. Even then I just press the word and press the correct suggested word. You are not going to beat someone using swipe to type with a physical keyboard. You are seriously underestimating how fast it is once you learn it. Desktop users have the advantage of using all of their fingers and not just their thumbs. Switching to virtual on desktop would be dumb.
Possible when writing only common words or words written previously.

When you select word, you must look at your phone to select correct word. Pretty far from typing without looking keyboard (or suggestions) at all.

I think you are underestimating physical keyboard because you can use other fingers too than just thumb. And yes, I mean phones with physical keyboard. Additionally, you can also use touch display to select correct suggestion when using physical keyboard for typing.

Perhaps you are exception. Usually I can very easily tell when text is written with virtual keyboard and not physical one. Wrong words and/or misspellings tell that very easily. Even if you can use virtual keyboard very well, large majority of people do not.
 

mark kram

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Buying from the manufacturer also means no added retail bloatware. As far as I can tell there are only two manufacturers that sell phones directly, Apple and Motorola. Cheap android phones never have the latest android operating system, but Motorola is on top of any security updates. I
I bought a Moto X4 last year. It was a $400 phone on sale directly from Motorola for $200. If it was priced at $400, I would have looked elsewhere. It looks like it is no longer available, however, this phone will last me for years. I have a DSLR, so the camera was not a factor in my decision.

On checking the Motorola site, I note that there are a number of phones on sale if anyone is looking for finding a phone within their budget range that, like the X4, normally falls out of that range.

It is interesting that the Amazon link given in the article for the G8 play specifically states "No US Warranty". :confused:
 

mark kram

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Possible when writing only common words or words written previously.

When you select word, you must look at your phone to select correct word. Pretty far from typing without looking keyboard (or suggestions) at all.

I think you are underestimating physical keyboard because you can use other fingers too than just thumb. And yes, I mean phones with physical keyboard. Additionally, you can also use touch display to select correct suggestion when using physical keyboard for typing.

Perhaps you are exception. Usually I can very easily tell when text is written with virtual keyboard and not physical one. Wrong words and/or misspellings tell that very easily. Even if you can use virtual keyboard very well, large majority of people do not.
Personally I prefer voice texting. Yeah the software makes mistakes, but it is still a lot easier than texting with my fingers.
 

Edito

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At any of those price points, there are Xiaomi or Realme phones that are superior. But the recommendation of iPhone SE is the biggest crime of all. That phone would need to cost 200 dollars to be good value. Even my 10 month old Redmi 9T, which you can buy for 280 dollars, is very superior to that iPhone in nearly every aspect
I think that the entire purpose of this article is to tell the world that the iPhone SE is the best thing for budget users, but you are right... for every iphone there is a Xiaomi and other brands that are superior...
 

p51d007

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I've had the 7T since mid March, not one issue. Fast, works like it should, good battery, updates every other month.
 
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