Choosing a phone is always simple: if you have a lot of money, get an iPhone, and if you don’t have a lot of money, get a Samsung. There is no money at all — look towards Huawei, and then Xiaomi. Each manufacturer is good in its own way and offers the best phones in its price segment.
Not Pro or Pro Max, this is the regular iPhone 12, which is the top choice among the best iPhones. It just offers the best value for money, and compared to it, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max are very expensive.
Technically, the smartphone is good: OLED screen + Apple A14 bionic processor + smart camera with OIS and decent autonomy. Of course, the build quality, software and water resistance are at the highest level. Considering that discounts are often given lately, it is better to take the iPhone 12 if you have a lot of money.
Samsung Galaxy S20+
The flagship of last year and one of the most successful phones of the Korean brand. It was released in 2020 and received hundreds of positive reviews. At the start of sales, the iPhone 12 cost the same as now, but now the price has dropped significantly, and the Galaxy S20 + can be found for 45 thousand rubles. This is almost 20 thousand rubles cheaper than the cost of the iPhone 12.
Among the obvious advantages of the Galaxy S20+ are a gorgeous 120Hz screen, water resistance, a camera with OIS + a telephoto lens with 3x zoom, etc. Hot Exynos 990 processor. This is also a disadvantage. Although this is a powerful flagship chip, excessive heat and therefore system lags can occur under high loads. But in order to load a smartphone so much, you need to try. Definitely the best smartphone for 50 thousand rubles.
Huawei P30 Pro
The phone has been on the Russian market for more than two years. This is the most successful flagship of the Chinese brand, which at the start cost 70 thousand rubles, and now it can be found for 38-39 thousand rubles at the Tmall sale. In large chain stores, it has long been unavailable.
Nevertheless, up to 40 thousand rubles it has no equal: a chic OLED screen + 7 — nm Kirin 980 processor + a camera with OIS, optics and software from Lecica + a periscope zoom camera with 5x zoom and premium quality materials and assembly — all this is available for less than 40 thousand rubles.
And I don’t care that the phone is a little dated — it has the latest software and Google support, unlike other Huawei smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro or Mi 10T
Phones are 90% similar to each other. The only difference is the camera. Mi 10T Pro has a 108-megapixel sensor + optics with stabilization. On Mi 10T, the camera is worse — 64 MP and without OIS. True, the difference in price is significant — about 5 thousand rubles. In general, Mi 10T can be found for 34-36 thousand rubles, and for this money the device is gorgeous.
Both smartphones are equipped with 144Hz screens with HDR10, powerful Snapdragon 865 processors, large 5000mAh batteries, which means that they have no problems with performance and autonomy. There is stereo sound, NFC-too, in the kit for both models there are charges of 33 watts.
A great option for people who want to have a smartphone as close to a flagship as possible, but the budget is very limited. Anything below the Mi 10T or Mi 10T Pro is in the middle class.