Best cell phones to buy in 2022: from cheap to top of the line

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The best cell phone is the one that meets the needs of the user. Whether to take good pictures, play without crashes or have a battery that lasts for days. If you are looking for the ideal smartphone, our list brings together the main highlights of 2022 divided by categories. Also see their pros and cons before buying.

Categories:

  • Best top of the line cell phone
  • Best top of the line Android phone
  • Best value cell phone
  • Best good and cheap cell phone
  • Phone with the best camera
  • Best battery cell phone
  • best mobile to play
  • Mobile with the best screen

Best high-end phone: iPhone 13 Pro Max



Pros:
- Powerful camera;
- Cinema shooting mode;
- Long-lasting battery;
- Screen with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz;
- Powerful processor;
- Water resistant up to 6 m deep.

Cons:
- Does not come with charger;
- Price.

Launched in September 2022, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has already arrived to take the place of the best top-of-the-line phone of the year. The device stands out for the powerful set of three 12 MP cameras, which, in this version, received a larger main sensor.

Cinema shooting mode comes to the model, which creates a blurred background effect in up to 4K quality videos, giving the production a professional air. The 6.7-inch OLED screen has gained refresh rates of up to 120 Hz, and the powerful battery is capable of lasting up to 121 hours.

Also noteworthy is the A15 Bionic chipset, considered one of the most powerful on the market, clocked at up to 3.22 GHz. Like its predecessor, it offers water resistance up to 6 m deep for up to 30 minutes.



Data sheet:

Fabric: Super Retina XDR OLED 6.7 inches (2778 x 1284 pixels) | 120 Hz
Colors: Graphite, gold, silver, Sierra blue
Main Cameras: 12 MP (ƒ/1.5) + 12 MP (ƒ/2.8) + 12 MP (ƒ/1.8)
Frontal camera: 12 MP (ƒ / 2.2)
Storage: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB
Processor: Apple A15 Bionic of 5 nm (hexa-core of ate 3.22 GHz)
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Battery: Li-Ion 4352 mAh - wireless charging compatible
5G: Yea
Price: From R $ 11.199,00 at Amazon.com.br

Best high-end Android phone: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Pros:
- Powerful set of four rear cameras;
- Shoots in 8K quality;
- Compatible with the S Pen;
- Long-lasting battery;
- Display with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz.

Cons:
- Charger not included.

The clash between the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is so fierce that it can almost be considered a technical tie. The quartet of rear cameras is one of the flagships of Samsung's smartphone and allows you to take pictures while filming in up to 8K quality. The selfie is on account of a 40 MP lens.

The 6.8-inch screen has 2X Dynamic AMOLED technology, which guarantees more realistic colors at a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Another positive point of the display is its compatibility with the S Pen. The long-lasting battery, which lasts up to 114 hours, is also worth mentioning.


Data sheet:

Fabric: Dynamic AMOLED 2X 6.8 polegadas (3200 x 1440 pixels) | 120 Hz
Colors: black and silver
Main cameras: 108 MP (f / 1.8) + 10 MP (f / 4.9) + 10 MP (f / 2.4) + 12 MP (f / 2.2)
Frontal camera: 40 MP (ś / 2.2)
Storage: 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB
Memory: 12 GB of RAM
Processor: 2100nm Exynos 5 (up to 2,9GHz octa-core)
Battery: Li-Ion 5000 mAh - wireless charging compatible
5G: Yea
Price: From R $ 4.728,90 at Amazon.com.br


Best value for money phone: Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

Pros:
- Unbeatable processor;
- Screen with 120 Hz refresh rate;
- Rugged battery.

Cons:
- It does not have 5G technology;
- Camera disappoints in low light environments.

Want a good cell phone without having to wipe out your savings? Then Xiaomi's Poco X3 Pro might be the right smartphone for you. Despite the price, it is equipped with the octa-core Snapdragon 860 processor (7 nm), which guarantees enviable performance for a mid-range device.

It is possible to play without facing inconvenient crashes. Like the top of the line, its 6,67-inch IPS LCD screen has a 120 Hz refresh rate, ensuring fast response to touches. The 5160 mAh Li-Po battery, capable of lasting up to 112 hours, is another plus point.

The Poco X3 Pro has four rear cameras capable of taking 4K videos. The perfect selfie comes with the 20 MP front camera. All for less than $2.


Data sheet:

Fabric: 6.67 inch IPS LCD (1080 x 2400 pixels) | 120 Hz
Colors: Black, blue and bronze
Main cameras: 48 MP (f / 1.8) + 8 MP (f / 2.2) + 2 MP (f / 2.4) + 2 MP (f / 2.4)
Frontal camera: 20 MP (f / 2.2)
Storage: 128 GB (expandable to 256 GB)
Memory: 6 GB or 8 GB RAM
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 7nm (octa-core up to 2,96GHz)
Battery: 5160mAh Li-Po
5G: no
Price: From R $ 1.780,00 at Amazon.com.br

Best good and cheap cell phone: Moto G10


Pros:
- Battery of respect;
- Above average storage space for the category;
- 48 MP main camera;
- Videos with good quality.

Cons:
- Processor could be better;
- Low resolution front camera;
- Low quality night photos.

The Moto G10 is the best option for those who don't want to spend more than BRL 1200 on a cell phone. The 64GB storage capacity with 4GB RAM of this entry-level Motorola model deserves attention, something unusual for devices in the same price range.

The battery is powerful, capable of lasting up to 152 hours. Another positive point is the camera system with a 48 MP sensor. The result is good photos in bright environments and videos with quality above the average of other cell phones in its category.

Data sheet:

Fabric: 6.5 inch IPS LCD (1600 x 720 pixels)
Colors: Aurora gray and floral white
Main cameras: 48 MP (f / 1.7) + 8 MP (f / 2.2) + 2 MP (f / 2.4) + 2 MP (f / 2.4)
Frontal camera: 8 MP (f / 2.2)
Storage: 64GB (expandable up to 1TB)
Memory: 4 GB of RAM
Processor: Qualcomm SM4250 Snapdragon 460 11nm (octa-core up to 1,8GHz)
Battery: 5000mAh Li-Po
5G: no
Price: From R $ 1.189,00 at Amazon.com.br

Phone with the best camera: iPhone 13 Pro Max

Pros:
- Good for indoor and outdoor photos;
- Fast and accurate autofocus;
- 3x optical zoom;
- Good results even in low light environments;
- Great video stabilization;
- Cinema effect.

Cons:
- Price;
- Front camera does not have autofocus;
- Loss of depth in backlit environments.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max appears on our list again, this time in the position of smartphone with the best camera available in our country. The cell phone is ranked 4th by the independent website DXOMARK, recognized worldwide for its tests of smartphones and other electronic devices.

The camera system consists of a trio of 12 MP lenses. The telephoto lens offers up to 3x optical zoom and the ultra-wide lens features a new macro mode, which captures close objects in detail. The wide-angle, combined with the other two lenses, guarantees quality photos even in low light environments.

We cannot leave out the new Cinema Effect, which allows you to change the focus automatically or manually while recording a video. The fast and accurate autofocus system also deserves praise.

Phone with the best battery: Samsung Galaxy M51

Pros:
- Resists more than 3 days of use;
- Supports more than 30 hours of video streaming;
- Good management of energy use;
- Powerful processor;
- Good set of cameras;
- Cost benefit.

Cons:
- Slow recharge;
- Robust battery makes the phone big and heavy.

The Samsung Galaxy M51 is one of the smartphones with the most powerful battery on the Brazilian market. Its powerful 7000 mAh battery has an autonomy of up to 152 hours.

The device can handle 63 hours of music streaming, 16 hours of direct play and up to 30 hours of video streaming. Add to this enviable power management a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor.

The main camera consists of 4 lenses with a maximum resolution of 64 MP and the selfie camera by one of 32 MP.

Data sheet:

Fabric: Super AMOLED Plus 6.7 inches (2400 x 1080 pixels)
Colors: Black and white
Main cameras: 64 MP (f / 1.8) + 12 MP (f / 2.2) + 5 MP (f / 2.4) + 5 MP (f / 2.4)
Frontal camera: 32 MP (f / 2.0)
Storage: 128GB (expandable up to 512GB)
Memory: 6 GB or 8 GB RAM
Processor: Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G 8nm (octa-core up to 2,2GHz)
Battery: 7000mAh Li-Po
5G: no
Price: From R $ 2.349,00 at Amazon.com.br

Best phone to play: Asus ROG Phone 5

Pros:
- Excellence in performance;
- Screen with 144 Hz refresh rate;
- Control by gestures and side buttons;
- Stereo sound provided by 2 dedicated speakers;
- Compatible with modular accessories;
- Battery life.

Cons:
- Not compatible with all predecessors accessories;
- It is not water resistant;
- Camera disappoints in low light environments.

Are you looking for a gamer cell phone to play games like Free Fire, League of Legends or GTA? Created especially for gamers, the Asus ROG Phone 5 is the smartphone that offers the best gaming experience right now.

Equipped with the powerful latest-generation Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm) processor, it ensures lightweight and stutter-free performance. Add that to a recognition system of up to 10 gestures and ultrasonic side buttons.

The 6.68-inch AMOLED display has a refresh rate of 144 Hz, ensuring an extremely fast touch response. It is also worth mentioning the sound system composed of two dedicated speakers, capable of offering quality stereo sound.

Data sheet:

Fabric: 10-inch AMOLED HDR6,78+ (2448 x 1080 pixels) | 144Hz
Colors: Black
Main cameras: 64 MP (f / 1.8) + 13 MP (f / 2.4) + 5 MP (f / 2.0)
Frontal camera: 24 MP (f / 2.5)
Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB
Memory: 8GB, 12GB or 16GB RAM
Processor: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G 5nm (up to 2,84GHz octa-core)
Battery: 6000mAh Li-Po
5G: Yes
Price: From R $ 5.999,00 at Amazon.com.br

Honorable Mention: Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

The Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro is a good alternative for those who want to play games on their cell phones, but are not willing to invest almost R$ 6 thousand. The smartphone has a state-of-the-art processor, the Snapdragon 860, which guarantees fluid gameplay and no lags.

The device has liquid cooling technology, to prevent overheating while gaming, and dual speakers. The screen has fast touch response thanks to the 120 Hz refresh rate.

The device also has a powerful battery, capable of supporting up to 11 hours straight of games. All this for less than R$ 1.800,00.

Phone with the best screen: iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

In terms of the best screen, we have practically a technical tie between the biggest top of the line on the market. The Apple device had a slight advantage over the Samsung device in the DXOMARK website tests, with 99 points against 91.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Pros:
- Faithful colors in photos and videos;
- Fast and fluid touch response;
- Good readability.

Cons:
- Default reading mode is too dark;
- The notch is still big.

The 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display is capable of faithfully reproducing colors in photos and videos at different angles. Another plus point is the speed of touch response, thanks to the 120 Hz refresh rate, which doesn't compromise on the screen's fluid usability.

The device also proved to be a great read both indoors and in daylight. However, it lacks the default night mode, which is too dark and difficult to read.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Pros:
- Great automatic brightness adjustment when watching videos;
- Faithful colors in videos;
- Good readability;
- Compatible with S Pen.

Cons:
- Colors are not so faithful in the photos;
- Less accurate touch response than expected.

Samsung's flagship has a 2-inch 6.8X Dynamic AMOLED display, which stands out for smooth auto-brightness adaptation and color fidelity in videos. Therefore, it can be a great option for those who like to watch streaming apps on their smartphone.

The cell phone also guarantees good readability both indoors and in daylight. Unfortunately, the device's screen can suffer a little in the touch response time when using some apps, such as when zooming in photos and when touching the edges of the screen in certain games.

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