WIRED Tested. Shopping for a new phone can be an ordeal. Let us take some of the pain out of it with these picks and tips.
If money is no object, the Galaxy S20 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) has everything you want in an Android phone and then some. You get wireless charging, a MicroSD card slot, water resistance, long battery life, booming speakers, a nice screen size in a body that fits your palm, and beautifully made all-glass hardware. Not to mention a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor inside and a triple-camera setup that’s fantastic, allowing you to snap great photos at a variety of zoom levels. Other perks include a bright 120-Hz OLED screen that’s slightly nicer than the one on the S20 Fan Edition.
Samsung does go overboard with the specs, offering 8K video recording and 5G compatibility. Neither can really be utilized to their fullest potential at the moment, so don’t let those additional features influence your buying decision. Sadly, there’s no headphone jack on the S20, but you do get decent USB-C earbuds in the box.
Why we chose the standard S20: There are three top-end Samsung phones this year: the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. The Plus costs $200 more but isn’t worth the extra cash, and the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is an excellent phone with even better cameras and a much bigger screenif you want to pay a huge premium for it.
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