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The Best Overall Physical Smartphones For Every Budget (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best Overall Physical Smartphones For Every Budget


This is the international top 10 list. Click here to check out the US version.

We could easily argue that displays, performance, and battery life are a smartphone's most essential features.

While that may be the truth, if the overall physics of the device doesn't stand out, we'll end up with a not-so-impressive phone.

There are more than a couple of features that can contribute to an overall better smartphone. While we can't evaluate the size (because that's up to everyone's preferences), we surely can score its weight.

We can also score the screen-to-body ratio, its build type, and the number of available color options. Together, that can help to define its looks.

So, to sum up, the perfect 10 must weight less than 5oz./150g., must have a full glass body, at least four color options, and a screen-to-body ratio of, at least, 86%. Something like the (now hard to find) Samsung Galaxy A40, if it only had a back glass... Luckily, we now have the iPhone 12 Mini, which weighs 135g/4.76oz.

Anyways, what you have here are eight lists where you can easily find those phones, even if you're on a budget. Also, these listings are updated regularly so, if you can't find what you want, check back in a week or so.

Tips: Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones. You can also find links to Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart (and updated prices) in any comparison article.



Pick your budget:





 Top 10 

  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $429    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    Android 9
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $699    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 9
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #10 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $535    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 10
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD


 Over $1000 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $1008    6.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049    6.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $1000 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Exynos)Galaxy S20 EX
    $799    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $899    6.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865+
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD


 Under $700 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $699    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 9
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $535    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 10
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #7 SonySony Xperia 5Xperia 5
    $649    8.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 9
    6.1" 1080x2520
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    3140mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Glass Protection
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 5Sony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 5
  • #10 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S10+ EX
    $689    8.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    Android 9
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD


 Under $500 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $429    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    Android 9
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 4GGal. S20 FE 4G
    $463    6.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #10 OnePlusOnePlus 8T8T
    $499    2.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 11
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+16+5+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 8 vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    8
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • oneplus nord vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T


 Under $400 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $359    8.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 9
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S20+ EX
    $329    7.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GGal. S20 FE 5G
    $359    6.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 10
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G


 Under $300 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A40Galaxy A40
    $240    4.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    Android 9
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    3100mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy a40 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A40
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50
  • #3 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $250    3.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+8+13Mp2x
    3070mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 9 vs xiaomi mi 9 seXiaomi
    Mi 9
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9 SE
  • #7 RealmeRealme XTXT
    $290    2.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    64+8+2+2Mp
    4000mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 8 pro vs realme xtXiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
    vs
    Realme
    XT


 Under $200 

  • #2 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $175    3.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    Android 8
    6.2" 1080x2248
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    12+12Mp2x
    3400mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 8 vs xiaomi mi 9Xiaomi
    Mi 8
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A30Galaxy A30
    $149    2.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    Android 9
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 32GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    4000mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy a30 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A30
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50
  • #4 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $180    2.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    Android 8
    6.2" 1080x2280
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    16+20Mp
    3300mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot

  • oneplus 6 vs oneplus 6tOnePlus
    6
    vs
    OnePlus
    6T
  • #5 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $141    2.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    Android 9
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 7 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Redmi Note 7
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #7 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    1.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    48+8+2+2Mp
    4035mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • realme 5 pro vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proRealme
    5 Pro
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro


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