2020 smartphones: which is better to buy?

Almost all manufacturers refused to use the stylus in their smartphones: practice suggests that almost no one uses the stylus. At the same time, the cost of the touch device in the presence of a stylus increases. Still, several models are still on sale. Let’s take a closer look.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 12 / 256GB

One of the coolest smartphones on the market – and even without a stylus! Like other smartphones in the series, the latter is hidden inside the case.

This is the older version, which received a large 6.8-inch display, the most powerful Samsung Exynos 9825 processor and as much as 12 GB of RAM in this version.

There is support for fast and wireless charging, protection against IP68 water, cool sound in the headphones and from the speaker.

Some of the best cameras are noted: the front single (see how it fits into the display), and the main one consists of 4 modules at once: main, wide-angle, telephoto + TOF.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.8 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3040 × 1440
  • Weight: 196g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9825
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 12/16/12 MP modules + 3D depth camera
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 8 / 256GB

In this generation, Samsung introduced two versions of Note 10 at once, which was not the case before – bigger and smaller. This version is with a 6.3-inch screen. It is cheaper, but not only that distinguishes it.

The Galaxy Note 10 has smaller housing dimensions, which is understandable, the battery capacity is not so large (3500 mAh), the RAM is 8 GB, there is no memory card slot and TOF module in the main camera, a version with 5G support (this version is available for Galaxy Note 10+).

At the same time, all Note 10 is decently cheaper, and the stylus is exactly the same.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 168g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9825
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 12/16/12 MP
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite 6 / 128GB

Samsung has finally introduced a cheaper version of the flagship Galaxy Note 10, which received the prefix Lite. And yes, in it you will find the S Pen.

The display is simpler here, the main camera, which consists of three modules, the chipset (Samsung Exynos 9810) and the platform as a whole, there is no wireless charging and water protection, but the Galaxy Note 10 Lite remains a very interesting device.

It’s good that a powerful battery is used – at 4500 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 199g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9810
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 12/12/12
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei Mate 20X 128GB

Let’s say right away – the Huawei Mate 20X received stylus support, but the proprietary stylus will have to be purchased separately – it is called the Huawei M-Pen. Alas, there is no space for him in the case. It should be noted that acquiring the Mate 20X is not so easy – it was not officially delivered to our market.

The advantages of the Huawei Mate 20X include a huge 7.2-inch display, a powerful 5000 mAh battery, and a cool rear camera, which, as far as we know, went to him from the Mate 20 Pro.

The platform is also powerful: HiSilicon Kirin 980 chip, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.

  • Screen diagonal: 7.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2244 × 1080
  • Weight: 232g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 40/20/8 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB

Samsung’s top-end smartphone, one of the company’s flagships.

The stylus here is not simple, but with its own battery – it charges while it is inside the smartphone. There is protection – you cannot insert the stylus into the case on the wrong side. The pen has got new functionality – it can be used to control the smartphone as a remote control, for example, remotely switching slides. In short, with every new generation the stylus is getting better and better.

As for the smartphone, there is nothing special to tell – the very flagship with almost the best display and cameras on the market, chic design, support for fast and wireless charging, an iris scanner, a powerful battery, etc..

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 201g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9810
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

LG Q Stylus+

LG is promoting the new Q series. It is distinguished by the fact that it received IP68 water resistance, as well as a case protected by the military standard MIL-STD 810G. No, this does not mean that it cannot be broken, but it is much less afraid of aggressive influences than smartphones without protection.

Well, we are interested in the stylus. He hides inside the case, it is easy to get it and immediately start using it for its intended purpose, for example, for taking notes or just for scrolling through the desktop. You can also make notes in documents or on the pages of the site.

This is not a flagship smartphone, but a mid-range smartphone with a 6.2-inch widescreen display.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 172g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 16 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB

Obviously, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will not disappear from the market for a long time. And this is even good: such a beautiful model has become much cheaper and there is reason to believe that the cost will decrease in the future.

It has a smaller display and battery capacity than the more recent Galaxy Note 9, but the stylus hasn’t gone anywhere, just like the powerful platform, smart cameras, various ways to unlock the desktop, support for fast and wireless charging, water resistance.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 195g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9 Octa 8895
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 512GB

The same Galaxy Note 9, but with a capacity of 512 GB of internal memory – almost a portable drive! But there is another important difference – the amount of RAM in this version is higher, 8 GB, and not 6 GB.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 201g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9810
  • Memory capacity: 512 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 128GB

Galaxy Note 8 128GB differs from Galaxy Note 8 64GB in only one – the amount of internal storage. The amount of RAM remains unchanged, it is 6 GB.

Also, sometimes there is a version of 256 GB of internal memory, but it is more difficult to find with us. Mostly there is a version with 64 GB of main memory.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 195g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9 Octa 8895
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 32GB

Oddly enough, at the time of writing, we found several places where you can buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Perhaps these are restored smartphones, so be careful.

Galaxy Note 5 is not like the latest Samsung models, there is no large widescreen display or dual camera, but the smartphone is still not bad: it has support for fast and wireless charging, a powerful platform, a stylus – by itself.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 171g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7420
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 16 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Memory card support: no

LG Stylus II K520

Theoretically, you can find on sale the LG Stylus II K520 with a stylus, but you need to understand that this is a budget smartphone and by current standards it will seem weak. For example, the amount of RAM is only 1.5 GB, and the resolution of a fairly large 5.7-inch display is only 1280 × 720 pixels.

But the battery capacity is not bad for such a display and platform – 3000 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 145g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: ARM Cortex-A53
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1.5 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Main camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes