Good devices for every requirement
Warentest lists its smartphone favorites
May 11, 2022, 6:16 p.m
Stiftung Warentest tests 24 current smartphones, including the new iPhone SE. This completes the list of the best devices for various requirements, from the camera stars to the long-distance runners and good price hits. ntv.de introduces them.
It took a while, but now Stiftung Warentest has also tested the latest Samsung flagships and 22 other current smartphones. The new leaderboards with the overall winners and the top devices in various categories are now fixed.
The best of all
That remains the overall leader Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max with a quality rating of 1.6. The testers found the display and stability very good, cameras, handling and battery good. They also rated the basic functions, which include voice quality, network sensitivity, computing power and location, as good. With 128 gigabytes (GB) of memory, the Apple flagship costs around 1250 euros.
The freshly tested and just as expensive one was just behind Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra place with a quality rating of 1.7. It got a 1 for its display, and the device did well in all other categories. The subtle difference to the Apple champion is mainly a slightly weaker endurance.
The overall grade of 1.7 was achieved by three other top smartphones, including this iPhone 13 Pro (1150 euros), which just doesn’t last as long as its big brother. That Sony Xperia 5 II (875 euros) owes the note to its strong endurance, a very good display and high stability, among other things. That Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (930 euros) is practically as good as its successor, it only lacks the integrated S Pen and it will no longer receive updates a year earlier.
The camera stars
Powerful chips, great displays et cetera also have many mid-range smartphones, the flagships actually only differ from them by better cameras. It is therefore not surprising that the overall winners from Stiftung Warentest also select the devices that deliver the best photos and videos. Both that iPhone 13 Pro Max as well as that iPhone 13 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra received a grade of 1.7 in this category.
Good smartphones up to 500 euros
Smartphones with good cameras are also available at much lower prices, and the middle class is also catching up more and more in this area. Proof is the leader in the best smartphones up to 500 euros. That Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G only costs about 375 euros, but with an overall rating of 1.9 it was hardly weaker than the expensive flagships last year. The product test gave its display a very good rating, and all other categories were good.
That cut almost as well Samsung Galaxy A52 with a quality rating of 2.0. Except for a slightly less powerful processor, it is practically identically equipped, but is already available for 270 euros. They got the same overall grade Xiaomi Poco F3 (355 euros) and that honor 50 (375 euros). However, both have only satisfactory cameras.
Good devices up to 300 euros
Even if you want to spend less than 300 euros, you don’t have to do without a good smartphone. Of course, the Galaxy A52 is at the forefront here, and it can even keep up with more expensive devices. But for a price starting at 240 euros, that’s it too Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro interesting that received the overall grade 2.1. The display and battery performance were rated with a 1, but you have to make concessions in terms of stability and handling, which the product test found only satisfactory.
That Redmi Note 10s costs only around 200 euros, but is almost identical to the Redmi Note 10 Pro and also achieved the quality rating of 2.1. It’s more stable, but doesn’t take quite as good photos and videos. It’s also worth taking a look at Oppo A94 (Overall rating 2.2), which also offers a very good display for 240 euros and is very stable. The battery and basic functions are good, the camera and handling are satisfactory.
The endurance runners
If you are primarily looking for a smartphone that can last as long as possible without a power outlet, this is the best choice OnePlus Nord CE 2 served for about 340 euros. The device received an overall quality rating of 2.1, its battery got a smooth 1. The display and stability are good, the camera and handling are satisfactory.
This is the price-performance star among good endurance runners Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 with an overall grade of 2.2. You can get it for 190 euros. In fact, its screen is very good, in the other categories it scored just a bit weaker than the OnePlus Nord CE 2.
This is a hot endurance tip in the upper middle class Samsung Galaxy A72, which, with a quality rating of 1.8, is almost one of the very best smartphones in the product test list. Battery and display are very good, camera, handling, basic functions and stability are good. Average price: 650 euros. That holds up among the top smartphones Sony Xperia 5 II the longest through.
Particularly robust smartphones
Sometimes at work or in your free time it is important that a device can withstand a lot. For the stability grade, the smartphones have to pass fall tests at Stiftung Warentest and prove that they are waterproof and scratch-resistant.
Unsurprisingly, the outdoor cell phone turned out to be the most robust Cat S62 Pro (Overall grade 2.7), which you can buy for about 540 euros. Its stability is very good, display and handling are good. The battery, camera and basic functions performed satisfactorily. However, the top-of-the-range smartphone also achieved a solid 1 for its stability Sony Xperia 5 II.
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