15 Best Smartphones for Students in 2020: A Guide for Your Family

By Allison Curley
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Smartphones are a necessity, especially for students. With both schools and colleges taking online lectures, and students getting their assignments online, a good smartphone is a priority.

In all honesty, a student life without a smartphone is hard to imagine. And due to this increased usage, some might not be satisfied with just a good smartphone. To help you out, we have a list of the 15 best smartphones available in 2020:

Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus

The Galaxy S20 series is probably the best flagship phone available on the market today. The smartphones under the S20 series are S20 and S20 Plus; the latter features a larger display and higher-end specifications. One of the best features of the phone is its display, which features a refresh rate of 120hz. Apart from the terrific display, the phone comes with one of the best sets of cameras on the market, perfect for all sorts of photography.

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OnePlus 8 Pro

Over the past few years, OnePlus has gained a lot of recognition in the smartphone market. The brand is known for providing high-end features at a nominal price. The OnePlus 8 Pro is the brands latest handset in 2020. Just like the Galaxy S20, OnePlus features a liquid display with a refresh rate of 120hz and HDR10+. However, what makes OnePlus stand out is the User Interface it offers. The Oxygen OS is undoubtedly one of the best user interfaces you will ever come across.

iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max

Apple has been a leader in the smartphone market since the launch of its first iPhone that came in 2007. Some people might feel that the device is overpriced, starting at $999, especially when you can get similar features on other phones for a lesser price. But if you are looking for a device that offers a smooth and simple UI without any pop-up advertisements or clutter, the iPhone should be the ideal choice for you. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are the two flagship devices by Apple featuring high-end specs, from a great display to an outstanding camera.

Oppo Find X2 Pro

The Find X2 Pro is undoubtedly the best smartphone ever manufactured by Oppo. The device offers all the top-notch specs, including a 6.7-inch display, great processor, and, most importantly, extraordinary cameras. The read camera of Find X2 Pro comes with a 60x zoom that’s mind-blowing. However, according to reviews, the battery life on this device might be a letdown. At most, this handset offers you a day’s battery life with moderate usage, while other devices offer a better-optimized battery at a similar price.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The Note series offered by Samsung has always been the go-to device for users who love expressing their creativity. The Note 20 Ultra is a premium flagship device offered by Samsung. Apart from features like a spectacular display and powerful processor, the device has two features that make it stand out. The rear camera comes with a 50x digital zoom, which is beyond impressive. The best part about Note 20 ultra is its S Pen stylus that has been updated, which brings responsive input and a different mobile experience.

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Other Honorable Mentions – iPhone 11

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The iPhone 11 is a cheaper alternative for keeping up to date with the 11 series. In fact, some of the users believe that the iPhone 11 is the best value for money device ever manufactured by Apple. This is because the device comes with the latest processor, which is used in the iPhone 11 Pro. Apart from the processor, the iPhone 11 comes with a high-end dual-camera. However, if you want an iPhone with all the features, you must go for the Pro series.

Motorola Edge Plus

motorola edge plus

The sales of Motorola devices went downhill as the competition increased, but the company has made a comeback with its Edge Plus. The device comes with a host of features, including a 6.7 inch OLED HD+ display, which makes the screen look sharper, and a triple rear camera set, which delivers high-end photography. To add icing on the cake, the device also features support for 5G, which makes it future-proof.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Since its inception, Xiaomi has been a company that tends to cut the competition by offering the features of a flagship at nearly half the price. The Mi Note 10 is no different. The device comes with a 6.47-inch display with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 108MP shooter, which is something you rarely get to see. However, the processor offered isn’t as powerful as you might expect it to be. Yet, if you are looking for the features of a flagship smartphone at the price of an ordinary phone, the Mi Note 10 is worth checking out.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is one of the costliest phones offered by Samsung. The device comes with cutting-edge features like a 108MP camera, 5000mAh battery, 120-hertz display, and 5g support. However, the features of the device make it a lot costlier than the level of usage you might have as a student. In fact, you might be spending a lot more on features that you might not even use. Given that, if you want a smartphone that screams top-end features, you should check out the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

The Galaxy Note 10 Plus launched in Aug 2019, but it still competes with the standards of the latest devices available on the market in 2020. Note 10 comes with a handy stylus pen, just like others in the Note series, and features one of the best displays found on a smartphone. The two major drawbacks are the massive size and the price, which remains quite high.

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iPhone SE (2020)

In the year 2020, Apple came with the second generation of iPhone SE, a perfect device for those who want to own an iPhone but don’t want to break the bank. In terms of features, the iPhone SE does not pack a lot of specs. The phone comes with a 4.7-inch display making it a compact device to use.

OnePlus 8

If you want an OnePlus device but cannot afford the higher 8 Pro model, the OnePlus 8 is worth checking out. The smartphone comes with all the required features, including a 90-hertz display, excellent cameras, day-long battery life, etc. However, if you can increase your budget, you might want to switch to the OnePlus 8 pro.

Google Pixel 4 XL

Google has not been in the smartphone industry for a long time, however, the company is gaining recognition with the Pixel 4 XL. The smartphone comes with everything from a 90-hertz display to a camera that’s perfect for photography buffs.

Sony Xperia 1 II

In the previous decade, Sony tried making a comeback in the smartphone industry but ended up failing. But the company has decided to turn the tables with its new device Xperia 1 II. The device comes with top-end features. However, the two downsides are its price and weight. But if you are someone who is looking for a huge display, 5G connectivity, and does not care about the price, the Xperia 1 II is worth checking out.

Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus

In the year 2020, the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus might not hold a lot of significance, especially after the arrival of the new generation S20 and S20 Plus. However, the device still comes with a lot of premium features that offer everything a student needs.