Renowned tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee, known as MKBHD, hosts the annual Smartphone Awards, picking the top smartphones in various categories. Last year, the iPhone won him awards in three different categories. Still, the competition has stolen the show from Apple’s smartphones this year.
Like last year, MKBHD will have a number of prize categories dedicated to smartphones. as follows:
- best big phone
- best small phone
- best camera system
- best battery
- design award
- Value Award
- Bust of the Year
- MVP (Phone of the Year)
It’s no surprise that several Android phones are vying for the top prize. However, Apple only offers eight different iPhone models for him, and he only introduced five this year. Naturally, even though the prize was based on his MKBHD standards, he took into account technical details and personal experience with each device to compete for the prize.
But how does the iPhone compare to all other Android phones?
best big phone
A giant phone, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch screen. MKBHD chose Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra as the Best Big Phone of 2022. That the S22 Ultra takes advantage of all these features.
In the same category, the ASUS ROG Phone 6 was praised by MKBHD for having “surprisingly huge stereo front-facing speakers” and a headphone port. The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 was also highly rated. When folded, it has the same thickness as a standard phone.
best small phone
Apple won the Best Small Phone award last year with the iPhone 13 mini. After all, the market for small cell phones is increasingly scarce. In short, the iPhone 13 small was the iPhone 13 with the best technology in a 5.4-inch body. But this year, Apple ditched his iPhone small and released the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
Therefore, ASUS Zenfone 9 has been voted Best Small Phone of 2022. Considering the screen he is 5.9 inches, it is definitely smaller than the iPhone 13 mini. Still, it’s much smaller than most modern phones. The Zenfone 9 is “arguably the best phone of its size,” according to MKBHD, thanks to top specs, an “amazing camera,” a headphone jack, and long battery life.
The flip phone Oppo Find N2 scored well in this category because it folds down to be very small.
best camera system
With so many criteria for images and videos and individual preferences for color and clarity, choosing the best smartphone camera can be a lot of work. Google’s Pixel 6A won his MKBHD blind smartphone camera test a few days ago, with the Pixel 7 Pro coming in second.
How does MKBHD taste? He praised the Pixel 7 and Vivo X90 Pro+ images, but this year’s Best Camera System award went to his iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The YouTuber said the iPhone is more reliable, citing the speed with which he can open the camera app and take a picture, the uniformity of all lenses, and how well the device shoots video compared to all Android handsets. It claims to offer a photographic experience.
ASUS ROG Phone 6 wins 2022 best battery award. ASUS designed it as a smartphone for gamers, so it has a 6,000 mAh battery. With fast charging up to 65W, the battery can be charged from 0% to 100% in less than an hour.
The Best Battery award went to last year’s winner, the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Many other reviewers praised the battery life of his year-old iPhone, despite it having a 120Hz display. Apple kept the battery size the same and added an Always-on Display, so the iPhone 14 Pro Max offered a different battery experience than his iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Surprisingly, Marques praised the iPhone 14 Plus’ battery life, saying it’s better than the iPhone 14 Pro Max because it has a standard 60Hz display without Always-on. The iPhone 14 Plus consumes less power than the iPhone 14 Pro.
Even MKBHD acknowledges how subjective design categories can be. The Nothing Phone is the 2022 design award winning smartphone. The Nothing Phone looks like a modern iPhone from the side. The Nothing Phone’s translucent back, on the other hand, is covered in LEDs and can be used for a variety of purposes, including notifications and a flashlight while shooting.
“It straddles the line between function and gimmick. […] I think it’s cool. It is interesting to be able to check the battery level while charging. […] Such details. There aren’t many mobile phones experimenting with novel ideas. ”
The Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 received an honorable mention in the design category for being a foldable phone that looks much more substantial than its predecessors.
The Value Award went to Google’s Pixel 7 this year after the Pixel 6 won it last year. According to MKBHD, the Pixel 7 is the best smartphone in the $599 price range, and its specs are better than some of the more expensive flagships. It was very good, he continued. [Pixel] The 7 Pro doesn’t feel like a great deal. ”
A second honorable mention went to the $699 ASUS Zenfone 9, a “very interesting combination” with a 120Hz display. This honor was awarded in the Value Award category.
Bust of the Year
The $1,500 Microsoft Surface Duo 2 has two different screens and was named 2021 Bust of the Year. The OnePlus 10T was named Bust of the Year by MKBHD this year. ,” according to the publication.
MVP (Phone of the Year)
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra has won the title of Phone of the Year for 2021. But what about this year? In 2022, Google’s Pixel 7 will dominate. As previously mentioned, MKBHD claims the Pixel 7 is very affordable due to its excellent camera, display, battery, and “flagship software experience.” It’s also much cheaper than comparable high-end phones.
For similar reasons, the ASUS Zenfone 9 was awarded the prestigious Phone of the Year award. The Galaxy S22 Ultra, which MKBHD ranked him third in this category, is one of the best phones available in 2022, despite being “boring” and “expensive.”
The iPhone was only allowed into one of three categories from 2021 to 2022. However, MKBHD emphasized that they prefer the iPhone camera for its outstanding video recording quality.
I agree with MKBHD that some photos look very artificial because the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera exaggerates post-processing effects like HDR.