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Which phone should you get? We've simplified the research and decoded 5 of the latest and best smartphones in the market. Image Credit: Unsplash/Zana Latif

For most of us, our smartphones are the centre of our world – they let us see and talk to our loved ones, take pictures, find our way around the city, learn new things, and lots more. So far, the year 2022 has been a great one for smartphones – Samsung Galaxy upgraded its long-awaited foldable phone series, and Apple followed suit with the brand new iPhone 14 range.

According to Sumesh AK, a technician for iPhone at mobile phone repair store IFixing, Dubai, the crowd is eagerly anticipating the iPhone 14 series. "Whenever there's a new iPhone launch, people always look forward to upgrades in the speed, camera and graphics. Though the iPhone 14 isn't too different from iPhone 13, they've introduced a better camera, faster hardware (A16 Bionic chip) and the Dynamic Island display in the Pro and Pro Max ranges," said AK.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max restock on Amazon. In the meantime, browse some of the coolest smartphones we saw this year. Image Credit: Unsplash/Aditya Chinchure

Fans of Android models are in search of the blazing fast Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, one that enables 5G connectivity. No doubt, with frequent Android releases throughout the year, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the many options available to you. 

Compared to last year's releases, 2022 smartphones stand out from their predecessors in more ways than one. Saroj Shrestha, a mobile technician head at repair store Minutes in Dubai, lists feature upgrades that we can enjoy today, from nighttime photography to display quality.

"The first thing that has vastly improved is the camera quality in smartphones this year - better portrait mode, videos with cinematic views and nighttime photography. Bezels have also become very unnoticeable, so you get a bigger display. There's better battery backup, too," said Shrestha, who has over 15 years of experience in the industry.

Another feature we find ourselves screening for is the telephoto lens in cameras, which captures the moon and clouds with stunning clarity. Shrestha picks the Huawei P40 Pro as an example - even though it was officially released two years ago in 2020, the results are unforgettable. "The Huawei P series is really well-loved here in the UAE, especially the P40 Pro. People buy it for the camera, and in the Plus range, you can even zoom up to 100x," he added.

To help you navigate through the slew of latest releases and find one that suits you and your budget, we created a list of our best smartphone picks, with the help of experts and user reviews. Get these with free one-day delivery through Amazon Prime.

1. Most-Anticipated Smartphone: Apple iPhone 14

Pros

  • Autofocus on the front camera
  • Excellent battery life, with up to 20 hours of video playback
  • Upgraded low-light photography
  • Crash detection

Cons

  • Minimal design changes, compared to iPhone 13
  • No telephoto camera

On September 16, 2022, the new iPhone 14 saw its launch with the latest iOS 16, intelligent safety features, all-day battery life and, of course, exciting camera upgrades. The 14 series' in-demand Pro and Pro Max models are still awaiting restock, so stay tuned for our deeper dive into each soon. Meanwhile, this smartphone is going to feel a lot like the iPhone 13 in your hand – it carries the same 6.1-inch OLED screen, dual rear cameras and the A15 Bionic chip. So, what’s new? For starters, expect to click gorgeous pictures in low-light conditions, thanks to the bigger sensors and aperture. This applies to both rear camera photography and fun selfies, where the autofocus blurs not just the background but the foreground, too. The iPhone 14 is also extremely sensitive to loud crashes, accelerations and air pressure, to help you dial emergency services in the event of a collision. 

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay Dh316.58 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh227, 1-year accidental damage protection for Dh380, and 2-year damage protection with 1-year extended warranty for Dh484.

2. Best Design: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4

Pros

  • Fantastic performance, with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • Longer battery life than Flip3
  • More customisable cover screen
  • Take selfies using rear cameras
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Charges slower than most current models
  • Crease is still visible
  • No significant camera upgrades

The Galaxy Z Flip has the coolest form factor among smartphones, hands down. Samsung’s August 2022 launch for its foldable range introduced the world to the all-improved Flip4. This version is tougher, more refined and has longer battery life than the Flip3. A touch screen that folds in the centre means endless hands-free photo opportunities, since it comes with its own ‘kickstand’. The best part is that you get to click selfies with the 12MP rear camera – just flip it close and strike a pose using the cover screen. Speaking of the 1.9-inch cover touchscreen, deck it out to your heart’s content, just as you would with a lock screen, from GIFs to videos for that added personalised touch. But running everything even faster than before is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is Qualcomm’s most powerful chip to date yet. Shrestha does add that the crowd is still sceptical over the display fold crease, which is still visible in the Flip4.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay Dh275.55 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh199, 1-year accidental damage protection for Dh332, and 2-year damage protection with 1-year extended warranty for Dh424.

3. Best Mid-Range Phone: Nothing Phone (1)

Pros

  • Interesting design with glyph interface
  • Excellent display quality
  • Charges 50 per cent in 30 minutes
  • 5G-enabled processor

Cons

  • Camera takes high exposure photos

If you’re in search of a smartphone that inspires a double-take, then consider the mysterious Nothing Phone (1). Arguably the hottest smartphone in the market right now, Phone (1) debuted in July 2022 and went on to garner interest for its futuristic design. Shrestha notes its popularity on social media: "The Nothing Phone (1) is quite similar to the iPhone 12 in terms of design. It's got LED alerts on the back, too, so I've seen it a lot on social media. Plus, the phone isn't very expensive, either".  Indeed, the phone has a glyph interface under its see-through back, where LED lights beam with every call, notification and battery alert. These customisable light patterns help you differentiate between texts and calls, even without checking the screen. In the dark, the interface automatically transforms into a portable ring light for a softer flash. At this attractive price point, you’re getting a 6.55-inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, dual 50MP cameras and 4k video recording. It keeps a 5G-enabled chipset, but employs an older Snapdragon 7 series platform.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay Dh124.33 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh86, 1-year accidental damage protection for Dh143, and 2-year damage protection with 1-year extended warranty for Dh182.

4. Best Budget 5G Phone: Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G

Pros

  • Powerful chipset for gaming
  • Vibration feedback
  • Charges to 100 per cent in 41 minutes
  • Impressive performance for the price

Cons

  • Mid-range camera quality

Finding a 5G-enabled phone that won’t hurt the pocket is tricky, especially if you’re eyeing powerful processors. The Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro is delightfully colourful on the outside and quite robust on the inside, backed by a Snapdragon 695 chipset. The phone even doubles as a gaming device, when you take in the vibration feedback, smooth 120Hz refresh rate, sensitive 360Hz touch sampling rate and dedicated cooling technology. Though the Poco X4 Pro boasts a 108MP main camera and a 16MP selfie camera, reviews do note that the quality is not comparable to flagship smartphones. Still, for this value, you’re getting a current 5G smartphone on a budget.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay Dh84.99 for 12 months with select banks.

Warranty: Amazon offers a 1-year extended warranty for Dh86, 1-year accidental damage protection for Dh143, and 2-year damage protection with 1-year extended warranty for Dh182.

5. Best Value: ZTE Axon 40 Ultra

Pros

  • Under-display camera
  • High pixel density photos
  • Powerful performance, thanks to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Impressive 12GB RAM

Cons

  • Selfie camera isn't the best

At a time when under-display cameras (UDC) are just beginning to make headlines, ZTE sets the bar high with Axon 40 Ultra. You’re getting the full 6.8-inch AMOLED display, without any awkward blips on top. Its 16MP selfie camera stays completely hidden under the screen, making for the perfect streaming experience. Even better is the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor that takes care of stutter-free gaming and 5G. Its triple rear cameras perform far better than the hidden front camera, however. Each boasts 64 megapixels, including the periscope lens for optical zooming. There are other interesting camera modes to play around with, such as smart moon, which magnifies the celestial body, and star photography, which captures the starry night sky in stunning detail.

Bonus: Buy with zero per cent installments and pay Dh249.92 for 12 months with select banks.

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