Best smartphones of 2022 - buyer’s guide

GSMArena team, Last updated 23 November 2022.

Last updated: November 23, 2022

Welcome to the always-up-to-date GSMArena Smartphone Buyer's Guide where we round up the best smartphones you can buy.

You will find the different categories of phones below with our top pick as a highlight. Click on the category to see the other suggested options.


Flagship phones Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

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The Galaxy Z Fold4 is our current top pick for the best flagship for many reasons. It is among the view smartphones right now that has the wow factor and unique looks. Sure, there are other foldables, but the Fold is the only one that’s available everywhere and is jam-packed with features.

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Flagship killers Xiaomi Poco F4 GT

Xiaomi Poco F4 GT

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The Poco F3 has been finally dethroned from this list by the new Poco F4 GT. It is the cheapest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-packing smartphone on the market, but that’s not the only thing that’s great about the Poco F4 GT.

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Camera phones Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

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The Galaxy S22 Ultra has it all - a huge sensor main cam, an autofocusing ultrawide, and not one but two telephotos. And six months later it is still our favorite cameraphone.

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Gaming phones Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

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Nobody does smartphone gaming quite like Asus. Four iterations into the ROG Phone line, that remains a fact.

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Battery life champions Realme GT Neo 3T

Realme GT Neo 3T

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The Realme GT Neo 3T is one of the best bang-for-the-buck offers right now and while usually the top spot is reserved for a Poco, the Neo 3T won this one for its better power autonomy. It is also a powerful smartphones and among the most dependable performers when it comes to battery life.

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Compact phones Apple iPhone 13 mini

Apple iPhone 13 mini

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The new Apple iPhone 13 mini is a smaller version of the iPhone 13 and it's lost nothing. The most important updates over the 12 mini are the larger battery capacity, the smaller screen notch, and the doubled base storage. We sure don't think iPhone 12 mini owners should update, but we do consider the 13 mini as the best compact phone there is right now!

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Premium all-rounders Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion

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The €600 Motorola Moto Edge 30 Fusion is our top pick for an all-around smartphone in this category. It sports a very classy design that just exudes a premium aura in so many ways, be it for its symmetry of lines or choice of materials and finishes. Beneath that gorgeous exterior is some great hardware, including an impressive 10-bit, HDR10+, 144Hz AMOLED display with excellent brightness and some of the most functional and dynamic high refresh rate handling around.

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Midrange phones (around €400) Xiaomi Poco F4

Xiaomi Poco F4

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The Poco F3 has been replaced by the Poco F4 this year. It’s a minor refresh over the popular F3 model with Dolby Vision support for its 120Hz OLED, better cooling system for the Snapdragon 870 5G chipset, improved 64MP primary camera with OIS, and faster 67W charging.

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Midrange phones (around €300) Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

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Even if there is a newer Galaxy A53 model, we cannot recommend it over the A52s as it’s a notable downgrade, more expensive at that.

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Midrange phones (around €200) Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G

Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G

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The €200 Poco M4 Pro 5G is our top pick for this base mid-range category. First and foremost it impresses with battery life and fast charging, but it also comes with a handful pick of excellent specs.

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Entry-level phones Motorola Moto G22

Motorola Moto G22

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The Moto G22 is our current top pick for the entry-level category just because it features the most features for its €149 price. The G22 packs a 90Hz LCD screen, a versatile four-camera setup, and a large 5,000mAh battery.

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US market phones Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max is Apple's best iPhone in 2022 and we think it’s the best phone you can buy in the US. It has a ProMotion 120Hz display, now with an Always-on option, a redesigned notch that’s now a feature called Dynamic Island, and a more prominent camera upgrade with a 48MP sensor for the main camera with 2x lossless zoom, a better ultrawide camera, and an improved selfie one with autofocus.

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Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 14 hours ago
  • 6qg

They have other good offerings in the respective articles

  • Anonymous
  • 09 Nov 2022
  • 4NG

I agree with most of the choices on this list but not all of them. The mid range stuff is where I have some disagreements but there are also way too many mid range phones these days so it's hard to just pick one. Maybe GSMArena should start doin...

  • Sin
  • 07 Nov 2022
  • pYQ

I completely agree The smartphone market has gone downhill Apple is a very bad influence on the smartphone market and every android brand is copying them Not only have smartphones gotten more expensive They taking everything away from ...