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The Stuff Gadget Awards 2022: Affordable Mid-Range Phones Winners | things

The Stuff Gadget Awards 2022: Affordable Mid-Range Phones Winners | things

The worst secret in technology is that you don’t need to To completely wipe your credit card when you pick up a new phone. It’s easy to drop four numbers on a Samsung or Apple flagship, but you’ll be surprised what you can get with half that number, often less.

When it comes to the mid-range, the same names appear over and over again. The likes of OnePlus, Motorola, and Google all specialize in offering our high-spec phones at affordable prices, even if the generally accepted definition of “reasonable” has to adjust to the inflation of the past few years. This year’s champ has been going through an identity crisis in recent years, but he’s ticked all the boxes with the latest under-£800 cracker.

This year’s affordable category is the really interesting category, as a whole new player is trending with an inexpensive phone bracket, bringing some new ideas to the table to boot. You’ll have to read on to see which one came out on top, but a little turbulence is always fun.

Mid-range Phone of the Year: OnePlus 10 Pro

The days of OnePlus being seen as an effortless underdog were in the past, but it’s still great at undermining the boys big enough to give you something to think about when you’re shopping. The OnePlus 10 Pro is very good at everything we can live with with its massive camera housing and excellent low-light performance. With more lenses than you can throw away, great battery life, super fast charging and great performance provided by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the OnePlus 10 Pro is a home run for a flagship in the £800-900 segment. And yes, unfortunately these days, that’s often considered mid-range.

Highly recommended: Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

The critically acclaimed 2022 Motorola Edge 30 Ultra mid-range smartphone

In the words of Mark Corrigan, “200 megapixels, Jeremy? That’s crazy.” Maybe he’s right, but there’s no denying that the base 200MP Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, the brand’s biggest to date, is a great piece of tech for such a modestly priced phone. The 50MP ultra-wide lens isn’t half bad either. The Edge 30 Ultra is an all-round performance device, which also impresses us with its 144Hz screen, large battery and unwavering performance. If it wasn’t for the fact that it lacks proper waterproofing, which makes us more nervous than we like to be when handling it near wet stuff, it might have pushed the OnePlus more.

Also shortlisted: Google Pixel 7, Realme GT 2 Pro, Asus Zenfone 9

The mid-range is still a hotly contested category, and the fact that the above three phones didn’t quite succeed in the cut should not be seen as a class. Google continues to cater to those who just want a powerful multifunctional founder that does the basics brilliantly, Realme has given us a true leader in everything but market positioning, and Asus has come for all the small phone lovers.

Affordable Phone of the Year: Google Pixel 6a

2022 Google Pixel 6a award winning phone

The letter “a” can mean many things, but if you see one on the end of a Google Pixel phone, you can be absolutely sure that you’re getting a very good phone at a wallet-friendly price. The Pixel 6a continues that tradition then others, packing the same look and Tensor chipset as it has now but still very capable of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which means it crushes nearly all competition in the same price category. And while the 12MP sensor won’t grab the headlines, Google’s algorithm might put it to good use to produce some great shots. We weren’t too hot on the 60Hz screen, but if Google didn’t make a sacrifice somewhere, you might have found its cheapest phone that keeps major ships out of the way.

Highly praised: none Phone 1

Nothing Phone 1 highly praised the affordable 2022 phone

If there was a prize for pre-launch hype, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei would win it without credible competition. After presenting itself last year with a pair of annoying AirPod earbuds, the new company’s first smartphone was the big launch of the year, and while the end product wasn’t quite as revolutionary as the vague marketing campaign wanted us to, it certainly made an impression. The specs are pretty decent for the price (120Hz scrolling in certain apps means it powers the phone above in at least one area), but it’s funky LED lighting that lights up in different patterns when you get notifications or charging That’s Nothing Phone 1 ranks as something different Refreshingly.

Also on the shortlist: OnePlus Nord 2T 5G and Motorola Moto G82

We are never swayed by the number of phones that fall into our lap and completely exceed our expectations. While it wasn’t award-worthy, the OnePlusNord 2T 5G was a speed demon and the Motorola G82 brought us a high refresh rate OLED for under 300 pounds. bargaining then some.

About the Stuff Gadget Awards

The Stuff Gadget Awards are where we reward the best tech we’ve seen of the year with voices that celebrate its place as the honour of the gadget crop. Read more about The Stuff Gadget Awards.


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