Top 3 of the best smartphones of the year 2022: our selection

Here are the top 3 smartphones tested in 2022 on Frandroid. In this month of January 2023, it’s time for us to look back a bit and select the crème de la crème of 2022. Oppo, Samsung and Google stand out.

The safe bet

9 /10

  • High-end screen
  • Two-day battery life
  • The Samsung paw in photo

The end of the year has come. Instead of our monthly top of best smartphones tested in December, this time we offer you a top of the best phones tested throughout the year.

We have said it many times, 2022 has been a particularly interesting year for the mid-range segment. If usually, the tops of the best phones are full of high-end smartphones that are very difficult to acquire without digging a big hole in your wallet, here we have two phones that are a little more accessible. We have also selected our big winner of the Frandroid Tech Awards 2022 which gives him in uninhibited excess. And we like that!

9 /10

Oppo Find X5 Pro

  • Power without overheating
  • Very nice picture
  • General comfort: interface, ceramic back, fast charging…


Available at 999 € on Baker

Let’s start with the champion, our darling, we could even say, theOppo Find X5 Pro. As soon as it was released, we wondered if we didn’t have the phone of the year in our hands. It is clear that he held the bar. It’s hard to sum up in a few words why we love it so much. It’s a smartphone that’s balanced in every way and doesn’t lack much.

Power provided by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, with the bonus of one of the few phones not to heat up too much with this chip, exceptional photo quality with a very particular grain, pleasant and complete interface, fast charging, solid autonomy, ceramic back very pleasant to the touch. The most chafouins will regret a telephoto lens only X2. It is true, but unless you absolutely want a more powerful telephoto lens, there is no reason to sulk its pleasure.

Another phone, with a telephoto lens, also scored 9/10 this year. It’s about Vivo X80 Pro. It brings together more or less the same qualities, with a few minor differences here and there (the interface a little less accomplished no doubt, the photo more sober), but by offering an X2 and an X5.

9 /10

Google Pixel 7

  • The photo at the top
  • The Pixel Experience
  • Value for money


Available at €649 on Orange

If you follow a lot Frandroidyou will not be surprised by this choice as we often mention the premium phone from Google at 650 euros, the Pixel 7. And yes, because the second phone that will have marked us in 2022 has this serious advantage of being in the sweet spot perfect tariff, at the entrance of the premium.

Do not believe that Google went to the discount to reach this price. No, it’s even a phone that could discourage its competitors as the performance for its price is excellent. The photo, in particular, will suit the majority of users thanks to the magic of Google’s algorithms, which transforms 95% of the scenes into a successful shot. Admittedly, it lacks a telephoto lens, but its competitors at 800 euros do not offer either. The Pixel Experience interface plays a big part in it too with its exclusive features and incredible uniqueness. One could clamor for fast charging or a bit more capable chip in-game, but putting those uses aside, we’ve got a great phone for its price.

9 /10

Samsung Galaxy A53

  • High-end screen
  • Two-day battery life
  • The Samsung paw in photo


Available at 429 € on Baker

A little further down the price list is the Galaxy A53. It doesn’t look like much, it doesn’t make a fuss with its somewhat dated design, but make no mistake, it’s likely to be one of the year’s bestsellers.

He is probably not the most gifted in photography in this top 3, but he ensures a more than honorable minimum quality thanks to the Samsung leg. If its chip is not the fastest, it is more than enough for everyday use. But where it shines particularly is on two counts. The first is an indestructible autonomy. Samsung has clearly made the right choices by integrating a slightly less energy-consuming chip and the result, in rather greedy use, we hold on without flinching for two days.

Its other great quality is the element with which we interact the most since it is its screen. The latter does not have to be ashamed of ultra premium smartphones flirting with 1000 euros according to our probe tests and our use. Samsung is also taking advantage of its great know-how in this area. Remember that it is Samsung Display which provides almost all of its little comrades with an Oled panel.


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