The top five apps of the 2010 were all social media apps of some sort, and the fact that is not surprising to you says a lot . We can use them here and there for other reasons, but our phones are social media machines on their cores. The thing is, some make better machines than others.
Whether it is Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, there is always a form of shareable photos, GIFs or videos at the core of any social media platform. So an important factor is the camera of your phone, but there are other things to consider, such as how notifications are handled or what kind of OS functions help with the social media experience. So we've consolidated all of these factors and created an extensive list of phones that offer the best experience for the current range of social media apps.
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Main comparison points
Starting price: 1945 ] The MSRP of the cheapest variant of the phone.
Screen size: The size of the phone's screen. Since photos & # 39; s and videos & # 39; s are a big part of most social media apps, a larger screen is objectively better. We are not looking for the most portable phone, we want the best for social media.
Rear camera lenses: The type of camera & # 39; s used on the back of the phone. All telephones have the standard wide-angle lens, but some have telephoto lenses for zoom and ultra-wide lenses to take more photos.
Rear camera aperture: The size of the aperture (aperture) of each rear camera lens. Displayed as f divided by (number) a lower number is preferred because it means a larger aperture. This results in a larger amount of light available for the camera, and therefore a greater amount of detail available for each image.
Rear camera OIS: Whether the rear camera has optical image stabilization, and if so, which lens (s). Optical image stabilization (or OIS) helps prevent shaking hands and the resulting motion blur.
Rear camera flash type: The type of flash available for the rear camera. Some phones have high CRI or True Tone LEDs that can change the white balance to fit a scene better.
Max video resolution (rear): The highest resolution and frame rate available for video recording with the rear view camera.  Front Camera Aperture: The size of the aperture (opening) of each front camera. Displayed as f divided by (number) a lower number is preferred because it means a larger aperture. This results in a larger amount of light available for the camera, and therefore a greater amount of detail available for each image.
Maximum video resolution (front): The highest resolution and frame rate available for video recording using the front camera.
Slow motion resolution: The highest frame rate (fps) and resolution of the phone's slow motion video mode.
Notification LED: Whether the telephone has an LED light that flashes for notifications. This is one of the fastest ways to detect new messages and messages.
Battery capacity: The size of the battery that came with the phone.
Always-On Display: This function disables all pixels, except a few pixels, that display essential information such as the clock, date, and especially new notifications. This allows you to be sure that you will receive notifications from your social media apps as soon as they arrive on your phone, without first turning on the screen.
Emoji version: The current version of Emoji supported by the telephone. The higher the version number, the more emoji & # 39; s are available to use.
Direct upload from the cloud: The ability to access cloud storage in social media apps – for example, uploading an image stored on Google Photos from the Facebook app. Android devices can do this, but with iPhones you can first open the cloud storage app and share the content from there with the social media app.
Post directly from the camera: The ability to place images on a social media platform in the camera app.
Hands-free capture: The phone allows you to remotely take photos & videos & # 39; s by detecting a gesture or using an external shutter release in the supplied stylus.
Using multiple accounts: Whether the phone can store multiple sandbox copies of the social media app. With multiple copies, you can log in to two or more accounts at the same time, so you can receive notifications for both accounts.
Better Snapchat filters: Whether your smartphone can use face recognition and tracking hardware to improve Snapchat filters.
Facebook Lite: Whether Facebook Lite is accessible to the device
Only Twitter Live Audio: The ability to output only the audio from a Twitter Live stream instead of both video and audio . Exclusively for iOS, this feature saves battery life because the screen can stay off while you still enjoy the broadcast. The higher the number, the better.
DxOMark Video Scores: A numerical score of the video capabilities of the DxOMark telephone. The higher the number, the better.
Availability of accessories: A general indication of the number of third-party accessories available for this phone, such as external flashes, lenses, covers and selfie sticks.
For the future, we have also limited this list to phones that were released last year. Although we are aware of many excellent older options (which are usually discounted at the moment), their performance will always pale in comparison to newer phones with the latest components.
And since we are a US-based site, we only consider considered phones available in the United States through a courier or major retailer. This requirement eliminated great choices such as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi CC9 Pro Premium Edition, which would otherwise have made our list. You can always import these devices, but the combination of no US warranty and limited LTE tires prevents us from recommending these options to our US customers.
Finally, because Apple, Google and Samsung decided to keep most (if not all) the specifications between both the smaller and the larger phone in their flagship setups, we have listed only one phone model from each series. We chose the options for a larger screen than for the smaller versions, because you can view more content on the large screen. However, we will state below whether a smaller option is available for each telephone.
Phone 1: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
The Samsung Galaxy Note series is again at the top of our list. The Note 10+ improved almost every category that made its predecessor excellent for social media, and it is the newest and best from Samsung. And unlike in previous years, there is a smaller version for those who want all the power of the Note series without the larger footprint.
Let's start with the new reversing camera, which has some of the best hardware on the market. There are three camera sensors ranging from 12 to 16 MP behind a wide-angle lens, a telephoto lens and an ultra-wide-angle lens. There is a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for better depth mapping in bokeh effects, and there is optical image stabilization (OIS) on everything except the ultra-wide. The primary wide-angle camera carries the dual aperture function that Samsung introduced a few years ago.
In addition to the hardware specifications, Samsung has some software features in the Camera app to help you get the best photo & # 39 ; s and video & # 39; s to share on social media. For example, "Suggestions for recordings" uses machine learning to guide you to the recording that best illustrates the subject in the viewfinder.
To share faster, Samsung has added an "Instagram mode" to the Camera app. As long as you have the Instagram app on your phone (and are logged in), you'll see a & # 39; Instagram & # 39; in the Camera app. When you take a photo while in this mode, you are automatically redirected to your Instagram story page where you can edit and share it.
For those who prefer to video, the Note 10+ has you covered, regardless of whether you use the front or back camera. For the back you have access to the zoom microphone, a function that directs the audio recording to the room you are filming. For action scenes, "Super Steady" AI predicts the movement of your hand and subject and shifts the lens accordingly for smoother video.
The selfie camera can record in 4K at 30 fps, a resolution that is only available for a handful of telephones. You are also future-proof thanks to HDR10 + video recording that offers your video & # 39; s rich details and colors. You can also edit videos on the phone without needing a third-party app thanks to the pre-installed video editor that handles both standard and slow-motion video recordings.
Even if sharing is not your thing, the Note 10+ is still a fantastic phone for those who prefer to browse social media apps. With its large display and huge battery you can get lost in your Twitter feed or Instagram all day long. Thanks to the always visible display, you never have to worry about missing a message.
Unlike previous years, you have another option in the series. If the 6.8-inch screen is too large for you, you can opt for the smaller (and cheaper) Galaxy Note 10. You are going to downgrade the battery, the screen and the DepthVision camera (also known as the ToF sensor), but you get a smaller footprint and a lower price tag while retaining most of the great social media experience.
As an Android enthusiast, one thing that frustrates me is how often great Android phones go unnoticed by the public. Every time I get the chance to highlight a less popular phone, it makes me happy, and that's why I'm laughing ear-to-ear. For $ 549.99, the ASUS ZenFone 6 is a bargain of a phone. But while I continued my testing, I discovered that it is fantastic for social media.
What makes the ZenFone 6 unique is the lack of a special camera on the front. Instead, the rear view camera (using a motorized hinge) turns forward to become one of the most powerful front & front cameras on any smartphone. This offers two major advantages: you have a clean, uninterrupted screen and you have access to much more capable cameras for selfies. The 5 best phones for social media addicts and influencers in 2020 ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
So for already your photos & video, you have access to dual cameras & # 39; s: a 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor with a wide-angle lens and f / 1.79 aperture, and a 13 MP sensor with an ultra-wide (125 °) lens. The primary lens uses Quad Bayer technology to combine four adjacent pixels into one "super" pixel, reducing the image to 12 MP but doubling the pixel size from 0.8 µm to 1.6 µm.
In addition to the two cameras, the other component that rotates is the dual LED flash. Unlike almost every other phone on the market, the ZenFone 6 actually has a flash lamp for selfies. So you don't have to rely on a dimming screen flash function, because the LEDs illuminate your face for a well-lit photo. The 5 best phones for social media addicts and influencers in 2020 ” width=”480″ height=”480″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>
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Another advantage of sharing the same camera is improved videography. With other phones you have to settle for the good but not great performance of the front camera during live streaming, or turn the camera backwards and blindly record. With the ZenFone 6 you can record in 4K with 60 fps with the powerful 48 MP camera on the back (or 4K with 30 fps with the ultra-wide camera), in full view on your screen, so you can see exactly what you look like during your recording. ASUS also uses this motorized hinge for other functions, such as motion tracking, that the hinge moves based on the movement of the subject to hold them in the frame. It also improves panorama photography by turning the hinge from the back to the front to take one half of the photo without having to move the camera.
With the quality of the camera for the price for which ASUS sells this phone, it is a shame that this phone is not more popular. Hopefully, if this is the first time you have heard the phone, you will take a good look at it. As one of the few phones with no notch or perforation, you can enjoy photos & videos without barriers. And with its powerful cameras that do duplicate work, you and one of the best selfie shooters on the market with the highest DxOMark video score at the time of this writing. Shop ZenFone 6 on: Amazon | B&H
For years, the main error of OnePlus was poor camera quality. However, the OnePlus 7 Pro changed the story thanks to the best technology and improved image processing. Combine that with its amazing specifications and performance, and you have a fantastic option for using social media.
The OnePlus 7 Pro currently has the fifth highest DxOMark score for cameras & # 39; s at the rear, even higher than the Google Pixel 4, which according to many is the gold standard of smartphone cameras & # 39; s. Our tests showed that the Pixel 4 took better pictures when using the automatic mode, but when we used the pro mode on the OnePlus 7 Pro (a mode that the Pixel 4 does not have), the shots great.
The 7 Pro was one of the first telephones to jump on the triple camera trend, including a telephoto lens and an ultra-wide-angle lens in addition to the primary wide-angle lens. Unlike the other phones on our list, it has 3x optical zoom. There is a little bit of tricks to achieve this (they actually use cropping to get the 3x), but the process is still lossless, so images remain clear in the process. For photos in low light, OnePlus has Nightscape 2.0. With this function you can take nightly shareable photos without the long processing time.
OnePlus has one of the best Android skins on the market and adds useful features while remaining true to Google's vision of the platform. Because of the clean skin they were able to push out the Android 10 update within a few days after the release, giving it access to emoji version 12.0. It is also one of the few phones on our list that supports native app clones, a feature that lets you duplicate social media apps to log in to two different accounts simultaneously.
Finally there is the root function. This process gives you almost infinite control over your Android smartphone. OnePlus has made all their devices root-friendly, even when the market disappeared. With Rooting you have access to specific apps that offer an extra level of control for even more possibilities, including improving the social media experience.
This phone was already a killing deal with an MSRP of $ 669, but at $ 499 you practically steal the phone from OnePlus. It not only has everything you need if you like Instagram and Facebook, but it is also good at everything else that you do on your phone.
If you count the price, the OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the best smartphones currently available . In contrast to previous years, there is a "smaller" (but not cheaper) option for those who cannot handle the 6.67-inch display of the 7 Pro. The OnePlus 7T has a slightly smaller 6.55-inch screen (and smaller footprint). Although it is currently $ 599 (it was released a few months after the 7 Pro), the price is expected to fall within a few months.
We cannot have a list like this in any way and cannot include an iPhone. For most American social media addicts, this is the phone par excellence. Social media apps often work better on iOS, because there are fewer phones to support. The same advantage is found in software integration, resulting in a telephone where everything works together instead of a collection of parts.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the first "Pro" iPhone ever made. Apple made sure that this new name meant something. For them, "Pro" means that this phone meets the needs of professionals, including photographers and videographers. That's why Apple has placed the emphasis on giving its users flexibility in their cameras.
This change begins with the addition of the ultra-wide lens. Apple combined this with their already stunning dual camera system, creating a comparable triple series that is similar to what is found in Galaxy devices. However, they made it a point to keep the image quality the same regardless of which camera you use. This is what helps distinguish the camera of the 11 Pro Max from other triple cameras, which often take worse photos with the ultra-wide lens.
Snapchat is better optimized on iPhones. The difference was so big that Snap had to deliver a major update for Android to bring the iOS performance close. Filters fit your face better thanks to the technology used in Face ID, and photos taken in the app are almost identical to those taken with the camera app.
However, some functions are lost by iOS. Picture-in-picture is not a function and iOS does not give you access to cloud services (such as Google Photos) in other apps, so you have to share the images from the cloud app to the social app instead of just uploading directly. There is no way to clone apps, so you only receive notifications from your primary social accounts.
That said, there is absolutely no reason for you to switch from an older iPhone to an Android device if your primary use is social media. The apps work better, the cameras are top-notch and there are more than enough accessories to bridge most differences between the best Android offering. You probably also lose 4K at 60 fps shots on the front camera, a feature that only a handful of Android phones enjoy.
If you have two less expensive options this year due to the high price. The iPhone 11 Pro is exactly the same phone as the 11 Pro Max for all purposes, but with a smaller screen for $ 100 less. But if you want to save even more, you can opt for the iPhone 11 instead. You lose the ultra-wide camera, but save $ 400.
Although there are only two cameras on the back, the general consensus is that the Pixel 4 is still the best smartphone camera. What Google achieves every year is nothing less than sorcery, taking medium-sized hardware and delivering top camera performance through software improvements. And thanks to the addition of telephoto lenses, the rear view camera has become even more capable.
The Google Pixel 4 XL adds a 2x optical zoom lens to its 12.2 MP wide-angle Sony IMX363 lens. With this new camera, portrait photos are considerably improved thanks to additional depth data. Although it is limited to 2x optical zoom, Google & # 39; s Super Res Zoom is still on board to make the digital zoom usable.
The biggest problem with the Pixel 4 XL is the limitations on the video side. Although it manages the second highest DxOMark video score on our list, it lacks some of the features that its colleagues have in common. For example, it is the only camera on our list that does not support 4K at 60 fps. Apparently this was to save space, because the internal storage is limited (it has a maximum internal storage of 128 GB). Another omission is the poor support of slow-motion video. With phones on the market that support 480 and 960 fps, it is a pity that the Pixel 4 XL is limited to 240 fps. What's even worse is that although the iPhone 11 Pro Max supports this frame rate at 1080p, the Pixel is limited to 720p.
However, there is hope for the future. The Neural Core (which replaces the Visual Core) is likely to expand support for third-party apps such as Snapchat and Instagram in the future, as the Visual Core did previously. This helps improve photos & videos and videos captured in the interface of your social media app.
The Camera app has added the "Depth functions for social media" option so that you can save the depth data of moving images on social media (just wait) for apps to support this. And with Pixel 4 XL that adds face recognition hardware that matches Apple & # 39; s Face ID, there is a chance that social media apps can use this technology to improve filters in the same way as for iPhones with Face ID.
Another big advantage of the Pixel 4 XL are the options available if you need a smaller or cheaper phone . The Pixel 4 is the same phone as the 4 XL, but with a smaller screen and $ 100 cheaper. If you want to save a lot of money and do not want to lose the telephoto lens, another option is the Pixel 3a and 3a XL. We strongly recommend the 3a XL, which reduces the screen size to 6 inches and uses the same stellar image processing on the primary lens for a saving of $ 420.