If you want a top smartphone, you have to dig deep into your pocket. Especially the big manufacturers like Google, Apple and Samsung charge dearly for their high-end cell phones. We’ll show you which models are really worth the money – with one manufacturer in particular surprising.
If the new smartphone is to accompany you for a long time, it can be worth looking in the high-end class: Samsung, Apple and Google are well-known names. But which models are really worth a look? We put you in our overview 4 smartphones up to 1,000 euros and show you their advantages and disadvantages. First of all: All devices can be charged wirelessly, are 5G-capable and are certified waterproof according to IP68 – the memory of none of the smartphones can be expanded either.
The best smartphones up to 1,000 euros at a glance
- GIGA tip With the iPhone 14 (930 euros at Saturn) you get one of the most powerful Apple cell phones.
- price tip Also oppo is represented: Das Find X5 Pro (700 euros at Amazon) stands out with its ceramic case – and convinces with a low price.
- If you’re looking for a lot of Android and don’t want to dig too deep into your pocket, this is the one for you Google Pixel 7 Pro (790 euros at Amazon) well advised.
- The Samsung Galaxy S23 (890 euros at Notebooksbilliger.de,) convinces thanks to the specially made processor for a lot of performance.
iPhone 14: It’s worth it – unless you own the predecessor
GIGA tip With the iPhone 14 (view at Saturn) Apple has once again made a leap forward – albeit not to the extent expected by some: On the display side, everything is quite similar to the iPhone 13 and 14 Pro: With With a diagonal of 6.1 inches, the mobile phone fits comfortably in the hand – an always-on function is only reserved for the Pro version. There are also many parallels in the camera: the main camera has a resolution of 12 megapixels (like its predecessor) and there is also an ultra-wide-angle lens. The front camera finally convinces with an autofocus.
The battery in iPhones is always a mystery: how does Apple manage to keep the battery with a capacity of just 3,280mAh According to Stiftung Warentest, it lasts almost 40 hours with normal use? The answer lies in the system: Since the hardware and software come from the same manufacturer, both interact so well with each other that the smartphone offers a lot of performance, but still works efficiently. However, the Charging in just under 2 hours too much patience – that’s why the Stiftung Warentest “only” gave the battery a grade of 2.2. In addition, thanks to a waterproof housing (IP68-certified) and a long update supply, the iPhone is designed to be durable inside and out, as usual.
Overall, the iPhone 14 achieved a grade of 1.7 (“good”) from the test institute, which is a great rating – the Pro models even get a grade of 1.6. The iPhone 14 series is convincing across the board at Stiftung Warentest, so you can’t go wrong with it. But if you own an iPhone 13, it’s hardly worth jumping to the successor.
- convincing performance
- strong battery
- very good photo quality
|screen||6.1 inch with 60Hz|
|Operating System & SoC||iOS 16 with A15 Bionic Chip|
|Storage||128-512GB ROM, 6GB RAM|
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Oppo Find X5 Pro: A real eye-catcher at a fair price
price tip One would hardly expect the Chinese manufacturer Oppo in an overview of the best smartphones up to 1,000 euros. However, it has Oppo Find X5 Pro (view at Amazon) did not get the grade 1.9 at Stiftung Warentest for nothing: On the one hand, it already fails chic and high-quality design on. The back of the smartphone is ceramic with a slight bump for the camera. Since everything is made of one piece of ceramic, the Oppo Find X5 Pro convinces with a pleasant handiness – despite the 6.7 inch display diagonal.
In addition to the chic exterior, there is a strong interior: The OLED display provides strong colors, shows content sharply and has very good brightness. At Stiftung Warentest, the display was rated with a very good grade of 1.2. As a SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 installed, i.e. a predecessor of the processor in the above Samsung Galaxy S23. Although it is no longer up-to-date, it still provides a lot of power. You can’t complain about the triple camera (50 megapixel main camera, 50 megapixel ultra wide angle and 13 megapixel telephoto) either: pictures are rich in detail even under weak light and the camera achieved a good rating of 2.0 at the test institute. Incidentally, the Swedish camera manufacturer had the development Hasselblad contributed.
The Oppo Find X5 Pro shows its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the battery: On the one hand, the runtime is good despite the large battery 5,000 mAh batteries at just 37.5 hours (with normal use) behind the runtimes of the other models in our selection. On the other hand, the phone charges very quickly compared to the other models in our selection: Good 40 minutes it takes to get back to 100 percent.
- high quality design
- strong inner workings
- fast battery charging
- Battery life is a bit shorter in comparison
|screen||6.7 inch with 120Hz|
|Operating System & SoC||ColorOS 12.1 (Android 12) with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|Storage||256GB ROM, 12GB RAM|
Google Pixel 7 Pro: The usual Pixel quality
Just as Apple shapes the development of iOS, Google shapes that of Android, which is why we take a look at the current flagship Pixel 7 Pro (view at Amazon) throw. With the previous Pixel 6 series, Google made a big leap forward – so big that the Pixel 7 is relatively small. So the same applies here: If you own the Pixel 6 (Pro), it’s hardly worth jumping to the 7 series. But either way, with the Pixel you get a smartphone that my colleague Peter praised very much in his test of the Pixel 7 Pro.
Since “pure” Android is used in the pixel devices, handling is very intuitive and has many useful and distinguishing features: Live translation, post sharpening of blurry photos and more. The Pixel 7 Pro is still a bit lame in other areas: For example, the fingerprint sensor or the charging speed – the empty Pixel 7 Pro is only fully charged again after almost an hour and a half.
The pixel camera is also convincing again in the 7 Pro: The performance is still very good, and the smartphone now takes even faster (and therefore better) pictures than its predecessor, especially in low light. This also applies to other difficult light situations (e.g. backlight). Only with the zoom does Peter notice small but bearable problems in the test.
Like the iPhone 14, the Google Pixel 7 Pro will be too provided with software updates for a long time (up to Android 16) and with security updates until 2027. Both the normal Pixel 7 and the Pro version are waterproof according to IP68.
- convincing performance
- convincing photo quality
- strong battery
|screen||6.7 inch with 120Hz|
|Operating System & SoC||Android 13 with Tensor G2|
|Storage||128-512GB ROM, 12GB RAM|
In our video you will learn everything you need to know about the Pixel 7 Pro:
Samsung Galaxy S23: Remains true to the S-Class
Of course we also have the latest model from Samsung up our sleeve: with the Galaxy S23 (view at Notebooksbilliger.de) Samsung remains true to the S-Class and has launched a handy smartphone that, like its predecessor, convinces with a very good OLED display, supported by strong performance. Qualcomm’s exclusive System-on-a-Chip (SoC) takes care of the latter “Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy” – the fastest processor to date.
As always, you can also rely on the camera: With 50 megapixels for the main camera, 12 megapixels for the ultra wide-angle lens and 10 megapixels for the telephoto lens, the Galaxy S23 takes very good pictures – even in dim light. In addition, the front camera was finally treated to 12 instead of 10 megapixels, but that too no big difference to the predecessor leads.
As with the predecessors in our selection, Samsung also supports a long-standing update policy: How the Galaxy S23 (Android 13 pre-installed) gets four new Android updates and 5 years of security updates. In addition, as with the devices above, the S23 models are also waterproof to IP68.
- bright screen
- great job
- very good photo quality (like the S22)
|screen||6.1 inch with 120Hz|
|Operating System & SoC||One UI 5.1 (Android 13) with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy|
|Storage||128-256GB ROM, 8GB RAM|
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Smartphones up to 1,000 euros: That’s how we made our selection
There are many models for smartphones up to 1,000 euros. Certain characteristics were an exclusion criterion for us, such as being too old. We based our own tests on the results of the Stiftung Warentest – reviews are linked below. The results of other test sites and user ratings also influence the selection. The latter were helpful because they didn’t judge based on benchmark numbers and other laboratory values, which were rather uninformative, but instead emphasized individual impressions.
Sources used: Stiftung Warentest (Issue 11/2022)
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