Best Phones for selfies

Selfies are an integral part of each and every one of our smartphone reviews, as they are a part of our daily lives. Even so, every now and again we round up a bunch of handsets and do a dedicated selfie shootout, and the time has come for one of these.

1.Samsung A80

You might not have been expecting the Samsung Galaxy A80 in first place. In fact, you might not even have heard of the Galaxy A80, as it’s certainly not one of Samsung’s most well-known phones.

So what makes it so good for selfies? Simple: it uses the rear cameras for them. More specifically, it has a mechanism that lets the triple-lens rear camera flip around to the front so it can double up as a selfie camera.

This is the only phone in the list with a triple-lens front-facing camera, and while some others have dual-lens ones, it being the ‘main’ camera here means it’s better than those rivals.

You get a 48MP f/2.0 main lens, an 8MP f/2.2 wide-angle one, and a Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D depth sensor, making for a setup that’s almost as versatile as the rear cameras on some flagships, but which can be employed with your own face too.

While this is why the Samsung Galaxy A80 tops our list, it doesn’t hurt that the phone also has a huge 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 Super AMOLED screen for viewing your selfies on when you’re done.

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2.Samsung Galaxy S10 plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is not just arguably the best phone you can buy at the time of writing, it’s also one of the best for selfies.

That’s in part because like some others on this list it has two front-facing cameras, with both a 10MP f/1.9 lens and an 8MP f/2.2 one.

Having two lenses makes it more accomplished at judging depth than most selfie snappers, which helps with a variety of shots, but most notably portrait shots, where you can adjust the depth of field for a bokeh effect.

The camera also focuses fast, can capture movement without motion blur, and supports the recording of video in up to 4K quality.

And if the selfie camera isn’t cutting it, you can always employ the rear snapper, which has three lenses and is even more capable.

Note that while the standard Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost as good as the S10 Plus in many ways, it only has one front camera, making it distinctly worse on the selfie front.

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3.Google Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel 3 XL is another phone with a dual-lens selfie camera, specifically a pair of 8MP lenses – one main one with an f/1.8 aperture, and the other a wide-angle one with an f/2.2 aperture.

So that makes it a lot more versatile for selfies than most phones, and thanks to the wide-angle lens it’s even good for group selfies.

Of course, this being Google’s flagship it’s also a great phone in other ways, with a brilliant 12.2MP rear camera, a high-quality 6.3-inch screen and plenty of power.

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4. Apple iphone 11 Pro

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are Apple’s best phones at the time of writing. So if you want iOS and money is no object then one of these is the obvious choice.

For selfies they’re also very strong, though not much more so than the standard iPhone 11, as they pack the same 12MP f/2.2 TrueDepth front-facing camera, with the same abilities, including a strong portrait mode and support for ‘slofies’.

Where they beat the iPhone 11 is in their screens, which are sharper and higher quality, making them better for viewing selfies back on, and in their rear cameras, as they have an extra lens, adding a 12MP telephoto one into the mix alongside the 12MP standard and ultra-wide lenses that the iPhone 11 has.

Admittedly a telephoto lens isn’t much use for selfies, but it makes the overall photographic capabilities of the phone that bit more versatile.

5. Apple iphone 11

The iPhone 11 is one of Apple’s latest phones and while it’s not the company’s best, it’s still a top choice for selfies and a very good all round handset.

It has a 12MP f/2.2 TrueDepth camera on the front, which is an upgrade over the 7MP one offered on the iPhone XS.

It’s also got strong bokeh skills, so portrait shots (with blurred backgrounds) typically come out well, and it adds some new features to the mix not seen on its predecessor, such as ‘slofies’ – a stupid name for a feature some might love, specifically slow motion video selfies.

Opt for the rear lenses and you get even better camera capabilities, as the iPhone 11 has a high-spec dual-lens 12MP snapper – though of course you lose ability to easily frame your selfies if you use these for them.

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