Best Phones in the Muggle World
The Dementor is in the Details
Most phones nowadays share most of their basic features, but some are better suited to actually playing games than others. The best phones will let us comfortably play games while also working great with their day-to-day use, be it texting, accessing social media or opening the Wizards Unite site every other minute to see if there’s been an update.
Required Phone Specs
We still don’t have any specs from Niantic for Wizards Unite, so let’s see what they have to say about Pokémon Go instead, and go from there.
- Android Version: 4.4 and up
- Preferred resolution:720×1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)
- Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
- GPS and Location Services
- Recommended 4GB RAM or higher
- Intel CPUs are not supported
What matters most
Now, here are a few things to consider when choosing the best phone:
- Screen size: A bigger screen lets you see more detail and allows for more accuracy. On the other hand, if the phone is too big to handle comfortably, you won’t be able to play as well as you’d like regardless of the awesome screen. Finger rings on the phone case, however, are a good way to get around that and hold up the phone with one finger, allowing you more freedom to touch the screen and play.
- Battery life: This, of course, is a given. AR games constantly use your camera, your GPS location and your phone data/wifi connection. This can drain the battery significantly fast. Many phones will shut down after a few hours of intense playing (and let’s be honest, after over a year of waiting, we are all going to be doing a lot of intensive playing for the first few months at least).
- Cost: This is an important part in everyone’s choice when buying a new phone. How much can we spend? How much of a difference is there between a phone that costs $1000/1000€/1000£ and one that you can get for 200?
So let’s quickly go over the best options.
Razer Phone 2
Weight: 197g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8mm | OS: Android | Screen size: 5.7 Inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 4000mAh (10 hours) | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Razer Phone 2 really great for gaming. That 5.7-inch screen, is a thing of beauty with amazing quality picture.Add in the incredibly fast Snapdragon 845 processor, and this will run anything you throw at it.
It runs Android, so you’re getting a phone with a neat, customizable OS, and there are loads of settings within the system to allow you to prioritize gaming and movie watching. The battery offers both rapid charging (fully charged in under two hours) and a usage time of 10+ hours of heavy use.
This option is great for anyone who uses their phone primarily for gaming.
Apple iPhone X
Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 mm x 70.9 mm x 7.7mm | OS: iOS | Screen size: 5.8 Inch | Resolution: 2436 x 1125 | CPU: 2.39 GHz hexa-core 64-bit | RAM: 3 GB LPDDR4X RAM | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Battery: 2716 mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7M
What makes iPhone X the best phone for gamers is the mighty power of Apple Inc. Whatever you want to play,chances are it’s going to come to the App Store first, iOS optimized and checked for any nasty bugs or glitches.
Although an iPhone won’t give you the freedom you get with an Android phone, but your favorite games are always, ALWAYS, going to be optimized for iPhone users.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android | Screen size: 6.2 inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
For those who opted out of an iPhone, the Galaxy S9 Plus is a fantastic alternative. Its capable Snapdragon 845 processor packs this smartphone full of power that’s noticeable in just about every single aspect of the phone.
If you’ve read our post Did Samsung call dibs on Wizards Unite? you’ll know all about the S Pen and how it could potentially be used as a wand when playing Wizards Unite.
The screen offers amazing colours with its AMOLED display, the phones’ extensive storage and stereo speakers round things out for an incredible package that could only be improved by extending its battery life.
Unfortunately, you’ll be forced to charge it after only few hours’ use if you are into with heavy gaming sessions. Despite that, it’s by far one of the best Android-centric options for gaming currently on the market.
Sony Xperia XZ2
Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 153 x 72 x 11.1mm | OS: Android | Screen size: 5.7 inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4GB | Battery: 3,180mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
If you are looking for a quality smartphone experience for gaming, Sony is the way to go.
Its top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 chipset powers a stunning 1080 x 2160 HDR display with 5.7 inches of screen real estate that’s perfect for any game, bolstering performance in a big way. But it’s the Xperia XZ2’s stereo speakers that set it apart from similar devices. Its dual front-facing speakers are really something. This coupled with its haptic feedback offers one of the closest things to a true console experience.
With decent battery life and microSD support for an abundance of storage, Sony’s smartphone is great for on-the-go gaming.
Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android | Screen size: 6.3 inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: Dual 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
The OnePlus 6 offers competent specs in relation to other smartphones on the market. It’s certainly affordable, and its hardware backs up its capability as the smart choice for a lower-priced gaming phone.
The enormous 6.28 inch AMOLED screen is a boon for just about any title. Its 8GB of RAM is more than enough to support whatever you decide to throw at it, from everyday use to heavy gaming.
Google Pixel 2 XL
Weight: 175g (6.2 oz) | Dimensions: Length 6.2 in (157.9mm) Width 3.0 in (76.7 mm) Hightt 0.3 in (7.9mm) | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 6.0 in (152mm) | Resolution: QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi | CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 2.35Ghz + 1.9Ghz, 64Bit Octa-Core | RAM: 4GB LPDDR4x RAM | Storage: 64 or 128GB | Battery: 3520 mAh battery | Rear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MP
Weight: 202g | Dimensions: 158.4mm x 78.1mm x 7.5mm | OS: iOS | Screen size: 5.5” | Resolution: 1920×1080 | CPU: A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture | RAM: 3GB RAM Apple A11 Bionic | Storage: 64 / 256GB | Battery: 2691mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 12MP
Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus does exactly what the name suggests. It gives you everything the iPhone 8 does, but larger. It offers an iPad style experience in a device that still fits in one hand (if you have a large hand).
With the iPhone 8 Plus, you get the best of both worlds in terms of iPhone and iPad. Itfits the role of a phone, but gives you the benefits of a tablet for more stable gaming and a longer, more robust battery.
Now it’s your turn, choose wisely
So these are some of our favourite options for making the best of Wizards Unite. Stay tuned, though, there will be a follow-up post with the best low-cost phones in the market to make the best of Wizards Unite with a tighter budget.