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5 Best Phones For Pokémon Go: Gotta Catch ‘Em All [2020 Update]

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“I want to be the very best, like no one ever was…”

If you know the song, you probably read that line in the very familiar tune in your head.

Who hasn’t heard of Pokémon? Since 1996, the anime, the games, the movie – have captivated children all over the world. Not to mention, those children are now adults and loyal fans. The show was so popular that in 2016, it made a comeback to take the smartphone world by storm. The new game was developed by Niantic in collaboration with The Pokémon Company for Android and iOS devices.

Pokemon Go was so loved by users all over the world that its server crashed several times after its release in July 2016, due to excessive downloads. If you weren’t among those users, it’s not too late to enjoy this game. Hence, we have compiled the best phones to play Pokémon Go right here.

Must-Have Features

Pokémon Go was not designed for tablets. In general, certain devices are more suited to gaming than others – but it’s not always about the devices’ software. Since this is a augmented reality game, there are specific requirements. Here’s what you need to play the game:

Pokémon Go Android requirements:

Pokémon Go iOS requirements:

Operating system version – Android 5.0 KitKat or above

Operating system version – iOS 10 or above

Preferred resolution – 720 x 1280 pixels (minimum)

Works best in iPhone 5s or later models

Strong internet connection (preferably WiFi)

Strong internet connection (preferably WiFi)

Location and GPS services enabled

Location and GPS services enabled

See if your phone already meets all these requirements. If yes, all you need to do is go to Google Play Store (for Android users) or Apple App Store (for iPhone users) and download the game.

In addition to the basic system requirements, there are a few recommended features for a better gaming experience:

  • RAM (random access memory) – RAM and processor determine how fast your phone operates. It would be best if your device has a minimum of 2GB RAM. Of course, in this case, the higher, the better.
  • CPU (central processing unit) – A more advanced processor will give you a smoother experience. For example, a quad-core processor would be better than a dual-core processor. A higher frequency will also be great since it means that your phone will run faster.
  • Battery life – The faster your CPU works, the faster the battery will drain. It is always beneficial to have a large battery for playing games.
  • Storage – The app itself does not take up too much space, but it’s good to have some extra storage for updates.

Our Top Picks

If your current phone is missing any of the above-listed features, we are here to help. All of our choices are phones that run Wi-Fi and 3G/4G and have GPS and location services. Here are the best phones you can buy if you gotta catch ‘em all:

After the first few releases, XPERIA somewhat lost its charm, and was unable to compete with emerging brands. However, some of their devices still stood strong.

Phone specs for gaming:

  • Display – 5.7”  (145 mm) IPS LCD
  • Resolution – 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Stereo speakers, 24-bit audio
  • 3180 mAh battery
  • Operating system – Android 8.0 Oreo (upgradable)

This device has a 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory (expandable). With its octa-core processor and 1080 x 2160 resolution, it is ideal for watching videos and gaming. The surround sound on this device is amazing. The image and sound quality give ‘augmented reality’ a whole new meaning.

Samsung Galaxy S range often produces the best of flagships. There is only one way I can describe the S9+ in one line – this phone has everything.

Phone specs for gaming:

  • Display – 6.2”  (157 mm) super AMOLED
  • Resolution – 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Stereo speakers, 32-bit audio
  • 3500 mAh battery
  • Operating system – Android 8.0 Oreo (upgradable up to Android 10)

Released in 2018, it has 6GB RAM and an internal memory of up to 256GB. This phone seems perfect in every way. It has an octa-core processor and the AMOLED screen and resolution are perfect for a game that requires constant movement. The audio is great too, with Dolby Digital surround sound enabled. There are almost no glitches while playing and the overall experience is incredible.

Razer has not gained a lot of popularity with its limited products, but this phone is made for gaming.

Phone specs for gaming:

  • Display – 5.72”  (145 mm) IPS LCD
  • Resolution – 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Stereo speakers, 24-bit audio
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Operating system – Android 8.1 Oreo (upgradable)

The screen size and resolution on this device are probably its most attractive features. Add an octa-core processor, 8GB RAM and Dolby Atmos-enabled stereo speakers, and you have got yourself a party. The huge battery is just a bonus. This phone is our favorite to play Pokémon Go on.

Razer Phone 2 (New): Unlocked Gaming Smartphone – 120Hz QHD Display – Snapdragon 845 – Wireless Charging – Chroma – 8GB RAM - 64GB - Satin Black (Renewed)
120Hz ULTRAMOTION display: a brighter screen with zero lag or stuttering; Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: with a custom vapor chamber cooling system

The best thing about Pixel phones is the pure Android experience they offer. To make the experience worthwhile, Google has added some incredible features to its flagship.

Phone specs for gaming:

  • Display – 6.0”  (152 mm) P-OLED
  • Resolution – 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3520 mAh battery
  • Operating system – Android 8.0 Oreo (upgradable up to Android 10)

Released in 2017, the Pixel 2 XL has a larger screen size than the Pixel 2, which is what makes it more suited for gaming. With its 4GB RAM and octa-core processor, Pokémon Go plays very smoothly on this device. Even though it does not get very loud using the speakers, the sound effects are quite pleasant on headphones.

Google Pixel 2 XL 128GB - 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked, Google Edition - International Model - White and Black
128GB Storage, 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, Cameras (Rear: 12.2 MP / Front: 8 MP), Nano-SIM

Apple has continuously made high-quality products and can always be relied on to have great features.

Phone specs for gaming:

  • Display – 5.8”  (147 mm) super retina OLED
  • Resolution – 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Stereo speakers
  • 2716 mAh battery
  • Operating system – iOS 11.1.1 (upgradable)

Released in 2017, this device is well suited for Pokemon Go with its 3GB RAM and internal memory of up to 256GB. Its Hexa-core 2.39GHz CPU gives a seamless gaming experience. The battery life is not great since multiple functions need to run simultaneously for the game and this battery is not too big. But it has a relatively large screen and great resolution. Even the sound is clear and loud.

Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone X (64GB) - Silver
5.8-inch Super Retina display (OLED) with HDR; IP67 water and dust resistant (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes)

Not The Best, But Good Enough

All these phones meet Pokémon Go phone requirements but are priced rather high. If you are looking for something from a lower price range, we have another option. With a lower price tag, you get more moderate features, but this phone is still a great alternative.

This is a cheap phone for Pokémon Go but performs surprisingly well.

Phone specs for gaming:

  • Display – 5.5” (140 mm) IPS LCD
  • Resolution – 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Stereo speakers
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Operating system – Android 6.0.1 (upgradable to Android 8.0)

The device has a RAM of up to 4GB and an expandable internal memory of 64GB. With its octa-core processor and 3000mAh battery, the overall performance of the phone is commendable. The resolution and screen size is very comfortable for gaming. The audio has been found to get stuck or distort at times but improves with headphones. Since it was released in 2016, at the same time as the game, this was a popular choice.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus XT1642 4G LTE Octacore Fingerprint (GSM Only, No CDMA) International Version with No Warranty (White) (Black, 32GB)
16 MP Primary Flash Camera and 5 MP Front Camera; Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity, Sensor Hub IP67 Water Resistant

Final Thoughts

While we don’t recommend that you choose a phone just for playing one game, it is definitely exciting to have a good gaming experience. Not to mention, there is a variety of options to choose from. Smartphones are multifunctional now, which is why we have highlighted the best features of these phones.

Pokémon Go has been downloaded over 1 billion times from Google Play Store since its release. There is no questio of its success. You can now become a Master too!

Have you played it yet? Do you think the game has done justice to the show? Leave a comment below!


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