Now that we’ve gone through each device in this guide, here’s a comparison table to give you a side-by-side spec list of each device on this list. There’s really no wrong choice here, but the table above should give you an idea of which smartphone to choose depending on your specific needs.
For example, if you’re keen on using your device for media consumption—your Netflix, YouTube, movies, etc.—it’d be wise to get a smartphone with a Full HD+ display. And of course, an AMOLED screen is recommended, with generally more vibrant displays over LCD screens. Perhaps something like Samsung’s Galaxy A30 or the Vivo V11 might be a good choice.
Or if your main focus is gaming, you’d be best advised to get a smartphone with a solid processor under the hood. Skim through the table above, and you’ll notice that the only smartphone in the list to have a genuine flagship-class processor is the Honor Play, with Huawei’s Kirin 970 under the hood. This is also paired with GPU Turbo, which helps optimise gameplay experience, so that’s worth considering. You can also consider Qualcomm’s upper mid-range Snapdragon 7xx SoCs, equipped on devices like the Realme 3 Pro.
Perhaps you’re looking for a stock Android experience, then Android One devices are ideal for you. Need a long-lasting device? 4,000mAh-sized batteries and above, if you ask me. Some of the better camera smartphones include the Redmi Note 7 and the Xiaomi Mi A3, while look for smartphones with ultra wide-angle lenses for a little versatility in your shots.
Most of the smartphones included in this list are pretty current, so even if some of the devices in this guide are on Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box, you should be able to update most of them up to Android 9.0 (Pie). Staying up to date on the latest Android versions fixes things like bugs, while including the latest of Google’s security patches.
If you’ve gone through every listing here, scoured the comparison table above, and still can’t make up your mind, no worries. In the next page, I’ll be listing the editor’s choice—3 of the best overall smartphones you can get under RM1,000. I’ll also be giving some honourable mentions to certain smartphones which didn’t make the cut, devices that still offer something a little different.