Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra or iPhone 12 Pro Max? As first-world problems go, choosing which of these super-expensive luxury flagship phones to buy has to be one of the least consequential.

But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a darned tricky decision to make. Here’s why: no modern mainstream phone costing upwards of $1,000 / £1,000 is a bad or even a mediocre choice.