What Are The Best Smartphones Of 2019?

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The smartphone industry is bursting with new phones and competition. It can be hard to sort through all the options available. If you are looking to buy a new smartphone this year, here are the five best devices out there.

1. Samsung Galaxy S10

Specs:

  • Weight: 157g
  • Dimensions: 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm
  • OS: Android 9 Pie with Samsung One UI
  • Display: 6.1-inch “Dynamic AMOLED” display, Quad HD+ resolution in a 19:9 aspect ratio
  • Camera: 3 rear (wide angle 12MP, telephoto 12MP, and ultra-wide 16MP), 1 selfie 10MP
  • Price: $849.99

Pros:

  • Excellent display
  • Fast performance and good battery life
  • Versatile camera system
  • A headphone jack

Cons:

  • Slow in-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Camera performance is not best in low light
  • Slow software update schedule

The Samsung Galaxy S10’s OLED panel has the biggest, brightest, and highest resolution display, which makes playing casino games on your mobile even more fun. With the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a good amount of RAM, the phone performs flawlessly, whether you’re running apps, playing games, or taking photos. The battery life is as expected for a high-end phone, lasting a full day without any problems. The three rear cameras of the S10 offer a versatility unseen anywhere else. You can switch from super-wide landscape shots to a portrait close-up with a simple touch on one single device. No need to carry around an SLR and bag of lenses.

2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Specs:

  • Weight: 189g
  • Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
  • OS: EMUI 9 on Android 9 Pie
  • Display: 6.4-inch OLED, 3120 x 1440, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 538ppi
  • Camera: 2 rear (ultra-wide 20MP, telephoto 8MP), 1 front 24MP
  • Price: $1125 (not currently available in the US)

Pros:

  • Long life battery
  • Fastest processor currently available
  • Excellent display
  • Reliable 3D face unlock

Cons:

  • Some software bugs
  • AI image processing and camera performance lower than other flagships

The best battery out there coming in at 4200mAh, the Mate 20 Pro seems to last forever, even with continuous gaming or video watching. This Kirin 980 processor is much superior to others, meaning the phone has amazing speed and responsiveness. It is one of the best for gaming and working. It also does quite well with photographs, however reviewing them can get tedious as the software is not amazing. Even so, it’s unfortunate this great Android is unavailable to US customers.

3. Xiaomi PocoPhoneF1

Specs:

  • Weight: 180g
  • Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8mm
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo / MIUI 9.6
  • Screen: 6.18″ Full HD+ (2246 x 1080) ,18.7:9, Gorilla Glass
  • Camera: 1 rear 12MP, 1 front 20MP
  • Price: $300 (not officially available in the US)

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Flagship performance
  • Resistant to shocks

Cons:

  • Mediocre low-light photos
  • Cheap design
  • No 4K video stabilization

Xiaomi’s new Poco budget-friendly brand has launched with the Pocophone F1. Even with the low price, the performance is that of its pricier competitors. The phone has some perks for gamers, running graphics-intensive games smoothly and keeping the phone from overheating with a special liquid cooling technology. It’s unfortunate that the cameras didn’t have the same attention devoted to them. However, there are always concessions that must be made for a lower price.

4. Google Pixel 3XL

Specs:

  • Weight: 184g
  • Dimensions: 76.7 x 158 x 7.9mm
  • OS: Android 9 Pie
  • Display: 6.3 inches, 2960 x 1440 OLED, 18.5:9, HDR
  • Camera: 1 rear 12.2MP, 1 front dual 8MP
    Price: $899

Pros:

  • Clear front-facing speakers
  • Good screen
  • Wide-angle selfie camera

Cons:

  • Easily scratched rear finish
  • Limited availability

Google’s Pixel 3XL has the best camera and software on the market. The camera basically does all the work for you, meaning you can simply point and shoot and will always have the best shot. The 64GB or 128GB of storage ensure you will not have to choose between all your photos and your apps. There is little sound distortion when the front-facing speakers are turned up to the max, so you can share your music without losing quality. The performance and battery-life are as-expected for its price, ensuring you will enjoy using your phone the whole day long.

5. OnePlus 6T

Specs:

  • Weight: 185g
  • Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS
  • Resolution: 6.4-inch AMOLED (2340 x 1080)
  • Camera: 2 rear (16MP and 20MP), 1 front 16MP
  • Price: $549

Pros:

  • Beautiful design
  • Strong battery life
  • High-end performance

Cons:

  • Mediocre camera
  • Inconsistent in-display fingerprint reader
  • No wireless charging
  • Not fully waterproof

The OnePlus 6T offers flagship speed for less money, beating even Google’s Pixel 3XL. The design and display of the phone make it a pleasure to use. Unfortunately, if you’re looking a good camera, you will be disappointed by the older imaging hardware used in the OnePlus 6T. As with the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, gamers will appreciate the extra power provided by the 8GB of RAM, allowing for an unhindered gameplay experience.