Our best smartphone list brings you 5 of the top phones available right now in the market.
The best smartphones from Samsung
Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 157g/175g | Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm/157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.1-inch/6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/512GB/1TB | Battery: 3,400mAh/4,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP/10MP + 8MP
They take the very best of what’s on the smartphone market and put it together in a compelling package that we loved testing.
Screen: The Super AMOLED display has been measured as best in class with super colours, great dynamic range and, essentially, the very best viewing experience you can have on a mobile phone.
Battery life: The battery life on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus is an improvement over the S9 series, thanks to the larger batteries inside. They easily reach bedtime with double digits still left in the tank.
They also offer Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices on the rear of the handsets.
Camera: The trio of cameras on the S10 and S10 Plus are among the best on the market, building on the excellent setup on the S9 series by offering more features, shooting modes and overall clarity.
2. Huawei P30 Pro
One of the the best smartphones for photography
Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 192g | Dimensions: 158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.47-inch | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256/512GB | Battery: 4,200mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP + ToF | Front camera: 32MP
While Google and Huawei have promised to support phones currently on the market, it’s not clear how long they’ll receive Android updates or access to the Google Play Store, which would severely curtail their usefulness compared to the competition.
Screen: The large 6.47-inch screen on the Huawei P30 Pro may ‘only’ have a Full HD+ resolution, but it’s bright, clear and colourful providing an excellent canvas for your apps and games.
Battery life: There’s no worry when it comes to the P30 Pro potentially running out of battery, the battery life here is excellent. We regularly got to the end of the day with 30% or more left in the chamber.
Camera: The cameras are the P30 Pro’s advance over other flagship smartphones, providing good 5x and 10x zoom, and a digital 50x zoom with gets you way more close to objects far off in the distance. Its low-light capabilities are also top-notch.
3. iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max
Smoothness and Camera
Release date: September 2019 | Weight: 188g/226g | Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm/158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm | OS: iOS 13 | Screen size: 5.8-inch/6.5-inch | Resolution: 1125 × 2436/1242 x 2688 | CPU: Apple A13 Bionic | RAM: 4GB TBC | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3,046mAh/3,969mAh TBC | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP + 12MP
There’s very little difference between the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which is why we grouped them together in our best phone roundup.
Screen: It’s the biggest decision you’ll have to make. Will you go for the 5.8-inch 11 Pro (which is easier to use one-handed) or the larger 6.5-inch 11 Pro Max (which is great for movies and gaming)? Either way, you get a great display which packs a colourful option.
Battery life: The battery life on the 11 Pro series is slightly longer than the last few generations of the iPhone, but don’t expect anything game changing here when it comes to the length your phone will last for.
Camera: Apple has put most of its focus into the rear cameras on this device, and while the design of the rear of the phone has been controversial these cameras can create some truly stunning photography that competes with the very best camera phones.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Smartphone with an S Pen
Release date: August 2019 | Weight: 196g | Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.8-inch | CPU: Exynos 9825 / Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 256/512GB | Battery: 4,300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP + ToF | Front camera: 10MP
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one of the largest phones there is, but this stylus-toting handset is our fourth favourite phone you can buy right now.
It’s expensive, but it features some of the best specs you’ll get on a smartphone in 2019.
Screen: The screen on this phone is huge and the Infinity-O cutout means there’s little interruption to the display here, allowing for an immersive experience.
Battery life: We found the battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus to easily last the whole day, plus the fast charging tech means you’re able to pump it up quickly when you’re nearing 0%.
Camera: The camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn’t the best on the market, but it’s impressive and offers a lot of fun features that you may want to play around with.
5. OnePlus 7T
A top affordable flagship.
Release date: October 2019 | Weight: 190g | Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.55-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3,800mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 16MP + 12MP | Front camera: 16MP
If you’re looking for an affordable flagship phone which doesn’t have any major compromises on features or functionality, stop looking and check out the OnePlus 7T.
Screen: One of the highlights of the 7T is its large 90Hz display. It can compete with most top-end handsets and offers great colour accuracy and response.
Battery life: The OnePlus 7T battery provides all-day use from a single charge. It’s unlikely to go much further than a day, but it’s what we’ve come to expect these days.
Camera: The OnePlus 7T camera feels like a significant improvement over the OnePlus 7, with some impressive software wizardry on tap to optimize your images.