Howdy. 2019 has been an explosive year in mobile technology with several beautiful phones hitting the stores.
In this post, we will try to do justice to some of these phones. Welcome to the top 15 smartphones of 2019 as well as five phones you might be tempted to buy but you probably shouldn’t.
Let start, with the phones you shouldn’t.
Don’t get me wrong this is a phone I really like but it loses quite a few of the p30 pros headline features and that doesn’t make it a bad phone but it does mean that for not much more money the P20 pro from last year is a better deal.
It is just as powerful but has a bigger battery, it charges faster, got a higher resolution screen and more secure 3d face unlocking.
Sony Xperia 1
Sony’s new xperia is a phone I really wanted to like because it’s just kind of cool with this ultra wide Cinema style display but after 10 minutes with it I can already say that for most content the screen space is just not being used very efficiently. The battery life as well is just not in line with a 6.5 inch 4k display it’s gonna die fast.
L. G G8
You’ve then got the LG G eight. I just think the company’s missed the mark on this one its headline features are pretty gimmicky and whilst it is an all-round solidly spec phone you can do better for the money.
BlackBerry key 2
We’ve got the BlackBerry key 2 over here and there is a market for this phone. It’s just a very niche they’ve built a device that runs on Android but with a screen that’s too small and too short to take advantage of it not to mention the main selling point. It has this physical keyboard which will appeal to a very specific kind of consumer but the vast majority now would benefit more from the conveniences of an adaptable virtual keyboard.
And finally at the last phone that you might be tempted to buy but that you should probably avoid is…
The Galaxy Note 9
Don’t get me wrong, I love the note 9 and it was a great device when it was released but right now unless you need that phone, don’t buy it. The s-10 or the Galaxy S 10 plus improves in so many ways that it’s tough to recommend it’s slower bulkier cousin and if you did want a cheaper Samsung alternative then the Galaxy S 9 plus right now is cheaper and inherently have a better value.
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Alright now for the top 13 and I have arranged them in a rough order but any phone in this list is going to be one I can safely recommend.
13. Nokia 9 Pureview
In 15th place the nokia 9 PureView. This right here is a flawed phone it’s using a last generation chipset it’s camera takes ages to process shots we’ve got these chunky bezels around the display and yet it is the phone I find myself reaching for when taking a lot of landscape shots.
It’s center camera setup is intriguing and I’d be using it because I was almost excited by how the end image could turn out plus so far at least it’s been getting pretty regular software updates and my experience has improved over time. Definitely a do-do.
12. The iPhone 10 R
The iPhone 10 R which still to date has a very impressive camera and it is a powerful phone for people who can’t quite go for the iPhone 10 s.
But as with every Apple product even over half a year after its launch you’ll still be paying pretty much full price for it it’s just become hard to justify spending over $700 phone with a screen like this when alternatives are better than ever.
11. The iPhone 10S
I was super impressed by the iPhone 10S. It looks distinguished, it’s got a powerful chip, it’s got a 48 megapixel camera and price wise it comes in a fair bit below most flagships the only real downside is that the company has opted for a time of flight camera on the back which is not a bad thing but they’ve used it instead of what I would say are the more useful telephoto or ultra wide lenses.
The iPhone 10S is still an impressive phone and has aged a little better than the 10R because of its slimmer bezels and higher quality display it’s also just straight up one of the fastest phones out there you can feel quite confident when you play a game on this that it’s going to run flawlessly.
10. iPhone 10’s max
We’ve then got the iPhone 10’s max and I would honestly say if you can cope with the larger dimensions here this is the better buy. The larger screen is better for films and TV and the phone also lasts 10 to 15 percent longer on a charge, the little bit extra it makes a massive difference.
9. Google pixel 3xl
I don’t think it’s the prettiest phone but there’s also definitely room in the market for the Google pixel 3xl for two main reasons. Number one is with the cameras on both the front and the back you’re getting some of the most powerful camera software ever which lets you do things that a few years ago would have been considered black magic.
The other is Google’s software. Once you use it, it’s tough to wean yourself off these slick animations and the simple anesthetics.
All right it was a beast in 2018 and it’s still a beast in 2019 this is the pocket phone. It’s a budget phone with shockingly little compromise.
8. One plus 60
Although it’s not quite as cutting edge as it was when it originally launched, one plus 60 is a blissfully slick experience for half the price of a top-end phone. The software is clean and bloat free and so your whole experience just feels light.
7. One Plus Six
I would say though whilst you’ll struggle to get on the official website, if you can get hold of the older one plus 6 for less that might be a better buy because essentially same chip same performance but it’s slimmer and lighter the Huawei P20 pro.
Although it was released last year, it’s very much one of the company’s current gen phones. All you need to do is to take one look at the phone spec sheet and you can see that it’s still very much ahead of the curve especially in terms of battery and charging speed. Also the camera is a whole lot of fun to use.
6. Redmi note 7 pro
Here then we’ve got the redmi note 7 pro a budget phone and you can tell it’s not a flagship but also there is very little to complain about. Its uses the brand new snapdragon 675 chip for very much upper mid-range performance, has a weighty 4,000 milliamp hour battery and of course a 48 megapixel camera. It’s really rather good alright.
5. Galaxy S 10 and the Galaxy S 10 II They’re both amazing but at the same time both for quite different consumers. The s10 is a little larger, it’s targeted as a more premium offering with more cameras, a curved display and a bigger battery but then the s10 II is sold as the more practical variant. I like how it still has these stereo speakers and the display quality of its higher-end cousins and that they’ve made sensible compromises like switching the ultrasonic in display fingerprint scanner to the still very fast side.
4. Xiaomi me9
The Xiaomi me9 is basically the cheapest full-scale 2019 flagship you can buy right now and aside from a slightly underwhelming battery it blew me away for just under $500. You’re looking at a snapdragon 855 chip and a really good triple camera system. Xiaomi also added in fast charging and some of the fastest wireless charging we’ve ever seen.
3. Huawei P 30 pro
We’ve got the Huawei P 30 pro and this is a firm that truly excels in three key areas. You’ve got the camera zoom you’ve got the camera at night and you’ve got battery and charging and by excel I honestly mean it is so good it will constantly surprise you. At the same time though it does have a couple of areas like its display and speaker quality that are very forgettable.
2. Galaxy s 10 plus
Galaxy s 10 plus takes a different approach. It’s a slightly more well rounded phone and no it doesn’t have a camera that can practically see in the dark or one that you can use to remotely keep up with what your neighbors are up to but it shoots consistently good photos in all lighting conditions. It’s got a really good battery life, it’s got natural sounding dual speakers and one of the best quality displays you’ve ever seen.
1. Galaxy S10 5g
That leaves us with number one and in my opinion this is a thoroughly underrated device and it’s the one that my SIM card is in right now. This is galaxy s 10 5g.
I think a big part of the problem is that the company literally named it as if it was just the s10 with a 5g modem stuck on but a better way to describe it would honestly be the s10 ultimate. It has got an even larger battery, larger brighter display and his quad camera setup can do a fair bit more depending on where you live you probably won’t be able to take advantage of that 5g functionality.
But I’d argue that those other improvements alone are enough to justify the extra 200 dollars it costs.
What’s Coming Soon?
Worth bearing in mind is that there should be a few other exciting phones coming up, you’ve got potentially three smartphones from One plus you’ve got some exciting things from honor as well as Google’s budget-friendly pixel 3a devices.
There’s also the foldable phones from Samsung and Huawei but as exciting as they are they’re a bit of a risky buy right now being literally the first devices in a completely new category.
They are not only more likely to go wrong as we’ve kind of seen but also it’s gonna take time for developers to be able to fully take advantage of this phone to be able to do more than just your normal size phone can.
Now You Know
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