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Top 15 BEST Smartphones of 2019 (Mid Year)
Original video published on Apr 22, 2019
- All you need to do is take a look at the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s spec sheet, you will see that it's very much ahead of the curve.
Welcome to the top 15 smartphones of 2019, Plus 5 smartphones that you probably shouldn’t buy.
The 5 Smartphones That You Probably Shouldn’t Buy…
1. Huawei P30 ($600)
This is not a bad phone, but the Mate 20 Pro is just as powerful with a bigger battery, charges faster, a higher resolution screen, and more secure 3d face unlocking. This means for not much more money, the Mate 20 Pro from last year is a better deal.
2. XPERIA 1 ($1000)
This phone has an ultra wide Cinema style display, but for most content the screen space is not being used very efficiently. The battery life is not in line with the 6.5 inch 4k display, it’s going to die fast.
3. LG G8 THINQ ($820)
Its headline features are pretty gimmicky, and while it is an all-rounded solidly spec phone you can do better for the money.
4. BlackBerry KEY2 ($600)
There is a market for this phone, it’s just very niche. They’ve built a device that runs on Android but the screen is too small to take advantage of it. The main selling point is the physical keyboard, which will appeal to a very specific kind of consumer but the vast majority now would benefit more from a virtual keyboard.
5. Galaxy Note 9 ($700)
Unless you need the S Pen, the Galaxy S10 Plus improves in so many ways that it’s tough to recommend the Galaxy Note 9. If you want a cheaper Samsung alternative, then the Galaxy S9 Plus is cheaper and inherently much better value.
The Top 15 Smartphones of 2019
15 Nokia 9 PureView ($700)
This is a flawed phone. Its using the last generation chipset, its camera takes ages to process shots, and there’s chunky bezels around the display. However, it is the phone I find myself reaching for when taking a lot of landscape shots. Its penta camera setup is intriguing, I was almost excited by how the end image could turn out. So far with the regular software updates, my experience has improved over time.
14 iPhone XR ($750)
It is a powerful phone with a very impressive camera. However, it becomes hard to justify spending over $700 on a phone with a screen like this when alternatives are better than ever. iPhone 11 has released, see if it is works for you.
13 Honor View 20 ($650)
I was super impressed by this phone. It looks distinguished, comes with a powerful chip, a 48 megapixel camera, and the price comes in below most flagships. The only real downside is the time-of-flight(ToF) camera on the back, which is not as useful as telephoto or ultra wide lenses.
12 iPhone XS ($1000)
The iPhone XS is an impressive phone with its slimmer bezels and higher quality display, and it’s also one of the fastest phones out there.
11 iPhone XS Max ($1100)
I would honestly say if you can cope with the larger dimensions here, this is the better buy compared to the iPhone XS. The larger screen is better for films and TV, and the phone also lasts 10% - 15% longer on a charge.
10 Google Pixel 3 XL ($700)
This phone has one of the most powerful camera software that allows you to do things that would have been considered black magic a few years ago. It’s also tough to wean yourself off these slick animations and the simple aesthetic on Google’s software.
9. Pocophone F1 ($300)
This is a budget phone with shockingly little compromise. Although it’s not quite as cutting edge as it was when it originally launched.
8. OnePlus 6T ($550)
This is a blissfully slick experience for half the price of a top-end phone. The software is clean and bloat free, and your whole experience just feels light. However, the OnePlus 6 might be a better buy because it’s the same chip, same performance, and it’s slimmer and lighter for a less price.
7. Huawei Mate 20 Pro ($800)
All you need to do is take a look at the phone’s spec sheet, you will see that it’s very much ahead of the curve. Especially in terms of battery and charging speed, and the camera is also a lot of fun to use.
6. Redmi Note 7 Pro ($300)
This is a budget phone with very little to complain about. It’s using the brand new Snapdragon 675 chip, with a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 48 megapixel camera.
5. Galaxy S10 ($900) & Galaxy S10e ($750)
The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10e are both amazing but for different consumers.
The Galaxy S10 is targeted as a premium offering that’s larger with more cameras, a curved display, and a bigger battery.
The Galaxy S10e still has the stereo speakers and the display quality of the Galaxy S10. However, they’ve made sensible compromises like switching the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner to a side mounted one.
4. Xiaomi Mi 9 ($500)
This is basically the cheapest full-scale 2019 flagship you can buy right now. Aside from a slightly underwhelming battery, this phone blew me away. For under $500, you get a Snapdragon 855 chip, a triple camera system, fast charging, and some of the fastest wireless charging we’ve ever seen.
3. Huawei P30 Pro ($900)
This phone truly excels in three key areas: the camera zoom, the camera at night, and the battery and charging. However, its display and speaker quality are very forgettable.
2. Galaxy S10+ ($1000)
This is a slightly more well rounded phone. No, it doesn’t have a camera that can see in the dark or one that you can use remotely. But it shoots consistently good photos in all lighting conditions, it has a really good battery life, a natural sounding dual speakers, and one of the best quality displays you’ve ever seen.
1. Galaxy S10 5G ($1200)
In my opinion this is a thoroughly underrated device. I think a big part of the problem is that the company literally named it as if it was just the Galaxy S10 with a 5G modem. I think a better way to describe it would be “the S10 Ultimate”. It’s got an even larger battery, larger & brighter display, and a quad camera setup. Depending on where you live, you probably won’t be able to take advantage of the 5G functionality but I’d argue that those other improvements alone are enough to justify the extra $200 it costs.
There should be a few other exciting phones coming up in May…
- Potentially three smartphones from OnePlus
- Some exciting things from Honor
- Google’s budget-friendly Pixel 3a devices
- Samsung and Huawei’s foldable phones. However, they are a bit of a risky buy right now being the first devices in a completely new category. They are more likely to go wrong, and it’s going to take time for developers to take advantage of this fold to do more than a normal size phone.