Choosing the perfect smartphone to fit your needs isn't an easy task. There are tons of devices on the market and it's tough to know which are the best ones, let alone which one is the right one for you. In this article, we've rounded up the best of the best among Android and iOS smartphones in 2019 so far.
In order to help you find the right smartphone for your needs, we've divided our top picks into categories:
We have two choices for this category: the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the iPhone XS Max.
Samsung Galaxy S10+
This is the ideal smartphone for those who want to carry an elegant, ergonomic device that is perfect down to the last detail and can play games and videos without any compromise in quality. Even the battery life is improved in this Plus model when compared to the regular S10. In the end, there's only one aspect which may disappoint: the biometrics (facial recognition and fingerprint reader).
If you're more productivity-focused, you also can't go wrong with the Note 9 and its S-Pen.
The alternative: iPhone XS Max
If the Android ecosystem isn't your thing, the iPhone XS Max is the best you can get in 2019 thus far. Running iOS, the iPhone offers optimal performance and lacks nothing in everyday use. The dual camera of the XS may not be impressive on paper, but the results are great. There's no wide-angle camera, but that could come in the next generation of iPhones.
The iPhone XS Max has all the qualities of the regular XS, but with better battery life and a bigger display.
- Our Phone XS review
Huawei P30 Pro
With its new generation of the P series, Huawei has pushed the limits in photography. The P30 Pro also has a triple camera (a 40 MP Super Spectrum sensor + a 20 MP wide-angle sensor + an 8 MP sensor for zoom) and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera that work to improve the quality of photos (10x optical zoom, laser autofocus, larger pixels).
In addition to its photographic capabilities, the camera is not only stylish but also powerful. The assembly and the finish are simply impeccable also.
The alternative: Google Pixel 3 (XL)
If the Huawei interface isn't your favorite, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are also worthy of a spot in the best camera category. Google managed to make a very good phone for taking pictures with a single sensor thanks to a perfect optimization between the software and the hardware. The Pixels do not really surprise us with their design, but it's more the experience of Google's smartphones that makes them great.
OnePlus 7 Pro
It must be admitted, OnePlus has made a real mark on the smartphone market in just a few years. Unlike the Honor 10 which has an accessible price too, the OnePlus 7 Pro raises the bar higher while still maintaining an interesting quality to price ratio. Its interface is also one of the most pleasant of the market because it is close to stock Android and it is fast as you like. With the new 90 Hertz mode, this is the quickest and most fluid display on the market right now. The in-display fingerprint sensor from the OnePlus 6T has grown from 6 to 7 millimeters to improve accuracy and ease of use. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 powers everything along with 6, 8 or 12 GB of RAM for serious multitasking. The OnePlus 7 Pro is a smartphone for the Champions League with a price tag more in line with the Europa League!
The alternative: Xiaomi Mi 9
Made official at the latest MWC, the Xiaomi Mi 9 offers and equally exciting quality/performance/price ratio. Visually, it is an appealing device and the photo quality is convincing. Under the hood, there is nothing negative to say about the specs, and it too comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
A hole punch-style front camera, a giant bezel-less screen, a 48-megapixel camera...the new smartphone of the Chinese manufacturer clearly shows the ambitions of the brand in 2019. The View20 is an elegant smartphone, technically of-the-moment, and it offers a remarkable battery life of two days even with intensive use. Powerful and original in its design, Honor's latest device fits perfectly in all areas where it was expected to. Its screen and camera will delight most users who are also looking for a versatile smartphone.
The alternative: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Huawei phablet brings battery life and cool features that should inspire all smartphones on the market. The Mate 20 Pro reaches a full 48 hours of battery life. Even better, Huawei has a system to detect power hogging apps to improve the management of resources. The 4,000 mAh battery can be charged very quickly thanks to Huawei's ultra-fast charge technology.
What's coming to shake up the ranking soon?
The Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X could hit the list soon, depending on how they fare in our reviews and if the foldable phones ever come out at all! Be sure to tell us which upcoming smartphones you're interested in and which categories matter most to you in the comments!
Which of these smartphones is your favorite?