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We picked the best Android smartphones you can buy today
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We picked the best Android smartphones you can buy today

Update: New for June 2019!

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:

The best overall

We have two choices for this category: the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the iPhone XS Max.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the best Android smartphone on the market right now in terms of user experience. Both on paper and in practice, it is excellent: the build quality and finish is impeccable, the performance and camera are flagship-worthy, and it comes with Android 9 Pie right out of the box.

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.

The best for photography

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. 

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Huawei P30 Pro: an epic camera. © AndroidPIT

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.

The best value

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!

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The OnePlus 7 Pro also features a pop-up selfie camera. / © AndroidPIT

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.

The best battery life

Honor View20

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.

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The Honor View20 offers a simply remarkable battery life. © AndroidPIT

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?

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  • Mark
    • Admin
    Apr 30, 2017

    No LG phones again!! Come on people why are you so biased against LG? The V20 and the G6 should be on the list.

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  • Android phones are the best in terms of cost because iPhones are expensive! Recently, one of my friends has bought Huawei P30 Pro. This phone has excellent features and less price.


  • £234 as 'best value'?! Come off it. My Moto G5+ was £159 nearly 2 years ago, the G6 and its Play version are now similarly priced...
    While I'm at it, imo it's high time smartphone users, makers and commentators started demanding that ALL battery-powered devices (not only phones...) have batteries that can be replaced by the user. Getting a new phone because the battery is failing is simply unsustainable - and we all KNOW that in our hearts of hearts...


  • The Mate 20 X has the best battery life. I get around 11-13 hours of screen on time daily. The S9+, Note 9 would be one of the best phones if they gave us a non edge screen version. I'm not a fan of the curves.


  • Why is there a crappy iPhone on the middle of your main image when you are talking about android. No android user would be stupid enough to fall into the the Apple arena. I would rather not have a phone then buy Apple. Bring on the Galaxy F. I have used all of the phones above and in my opinion the Samsung Note 9 and Galaxy S9 are by far the best paired with the Galaxy watch they are fantastic.


  • The s9 series for me are the best phones on the planet. Design, display and of course every premium feature. They are the swiss army knife of all phones. Viewing movies & videos are an extreme pleasure, there is no finer. These and the Huawei mate 20pro are the absolute best phones money can buy!


  • I think Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro are the best. Next year I will probably be buying P30 Pro.


  • I found the Umidigi s2 pro to be even better than the Samsung S9 and it only costs a little over $500.00! Cheers! 👍😀


  • WEll xz2 is better than s9, don't know why they put s9 and p20 at the top


  • Honor 7X / Huawei Mate SE

    LG Stylo 4 (Cricket Wireless has 3gig Ram 32gig ROM 6.2 screen built in stylus)

    Moto E Supra (Cricket Wireless has 3gig Ram 32gig ROM 6.0 screen LED flash on front and back laser auto focus 5000 mAh battery)

    Those are all decent no contract phones for around the $180-$200 range (I guess we won't see a new ZTE for a while?). It's a bummer there are no shops where you can walk in and check out and Honor or Huawei (that seals the deal).


  • Mike Feb 6, 2018 Link to comment

    For years, "compact smartphone" was synonymous with the low-end...
    Seriously?? Have you ever heard of the high end xperia compact series? Don't mention only the X compact which is a mid range old device. Put in your comparison the XZ1 compact which is way better than the competition.


  • Why don't you do a best for hearing impaired? You seem to always over look us.


  • Note 8 best phone on the planet period!


  • Android Pit:

    Pixel 2 / 2XL are best for photography.

    Also Android Pit:

    Camera blind test results: Samsung and Apple on top as Pixel 2 tanks

    https://www.androidpit.com/camera-blind-test-results-samsung-apple-on-top-pixel-2-tanks


  • S8 best phone


  • I think the Honor 7X / Mate 10 impressed me enough to buy both this year ( Huawei gets a 👍 from me)


    For dirt cheap? The ZTE Blade Z Max from MetroPCS is alright (I wouldn't mind a 2nd Gen Axon7)👍

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