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The best smartphone of 2019: 15 top mobile phones tested and ranked

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Our best smartphone list brings you 15 of the best phones available right now, but if you already have your mobile OS alliance set you’ll want to check out either our ranking of the best Android phone or best iPhone.If what’s on offer in our best smartphone list is a little too pricey for your taste, then don’t fear, as we’ve also got a list of the best cheap phones available right now.And if you’re not ready just yet to pick up a new mobile, it could be worth holding out. We’ve yet to review the iPhone 11 Pro, plus there are announcements for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, OnePlus 7T and Google Pixel 4 in the coming months. All of these are potential contenders to work their way into our best smartphone ranking later in the year.We’ve already seen a huge number of top smartphone launches this year, which means our best smartphone list has seen plenty of new entrants over recent months. 
We know that it’s not all about the high-cost, super spec phones all the time so we’ve made you a handy list of all the top smartphones that you can get on the market right now, assessing what really matters to you.We test these phones rigorously, making sure that we check every angle and feature – but most importantly, considering whether they’ve got a decent battery, great screen, strong design and a cracking camera.On top of that, they can’t be too exorbitant in price either – not everyone wants or can afford a supercar of a handset, so we’ve made sure there are plenty of options for you there.So let’s get started on our list of the top 15 handsets, and we’re kicking off with our number one phone you can buy right now…
Best Android phone | Best iPhone | Best budget phoneThe Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is the best smartphone available right now, still.It’s a big phone that’s designed for big hands – and it takes the very best of what’s on the smartphone market and puts it together in a compelling package that we’ve loved testing.Screen: The Super AMOLED 6.4-inch display has been measured as the very best around, with super colours, great dynamic range and, essentially, the very best viewing experience you can have on a mobile phone. Plus, there’s a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.Battery life: The battery life on the Galaxy S10 Plus is and improvement over the S9 Plus, thanks to the larger 4,100mAh battery inside. It’ll easily reach bedtime with double digits still left in the tank.The S10 Plus also offers Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices on the rear of the handset.Camera: The trio of cameras on the Galaxy 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. Mini verdict: The Galaxy S10 Plus is packed full of the best Samsung has to offer, and it comes together to give you the best smartphone experience around right now.Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus reviewPrice comparison: The best Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus deals
Compare the best mobile phone dealsImage Credit: TechRadarThe Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one of the largest phones there is, but this stylus-toting handset is our second favorite 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 cut-out means there’s a lot of display here to provide you with a full 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.Mini Verdict: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a remarkable device, but it’s only for those who want a large phone and don’t mind spending that bit extra on a device. The S10 Plus will be more suitable for most, but the Note 10 Plus is a great phone too.Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus reviewPrice comparison: The best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus deals
Image Credit: TechRadarThe Huawei P30 Pro is so close to being the best smartphone right now, and for some it will take top spot in their minds.It’s the best phone we’ve used when it comes to photography with 5x and 10x zoom capabilities and fantastic low-light performance.However, we’re sad to say, it now comes with a huge caveat. After Google suspended Huawei’s future access to Android Play Store and security updates, there are serious question marks over the future of Huawei phones.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 P30 Pro may ‘only’ have a Full HD+ resolution, but it’s bright, clear and colorful 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 juice, the battery life here is excellent. We regularly got to the end of the day with 30% or more left in the tank.Camera: The cameras are the P30 Pro’s real party piece, providing staggeringly good 5x and 10x zoom, and a digital 50x zoom with gets you insanely close to objects far off in the distance. Its low-light capabilities are also top-notch.Mini Verdict: The P30 Pro not only sets a new standard for Huawei, it sets a new standard for the entire mobile industry. Its cameras are quite simply astonishing, the design is eye-catching and the power plentiful. It’s a true flagship smartphone. Read more: Huawei P30 Pro reviewPrice comparison: The best Huawei P30 Pro deals
Image Credit: TechRadarIt’s close at the top, with Huawei snapping at Samsung’s heels it’s never been tougher for the South Korean firm, and the S10 is getting elbowed.The bigger S10 Plus is by far Samsung’s best phone, but the standard S10 backs almost all the same top-end features into a more compact form factor and slightly lower price tag (but still steep).Screen: With a 6.1-inch display you’re not exactly getting a small screen with the standard S10, but Samsung has reduced bezels even more over the S9, keeping the dimensions surprisingly compact. You also get a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.Battery life: The battery in the S10 has grown versus the one in the S9, but with the increased screen size as well you’re still looking at all-day battery life with a nightly charge. The S10 also has Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices on the rear of the handset.Camera: Like the S10 Plus, the trio of cameras on the Galaxy S10 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. Mini verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S10 gets proper under-the-hood upgrades. You’ll like all of these powerful features, while your friends will like the new Wireless PowerShare perk – it helps them out more than you. Read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S10 reviewPrice comparison: The best Samsung Galaxy S10 deals
Image Credit: TechRadarThere’s a new hero for iPhone fans, with the iPhone 11 offering the best mix of features and price from Apple.The specs here aren’t as impressive as they are on the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, but the trade-off in a lower price for this device makes it a must-have for many Apple fans.Screen: This isn’t the best screen you’ll find on an iPhone – or any phone, in fact – but it still offers a vibrant display that’s large enough to watch video on.Battery life: The easiest way to describe battery life on the iPhone 11 is good, but not great. You’ll get around a day of usage from the iPhone 11, but it’s not as good as the Pro Max.Camera: Expect a similar experience from the camera on the iPhone 11 as on the iPhone XR. If you want the best camera phone on an iPhone, you’ll want the Pro, but it’s still an impressive shooter on the rear of the standard 11.Mini verdict: The iPhone 11 is offering some of the best features from Apple in a more affordable package. Many will be happy with what the iPhone 11 can do, but others will want to look toward the high-spec iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max to get the very best.Read our in-depth iPhone 11 reviewPrice comparison: The best iPhone 11 deals
Image Credit: TechRadarThe iPhone 11 Pro Max is the biggest phone Apple has created, and it’s also the most high-spec’d phone from the company.It’s expensive even by iPhone standards, but it features an all-screen, notch-laden, almost bezel-free design with more power under the hood. The big upgrades on the iPhone XS Max are the improved cameras and some impressive new power too.Screen: The 6.5-inch OLED screen on the iPhone 11 Pro Max really grabbed our attention – it’s fantastic for video streaming and gaming.Battery life: This is some of the best battery life we’ve ever experienced on an iPhone with further optimizations within iOS and a larger cell inside the phone itself. It’s still not gamechanging, but it’s better than other Apple handsets.Camera: The triple camera setup on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is fantastic. This is the first time Apple has implemented three cameras at the same time, and it offers a great experience plus it can be fun to use.Mini verdict: If your hands are as big as your bank balance, the iPhone 11 Pro Max takes Apple’s smartphone to a whole new level with an improved camera and more.Read our in-depth iPhone 11 Pro Max reviewPrice comparison: The best iPhone 11 Pro Max deals
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is still one of the best phones from the Chinese firm to date, offering up a heady mix of design, power and performance with a few party pieces thrown in too.It builds on the P20 and P20 Pro, offering up even more screen, enhanced triple rear cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner.However, we’re sad to say, it now comes with a huge caveat. After Google suspended Huawei’s future access to Android Play Store and security updates, there are serious question marks over the future of Huawei phones.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 Mate 20 Pro packs a huge 6.39-inch display giving you a huge amount of space for gaming and movies, and its QHD resolution and HDR10 support ensures everything looks great. There is a wide notch at the top of the display though.Battery life: You’ll get great battery life from the Mate 20 Pro, and we regularly achieved a day and a half of usage from a single charge during our review time with the handset.Camera: The Mate 20 Pro comes with three cameras on the rear, nabbing the excellent 40MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto lenses from the P20 Pro – but the third sensor is new. It’s an ultra-wide 16MP snapper allowing you to cram even more of your surroundings into each shot.Mini verdict: The Mate 20 Pro is a full-featured phone for a full-featured price – it even has a few tricks you won’t see elsewhere, and more powerful specs than most of its competitors.Read more: Huawei Mate 20 Pro reviewPrice comparison: The best Huawei Mate 20 Pro deals
Image Credit: TechRadarWhat’s this? Another Huawei phone in the top ten? Your eyes do not deceive you, the Huawei P30 really is seventh in our best phone rundown.It has a smaller screen than the P30 Pro, and makes do with just the three rear cameras (rather than four) and a maximum zoom of 30x, but it’s still a great Android phone.However, we’re sad to say, it now comes with a huge caveat. After Google suspended Huawei’s future access to Android Play Store and security updates, there are serious question marks over the future of Huawei phones.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: With a 6.1-inch display the P30 is a little easier to manage in the hand than its larger sibling, and with a Full HD+ and plenty of colour it’s a top smartphone screen.Battery life: You can expect to get excellent battery life from the Huawei P30, with the phone often lasting a day and a half on a single charge without issue.Camera: While the three cameras on the rear aren’t quite as good as the four on the P30 Pro, they still offer up an impressive shooting experience with 5x, 10x and 30x zoom and great low-light abilities.Mini verdict: There’s heaps of power, a handy headphone jack (something the Pro can’t boast) and a more manageable form factor for one-handed use. And of course, it’s a little cheaper too.Read our full Huawei P30 reviewPrice comparison: The best Huawei P30 deals

Yeah, that’s right – Samsung now offers two versions of its S Pen toting Note range, and this one comes with lower spec than the one you’ve read about earlier in this list.The Galaxy Note 10 is better for those with smaller hands with its much smaller display and slimmer dimensions, but the battery life suffers a little for that.Screen: This may be a Samsung Galaxy Note handset, but the display isn’t anywhere near as big as you’d expect. It’s a 5.8-inch display with an Infinity-O cutout for the selfie camera.Battery life: The battery is where the Galaxy Note 10 begins to suffer a little as we found it regularly ran out before the end of a full day, but it’s enough for average usage.Camera: The rear camera of the Galaxy Note 10 is similar to all other Samsung phones released in 2019, and it’s good but not the best we’ve seen on a smartphone.Mini verdict: The Galaxy Note 10 isn’t as high-spec as the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, but if you want a stylus on a smaller phone than the gargantuan Plus then you may want to opt for this.Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 reviewPrice comparison: The best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 deals
Image Credit: TechRadarOnePlus has grown up, and the OnePlus 7 Pro is the first fruit of its new-found maturity with a heap of features, plenty of power and yes, an inflated price tag over what we’ve come to expect from the ‘affordable flagship’ provider.That said, the OnePlus 7 Pro is still cheaper than the top phones from Samsung, Apple, Sony and Huawei, so it’s not going to break the bank – and with it’s pop-up camera party trick and glorious all-screen design there’s a lot of love.Screen: There’s a whole lot of screen on the OnePlus 7 Pro, with the 6.67-inch QHD display free of notches, punch-hole cameras and any over-sized bezels. The front of the phone is pretty much all screen and it looks great, with a colorful punch thanks to the AMOLED panel.Battery life: We found the OnePlus 7 Pro could last more than a day on a single charge, which is great news and something not all handsets in our best phones roundup can boast.Camera: There’s a triple camera setup round the back of the OnePlus 7 Pro, with Sony’s 48MP sensor your main snapper, but with telephoto and wide-angle secondary options too. It’s a solid snapper, but it doesn’t quite challenge the likes of Google’s Pixel 3 range. However, there’s something fun on the front – not that you can see the front-facing camera. That’s because it’s hidden in the body, and pops out of the top of the phone when required.Mini verdict: The OnePlus 7 Pro is closer to delivering everything you want from a flagship phone than any previous OnePlus handset – while still being able to undercut the big-name competition.Read our full OnePlus 7 Pro reviewPrice comparison: The best OnePlus 7 Pro deals
Image Credit: TechRadarIf you’re looking for a the best camera phone on the market, look no further. The single rear snapper on the Google Pixel 3 XL (and the smaller Pixel 3) is the best we’ve come across.You also get a big screen, decent battery life and plenty of power under the hood, making the Google Pixel 3 XL a great all-round flagship smartphone.Screen: It’s hard to ignore the 6.3-inch display which dominates the front the of the Google Pixel 3 XL, but it still offers a chin bezel providing space for one of the two stereo front facing speakers. The QHD resolution and HDR support ensure everything looks great, but the notch is a little ugly.Battery life: The battery life on the Google Pixel 3 XL exceeds many of its rivals, comfortably lasting a day on a single charge, and sometimes getting halfway through the next too, depending on your usage.Camera: You may only be getting a single camera on the rear of the Pixel 3 XL, but do not under-estimate it. The camera here is capable of producing some simply staggering results, making shooting great photos easy and fun.Mini verdict: The Google Pixel 3 XL marries the best camera phone we’ve ever tested with a sizable OLED screen. It’s the right fit for people who don’t mind the notch cut out at the top and have already adjusted their grip for bigger smartphones in the past.Read our in-depth Google Pixel 3 XL reviewPrice comparison: The best Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL deals
Image Credit: TechRadarLike the look of the new S10 and S10 Plus, but not a fan of their lofty price tags? Well fear not, as Samsung has catered for you with the Galaxy S10e.The Galaxy S10e has many of the flagship features of its pricier siblings, while offering a more palm-friendly size and a few compromises to help keep the cost down.Screen: You don’t get a QHD resolution here, instead you’ll have to accept a Full HD+ 5.8-inch screen – but the Super AMOLED display provides plenty of colour and pop.Battery life: We found battery life lasted a day on a single charge – which is what we’ve come to expect from phones – plus its wireless charging and Wireless PowerShare making topping it up, and you other devices, even easier.Camera: The dual camera setup on the S10e isn’t quite as good as the triple cameras on the S10 and S10 Plus, but they’re still highly capable snappers producing quality photos with ease.Mini verdict: It’s hard not to recommend the S10e to anyone who prefers a smaller phone. Size queens, look elsewhere – this smartphone is for folks who want to text and browse apps one-handed without compromising performance.Read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy S10e reviewPrice comparison: The best Samsung Galaxy S10e deals
The Honor View 20 is the best phone to come out of the Chinese brand, with a striking rear design (which may divide opinion), plenty of power under the hood, an impressive 48MP camera and a ‘punch-hole’ display which ushers in the post-notch revolution.However, we’re sad to say, it now comes with a huge caveat. After Google suspended parent-company Huawei’s future access to Android Play Store and security updates, there are serious question marks over the future of Honor phones.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: There’s a huge 6.4-inch display on the View 20, giving you plenty of space to play with. It’s the location of the front-facing, 25MP camera within the screen which is the real talking point though, as rather than appearing in a bezel or a notch which juts into the screen, it’s surround by screen. It’s different, but will it catch on?Battery life: The Honor View 20 has a big 4,000mAh and the result is a battery which will comfortably last through an entire day and into the next on a single charge.Camera: The View 20 is the world’s first smartphone to boast a 48MP rear camera, as the firm has used Sony’s new sensor to provide a camera which really packs a punch.Mini verdict: An ultra-high-resolution camera and punch hole screen are the highlights on the Honor View 20, and they set a standard this year’s more expensive phones will need to match.Read more: Honor View 20 reviewPrice comparison: The best Honor View 20 deals
Image Credit: TechRadarThe Google Pixel 3 is the smaller sibling to the Pixel 3 XL, with a smaller screen and battery, but the same power and excellent camera under the hood.This is a great handset for those looking for a top-flight phone that can be used comfortably with one hand (although those with smaller palms may need both still).Screen: At 5.5 inches, the screen on the Google Pixel 3 isn’t exactly small, but it’s one of the smallest in this list of the best smartphones. The full HD resolution isn’t quite as sharp as its larger sibling’s QHD panel, but it still looks great.Camera: You get the same camera here as you do on the Pixel 3 XL, and that’s great news as it’s one of the best smartphone snappers we’ve ever tested. It’s easy to use, extremely powerful and produces excellent shots.Battery life: The Google Pixel 3 battery life isn’t as impressive as the larger Pixel 3 XL which has a bigger power pack. It should give you a day of use, but don’t expect for than that.Mini verdict: If you’re looking for a compact flagship smartphone with a class-leading camera experience the Google Pixel 3 is the best phone for the job.Read more: Google Pixel 3 reviewPrice comparison: The best Google Pixel 3 deals 
Image Credit: TechRadarThe iPhone XR (pronounced ‘ten R’) is a cheaper smartphone from Apple aimed at opening up its mobile range to more consumers, with a range of colors, premium design and still a decent slug of power under the hood.While it doesn’t cost as much as the XS or XS Max, the iPhone XR isn’t a cheap phone – it’s just more affordable than the other two new iPhones.Screen: The iPhone XR may be the cheapest of Apple’s three new iPhones, but it sits in the middle of the trio in terms of screen size with its 6.1-inch display. This provides lots of space for movies and games, although its resolution is under full HD. Camera: The camera on the iPhone XR doesn’t hit the same heights as its XS siblings, and portrait mode is a little lacking, but it still offers up the same intuitive Apple interface and an auto mode than makes the best of most scenarios.Battery life: The shining light for the iPhone XR is its battery life. If you’re looking for an iPhone with great endurance, this is it, with the XR easily lasting a full day on a single charge.Mini verdict: The iPhone XR is one of the best handsets Apple has ever made, and that’s mainly down to the excellent battery life.Read more: iPhone XR reviewPrice comparison: The best iPhone XR deals
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