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The Best Smartphones of 2019
Phone advice | by Denise Timmis | Feb 18, 2022
Best Phones of 2019
These are the best smartphones you can buy right now!
2019 has been an excellent year already in terms of tech, and especially smartphones. With major companies like Samsung, Apple and Huawei launching brand new phones for the year, there’s plenty of choice available, with each device claiming it's better than the last.
But what are the best phones for 2019? In this guide, we’ll run you through the top ten phones for the year, as well as some exciting smartphones to look out for in the latter part of the year.
1. Samsung Galaxy S10+
The best smartphone of 2019 – so far.
Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/512GB/1TB | Battery: 4,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP + 8MP
- Amazing camera
- Great battery life
- High quality 6.4-inch AMOLED screen
- Expensive handset
- Not entirely future-proof
The Samsung Galaxy S10 boasts the very best in tech and specs. It has a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display, industry-leading 4,100 mAh battery and triple lens 12MP+12MP+12MP camera to boot. It delivers a super-fast performance thanks to its Snapdragon 855 processor and Android Pie operating system, and is the fastest, most feature-packed and attractive handset Samsung has ever created. No wonder it’s the best smartphone of 2019.
New Price: £899 - £1399
Refurbished Price: £609 - £729
2. Huawei P30 Pro
Amazing for photography.
Weight: 192g | Dimensions: 158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.47-inch | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256/512GB | Battery: 4,200mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP | Front camera: 32MP
- One of the best smartphone cameras on the market
- Fantastic battery life
- Screen isn’t the best resolution available
If you’re looking for a smartphone with an incredible camera, then you can’t go wrong with the Huawei P30 Pro. The quad-lens camera system delivers clear, bright and detailed shots, while the long-lasting 4,200 mAh battery keeps you active all day, without having to recharge. The Huawei P30 Pro is a reliable and impressive choice, and perfect for budding photographers.
New Price: £899 - £1099
Refurbished Price: £719 - £739
3. Apple iPhone Xs/Xs Max
The latest and most top-spec device from Apple.
Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 × 2436 | CPU: Exynos A12 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/ 256/ 512GB | Battery: 2,658mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
- Huge screen in a compact phone
- Good camera
- Poor battery life in comparison with other high-end phones
- Design near identical to other iPhones
The newest iPhones on the block, the XS and XS Max stand out due to their edge-to-edge displays and super high resolution. Alongside this, there’s a super-fast A12 Bionic processor, fantastic dual 12MP camera and facial recognition technology. The XS and XS Max are easily the best iPhones made so far, and deserve their place in the top three.
New Price: £949 - £1099
Refurbished Price: £779-£889
4. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Incredibly capable with an impressive camera system.
Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.39-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 4200mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP | Front camera: 24MP
- Amazing camera system
- Excellent battery life
- Reasonably priced for its specs
- EMUI operating system has some performance problems
The second top 10 phone from Huawei, the Mate 20 Pro delivers on performance, camera quality and style. It houses the world’s fastest CPU, the Kirin 980, as well as a fantastic OLED screen, huge 4,200 mAh battery and Leica camera system. Plus, it’s reasonably priced too – no wonder it’s one of the best phones you can get your hands on this year.
New Price: £549 - £699
Refurbished Price: £389 - £489
5. OnePlus 7 Pro
The best device to date from this Chinese brand.
| Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6/8/12GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 16MP + 8MP | Front camera: 16MP
- Incredibly fast performance
- Excellent fast charging capabilities
- The most expensive handset from OnePlus
- No wireless charging
The best handset this Chinese-based brand has made; the OnePlus 7 seriously delivers. It’s got a fantastic AMOLED screen, huge 4,000 mAh battery and thanks to the popular Snapdragon 855 processor, it’s super-fast too. While it does fall short in relation to the bigger brands in terms of wireless charging and water resistance, you’ll still find plenty to love about the OnePlus 7 Pro.
New Price: £619 - £699
Refurbished Price: £439 - £549
6. Google Pixel 3
Great photography, compact size.
Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 2,915mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP + 8MP
- Seriously impressive camera
- Compact size and extremely comfortable to hold
- No headphone jack
- Battery isn’t as good as other devices
The only phone from Google on this top 10 list, there’s plenty to enjoy with the Pixel 3. It’s one of the only phones featured that you can comfortably fit in one hand – there's no excessively large screen in sight. The camera delivers too, and has been praised by critics and users alike for its clear, bright and detailed shots. Although the battery life isn’t as high as other devices, the Google Pixel 3 still deserves its place in the top 10.
New Price: £589 - £839
Refurbished Price: £409 - £419
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
A reliable, hardworking phone with helpful digital stylus.
Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 2960×1440 | CPU: Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/512GB (up to 1TB with card) | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
- Digital stylus is a great additional feature
- Excellent and large AMOLED screen
- Quite hefty and uncomfortable to hold
Another of Samsung’s offerings, the Galaxy Note 9 is unique in that it comes with its very own digital stylus, making it even easier to interact with the phone, and use it for work purposes. The large AMOLED screen delivers a super-high resolution, and the powerful hardware makes this one of the most reliable phones on the market.
New Price: £489 - £799
Refurbished Price: £449 - £459
8. Honor View 20
Reliable and impressive, it’s the best device Honor has ever made.
Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2310 | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 3D | Front camera: 25MP
- Camera is impressive
- Battery life is top-standard
- No water-resistant rating
- Wireless charging isn’t enabled
Honor’s only featuring in this top 10 list, the View 20 is sure to impress. The huge 6.4-inch screen, incredibly quick Kirin 980 processor and impressive 48MP camera are not to be sniffed at, and make the Honor View 20 a powerful, reliable and user-friendly device. Plus, the price point is entirely reasonable too, despite its high-end specifications.
New Price: £369 - £399
Refurbished Price: £199 - £289
9. iPhone XR
An iPhone with maximum impact, for an affordable price.
Weight: 194g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm | OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 828 x 1792 | CPU: A12 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 2,942mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
- Choice of colours adds a nice touch
- Liquid retina display really impresses
- Poor battery in relation to other new phones
- No 3D touch capabilities
iPhone’s second featuring in this list, the XR was launched alongside the XS and XS Max in Apple’s late-2018 offering. Its defining features are its wide range of colours, but the XR has plenty more to shout about. The liquid retina edge-to-edge display delivers a cinematic viewing experience, and the phone features Apple’s fastest operating system to date too.
New Price: £649 - £899
Refurbished Price: £399 - £469
10. OnePlus 6T
An affordable, impressive flagship device.
Weight: 185g | Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.41-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 20MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
- Excellent value for money
- Good battery and storage space
- Camera isn’t as impressive as other phones available
- No headphone jack and no official IP water-resistance rating
Looking for an affordable flagship device? The OnePlus 6T won’t disappoint. Reasonably priced, the OnePlus 6T deserves its place in the top 10 thanks to its excellent battery life and storage space, huge 6.4-inch AMOLED display and fantastic dual-lens camera too. Although it may not be the best there is, it’s definitely a great choice if you want a cheaper, but reliable, alternative.
New Price: £349 - £439
Refurbished Price: £169 - £249
Upcoming phones: 2019
So, the top 10 phones of 2019 have been decided – but what about those to come? Here, we take a look at what phones you can expect to top the list, when they’re released later on in the year.
- Motorola Razr Folding phone
- Sony Xperia 2 and Xperia 20
- Apple iPhone XI
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Google Pixel 4
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei Mate X
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
And if you’re looking to buy, or sell, any of 2019’s top phones for a great price, visit Envirofone today.
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