The best Android and iOS smartphones of 2019
The smartphones that crown each of the following sections represent, according to our reviews, the best options among all the smartphones we have tested. We analyze smartphones of all categories, taking into account weak points and strong points related to our experience with devices. Of course, you will find the price of each one.
To be clearer and advise you the best possible in your choice, we have created sections so you can find the smartphone that best suits your needs:
- The best smartphones in the market
- Android smartphones with the best camera
- The best value for money in the smartphone market
- The Android smartphone with the best battery
The best smartphones in the market
This position is occupied by two mobiles that any user will enjoy to the fullest, and they could not be other than the Samsung Galaxy S10 + and the iPhone XS Max.
Samsung Galaxy S10 +
The Samsung Galaxy S10 + is the best Android smartphone at the moment. What we mean by this is that the device offers the best possible user experience. On paper and in practice, it is an excellent mobile: the finish is exemplary, the performance and the camera are worthy of the best flagships and it has Android 9 Pie.
This smartphone is the ideal solution for those who want to carry in their pocket a device with an elegant and ergonomic design built in detail, perfect for high-end games, watching movies and watching videos without sacrificing quality. Even the battery life is improved, which was not the strong point of the Galaxy S range, has been improved in this Plus model. In the end, only your biometric systems (facial recognition and fingerprint reader) can disappoint a bit.
If you’re more productivity-focused, you also can’t go wrong with Note 9 and its S-Pen.
The alternative: iPhone XS Max
If the Android universe is not your thing, the iPhone XS Max is undoubtedly the best option you can find in 2019. When running on iOS, the iPhone offers optimal performance and nothing is missing for daily use. While the iPhone XS dual-camera is not particularly impressive on paper, it offers very interesting results. We simply regret the lack of a wide-angle camera, something that should be rectified for the next
The iPhone XS Max takes all the qualities of its little brother, the iPhone XS while adding a better battery life and a larger screen, whose calibration is very good.
Android smartphones with the best camera
Huawei P30 Pro
With the new generation of the P series, Huawei has pushed the limits in photography. The P30 Pro also has 3 cameras (a 40 MP sensor + a 20 MP wide-angle sensor + an 8 MP zoom sensor) and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera that work together to improve quality of photos (10x optical zoom, laser autofocus, larger pixels).
In addition to its photographic qualities, Huawei’s mobile is not only elegant but also powerful. The assembly and finish are simply impeccable.
The alternative: Google Pixel 3 (XL)
If the Huawei interface is not the one you like the most, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL deserve their place in the category of best camera phones. Google managed to make a very good camera with a single sensor thanks to a perfect optimization between software and hardware. The pixels really do not surprise us with their design, but it is more the experience of Google smartphones.
The best value for money smartphone
OnePlus 7 Pro
Although its price has increased significantly in the latest devices, the cost of the OnePlus is still a step below the flagships of Huawei or Samsung. The OnePlus 7 Pro is certainly the best right now if you don’t want to spend as much money as on the models mentioned above. So if you are looking for quality like the big ones but you have a tighter budget, the OnePlus 7 is your smartphone. Also, its interface is one of the most pleasant on the market, being very close to Android stock.
Its screen is excellent and its WQHD resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels, combined with AMOLED technology and a refresh rate of 90 HZ, is a success. Its design meets the standards of the market, its handling is always pleasant and is one of the most powerful phones you can find: speed remains one of its main virtues. Also, OnePlus has significantly improved its camera, with a triple rear sensor and an amazing retractable camera on the front. But it could not be perfect since it lacks IP certification or wireless charging.
The alternative: Xiaomi Mi 9
Officialized at MWC 2019, the Xiaomi Mi 9 also offers excellent value for money. Visually the device is successful and will seduce many. Even the camera is compelling. Under the hood, there is nothing negative to say about the specs, and also has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Android smartphone with the best battery
A giant bezel-less screen and a 48-megapixel camera, the Chinese manufacturer’s new mobile clearly show the brand’s ambitions in 2019. The View20 is an elegant, technically advanced smartphone that offers remarkable battery life. Hold for two days even in conditions of intensive use. Powerful and original in its design, the latest Honor device fits perfectly in all areas where it was expected. Its screen and camera will delight most users who are also looking for a versatile smartphone.
The alternative: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei’s latest phablet brings battery life that should inspire other smartphones in the market. The Mate 20 reaches about 48 hours of battery life without dishevelled. Also, Huawei has its own system to detect applications that are too intense, thus improving resource management. The 4000 mAh battery can be charged very fast thanks to Huawei’s ultra-fast charge technology (70% in 30 minutes).