Best Smartphones of 2019

2019 brought bigger batteries, dark mode, night mode and popularised the wide-angle camera. Let’s take a look at some of the best flagship phones of this year.

Samsung Galaxy Fold — Most interesting design

Samsung Galaxy Fold (Photo: Samsung)

Samsung released a breath of fresh air into the market with the Galaxy Fold. Initially, the air reeked with the smoke of the device’s physical flaws. Still, Samsung quickly fixed the issues and re-released the device.

The Galaxy Fold has a sizeable 7.3-inch screen which essentially makes it a tablet. When closed, the screen size is reduced to a narrow, 4.6-inch display that seems too small for prolonged use. Despite Samsung’s fumble into the foldable phone arena, the device represents a shift from the dull, rectangular form-factor of most modern smartphones.

iPhone 11 — Best value iPhone

iPhone 11 (Photo: Apple)

Apple surprised the tech world with a price drop on it’s “budget” iPhone offering. The iPhone 11 debuted at only US$699, US$50 cheaper than the XR from last year.

The device has the same wide and ultra-wide cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max but lacks the telephoto camera. Sure, it has a sub-1080p, LCD, but unless you have the more expensive models close by, you may never notice the difference.

iPhone 11 Pro/ Pro Max – Great Cameras

iPhone 11 Pro/ Pro Max (Photo: Apple)

The top-tier iPhones represent the best Apple’s mobile division has to offer. They come with high definition, HDR10, OLED screens, gigabit LTE support, and arguably the best camera systems on any phone this year.

Though the camera array may resemble a stove or fidget spinner, the photo and video quality they produce is no joke. Like the budget iPhone 11, these devices come with powerful Apple A13 Bionic chipset that trounces every other phone chipset on the planet.

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ The all-rounders

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ (Photo: Samsung)

The S10 line has consistently impressed in almost every category. The S10 and S10+ may not be the best at anything, but they are always near the top. This year’s offerings managed to avoid the dreaded notch while shrinking bezels with the use of hole-punch displays. Their QHD+, Dynamic AMOLED, screens are stunning and offer HDR10+ support.

Samsung put three cameras on the rear of each device, including wide-angle, ultra-wide and telephoto cameras. There’s a single front-facing camera on the S10, while the S10+ has an additional 8MP depth sensor. Samsung’s One UI brings the package together in what are the two most rounded smartphones. Plus, they still have headphone jacks.

OnePlus 7T — Best Value

OnePlus 7T (Photo: OnePlus)

OnePlus is known for creating Flagship killers with impressive specs for a fraction of the price. The OnePlus 7T has a smooth 90 Hz, 6.55-inch display that also supports HDR10+.

Armed with a powerful Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage, the OnePlus 7T is one of the fastest performing smartphones in the world. The best part is that all these features come at only US$599.

Note10+ — Productivity beast

(Photo: Samsung)

About eight years ago, Samsung made a bold move and released the first Note device on the market. It had a huge display for those times, a stylus and a bigger battery than smaller phones. Many doubted that this trend would catch on.

Today, the Galaxy Note10+ follows that trend with a massive 6.8-inch, nearly bezel-less display with all the bells and whistles of the smaller S10 devices. As usual, the Note 10+ has a stylus and software tweaked to maximise productivity. The Note was designed to cram every feature possible into a device; sadly, they removed the beloved headphone jack.

Honourable Mentions

Samsung Galaxy S10e – Good mid-tier device.

LG G8 ThinQ – This device has captivating but strange use of technology.

Huawei P30 ProHas impressive cameras.

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