Top 5 smartphones of 2019

This list is not going to be in any particular order. These are just my top five.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+


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They are both very, very similar and these are some of the best all-around devices that you can buy this year. The S10s are also some of the only devices left this year that have 3.5mm jack, as well as expandable storage. Amazing displays with a punch out.

You’ve got a great built-in design, the water and dust resistance, fast charging, fast wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, great all-around consistent cameras with good overall performance.

But they’re not perfect. The differences between the Exynos version as well as the Qualcomm version, so you will be getting a different version of the S10 depending on your region and in my experience they did differ quite a bit, especially when it came to battery life.

Now, they might not have some of the other fancy features that other devices on this list have, such as the high refresh rate screen, fast charging, faster storage speeds, but nevertheless the S10s are very, very good devices.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro.

iPhone 11

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They’re very, very similar. Now, although we might not have a drastic design change, especially from the front, the other devices on this list might have smaller bezels and better displays overall, but the iPhone 11 Pro Max is such a good device, especially for the cameras.

It shoots the best video on any smartphone. It is the best all-around camera package when it comes to video, the versatility of images, the consistency between the images, low-light performance, stabilization.

You’ve got amazing improvements in terms of battery life. Apple are now including a fast charger, which they haven’t done traditionally. You’ve got wireless charging.

You’ve also got better water and dust resistance compared to any of the other smartphones on this list. And I also like the speed of performance. The A13 has been super, super fast and very, very smooth with iOS 13.

I would’ve liked to have seen a more updated design. I would’ve liked to have seen a larger base storage option, which still starts at 64 gigabytes.
Also the price. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the most expensive smartphone on this list, so it is quite pricey, but nevertheless a very, very good overall smartphone.

The OnePlus 7 Pro or the OnePlus 7T Pro.

OnePlus 7T Pro

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Although the price of OnePlus devices has been increasing year on year, OnePlus has been giving us more and more features year on year and this year the highlight has to be that super smooth 90 hertz display. That, along with the pretty much bezel-less design, makes it one of the best displays on the market right now and it is definitely fast and smooth, like OnePlus say.

You’ve got UFS 3.0 storage, you’ve got the 855 or the 855 Plus, and all of that combined with Oxygen OS makes this one of the fastest smartphones out there easily. Now, some of the areas where OnePlus devices do fall back a little bit firstly has got to be the cameras. Although they’re pretty good for most situations, they’re definitely not as good as the competition, which, in my opinion, shoot much better images and video.

And also we still don’t have wireless charging. But OnePlus just seems to be concentrating on fast charging but really putting aside wireless charging,
which pretty much every other device on this list has.

The Samsung Galaxy Note series

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

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The Note10 and the Note10+ are very, very good devices. Now, although we might not have a high refresh rate screen, these are still some of the best displays because of the minimal bezels. We have that punch out. But the main thing that separates the displays of the Note series versus others is that these displays are very, very bright. They’re some of the brightest displays out there.

Aside from that, you of course have great internals overall, as well as the S Pen. The cameras are really, really good. They’re similar to the S10+s,
so great overall cameras, lots of versatility between all of the different lenses. An amazing build and design. One of the best looking smartphones out there this year.

The Huawei P30 Pro


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This is a very, very good smartphone. It has, I believe, the first five time optical zoom on a smartphone and it’s really amazing how they’ve achieved this through periscope technology. An amazing build and design. The gradient look that Huawei introduced a few years ago is now being copied by lots of other manufacturers and it looks absolutely beautiful.

Amazing, amazing battery life. This is something that Huawei is very, very good at, along with 40 watts super fast charging. That charger comes out of the box. You don’t have to buy it separately, like you have to do with some devices. Very fast wireless charging as well. It’s pretty good but there’s lots of other better displays out there. And the cameras, although I do like them, especially for low light, they’re not amazing for video.

I do still find that they tend to smooth out your skin, even if you have beauty mode completely switched off and this is especially the case for the front-facing camera.