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Top 10 Best Cell Phone 2019 Review – Which Smartphone Should You Buy

Best Cell Phone 2019 Review

The best cell phone in 2019 are hard to pick from. Here are the Top 10 phones you can buy today and our guide to picking the best one for you

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Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XS (64GB) - Gold
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Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB+8GB RAM SM-G973F/DS Dual Sim 6.1" LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Model) (Prism Black)
Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-L29) 6GB / 128GB 6.1-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Midnight Blue)
Samsung Galaxy Note9 Factory Unlocked Phone with 6.4in Screen and 128GB - Ocean Blue (Renewed)
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Xiaomi MI Mix 3 (128GB, 6GB) 6.39" Display, Dual SIM 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Multi-Functional Magnetic Slider Smartphone w/Wireless Charging Pad (Black)
Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XR (64GB) - Red
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Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XS (64GB) - Gold
Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB+8GB RAM SM-G973F/DS Dual Sim 6.1" LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Model) (Prism Black)
Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-L29) 6GB / 128GB 6.1-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Midnight Blue)
Samsung Galaxy Note9 Factory Unlocked Phone with 6.4in Screen and 128GB - Ocean Blue (Renewed)
Xiaomi MI Mix 3 (128GB, 6GB) 6.39" Display, Dual SIM 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Multi-Functional Magnetic Slider Smartphone w/Wireless Charging Pad (Black)
Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XR (64GB) - Red
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars
Display
5.8-inch Super Retina HD display with HDR and True Tone
6.1 inches QHD Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display
6.1 inches, OLED
6.4” QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED
6.39" Full Screen Display
6.1-inch Liquid Retina display
Camera
Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Triple camera 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide)+12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto)+ 16mm f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
Triple: 40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture)
12MP variable aperture rear camera
dual camera 24MP primary camera - Flagship image sensor by Sony 2MP secondary camera
12MP camera with OIS
Front Camera
7MP TrueDepth camera
10 MP, f/1.9 - Dual OIS
24 MP, f/2.0 aperture
8MP front camera
24MP + 2MP-front camera
7MP TrueDepth front camera
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Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XS (64GB) - Gold
Product Name
Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XS (64GB) - Gold
Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars
Display
5.8-inch Super Retina HD display with HDR and True Tone
Camera
Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Front Camera
7MP TrueDepth camera
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Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB+8GB RAM SM-G973F/DS Dual Sim 6.1" LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Model) (Prism Black)
Product Name
Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB+8GB RAM SM-G973F/DS Dual Sim 6.1" LTE Factory Unlocked Smartphone (International Model) (Prism Black)
Rating
-
Display
6.1 inches QHD Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display
Camera
Triple camera 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide)+12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto)+ 16mm f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
Front Camera
10 MP, f/1.9 - Dual OIS
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Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-L29) 6GB / 128GB 6.1-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Midnight Blue)
Product Name
Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-L29) 6GB / 128GB 6.1-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Midnight Blue)
Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
Display
6.1 inches, OLED
Camera
Triple: 40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture)
Front Camera
24 MP, f/2.0 aperture
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Samsung Galaxy Note9 Factory Unlocked Phone with 6.4in Screen and 128GB - Ocean Blue (Renewed)
Product Name
Samsung Galaxy Note9 Factory Unlocked Phone with 6.4in Screen and 128GB - Ocean Blue (Renewed)
Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
Display
6.4” QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED
Camera
12MP variable aperture rear camera
Front Camera
8MP front camera
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Xiaomi MI Mix 3 (128GB, 6GB) 6.39" Display, Dual SIM 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Multi-Functional Magnetic Slider Smartphone w/Wireless Charging Pad (Black)
Product Name
Xiaomi MI Mix 3 (128GB, 6GB) 6.39" Display, Dual SIM 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Multi-Functional Magnetic Slider Smartphone w/Wireless Charging Pad (Black)
Rating
5.0 out of 5 stars
Display
6.39" Full Screen Display
Camera
dual camera 24MP primary camera - Flagship image sensor by Sony 2MP secondary camera
Front Camera
24MP + 2MP-front camera
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Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XR (64GB) - Red
Product Name
Simple Mobile Prepaid - Apple iPhone XR (64GB) - Red
Rating
3.0 out of 5 stars
Display
6.1-inch Liquid Retina display
Camera
12MP camera with OIS
Front Camera
7MP TrueDepth front camera
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Apple iPhone XR


The iPhone XR looks nearly identical the iPhone XS models, but it’s actually 0.6mm thicker, which is just about noticeable in the hand when you hold them together, but is pretty meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

It also has a bigger bezel than that the XS. The screen still has the curved corners and notch, but with a slightly larger black border around the side.

It makes it look not quite as premium as the XS the closer the screen comes to the edge, the more futuristic a phone feels but it’s not a big deal.

It’s a similar story with the finish. The glass on the front is the same highly durable material used on the XS, though the rear glass isn’t quite as tough. The sides of the body are aluminium (instead of stainless steel on the XS), which is finished with Apple’s usual precision.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Supremely slick and powerful✖ Can get a better screen for the money
✔ Very strong camera✖ Lack of 3D Touch is weird
✔ Excellent build quality

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

You can get Android phones that match it for quality for cheaper, and that’s definitely something to consider – the Huawei P20 Pro is a particularly juicy option. But it’s a no-compromise iPhone experience you want, the iPhone XR offers it.


Apple iPhone XS


The second generation of Apple’s notched flagship iPhone is one of the most expensive phones in our list at £999 or $999, but that’s the same as 2017’s now discontinued iPhone X.

The OLED display is outstanding and features like the totally secure Face ID unlock system make it the most futuristic phone Apple has ever made. Performance is flawless, much like the build quality. It’s probably still the most desirable phone in the world.

It is fast and wireless charging compatible, but only comes with a slow charger in the box. But improved battery life and amazing dual cameras still make the iPhone XS a no-brainer if you already love iPhone and iOS.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Smart HDR helps the camera✖ Battery life not world-beating
✔ More powerful again✖ Design not altered in a year
✔ Fast operation in the hand✖ Still very expensive

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The XS is super-fast, looks wonderful, and is a pleasure to use. The only downer is that punishing price tag, but if you can look past that, this is a terrific choice for those upgrading from a pre-X iPhone, and particularly (in our view) from one of the older Plus models like the 7 or 6s.


Samsung Galaxy S10


Representing the tenth anniversary of the Galaxy line, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is not a radical reinvention of the smartphone. (That would be the flexible Galaxy Fold.) But Samsung’s new flagship is not lacking in innovation or ambition.

The S10 Plus is the world’s first phone with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor built into Samsung’s new 6.4-inch Infinity-O display, and it’s also the first Galaxy S phone with five cameras, including an ultra-wide shooter on the back.

The quest for the all-screen phone is almost complete. The Infinity-O display on the Galaxy S10 Plus truly goes from edge to edge. With the exception of a narrow chin on the bottom, the S10 Plus has virtually no bezels. Samsung was able to do this because it used a laser cutter to carve out holes in the top right of the screen for the front cameras.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Immersive Infinity-O display✖ Punch holes in display can be distracting
✔ Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor works well✖ Pricey
✔ Very fast performance

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

Some may prefer to wait for the Galaxy S10 5G, which will bring unprecedented speeds along with an even bigger 6.7-inch screen when it ships later this spring (though it will certainly cost more). But if you are a Galaxy user and haven’t upgraded in a couple of generations, the S10 Plus should be well worth the splurge.


Samsung Galaxy Note 9


There isn’t another Android phone on the market quite like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It’s unashamedly huge, seriously expensive, and jams pretty much every high-end feature into a surprisingly svelte package. It’s closest competitor is the iPhone XS Max.

At first sight it may appear that not much has changed from the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (or even the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus), but this is a much better phone that might just be worth that £899/$999.99 price tag. How will it compare to the Samsung Galaxy S10 when that launches just before MWC 2019? We’ll have to wait and see.

The biggest design difference is that the fingerprint sensor now sits below the camera, not next to it. This small change makes a big difference: I no longer end up smearing the camera sensor every time I unlock the phone.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Beautiful 6.4-inch Infinity Display✖ Expensive
✔ Superb camera, even in low light✖ A lot of small upgrades
✔ Battery and storage last and last✖ No HDR video recording

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The Note 9 is an excellent phone, to be sure, but it’s not breaking any molds. The battery life is good, but not industry-leading. The camera is good, but Google’s 10-month-old Pixel 2 XL is still better, and phones released after the Note 9 came out have raised the bar even higher.


Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 isn’t the most interesting phone of the year that honour belongs to its more expensive sibling, the P20 Pro, with its triple-rear camera array, slightly larger screen and higher price but that’s not to say you shouldn’t consider it.

The question is, is it good enough? In terms of the quality of its fit and finish, certainly. Despite the notch (more on which later), the Huawei P20 is a handsome-looking phone. It’s finished with smooth glass on the front and attractively coloured glass on the rear.

The quality of the screen is good. The Huawei P20 doesn’t use an OLED panel like its sibling the P20 Pro it’s a 1,080 x 2,244, IPS RGBW panel instead – but it’s perfectly bright and colourful and, to the eye, there’s nothing terribly wrong with it.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Great battery life✖ No wireless charging
✔ Ultra-flexible camera✖ No headphone jack
✔ Fast face unlock

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

Worth noting, the P20 Pro ships with a pre-fitted screen protector, giving it the best chance of avoiding scratches possible. That said, this plastic film does attract fingerprints pretty readily, so you may want to swap it for a tempered glass screen protector down the line.


XIAOMI MI MIX 3


The Mi Mix 3 packs the same top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of RAM as most of the competition from 2018 and so is just as capable. Despite the cheaper price you are buying a flagship phone.

That means the Mi Mix 3 will handle pretty much anything you want to do, be it graphically intensive gaming, photo or video processing. Nothing about it feels sluggish with apps loading promptly all round.

Battery life is also solid but not exceptional, lasting around 25 hours between charges with fairly heavy usage, which places it around five hours behind its direct competition. If you forget to charge it overnight, it’ll at least survive till your wake up alarm the next morning.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Notch less all-screen design✖ Heavy
✔ Wireless charging and pad in the box✖ No water resistance
✔ Solid battery life✖ No headphone socket

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The screen is good, performance is excellent, battery life is solid and camera performance is good too. Plus you get a wireless charger in the box. However, Xiaomi’s MIUI software isn’t up to the competition from Google, OnePlus or Samsung, even if it does have very good gesture navigation.


Honor View 20


In these most crucial areas, the Honor View 20 feels like an enormous upgrade. It’s still an affordable flagship a OnePlus competitor, if you will. But a lustrous new glass design, futuristic hole-punch display and legitimately great 48-megapixel camera make for a much more exciting product.

From both the front and the back, the Honor View 20 is strikingly beautiful. Over the past year, both Honor and parent brand Huawei have figured out how to make glass-backed phones interesting again, with iridescent hues and unique laser-etched patterns. The latest iteration is the View 20’s unique laser-etched V pattern, which paints the back panel in a dazzling dance of chevrons that flicker up as the phone tilts through the light.

This is also one of the few phones from a major Chinese brand to eschew an in-screen fingerprint sensor, instead opting for a traditional capacitive sensor around the back. Considering the very mixed performance of current in-screen fingerprint sensors.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Gorgeous design✖ Magic UI’ is basically EMUI with changed colors
✔ Fast performance, generous specs✖ No water resistance
✔ Dependable battery life

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The Honor View 20 delivers just about everything you could reasonably expect from a less expensive flagship phone, while benefiting from a design with more flair than its predecessor. With its unique shimmering back panel and hole-punch display, it also offers a glimpse of the future for significantly less than the competition.


Google Pixel 3 Lite


The Pixel 3 and 3 XL were leaked extensively before their official unveil, and the Pixel 3 Lite is continuing in much the same way. Thanks to a three-minute hands-on video of the unreleased phone, we have a much better understanding of what to expect from the device. The Pixel 3 Lite shares the same design aesthetics as its siblings, albeit with a single 8MP camera up front.

The phone will also feature more modest hardware in the form of a Snapdragon 670 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The rear camera is the same 12.2MP shooter that’s featured in the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, so it’ll be interesting to see if Google is able to offer the same level of image quality with the Snapdragon 670 platform.

The body of the Lite in the photos is completely white and seemingly hewn from shiny plastic, rather than glass as on the standard Pixel 3. Despite the material change the phone still seems to offer the signature split-finish ‘visor’ design found on every other Pixel phone, along with a corner-mounted primary camera and a centrally-positioned rear fingerprint sensor.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Compact, with great in-hand feel.✖ Limited availability.
✔ Awesome camera all around.
✔ Large camera sensor pixel size (1.4 μm)

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

Perhaps most importantly, the phone appears to have a similar camera to its more expensive cousins, featuring a 12-megapixel sensor with 1.4-micron pixels and an optically-stabilized lens with an aperture of f/1.8. Android News claims the new phone takes the same quality photos as the Pixel 3.


HTC U12+


HTC is back with the next generation of its Liquid Surface phones. The HTC U12+ is this year’s flagship from the Taiwanese phone maker and it improves on some of the features first introduced by the U11. Edge Sense 2.0 gets new gestures and there are now double the number of cameras: dual cameras on the front and rear.

HTC decided to give the U12 the Plus suffix, even though there won’t be a non-Plus model. This is because HTC wants everyone to know that it is comparable to other smartphones that carry the Plus moniker like the iPhone 8 Plus or the Galaxy S9+. It’s about as large as the latter, but HTC’s Liquid Surface glass looks much nicer by comparison.

HTC was reluctant to switch to 18:9 displays for the U11, but ended up releasing the U11+ late-last year in select markets. With the U12, HTC has embraced this new taller display trend. We’re also quite thankful there is no notch.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Speedy performance and minimal software bloat✖ Digital buttons can be finnicky
✔ Stunning photo quality across the board✖ Dated HTC Sense UI design
✔ Beautiful colored glass back panels

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

HTC has used a wide 18:9 panel in the U12 Plus and it ticks most of the boxes I look for in a flagship screen. It benefits from a quad-HD resolution, full coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut and offers support for HDR. Viewing angles are decent and the panel hits a competent level of brightness.


OnePlus 6T


OnePlus has embellished its design credentials a good deal in the last couple of iterations of its flagship phone, and the OnePlus 6 felt like the culmination of lots of hard work a great looking device that didn’t skimp on some of the essentials, as older phones in the series did.

The OnePlus 6T isn’t much different to that in fact, there are only a few changes but those changes are worthwhile, and well implemented.

The body is glass on both the front and back of the device, and you’ve got the choice of two colors: mirror black or midnight black. That’s right: you can have any color you like as long as it’s black, as Henry Ford famously said although in fairness to OnePlus the reflective choice does look quite different to the matte version.

The display is where lots has changed from the OnePlus 6 – that was the first OnePlus phone to lose most of its bezel and adopt a notch at the top of the display.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Top-end design✖ No 3.5mm headphone jack
✔ Truly all-day battery life✖ No wireless charging
✔ Powerful rear camera✖ Not a QHD display

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The headphone jack’s absence is annoying for some but the phone comes with an adapter and the in display fingerprint sensor might not have fit in the same footprint otherwise. The base price has been upped from £469 to £499 but you actually get twice the internal storage for less than what you would have paid for the same configuration on the OnePlus 6.

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