Compare the best smartphones 2019

Best smartphones 2019

Which Apple and Android smartphones hit the headlines in 2019? We’ve put the front runners through their paces - read on to find out which handsets made the grade.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 packshot

Samsung's top-of-the-range 2019 smartphone might just be the best handset of the year full stop.

The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen teams vibrant colours with great colour reproduction. And the large 4,100mAh battery means it'll last you a full day, while the in-screen fingerprint scanner is fast and responsive.

The S10 Plus' two-way wireless PowerShare charging mode comes in handy too, enabling you to share battery power with friends and family.

A triple-lens camera seals the deal, serving up stunning portraits and close-ups and pretty much all shots are packed with detail.

Best buy deals
  • Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB Prism Black)
    Galaxy S10 Plus
    • 2GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £550.00 device cost
    • £20.00 per month
    24 month contract From Mobiles.co.uk
  • Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB Prism Black)
    Galaxy S10 Plus
    • 20GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Manage your bills with My Vodafone app
    • £53.00 per month
    24 month contract From Fonehouse
  • Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB Prism Black)
    Galaxy S10 Plus
    • 4GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £510.00 device cost
    • £23.00 per month
    24 month contract From E2save

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Huawei P30 Pro

If you're serious about photography, the P30 Pro is a standout choice.

Its array of powerful zoom options are best-in-class and get you close to the action without compromising at all on detail. And at the other end of the scale, the ultra-wide angle lens is excellent for long-range panoramic shots.

We were also impressed by its long-life battery and the bright, clear and colourful 6.47-inch OLED screen that spans almost the entire front of the phone.

It's a good-looking handset, too. Albeit one with large dimensions that might a little too big for anyone with smaller hands.

Best buy deals
  • P30 Pro (128GB Black)
    P30 Pro
    • 50GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Free BT Sport and Apple Music
    • £41.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles
  • P30 Pro (128GB Breathing Crystal)
    P30 Pro
    • 4GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £290.00 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £23.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk
  • P30 Pro (128GB Breathing Crystal)
    P30 Pro
    • 20GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • Manage your bills with My Vodafone app
    • £45.00 per month
    24 month contract From MobilePhonesDirect.co.uk

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OnePlus 7

Although perhaps not quite as keenly priced as previous OnePlus smartphones, the OnePlus 7 still represents great value.

At £499 SIM-free it's half the price of top-of-the-range phones from Samsung and Apple. But still compares very well when it comes to specs and looks.

OnePlus' Warp Charge technology means the OnePlus 7 boasts what may be the fastest quick-charge mode of any smartphone. Wireless charging is a lot less rapid, but it's still very handy.

As you'd expect from a brand new phone, the OnePlus 7 is zippy and fast to use, while the brilliant 6.67-inch display challenges the iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

Perhaps our favourite feature is the concealed selfie camera that pops-up out of the phone when you need it.

More importantly, hiding the front camera in this way means there's no unsightly iPhone-style notch to ruin the look of that lovely screen.

Best buy deals
  • 7 Pro 6GB RAM (128GB Mirror Grey)
    7 Pro
    • 4GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £29.00 device cost
    • £43.00 per month
    24 month contract From Three Mobile
  • 7 Pro 6GB RAM (128GB Mirror Grey)
    7 Pro
    • 12GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £29.00 device cost
    • £46.00 per month
    24 month contract From Three Mobile
  • 7 Pro 6GB RAM (128GB Mirror Grey)
    7 Pro
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £29.00 device cost
    • £49.00 per month
    24 month contract From Three Mobile

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iPhone XS

iphone XS camera

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Much was made of Apple’s iPhone X when it came out - boasting a new look and some unique features. Picking up where the X left off, the iPhone XS flaunts its flagship status to excellent effect.

Making strides in the performance and battery departments, the XS is powered by the A12 Bionic chip, which means it’s a lot faster than previous iPhone models. The iPhone XS battery also gives you 30 minutes more power than the iPhone X.

A 5.8in OLED screen means super-sharp displays complete with ultra-high pixel density that supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. In other words: striking colour and a superbly clear picture.

The iPhone XS’s real icing on the cake is its camera upgrade, with its rear dual-camera and a new, super-powerful 7MP sensor on the front - giving you photos a pro would be pleased with.

Throw in improvements to storage (there’s a weighty 512GB option), improved facial recognition technology, and even better sound quality than previous models and you should be set.

Best buy deals
  • iPhone XS 64GB Silver
    iPhone XS
    • 10GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £299.00 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £31.00 per month
    24 month contract From Mobiles.co.uk
  • iPhone XS 64GB Space Grey
    iPhone XS
    • 30GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £329.00 device cost
    • Free BT Sport and Apple Music
    • £36.00 per month
    24 month contract From Affordable Mobiles

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iPhone XR

iPhone XR colours

Once again this is, in fact, one of 2018's range of iPhones. But until the iPhone 11R lands, the XR more than merits a place here.

It's got much of what makes the XS and XS Max so great. Not least an identical front-facing camera and the same all-screen design. But the XR will cost you much, much less than Apple's higher-end smartphones.

You can still take depth of field shots, it's got a bigger 6.1-inch screen than the standard XS and it comes in an attractive selection of colours.

Better still, the iPhone XR boasts the best battery life of any iPhone bar none.

Best buy deals
  • iPhone XR 64GB Coral
    iPhone XR
    • 6GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £220.00 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £25.00 per month
    24 month contract From Mobiles.co.uk
  • iPhone XR 64GB Coral
    iPhone XR
    • 20GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £125.00 device cost
    • £31.00 per month
    24 month contract From E2save
  • iPhone XR 64GB Black
    iPhone XR
    • 15GB of 4G data
    • Unlimited minutes
    • Unlimited texts
    • £220.00 device cost
    • Priority ticket booking for O2 venues
    • £30.00 per month
    24 month contract From Mobiles.co.uk

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