Best smartphones of 2019

The Guardian has published a ranking of the top smartphones of the year. The best edition named the Chinese OnePlus 7T Pro, by

all indicators approaching the flagships. In Russia, the cost of a device starts from 44 thousand rubles.

  • Best in everything: OnePlus 7T Pro
  • Best iOS device: iPhone 11 Pro
  • Best compact Android: Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Best Camera: Huawei P30 Pro
  • Best value for money: OnePlus 7T
  • Smartphones Still Worth Buying
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro Max
    • Samsung Galaxy S10e
    • Samsung Galaxy S10 +
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
    • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
    • Google Pixel 4 XL
    • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
  • What is the result

Best in everything: OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus7TPro is equipped with a huge - 6.67-inch screen - and a retractable front camera with a resolution of 16 megapixels. There is not a single detail on the smartphone screen: this is a completely frameless model

Cost in Russia: 44,490-50,090 rubles for 256 GB



OnePlus 7T Pro was released in the second half of the year and notvery different from its stellar predecessor - OnePlus 7 Pro, released at the beginning of 2019. The updated version of the smartphone is equipped with a slightly more powerful, compared to the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the most productive processor today - Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, improved macro and battery capacity.

While the smartphone is presented in one - blue matte- color. This is a completely frameless AMOLED-display with a frequency of 90 Hz, a camera with triple optical zoom, a retractable front camera with a resolution of 16 megapixels. The smartphone with a super-sensitive fingerprint sensor built into the screen works on the new Android 10 operating system.

Triple camera integrates the main48-megapixel module, 16 MP wide-angle lens and telephoto lens. The device works offline for up to 32 hours with active use. There is the possibility of fast charging (up to 70% in 30 minutes).



Benefits: the most productive smartphone of the year

Disadvantages: the size

Best iOS device: iPhone 11 Pro

One charge of the iPhone 11 Pro is enough for a full day of active use. There is the possibility of fast charging: up to 50% charge in 30 minutes

Cost in Russia: from 89 990 rubles for 64 GB



One of the best iOS devices today andsmartphones in general - iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 Pro features a 5.8-inch OLED Multi-Touch display, a powerful A13 Bionic processor and lasts four hours longer than the iPhone XS.

The main features of the design of the model, in comparisonwith the iPhone X of 2017, a frosted glass case and a camera with three sensor modules on the back of the device, which caused mixed opinions from users. At the same time, thanks to an improved camera with super-, wide-angle and telephoto lenses, night mode and video stabilization, the iPhone 11 Pro can compete for first place as a photo and especially video.

The disadvantages of the iOS device includeimproved, but still not always stable Face ID, the lack of USB-C and too high a price for a 64 GB memory (89,990 rubles!). In addition, iOS 13 came out with many errors, though the company quickly corrected them.

Benefits: best iPhone for today, size, performance, camera

Disadvantages: high price

Best compact Android: Samsung Galaxy S10

Optimal in size, the smartphone fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and allows you to work with one hand. Triple camera delivers decent photo quality

Cost in Russia: 44 990–68 990 rubles for 128 GB



Samsung Galaxy S10 - compact, with a diagonal of 6.1inches, a lightweight smartphone compared to the rest with an AMOLED display and a small cutout in the upper right corner for the front camera. The device is equipped with a shell Samsung One UI 2, based on the operating system Android 10. Improved navigation gestures. The triple camera with macro capabilities, of course, can not be compared with the Pixel 4 XL or iPhone 11 Pro, but it shows an acceptable level of photos.

The disadvantages of the device includeunstable operation of the built-in fingerprint scanner and low battery life, while generally not affecting the overall sufficiently high performance of the smartphone.

Benefits: size, performance, appearance

Disadvantages: acceptable but not the best autonomy

Best Camera: Huawei P30 Pro

On the back of the smartphone is a camera with four modules: the main, wide-angle lenses, a periscopic telephoto lens, and a 3D-ToF sensor on the right

Cost in Russia: 47,090-59,990 rubles for 256 GB

The best camera is on the Huawei P30 Pro smartphone. Even smartphones released in the second half of 2019 did not show such results as a camera developed by Huawei together with Leica.

The Chinese flagship has a front camera 32Mp But the main innovation is the main camera with four sensors: the main one at 40 megapixels, wide-angle at 20 megapixels, a telephoto lens with a lens system and a 3D-ToF camera. The model is equipped with a powerful 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom, has a depth sensor that detects the distance to the object using infrared rays.

In addition to the outstanding macro performance of the P30 ProIt has an ultra-sensitive sensor for shooting in low light and at night, which greatly defeats competitors. The camera focuses and shoots at night like during the day.

Otherwise, the Huawei P30 Pro is equipped with a large,A 6.47-inch, OLED display with a small indentation at the top for the front camera and small frames at the top and bottom, tapering around the edges. The on-screen fingerprint scanner is second only to the OnePlus 7T Pro. The eight-core Huawei Kirin 980 processor with 256 GB of memory and a 4200 mAh battery provide high performance and battery life for up to two days, even with energy-intensive tasks. There is the possibility of fast, SuperCharge, and wireless charging.

The device runs on EMUI 10 - a modified Huawei operating system Android 10. The shell has many options for customization, but still for many it can be inconvenient.

Benefits: camera, autonomy, performance



Disadvantages: size shell

Best value for money: OnePlus 7T

Unlike the pro version, the One Plus 7T has a drop-shaped cutout for the front camera and small frames

Cost in Russia: 33 990–37 900 rubles for 256 GB

OnePlus 7T is the most stellar smartphone of 2019. Not much different from the pro version, so it can rightfully be considered the best smartphone of 2019 and be the first in this rating. The flagship offers the best performance, screen and design.

The model has a 6.41-inch AMOLED display withFull HD resolution and a small notch at the top for the front camera. The main innovation of 7T, as well as the pro version, is a display with a frequency of 90 Hz, which ensures smoothness and liveliness of the picture.

OnePlus 7T is equipped with the most powerful iron in 2019Snapdragon 855 and 8 GB of RAM. There are models for 128 and 256 GB of internal memory. The battery lasts 31 hours without recharging during moderate use, there is the possibility of fast charging. OxygenOS 10 Shell for Android is fast.

The smartphone is equipped with the fastest available onToday, there are built-in fingerprint sensors, a triple camera, like the 7T Pro, with a main lens of 48 megapixels, a wide-angle module and a telephoto lens with double optical zoom. The disadvantages of the Chinese flagship include the lack of full waterproof and wireless charging.

Benefits: performance, display, price

Disadvantages: camera and autonomy do not reach the flagship

Smartphones Still Worth Buying

Not top-end, but still good smartphones that you can buy in 2020.

iPhone 11

iPhone 11 is not much different from iPhone XR 2018years, but lags behind the pro version in the display and camera. iPhone 11 runs on the high-performance Apple A13 Bionic processor, demonstrates acceptable autonomy. The body material is made of aluminum and glass.

The iPhone 11 is definitely worth the money, but if you have the money, it’s better to buy a more expensive but productive pro version, or choose an iPhone XR.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro Max has the largest diagonal(6.5 inches) and battery life (up to 40.5 hours without recharging). But the device can not be called ergonomic: it is a large, heavy and expensive smartphone, which is won by other models of the 11th line.

Samsung Galaxy S10e

The most compact and inexpensive version of the lineSamsung S10. The Galaxy S10e is equipped with a dual camera, a good 5.8-inch AMOLED screen, but a small battery capacity. The fingerprint scanner is integrated into the power button.

Samsung Galaxy S10 +

Enhanced version of the Galaxy S10 with a 6.4-inchQHD display and notch for dual front camera. The device is equipped with a main triple camera. The Samsung Exynos 9820 octa-core processor and 4100 mAh battery provide high-performance devices and acceptable autonomy. The disadvantages include a slow fingerprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Galaxy Note 10+ is equipped with the largest for Samsung6.8-inch screen with UFS3.0 high-speed storage. Included S Pen stylus with support for Air Actions for gestures. The smartphone has a triple camera, including wide-angle. The disadvantages include a slow fingerprint scanner and insufficiently high battery life.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Mate 20 Pro showcases flagshipperformance and battery life, equipped with a 6.39-inch QHD screen and a triple camera with triple optical zoom. It is these criteria that made the Huawei Mate 20 Pro one of the best smartphones of 2018 (released at the end of 2018). At the same time, many users in Russia noted a marriage - green flashes at the edges of the screen. The smartphone is currently not on sale.

Google Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 XL - smartphone releasedGoogle in October 2019. Equipped with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, a high-quality dual camera, the new Soli gesture recognition system and, according to the company, the fastest face recognition system. At the same time, the smartphone does not have a fingerprint scanner, so most of the actions will have to be done with a password. Also disadvantages include the low battery life and generally raw software.

The Guardian classified Google Pixel, the predecessor of Google Pixel 4 XL, as not recommended for purchase precisely because of the very low battery capacity.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

The first slider phone from Xiaomi, the maindesign feature - hidden dual front camera. The disadvantages of the device include dimensions, weight, time and performance. Released at the end of 2018.

What is the result

The presented rating reflects the best smartphones of 2019. Which one and what is better, each user decides for himself.

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