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The best smartphone of 2019: 15 top mobile phones tested and ranked

Best smartphone 2019
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Our best smartphone list brings you 15 of the best phones available right now, but if you already have your mobile OS alliance set you'll want to check out either our ranking of the best Android phone or best iPhone.

If what's on offer in our best smartphone list is a little too pricey for your taste, then don't fear, as we've also got a list of the best cheap phones available right now.

And if you're not ready just yet to pick up a new mobile, it could be worth holding out. Announcements for the OnePlus 7T Pro and Google Pixel 4 are expected in the coming months, and these may shake up the list.

We've already seen a huge number of top smartphone launches this year, which means our best smartphone list has seen plenty of new entrants over recent months including new iPhones and the Galaxy Note 10 range.

We know that it's not all about the high-cost, super spec phones all the time so we've made you a handy list of all the top smartphones that you can get on the market right now, assessing what really matters to you.

We test these phones rigorously, making sure that we check every angle and feature - but most importantly, considering whether they've got a decent battery, great screen, strong design and a cracking camera.

On top of that, they can't be too exorbitant in price either - not everyone wants or can afford a supercar of a handset, so we've made sure there are plenty of options for you there.

If you're looking to save money, you may want to wait until November when Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are sure to drop the price of the handsets listed here. 

So let's get started on our list of the top 15 handsets - you can see them quickly below, and then we're set to talk you through the very best phone in the world right now.

Best phone at a glance:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
  3. Huawei P30 Pro
  4. Samsung Galaxy S10
  5. iPhone 11
  6. iPhone 11 Pro
  7. iPhone 11 Pro Max
  8. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  9. Huawei P30
  10. Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  11. OnePlus 7 Pro
  12. Google Pixel 3 XL
  13. Samsung Galaxy S10e
  14. Honor View 20
  15. Google Pixel 3

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1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The best smartphone around

Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/512GB/1TB | Battery: 4,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP + 8MP

The best smartphone screen around
Excellent cameras
It's not cheap
Design offers little grip

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is the best smartphone available right now, still.

It's a big phone that's designed for big hands - and it takes the very best of what's on the smartphone market and puts it together in a compelling package that we've loved testing.

Screen: The Super AMOLED 6.4-inch display has been measured as the very best around, with super colours, great dynamic range and, essentially, the very best viewing experience you can have on a mobile phone. 

Plus, there's a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.

Battery life: The battery life on the Galaxy S10 Plus is and improvement over the S9 Plus, thanks to the larger 4,100mAh battery inside. It'll easily reach bedtime with double digits still left in the tank.

The S10 Plus also offers Samsung's new Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices on the rear of the handset.

Camera: The trio of cameras on the Galaxy S10 Plus are among the best on the market, building on the excellent setup on the S9 series by offering more features, shooting modes and overall clarity. 

Mini verdict: The Galaxy S10 Plus is packed full of the best Samsung has to offer, and it comes together to give you the best smartphone experience around right now.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review
Price comparison: The best Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus deals