Best phone in the US for 2019: the top 15 smartphones we’ve tested
Our best phones 2019 list has changed dramatically thanks to new smartphones that keep being released: the Galaxy Note 10 in August, iPhone 11 in September, and the Google Pixel 4 in October. It’s smartphone buying season, for sure.
Picking up one of these top-tier devices is an expensive investment, whether it comes from Samsung, Apple or Google. A lot of these phone prices start at $1,000, so you’ll want to take your decision seriously. But don’t worry: we’re here to help guide you.
You might be thinking already about saving money with the the forthcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals – so just bookmark those hyperlinked pages to make sure you’re getting access to the top curated deals from across the web by our in-house experts. Yes, these will include phones too – including ones from this list, though the discounts will mostly hit Android handsets.
Today’s best phone has a big screen, yet is easy to handle; packs a camera suite capable of replacing a point-and-shoot; and has enough processor power and battery to get work done while you’re on the go. You won’t find slow smartphones with anything less than all-day battery life on this list.
Tomorrow’s top smartphone? That’ll probably be a 5G phone, like the Galaxy S10 5G, and then, eventually, a foldable phone with 5G, starting with the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold. But foldable phones are unproven, and 5G in the US isn’t in enough cities around the country to recommend. Our list will remain practical.
Why we have more than a No. 1 pick: We have a top pick, but not everyone looks for the same smartphone features. Some will demand iOS 13 and cling to Apple’s iMessage, while others will want customizations and Google Assistant tools available in Android 10. Our phone reviews and best phone list reflect that diversity.
Likewise, your contract with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile is a preference. The best phone for AT&T may not be available on-contract on Verizon, and vice-versa. While we’ve seen more unlocked phones in the US in 2019, not all are available for every carrier. We have to take…