The Best Smartphones of 2019 – March 2019March 19, 2019
With 2019 in full swing, I thought it was time to assess the Smartphone landscape. We have had a few big reveals and launches so far. In today’s article, I will be going through the best Smartphones of 2019… So Far. This article won’t be a full-blown review article. I will give a brief overview of each phone and their pro’s and cons.
This year has seen the release of foldable smartphones, bezel-less smartphones, and 3 or more camera smartphones. I will mix in a few of the bleeding edge smartphones with the more realistic consumer devices.
Samsung Galaxy S10
The hype has been real for the Samsung Galaxy S10. Designs for this near bezel-less phone were leaked more than 6 months ago. The leaks, however, haven’t taken anything away from this gorgeous looking phone. Boasting a 93.1% screen to body ratio, this is by far the best implementation of the “Bezel Less display”. If you put the S10 next to the newest iPhone, it will make it look dated.
Samsung has introduced a new In-Display Fingerprint scanner as well. The Ultra Sonic fingerprint scanner aims to be more secure than any other In-Display scanner. On the rear Samsung have 3 Cameras. A next-gen 16MP Ultra Wide Camera fits more in each shot. In combination with the 12MP Wide-angle and Telephoto Cameras, you can shoot with 2x optical zoom in and out.
The praise doesn’t stop. The display has set all kind of records. Here is a quote from DisplayMate “visually indistinguishable from perfect, and almost certainly considerably better than your existing smartphone, living room HDTV, tablet, laptop, and computer monitor.”
I loved this phone so much I spent my own hard-earned money on one. It doesn’t come cheap, the S10 will set you back between $850 – 900 USD depending on where you pick it up.
Vivo V15 Pro
With a Super AMOLED display coming in at a 91.64% screen to body ratio, Vivos aim with the Vivo 15 Pro is to bring near Bezel-Less phones with stunning cameras to the average consumer. Vivo has Trademarked this display design “FullView”, and you can see why. The fingerprint reader is the In-Display type, and it’s a more refined experience over their previous efforts.
Vivo has brought back the pop up front camera first featured on the Vivo Nex. It is a massive 32 MP camera that is a selfie addicts dream. The camera pops up in a mere 0.46 seconds and Vivo promises over 300,000 uses without a glitch. There are 3 cameras on the rear. A 48 Million Quad Pixel Sensor, 8MP AI Super Wide-Angle Camera, a 5MP Depth Camera and upgraded AI algorithms.
At the moment you can only buy the Vivo V15 Pro in India for R28,990 / $420.59 USD. I will keep you posted on when it will be available internationally and its pricing.
Sony Xperia 10
Sony has a unique style in today’s Smartphone market, they aren’t following the trend of less is more. The Xperia 10 is Sonys Mid-Range option and includes their unique 21:9 screen ratio. The screen is only a Full HD panel, but this is expected on a mid-range phone.
If you enjoy watching videos on your phone, the 21:9 ratio is perfect for this. Most of Netflixs content and most new movies will fit perfectly on this screen with no black bars on the outside. This is exactly what Sony wants you to do with this phone, consume media. Be warned though, I said most content, not all. The ratio will make a video that isn’t perfect for it, look really out of place and have big black borders.
The Xperia 10 feels premium with its glass front and metal rear, it’s punching above its price point when it comes to quality. Those cameras front and rear aren’t anything to write home about, but get the job done. Internally you aren’t going to get the best silicone, but that is to be expected in the mid-range arena.
Overall the Sony Xperia 10 is decent and aims to give you another option in the Mid-Range category. You can pick up the Sony Xperia 10 for $349.99 USD on Amazon at the time of writing this article.
Nokia 9 PureView
If you were born in the 80s, you remember a time when Nokia dominated the world. They created phones that were near indestructible and had batteries that would last more than a week. Nokia all but disappeared when they failed to transition to the Smart Phone category quick enough, but have returned under new ownership in recent years. The last few years have seen the release of some budget entry level phones from Nokia, that overall perform well in the budget category.
The 9 PureView is Nokia’s first Flagship priced model. It has High-End specifications and runs Android One (Close to stock Android). The screen is a 6 inch 1080p OLED with some decent sized bezels. Its design reminds me of high-end LG Smartphones or the Samsung S8. It also has an In-Display fingerprint scanner, unfortunately, it is terrible by all accounts.
The materials used are very premium and can be found on most high-end smartphones. Nokia’s party trick on the PureView is its 5 rear cameras. This consists of two 12MP RGB sensors and three 12MP monochrome sensors. There’s also a flash and a time-of-flight sensor as well. The PureView uses these 5 cameras to capture some amazing photos, but its biggest let down is its processing time. Some people have clocked the processing time at 20 seconds! this is way too long.
When the Nokia 9 PureView is released, it will set you back over $1000 USD, is it worth $1000+ USD? Personally, I would say No, at this stage. 6 Months from now will all its problems be sorted out through updates? Maybe. When that does happen, this phone will be a winner.
Conclusion – The Best Smartphones of 2019
In 6 months time, the list above may look very different. Until that time, in my opinion, these are the Best Smartphones of 2019. If you agree or disagree, leave a comment below and let me know. What do you think are the Best Smartphones of 2019? The best of this list for me would have to be the Samsung Galaxy S10 – I am currently in the process of completing a full review of my own personal S10, and can’t wait to share it with you all.