We’re comfortably into 2019, and we’ve seen a huge number of smartphone launches, which means our best smartphone list is likely to have plenty of new entrants over the coming weeks (if not months).
We already have a couple of new entries who have bagged a coveted top spot in our best phone rundown – keep an eye out for the Galaxy S10 Plus and Honor View 20.
Update: The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has taken our best smartphone crown.
There are plenty more flagship smartphones claiming to offer the best experience on their way, with the likes of the Nokia 9 Pureview, Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e, Galaxy Fold, LG G8 ThinQ, LG V50 ThinQ, Huawei Mate X and Xiaomi Mi 9 having all been announced recently.
However, if your smartphone replacement simply can’t wait you’ll be asking, what are the 15 best smartphones available right now? Read on to find out.
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, the buyer.
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 do want to focus on the cheaper side of things, then check out our list of the best budget phones of 2019 for some great ideas.
Still here? Still thinking about which phone to go for? Don’t worry… there are 15 excellent options to choose from.
1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The best smartphone around
Release date: March 2018 | 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
It’s not cheap
Design offers little grip
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is still the best smartphone available right now.
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