Best Smartphones of 2019

By Reviewed Staff, Updated January 02, 2019

Choosing a new phone can be a decision fraught with anxiety. This is, after all, a gadget that you’ll be interfacing with every day, morning to night, for the next couple years. And with so many options on the table these days, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed.

Lucky for you, we've done the lab testing and real-world analysis to recommend the finest phones on the market today. These smartphones have been put through their paces—from battery, to processor, to screen quality and beyond—and the cream of the crop have earned the honor of being called the Best Right Now. Being the best of the best, these phones don't come cheap. But you know what? The best things in life rarely do.

If you want to learn more about any of these smartphones, click through to our full review for a detailed breakdown.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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Expert Score
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Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 offers top-notch design, industry-leading performance, and the best smartphone camera we've ever tested. Like any smartphone, it's not perfect, but it's successes are so numerous that the blemishes are easy to overlook. To put it bluntly, the Galaxy S8 might be the best Android phone we've ever tested.

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Dedicated Galaxy users might find the S9 to be a nothing groundbreaking, especially if they're upgrading from last year's still-excellent Galaxy S8.

That said, from a sheer performance standpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S9 could very well be the best smartphone Samsung has ever made. It's sensationally fast, features what might be the best smartphone camera available, and is backed by a long-lasting battery.

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Where To Buy

$499.99 Amazon Buy

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Even though it's not that much different than its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+ is one of Samsung's best smartphones to date.

If you still own and enjoy a Galaxy S8+, you're not going to miss out on much by skipping the S9+ and upgrading next year. That said, S9+ users will enjoy terrific battery life, super-fast, reliable performance, and a camera experience that's hard to top—all in a premium-looking (and feeling) device.

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Where To Buy

$599.99 Amazon Buy $730.93 Walmart Buy $599.99 B&H Buy

LG G6

If Apple and Samsung aren't your companies of choice, LG's G6 is a fantastic alternative. It may not be the fastest phone on the block, but its battery life, camera, and overall performance place it just below the top of its class. The addition of a wide-angle lens makes it a great choice for shutterbugs, too. It's not without its faults, but pound-for-pound, the G6 is a winning phone that won't let you down.

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Where To Buy

Click for price Amazon Buy $368.12 Walmart Buy $329.99 Best Buy Buy

Huawei Honor 6X

The Honor 6X's metallic body and dual cameras give it the luxurious appeal of a more premium smartphone, but this phone's got more than its fair share of issues. That said, if all you're looking for is a neat design and a long-lasting battery, you could do far worse than the 6X.

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Where To Buy

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