Which phone is better in 2019
The best smartphones: as of July 2020
Compiling a definitive smartphone leaderboard is difficult. There is simply no such thing as the “best” smartphone for everyone. One person wants the fastest processor, the next a particularly bright and high-resolution display, the best camera, above-average battery life, etc.
Our smartphone tests are also always a subjective story. You can compare components and features, but the overall judgment will always depend on the personal taste of the tester. Nonetheless, we looked at what are currently the best cell phones for us for various reasons.
Table of Contents
OnePlus 8 Pro
- Fantastic display
- Good camera
- Oxygen OS is one of the best versions of Android
- Industry leading performance
- The fingerprint sensor in the display even works with wet hands
- Long battery life
- Fast fast charging - either by cable or wirelessly
- The camera clearly stands out from the rear
- Significantly more expensive compared to previous models
- Color filter is useless hardware
- Curved display edges are easy to scratch
Although it is the most expensive OnePlus device to date, it more than lives up to its reputation thanks to the high-end features - including the Snapdragon 865, the X55 modem, 30 W wireless charging, the IP68 Certification and the high-quality 120 Hz display.
The days when you could get high-end hardware at half the price are over, but OnePlus is still cheaper than the competition. And the compromises that buyers have to make are limited to personal preferences.
If you don't want to spend 899 euros on a new smartphone at the moment, you should take a look at the OnePlus 7T. The OLED display has a refresh rate of "only" 90 Hz, but the camera is also very versatile - at a price of 499 euros it is definitely worth buying!
The OnePlus 8 Pro offers powerful hardware, a fantastic display, fast wireless charging and a competitive camera. In addition, it is almost 300 euros cheaper than the Galaxy S20 Plus - only the Mi 10 can keep up for 799 euros, but here too you have to make one or two compromises.
OnePlus has done a lot right with the OnePlus 8 Pro, so it's definitely worth buying.
OnePlus 8 pro test here
iPhone 11 Pro Max
- Very good cameras
- Top performance
- Extremely good battery life
- Fantastic display
- Good sound
- Round system
- Very expensive
- 64 GB as the base model
I have to admit that iPhone models from the past were not really attractive to me, but this time Apple has managed to address a lot of criticisms with the Pro models and to do noticeably more in the area of battery and camera. Anyone who knows the iOS system knows what they are getting into and everyone else can expect an all-round well-tuned and actually a little more user-friendly system. Now you can change the resolution of the camera in the camera app without having to go to the general settings. Certain things like data transfer are still a nightmare if you're not a Mac user, but good: Apple is unlikely to do anything about that in the future. As far as the performance is concerned, there is absolutely nothing to complain about, even if 64 GB as a basic variant is very little at the price. I especially like the display, which allows you to work with the device and see it well even in sunny weather. It is currently the most complete flagship smartphone on the smartphone market, precisely because devices like the Pixel 4 have major weaknesses and also the most promising candidate of the year, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has not yet entered the European market. Overall, I am very satisfied with the iPhone 11 Pro Max and would also like to use it in everyday life.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max in the everyday test: The new reliable companion
A day in the life with the iPhone 11 Pro Max - really good overall package
Huawei P30 Pro
- Very versatile camera
- Incredibly good zoom
- Fantastic video stabilization at 4K
- Very good battery life
- Good performance and expandable memory
- Currently the fastest and most reliable in-display fingerprint sensor
- No more stereo sound
- Face recognition is no longer so sure
- No jack connection
The Huawei P30 Pro has been a smartphone again for a long time, which I really enjoyed using and also awakened the currently somewhat demotivated photographer in me, because its versatility makes it a lot more exciting to experiment than any other smartphone. I would even go so far as to say that it could become one of the best smartphones of the year unless the competition takes a big leap forward, as in many ways it's really a smartphone that as a flagship is basically complete. That’s how I would normally talk about a Samsung smartphone. This time I wanted to stay with the Samsung Galaxy S10 + as a daily driver, but the Huawei P30 Pro makes it impossible for me because it is just so good. When it comes to snapshots and portraits, the Google Pixel 3 is still the social media camera king, but the Huawei P30 Pro comes close and shines all the more in many other areas. For all photo and smartphone enthusiasts, I can definitely recommend a look at the Huawei P30 Pro.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
- Fantastic and immersive display
- Great job
- The new DEX mode is an interesting addition
- More S Pen features
- Significantly better battery life and super fast charging
- Good photo and video camera during the day
- Great sound
- Front camera in low light and at night with significant loss of quality
- Night mode of the main camera is still well below the competition
- 45 watt charger not included
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is by far the most interesting Samsung smartphone in a long time, because it has a beautiful, unique and elegant design with a fantastic and at the same time huge display, which I have really come to love in the last few weeks. There are also a number of useful functions such as the new DEX mode and the S Pen, which makes working on the smartphone much easier if you use it as much as I do. It is also great that Samsung has finally learned something new and has managed to reduce the device's energy consumption so that you can actually get through the day and maybe even the next instead of just barely getting to the end of the day.
But it's not all great, because the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus still has room for improvement. The camera is relatively good during the day, but does not perform enough at night to compete with other smartphones. The selfie camera is far too weak in low light and the 45 watt charger should have been included in the scope of delivery. Apart from that, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a top smartphone, which I would actually like to use in everyday life this time. Despite a probably very flagship-heavy September.
A day in the life with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Google Pixel 4
- Top display
- Great point and shoot camera for everyone
- Top selfie camera
- Great performance
- Top design (back)
- Super fast face recognition
- Weak battery and heavy consumption
- Face recognition with eyes closed
- Radar sensor just gimmick
- Design takes getting used to (front)
But good. There is one thing where I can at least overlook a lot and that is the price. The Google Pixel 4 costs 749 euros, although some of it is already available for 700 euros. I can forgive the smartphone for a lot because it is not more expensive than its predecessor, but 100 euros cheaper. Like the competition, Google could have approached 1000 euros here. Is that a fair price? It could have been if the battery had at least been bigger, because all in one it is actually a great smartphone, which I would like to use in everyday life and I also like the size. For 100 euros more, however, you can get the Google Pixel 4 XL. This is the device you should get and where I would say: If you want a smartphone with real Google experience, a reasonable battery and probably the photo camera and selfie king of the year among the point and shoot smartphones. Get the Google Pixel 4 XL, but not in black. Everyone else can access the Google Pixel 4 if the price drops a little.
A day in the life with the Google Pixel 4 - good, but not perfect
Samsung Galaxy S10 +
- Top performance
- Great photos in daylight and very good video quality and stabilization
- Good battery life
- Good sound
- 3.5 mm jack connection
- MicroSD card slot
- Dual SIM
- 15 watt charging technology is a bit slow in comparison
- No night mode in the camera
- Bixby button cannot be turned off
- Bixby Home can only be replaced with another launcher with Google Now
The day is over and so my report ends. The Samsung Galaxy S10 + is a great smartphone and a flagship in almost every area without major compromises. Even if it got through the day well and it has quickly become one of my favorite smartphones, it is not quite perfect, but only almost, because things like the lack of night mode and the slow charging technology compared to other manufacturers are things that do S10 + should actually be able to do better for the price of 1249 euros. Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy S10 + is finally an S series smartphone, where you have the feeling of owning a new smartphone, be it in terms of design or features.
A day in the life with the Samsung Galaxy S10 +
Asus Zenfone 6
- Innovative camera system
- Great video camera
- Very good build quality
- Current chipset and well-optimized Stock Android Plus system
- 5000 mAh battery
- Triple slot
- 3.5 mm jack connector
- great price
- No IP certification
- No OLED, but very good IPS
- No wireless charging
If I didn't live the blogger life and don't have to keep walking around testing other smartphones, the Asus ZenFone 6 would be the device I would buy with full conviction. It is a flagship through and through and beats others with its great camera implementation, very well optimized system, build quality, 5000 mAh battery, strong chipset and a triple slot. The weaknesses such as no IP certification and no wireless charging can definitely be forgiven with all that it offers and especially with regard to the price. This makes the Asus ZenFone 6 the flagship killer killer among current smartphones and already one of the highlights of the year for me. I can still recommend smartphones like the Google Pixel 3a to everyone who only cares about the camera. Anyone else who wants the largest overall flagship package has come to the right place with the Asus Zenfone 6. I hope that this smartphone sells well, so that Asus can make the market uncertain again with more powerful smartphones, because they have already shown with the ROG phone that they can build really good smartphones.
A day in the life with the Asus ZenFone 6 - the flagship killer killer
Google Pixel 3a XL
- Photo camera identical to the Google Pixel 3
- Nice front camera
- Very good performance
- Great workmanship
- “Press” smartphone for Google Assistant
- Great display
- Headphone jack is back
- No IP certification
- Only 64 GB of storage, not expandable
- Single SIM
- Video stabilization seems to be faulty
The Google Pixel 3a XL is really one of the best mid-range smartphones right now, even if you didn't expect it at all. When the first pixel came out, there were comments like the price you get two and a half Honor 8. Now you get more for the same price than with many mid-range devices. In my opinion, Google is saving money in the right places in order to pack as much flagship as possible into one device in the areas that are important for most people. That would be the camera, the performance and the battery life. This is where Google really brings the “Pixel” experience for people who don't want to pay 1000 euros and you get one of the currently best snapshot cameras among all smartphone classes. This is really a device I would buy. Next time it should just appear a little earlier and minimize the display bezels.
A day in the life with the Google Pixel 3a XL - more than just middle class
Wiko 3 Special Edition [Commercial]
Wiko serves the entry-level and middle class and does so again successfully with the Wiko View 3. If you like it more colorful, the French also offer a special edition in a special design.
Of course, in terms of quality, it does not keep up with the top smartphones listed above, which, however, also cost a lot more. Thanks to Black Friday you can currently get the Wiko View 3 in the Special Edition for a slim 149 euros. For the price you get a smartphone with a triple cam and a huge amount of battery - and great artwork:
Wiko smartphones at Media Markt
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