The 16 Best Android Phones of 2019

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: Google Pixel 3 at Best Buy, "Promising reliable performance, security, and intelligent features that will make your life easier."
  • Best Budget: Motorola Moto G6 (Unlocked) at Amazon, “Perfect for those who are looking for a smaller form factor.”
  • Runner-Up, Best Budget: Nokia 7.1 at Amazon, "Has a 5.84-inch HDR screen with 2220 x 1080 resolution that is higher quality than almost all budget Android phones."
  • Best Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at Amazon, “The display gives you a 2960 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 516ppi.”
  • Best for Photos: Huawei P20 Pro at Amazon, “Features a 6.1-inch OLED screen running at 2240x1080 for top-notch visuals.”
  • Runner-Up, Best for Photos: LG V40 ThinQ at Best Buy, "LG has added five cameras to its newest flagship device."
  • Best Phablet: Google Pixel 3 XL at Best Buy, “With a 6.3-inch screen, you'll most likely want to use two hands when operating this device."
  • Best Design: Samsung Galaxy S10e at Amazon, “Lets more light in for every image and video and produces excellent nighttime photographic results.”
  • Best Value: OnePlus 7 Pro at Amazon, "The battery has been upgraded to 4,000 mAH for superior usage."
  • Runner-Up, Best Value: Google Pixel 3a, “Expertly crafted for pockets — and wallets — of all shapes and sizes.”
  • Runner-Up, Best Phablet: Samsung Galaxy S10+ at Amazon, "The glass display extends from edge to edge for a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio."
  • Best Speed: Samsung Galaxy S8 at Amazon, “It’s super speedy, thanks to its octa-core 64-bit processor and 4GB of RAM.”
  • Best New Release: LG G8 ThinQ at Best Buy, “Pairs a powerful performance with high-tech new features."
  • Best for Gaming: Razer Phone 2 at Amazon, "The Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of RAM makes for a nearly unparalleled gaming experience."
  • Best Screen: Sony Xperia XZ3 at Amazon, "The six-inch 18:9 screen is the device’s most stunning feature."
  • Best for Durability: Moto G7 at Amazon, "Has a comfy grip, scratch-resistant screen, and is water-resistant."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 isn’t just a smartphone — it essentially doubles as a personal assistant. It comes pre-installed with Google Assitant, giving you almost full control over the device with just the power of your voice. Simply start with, “Hey Google,” then say any command: play music, screen incoming calls, or even take a group selfie without having to touch the device.

The Pixel 3 also offers two exciting new features. First, for the avid online shopper, there’s Google Lens. If you spot something you like while out on the town, like a pair of shoes, just point your camera at the item to scan the image and find the product online. Or, if you spot an interesting landmark on your travels and want to learn more, you can do a quick Google search based on the image. The second special feature, Google Playground, steps up your social media game to a whole new level. With the power of Augmented Reality, you can create reactive 3D characters to add to photos or video recordings.

Entertaining features aside, the Pixel 3 promises reliable performance, security, and intelligent features that will make your life easier. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and is paired with either 64 or 128GB of internal storage. The device features a 5.5-inch OLED screen, boasting deep, rich colors and 2160 x 1080resolution. It's also compatible with wireless charging — pick up Google's new Pixel Stand accessory, a QIienabled charger that is specifically designed to complement the Pixel 3 and 3 XL.

Best Budget: Motorola Moto G6 (Unlocked)


There are some corners of the smartphone market saved for top brands like Samsung and LG. But, despite often lower specs and less power, Motorola manages to remain in the conversation. That is, for the most part, because of its price point and reliability. The G6, Moto’s flagship offering, is no exception.

Sporting a comparatively small 5.7-inch display, this phone is perfect for those who are looking for a smaller form factor. How small? It's only 8.3 mm thick and weighing only 167 grams. The display is full HD+ (1080 x 2160), so while it won’t win any pixel races, it should hold its own for basic media consumption. They’ve rounded out the build with a USB-C port for charging and even maintained the headphone jack. The screen is made from Gorilla Glass 3 with a water-repellent coating, with a fingerprint reader on the front. The cameras, spec-wise, aren’t much to write home about, but Moto has kept up with the times offering some AI software for recognizing subjects in photos and optimizing the presets. The whole thing runs Android Oreo on 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage (which you can expand 128 GB via micro SD card). Plus, as usual, Moto’s take on Android is very light, and thus has been built to last.

Check out our other reviews of the best Motorola phones available on the market today.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Nokia 7.1


When it comes to the budget Android phones, a lot of them cut corners and ultimately force you to compromise. But they don’t have to. Our pick for the second best Android budget phone is the Nokia 7.1. With a brand name like Nokia, you might think this phone is old school, but this phone runs top-of-the-line stock Android and is even part of the Android One program, which gets you two years of Android updates and three years of security patches.

Under the shell, you’ll find 4GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, and 64GB of internal storage. This phone has a 5.84-inch HDR screen with 2,220 x 1,080 resolution that is higher quality than almost all budget Android phones. It also impresses with a dual-lens camera, with one 12-megapixel camera and one 5-megapixel camera that work together to capture bright, clear imagery in any setting. And if selfie quality is important to you, the camera also has an 8-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera.

Best Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 9


When it comes to new Samsung releases, the brand seesaws back and forth between a new Galaxy S and a Galaxy Note every year. That makes it pretty hard to draw a line in the sand when choosing the “best Samsung phone on the market,” but the Note 9’s updates are pretty spectacular. The 6.4-inch, Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display gives you a 2960 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 516 ppi. The front camera operates with an 8MP sensor at an aperture of f/1.7, while the back sports two camera systems — a super-speed Dual Pixel 12MP sensor behind a wide-angle lens that shoots at a switchable f/1.5-to-f/2.4 aperture, along with a 12MP AF sensor supporting a telephone lens shooting at f/2.4 aperture. They’ve both got optical image stabilization and the ability to shoot stunning 4K video.

Behind the scenes, the phone runs on a super-fast 64-bit Octa-Core Processor (cooking up speeds that max out at 2.8GHz). You can pick it up with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and the storage capacity can be 128GB or 512GB. Plus, if you want to add a MicroSD card, you can score up to 512GB more storage. The updated S Pen gives you great on-screen control, plus the added benefit of external Bluetooth functionality for completely new features. You can pick up the whole package in either Lavender Purple of Ocean Blue.

Take a peek at some of the other best Samsung phones​ you can buy.

Best for Photos: Huawei P20 Pro


The Android smartphone market is a saturated one, but Huawei’s latest P20 Pro shows that there’s still room to stand out. The sleek, glass-bodied phone, which comes in several standard colors, along with a gradient “Twilight” finish, features a 6.1-inch OLED screen running at 2240x1080 for top-notch visuals — literally. While the phone possesses a notch, allowing for space for the 24-megapixel front camera and the earpiece, it can be obscured completely for those who aren’t notch fans.

The hardware is relatively standard, with a Kirin 970 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, but it’s the Leica triple-camera system that differentiates the phone from its competitors. A 40-megapixel RGB camera, 20-megapixel monochrome camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera are paired for extraordinary photos. If the “Pro” title doesn’t apply to your photography skills, the phone’s Master AI plays assistant, adjusting the camera’s settings depending on whether you’re shooting a portrait, your brunch, or the sunset. Among the many features is a “hybrid zoom,” which combines the 40MP and 8MP cameras for the perfect faraway shot. 

Runner-Up, Best for Photos: LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

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The LG V40 ThinQ is taking the smartphone camera game to a new level. Differentiating itself in a big way, the LG adds five cameras to its newest flagship device. Three cameras on the rear help capture standard, wide-angle and telescoping photos. The front of the phone adds two more cameras: one is for standard photos while the other is wide-angle for capturing group selfies. The ability to shoot photo scenes up to three different ways makes the LG one of the most flexible smartphone cameras around.

Fortunately, the device is more than just a camera. Its gorgeous 6.4-inch display adds 3120 x 1440 resolution for vibrant colors that really show off when viewing photos. That’s on top of impressive hardware powered by 6GB of RAM and a 3300mAh battery. The addition of IP68 ruggedization even helps the V40 stay afloat underwater for a short time.

A dedicated Google Assistant button, microSD slot for expanding the 64GB internal storage and Android 8.1 continue to make the LG stand out.

Check out our other reviews of the best LG phones​ available on the market today.

Best Phablet: Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL

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In 2017, our choice for this category was a close race between the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Google Pixel XL. Well, a new year means it’s time to pick a new reigning champion. For 2018, the Google Pixel 3 XL has successfully claimed the title. With a 6.3-inch screen, you'll most likely want to use two hands when operating this device, but its rich colors and 2960 x 1440 resolution is well worth it. The Pixel 3 XL also boasts an increased aspect ratio, 18:9, which adds another level of visual quality for streaming videos.

In terms of hardware, the Pixel 3 XL features most of the same specs as the standard Pixel 3: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM, and the option for either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The battery offers 18-watt power for extra-fast charging, and is compatible with Qi wireless devices. The front and dual rear-facing cameras also hold the same HD specifications, promising 4K resolution for photos and videos. You’ll also be able to enjoy the same smart features available on the Pixel 3, such as Google Assistant, Google Lens, and Playground. 

Best Design: Samsung Galaxy S10e


The Android smartphone marketplace has grown to monstrous proportions in the last few years, with top manufacturers expanding to new “budget” categories in response to Chinese manufacturers trying to provide flagship phones at non-flagship prices. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is perhaps the best example of one of those competing phones because it offers so many similar features found on the more expensive S10 and saves you a couple of hundred bucks. The first thing you notice is the 5.8-inch Infinity O display with its beautiful OLED performance and its sharp 2280 x 1080 resolution. It isn’t as sharp as the standard S10, but you do get that fancy hole punch cutout for the 10MP selfie camera.

The rear camera system is amazing, too, with a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 12MP standard lens. It’s kind of astounding to see a phone with a dual-camera setup for this price point. The whole thing is powered by the premium Snapdragon 855 processor, which should give you lightning fast speeds even if it starts at 6GB of RAM. You can get 128GB or 256GB of storage and throw a MicroSD in there to increase it by up to 512GB. Plus, with colors ranging from Prism Black to Flamingo Pink all the way to Canary Yellow (a color you’ll only find on the S10e), it really will match your style.

Best Value: OnePlus 7 Pro

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OnePlus has built a whole strategy around offering near-flagship phones for a price that is pretty affordable. For the 7 Pro, OnePlus has made a great phone for the price, which is why it wins our “best value” category. The most notable feature of the phone is its screen, the most prominent part of any smartphone. The 6.67-inch display sits at 3120x1440 pixels and it covers the whole front of the device without a notch because OnePlus has put the 16-megapixel front-facing camera into a motorized housing that pops up on-demand.

The rear camera system is comprised of three lenses, an ultra-wide lens at 16MP, a telephoto at 8MP, and a main camera with a whopping 48MP. The Fluid AMOLED display is named for its super-responsive 90Hz refresh rate, making this phone great for gaming. There’s a Snapdragon 855 processor and the option for 12GB of RAM running the whole thing, which bolsters the refresh rate with ultra-snappy performance. Plus, the 4,000 mAh battery can be Warp Charged in under half an hour. You can choose between 128 and 256GB of storage in three colors: gray, blue, or almond.

Runner-Up, Best Phablet: Samsung Galaxy S10+

With an impressive 6.4-inch QHD+ display, the Galaxy S10+ is in very close competition with the Pixel 3 XL as this year’s premiere “phablet” phone. The device takes advantage of its available real-estate, with glass extending from edge to edge, for a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio. While the screen is a definite show-stopper, the camera setup is equally impressive. Equipped with five cameras and an average resolution of 12MP per lens, the Plus guarantees perfect, Instagram-worthy shots with every snap. Its main feature is the 16MP ultra-wide lens that comes with a 123-degree field of vision, allowing you to capture more in each frame. Fitting everyone into a group photo has never been so simple. Also, the phone’s additional telephoto and normal wide-angle lenses accommodate for tighter shots.

The S10+ features most of the same specs as its companion, the S10, but with some additional perks. It holds the same powerful, ultra-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, capable of reaching up to 2.0 Gbps. The Plus’s starting specs also include 8GB of RAM and a 128GB memory but can expand to 12GB RAM and 1TB of storage. Additionally, the device is compatible with wireless charging and offers the S10’s exclusive PowerShare feature, so you can share your battery with other Galaxy devices. 

Best Speed: Samsung Galaxy S8

There’s a new monarch that rules over Android country, and its name is the Samsung Galaxy S8. With a top-tier display, powerful performance and the latest version of Android, it’s the envy of the kingdom.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Samsung Galaxy S8 is its stunning 5.8-inch quad HD screen, which is bezel-less and takes up almost all the room on the front of the phone. You’ll next notice that it’s super speedy, thanks to its octa-core (2.3GHz quad + 1.7GHz quad) 64-bit processor and 4GB of RAM. Other big-ticket features include an eight-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies, a 12-megapixel back camera, 4K video recording and a microSD card slot for adding more storage on the fly. The phone comes in the following five colors: midnight black, orchid gray, coral blue, arctic silver and maple gold.

The only potential hang up for the Galaxy S8 is its 3,000 mAh battery, which lasts about a day on a charge. This will work for most people, but if you use your phone heavily throughout the day, it’d be smart to invest in a great portable phone battery charger too.

Runner-Up, Best Value: Google Pixel 3a

Though it’s no doubt the best compact Android phone out there, bragging rights for Google Pixel 3a owners don’t stop there. You can also tell your friends more broadly that you own a high-end smartphone in general, with a price tag that would warrant less from competing brands. Even compared to the standard Google Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a is affordable, at half the price of its premium flagship older sibling.

And yet, despite its low price point, the Google Pixel 3a retains many of the same features. For instance, it still has a phenomenal camera, one that subverts the notion that you have to spend a lot of money to take photos above potato quality. Images captured on a Pixel 3a camera are virtually indistinguishable from the Pixel 3, even at night. Its 12.2 MP rear sensor and 8 MP selfie camera are the same as well. While it lacks the Pixel Visual Core processor of the flagship Pixel 3, the photos it takes are so good it makes us wonder why the Pixel 3 really needed the dedicated processor in the first place.

Since it’s a Google phone, you can expect the purest version of Android, no bloatware or extra “features” in sight. Later down the line, you’ll have first dibs on updates, too. Google hasn’t skimped on the design and specs here either which, for a sub-$500 smartphone, are respectable. The design is similar enough to the Pixel 3 that you’ll have a hard time telling them apart at a glance (although the body is made out of plastic rather than metal). The screen is OLED, and the Snapdragon 670 2.0 GHz CPU is plenty fast enough to hold its own. In the end, the few tradeoffs it makes to achieve its tasty pricing are well worth the compromise.

Best New Release: LG G8 ThinQ

The LG G8 ThinQ is building on the reputation built by its predecessors; LG’s latest flagship phone pairs a powerful performance with high-tech new features. Hand ID uses a 3D sensor so you can unlock your phone with a wave of your palm, along with the more traditional fingerprint ID and face unlock. And that isn’t LG’s only effort to minimize the amount of time you spend touching your screen: Air Motion lets you interact with your phone through gestures, whether that’s to turn up your volume, answer a call, or take a selfie.

With the G8 ThinQ’s Time of Flight Z camera, it might be hard not to. The front-facing lens uses 3D Depth sensors to make subjects (and selfies) pop, no matter how low or bright the light. Available in three colors — black, gray, and red — the phone has a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and a 16-hour battery life, so you can keep browsing, streaming, and working, no matter what’s on your schedule. 

Best for Gaming: Razer Phone 2

The Razor Phone 2 builds upon last year’s Razor Phone, which emerged as a gaming powerhouse. The Snapdragon 845 and 8GB of RAM makes for a nearly unparalleled gaming experience, and a new vapor chamber cooling system keeps the phone from getting too hot when gaming for a long period of time. The visuals are equally striking. Its 5.7-inch LCD display has a 16L aspect ratio, a 2,650 x 1,440 resolution, and a 120Hz display, which improves its visibility outside.

Other specs include 64GB of storage, which can be upgraded with 2TB microSD cards, and IP67 water resistance. The phone boasts wireless charging and a large 4,000-mAh battery, but it drains quickly if used for full-time gaming. However, if the phone is used for everyday purposes, the battery is capable of lasting all day. The chunky, eye-catching device houses some of the most powerful speakers you’ll find on a smartphone. The back, made of Gorilla Glass 5, has a logo that lights up when you get notifications, customizable in color, brightness, and whether the logo brightens and dims or maintains a static glow. 

Best Screen: Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony has defined itself as a force to be reckoned with thanks to its premium headphones and TVs, and with its new Xperia XZ3 — the brand's first Bravia OLED effort — its phones now fall into the category, too. The 6-inch 18:9 screen is the device’s most stunning feature, resulting in realism, vibrancy, and depth whether you’re streaming videos or playing your favorite game. To capture your own memories, the 13MP front-facing camera includes a background blur option and improved digital stabilization, and videos can be recorded in 4K HDR.

The Xperia SZ3 features a Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and microSD support up to 512GB. The 3,330mAh battery is combined with wireless charging. Striking and sleek, the phone is water-resistant and encased in Gorilla Glass 5. It also has a physical camera button and includes an easily-removable SIM card/microS card tray. The Xperia intelligence engine can monitor your usage, displaying different apps — such as the weather, maps, Urber, or Spotify — depending on the time and your location.

Best for Durability: Moto G7

The Moto G7 is a midrange smartphone with performance that exceeds what might be expected from its competition. The phone is built to be robust and sports a 6.2-inch full HD screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a 2270 x 1080 Max Vision display. It features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (with the ability to expand up to 512GB with a microSD slot) and is powered by a Snapdragon 632 processor. Its 3,000 mAh battery is able to last all day with frequent use, generally with some energy left over, and the USB-C port is compatible with Motorola’s Turbo Power fast charging technology, meant to provide up to nine hours of battery life within 15 minutes.

With the phone in hand, you can capture your memories no matter the weather (the Moto G7 has a water-repellent coating) thanks to the dual back cameras, a 12-MP and a 5-MP depth sensor, and an 8-MP front-facing camera. The routine photo experience is upgraded with new tools including Spot Color and Cinemograph, along with Portrait Mode. Whether you’re snapping selfies or returning texts, the curved glass back makes the phone comfortable to hold. Best of all, the screen is scratch-resistant thanks to its Gorilla Glass.

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How We Tested

We bought 11 of the most popular Android smartphones and our reviewers spent more than 600 hours testing them. They used them at home and on the go, experimenting with texting, calling, and taking photos. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these Android smartphones, from user interface to size and speed. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in an Android Phone

Hardware - When picking the perfect Android device for your lifestyle, keep a close eye on the hardware. If you’re a photography enthusiast, go for a device with a superb camera and screen. If you’ll be firing off emails constantly, consider one with a large screen and excellent battery life.

Software - Different manufacturers customize their Android smartphones in various ways. Before you buy a phone, look at its interface and think about whether you’ll enjoy using it on a daily basis. Also, consider additional software features that some manufacturers might include such as face unlock, virtual assistants, and the ability to pay for purchases with your device.

Carrier - Not all smartphones will work with your mobile carrier. Whether you have T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or another service provider, double-check that your selected device will work with your existing network.

Test Results: Motorola Moto G6 (Unlocked) (Best Budget)


What We Like

  • Sleek design

  • Fantastic price

What We Don't Like

  • Slow speed

  • Sub-par audio

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Motorola Moto G6 (Unlocked) screen
Motorola Moto G6 (Unlocked)

This phone was beloved by our testers for its attractive design, its good-quality camera, and its overall value. “It hits the sweet spot of price to performance that many phones fail to hit,” declared one of our testers. Even our reviewers’ biggest concerns with this phone—its slow speed and the fact it has only 3GB of RAM—didn’t affect its bottom line: that, for the price, it’s a great option.

Test Results: Nokia 7.1 (Runner-Up, Best Budget)


What We Like

  • Great screen

  • Stylish design

  • Surprisingly good camera

  • Android One for guaranteed updates

What We Don't Like

  • Lower-end battery life

  • Display looks very blue

  • Weak speaker

Nokia 7.1
Nokia 7.1 phone
Nokia 7.1 smartphone
Nokia smartphone
Nokia 7.1 phone
Nokia 7.1 homepage

“The quality of this phone’s display is great for its price,” reported one of our testers. “It's really nice to see such a beautiful HDR display in a mid-tier phone.” One reviewer also thought its various features contributed to its overall value: “You can't find a phone with clean design, a quick processor, a headphone jack, and a USB-C port anywhere else for this cost,” she noted. The downsides? According to one tester, its battery life could have been better: “The capacity of the battery isn't overly small,” he said, “but the battery life isn't all that great.”

Test Results: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Best Samsung)


What We Like

  • Easy setup

  • Superb battery life

  • Immaculate display

What We Don't Like

  • Delicate build

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 screen

A seamless setup process, stellar battery life, and a vibrant screen display were some of the things our testers loved about this phone. They also enjoyed watching videos: “Streaming felt really luxurious,” one reviewer noted. “It didn't feel like I was watching videos on a phone, but on a really nice tiny TV.” One thing our testers were nervous about was the phone’s durability. “It feels a little too delicate to be able to comfortably utilize it to its full capacity,” said one tester. “I think it might end up being more of a liability for accident-prone people.” (If that’s you, make sure to invest in a case right off the bat!)

Test Results: Huawei P20 Pro (Best for Photos)


What We Like

  • Sleek design

  • Excellent camera

  • Comes with a case

What We Don't Like

  • Camera lens on back of phone sticks out

  • No headphone jack

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Huawei P20 Pro screen
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro back
Huawei P20 Pro parts

This phone’s camera quality, according to our testers, was “awesome.” One reviewer broke down the best part of it for us: “There's an AI feature in the phone that calculates the best shot for you in a second. This is good for a user who doesn't understand settings for cameras such as aperture, correct lighting, and zooming.” Other highlights included the phone’s sleek design, fast speed, and the fact it comes with a case. In terms of downsides, our users didn't love that the camera lens on the back of the phone stuck out a bit and that there was no headphone jack.

Test Results: LG V40 ThinQ (Runner-Up, Best for Photos)

LG V40 ThinQ
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What We Like

  • Amazing camera

  • Big display

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like

  • Pricey

  • Small battery

LG V40 ThinQ
LG V40
LG V40 ThinQ phone
LG V40 phone
LG V40 ThinQ smartphone

“I've used many LG phones in the past,” explained one of our testers, “and overall, this phone is definitely much better than previous versions I’ve tried.” According to one reviewer, its “very crisp and clear” camera quality was one of its best features. On the other hand, one reviewer wished that its messaging functionality was more customizable: “I’d like the ability to customize themes in the SMS messaging without using a separate app,” she explained, “which is a feature I had with my previous LG phone.” One reviewer also wanted there to be more color options.

Test Results: Google Pixel 3 XL (Best Phablet)

Google Pixel 3 XL
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What We Like

  • Beautiful design

  • Easy to use

  • Great features

What We Don't Like

  • Screen not bright enough

  • Back of phone scratches easily

Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 3
Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel

“The Pixel 3 XL is a great all-around phone,” raved one of our testers. “It’s a beautiful, well-built device packed with AI features that can assist you throughout your busy day — for example, the Google assistant has the ability to screen and answer your incoming phone calls.” In terms of negatives, one reviewer felt that the screen wasn’t as bright as she’d hoped: “The general consensus is that the screen’s brightness maxes out at around 360-424 nits, which pales in comparison to competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone XS.” One of our testers also found that the back of the phone scratched easily: “I wish Google would have utilized a different material or method of frosting the glass on the back,” she explained, “as it has proven to be highly prone to scratches.”

Test Results: Samsung Galaxy S10e (Best Design)


What We Like

  • Distinctive hole-punch design

  • Excellent display

  • Top-tier processor

  • Dual-camera setup

  • Less expensive than the S10

What We Don't Like

  • No QHD+ display

  • Awkward fingerprint sensor location

  • No 2x zoom camera

Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e

Our tester loved this phone’s “bright and beautiful” AMOLED display, ultra-fast processor, and unique hole-punch design: “It has a little hole in the upper right corner for the front-facing camera,” he said, “which minimizes the bezel around the screen and makes for a more alluring product.” In terms of negatives, he thought that its fingerprint sensor was in a slightly awkward place: “The fingerprint sensor is in the power button on the right side,” he explained, “and it feels just out of reach for left-hand use.” He also said that the dual-camera setup could have been slightly better: “It doesn’t have a 2x zoom camera,” he said, “which is a frustrating omission.” Overall, though, he thought that the phone was a great investment: “It’s almost as impressive as its pricier Samsung siblings, and it won't hurt your wallet quite as much in the process.”