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The year 2019 was another great year for smartphones, seeing top rated smartphones, making it to top ranks, from well-known smartphone giants. There have been so many that it's a challenge to choose which one, as they come with so many nice innovations and great features.

Since the year is coming to a close, let's take a look at my choice of 8 of the top rated smartphones that have made 2019's top ranks.



Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Top rated smartphones, Front View Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus


6.8-inch OLED (3040x1440) | Exynos 9825 (EMEA/LATAM)/Snapdragon 855 (USA/China) CPU | OS: Android 9 | 12GB RAM | Storage: 256GB/512GB | Triple-lens camera: 16MP ultrawide (f/2.2); 12MP wide (f/1.5, f/2.4); 12MP telephoto (f/2.1) | Selfie camera: 10MP | 196g | Battery: 4300 mAh | 12hrs battery life | Released in August 2019


So, are you man, or woman, enough to handle the new Galaxy Note 10 plus smartphone? If yes, let's see why. This phone comes with a huge 6.8-inch full HD OLED screen that can produce an incredible display, thanks to the Snapdragon 8-core processor, 12GB of system memory, and great camera features that'll make you take full HD images and videos like a pro.

All that comes together with a choice of either a 256 or 512GB internal storage, a back triple lens camera with a selfie camera, and a 12 hour battery life with fast wireless charging options.  


Top rated smartphones, back view, Samsung galaxy note 10 Top rated smartphones, front view of black galaxy note 10 plus



    • Superb quality display
    • Excellent hardware specs
    • Includes stylus pen and other premium high-quality features 



    • It’s a big phone
    • It’s very expensive
    • No-headphone-jack 


I personally think it's a great buy for you. It's gonna turn heads if you're working at corporate level. The hardware specs are great enough for casual gaming, for taking great quality videos and pictures, and for great overall phone performance.

It's really frustrating that you can't plug-in earphones for hands-free use or listening to music on the move.

But it's a great addition to the Samsung Galaxy family with already a great collection of smartphones available. Here are reasons why.

So, you still think you can handle one of the top rated smartphones of 2019? If you can, if you want a powerful smartphone with great specs and features, and have a really deep pocket, then consider it as your next buy.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, 256GB, 12GB RAM

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, 512GB, 12GB RAM




Samsung Galaxy S10e

Top rated smartphones, front and back view of the Samsung Galaxy S10e


5.8-inch dynamic AMOLED (1080x2280) | Exynos 9820 (EMEA)/Snapdragon 855 (USA/China) | OS: Android Pie | 6/8GB RAM | Storage: 128/256GB | Dual-lens camera: 12MP (f/1.5-2.4) wide; 16MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide | Selfie camera: 10MP | 150g | 3100 mAh | Released in March 2019 


So, you're more into the limited features yet still performs well? Get the cheaper version. Get the Galaxy S10eThe phone comes with a 5.8-inch full HD AMOLED screen that promises a great display, thanks to the 8-core Snapdragon processor, a choice of 6 or 8GB system memory, and a choice of either 128 or 256GB internal memory.

It all comes together with a triple lens back camera and front selfie camera, and a 3100 mAh battery with fast wireless charging features. 


Top rated smartphones, front view, Samsung Galaxy S10e Top rated smartphones, back view, Samsung Galaxy S10e


    • Compact version of S10/S10 plus
    • Same features as the S10/S10 plus
    • Mid-range hardware specs
    • Affordable price 



    • Comes in a smaller battery


The good thing about this phone is that it has the same processing power found in the S10/S10 plus. The screen may be smaller but has the same display features as the top range phones as well.  

It also has the same durable features such as water and dust resistant, a back triple lens camera with a front selfie camera, and 1TB microSD expandable memory option. Let's not forget the headphone jack feature and the cheaper price.  

So if you are looking for a cheaper version, don't mind the smaller screen and smaller battery, then get this top-ranked smartphone, the Galaxy S10e.

Samsung Galaxy S10e, 128GB, 6GB RAM

Samsung Galaxy S10e, 256GB, 8GB RAM




Motorola Moto G7 Power


Top rated smartphones, front and back view of the Motorola Moto G7 Power


6.2-inch IPS LCD (720x1520) | Snapdragon 632 | Android 9 Pie | 3/4GB RAM | Storage: 32/64GB | Single-lens camera: 12MP (f2.0) | Selfie camera: 8MP (f/2.2) | Battery: 5000 mAh | 15 hours battery life | 193g | Released in March 2019


If you really not into all the high premium features and looking for a budget smartphone, then the Moto G7 Power may be for you. 

The phone comes with a 6.2-inch LCD screen, with an 8-core Snapdragon 632 processor, a choice of a 3 or 4GB RAM, and a choice of a 32 or 64GB internal storage. 

On the outside there's a 12MP camera with an 8MP selfie camera, and a 5000 mAh battery with a 15 hour battery life. 


Top rated smartphones, Motorola Moto G7 Power, side front view Top rated smartphones, Motorola Moto G7 Power, side back view


    • Very affordable price
    • The option to expand storage to 1TB
    • Decent phone performance
    • Best battery life 



    • Average hardware specs
    • Average quality display
    • Limited premium features
    • Average camera quality        


The G7 Power is just a smartphone that appeals to a target market that don't see the need for all the premium features that other top rated smartphones provide. The only thing that stands out is the huge battery inside that will give you 15 hours of battery life per charge.

Overall, this is a great phone. It will get through the day, it works well, and you won't have to worry about it power. If you are looking for a smartphone for primary use, don't mind living without the high features of other top-ranked smartphones except for longer lasting battery, then this may be a good option for you. 


Moto G7 Power, 32GB, 3GB RAM
Moto G7 Power, 64GB, 4GB RAM





OnePlus 7 Pro

Top rated smartphones, front and back view of the OnePlus 7 Pro


6.67-inch QHD+ OLED (1440x3120) | Snapdragon 855 | Android Pie | 6/8/12GB RAM | Storage: 128/256GB | Triple-lens camera: 48MP, f/1.6, (wide); 16MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide); 8MP, f/2.4 (telephoto) | Selfie camera: 16MP, f/2.0 (wide) | Battery: 4000 mAh | 206g | Release date: May 2019


You ready to know one of the top rated smartphones with the most unique feature? Introducing the Oneplus 7 Pro smartphone.

This phone comes with a 8-core Snapdragon 855 processor, with a choice of 6, 8 or 12GB system memory, a choice of either a 128 or a 256GB internal storage, and a 4000 mAh battery for all day long battery life.

It all comes together with a huge 6.67-inch full HD+ screen, a triple-lens camera, and a unique motorised pop-up selfie camera from the top of the phone.       

Top rated smartphones, front view OnePlus 7 Pro Top rated smartphones, back view OnePlus 7 Pro



    • Includes unique motorised pop-up selfie camera feature
    • Superb quality display
    • Top-range hardware specs
    • Great phone performance
    • Includes fast charging options    



    • Not the best camera quality
    • No option to expand internal storage
    • No wireless charging  


The motorised pop-up camera leaves the smartphone without a normal lens in front, giving it a unique look to it, almost making it look better. I really like that feature. 

It's a pity it has no microSD slot, but you have 3 model options from 128 to 256GB internal storage. It would be a nice addition.     

Overall, the Oneplus 7 Pro's a great smartphone with a choice of models that cater to any budget, with hardware specs that give it great performance for normal use and casual gaming, and camera quality that may not be the best but still performs well.

So, if you're looking for a great performance smartphone, with something different and unique, you will definitely find it here. 

OnePlus 7 Pro, 256GB 8GB RAM


OnePlus 7 Pro, 128GB, 6GB RAM


OnePlus 7 Pro, 256GB, 12GB RAM




Google Pixel 4XL

Top rated smartphones, Google Pixel 4XL


6.3-inch QHD+ (1440x3040) | Snapdragon 855 | Android 10 | 6GB RAM | Storage: 64/128GB | Dual-lens camera: 12.2MP, f/1.7 (wide); 16MP, f/2.0 (wide) | Selfie camera: 16MP, f/2.4 (telephoto) | 193g | Battery: 3,700 mAh | Release date: October 2019


Did you know that Google released yet another smartphone? If you didn't, here it is the Google Pixel 4XL

This phone comes an 8-core Snapdragon processor, 6GB of system memory, a choice of 64 or 128GB internal storage and a 3700 mAh battery that has a 10 hours battery life. On the external, we see a dual-lens camera with a selfie camera, and a 6.3-inch full HD+ display.   


Top rated smartphones, side view Google Pixel 4XL, Top rated smartphones, back view Google Pixel 4XL



    • Great phone performance
    • Great quality display
    • Good battery life
    • Superb camera features 



    • No fingerprint scanner
    • No expandable internal storage option
    • Available in low internal storage options 


This is a nice addition to the Google smartphone family. I like the fact that it has good quality display, great phone performance for normal use and casual gaming and takes great quality images and videos. 

The fact that it offers limited options and lets off many of the normal features other smartphones may make buyers turn to other cheaper alternatives. I think fans of Pixel range will appreciate it, and yet it's a great smartphone to have.   

Overall, if you can handle the Google Pixel 4XL, then consider it as your next top rated smartphone purchase. 

Google Pixel 4 XL, 64GB, 6GB RAM 


Google Pixel 4 XL, 128GB, 6GB RAM



Asus ROG Phone 2

Top rated smartphones, Asus ROG Phone 2, main view


6.59-inch AMOLED (1080 x 2340) | Snapdragon 855+ | Android 9 | 8/12GB RAM | Storage: 512GB | Dual-lens camera: 48MP, f/1.8 (wide), 13MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide) | Selfie Cam: 24MP, f/2.2 | 240g | Battery: 6000 mAh


Gamers. If you're looking for a smaller but powerful gaming smartphone, then look no further than 2019's best gaming smartphone: the Asus ROG Phone 2.  

This is why this is one of the best gamers choice for top rated smartphone for gaming. This phone comes with an overclocked Snapdragon processor, with a choice of either 8 or 12GB of system memory, a choice of 128, 256, or 512GB, and even a 1TB of internal storage, and a 6000 mAh battery. It comes together with a large 6.59-inch full HD screen, with a dual camera lens with a selfie camera. 


Top rated smartphones, Asus ROG Phone 2, side front and back Top rated smartphones, Asus ROG Phone 2, front and back view 2



    • The 120Hz refresh rate on the display 
    • Overclocked Snapdragon processor 
    • Excellent system and gaming performance 
    • Long list of additional gaming accessories 
    • Great battery life 
    • Takes great 4K images and videos 
    • L and R trigger buttons situated on the side of the phone



    • No wireless or fast charging charging 
    • Lack of resistance to water and dust 
    • Most gaming accessories sold separately 
    • Gaming accessories sold separately 
    • Better with a higher-quality display instead of full HD 
    • Expensive  


This is best gaming smartphone of this year 2019, with great gaming graphics and game-play thanks to the high-end hardware specs, a great number of gaming accessories and apps, and other features. 

I like the cooling fan accessory that attaches to the phone and keeps it cool gaming sessions, but also it helps improve gaming performance, and the overall unique look and design. The way I see it, I don't think the drawbacks are gonna be a major mishap. I mean who's going to play games with the phone underwater.

So gamers, if you're looking for the best gaming smartphone of 2019, here it is waiting to take you on another great gaming adventure. If this one is way over your budget, then here are more cheaper gaming phones to choose from.

Asus ROG Phone 2, 128GB, 8GB RAM


Asus ROG Phone 2, 512GB, 12GB RAM



Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Top-ranked smartphones, Samsung S10 Plus, main view


6.4-inch QHD+ AMOLED (3040x1440) | Snapdragon 855 | Android Pie | 8/12GB RAM | Storage: 128/512GB or 1TB | Triple lens camera: 12MP, f/1.5-2.4 (wide), 12MP, f/2.4 (telephoto), 16MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide), | Selfie camera: 10 MP, f/1.9 (wide), 8MP, f/2.2 (wide) | 4100 mAh Battery | 12 hours battery life | 175g


If the Note 10 plus is not really your thing, and still want a more affordable by high-end top rated smartphone, then here is the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus smartphone.

This one comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, a choice of 8 or 12GB system memory, a choice of either storage of 128GB, 512GB and 1TB, and a 4100 mAh battery with a 12 hour battery life.

Then on the outside we have a back triple camera lens, with a dual selfie camera, and a 6.4-inch full HD+ display that with a great cinematic display.  


Top rated smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, side view Top rated smartphones, back view, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus



    • First phone with an on-screen fingerprint scanner 
    • Great camera features like a dual selfie camera 
    • Superb system performance 
    • Excellent quality display 
    • Long battery life  



    • Expensive 


With superb camera features, superb performance thanks to the high end specs, and all day battery life, the Galaxy S10 plus is one of the best overall smartphone to get.

I love the quality of the screen display, the rapid response of the on-screen fingerprint scanner, and the performance of the phone especially for casual gaming. The price is high but with the release of the Note 10 plus, the price will come down overtime. 

So If the best is not good enough for you then the S10 plus is the next best thing. Consider it as your next purchase. 

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, 128GB, 8GB RAM


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, 512GB, 8GB RAM


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, 1TB, 12GB RAM



iPhone 11 Pro Max

Top rated smartphones, iPhone 11 Pro Max


6.5-inch OLED (1242x2688) | A13 Bionic | iOS 13 | 4GB RAM | 64/256/512GB storage | Triple lens camera: 12MP, f/1.8 (wide); 12MP, f/2.0 (telephoto); 12MP, f/2.4 (ultrawide) | Selfie camera: 12MP, f/2.2 (wide) | 226g | Battery: 3,500mAh | Release date: September 2019


Are you looking for the next best? Then here is the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max. With this one, you get a choice of a 64, 256 or 512GB internal storage, 4GB of system memory, 3500 mAh battery with a decent battery life, and the latest A13 Bionic processor.

This all comes together with triple camera lens at the back, a selfie camera and a large 6.5-inch OLED screen with full HD+ quality display. 

Top rated smartphones, 5 color models, iPhone 11 Pro Max Top rated smartphones,side view, iPhone 11 Pro Max


    • 4K picture taking and video recording 
    • Incredible system performance 
    • Good battery life with fast wireless charging 
    • Resistant to water and shock damage 
    • Good looks and design



    • No expandable memory 
    • Less system memory than other top range phones 
    • Expensive price


The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a great phone with many wonderful features that really put it among the other mobile phone giants. I like that you can take 4K quality pictures and videos, from a selfie camera.

Being that it's an iPhone, it's an expensive mobile phone but with its perks its worth the buy. If anything else, there's also the iPhone 11 to get.

iPhone 11 Pro Max, 64GB, 4GB RAM


iPhone 11 Pro Max, 256GB, 4GB RAM


iPhone 11 Pro Max, 512GB, 4GB RAM




Final Thoughts


So there you have it, 8 of the best top rated smartphones released in 2019. I mean a lot of great phones came out to challenge the market, but these took high ranks because of the many great features, great system performance and what it'll offer you as the consumer.

Many of them are expensive but hey, great smartphones are. So which of these are you using right now? Can you agree that it's the best smartphone of this year? What are you thoughts?

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8 thoughts on “8 Top Rated Smartphones of 2019”

  1. When it comes to adventure phone wise, 2019 is my best year so far because I’ve been able to read about phone that are just spectacular in their own way, I’ve operated most of them, even some in this article foe personal experience during exhibitions. My favourite generally Is the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus because of its interesting features, I got one already so I can say it’s a good catch. Thanks.

  2. Having been a fairly loyal Samsung user for years, this year I switched over to the OnePlus 7 because I got a good deal on it. I’ve been really impressed with it, way above my expectations. It just does everything I want it to, is completely intuitive and has settings for everything. Plus it has a great battery life and I find the camera more than good enough for my needs. 

  3. Hello there, thanks for this for awesome article it was very nice and unbiased as your selections where top notch my favourite was the iPhone 11pro max just because it has the 4K camera and I support the note 10 as the no 1 because it’s durable and also it looks fragile but it relatively very strong thanks alot it would he us in choosing our smartphones.

  4. The most interesting part of these smart phones is that they relatively offer a package and experience for their expensive prices, it’s what I believe that quality comes with high price and it’s very thoughtful of you to share this interesting article about 8 top rated smartphones of 2019. I like Google pixel 4 but what am I to do, its expensive. 

  5. Wow this is great ,thanks for putting out this article as it would be of great help to the public I use to compare the Samsung and the iPhone but this year the Samsung really beat’s the iPhone because they Lauch numerous number of smartphone this year and they still managed to keep the quality rate.

  6. I have eyes for the Motorola Moto G7 Power. It is really an intriguing phone with nice features and the best battery life among these 8 best phones of 2019 you have listed here.

    Hey, I am wondering if you don’t think that Huawei have powerful phones. I think Huawei have the best smartphones ever. Have you seen Huawei P30 Pro? I think it should be in the list 🤔

    1. I agree with you. Huawei does have awesome mobile phones but let’s be honest… This was Samsung’s year to shine. They release so many phones this year it’s not even funny. I’m sure Huawei will come back stronger later on in the future. But for now, Samsung takes the bigger peace, oh, and don’t forget iPhone. 

  7. I know about most of the phones listed here, although I have not used them anyways but for sure I would love to get one of them. Samsung has amazing phones with powerful features. I specifically love the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus; if the camera was higher than that, it would have been better. I love phones high end cameras.

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