Best Android phones (March 2019)

One of the great things about the Android market is the diversity of features, prices, and even software. There are a ton of Android phones out there, but what’s the best in 2019?

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Spec sheets and feature lists aren’t always enough to get an idea of how good a phone really is. In this roundup, we’re looking at the absolute best — the Android phones of 2019 you can’t go wrong with. We picked based on a combination of internal testing and subjective reviewing. Phones are judged by four main criteria: the best overall, best camera, best battery, and best value. Without further delay, here are the best Android phones!

Best Android phones update:March 2019

This month we added the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10e, and Honor View 20, as well as a number of new and upcoming Android phones to our list. We also removed the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

Before we dive in, here’s a quick overview of the best Android phones for each category:

  • The best Android phones overall: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • The best camera phones: Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Android phones with the best battery life: Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
  • The best value Android phones: OnePlus 6T, Honor View 20
  • Upcoming Android phones: LG G8 ThinQ, LG V50 ThinQ, Sony Xperia 1, Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Wondering why each of these Android phones came out on top in each of their respective categories? Read on to find out why we chose these Android phones for our list.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e

Samsung’s Galaxy S line reaches near perfection with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. There’s little this phone can’t do. Featuring the Snapdragon 855 (or the Exynos 9820, depending on market), up to a massive 12GB of RAM, and a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with the new Infinity-O punch hole, this is an attractive powerhouse. Its high-performance ethos continues on to the rest of the components including storage, which goes as high as 1TB, and a 4,100mAh battery that’s more than capable of making it through the day.

The only weak link is the camera. The new camera package isn’t bad, but it doesn’t hold a candle to devices like the Pixel 3 or even Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 9. Still, if you can look past that, the rest of the phone is amazing and there are few other phones out that that come close to offering this much under the hood.

If you don’t need a giant phone and still want a similar Galaxy S10 experience, you should absolutely check out the Samsung Galaxy S10e. It’s smaller, cheaper, and has a better fingerprint sensor!

What makes it “the best”

  • The S10 Plus is one of the best Android phones overall thanks to a great mix of features, performance, and beautiful design.
  • It’s also one of the best phones for battery life with its massive 4,100mAh battery that’s able to keep on going. 

Why you should buy

  • It has high-end hardware, a long-lasting battery, and a rich feature set.
  • It has the best display you can get on any smartphone.

Why you should pass

  • It’s expensive.
  • The camera isn’t quite as impressive as some of the other options on this list.

Learn more

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review | Samsung Galaxy S10e review
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs
  • Where to buy the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10e
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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

While they may not rival the Galaxy S10 in terms of specs, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL improve on the very aspect that made the Pixel 2 so great — the camera. They still sport the same single rear cameras as the Pixel 2, but there are a ton of camera software improvements here. Top Shot mode will take multiple pictures of your subject and recommend the best one. Night Sight also brings next-level low-light photography thanks to computational photography. Finally, there’s a mode called Motion Auto Focus that lets the Pixel 3 focus on a subject in a video, no matter how much they move around.

They both have 18:9 screens (well, 18.5:9 for the XL), yet they still look very different from one another. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD+ screen that makes it look like a smaller Pixel 2 XL, while the Pixel 3 XL has a big ol’ notch at the top of its screen. Both phones also come with Qi wireless charging support, no headphone jack (womp womp), and still manage to squeeze in front-facing speakers.

The Pixel 3 could be considered the Android iPhone. But is there anything wrong with that?

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best Android phones overall thanks to snappy and responsive stock software, paired with the very best Android camera.
  • One of the best Android camera phones thanks to a combination of great camera software and a quality camera sensor. That’s even more impressive considering its one of the few single-camera setups left on the market. 

Why you should get it

  • It takes great photos in all lighting conditions.
  • Speedy software updates come straight from Google.

Any reasons to pass?

  • They’re both pricey.
  • Neither phone has a headphone jack.

Learn more

  • Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL review
  • Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL specs
  • Where to buy the Pixel 3
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best phones you can buy. It packs a big 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display that shows off video and image content to the highest degree. It’s got a fast processor inside (either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or the Samsung Exynos 9810). It has plenty of memory (6GB or 8GB of RAM) and tons of onboard storage (128GB or 512GB).

The Note 9’s dual rear camera takes excellent pictures. The embedded S Pen has added functionality this time, including remote control support. Even the Note 9’s battery gets an upgrade to 4,000mAh, which means you can work longer on a single charge. It may be expensive, but if you want one of the best all-around Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is hard to beat.

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best Android phones overall thanks to a big screen, solid hardware and performance, and the included S-Pen for even more features.
  • One of the best Android camera phones thanks to its excellent rear cameras that take great photos.

Why you should buy

  • It has high-end hardware, a big display, and a long-lasting battery (and won our Best of Android 2018 Award).
  • The S Pen adds plenty of benefits to an already enticing package.

Why you should pass

  • It’s expensive.

Learn more

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs
  • Where to buy the Note 9
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the best Android smartphones you can currently buy, period. You get a curved 6.39-inch OLED notched display, Huawei’s fastest current processor, the Kirin 980 SOC, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. You also get a 3D depth sensing 24MP front-facing camera, along with three rear cameras, a 4,200mAh battery with a fast 40W charging rate, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Oh, and this phone is pretty.

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best Android phones overall thanks to powerful hardware, solid cameras, and a fast charging battery.
  • One of the best Android phones for battery life thanks to its big 4,200mAh battery which should last over a full day for heavy users and over two days for lighter users.

Why you should get it

  • It has some powerful hardware and an AI-driven processor.
  • The fast-charging battery also lasts a long time on a single charge.

Any reasons to pass?

  • It’s expensive.
  • If you live in the U.S., you’ll have to import one.
  • Huawei’s software UI is not the best.

Read more

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Price and availability
  • Three months with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro
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Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but if you want excellent battery life in a phone that also does a lot of things pretty well, check this handset out. Its onboard Kirin 970 processor uses AI and machine learning features to help extend the life of this phone’s 4,000mAh battery. In our own battery testing, we got about two days of use with the Huawei P20 Pro on average, so you’ll spend less time at the power socket.

This phone also has features like three excellent rear cameras, including a big 40MP sensor. You also get a 24MP front-facing camera, a large 6.1-inch FullView OLED display, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of onboard storage.

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best Android phones for battery life thanks to its big 4,000mAh battery which, combined with machine learning, extends the battery life to around two days on one charge.

Why you should get it

  • The 4,000mAh battery lasts extremely long.

Any reasons to pass?

  • It can take some work to get good pictures out of the cameras.
  • Huawei’s software leaves much to be desired.

Learn more

  • Huawei P20 Pro review
  • Huawei Pro Pro specs
  • Where to buy the Huawei P20 Pro
Buy from Amazon

OnePlus 6T

What if you could get nearly every feature you’d expect from a high-end flagship phone, but without having to shell out $1,000? You can, thanks to the OnePlus 6T. You get a fast processor — the Snapdragon 845 — plenty of RAM, lots of storage, and a large 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with a small waterdrop notch.

You even get something not all smartphones have: an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The 3,700mAh battery lasts over a day, and it’s backed up by the company’s fast charging technology, which will fully charge it up in less than 90 minutes. All that and it starts at just $549.

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best value Android phones thanks to a reasonably low price tag while still featuring specs and a premium body that normally are found on high-end flagship phones that cost around $1,000.

Why you should get it

  • High-end hardware at a much lower price than the competition.

Any reasons to pass?

  • Cameras are not the best.
  • No headphone jack, which is a step backwards from the OnePlus 6.

Learn more

  • OnePlus 6T review
  • OnePlus 6T specs
  • Where to buy the OnePlus 6T
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Honor View 20

The Honor View 20 has a lot of the same hardware specs as the more expensive Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The Honor View 20 has a Kirin 980 processor inside, and you can get it with 6 or 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage. This phone’s 4,000mAh battery will last you around two full days on a single charge. You also get a 40MP main rear camera combined with a 3D ToF sensor and a front-facing 25MP camera with a punch-hole design. The Honor View 20 is also much cheaper than the Mate 20 Pro, though still a bit steep.

What makes it “the best”

  • One of the best value Android phones thanks to hardware that is on a par with the Mate 20 Pro for far less money.

Why you should get it

  • Some of the same hardware as the Mate 20 Pro for a lower price.
  • Punch-hole front-facing camera is arguably nicer looking than a notch.

Any reasons to pass?

  • Still might be too pricey for many people.
  • Hard to find support in the U.S.

Read more

  • Honor View 20 review
  • Honor View 20 specs
  • Honor View 20 vs Honor View 10
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Upcoming Android phones

That’s the best so far, but there are certainly several other handsets on the way that might be worth checking out. Here’s our list of upcoming handsets to keep an eye out for.

LG G8 ThinQ

The LG G8 ThinQ is the company’s smaller flagship for 2019, but it will have some cool security features when it comes out later in 2019. LG included 3D facial recognition, and what the company calls Hand ID for using your hand’s vein patterns to unlock the phone. It even uses hand gestures over the screen to access calls, shortcuts, and more.

LG V50 ThinQ 5G

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G will be the company’s first 5G phone when it launches later this year. It’s also likely to be one of the first standalone 5G phones to come to market, if not the very first — if you are lucky enough to live in an area where the cell networks will support it.

Sony Xperia 1

Sony wants to get people re-interested in its Xperia phones with this latest release, due out later in 2019. The Xperia 1 has a 6.5-inch screen with a tall 21:9 aspect ratio. It’ll also be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Even if you don’t live in a 5G network area, you might want to get the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G when it launches later this year. It will have a truly huge 6.7-inch display, tons of RAM, and an even bigger battery than the S10 Plus. Just be prepared for a very large price tag.

That’s it for our list of the best Android phones you can buy, but it’s only a fraction of what’s out there. If you’re a gamer you might want to consider a gaming phone. Budget shoppers will want to check out our guide to the best cheap Android phones.

Want to know what your carrier is offering? Check out our guides to the best Verizon phones, best AT&T phones, best Sprint, and best T-Mobile Android phones.

Now it’s time for you to speak up! Cast your vote below for what you think is the best Android phone, and speak up in the comments with your thoughts.

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Note: We will be holding another giveaway in this article next month! Be sure to check back here on April 1, 2019 for a chance to win one of the best Android phones on the market.

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That’s all, folks. What are your thoughts? Be sure to leave a comment below if you feel strongly about any one of these phones?

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