PhoneArena 2019 Awards: Best phones of the year

PhoneArena 2019 Awards: Best phones of the year
2019 is nearly over, and throughout the year, we've added more than 200 phones and tablets to our extensive database. Can you imagine? However, only few of all 2019 phones deserve accolades. The PhoneArena team assembled, sat at the round table, and after a brief discussion we determined which phones deserve some recognition at the end of the year. Without further ado, here's which phones got the 2019 awards.

Best Phone - Apple iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max

By fune-tuning and perfecting the iPhone recipe, Apple came with a pair of truly excelling phones. With excellent battery life, matured design, and what's possibly the most versatile camera in 2019, the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are two safe bets when it comes to getting a new phone in late 2019. These two are built to last, and while they might seem way too conservative when you compare them to the foldable and pop-out camera phones we saw throughout the year, they are a familiar product that doesn't need fundamental change or innovation in order to be reliable and succeed.

Runner-up #1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

With its refined design, the more functional S Pen, the incredible display, the plentiful ultra-fast storage, and high-quality loudspeakers, the Galaxy Note 10+ is definitely up there with the great phones released in 2019. While it's excelling in many areas, it doesn't quite push the boundaries in certain aspects. While this somehow works for the iPhone, which can do just fine without any bleeding edge, first-gen generation innovation on deck, the Note 10+ has to compete with a large swath of Androids that match its features and even outdo Samsung's latest high-end flagship. Still, the Galaxy Note 10+ is an excellent all-around device that deserves recognition. 

Runner-up #2 - OnePlus 7 Pro 

OnePlus really blew up in 2019 with its OnePlus 7 Pro, which has a large and beautiful screen with an ultra-smooth 90Hz refresh rate, improved cameras, very good battery life, and a very competitive price that's still much lower than iPhones and Galaxies. There are just a few downsides to this flagship, but they can easily be overlooked by the great experience that OnePlus delivers here. 



1. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I absolutely LOVE my OnePlus 7 Pro. Had the Note 10 for a short period of time, and nothing felt fresh about it over previous phones. The OnePlus 7 Pro refresh rate at 90Hz is incredibly nice to look at every time I unlock my phone, and the fingerprint scanner is super fast compared to the Note 10 phones.

3. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

If I was coming back to Android, the OnePlus 7 Pro would be my top pick, especially because of its price.

17. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I only have two complaints with the OnePlus 7 Pro. 1) camera is underwhelming. Not bad, but underwhelming. 2) I wish it had wireless charging. It's very convenient to drop my phone on the charger for a few and have the ability to pick it up and go after a little sip of battery, but again it's a VERY small gripe with an overall fantastic phone.

12. Conanza13

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 10, 2019

Do you have any problems with the curved display? I'm now looking forward to OP8 but actually, I don't like the edge to edge type that much.

13. michaelny2001

Posts: 355; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i have it for a few months now. Honestly, i love the curved screen, only because it looks pretty and different than flat counterparts. and it always presses on the edge, i don't have an issue with it. my buddy has the note10+, sooo much slower.

15. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

The curved screen doesn't bother me. I heard about accidental touches being a problem, but I have a case on mine and haven't had a single accidental touch. PS...the OnePlus carbon fiber thin case is probably the best case I've ever used. Seriously. Also, the curved screen doesn't have much color distortion either, so overall really great screen.

20. Papa_Ji

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

iPhone 11s are robbery at its price... Non of these old devices deserve price more than 500$.

41. corvette72778

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Note 10+ has the most technology. Night and day difference.

2. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

Good list. I'll also say the iPhone 11 Pro is the best phone if you don't want a huge XL/Plus-sized phone but also don't won't to lose any high-end features including battery life.

6. tbreezy

Posts: 231; Member since: Aug 11, 2019


4. AlienKiss

Posts: 316; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'll take the Note 10+. Keep the rest.

5. Gryffin

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

As expected from PhoneArena.

7. Xavier1415

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

we all knew this was going to happen lol

8. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

I agree .. 1- iPhone 11 Pro / Pro Max 2- Galaxy note 10+ 3- One Plus 7 pro 4- Galaxy S10/ S10+ 5- Mate 30 Pro 6- One Plus 7T 7- Pixel 4/ 4XL 8- Mi 9 Pro 9- ... 10- ...

11. saif2711

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

The one plus 7t pro is the best all rounder phone for me..note 10+ would be a close 2nd.

18. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I bet they wanted to put Iphone 11 as #2, but knew people were going to complain.

19. Vancetastic

Posts: 1880; Member since: May 17, 2017

Someone would complain no matter what.

21. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It is weird when you see Xr rated higher than note 9 and mate 20 pro. So I dont get surprised by what could happen here.

23. Vancetastic

Posts: 1880; Member since: May 17, 2017

We have an XR...I don't rate that thing very highly. It's ok until you want to use it as a, you know, phone. It drops calls a LOT.

24. Malikai625

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

As an Android user, I can't deny how impressive Apple's flagships have been this year. They improved on so many key areas that it's hard to fault them. I agree with this list. Although I am a little sad that the Pixel 4 XL didn't even make the list, I also understand why it didn't. Congrats to the Best Phones of 2019!

48. inFla

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

The Pixel is in a different list, "Worst Phone of 2019".

25. Poptart2828

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

What phone won last year's award?

26. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

As expected, the iPhone is the best phone this year and next year and the next one and the next one...

27. chenski

Posts: 789; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Mate30pro with Google installed is the best =p

28. User123456789

Posts: 1348; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Iphone 11 pro duo are the first iphones that deserve more than 8,25 here. Despite the lack of jack, the yellow faces on photos, poor nfc capabilities, slower modem, lack of 4K HDR , no QHD screen

30. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

If some of you guys could set aside your loyalty/preference between iOS/Android, you could see why the iPhone 11 Pro is the best phone of the year. But a lot of you can't. All you hear in your head is "iOS is better than Android" when that's not the point being made here. The iPhone 11 Pro just checks off a lot of what makes a phone great: battery life, performance, camera, video, design (subjective because of the notch, but it's not an awful design by any means), and size. The last one is important because there is no Android phone that offers the same phone in a smaller size without sacrificing features. The Pixel 4 is the closest but it has an inferior display to its XL counterpart. So if you don't care about whether you use Android or iOS, the 11 Pro is the winner. If you do, then obviously it's not.

31. wickedwilly

Posts: 774; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It is not about loyalty, it is about looking at the phones, what they offer and how much they cost. Many phones other than iPhones offer great and often better battery packages (life is only part of it), performance (overall not just benchmarks), cameras, video and design (the notch is bad on iphones, but the iPhones are also relatively heavy, have inferior screen to body ratios and camera hump that make on desk use annoying) and more variety in not just size, but specs and price as well. Add in the fact the extra functionality and flexibility, plus significantly more storage for the price, that many non-iPhones have, I cannot see the 11Pro as the winner, nor a top-three contender.

40. AlienKiss

Posts: 316; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'm not going to argue with you like other android users and tell you that it's not true. The iPhone is a great device for regular people. But the moment you want to take it up a notch and try to do some serious things with it, you instantly realize you're holding a 'general' phone in your hands. There's no command terminal, you can't run scripts, you can't test programming, not to mention that having administrator access is totally out of the question. Add on top of that the fact that it is incredibly restricted as an os and basically the only thing that you can change is just the static wallpaper. So yeah, it may be powerful, but kinda useless. With Android, the story is exactly the opposite: you can do a lot of things by default and if you dare to take it to the next level, you root the phone. You can change the whole Android, edit the system apps, change the boot animation, add apps as system apps, run scripts in su mode, change the device name, model, ip, mac address, you can even install a Linux distribution or install Android on the SD card and run it from there. You can even perform DoS and other similar things if you're smart enough. a The possibilities are almost endless on Android (+ root) . On the iPhone you can just scroll endlessly on Instagram and show off because everything else is restricted. If iOS would be open-source, I'd give it a try, but since it's not.. I'm not interested. I'm too smart for iOS.

32. MsPooks

Posts: 308; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Funny to see the iphone rewarded for FINALLY catching up to the best Android has been offering. I guess when you're coming from mediocrity, the improvement seems bigger than it really is.

33. whatev

Posts: 2444; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You’re too beautiful to be this bitter and frustrated, don’t let a device control your life and make u an obsessed person like some of the trolls here (cmdacos, Sgodsell, tedturd, etc.)

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