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The best phones to give in 2019

Hand-picked by CNET editors, these are the best phones to give this holiday season.

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season's best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

You've never had more high-quality phone options than you do right now. With the end of 2019 drawing near and phone companies having finished launching their flagship phones, it's now the best time to consider all options when it comes to buying a new phone. So if you're looking to buy this year, there are a ton of viable choices in different categories at different prices. No matter your budget this holiday season, your biggest challenge will be in choosing which phone is right for the person you have in mind. And that's where we come in. Read on to see what the best phones are right now and check out our tips on how to buy a new phone.

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Starting at $700, the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model Apple has ever made. Its cameras get an excellent new Night Mode and an ultrawide-angle camera adds extra detail in photos. Video is fantastic, too. It also houses the latest and fastest Apple processors, making it among the fastest iPhones ever. Read our Apple iPhone 11 review.

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The refined, feature-packed Note 10 Plus closes the gap with rival phones. This top-of-the-line phone was made for people who want the best Android. It has a killer 6.8-inch screen, all-day battery life and excellent camera tools. Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review.

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A year after its release, the iPhone XR is still a fantastic choice. It's fast, has a bright and colorful screen and at $600 is one of the best phone values out there.  Read our Apple iPhone XR review.

The iPhone 8 (and 8 Plus) is the only iPhone with a home button that Apple still sells new. If you're not a fan of swiping up to get to your home screen, but still want a powerful iPhone, this is the best and most affordable one at $449. Read our Apple iPhone 8 review.

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Phones nowadays are constantly one-upping each other with pop-up selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors and multiple rear cameras. The OnePlus 7 Pro has all the features du jour to keep us enticed. But it's the phone's $669 (6GB of RAM/128GB) starting price that's the deal maker. (There's also an 8GB of RAM/256GB variant that costs $699 and will be the one available from T-Mobile.) Read our OnePlus 7 Pro review.

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As the most wallet-friendly Galaxy S10 phone, the Galaxy S10E has a lot to offer. It's a smaller phone, which is great for those looking for a small grip, it has a superfast Snapdragon 855 chipset and a lengthy battery life. It can also wirelessly charge other phones and accessories. Read our Samsung Galaxy S10E review.

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The new-for-2019 Pixel 3A shaves a few features off of last year's Pixel 3: It's not water-resistant, doesn't have wireless charging, and it maxes out at 64GB of storage. But it adds a headphone jack and keeps the same amazing Night Sight camera that can shoot great photos in the dark. (Daytime photos look amazing, too.) Read our Google Pixel 3A review.

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The Moto G7 is one of the most affordable and reliable phones. Though its single speaker doesn't offer the greatest sound and it takes mediocre low-light photos and video, the G7 has dual rear cameras, an enduring battery life and a sleek design. It also charges quickly, which is useful when you need to juice up while on the go. Read our Motorola Moto G7 review.

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