Apple may have skipped flashy extras on this year's phones, but the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model the company's ever made.
The Galaxy S10E is a terrific value for a compact, powerhouse phone, although it can't beat the OnePlus 6T's $550 price.
The Find X2 Pro is one of the best Android phones in 2020, but it's still not quite up there with the very best phones. If you're willing to shell out more than $1,300 for a powerful Android phone that isn't made by Samsung, then the Find X2 is an excellent option. But at that sky-high price, you may prefer a well-established brand like Samsung.
The Moto G7 is the best budget phone we've tried hands down.
Though not water repellant like the Moto G7, the Galaxy A50 is worth the extra $50 for its superior camera and enduring battery.
If you don't buy the LG V60's Dual Screen case, the phone is a cheaper (but more boring) alternative to the Galaxy S20.
Excellent camera features aren't quite strong enough to overcome an awkward design, questionable battery performance and a sky-high price. Cheaper Galaxy S20 models will have broader appeal.
Samsung closed the camera gap with rivals and created a top-of-the-line phone for people who want the best Android has to offer.
The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for the price, delivering most of the advantages of the iPhone XS for hundreds less.
The OnePlus 7 Pro's camera, performance and price make it the go-to premium Android phone of 2019.
While we'd still recommend the iPhone XR first, the XS has some extras worth noting.
The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.
Premium, pocketable and packed with all the features you need to level up your photography and power you through the day.
The LG G8 ThinQ is an objectively great phone, but with a high price tag and no standout features, it's not great enough to beat the Galaxy S10E.
There's no denying the Pixel 4 XL has one of the best cameras around, but its shortcomings don't justify its high price. Instead, consider the Note 10 or the OnePlus 7T. The Pixel 3 XL is another great candidate and is discounted at $600 now.
The Galaxy S10 Plus is an outstanding phone for 2019, although serious photographers will find its nighttime camera shots lacking. Competition, including from the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, is mounting.
Despite missing a few minor features, the Note 10's size, price and specs add up to the best all-around Samsung phone you can get right now.
The Galaxy S9 can still hold its own among 2019's smartphones, but wait for it to go on sale after the Galaxy S10 launch.