The supersize iPhone XS Max crams a 6.5-inch screen and all of the same great features of the iPhone XS into a Plus-size body -- but it's not as huge a leap up as you might think.
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.
The excellent Galaxy S10 shares the Galaxy S10 Plus' and Galaxy S10E's best traits, albeit with less distinction.
The Pixel 4 has one of the best cameras around, but it's expensive given its limited amount of storage. If you want more storage and a comparable camera, consider the OnePlus 7T or Galaxy S10, or the Pixel 3, which is only $500 right now.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a 120Hz display and wireless charging (finally!). But is its higher price worth it over the OnePlus 8?
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.
It's more affordable than other premium phones, and it's the best-looking LG phone in a while. But the Velvet needs to step it up even more.
At a new low price, the Essential Phone offers serious bang-for-the-buck -- but only patient power users should bite.
As a budget phone, the Moto Z4 doesn't beat the similarly priced Pixel 3A XL or OnePlus 6T. So unless you're a 5G early adopter (which requires a $349 Mod), or you're already invested in Motorola's Moto Mod ecosystem, skip the Moto Z4.
iPhone X remains a winning evolution of the iPhone, and is worth a look -- if you can still find it on sale.
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.
The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the year's best phones, but wait until Samsung announces its Galaxy Note 10 successor to make a decision.
Samsung does almost everything right with the Galaxy Z Flip, especially its unique freestanding screen.
The Moto G6 is a sublime value, despite its minimal drawbacks.
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 iPhone 6S isn't the great deal it once was. For $100 more, respectively, the iPhone 7 delivers way more bang for the buck.
The OnePlus 7 Pro's camera, performance and price make it the go-to premium Android phone of 2019.