There are 3 categories of best smartphone that we will be highlighting in this year list. They are namely:
- Best overall smartphone – Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Best Value-for-money smartphone – Xiaomi Pocophone F1
- Best smartphone camera – Google Pixel 3
Best overall smartphone
Not only did this goal lead to the notched display, but it also sped up the adoption of features such as the in-display fingerprint sensor.
But innovative as the new approaches may be, they often lacked polish. However this is not the case with Samsung Galaxy Note 9, with its tried-and-tested design and features.
It has everything you would need in a smartphone and more, such as its built-in stylus, which has some new tricks and is more useful.
It even has a headphone jack, which most phones have dropped it. Our only grouse – Samsung is still behind others in updating the Note 9 Android software to the latest version. But nevertheless, overall it is still the best smartphone of the year.
Best Value-for-money smartphone
The best value-for-money phone is Xiaomi Pocophone F1 which is a third-the-price of the latest flagship phones.
Thanks to its powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the F1 performs as well as any Android flagship smartphone. It may not have extras such as wireless-charging or waterproofing, but it has a good display, a decent dual-camera system and a large battery that is good for almost two days of use.
Best smartphone camera
In the end, Google Pixel 3 stands out based on its still-image quality straight from the vamera. This is especially so for night photography. The Pixel 3‘s Night Sight feature is amazing in rendering dark landscapes into beautiful nightscapes that are sharp and devoid of image noise. It is something other smartphones are unable to achieve.