Man is more divided than ever. The world literally burns. And people will not stop asking stupid questions to Billie Eilish. But despite all the crap that thrown at us in 2019, there has been at least one sunbeam: phones.
Okay, yes, maybe that's not the biggest consolation, but you have to find something positive in it world, right?
However, over the past 12 months, TNW's crack team, consisting of reporters, writers, reviewers and editors, has been given a handful of the latest cell phones. The following list contains six of our favorite cellphones of the year, which basically means they are the best cell phones of the year 201
The iPhone 11 Pro Max is not a revolutionary device. It does not do much more than the Xs. But what it does is everything. Better.
With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple has created an incredibly polished and powerful phone that's a real pleasure. That's why I think it's the best phone of the year 2019.
Apple got it straight to some of the concerns that people had with their previous cell phones. With the addition of an extra lens and optimized image processing, the camera setup of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is now comparable to the one on the market. The battery life is also breathtaking: The phone regularly lasts two working days.
The best description for the iPhone 11 Pro Max is, no matter which phone I am testing and testing. I am always looking forward to returning to Apple's handset. It's really that good. (Callum)
Are you interested in having your own iPhone 11 Pro Max? Well, go in that direction.
I should hate the Pixel 4.
It's unreasonably expensive (it has become more expensive than the iPhone), it does not have a fingerprint scanner (just a personal preference to be fair), and its camera app – one of the best selling – has no dedicated Pro mode.
Nevertheless, I love it.
It's compact, but not too small. It has a beautiful design (I give him bonus points for turning against the trend). Above all, the use is a pleasure.
Yes, there are better-quality devices, but I have always insisted that perceived performance is most important – and Google did it in this department. The Pixel 4 feels smooth like no other phone I've ever had.
I love this seamless experience so much that I'm even ready to go beyond the lack of a dedicated Pro mode in the Camera app (even if it's a big deal to me) and call the Google Pixel 4 the best Mobile of the Year 2019. (Mix)
If you like the sound of the Google Pixel 4 series, you can buy one here.
I've been using OnePlus phones for about five years. In general I like the design language and the clean, distraction-free Android software. The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the most sophisticated examples of the company's approach to making phones. It has a beautiful display that lights up on the sides, a refined matt surface on the back and a sturdy hardware package that delivers great performance all along the line.
While the 7 Pro has not caused much of a stir with its cameras, its choice of lenses, reliable software, and commendable image processing technology make it one of the best shooters on the smartphone market today. Although I have recently become familiar with my new mirrorless camera, I still use the 7 Pro for fast shots, and the results are almost always pleasing.
It's a little too big and too heavy for my taste, and I think the design is not as remarkable as on many of my other favorite phones from the last decade (remember the HTC One X? Oof), but the 7 Pro is really a blessing, it's one of the best cell phones of 2019 and I'll miss it when I move on to the next one. (Abhi)
You can pick up the OnePlus 7 Pro here, friends.
After Apple released its new phones in September, I used the iPhone 11 religiously – and things are great.
One device I miss, however, is one of the best phones of the year 2019: the Huawei P30 Pro. I took this device with me on my European trip next to the iPhone Xs, mainly because it has a better choice of lenses than the Pixel 3XL.
And boy! I was not disappointed.
The phone was great to capture memories of different places I visited. While my colleague Mix did not particularly like the phone for street photography, I mainly took snapshots of natural landscapes, buildings, and food. For the Arsenal of the phone to 40 megapixel main camera, wide-angle camera, telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and flight time sensor more than sufficient.
The phone also has one of the cleanest, most unobtrusive software setups I've ever seen on a Huawei device. It also has a fantastic battery life – with a capacity of 4,000 mAh – and 40 W fast charge. What else can you ask for?
The only bad thing is that after the ongoing spellsaga, I will not be able to suggest Huawei devices to anyone in the world. (Ivan)
Here you can buy a Huawei P30 Pro.
Samsung's Galaxy Fold was perhaps the most hyped cell phone of the year, but the new Razr engine is perhaps the one that spreads Falthandys. It uses a midrange processor, it only has a camera and a small battery, but you has this screen .
Motorola seems to have addressed one of the biggest concerns of folding phones – a crease in the fold – thanks to a clever hinge. Unlike other mobile phones that try to give you an even bigger screen, Motorola offers you a big screen in a compact frame. The clamshell design means it's a phone that kind of encourages you to use your phone less. In the age of information saturation, most of us can take advantage of this.
It may not even be available, but the Motorola Razr may be the best phone of the year 2019. Well, I hope so. (Napier)
Oppo is not the biggest name in the West, but has pumped out impressive phones with interesting features. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is best known for its Pizza Slice Selfie camera. Basically, when activating the front camera, a wedge jumps out of the top of the phone.
This has two main advantages. The first is a nice, uninterrupted screen. The second is that people love it when you show them the camera that pops up from the depths of the device.
In general, I'm pretty happy to be back on iOS after using Android phones, but the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom is one of the few I've missed after trying something different. The battery life was great, the camera wonderful and the user experience outstanding.
Given the speed with which smartphones move, Oppo's next few years will certainly be interesting. (Callum)
Buy an Oppo Reno 10x Zoom here.
There you have it! TNW's six favorite cellphones from 2019. Are there any that you would like to have on the list? Well, let us know on Twitter and we'll tell you exactly why you're wrong.
We look forward to even more sick phones in the next year!
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Published on December 4, 2019 – 12:17 UTC