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List of the best smartphones in the world

What’s the best smartphone? This list focuses primarily on high-end flagship devices, but the best flagship smartphones don’t have to be the most expensive. Value plays a huge role in this list, and there’s a couple mid-range device here that are well worth considering for more budget-minded buyers. In fact, the top three phones in this list aren’t the top flagship models everyone expects from Apple or Samsung. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. It would be easiest to rank smartphones based purely on specs and the number of features each offers, but that would mean the most expensive smartphones would always rank in the top three – and they’re not the first phones I’d usually recommend. One of the biggest factors for me when ranking and recommending a phone is its value in relation to its specs and features. That typically leads me to recommend phones that may have fewer features or a less-sleek design than the ultra-premium models that command four-figure price tags. Indeed, just because a phone has everything and the kitchen sink doesn’t mean you have to buy it – it’s just an option for those who might have a larger budget. The same logic applies to pretty much anything you can buy: Do you pick the most expensive model of everything you buy? If you don’t, the top three will suit you well. If you always go with the top-of-the-line, then you probably already know the phone you want. Check out our list of the top 20 smartphones in 2019 that you can buy:

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20. LG V40

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  What we like:

  Great $400 starting price.
  
  Incredibly smooth and fast 5.7-inch 120Hz display with 1440p
  resolution. 
  
  Gigantic speakers.
  
  Unique design. 
  
  IP67 water resistance.
  
  Wireless charging.
  

  What you might not like:

  Giant speakers means giant bezels.
  
  Camera doesn't compete with other phones in this list. 
  
  Boxy design isn't for everyone. 
  

  Price: $400
What we like: Great performance. Triple-lens-camera system. Headphone jack with HiFi DAC. IP68 water resistance. 6.4-inch OLED screen with 1440p resolution. Rear fingerprint sensor. What you might not like: Priced too high for a 2018 smartphone. Bland design. Notch. Price: $950 Check out the LG V40 review »

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19. LG G8

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  What we like:

  Still one of the best-looking smartphones out there.
  
  Great value starting at $500.
  
  Narrow bezels and no notch.
  
  Great battery life. 
  
  Good camera. 
  
  IP68 water resistance.
  
  MicroSD card slot for expandable storage. 
  
  5.8 and 6.2-inch AMOLED screens at a sharp 1440p resolution. 
  
  Good performance. 
  
  Rear fingerprint sensor.
  

  What you might not like:

  Camera can overly process photos.
  
  Samsung phones have proven to be slow to receive new Android
  versions.
  

  Galaxy S9 Price: 
  $500

  Galaxy S9 Plus Price: 
  $600

  
    Check out the Galaxy S9 review »
What we like: One of the lightest smartphones on this list. IP68 water resistance. 6.1-inch OLED screen with 1440p resolution. Great performance. Good dual-lens-camera system (one regular, one ultrawide). Headphone jack with HiFi DAC. Rear fingerprint sensor. What you might not like: Dull design. Notch. Hand gesture features are gimmicky and don’t work well. Carriers sell the LG G8 for around $820, which doesn’t offer great value for this phone. LG phones have shown to be very slow to receive new versions of Android, if they get them at all. Price: Above $800 from most carriers. Read the LG G8 review »

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18. Moto G7

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  What we like:

  $450 starting price tag makes the iPhone 8 among the best
  value iPhones.
  
  Still-powerful A11 chip.
  
  iOS operating system is simple and intuitive.
  
  Great features and connectivity with Apple ecosystem (Mac
  computers, Apple Watch, AirPods).
  
  Some apps tend to be of higher quality in Apple App Store.
  
  4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina displays.
  
  Great camera. iPhone 8 Plus has dual-lens camera system (one
  regular, one zoomed).
  
  Touch ID fingerprint sensor. 
  
  Great battery life.
  
  IP67 water resistance.
  
  Wireless charging.
  

  What you might not like:

  Old iPhone 6-era design with large bezels. 
  
  Comes with slow 5W charger.
  
  No headphone jack. 
  

  iPhone 8 Price: $450

  iPhone 8 Plus Price: $550

  
    Check out
  the iPhone 8 review »
What we like: Among the best value smartphones in this list. Premium design and materials. Good performanceRuns a clean and simple version of Android. What you might not like: Secondary camera is purely for depth sensing. For $100 more, the Pixel 3a is a better phone. Price: $300
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17. Razer Phone 2
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  What we like:

  Still-powerful A12 chip.
  
  iOS operating system is simple and intuitive.
  
  Great features and connectivity with Apple ecosystem (Mac
  computers, Apple Watch, AirPods).
  
  Some apps tend to be of higher quality in Apple App Store.
  
  Face ID facial recognition.
  
  5.8 and 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED displays.
  
  Great dual-lens camera system (one regular, one zoomed).
  
  Great battery life.
  
  IP68 water resistance.
  
  Wireless charging.
  

  What you might not like:

  Still expensive. Most carriers are still selling the iPhone
  XS for only $100 off from its original price tag, which isn't
  much of a discount. The iPhone XS starts at $900, and if you're
  going to spend that kind of money, you might as well cough up the
  extra $100 for the iPhone 11 Pro.
  
  Face ID instead of fingerprint sensor.
  
  No headphone jack. 
  
  Notch. 
  
  Comes with slow 5W charger.
  
  Can't buy it directly from Apple (it's been discontinued).
  

  iPhone XS Price: $900 at most carriers

  iPhone XS Max Price: $1,000 at most carriers
What we like: Great $400 starting price. Incredibly smooth and fast 5.7-inch 120Hz display with 1440p resolution. Gigantic speakers. Unique design. IP67 water resistance. Wireless charging. What you might not like: Giant speakers means giant bezels. Camera doesn’t compete with other phones in this list. Boxy design isn’t for everyone. Price: $400

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16. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
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  What we like:

  Price starts at $500.
  
  The best cameras on smartphones.
  
  The pure Google and Android experience is better than
  customized versions of Android.
  
  Gets updates the moment Google releases them.
  
  IP68 water resistance. 
  
  Dual-lens selfie camera, one of which is an ultrawide lens. 
  
  Rear fingerprint sensor.
  

  What you might not like:

  Unimpressive battery life.
  
  Unimpressive design. Pixel 3 XL has a massive notch. 
  
  Single rear camera lens.
  

  Pixel 3 Price: $500

  Pixel 3 XL Price: $600

  
    Check
  out the Pixel 3 review »
  

  
    
  Check out the Pixel 3 XL review »
What we like: Still one of the best-looking smartphones out there. Great value starting at $500. Narrow bezels and no notch. Great battery life. Good camera. IP68 water resistance. MicroSD card slot for expandable storage. 5.8 and 6.2-inch AMOLED screens at a sharp 1440p resolution. Good performance. Rear fingerprint sensor. What you might not like: Camera can overly process photos. Samsung phones have proven to be slow to receive new Android versions. Galaxy S9 Price: $500 Galaxy S9 Plus Price: $600 Check out the Galaxy S9 review »
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15. Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
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What we like: $450 starting price tag makes the iPhone 8 among the best value iPhones. Still-powerful A11 chip. iOS operating system is simple and intuitive. Great features and connectivity with Apple ecosystem (Mac computers, Apple Watch, AirPods). Some apps tend to be of higher quality in Apple App Store. 4.7 and 5.5-inch Retina displays. Great camera. iPhone 8 Plus has dual-lens camera system (one regular, one zoomed). Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Great battery life. IP67 water resistance. Wireless charging. What you might not like: Old iPhone 6-era design with large bezels. Comes with slow 5W charger. No headphone jack. iPhone 8 Price: $450 iPhone 8 Plus Price: $550 Check out the iPhone 8 review »

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14. Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
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  What we like:

  The pure Android experience is better than customized
  versions of Android.
  
  Gets updates the moment Google releases them.
  
  IP68 water resistance. 
  
  Single ultra-wide selfie camera that also takes regular
  selfies.
  
  One of the best cameras on a smartphone.
  
  Super-smooth 90Hz OLED screen.
  
  Radar-based Motion Sense makes for fast unlocking with facial
  recognition, and some of the gesture controls are decent, too. 
  

  What you might not like:

  Unimpressive battery life.
  
  Unimpressive design. 
  
  No ultra-wide angle camera.
  
  Google's Pixel phones are no longer the undisputed champions
  of smartphone cameras.
  
  Astrophotography mode is a gimmick. 
  
  Overpriced for its feature set, battery life, and design.
  
  Low 64 GB base storage option.
  
  Simple fast charging that's nothing special compared to
  chargers you get with OnePlus and Samsung phones. 
  
  You're not getting the unlimited photo storage at "original"
  quality in Google Photos, like you did the the Pixel 3 that cost
  the same as the Pixel 4 at launch.
  

  Pixel 4 price: $800

  Pixel 4 XL price: $900

  
    
  Check out the Pixel 4 review »
What we like: Still-powerful A12 chip. iOS operating system is simple and intuitive. Great features and connectivity with Apple ecosystem (Mac computers, Apple Watch, AirPods). Some apps tend to be of higher quality in Apple App Store. Face ID facial recognition. 5.8 and 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED displays. Great dual-lens camera system (one regular, one zoomed). Great battery life. IP68 water resistance. Wireless charging. What you might not like: Still expensive. Most carriers are still selling the iPhone XS for only $100 off from its original price tag, which isn’t much of a discount. The iPhone XS starts at $900, and if you’re going to spend that kind of money, you might as well cough up the extra $100 for the iPhone 11 Pro. Face ID instead of fingerprint sensor. No headphone jack. Notch. Comes with slow 5W charger. Can’t buy it directly from Apple (it’s been discontinued). iPhone XS Price: $900 at most carriers iPhone XS Max Price: $1,000 at most carriers

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