If you’re all about your Chromecast device and Google Home and want a phone that’s built to work within the Google ecosystem, you’re going to want to buy a phone on the Android platform. Historically, they’ve brought more freedom at a much lower price point than Apple devices. Instead of having apps that have to be approved by Apple, you can load anything from the curated Google Play store and sideload apps from outside the store. You’re not limited in any way and can make your own choices about your phone’s functionality.
In 2019, the mobile landscape is set to change more than ever before. Many countries rely primary on Android phones to communicate, and within the United States, Apple’s stranglehold monopoly is starting to wane. If you’re interested in exploring the world of Android phones, we’ve collected details on some of the best options available in the United States today. These are all excellent devices that feature some of the best specs available.
1. Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10+
Samsung’s newest phone, the Galaxy S10, was released in February 2019, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of their S-series. It features a 6.1-inch Infinity Display that spills over the curved side edges — there are no big bezels here! The front camera is displaced to a punch-hole, while the rest of the screen features — like the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor — can be found behind the screen itself. This means that there’s no visible fingerprint pad on the back anymore. Now, the only thing that’s on the back of the phone is the triple-lens camera, which is capable of taking regular, telephoto, and ultra-wide photos. This triple-lens camera is fantastic in low light and allows you to take incredible photos without having to move around to get a good shot. It even offers the ability to do live bokeh video, so you can blur the background of shots on demand.
All of these features will definitely win you over if you’re already a Samsung fan. This phone is full of updated technical specs, which definitely makes it worth the upgrade from the S8 or S9. They also offer a brand-new feature called Wireless PowerShare, which allows you to use the back of this phone to Qi charge another phone or device. They’ve really listened to users and have made big changes in line with their feedback. The one exception is the hard-wired Bixby button, which still exists. Unlocked, this phone retails at $899.99.
If you like the Galaxy S10 but want something that’s a little bit bigger with a slightly better design, check out the Galaxy S10+. With 6.4-inches of Super AMOLED display, it’s a full 0.3 inches bigger than the S10. This has led some people to refer to it as a “phablet”, especially since it has such great graphics for watching movies and playing video games. It has two front-facing cameras instead of just one but features the same Wireless PowerShare as the S10. The S10+ comes out March 8 and will retail for $999.
2. Samsung Galaxy Fold
Even though flip phones have been relegated to the ash heap of history, Samsung has officially figured out that their size was a selling point. Debuting in April 2019, the brand-new Samsung Galaxy Fold is the brand’s first foldable smartphone. It will be available in four colors and will give customers the ability to customize the color of the hinge. Essentially, it’s a 7.3-inch QXGA+ (QHD+) Dynamic AMOLED display that folds right in the middle to reveal another 4.6-inch display on the front, which is visible when it’s in phone mode. The 7.3-inch center screen is considered “tablet mode.”
There’s a fingerprint scanner along the side, and each half of the phone has its own battery, which combines to make one large power source. It has 12GB of RAM, and its high-end processor is one of the fastest and most powerful on the market today. This speed will come in handy, as the large screen has the ability to display up to three apps at once. It has six cameras- three on the back, two within the fold, and a single selfie camera on the front. It features 512GB of storage.
The Fold also features Wireless PowerShare technology so you can Qi charge your Galaxy Buds or other devices on the go. Customers will pay a premium for all this new technology as the phone set to retail for an unbelievable $1,980. For that price, Samsung is planning on throwing in a set of Galaxy Buds for free, which may help to offset the unbelievable sticker shock of paying over $2,000 for your new phone.
3. Google Pixel 3
If your smartphone camera is integral to your business or personal life, the Google Pixel 3 is the best option on the market for you. It’s not the largest phone on the market, and even the camera specs — a single 12.2MP rear camera with one lens and f/1.8 aperture — don’t appear to stand out much from the pack. However, it has consistently gotten the best reviews for smartphone cameras because of how much work Google has put into its machine-learning camera software. It’s been singled out by experts and amateurs alike as one of the best and most affordable Android phones on the market today.
In addition to taking fantastic photos, it’s one of the fastest phones available, even though it only has 4GB of RAM compared to the industry-standard 6GB. The screen is 5.5-inches, which makes it much more comfortable to use one-handed than some of the other six-plus inch models out today. It has more screen than the Pixel 2 while keeping the front-facing stereo speakers that users loved.
The only aspect of this phone that doesn’t charm everyone is the battery life. Especially if you’re a heavy user, it’s likely you’ll be disappointed by this phone’s capacity. It retails for $599 on the Google Store.
4. OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T is the most impressive phone from Chinese smartphone company OnePlus, which launched in 2013. Like Samsung’s Galaxy series, the 6T has an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a powerful camera that gives other, pricier smartphones a run for their money. In the near future, the company is likely to launch the OnePlus 7, and they’ve recently released the OnePlus McLaren Edition, a speedier phone with a carbon fiber back cover and the ability to attain a 50 percent charge in only 20 minutes with the phone’s WarpCharge capabilities.
The 6T is a real upgrade from their last flagship phone, the OnePlus 6. It has all of the same features — the premium glass design, the amazing all-day battery life, and the OnePlus slider mute — but the 6T is faster and slicker. It’s 6.41-inches and uses an AMOLED display with 402 pixels per inch. When you use the in-screen fingerprint scanner and Face Unlock, you can access your home screen almost instantaneously.
The 6T is the first OnePlus phone to completely get rid of the headphone jack, which has helped them improve the phone’s battery life. The only major downside of the 6T is that OnePlus still has yet to embrace wireless charging. Even though it charges quickly, the phone still requires a wired charger. It retails for between $540 and $679 in the United States.