slim smartphone 2019

Today, we review the Slim Smartphone 2019 and ultra slim mobile phones list. Gone are the days when smartphones used to be thick. Nowadays, smartphone brands are coming up with think devices despite the increase in battery capacity. As a result, it has become quite easy to use these smartphones and carry them wherever we want. Here we list some slim smartphones available in the market.

slim smartphone 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10

Coming in as our first contender, we’re looking at Samsung’s galaxy s10. This is the latest and greatest flagship from the Korean tech giant, actually measuring in at just 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm.

The back of the phone is made out of glass, and then it has your typical aluminum frame. The display itself comes in at 6.1-inches, with a Super AMOLED panel that really brings out dark and vivid colors. It has a new, top of the line camera as well — there are three sensors in it: two 12-megapixel sensors, and then a 16-megapixel sensor.

This phone has some of the most RAM in it today, at a whole 8GB. You can get it in Samsung’s own Exynos processor or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, which provides you with quick charging features as well. Despite all of this top of the line technology inside, the galaxy s10 is slimmer than many phones today.

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iPhone XR

The iPhone XR might not be Android-based, but it’s one of the hottest selling phones on the market, as well as one of the slimmest. On top of that, flagship smartphones aren’t cheap, with many expensive phones launching today. That said, the iPhone XR is a mid-range normal-cost option for those that are looking for a cross between premium hardware at a reasonable price.

It still has a large display, and comes with an industry leading facial recognition technology — you can actually easily replace all of your passwords and verify payments with it! The iPhone XR still runs on Apple’s latest chipsets, so you’ll be able to handle demanding applications without a hitch. It has a slightly downgraded camera as well but still takes good shots.

On top of all of that, it’s all delivered in a slim package.

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LG G7 ThinQ

The LG G7 ThinQ smartphone is LG’s new flagship on the market. This phone comes with a massive 6.1-inch Quad HD+ Full Vision display. LG worked to give this phone a full-display with little bezel — an all-screen, experience if you will. It’s a tall phone because of its display size, but it still comes in very slim.

LG’s G7 ThinQ has a notch similar to the iPhone XS for facial recognition, but can be removed via some settings within the software itself. You get a pretty sweet dual 16-megapixel camera (two 16-megapixel sensors) that gives you the ability to take wide angle shots.

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Essential Phone

If you really want a slim phone, quickly, your best option is the Essential Phone. Designed to be a luxury phone from the get-go, the Essential Phone comes equipped with a 5.71-inch display. On top of that, you get the best screen-to-body ratio on any smartphone with nearly non-existent bezels.

Additionally, you get a great camera that is supposed to bring in 200% more light than other smartphones on the market. It’s also a stock Android experience, keeping bloatware and useless apps from slowing down your phone. If you want a slim, luxury, and powerful smartphone, this is your go-to guy.

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Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra ZU680KL

With their Zen line, Asus has already given us many beautiful laptops, smartwatches, and smartphones. The Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra is the newest member of the last category of devices, even though its display size might suggest otherwise. You see, at 6.8”, the gorgeous IPS LED capacity touchscreen with full HD resolution is almost as big as the Fire Tablet from Amazon, despite the much smaller overall size of the smartphone. It also doesn’t hurt that the ZenFone 3 Ultra is just 0.27 inches thick, making it relatively easy to fit it into a pocket.

A display of this size might seem absurd at first, but this feeling only lasts until you install your favorite video-streaming app, AAA games, or download a few comic books. Load the smartphone with your favorite content, and it willingly transforms into an entertainment powerhouse. We have found ourselves using it for watching TV shows, browsing the web, and doing a lot more reading than we would typically do on a smartphone. That’s because the ZenFone 3 Ultra makes it ridiculously easy to get into a habit of using it for short bursts of fun whenever you have 10 minutes to spare.

Its 4,600 mAh seems to last for ages, and the phone can even change other phones, giving you an ample opportunity to poke fun at your friends. We have found the performance of the Snapdragon 652 chipset to be satisfactory in every way. Thanks to 4 GB of memory, even demanding multi-tasking scenarios were always without a hitch. The same praise could be extended to the 23 MP sensor with optical image stabilization and laser autofocus. Taking pictures on such a large screen is a surreal experience, but also one that’s easy to fall in love with.

Overall, the Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra isn’t for everyone—not immediately, at least. It takes a few hours to appreciate the benefits of using what’s mostly a sleek, thin tablet as a smartphone. But as soon as you discover them, you’ll be looking for them in every smartphone you get your hands on from thereon.

What User’s Like

  • Ultra-thin
  • Large, gorgeous screen
  • Multimedia powerhouse
  • Very long battery life
  • Fantastic camera

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Motorola Moto Z

At 0.20 inches, the Motorola Moto Z is the thinnest phone on this list, and there’s a good reason why Motorola went the extra mile in their effort to make the smartphone as thin as possible. The backside features several integrated magnets as well as data transfer pins for Moto Mods, a range of modular accessories from Motorola that snap on the back of the Moto Z, extending its capabilities and even transforming it into something completely different.

Unlike with other attempts at smartphone modularity, Moto Mods are designed with simplicity and usability in mind. They always snap perfectly in place without any tweaking and are automatically recognized by your phone. These accessories, allow you to project an image up to 70 inches on any surface, turn the smartphone into a loudspeaker, extend the battery life of the Moto Z up to 20 hours, take sharp pictures with the help of 10x optical zoom and a Xenon flash, or just modify the style of your phone to your liking. With these accessories, the Moto Z loses some of its ridiculous thinness. Still, it outperforms just about any smartphone out there regarding its capabilities—a trade-off we’re willing to accept.

Below the innovative back, the cover is the Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4 GB of memory, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage space, 13 MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, and a front-mounted fingerprint reader. What you won’t find anywhere on the smartphone is a 3.5mm audio connector. The Moto Z embraces USB-C for everything that involves cables of one kind or another. The good news is that Motorola has kindly included a headphone adapter with the smartphone.

What User’s Like

  • Modularity
  • Thinness
  • Performance
  • Future-proof

Huawei P9

Smartphone manufacturers know how important it is to stand out and offer something different among the sea of seemingly identical smartphones. Huawei partnered with Leica, a German premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products, to put—not just one—but two high-resolution cameras on the back of the Huawei P9. Their goal: to reinvent smartphone photography, according to the official website.

Unlike other dual-lens smartphones that use two identical cameras to capture 3D pictures and video footage, the P9 uses one RGB and one monochrome sensor to extract as much detail from the scene as possible. The Huawei P9’s merging algorithm intelligently combines the colors taken by the RGB sensor with the detail of the monochrome sensor. To take the look of your pictures even further, Huawei included several professional photographic effects and access a powerful array of unique functions, including a choice of film modes, wide aperture effect, monochrome mode, and professional mode.

That said, the Huawei P9 has plenty to offer even to those who prefer using a dedicated camera to take pictures or don’t care too much about mobile photography in the first place. This elegant and stylish smartphone is just 0.28 inches thick, rounded out by beautiful curvatures, and sculpted using aerospace-class unibody aluminum and a superior-grade 2.5D glass. P9’s full HD display has 96% color saturation, and we have found it bright enough for use even the sun was trying its hardest to melt the ice caps. Thanks to the HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset and Mali-T880 GPU, performance is never an issue, and the same goes for the battery life.

What User’s Like

  • Dual-lens setup
  • Manual photography modes
  • Beautifully built
  • Bright display
  • Ample processing power

Samsung Galaxy C7

For the most part, the smartphone market is divided into two segments. There are high-end devices with the premium build quality, innovative features, and state-of-the-art chipsets. Then there is budget to mid-range smartphones with adequate, but not mind-blowing performance, and often underwhelming build quality. The problem is that only a small percentage of customers use their smartphone in a way that allows them to take advantage of all that processing power in their hands. Usually, they want good looking, high-quality devices for basic tasks, such as phone calls, web browsing, and taking pictures.

As a high-end phone with a mid-range chipset, the Samsung Galaxy C7 fills this gap. You get the same signature build quality as you would with a flagship smartphone from Samsung. Still, you pay only for what you need, which is a thickness of just 0.27 inches, stunning Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506. You also get 4 GB of memory, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage space, 16 MP rear-facing camera, and 3300 mAh battery with support for fast battery charging.

The C7 comes in a metallic design with streamlined body curves and edges for a subtle yet stylish appearance. Thanks to the high screen-to-body ratio, the smartphone isn’t hard to hold with just one hand, despite having a 5.7-inch screen. Samsung offers the Galaxy C7 in gold, pink gold, and dark gray.

What User’s Like

  • Mid-range specs but high-end build
  • Super AMOLED screen
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent cameras
  • Satisfying performance

BLU Pure XR

BLU consistently demonstrates that premium features don’t have to cost a small fortune. Customers seem to enjoy this, and each new smartphone from BLU is met with unanimous praise. The same is true even for the Pure XR, BLU’s thinnest and most powerful device.

Combining the flagship performance of the MediaTek P10 with a thinness of just 0.28 inches and a 5.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with the full HD resolution must have been a difficult task to accomplish, especially while pitching this as a “budget” phone. And doing all of that while also using aerospace grade 7000 Series aluminum, a curved glass touch panel, and the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology makes one wonder how is BLU even making any profit on this device.

One thing is for sure: they haven’t tried to cut any corners when it comes to the software side of things. The Pure XR runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with BLU’s user interface on the top. The main feature of this UI is the support for the Advanced 3D Touch display, which makes it possible to select, preview, or open apps based on the sensitivity of your touch. The powerful chipset from MediaTek handled everything we threw at the smartphone with ease, and the 3,000 mAh battery with support for the included 9V/2A quick charger allowed for a full day of use.

What User’s Like

  • Affordable
  • Beastly performance
  • Stunning display
  • Advanced 3D Touch
  • Long battery life and fast charging
  • Elegant design

Phone Brands Compared

No phone brand is perfect, and each comes with a set of pros and cons. Samsung phones have great hardware, but sometimes have issues when it comes to Android and its own UI. Apple, by contrast, has fantastic integration between hardware and its own operating system, but its phones are notoriously expensive.

Let’s take an in-depth look at each phone brand:

Samsung Phones

The Korean brand manages to produce brilliant phones across a range of prices – something few other companies can achieve. Whether you want to splurge on a wallet-busting Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S20, or scrimp on a Galaxy A10, there’s something for everyone.

Samsung Galaxy S20

While there are three S20 models on sale, we think the S20 is probably the best choice. It has the same 120Hz refresh rate screen tech as the other phones in the series, as well as a lot of the same camera tech. However, at $999, it is significantly cheaper than the other S20 models — the S20 Ultra, for example, costs a whopping $1,399.

Plus, it has 5G as standard. The S20 is undoubtedly one of the best phones on sale at the moment (just don’t tell Samsung it’s better than the more expensive versions).

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The S10 Plus is arguably the best phone on sale at the moment, and certainly our favorite. Its screen is brilliant, the cameras are top-drawer, and its performance is staggering. It is expensive at $999, but it’s way better value for money that some similarly-priced phones (we’re looking at you, Apple). Read our full S10 Plus review for more.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

The Note 10 Plus is huge but brilliant phone. It has a dazzling 6.8-inch display with a small hole punch front camera. As ever with Note-series phones, it comes with a built-in stylus, but also packs four rear cameras and serious performance with a Snapdragon 855 processor and 12GB of RAM on tap. If you need a phone that could feasibly replace your laptop, this is the one to go for. Read our full Note 10 Plus review for more.

Verdict – Quality across the board means that Samsung has something for everyone

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Samsung Galaxy S10 PlusArguably the best phone on sale today5In Short

Pros

  • Fantastic screen
  • Great-looking design
  • Strong cameras
  • Speedy processor
  • OneUI is a huge improvement over previous Samsung skins

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Samsung can be slow to issue OS updates
  • Bixby isn’t very helpful

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Apple Phones

The one you love to hate, or indeed, love to love. Apple stands out from the crowd, being the only manufacturer on this list not to use Android. Its phones are unashamedly expensive, although that doesn’t seem to put anyone off buying one.

Not sure which iPhone to get? See our simple guide, Which iPhone Should I Buy?

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

The follow-up to the XS, the 11 Pro is (in our mind, at least) the best iPhone to buy. You get a pin-sharp 5.8-inch screen, high quality materials, and typically blistering performance. It might cost $1,000, but the 11 Pro is closer than ever to being able to justify that price. We’re big fans of its new triple rear cameras and improved front snapper, while the screen is better than ever. However, Apple is being a bit stingy offering just 64GB of storage as standard.

Apple iPhone 11

The new cheap iPhone is actually $50 cheaper than the phone it replaced. At $699, you get a 6.1-inch LCD (boo) display and the same rapid performance as the 11 Pro and Pro Max. You also get some upgraded cameras over last year’s XR and a brilliant choice of color options. Most pleasingly, though, you also get a larger, longer lasting battery compared to the XR. All told, it’s a good phone that almost everyone will be smitten with.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

The largest of the new iPhones, the Pro Max is a bit of a beast. It has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display and a very large 3,969 mAh battery. Compared to the 11 Pro, however, there aren’t too many differences beyond the larger screen and battery. As a result, we’d probably opt for the cheaper phone. That’s not to say the 11 Pro Max is bad, just that we’d rather save $100 and have a just-as-capable phone.

Verdict – Apple iPhones may be expensive, but they’re excellent across the board

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iPhone XSIt’s still great but for $100 more, we’d still choose the iPhone 11 Pro4.5In Short

Pros

  • Great cameras
  • Incredibly powerful
  • Fantastic screen

Cons

  • Still expensive
  • Might be a touch too big for some

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Google Phones

It sounds surprising, but the current crop of Google phones is only the company’s third attempt at making a phone itself. However, the search engine giant excels in software, and it shows in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, with the powerful Google Assistant and excellent cameras making for awesome Android phones.

Google Pixel 4 XL

The Pixel 4 XL is, in our mind, a great phone. However, it’s proven to be one of the most controversial phones of 2019 with large bezels and decent, but not impressive battery life, and stingy storage space. Despite these concerns, it packs the best cameras of any current phone (despite the lack of ultra wide-angle lens) and remains as easy to use as all the previous Google phones.

Google Pixel 3a XL

The Pixel 3a XL is a new cheap version of a Google phone. You still get the same excellent camera quality, but it costs $420 less. The Pixel 3a XL isn’t the fastest phone on sale, and it loses the glass rear case found on the more expensive Pixel phones. But the Pixel 3a XL is still a remarkably good phone for just $479. Read our full Pixel 3a XL review to find out more.

Google Pixel 3a

Like the above, but smaller and even cheaper. Starting at just $399, the Pixel 3a is one of the best value phones on sale. The screen is smaller at 5.6-inches but it’s still a 1080p, OLED unit. Plus, you get the best phone camera on the market for a remarkably low price. Read our full Pixel 3a review here.

Verdict – Camera lovers and Android purists can rejoice, as Google Pixel delivers

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Google Pixel 4 XLAn improvement over the Pixel 3 XL, but some problems remain4.5In Short

Pros

  • Stunning camera
  • Impressive screen quality with new 90Hz refresh rate
  • Snappy Face Unlock tech
  • Significantly better battery life than Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 4
  • Stock Android interface is easy to use

Cons

  • Design might not be to everyone’s taste
  • Gesture controls feel a bit gimmicky at the moment
  • No ultra wide-angle camera lens

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OnePlus Phones

Probably the first surprise entrant on the list, OnePlus has been quietly cranking out good phones for a while. It’s most recent 7 and 7 Pro models are its most expensive ever, but they’re still pretty good value compared to a lot of flagship phones.

OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus is famed for cramming all manner of headline-grabbing features into its phones and it’s managed to outdo itself with the 7T Pro. It has a 6.7-inch super-sharp AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and video playback. It also packs in a Snapdragon 855+ processor and 8GB of RAM. It doesn’t end there though, with triple rear cameras, and a motorized pop-up 16Mp selfie snapper. It was also one of the first phones to use Android 10. Our only sticking point is the lack of waterproofing and the $865 price tag.

OnePlus 7T

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the 7T is an updated version of the 7 which launched back in June. However, OnePlus effectively ripped up the script and started again. You get a larger screen with that all-important 90Hz refresh rate. It gets a new ultra wide-angle lens to give three rear facing in total, plus it gets a larger battery (3,700 mAh vs 3,800 mAh) and even faster fast-charging.

OnePlus 7

The 7 might feel like an ugly duckling in the company of the 7T and 7T Pro. However, it’s still a top quality phone with an AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855, and dual rear cameras including a 48Mp lens. In light of the newer models, the 7 has also had a price cut. It now costs around $410, making it a seriously impressive piece of kit for the price. Read our full OnePlus 7 review for more.

Verdict – Compelling flagship-killer phones at lower prices

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OnePlus 7A seriously impressive phone for the price4In Short

Pros

  • Blisteringly fast
  • Good screen
  • Great cameras
  • Faster updates than bigger manufacturers
  • Cheaper than most similarly-specced rivals

Cons

  • OnePlus phones are becoming more expensive
  • Construction feels a little bit plasticky
  • No waterproof rating

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Huawei Phones

Huawei’s had some difficult times recently. In fact, its most recent flagship phones — the Mate 30 and P40 series — were banned from being able to use Google-made apps. This means no Play Store for your favorite apps and no integration with wider Google services. As a result, we can’t really recommend these phones. Fortunately, 2018’s Mate 20 series models are still available and still have access to Google services, and they’re cheaper than ever.

Huawei Mate 20

Another fabulous cut-price Android phone. The Mate 20 comes with an unusual square arrangement for its three rear cameras, a tiny notch and a pin-sharp OLED screen. It also comes in a range of delightful colors and packs the super-speedy Kirin 980 processor.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro is a real flagship rival with a Google and Samsung-rivalling price tag. It has a big 6.4-inch OLED display, runs the latest version of Android, and is available with either 6GB or 8GB Ram. You get the same triple-camera set-up at the rear, with one 40Mp, 20Mp and 8Mp lenses. It’s well worth considering if you’re in the market for an Android flagship.

Huawei P30 Pro

The P30 Pro is a true powerhouse. It has a 6.47-inch OLED display, four rear cameras, the speedy Kirin 980 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a huge 4,200 mAh battery. If you need a phone to power through games and multitasking, while also lasting all day — the P30 Pro might be for you (if you can get one).

Verdict – Excellent phones, subjected to unusual geopolitical pressures

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Huawei Mate 20Lacks some top-end features but excells at the core jobs expected of a smartphoneIn Short

Pros 

  • Powerful processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Huge screen

Cons 

  • LCD display isn’t as sharp as the Pro
  • Might be too large for some
  • Not as water or dust-proof as many phones

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Motorola Phones

You might think of Motorola as a brand relegated to the smartphone cemetry, but you’d be wrong. The brand that gave us the iconic RAZR is still knocking out some incredible mid-range phones, which are well worth taking a look at.

Moto G8 Plus

Motorola’s G-series phones have long been regarded as the best cheap phones on sale and, with the G7 Plus, the company has created another cut-price classic. It runs Android, a 6.3-inch 1080p display, triple rear cameras, and a tiny notch. It costs just $310 — yes, you read that correctly. Read our full review for more.

Motorola One Zoom

The One Zoom was launched at IFA in Berlin packing four (yes, four) rear cameras while costing just $449. That array of rear-facing lenses include a depth-sensor, a 117-degree ultra-wide angle lens, and a telephoto lens — meaning you should get great photos whatever the conditions. Find out more about the One Zoom here.

Motorola One Vision

The One Vision costs the same as the g7 Plus but is a very different phone. Firstly, it’s tall — the screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio, making it three times taller than it is wide. Secondly, it takes incredible photos with dual rear cameras (including a 48Mp lens). Thirdly, it uses Android One, a version of Android that gives you speedy updates and minimal bloatware. It’s an unusual but impressive phone.

Verdict – The cheap G-series are a solid option for those one a budget, while its Android One series keeps getting better

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Motorola Moto G8 Plus ReviewOne of the best cheap Android phones gets even better4In Short

Every year, it feels like we say the same thing. The latest phones from Motorola’s G-series are great, and arguably the best value for money phones on the market. And believe it or not, 2019 is no different. The Motorola G8 Plus is a great phone, and it costs just north of $300. When a phone this good is this cheap, why would you buy anything else?GalleryClick to expand

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Nokia Phones

Recently resurrected, Nokia has come back to life with a flurry of activity, launching some seriously impressive mid-range Android phones. They’re certainly not flagship killers – leave that to OnePlus – but they provide a compelling alternative to Samsung’s cheaper options.

Nokia 8.3 5G

The 8.3 is Nokia’s first 5G-enabled phone and starts from around $640 in the US — that’s cheap for a 5G device.

However, the 8.3 is more than just a 5G phone. It has a 6.8-inch display that upscales content into HDR-compatible formats for better clarity and contrast. It has four rear cameras: a 64Mp wide angle lens, a 12Mp ultrawide lens, a 2Mp macro lens for close-up shots, and a 2Mp depth sensor. Plus, it has a large 4,500 mAh battery for extra long battery life.

Nokia 7.2

The 7.2 is a very impressive budget option if you’re looking for strong camera quality. Costing $349, the 7.2 comes with a 48Mp main camera, an 8Mp ultrawide lens, and a 5Mp depth sensor. Plus, these cameras use Zeiss optics for the best clarity and image quality.

The 7.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 processor and 4GB of RAM, meaning it should be more than fast enough for most people. The 6.3-inch Full-HD+ display means it should be perfect for streaming TV shows and movies.

Nokia 3.2

The 3.2 is a remarkably cheap phone, costing just $150. It’s not perfect, with slightly sluggish performance and a finnicky face unlock system.

However, it has remarkable battery life — thanks to its efficient processor and large 4,000 mAh battery. It’s also extremely well-built, unseemingly so for a phone at this price.

If you’re looking for the perfect backup phone, the 3.2 might be the perfect fit. Find out more in our full Nokia 3.2 review.

Verdict – Buyers on a budget should definitely take a look at Nokia

Nokia 8.3 5G

Nokia 9 PureViewA left-field alternative with innovative camera set-upIn Short

Pros

  • Great cameras
  • Impressive pOLED screen
  • Stock Android
  • Powerful processor and healthy Ram figure

Cons

  • Battery isn’t the biggest at 3,320 mAh
  • Only IP67 is waterproof-rated, despite not having a headphone jack

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LG Phones

LG’s mobile division has fallen on hard times, and has failed to grab the imagination at the top end of the market. That’s not to say it doesn’t have some phones worthy of consideration, though.

LG V60 ThinQ 5G Dual Screen

LG has taken a different approach to folding phones compared to Samsung and Motorola. Instead of one screen which folds up, LG has decided to give its flagship phones two screens — no creases of reliability problems here — via a unique case attachment.

It costs $899 and, although you get the option of two screens, the rest of the spces aren’t that impressive. The primary screen has a 1080×2460 resolution — which is sharp, but not as sharp as other flagship phones. It has a large 5,000 mAh battery and uses a Snapdragon 865 processor. It gets three rear cameras including a 64Mp main lens, a 13Mp wide angle lens and a time-of-flight sensor for depth perception.

LG G8 ThinQ

The G8 ThinQ is LG’s answer to the leading flagship phones on the market. It packs a sharp 1440×3120 6.1-inch P-OLED display, a Snapdragon 855 processor for top-notch performance, and dual rear cameras. Price? At $849, it isn’t the cheapest, but it is certainly capable.

Verdict – LG is a bit of a leftfield choice, but not necessarily a bad one

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LG G8 ThinQ ReviewUnusual features but a way behind the compeitionIn Short

Pros

  • Interesting features such as HandID and in-display speakers
  • Decent battery life and cameras
  • Decent OLED display
  • MicroSD carad and headphone jack support

Cons

  • Fluctuating price makes it a difficult value proposition
  • Not as powerful as other rivals
  • Sluggish OS updates

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Sony Phones

Sony has been stuck in a rut for a while now. However, with its new lineup of Xperia 10 phones, and the flagship Xperia 1, it’s look to change that. The phones are certainly head-turning, with overly tall displays. But are they actually any good?

Sony Xperia 10

The Xperia 10 seems like a pretty standard low- to mid-range phone. It has a Snapdragon 630 processor, dual rear cameras, and a 6-inch 1080p display. But that screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio and is, basically, just a bit too tall for one-handed use. Still, it’s good for watching films and it’ll set you back $299. Intrigued? Read our full review.

Sony Xperia 10 Plus

Like the above, but even bigger. It has a whopping 6.5-inch and it’s frankly too tall and heavy to be used with a single hand. Still, like its smaller brother, performance isn’t bad and that screen is great for watching TV shows and films, or playing games. There’s a significant price bump for that extra screen, though, as the Xperia 10 Plus costs $429.

Sony Xperia 1 II

The confusingly named Xperia 1 II is Sony’s latest flagship phone. Its main selling point is the 6.5-inch 4K 21:9 OLED display. This makes it perfect for watching movies or TV shows, as you’ll have plenty of screen real estate, as well as pin-sharp pixels.

However, you’ll pay a small fortune for that screen quality — the Xperia 1 II is expected to cost $1,300 when it goes on sale in the US.

Verdict – Sony produces decent phones at a range of prices

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Sony Xperia 10 ReviewA decent mid-range phone with an unusual screen3.5In Short

Pros

  • Tall screen makes watching some stuff better
  • Not too expensive

Cons

  • Plasticky design doesn’t feel brilliant
  • Underwhelming battery life

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Phone Brands by Budget

These are the best phones you can buy, whether you have $300, $500 or over $1,000 to spend!

Best Phones Under $300 (Or $20 per month)

It’s safe to say that if you only have $300 to spend on a phone, you’re not going to be getting an iPhone. However, some brands offer great phones for budget-conscious buyers.

You should consider a phone from Motorola — anything from the G8 series would be perfect — or Nokia. Rather than looking to cut costs on the features and components, these companies produce phones that you could happily use every day. Some of the materials might not match those at the top of the market, but they have to save money somewhere.

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Best Phones under $500 (Or $30 per month)

While flagship phones now cost twice as much, there are some great phones to be had for under $500.

For this budget, we’d struggle to look past the Google Pixel 3a XL. It has strong performance, guaranteed software updates, and the best camera of any phone, at any price. If you’re not keen on a Google phone, you could look at a Samsung Galaxy A50.

Best Phones under $750 (Or $40 per month)

The $500-750 phone market doesn’t have the choice that you’d perhaps expect nowadays, with the market becoming polarized towards increasingly expensive or cheap phones – but that’s not to say you won’t find some good phones.

Again, in this price range, you’ll struggle to find a better phone than the OnePlus 7. However, if you’ve currently got an iPhone, we’d probably opt for the new 11.

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Best Phones around $1,000 (or $50+ per month)

If you’re lucky enough to be able to drop a grand on a phone, you’ve got plenty of options. Not all of them are as good as others, though.

Of course, we’re now really entering iPhone territory. The 11 Pro is a great phone, though we’re not sold on the 11 Pro Max. If you don’t fancy something from Apple, we’d go Google or Samsung. If you need the best cameras, get the Google Pixel 4 XL. If you need incredible all-round capabilities, get the Samsung S20.

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