Smartphones are a ubiquitous part of our lives in this day and age. There are not many people who do not own and use a smartphone, and those who prefer the more basic mobile phone options are quick to realise that communication demands the use of a smartphone. However, there are some phones that stand head and shoulders above the rest, with features that make them unique and covetable.
If you are looking for a smartphone to meet your needs and more, you will need to know the specifications of the phone as well as what features are on offer. It can be extremely difficult to choose the right smartphone, especially when you consider how many there are on offer. Below we take a look at the best smartphones of 2019.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung is one of the most popular smartphone brands in South Africa, so it stands to reason that a Samsung would be included on this list. The S10 Plus is an Android smartphone that is packed full of features, such as a 12GB of RAM, three rear cameras, and a 4,100mAh battery. For those who love taking selfies, there is an extra selfie camera for the perfect shot.
It is much larger than its predecessors, making it difficult to simply slide into your pocket or small purse. Be sure to buy a screen cover for this phone, as you will need to store it in a bag for easy carrying, and the screen could become scratched. The CPU runs on Snapdragon 855, making it slightly faster than previous models, and it comes with the latest Android software.
Huawei P30 Pro
Despite all the drama surrounding Huawei and the decision of the USA to stop the smartphone producing from using Google apps, Huawei remains arguably the most popular brand of smartphone in South Africa. The P30 Pro has seen impressive sales numbers, and for good reason.
The camera on the P30 Pro alone is enough to entice users, with four rear cameras allowing you to take crystal clear photographs of just about anything. It also has an impressive battery life, making it ideal for those who are always on the go and need their phones. However, there is no headphone jack, which is not ideal for music lovers. The storage is a nano memory card format, but this does allow for significant onboard memory.
When it comes to exciting smartphone releases, we cannot forget about the latest Apple release, the iPhone 11. The iPhone 11 also offers multiple rear cameras, but each one is only 12MP each, which is not as impressive as some other smartphones released in 2019. It does have a larger screen than some models, which makes for better reading of texts and viewing of videos.
It offers all-day battery life, which is perfect for fast-paced business people or for those who do not always have access to their phone chargers during the day. It is also equipped with the latest iOS, and can take up to 256GB of storage. So, if you enjoy taking, and storing, multiple photographs, the iPhone 11 is the ideal choice for your needs.
OnePlus 7 Pro
If you are not a fan of big names and brands, you could opt for the OnePLus 7 Pro, a smartphone that has been gaining traction with many people expressing delight at its features. It offers a pop-up camera, and a 90Hz screen, impressive for a smartphone, no matter the brand. The camera is arguably one of the more exciting on offer, boasting a combination of a 48MP, an 8MP and a 16MP rear camera.
There is no slot for a micro SD card and there is no wireless charging, but the screen and camera make up for these small issues. Not having a camera notch for the selfie camera does make viewing video content on the screen more fluid and easier, and it provides a novelty that not many other smartphones offer to their users.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung offered several unique and exciting smartphones in 2019, and the S9 Plus is no exception. While it was released last year, it has remained extremely popular, which is why it has made it onto our list. Its large screen and extensive battery life make it a popular choice for those who enjoy watching video content on their smartphones.
The curved edges, vibrant colours, and high contrast ratio make the screen crystal clear, improving the image quality and the user experience. The camera is dual-lens and dual-aperture, ideal for using in low-light situations. The S9 Plus offers stereo speakers, face unlock, AR Emoji and vertically stacked 12MP dual cameras.
Choosing a smartphone can be extremely tricky, but once you look at the features and specifications on offer you can find one to meet all of your needs. Samsung offers stunning screens and impressive photography filters, while Huawei is known for its fast operating system and easy-to-use interface.
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