5. Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus
The Galaxy S10 is an overhaul in design, performance, and features, all while maintaining the Samsung smartphone formula that makes its phones great.
It’s a fantastic smartphone that comes with more features that those higher up on this list, and I’m especially fond of its ultra-wide camera.
As good as the Galaxy S10 is, it doesn’t pose the best value compared to the Galaxy S10e and other smartphones out there.
- Galaxy S10 Price: $900
- Galaxy S10 Plus Price: $1,000
4. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
The $800 Pixel 3 and $900 Pixel 3 XL have the best smartphone cameras in the business, hands down.
The only differences between the two phones is the screen size and front design — the Pixel 3 has a more traditional smartphone design, while the Pixel 3 XL has a notched design. The Pixel 3 XL’s notch is unfortunately the worst on this list, but as with every other notch, you get used to it and forget about it pretty quickly. It would be a shame if you ruled out the Pixel 3 XL just because of the notch.
- Pixel 3 Price: $800
- Pixel 3 XL Price: $900
3. iPhone XR
The $750 iPhone XR is more appealing than its more expensive counterparts, the $1,000 iPhone XS and $1,100 iPhone XS Max.
In almost every respect, you’re getting the same experience as the iPhone XS series, save for slightly larger bezels, and a lower-resolution LCD display compared to a superior OLED display, and a dual-lens camera. But, in my mind, all that extra stuff from the iPhone XS series isn’t worth an extra $250.
At $750, the iPhone XR is a great value for an iPhone with such a large screen and latest specs. It’s just a shame that there’s no iPhone X-style phone under $700 for those who like smaller displays.
- Price: $750
2. Galaxy S10e
The Galaxy S10e poses the best value in the latest Android or Apple smartphones above the $700 mark, period.
It runs on the same processor as the Galaxy S10 that starts at $900, has a brilliant screen, a great camera, an ultrawide camera, a fingerprint sensor that works better than the in-display sensor on the Galaxy S10, and it’s $150 cheaper than the Galaxy S10.
Anyone who wants a small-screen Android phone should put the Galaxy S10e high up at the top of their list.
- Price: $750
1. OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T doesn’t come with a lot of the features that other phones in this list have, like wireless charging, official water resistance ratings, dedicated zoom or ultra-wide angle lenses, or an ultra-sharp 1440p display. And yet, it earns the top spot on this list.
That’s because it does the things it does do so well, like looking good, taking photos, running Android and apps, charging quickly, and lasting a long time on single battery charge. And it does all those things for a base price tag of $550 compared to the $750+ price tags of smartphones above.
I never missed any of the extra features from other, more expensive top smartphones while using the OnePlus 6T. If I were to buy a new smartphone, this would be the one for its excellent design, performance, and value.
The OnePlus 6T is also the first OnePlus phone to be sold by a US carrier ‘T-Mobile’ and it’s also the first OnePlus phone to be compatible with Verizon’s network.
- Price: $550 for 6 GB RAM 128 GB model
- Price at T-Mobile: $580 for 8 GB RAM 128 GB model