If you are going to change your smartphone and want to buy one top of the range product that implements all the latest news in the sector, you are in the right purchase guide. Here you will find what, according to the editorial staff of HDblog, are the best proposals of 2018 and 2019 that the market can currently offer you, with a price between 500 and 600 euros. If, on the other hand, you prefer to opt for other types of devices, you could consult our general index where you will find all the purchase guides dedicated to smartphones (reachable by clicking here).
HUAWEI P30 PRO: THE TOP FOR PHOTOS AND AUTONOMY
The Huawei P30 Pro goes to further improve the already excellent quality of the photographic sector offered by the cousin Mate 20 Pro, becoming the new reference point for cameraphone under 600 euros. This was possible thanks to the implementation of ben 4 rear image sensors which include a 8MP telephoto lens, capable of offering a 5x optical zoom, and a ToF sensor, perfect for enhancing the background blur effects. Also very interesting is the presence of a 32MP front camera inserted in the small drop notch. The P30 Pro also stands out for the particularly refined design, for excellent autonomy above average and for the beautiful AMOLED display. Below it were inserted the fingerprint reader (fast and precise) and an audio system that is used in call instead of the classic ear capsule, absent here.
Among the strengths we mention the waterproof shell, the wireless charging with reverse charge, hardware optimization and the operating system now leaner and smoother than previous models. Obviously it is not the perfect smartphone and we must note the absence of the audio jack, a second speaker and the possibility of expanding the internal memory only through cards in a proprietary format. Overall we are faced with a beautiful device that will guarantee satisfactory performance in all areas of use.
PRO AND CONS IN BRIEF
MONO AUDIO SPEAKERAUDIO JACK IS MISSINGMEMORY EXPANSION IN OWNER FORMAT
Huawei P30 Pro
SAMSUNG GALAXY S10: COMPACT AND THE TOP FOR PRODUCTIVITY
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the most compact smartphone in this guide and the right compromise of the entire S10 range. The dimensions are particularly optimized with a beautiful 6.1-inch Super AMOLED display inserted in a shell less than 150 mm high. The weight is reduced and the usability is really optimal even with one hand. Nothing really is missing from this device. We find, in fact, one IP68 certification which allows total immersion in water, a double stereo speaker, the audio jack 3.5 mm, good autonomy (not the best achievable) and a first-class photographic sector, especially with regards to recording videos.
Another noteworthy aspect is the DeX mode which turns the S10 into a real desktop PC with interesting potential. By connecting a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse, through a hub, you can take advantage of all the main apps, including the office suite or those for photo editing, without lag or slowdowns. If you are looking for a performing and perfect product also from a production point of view, this S10 will be an almost obligatory choice.
PRO AND CONS IN BRIEF
UNLOCKING WITH A VERY SAFE FACE (JUST A PICTURE)AUTONOMY GOOD BUT NOT THE BESTNO NIGHT MODE FOR PHOTOS
Samsung Galaxy S10
ONEPLUS 7 PRO: GREAT BUT THE WOW EFFECT IS GUARANTEED
Large, heavy but also aesthetically beautiful and with particularly high performance. the OnePlus 7 Pro (review) is a wonderful smartphone featuring a super nice design with matte finish, gradient colors and pop-up front camera. The display is a 6.67-inch AMOLED QHD + panel without any notch or hole and with refresh rate settable up to 90Hz for an even more satisfying fluidity. It occupies almost all of the front part and the frames are reduced to a minimum. What just described, accompanied by the internal hardware and OxygenOS software customization, translate into a pleasant use that is difficult to find in direct competitors, as per Oneplus tradition.
The photographic sector also includes one triple rear cam of excellent quality with 3x zoom and wide angle lens unfortunately only usable for photos. Other noteworthy aspects include the presence of a double speaker with Dolby Audio (excellent sound quality, almost on par with that of the S10), by Gaming mode and a fingerprint reader hidden under the display which represents the fastest and most accurate ever installed on a mobile device. Too bad for the absence of wireless charging, memory expansion and any certification against water and dust that would have made it even more attractive. If you are looking for a smartphone with a WOW effect, this will certainly be for you.
PRO AND CONS IN BRIEF
NO WIRELESS RECHARGENO CERTIFICATION IPXXNO AUDIO JACKNO VIDEO WITH WIDE ANGLE
OnePlus 7 Pro
APPLE IPHONE XR: YOUTH AND TOP PERFORMANCE
iPhone XR (review) is the "mid-range" Apple model of 2018, a product with a particularly refined design, in step with the times and also youthful, thanks to the different colors available. The body is in aluminum and IP67 certified (protected from water and dust) while the back cover is made of glass. The internal hardware guarantees excellent performance both in everyday use and with the most energy-consuming operations. Among the technical characteristics we mention the presence of a 6.1-inch IPS display, well balanced and visible even in direct sunlight A12 Bionic processor accompanied by 3GB of RAM, of dual stereo speakers and one single camera at the rear and front. Both allow shots with bokeh effect and depth of field adjustment in post production. The photographic quality during the day is in line with the other iPhones while it loses a little something in low light conditions.
For those who know the Apple world well we remember that in this model they are 3D Touch is absent, shortcuts on icons and "peek and pop" functions, all reserved for older brothers. We recommend this device to all those who need to change their now dated iPhone and do not want to spend even higher figures to buy one of the models just released on the market. If you want to receive more information on how the XR works, please refer to our full Apple Review.
PRO AND CONS IN BRIEF
3D TOUCH, AUDIO JACK AND OTHER FUNCTIONS ARE MISSINGTOO SLOW CHARGERDIMENSIONS NOT TOO OPTIMIZED / COMPACT
Apple iPhone XR
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(update of 03 February 2020, 09:10)