Smartphones in 2019: The best of times or worst of times?

One man's heaven is another man's hell. ZDNet contributors Matt Miller and Jason Perlow both follow the mobile industry, yet draw vastly different conclusions about the smartphone market. Is this a great time for buyers - or what?

The best smartphones on the market right now

Matthew Miller

Why 2019 is the best year ever to buy a smartphone: Affordable flagships galore

Prices are coming down while quality improves so a phone you buy today can easily last two or three years. What do you expect your smartphone to do next year that it's not doing now? Read more

Jason Perlow

No China, no choice: Why 2019 is the worst smartphone year ever

Dull, expensive, and lacking competition. That about sums up this year in mobile devices in a nutshell. Read more.

The 10 best smartphones you can buy right now

After a short few months with no new phones, it's time to see the latest and greatest from Samsung, Huawei, Apple, Google, LG, and more. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was just revealed and makes an appearance in our top five.

Here's why Apple won't be adding 5G to the 2019 iPhone 11

Sometimes it pays not to be first.

Huawei's new smartphone operating system is 'completely different from Android and iOS'

Chinese tech company shows off its alternative to Android, promises products this year.

Make your iPhone work: A dozen ways to get your device business ready

Here's how -- with a few apps, tweaks, and accessories -- you can transform your iPhone into a business workhorse that will allow you to get serious work done.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10: 5 big questions to answer before you buy

Samsung has launched its Galaxy Note 10 lineup and the buying decision has a few nuances to consider. Welcome to that in-between year between 4G and 5G.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G: Why the hell should I pay $1,300 for minimal futureproofing?

Yes, Samsung is out early with 5G devices, but the give and take with carriers mean there will be early adopter challenges. The most galling thing is that you have to pay a premium for the privilege of being a 5G guinea pig.