#10YearChallenge: 5 Best Phones in 2009 Vs Top 5 in 2019

If you are a regular user of the Internet — or have at least been active on social media networks in the last few weeks — you will have surely seen #10YearChallenge on social media sites. The premise of #10YearChallenge is simple: Share a photo of yourself in 2009 next to the one you took recently, so people can see how much you have changed.

Over the last couple of days, #10YearChallenge has been marked with a flurry of posts on social media, containing pictures of millions of people, depicting changes they have gone through in the last decade. People are now using this hashtag for reflecting on more important changes, such as this:

5 Best Phones in 2009 Vs 5 Best in 2019

Top 5 Phones in 2009:

  • Apple iPhone 3GS

The iPhone 3GS does not enjoy the same big leap like iPhone 3G did from the first-gen model; however, the latest device is still regarded as a compelling upgrade for a number of users. The Apple iPhone 3GS offers faster performance, along with extended battery life, and a number of new features, but there are still improvements to be made in call quality as well as 3G reception.


This handset eventually adds typical cell phone features, such as multimedia messaging, voice dialing, and video recording. The iPhone 3GS runs faster, comes with longer battery life; and provides quality multimedia features.


There are no improvements with call quality, and the phone’s 3G signal reception is still uneven.

  • LG enV Touch

The LG enV Touch integrates superb design with remarkable features, making it one of the best Verizon Wireless mobile phones ever produced. The device flips open to reveal a 3” screen display and a full QWERTY keyboard.


This phone sports 2 beautiful displays, a beautiful touch-screen interface as well as a super cool QWERTY keyboard. Some of its impressive features are, a 3.2-MP camera, a full HTML Web browser, EV-DO Rev. A, among others.

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The touch-screen interface of the LG enV Touch’s needs some refinement, and the Web browser experience isn’t that smooth. Also, the device doesn’t have Wi-Fi capability.

  • Samsung Omnia

While the Samsung Omnia is a bit more expensive, Verizon customers that need a touch-screen smartphone will enjoy faster performance and improved user experience and with this device compared with the RIM BlackBerry Storm.


This handset comes with a spacious touch screen, designed with a customizable Home screen, an accelerometer, and haptic feedback. Also, the Windows Mobile smartphone also features GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5-MP camera, EV-DO Rev. A support, great multimedia features.


With this phone, you are still limited to its pre-installed widgets. It is sluggish and its onscreen keyboard is slightly cramped.

  • RIM BlackBerry Storm

Verizon Wireless subscribers looking to get a touch screen that is similar to the Apple iPhone may find the RIM BlackBerry Storm captivating. But some bugs and performance issues prevent the smartphone from reaching its full potential.


It offers an innovative touch screen, which gives tactile feedback to confirm your selection. The phone has the dual-mode option for world-roaming capabilities, UMTS/HSDPA support, EV-DO Rev. A support, a 3.2-MP camera, and GPS.


The SurePress touch screen of the RIM BlackBerry Storm needs some acclimation and its onscreen keyboard is slightly cramped. It can still be sluggish even when the firmware update has been done.

  • LG Dare

The LG Dare is not only feature-rich but also innovative. It comes with many surprises, which make unique from other touch-screen smartphones.


It offers an intuitive touch-screen interface, a powerful 3.2-MP camera, a full HTML browser, EV-DO Rev. A support, excellent call quality, etc.


Its touch interface needs some getting used to, and the Web browser’s performance is not all that impressive.

Top 5 in 2019:

  • Apple iPhone Xs

The Apple iPhone Xs was released as the follow-up to the experimental iPhone X. It is similar to the X in a number of ways as both have the same design, size, and price. But the former features a number of improvements to its chipset, internal storage options, and camera. The smartphone features a 5.8-inch beautiful, “Super Retina” OLED screen, which displays highly accurate colors with the True Tone technology capable of adjusting the white balance of the screen for complementing the ambient light in your environs. The iPhone Xs comes with a dual rear camera setup (12MP + 12MP) and a front shooter (7MP).

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It is engineered with a super-fast processor and has TrueDepth front camera. The iPhone Xs also offers expansive storage options.


Its cost is on the high side, and it doesn’t offer fast charging support. Also, the device has a shorter battery life than its predecessor.

  • OnePlus 6T

Released in November 2018, the OnePlus 6T has a range of remarkable features, such as its much lower price compared with that of other flagship smartphones, innovative in-display fingerprint sensor, powerful camera, among others. While the 6T shares a number of similar technical specs with its predecessor, the 6, the former handset comes with some notable improvements over the latter one. The OnePlus 6T has a beautiful 6.41-inch AMOLED display, featuring a tiny notch in the top center that contains the 16-MP front camera of the smartphone. In its all-glass back, you will see the dual rear shooters of 16MP and 20MP.


It is inexpensive, has in-screen fingerprint sensor, and is the first phone manufactured by OnePlus to work on Verizon


It doesn’t offer wireless charging support and has no waterproof capability. Also, it doesn’t feature a headphone jack.

  • Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 is an intuitive mobile device with a robust camera and impressive AI features. Powered with a fast Snapdragon 845 processor and stock Android v9.0 OS, it is arguably the best Android smartphone on the market currently.


Some of its most impressive offerings are the call Screen feature and a superb camera. It comes with stock Android 9.0 OS.


It provides below average battery capacity and is not that bright in sunlight. Also, it offers less storage.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

When it comes to the smartphone with the best battery life, the Galaxy Note 9 ranks top among the crème de la crème in this category. But its massive 4000-mAh battery is just one of its many interesting selling points as it sports a large, beautiful 6.4-inch AMOLED display, 6GB/8 GB of RAM, and 128GB/512 GB of inbuilt storage. It is, thus, a perfect mobile device for phablet fans.

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It has long battery life and a very good camera. Its Stylus also works as a remote.


It is quite pricey, and its voice assistant is not that sophisticated. It has a very large design.

  • HTC U12+

While the HTC U12+ is one of the best camera smartphones out there with its spectacular photography setup comprising 4 cameras, its strange buttons and disappointing battery life could put it in the bad books of some users. It has a notch-less 6-inch LCD screen, and as regards, is one of the most attractive phones currently available on the market.


It comes with a great camera setup and features unique finishes.


The HTC smartphone offers pressure-sensitive buttons, and its large size could deter some users.

What do you think about our rating of smartphones featured in #10YearChallenge? Please, share your views with us in the comment section.

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