When you spend upwards of $1000 for a smartphone, you know buying a new phone is not an easy decision anymore. If you are in the market to buy a smartphone, this guide is for you.
We’ve put together a list of the best smartphones of 2018 that are worth your money. Make sure to check out last year’s edition: Best smartphone of 2017. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Best Smartphone of 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best and the most complete smartphone released in 2018.
The Note 9 has a gorgeous 6.4-inch OLED display that wraps around the frame, a massive 4000 mAh battery, and better dual rear cameras. The most exciting thing about this phone is the S Pen, which lets you take notes and use the camera remotely.
I think it’s safe to say that OnePlus doesn’t only make affordable smartphones but also flagship smartphones that can go toe to toe with well-established smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung. The company’s latest flagship is another proof of its vision in the smartphone industry.
The OnePlus 6T, introduced in October, is a powerful, feature-packed Android phone. The device sports either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and either 128 or 256 GB of storage.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Galaxy S9 is another killer Android flagship from Samsung. The phone has new features like the super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, a built-in heart rate monitor, improved AR, and Bixby, its voice assistant. But the real star of the phone is the double rear cameras with a mechanical aperture, which can shoot portrait selfies and slow-mo videos.
The latest flagship from the iPhone line is the most powerful and fastest smartphone you can buy in 2018. It’s a refined version of the iPhone X released last year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the most successful gadget ever. The iPhone XS has the new Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, improved camera, and AR.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
If you deeply care about a clean Android experience, an excellent camera, and all the goodness of AI, you should focus on the new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Supposing you’re not a fan of Google’s Pixel 3 XL notch, keep in mind both phones got the same specs sheet except for the bigger screen on the Pixel 3 XL.
You’ll get a large 5.5 or 6.3-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 845 processor, a single rear 12.2-megapixel camera, 4GB of RAM, 64GB, 128GB of storage, and dual front-facing cameras. The phone has a 3430 mAh battery and dual front stereo speakers. It’s IP68 dust and water-resistant.
I bought this phone for my father-in-law, who hates the iPhone more than anything else, and surprisingly it’s a powerful phone. You can buy this phone for just $250. Don’t get me wrong, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it can’t be good.
The Moto G6 is a gorgeous smartphone with solid specs. The device is shipped with Oreo with minor modifications. But you’ll have almost the same clean Android experience on a Google Pixel device.