Best Smartphones Of 2018
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9/S9 PLUS
Samsung recently announced the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus with devices arriving in the hands of buyers this week. It’s an evolution in the Galaxy S line, but one that leads as close to perfection as you can expect for a smartphone today.
APPLE IPHONE X
The Apple iPhone X is now in the hands of buyers and available in stores. It is the highest price mass market phone to launch with a starting price of $999 for 64GB and $1,149 for 256GB, but it seems the majority of people are buying it on a payment plan so that the cost is spread out over time and not as shocking as a lump sum price.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8
The Galaxy Note 8 was in the top spot for a couple of months because it was the most advanced smartphone on the market and it arguably could still be placed in that top spot. The Galaxy S9 Plus offers a few improvements, but no S Pen, and the iPhone X is also a very compelling smartphone.
GOOGLE PIXEL 2 XL AND PIXEL 2
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL bring some features I wanted to see (water resistance and smaller bezels on the XL) and some I didn’t (removal of standard 3.5mm headset jack). Both are excellent phones with the stock Android experience so if you want a phone functioning the way Google designed Android to operate then the Pixel 2 may be the one.
APPLE IPHONE 8/8 PLUS
The new Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus look like the iPhone 7/7 Plus, but have glass backs for wireless charging support. In addition the new iPhones have a slightly improved processor, improved camera, and improved LCD display.
About six months after the release of the OnePlus 5, we see the launch of the OnePlus 5T with a larger 18:9 aspect ratio display and improvements that make it a very compelling smartphone. The price, $499 and $559 (128GB model), are a major factor in considering this phone when there are flagships from $950 to more than $1000.
SONY XPERIA XZ2
It has been a while since I have had a Sony Xperia phone on my 10 best list, but after moving the fingerprint scanner to the rear and refreshing the design a bit it is tough to pass up on the latest Sony Xperia XZ2