Best Android phones of 2018- so far

Best android phone 2018

One major reason why many people prefer Android devices to IOS, is the sheer range of options available.

While this is an advantage, it can also be a problem: which one should you buy? This article highlights the best Android phones you can buy right now. The big names are all here; Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei and Google are at the fore.

 

To help find the best Android phone for you, we’ve rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have and boast about to work colleagues.

So here they are – the best Android phones money can buy today.

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Simply the best android phone money can buy.

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

This device features an incredible design, amazing display, and powerful innards.

Everything that has made Samsung phones great over the last few years has been packed into this 6.2-inch device and comes with top of the range hardware and some easy to use Android software.

Samsung has added a dual-camera to the rear to enhance low-light photography, plus there’s a better-located fingerprint scanner and 960fps slo-motion video recording.

Read our review here

2. Samsung Galaxy S9

A smaller S9+ for the smaller handed

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

The reason this amazing device comes second is because of its bigger brother that boasts of a dual camera.

However, there’s still a lot to love about the S9, with an expansive 5.8-inch Infinity Display, powerful chipset, 4GB of RAM and excellent 12MP rear-facing camera.

The only issue we had with the S9 is the less powerful battery: worse than the S8s’

Read our review here

3. Google Pixel 2 XL

Incredible Camera!

Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3520mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Google’s Pixel range matured in 2017, and the Pixel 2 XL is the firm’s top dog with its impressive, slender bezel design, dual front-facing speakers, and simply fantastic camera.

If you are looking for the phone with the best camera… stop looking. The camera on the Google Pixel 2 XL is the most impressive snappers we’ve used on a phone.

It is not just the incredible camera though, this phone packs some serious hardware under its hood. Added to that is the 6″ screen estate.

It’s not the most premium feeling phone in the hand and the viewing angle on the screen is very narrow before a blue tint creeps in, but there’s no question this is an impressive device and one of the best android phones around.

Read our review

4. Huawei Mate 10 Pro

One of the best batteries plus incredible camera

Weight: 178g | Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 20MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Huawei is gradually coming of age and the Mate 10 Pro shows the giant strides the company is making.

The standout feature is battery life, toppling pretty much every other phone on this list, but it’s also got a decent slug of power under the hood to handle any task you can chuck at it.

For those looking for a strong camera performance from their phone need to take a look at the Mate 10 Pro as well. Phones higher up in this list offer better auto modes, but for camera enthusiasts, the Mate 10 Pro provides a great selection of modes and settings.

Read our review

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The best biggest phone…. with the best Samsung camera.

Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/124/256GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Samsung really is taking over the best Android phones industry. The Galaxy Note 8 washes away the bad aftertaste of the Note 7 debacle.

The iconic S Pen stylus is now even better, with higher accuracy and more levels of pressure sensitivity making it great for sketching and drawing.

Then there’s the massive 6.3-inch QHD Infinity Display which is superb for movies and games, and with a display this big using apps side-by-side isn’t just possible, it makes sense.

Read our review here

6. LG V30

A confident step forward and a boat-load of features

Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.4 mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Halting the seeming total victory of Samsung in this best phones list is the LG V30.

The V30 improves in a number of ways including an improved design, larger, more colorful display and an update-to-date chipset under the hood.

It is a super smartphone absolutely bursting with features, making it great for gaming, movies, photography and music:a seriously impressive smartphone and one of the best android phones.

Read our review here

7. Samsung Galaxy S8

“Old”, but still a great smartphone and at a lower price too.

Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is no longer Samsungs’ flagship device, but make no mistake, it is still one of the best phones around. What is more, the price of the phone has dropped( not by much, but still)

Thus the Galaxy S8 is still a great buy with its fantastic display, futuristic design and a great camera, making it a solid choice for those looking to save some cash and still have one of the best android phones.

Read our review here

8. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

S8’s big brother is still one of the best phablets around

Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Featuring the same specs as the S8, this 6.2″ device is lower in ranking just due to it’s higher price.

Everything we love about the Galaxy S8 is available here as Samsung has decided to only really changed the sizes of the screens rather than fiddling with the spec inside the device.

That same powerful 12MP camera and top of the range power setup is here to do everything you want it to as well as the new biometric tech that may allow you to unlock your phone faster than ever before.

Read our review here

9. Google Pixel 2

The perfect phone for small-handed Android fans

Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 2700mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

A bit boring design, but it packs some serious hardware, plus not everyone is a fan of huge phones, some of us like our phones on the small size.

It’s bezel heavy design won’t exactly dazzle, but this is a phone you can comfortably use one-handed, with a crisp, clear full HD display and stock Android 8 Oreo at your fingertips.

Like its bigger brother, the Pixel 2 XL, the Pixel 2 also boasts Google’s stunning 12MP camera which takes seriously impressive snaps.

The smaller size does mean the Pixel 2 carries a smaller price tag, but it’s still far from cheap and when it comes to spending this amount we’d recommend plumping for the Pixel 2 XL if its size doesn’t put you off.

Read our review here

Sony Xperia XZ2

The first phone to properly record in 4K HDR

Release date: April 2018 | Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 153 x 72 x 11.1mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,180mAh | Rear camera: 19MP | Front camera: 5MP

Sony’s assault on the 2018 flagship summit started with this, the Xperia XZ2. It is the world’s first phone to record video in 4K HDR, and you can watch it back on the HDR enabled, full HD display.

The rear-facing camera has also been improved, with the 19MP sensor offering better low-light performance than previous generations.

Dual stereo front-facing speakers provide decent quality output, but there’s no headphone jack and Sony’s new Dynamic Vibration System feels a lot like a gimmick.

Read our review here

Conclusion

So that is it guy, our best phones of 2018- so far. Hopefully, this list will be updated as there are some new devices billed to be released later this year a la Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, HTC U12, LG G7 and OnePlus 6.

You can also check out our best iPhones list here

Do you agree with our list? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in our comments section!

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