Top Best Smartphones Of 2018

The year 2018 is an important milestone for smartphones as Apple changed the game last year by introducing the top notch. The idea was to make phones completely bezel-less, implement better AI capabilities and to make it more futuristic even though innovation is sparsely found these days in this segment.

Every other manufacturer followed suit and we have a whole bunch of best smartphones of 2018 proudly sporting a top notch. The OnePlus 6 may allow you to hide it but other phones don’t have such an option. Despite the shortcomings, both the Android and iOS have come a long way and are more sophisticated mobile operating systems powered by the latest hardware.

These are the best smartphones that you could buy today and there’s one for every budget, packed with interesting features and designed to appease buyers of all kinds.

See also: Best tablets for kids to buy in 2018

Top Best Smartphones of 2018

 

The Mother of All Top Notches

iPhone X

iPhone X

Apple mustered up their courage to launch the iPhone X, the most expensive smartphone ever at $1000 which also had an intrusive top notch. The company relied largely on their app developers and iOS ecosystem to easily adapt to this change and it did!

Hardware specifications have never been the forte of Apple phones because they perform well irrespective of the specs. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch display powered by the A11 Bionic processor with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. You can choose to go for more storage but a larger iPhone X has not been launched yet.

The iPhone X was launched in 2017 but it is expected to be on the top of the line for a few more months as it has managed to withstand the launch of Galaxy S9 and other smartphones of 2018. A clear winner in every regard except for its expensive price tag and the lack of fingerprint sensor.

What Makes it the Best?

  • The brilliant clear display and amazing hardware specifications that keeps it very responsive at all times.
  • If you want the best Apple iOS experience, the iPhone X is the only option available out there.


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The Best Android Experience You Can Get  (Without a Top-Notch)!

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is more of a successor to 2017’s Galaxy S8 Plus because the phone has received minor hardware upgrades and a better camera. It still is pretty much the same as Samsung’s successful model from last year. If you are in the market looking for a large and responsive Android smartphone, this ticks all the right boxes.

Sporting a large 6.2-inch display, the Galaxy S9 Plus is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 while some variants use the Exynos 9810 processor. The model uses a generous 6GB of RAM and the entry-level variant has 64GB of storage space. The Infinity display without the top notch makes this Samsung phone stand out from competition and it sports one of the best smartphone cameras you could get today. The only con that most users claim is that the battery life is very short and it doesn’t last an entire day for power users.

What Makes it the Best?

  • The brilliant Infinity OLED display makes apps, games, and videos come to life. It is compact to use with one hand.
  • One of the best dual aperture cameras that you could get on a smartphone and Samsung will bring Android P when it is out.


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Best Smartphone of 2018 with Industry-Leading Camera

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei may not be Samsung or Apple that buyers can instantly associate with but the brand has proven their mettle with Huawei P20 Pro. The smartphone gets everything right and even the few caveats that are mentioned acts in its favor.

The manufacturer has decided to go with a 6.1-inch display with 2240 x 1080 display. The compromise, in turn, provides users battery life that lasts a day and a half surpassing all of its competitors. The P20 Pro is powered by a Kirin 970 processor with 6GB of RAM and uses a 4,000mAh battery.

Huawei’s camera specifications might blow your mind off as it uses a 40-megapixel camera along with a 20 megapixel and 8-megapixel camera in the rear. The trio of cameras capture the most exhilarating pictures you could get but only if you are willing to go for a lesser known brand and the mediocre display.

What Makes it the Best?

  • One of the most innovative smartphone cameras which brings three different cameras together to get bokeh effect and some unique features on your photos
  • Impressive battery life that will easily last you more than a day and ideal for power users


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Experience Pure Android and DSLR-type Cameras

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL is not the only smartphone trying to achieve the highest DXO marks for their camera performance. Almost every other device launched in 2017 and 2018 are focused more on capturing DSLR quality photos but it would have been better if they had also focused on battery life and possibly some innovative features.

Nevertheless, the Google Pixel 2 XL is the purest and most impressive Android experience you could get without manufacturer’s tweaks on it. The large 6-inch display has an impressive 2880 x 1440 resolution. The phone was launched last year and runs on Snapdragon 835 processor combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. It has a 12 mp rear camera and an 8 mp front camera.

The Pixel 2 XL has the highest rated camera which is capable of capturing near-DSLR quality photos even in low light. The Galaxy S9 comes close but it is a comparison to be made at a different time. The device is awesome in every respect but it still doesn’t make sense as to why they would remove the 3.5 mm audio jack just because Apple did it!

What Makes it the Best?

  • The best camera you would ever find on a smartphone that produces great low light photography
  • Vanilla Android experience and assured updates as soon as a new OS is rolled out


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Best smartphone for music lovers

LG V30S ThinQ

LG V30S ThinQ

The LG V30 was the most successful launch for LG which had a strong focus on its dual DAC setup geared towards audiophiles. The newly launched LG V30S ThinQ is probably launched in a hurry to keep the lineup fresh and it is obvious that it will not be as impressive as a new launch.

Sporting a 6-inch display with a 2880 x 1440 resolution, the V30S ThinQ is powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. The phone’s highlight is that it is certified by Dolby Vision with HDR 10 compliance and is B&O Play certified for audio. If you have a professional headphone that requires DAC to drive it, this phone can actually handle it and it also offers a complete multimedia experience.

The LG V30S ThinQ, however, doesn’t deliver strongly in the AI department as it is sometimes a hit or miss to get the action done. You can probably buy last year’s LG V30 for a cheaper price tag which will also receive the new AI software update.

What Makes it the Best?

  • A beautiful design and provides a near Vanilla Android experience
  • The most addictive smartphone when it comes to delivering professional grade sound quality and an easy buy for audiophiles


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Best Affordable Smartphone with Infinity Display and No Top Notches

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8Samsung Galaxy S8 is among the top runner even though the phone got launched in early 2017. The phone ushered in the Infinity display for the first time and still looks brilliantly good with bright color reproduction. The S8 has a 5.8-inch display with 1440 x 2960 resolution powered by an Exynos 8895 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space.

The Galaxy S8 has the best-looking display and design aesthetics that Samsung had no choice but to retain it in their current Galaxy S9 model. The camera is the biggest selling point of this model which is a 12-megapixel snapper and capable of capturing amazing, crisp shots every time. It’s tough to capture a bad photo with the phone.

Compared to its launch day pricing, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is much cheaper now and you can grab it with great deals from different service providers. The hardware is still good to go and it will also receive latest Android OS updates this year.

What Makes it the Best?

  • A great camera that makes capturing your favorite moments easier
  • Infinity Display available at a cheaper pricing than the Galaxy S9
  • A standout design that will impress you instantly


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Probably the Last Apple Phone with a Physical Fingerprint Sensor

iPhone 8

iPhone 8

Apple is getting rid of everything these days – the 3.5mm headphone jack, the fingerprint sensor and possibly the notch, we hope in the next phone. There is still an iPhone that has everything you would love to have. The iPhone 8 may look outdated at this point with large bezels but it is easier to unlock using the fingerprint sensor.

Some users are still not happy with the entirely button-less design which is sometimes hard to navigate besides the expensive price tag. The iPhone 8 retains them all and is much cheaper with a great camera that also supports point and shoot functionality.

The iPhone 8 is smaller in size with a 4.7-inch display powered by the latest A11 bionic chip, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in the entry-level variant. It has a 12 MP rear camera and a 12 MP front camera along with cool wireless charging capabilities.

What Makes it the Best?

  • Much cheaper than the iPhone X
  • Still retains the fingerprint sensor and home button making it easier to navigate
  • iPhone 8 is compact, cheaper and has a reliable camera quality


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Best Gaming Smartphone of 2018 for Gaming Freaks

Razer Phone

Razer Smartphone

Razer Phone is a unique addition to this list which is hard to recommend for the average buyer because many of its features are gamer centric. Hardcore PC gamers may know what 120Hz display refresh rate means because it offers more frame rate for your favorite Android titles.

The Razer Phone is an impressive piece of hardware sporting a 5.7-inch display with 1440 x 2560 resolution. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. It uses THX certified speakers making it an amazing phone to enjoy your movies and games using the loudspeakers.

It’s a sturdy piece of hardware in every respect but may not shine so much in the camera department or in terms of battery life. However, if your ultimate goal is to own the best multimedia and gaming experience, the Razer Phone is an easy buy.

What Makes it the Best?

  • A brilliant 120Hz display offering double the frame rate for games on a smartphone
  • Designed for multimedia lovers with great audio and video output


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Best Budget Smartphone of 2018

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

When you want to buy one among the best smartphones of 2018, there is no need to spend upwards of $500 every time. There are always some models that surpass their price tag and provide all the necessary features. The Moto G6 Plus from Motorola launched this year is one such model and it wins in every respect hands down.

The phone sports a 5.9-inch display with 1080 x 2160 resolution and is powered by 2.2 GHz Octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space. The device has a 12 MP and 5 MP dual rear camera setup with a near bezel-less display.

If you have read about budget-friendly smartphones from Motorola, you would have definitely come across Moto G series. The Moto G6 Plus gets basic tasks done though it may not be as fast as a Galaxy S9 or offer impressive camera quality. The price to performance ratio is what makes this one the best Android phone to buy in 2018.

What Makes it the Best?

  • Improved, premium build quality at a budget pricing
  • Bezel-less display and it still retains a home button, audio jack for those who like to enjoy old school features


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The best smartphones of 2018 as expected is dominated by brands like Apple and Samsung. Surprisingly, new entrants like Huawei have made it to the top list and there’s even a dedicated gaming smartphone from Razer. With so many choices at varied price points and hardware specifications, it should be easy for you to find your best pick.

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