pick of the year’s most impressive and fun phones, from OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to Google Pixel 3 and Apple’s iPhone XS
① The OnePlus 6T
OnePlus released the US$530 OnePlus 6 back in May, but at this point, you should really be considering the company’s latest smartphone, the OnePlus 6T, which debuted in New York on October 29.
With a base price of just US$550, the OnePlus 6T is one of the best smartphones you can get for its relatively affordable price. You’re getting a superfast phone with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, which makes multitasking easier, a large display, and a stunning camera system.
It does not have wireless charging or an official water-resistance rating, but if you’re OK without those extras, the OnePlus 6T is one of the best smartphones you can buy, and certainly one of the top Android phones made in 2018.
② Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Galaxy Note 9, Samsung’s latest smartphone, has a gorgeous 6.4-inch OLED display, a massive battery, a great camera, loads of storage (starting at 128GB), a fingerprint scanner and facial recognition, and the S Pen, which lets you take notes or control the Note 9’s camera remotely, among other things.
The Galaxy Note 9 also has some high-end features, like wireless charging, water resistance, and even a headphone jack.
Samsung also includes a fast-charger with the phone, which is a nice touch. These premium features are costly, though:
The Galaxy Note 9 starts at US$1,000, the same as an iPhone XS. Still, you’re getting a whole lot of phone for that price.
③ Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung’s flagship phone of 2018, the Galaxy S9, has it all.
The phone features a large OLED display, a great camera, a built-in heart rate monitor, a fingerprint scanner and facial recognition, fast charging and wireless charging, and even a headphone jack.
The phone’s design is very similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S8, but that’s not a bad thing. The Galaxy S9 is one of the best-looking smartphones you can buy, and it starts at just US$720.
④ LG V40 ThinQ
The LG V40 ThinQ sort of looks like the iPhone XS, and is roughly as expensive, too, with a starting price of about US$950 (depending on your carrier). If you’re looking for a similar phone that’s a little cheaper, try the LG G7 ThinQ, which starts at US$750.
The LG V40 ThinQ, though, stands out for its high-quality audio and fantastic camera system, which features not two, nor three, but five lenses. My colleague Tony Villas-Boas calls it the most versatile smartphone camera you can buy.
It also features a gorgeous lightweight glass enclosure, the speedy Snapdragon 845 processor from Qualcomm, wireless charging, and solid battery life.
⑤ Moto G6
At US$250, the Moto G6 is the cheapest smartphone on this list. But I’m not including this phone just because of its price; you’re actually getting a really good deal as well.
The Moto G6 features a nice big 5.7-inch display, great battery life, fast charging, and a surprisingly decent camera, especially in well-lit conditions. And despite running on a Snapdragon 450 chip, which isn’t as snappy as those powering the Galaxy S9 and LG V40 ThinQ, it still gets the job done.