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10 Best Smartphones of 2018 So Far

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Smartphones have become our indispensable daily companion, let take a look at the 10 best best smartphones in 2018. Smartphones are now like our personal assistant helping us accomplished daily tasks with less effort. Of all personal gadget you may have, surely a smartphone will be the closest and the most handy.

Due to how relevant a smart phone is to us, it is very important to pick the phone that’s best for your needs.


In this article, I will consider every aspect of the smartphone to determine whether it’s a good buy for you, or if you’re better off with something else.

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Ten Best Pick for the Year

Below I will list ten best smartphones that you can buy, the list is in no particular order. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a smartphone, from design and operating system to security and durability.

Here we go:

  1. iPhone X

Cost : $1000

Pros: powerful, secure, and shutterbug-friendly phone ever

iPhone X
iPhone X

Why it made the List?

The iPhoneX symbolizes iPhone ten years of making phones and announces the standard for next decade of iphone and Apple Inc.

Though the phone looks like iphones 8 and 8+, it more powerful.

Turn on the iPhone X, and it’s easy to forget almost every other phone released this year. Apple’s following the “bezel-less” smartphone design trend, where the edges around the screen melt away to offer an immersive all-screen experience. Technically, other phones may have slightly smaller bezels, but we like the approach Apple took here.

The OLED display goes a long way in making amends for these quibbles. The 5.8-inch screen has a 2,436 x 1,125-pixel resolution (458 pixels per inch), and it’s razor sharp. Colors are vibrant, blacks are finally as pitch-dark as many other OLED Android phones, and it was easy to read in direct sunlight.  You’ll have a hard time pulling your eyes away from this screen.

The A11 Bionic processor remains unmatched, with reliably fast performance when moving around the home screen or playing intensive augmented reality games using ARKit.

Most importantly, the TrueDepth camera introduces a new, more secure way to unlock your phone, and it also helps you step up your selfie game. The TrueDepth camera has Face ID and Touch ID features.

The iPhoneX is coming with the brand new iOS 11. By switching to iOS 11, it offers far more customization than ever before, and on the iPhone X it feels snappy and fluid. Lets move to another phone on the list. iPhoneX is easily in the  Best phone category.

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The OnePlus 5T

Cost :  $500-$600

Pros: Cost effective, Great Memory.

One Plus 5T

Why it Made The List?

Oneplus 5T may be cheap in comparison with many of the latest flagship smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, cost more than $900.

Given that, you could be forgiven for thinking OnePlus made some serious compromises with the 5T to get its price so comparatively low. But you would be wrong.

While the 5T has some trade-offs, they aren’t meaningful. It will be a phone I recommend anytime.

The Phone is not on this list because of it design because it is the phones stand out feature.

What is  more noticeable, though, is the thinness of the 5T compared with that of other top Android phones. On paper, the 7.3-mm-thick 5T may not seem that much thinner than Google’s 7.9-mm Pixel 2 XL or Samsung’s 8.6-mm Galaxy Note 8. But those fractions of a millimeter make a difference.

That thinness combined with its light weight make the 5T supremely comfortable to use.

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 Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Cost: $840

Pros: Sleek Design, Super Battery, dual-lens camera.

8 Huawei 10Pro

Why it Made The List?

The Mate 10 Pro is the most enticing from the Chinese based company are targeting the US smartphone market.

It features a nice, if somewhat generic, design; water resistance; a large, 4,000mAh battery; and a dual-lens camera system.

It also runs on a Kirin 970 processor that comes with something called a neural-network processing unit, or NPU. The NPU lets the phone adapt and respond to how you use it. It can adjust the device’s power consumption to offer both the best performance and efficiency.

This phone has a massive battery at 4000maH, but this is not it only strength –  Huawei has also pulled off some clever software trickery to optimize power management. It also come with quick charging. with Huawei’s proprietary Super Charge technology offering a full charge from empty in 90 minutes; it’ll charge the phone to 50 percent in just half an hour.

Usually when a phone has huge battery , there are usually some compromise but this is not the case with Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

The phone has a 6-inch AMOLED Full HD display is vivid and sharp, and there’s an excellent dual main camera that combines 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors. The phone lack Headphone port but it is an all round good phone. The Mate 10 Pro is also IP67-certified and runs Android 8.0 Oreo.

HTC U11

Cost :  $700

Pros: Big, Sleek Design, Glassy, Alexa Support, Camera, Good Battery Life.

HTC U11
HTC U11
HTC U11

Why it Made The List?

This year’s HTC U11 is a much more dramatic departure from past flagships like the HTC 10, switching brushed aluminum for an eye-catching liquid-glass finish wrapped around a powerful, squeezable smartphone that offers tempting features.

The HTC U11 has an excellent camera and speedy performance. The phone has Google Assistant but  just like the phone above, HTC U11  phone also lacks headphone port.

HTC U11 is silky smooth and lightning fast so navigating the phone and app  won’t be a problem. Being smooth and fast is expected considering the U11 is packing a Snapdragon 835 backed by 4GB of RAM.

The U11 is packed with 3000maH, so you can expect to use your phone all day at top performance. The HTC U11 runs Android 7.1.1 with the Sense user interface on top. This is a good phone for it price.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Cost: Galaxy S8 price: $650

Galaxy S8 Plus price: $750

Pros: Sleek Design, Great Camera, Google Assistant

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 plus

Why it Made The List?

Samsung Galaxy S8 is simply a very beautiful phone with it curvy sleek design, and a massive screen. In the case of this phone, it can be said that the hard ware is more desirable than the soft ware in side. For example the introduction of Bixby, a new Siri/Alexa/Google Assistant rival developed in-house by Samsung was not necessary. Bixby has been poor all round and the phone already has Google Assistant; a superior alternative. The S8 phones rely on TouchWiz for face- and iris-recognition capabilities. But those features are poor compensation for the inability to install timely Android updates.

I don’t want to sound likeI am hating both phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 plus are  both desirable phones but of it sleek built and large screen. There’s more to like. There is Wireless charging along with  Fast charging. A camera that still hard to  beat. Expandable memory. And better-than-average battery life. These make the phone desirable.

Essential Phone (PH-1)

Cost :  $500

Pros: Gorgeous bezel-less design,    Crisp – high-resolution screen,   Pure Android, fast updates.

Essential Phone

Why it Made The List?

Though the phone was hits the market late last year, it is ticking all the right boxes this year and is living up to all the hype surrounding it. Much of the hype surrounding the phone’s launch was tied to Andy Rubin, the company’s founder who is also the creator of the Android mobile operating system.

The Phone’s square edges, ceramic back and titanium frame give it a premium feel. Its design makes the Phone heavier and less comfortable to hold than most phones of similar feature in the market. the weight actually make it more tangible. Essential Phone goes for a “bezel-less” design with skimpy edges around the screen. The edge-to-edge design means you get far more screen real-estate within a reasonably sized frame.

The phone is  beautiful and yet very powerful it is packed with 4GB of RAM, which should be plenty for multitasking smooth usage, and there’s only one choice of storage: 128GB. There’s no MicroSD card slot, but 128 GB should be plenty for most people.

 

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Cost: Galaxy S9 price: $720

Galaxy S9 Plus price: $840

Pros: Sleek design, One of the best Camera around, Google Assistant , Super Slow-Mo video mode

Samsung Galaxy S9
galaxy-s9+

Why it Made The List?

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ is perfect but small and compact. It may not be large like the phones it is competing with. The Galaxy S9 is the perfect-sized phone. It’s easy to wrap our palms around this smooth 5.8-inch device, and our fingers ergonomically rest on the curved edges along the S9’s frame. The power button on the right edge sits in an easy-to-access position, as does the Bixby button on the left edge. It’s a shame we’ve turned off Bixby’s functionality, so the button remains useless — more on that later.

The Iphone X earlier mentioned is using Samsung OLED screen and  it has out performed Samsung own phones in many independent test conducted by reputable companies.

Samsung has responded with the Galaxy S9+, whose curved display offers a brighter picture than the S8+ and covers even more of the color gamut than the iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL.

The phone has super audio boost, both the S9 and S9+ support Dolby Atmos technology. This fools your ear into believing that sound is coming at you from different directions in 3D space, making movies more immersive. The camera and video is unmatched, Samsung here also introduced the video in Slo-Mo( Slow Motion).

Apple’s currently has Animoji on the iPhone X, the AR Emoji feature on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is probably not going to help. Using the S9’s front camera, you can create a 3D avatar of yourself (similar to Bitmoji) and then create a gallery of GIFs and stickers you can share of yourself via all sorts of application. I think is just for fun.

Galaxy S9 and S9+ have a fairly good battery. If you are a phone user, don’t expect to get through a day without charging up the Galaxy S9. In a typical test by DigitalTrend, after using it heavily to watched YouTube videos, taking photos, playing video games, and browsing the web, The phone reached 7 percent by 6 p.m.

That is not good at all, and you can easily find better battery life with the competition, especially the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

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Google Pixel 2.

Cost :  $650

Pros: Amazing camera, great performance, and outstanding battery life.

Pixel 2

Why it Made The List?

Pixel 2 is one of the two Google phone that make my 10 best phone list. This is one of the flag ship phone from Google so it is representing just fine. Google may appear to play it safe with this phone, but the made sure to thick to all the box. The Pixel 2 has a 12.2-megapixel camera, but it’s Google’s image processing that does all the hard work. There’s virtually zero shutter lag, and while the processing takes a second or two, the results can be astonishing.

The Pixel excels thanks to Google’s HDR+ technology, where the smartphone captures multiple photos at once, picks the best one, and layers the rest to produce an image with the least amount of noise.

This also eliminates overexposed or underexposed parts of an image, resulting in excellent dynamic range. The Pixel 2, like the original Pixel, has a 5-inch, AMOLED display, rear fingerprint scanner, squared-off edges, and a single camera lens. While it comes in a new shade of light blue, the Pixel 2 is about as nondescript as a smartphone can get.

The phone is perfect in taking portrait selfie. The excellent camera experience is paired with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, which is still speedy, along with 4GB of RAM. Pixel 2 may not rank up there with the original Pixel, but it stand head high against the best phones in the market.

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Google Pixel 2 XL

Cost :  $850

Pros:  Bigger,Amazing camera, great performance, and outstanding battery life , Timely update , bezel-less design.

Google Pixel XL
photo credit: Google

Why it Made The List?

The Pixel 2 XL has similar features with  it brother above, but has slight more. The phone is bigger and more tangible, well you don’t have XL for nothing.

The Pixel 2 XL’s spotlight feature is its 12.2-megapixel camera, which is one of the best around. Google’s HDR+ technology allows for excellent dynamic range in photos, and the detail it captures is stunning. It’s even one of the best performers in low-light scenarios. There is no optical zoom, unlike many of its competitors, but it does have Portrait Mode even though it lacks dual cameras. Google purely uses software to detect the background from the subject, and its results are as good as the iPhone X. We’ve even found it takes better Portrait Mode selfies than Apple’s iPhone.

The early users did complained about the phone color vibrancy, Google immediately offer software update to correct it.

The best things about the Pixel 2 XL are its commitment to timely software updates and customer service. Pixel phones get automatic Android software updates and security patches without delay. In fact, they will be automatically downloaded when you aren’t using the phone. That’s vitally important for your privacy and security. There’s also a 24/7 support team you can access via the phone or by chat directly in your Settings app.

And Finally the Pixel 2 XL has great battery life, the phone is armed with 3520 MaH battery.

 

LG V30

Cost : $840

Pros :  OLED screen, Highly creative video mode, Wide-angle camera, Bezel-less design and good battery.

LG V30 Rear Photo Credit : Digital Trend
LG V30 side view  Digital Trend

 

Why it Made The List?

This is possibly the best phone ever made by LG yet. The LG V30 can compare pound for pound with the high end phones in this category. The phone may have been released lasdt year, the LG V30 is very much this year’s phone. V30 design is sleek and solid, a slight deviation from it V20 busineeslike look.

The LG  V30 has a nearly edgeless display, with bezels above and below the screen smaller than those on the LG G6. The screen ratio is 18:9, so it’s longer and thinner than traditional phones like the OnePlus 5. The benefits include more room for list-based apps like Twitter and Facebook and for web-browsing in general, plus for certain movies and TV shows available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The Lg V30 is a powerful phone by all any instance Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside, rather than the Snapdragon 821 in the G6. Samsung reportedly cornered the Snapdragon 835 market for the Galaxy S8 earlier this year, which is why LG wasn’t able to use it. The G6 isn’t slow, but the V30 is noticeably faster, smoother, and more pleasurable to use. The phone is powered by a 4GB  RAM, with this it can multi-tasked seamlessly.

It has one of the best camera, you can even zoom in on objects within the frame while in video mode. The battery life is great at 3000maH.

 

The ten phone above are great, there are some other great phones which sadly did not make this list, the will be included in the honorary mentions.

Honorary Mention

iphone 8

iphone 8

Moto G5s Plus

Moto Gs plus

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 Note

Samsung Galaxy G8 Note

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raser Phone

Raser

 

 

 

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