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Best Android Phones 2018

Best Android Phones 2018

There are new phones arriving all the time, especially when it comes to the world of Android phones. Apple's iPhone might be popular but handsets running Google's mobile OS provide you with a wealth of choice.

Here at Tech Advisor we independently test each phone thoroughly so we can bring you the very best ones you can buy at any given moment. Here we rank the top 10 but keep checking as new ones will be added regularly.

So far in 2018 we've had some cracking Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro. There's lot more on the way though including the LG G7, OnePlus 6 and HTC U12.

Your buying guide for the best Android phones in 2018
You might still be considering an iPhone, but it's worth checkout out the amazing selection of Android phone before you make a final decision. While you only get to choose from a handful of Apple handsets, there's something for everyone when it comes to Android.

The top Android phones are made by the likes of Samsung, Huawei, LG, OnePlus, Sony, HTC and others.

They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and each has selling points – whether it's a sleek waterproof design, a massive display or no less than three cameras. Sometimes, you might get all of this in one phone.

Since you're often paying in excess of £600 for these phones, you can expect to get tip top build quality and the latest hardware and software features. Differences between devices can be minimal so a lot will likely come down to personal preference.

We've done our best to rank the phones in order taking into account build, value, performance and features. However, make sure you get the phone that's right for your needs – it might not simply be the phone in the top spot.

Note that where phones are very similar – like the S9 and S9 Plus – we've picked the one we think is better to appear in the chart. This is so the 10 phones are nicely varied, providing a wider choice, but the version not chosen is still a valid choice.

Clicking through to our in-depth reviews will help where we have detailed benchmarks, test photography and more.

So here they are, the best Android phones you can buy right now.

Best Android Phones 2018

1. OnePlus 6
  • RRP: $529 (6GB/64GB); $579 (8GB/64GB); $629 (8GB/128GB)
  • Buy from OnePlus
The OnePlus 6 might not have everything on the ultimate phone tick list, but that doesn't really matter.

If you really feel the need for more luxury items like wireless charging and full waterproofing then you'll have to spend quite a bit more - and you can do so should you have the budget.

Otherwise the 6 is an all-rounder with all the major things you need with the firm nailing design, specs and performance to provide an unmatched package for the price. For most people, the 6 is an absolute bargain.

Read our OnePlus 6 review.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9
There's no doubt that the Galaxy S9 is one of the best phones of the year. It offers an excellent all-round experience with Samsung expertly blending design, hardware and software to make a phone that will appeal to all kinds of users.

You only need to spend extra on the Galaxy S9+ if you really want the extra camera, bigger screen and other internal upgrades - more RAM, storage and a bigger battery aren't as noticeable. 

However, we can't avoid the fact that the improvements  - namely the camera and biometrics - are minor and in many ways the S9 is the same as the S8 but with a higher price tag. Those on last year's model will unlikely be able to justify the upgrade and those on an S7 or earlier might want to grab the S8 at a now much lower price.


3. Huawei P20 Pro
  • RRP: TBC
In the P20 Pro Huawei has delivered a stunning phone which should be on your shortlist along with the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X. Sure, there are some niggles such as the lack of stabilisation for 4K video, no headphone jack and no wireless charging,but if your priority is photography then the P20 Pro does not disappoint.

Add in the long battery life, dual SIM slots and great screen and you've got the complete package: this is one of the best phones of 2018.

It's a fair amount more than the regular model so save yourself £200 on the regular P20 if you don't mind 'only' dual rear cameras, no waterproofing and an LCD screen vs OLED.


4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 is expensive, but the finest things in life don’t come cheap.  If you can stomach the price, we are really taken by the Note 8. Until you see it you’ll find yourself wondering why anyone would choose it over the cheaper Galaxy S8+, but the S Pen alone justifies this price difference.

Performance is bang-on, the screen is amazing, and photography is difficult to fault. Even Bixby has shown itself to be anything but the over-hyped, unnecessary feature we feared it could be.

Potential downsides are the expensive price tag, a slightly awkward fingerprint scanner and a very tall glass body that is more fragile than metal-body phones. 

5. Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 is a boring phone until you turn it on. The uninspiring hardware melts away to present you with a bleeding edge vision of the Android future, with machine learning fully integrated. It’s not quite there yet, but this is where we are heading. 

The camera, one lens down on some competitors, is better than all of them in most situations thanks to the superior software onboard. You only get that benefit when you buy Google hardware, and the company is finally realising the end to end product that Apple has been making for a decade.

If you want a smartphone to fawn over and make your friends jealous with, you won’t want the Pixel 2. But it’s faster than the Galaxy S8 and takes better photos. It delivers the best overall camera and software experience on any Android smartphone to date.


6. LG G7 ThinQ
If you want wide angle cameras in a flagship phone, the G7 is an excellent option - particularly as LG has now added portrait mode for the first time.

The screen is still LCD but goes extremely bright. Add to that water resistance, wireless charging and a headphone jack with a Quad DAC, this is one of the most fully featured handsets of 2018.

You might dislike the notch and LG's Android skin, but if you want to spend less and get a whole lot of phone, the G7 could be for you.


7. Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Mate 10 Pro is easily one of the best phone from Huawei yet and although the cameras aren't as good as the Pixel 2 XL's, it has a better screen, better battery life and just as much processing power. 

In fact, with the AI processor there's arguably more on board, but there's no guarantee that apps will appear to make use of it. Even if they don't, this is still an outstanding phone.

Read our Huawei Mate 10 Pro review.

8. Google Pixel 2 XL
The Pixel 2 XL is a fantastic phone. It’s well designed, well built and looks great. The screen issues could put you off, and don't forget there's no headphone socket or microSD slot.

This is where the Galaxy S8 Plus comes in: it’s slightly cheaper and has both of those features and matches the Pixel in just about every area.

The Pixel does win out on camera quality – just – but has the advantage of quick updates to future Android releases and unlimited photo and video storage for three years.


9. HTC U11+
Despite the U12+ being out, the U11+ is still the better choice due to the newer phone's problems.

The U11+ has impressive specs for the price, including 128GB of storage as standard. We also like the upgraded screen and waterproofing, but the phone will be too big and heavy for some.

In the wider market the U11+ doesn't come out on top in any categories. There are better phones for photography, audio, display and design. Edge Sense is the selling point here but you can get the same thing on the cheaper Pixel 2.

10. Razer Phone
The Razer Phone, if you’re a gamer, is the perfect smartphone. It may not compete with sleek, thin smartphones but it does have a stunning 120Hz display. It makes a huge difference to gaming on the phone, especially when combined with stereo front-facing Dolby ATMOS-certified speakers and an app that lets you tweak the performance of games on a per-app basis.

But while the display is perfect, we can’t really say the same about the camera setup. The rear-facing dual-camera setup isn’t bad, but the quality of images captured isn’t enough to compete with other current flagships as it's easy to spot areas of aggressive noise cancellation, even in relatively well-lit photos.

But hey, if you’re a gamer on the market for a new smartphone that can provide the best Android gaming experience possible, the Razer Phone is the ideal candidate – and it’s much cheaper than other flagships too!  

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