The 10 best cell phones of 2018

All huge cell phone dispatches have now passed and as we approach the year’s end, the ten best shake out after increasingly expanded use of each. Every one of the ten telephones are magnificent and certain angles make each a conceivable contender for the best spot.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 sat at the highest priority on my rundown throughout the previous couple of months. Subsequent to utilizing a Mate 20 Pro for the most recent few weeks, I’m knocking it back to the best for this last positioning of 2018.


The Galaxy Note 9 is the best telephone for business and keeps on being my most loved telephone of 2018. I’ve been utilizing one now for a while and in spite of experimenting with some extraordinary new telephones like the iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3 XL, none of these can supplant the Note 9 and everything Samsung incorporates into this dazzling gadget. This is particularly valid for use in the endeavor space.

The Galaxy Note 9 enhances the Note 8 with a Bluetooth S Pen, increasingly inside limit and RAM, a monstrous 4,000 mAh battery, better double back cameras with some product insight, upgraded sound ability, and new position of the back unique mark scanner.

The new Bluetooth S Pen is an incredible development that is certain to satisfy all Note fans with the extra remote control usefulness. In the not so distant future a SDK will be discharged with the goal that outsiders can include bolster for the Bluetooth S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 keeps on having the majority of the magnificent Galaxy Foundation viewpoints, for example, an abnormal state of water opposition, quick remote charging, a dazzling Super AMOLED screen, expandable microSD stockpiling, a 3.5mm headset jack, and significantly more. Furthermore, extending it to an outside screen with Samsung DeX is snappy and simple, while likewise giving a full working work area encounter. Samsung just discharged a Linux on DeX beta this week that keeps on demonstrating how able the Galaxy Note 9 is for business.

Since it has been out now for a couple of months, you can discover extraordinary arrangements on the Note 9. T-Mobile moves it for $900 ($100 not as much as dispatch cost) while a SIM-opened one from Samsung might be $800 amid its Black Friday deal. With a huge limit microSD card you could really have more than 1TB in the palm of your hand.


Huawei as of late reported the Mate 20 Pro and it unites the majority of the significance of Huawei into a solitary gadget that is difficult to beat. The Mate 20 Pro incorporates the main Android 7nm process chipset with the Kirin 980 (Apple’s A12 Bionic additionally utilizes the 7nm procedure), two Neural Processing Units, a fourth-age picture flag processor, and a LTE Cat.21 modem.

The triple back camera capacity from the Huawei P20 Pro is conveyed to the Mate 20 Pro, however in an alternate focal two-by-two course of action with one change made to one of the three focal points. The three back cameras have 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP goals with a 24MP forward looking shooter and man-made brainpower to enable you to catch extraordinary shots. The monochrome focal point has been supplanted with a wide-edge focal point so you presently have fax, wide-edge, and standard camera usefulness.

An expansive 6.39 inch OLED is on the front with cool Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, Black, Pink Gold, and Twilight shading alternatives for the gadget. Android 9.0 Pie powers things while EMUI has been refreshed to rendition 9.0.

One fascinating move from Huawei is the incorporation of an outside capacity card opening utilizing its very own new nano memory card instead of standard microSD cards. We likewise observe one of the main unique mark scanners inserted directly into the presentation. Huawei is known for long battery life and huge batteries so the 4,200 mAh battery is no genuine astonishment, yet much valued.


While the Galaxy Note 9 offers pretty much all that you need, programming refreshes are not its forte. On the off chance that you need an Android telephone that will dependably have the most recent firmware and security refreshes, while likewise offering a genuinely stock ordeal, at that point nothing beats the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. These two telephones are precisely the same with the exception of the general size and battery limit.

The Google Pixel 3 XL has an expansive 6.3-inch 18:9 presentation, Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB incorporated capacity, single back 12.2 megapixel camera, double forward looking cameras, IP68 residue and water obstruction, a 3430 mAh battery, and double front stereo speakers. The littler Pixel 3 has a 5.5 inch show and littler 2,915 mAh battery while whatever remains of the specs are equivalent to the XL display. Fortunately, remote charging is incorporated for the current year, alongside a lot of wired Pixel Buds in the retail bundle.

The bigger Pixel 3 XL has a presentation with an indent while the littler model swears off this structure approach so regularly observed today. They both help you shoot shocking photographs so if photography implies more to you than different capacities and highlights you might need to think about the Pixel 3 or 3 XL over different cell phones in this rundown. You can look at my end of the week with the Pixel 3 XL where I caught some incredible shots while in the midst of a furlough.

Notwithstanding programming being a concentration for Google, the camera is another motivation to purchase the Pixel 3 or 3 XL over other better cell phone equipment. Google just discharged its Night Sight mode for the camera and it is genuinely enchantment.

The littler Pixel 3 begins at $799 while the Pixel 3 XL begins at $899 for the 64GB model. They are both fueled by Android 9.0 Pie and will get OS redesigns for a long time. Google’s most up to date Assistant highlights are available alongside some other Google programming progresses.


Apple pushed the section level cost of a lead up to $1,000 a year ago with the iPhone X and increased present expectations again this year with the most costly leader accessible in the iPhone XS Max. ZDNet’s Jason Cipriani granted the iPhone XS Max an amazing close ideal score of 9.6/10 so I’m almost certain Jason would give the best spot to this telephone.

I requested my very own iPhone XS Max to supplant my iPhone X, utilizing the T-Mobile Jump On Demand program, however following two weeks I sent it back as I found the little size of the iPhone X was one of the essential reasons regardless it earned a place in my pocket.

The Apple iPhone XS Max has been appeared to best all different telephones in benchmarking testing and the Apple A12 Bionic chipset unquestionably pioneers new trails. It has a breathtaking OLED screen, great measured battery, and new camera programming to make it an exceptionally convincing lead.

The iPhone XS Max begins at $1,099 for a negligible stockpiling 64GB model and keeps running up to $1,449 for the 512GB model. I may in the end return to the iPhone XS Max, yet there are no Plus-sized enhancements so it is extreme for me to by and by legitimize such a major gadget without something unique.


OnePlus propelled the new OnePlus 6T toward the finish of October and interestingly it propelled on a US remote bearer. I grabbed my Mirror Black model at a nearby T-Mobile store, in the wake of visiting a few stores that were sold out, and exploited the $300 dispatch exchange alternative.

OnePlus wins a best five spot on my rundown as a result of the top of the line details, sensible value that is hundreds not exactly different leaders, amazingly responsive execution, and utilization of new innovation.

On the off chance that I had a moderate cell phone list, the OnePlus 6T would be number one with costs going from $549 to $629. The most minimal cost despite everything one has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of capacity while the $629 demonstrate has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of inner stockpiling. You won’t discover another telephone with these extraordinary specs at these costs.

The OnePlus 6T is made out of two bits of Gorilla Glass 6 with a metal casing. No other telephone accessible today utilizes Gorilla Glass 6. The structure is rich and the manufacture quality is incredible. It has a flawless AMOLED 6.41 inch show, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, double back cameras (they are a bit underutilized contrasted with the top of the line leaders), abundant RAM and interior stockpiling choices, some dimension of residue and water opposition, a vast 3700 mAh battery and fast charge ability, with amazing radio help for GSM systems.

The presentation has a little score, like what we saw on the Essential Phone, and furthermore runs the most recent variant of OxygenOS with a to a great degree responsive programming background. You can even empower an all touch interface, like the iPhone X. The in-screen unique finger impression sensor functions admirably while the face open alternative is convenient for less secure every day opening of your telephone.

Look at our full survey of the OnePlus 6T where I granted it a close flawless 9.7/10 rating. It is right now one of my most loved telephones and I can’t trust it is about portion of what I paid for my Note 9.


While US customers should fall back on eBay to lift one up, the Huawei P20 Pro stays a standout amongst the most energizing telephones of 2018, even with its new cousin simply propelling as the Mate 20 Pro.

The one of a kind triple camera structure with 68 megapixels worth of shooting force should enable you to take some phenomenal shots with a low light mode that prevails over the various cell phones accessible today.

Huawei has been incorporating enormous limit batteries in its leaders and the P20 Pro is no special case with 4,000 mAh that is certain to get you through something like one full, bustling day. It has a huge 6.1 inch OLED with a score you can show or shroud, an incredible Kirin 970 processor with incorporated AI, IP67 residue and water opposition, and the sky is the limit from there.

Huawei’s EMUI has progressed significantly and the home screen presently has a standard Google Feed on one board with an interface that is near stock. At the point when Huawei provides programming and settings past stock Android, those serve to improve the gadget instead of jumble it up and back it off. The P20 Pro flies through each activity and is a sheer euphoria to utilize.

Sandra Vogel granted the Huawei P20 Pro a 8.9/10 rating in her full audit and CNET gave it a 8.4 in its survey. I composed a post a couple of months prior subsequent to utilizing it for multi month despite everything it runs with me when I need to guarantee I catch some extraordinary photographs.


This year Apple reported three new telephones with one discharging multi month after the other two. I exchanged the iPhone XS Max for an iPhone XR and by and large I am very content with the gadget and sparing $350 over the iPhone XS Max.

The Apple iPhone XR contrasts from the XS/XS Max with a LED screen rather than OLED, bring down goals, no 3D Touch bolster (does anybody by any chance consideration about this?), a solitary back camera, and a 6.1 inch show that fits in the middle of these other two new telephones. It has a similar Apple A12 Bionic processor, same camera programming and equipment as the 12MP prime camera, and other improved Apple highlights like face open. The iPhone XR has a bigger limit battery than the iPhone XS and a detailed battery life more prominent than the XS and XS Max.

You can buy the iPhone XR in dark, white, blue, yellow, coral, and Product Red. The iPhone XR begins at $749, which is $250 not exactly the 64GB iPhone XS. There is additionally a 128GB model for just $799, which is likely the best arrangement for the iPhone XR with the iPhone XS 256GB at an astounding $1,149.

The phone gathering of the iPhone XR is somewhat more awful in powerless flag territories than the iPhone X models, however iPhones have never possessed the capacity to coordinate the phone gathering quality found in Android telephones. The battery life of the iPhone XR is wonderful and the camera works superbly. For some individuals, it is likely extraordinary compared to other iPhones you can purchase today and is more sensibly valued than the new XS and XS Max.


LG keeps on discharging incredible telephones that increase in value after some time and in a swarmed lead showcase, the LG V40 may have an intense time discovering its place too.

While Huawei was one of the principal significant brands to dispatch a telephone with three back cameras, LG knock that up by declaring a telephone with five aggregate cameras. Three are found on the back and two are on the front.

LG has dependably stood separated from the others with its second back camera having a genuine wide-point focal point for extraordinary scene and substantial room photography. The new LG V40 keeps the wide-edge camera while additionally adding a zooming focal point to the standard focal point alternative so you can do pretty much anything you need, including snapping once to take three photographs, with this new leader telephone.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the LG V40 ThinQ has everything except for the kitchen sink included. It has a 3.5mm earphone jack with Quad-DAC bolster, triple back camera setup, double forward looking camera, remote charging, IP68 rating, MIL-STD 810G stun safe rating, microSD extension card for modest boundless capacity development, a screen that broadens almost the full front with an indent, and unfathomable sound help with its Boombox speaker framework. The 3,300 mAh battery won’t get you to the extent the best five telephones in this rundown and is one territory that shields me from utilizing it day by day over the long haul.

A year ago, the LG V30 inspired me and earned a 8.7/10 rating. I’ll be utilizing the LG V40 this week with a full audit to come toward the beginning of November.


Sony is back on the 10 best rundown with its best cell phone in years as the Xperia XZ3. I’ve been utilizing one for half a month and despite the fact that I am not content with the unique mark scanner arrangement it is as yet a convincing cell phone.

The Sony Xperia XZ3 coordinates on the spec sheet intimately with the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL with 4GB RAM, 64GB interior stockpiling, Android 9 Pie, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 3300 mAh battery, remote charging, and IP68 residue and water obstruction.

The Xperia XZ3 has a dazzling bended structure with exquisite shading alternatives and microSD stockpiling extension choices. The 6-inch OLED screen looks incredible, particularly when seeing video content and encountering the HDR up-change innovation.

A solitary 19 megapixel camera is found on the back with a 13 megapixel shooter on the front. The Sony Xperia XZ3 is accessible now for $899.99 from Amazon and Best Buy in dark, woodland green, and white silver.


Samsung propelled the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus prior this year. It’s an advancement in the Galaxy S line, however one that leads as near flawlessness as you can expect for a cell phone today.

Samsung’s Infinity Display keeps on awing and procures a close flawless score like other Samsung shows on the most current Samsung, Apple, and Google telephones. There is 6GB of RAM, the quickest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 versatile processor, a back double gap camera, another with excessively moderate movement bolster (S9 Plus just), the capacity to include economical microSD cards, enhanced Bixby assitant and an equipment catch committed to its utilization, Samsung Pay installment innovation, remote and quick charging, IP68 residue and water opposition, a USB Type-C standard port, and conventional 3.5mm headset jack. It likewise dispatches with Android 8.0 Oreo. There is nothing absent from the Galaxy S9 Plus despite everything it merits regard a while later.

Something that emerges on Samsung telephones is RF execution so in the event that you live in a territory with a powerless cell flag, you may move the S9/S9 Plus up further in your rundown of best cell phones.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are accessible at costs beginning at $720 (S9) and $840 (S9 Plus). T-Mobile and Samsung have the best costs with different bearers including extra premiums best of the MSRP. On the off chance that you purchase an opened one from Samsung it won’t contain transporter bloatware and is valued lower than most US bearers as well.

I granted the S9 Plus a 9.7/10 rating in my full survey. Jason Cipriani took the marginally littler single camera Galaxy S9 for a turn and granted it a 8.9/10 rating in his full survey.

Samsung is beginning to reveal its most up to date programming knowledge for beta testing on the Galaxy S9/S9 Plus so stay tuned for additional on this refresh.