We’re only halfway through 2018 and we’ve already seen a pretty diverse set of new trends in smartphones big steps forward in the camera department the first phones with over 90 percent screen on the front and a new emphasis on intricate color options so today we’ve got the budget phones we’ve got the china phones we’ve got the flagship phones these are my top 10 favorite smartphones in 2018 so far and a quick disclaimer whilst I have used pretty much every major phone release this year there are a couple of exceptions notably
The latest from LG and HTC just because there’s are two companies that aren’t very good at dealing with youtubers and I think it’s a mistake they’re actually paying quite dearly for
10. Oppo R15 Pro
let’s get straight into it and the first phone number 10 on our list is the Oppo R-15 Pro with a fantastic display design and cameras the ar-15 pro is easily one of the best flagships under $600 the only sticking point for me is the mid-tier snapdragon 662 which is not slow but we’ve now seen the same chip in phones costing less than half the price
9. Honor 10
moving on the honor 10 and this is probably the best example of a company really pushing themselves to pursue the more ambitious color options the phantom finish as they call it can shift colors depending on which angle you look wrong so when you get bored of looking at the front of the phone you’ve always got the back at the equivalent of just over $400 it does fall into unusual territory but for those of you who want a close to flagship experience in terms of performance in camera and have no room for maneuver would budget this is probably your best bet not to mention honor have just dropped their new GPU turbo feature which I’ve been playing around with and has drastically improved frame rates when playing games
8. Elephone U Pro
The elephone u pro with six inches curved AMOLED display snapdragon 660 and a great battery life it was released at 389 dollars but given the amount of time that has passed be able to find it even cheaper.
7. Samsung Galaxy S9
On number seven is actually the Samsung Galaxy S 9 plus whilst on one hand the s1 plus was disappointingly iterative in nature and not hugely exciting compared to the more experimental phones this year that doesn’t change the fact that this is one of the most well-rounded devices you can buy right now in terms of camera display design and even audio I can still safely recommend the s9 + to almost everyone who’s looking for a flagship phone and be rest assured that they’ll be happy with it.
Because of how expensive it’ll probably be based on last year’s note 8 it probably not in the top three but well after the wait and see.
6. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s
is Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 and this is a firm that really defies its price when you’re spending just over five hundred dollars you’re kind of expecting a phone where the company is just trying to cram as many flagship features in as possible but with no real Flair of its own the 2s has Flair in spades it takes most of what we loved from the original mix but has bumped up the chip to the latest Snapdragon 845 introduced a solid your camera and added some cool little software features like full gesture control.
5. Oppo Find X
One of the most beautiful bits of tech, the huge 6.4 inch panoramic arc and will air screen to the top-tier performance and the 25 megapixel front camera this is a phone with very little compromise and in fact the only thing holding this phone back from being even higher on my list is the lofty price tag and is not even unreasonably expensive it’s just a case that in mid 2018 better value exists elsewhere.
4. Vivo NEX
The in display fingerprint scanner is not that reliable and the dual cameras are only okay but most of the time you’re going to be too engrossed in the 6.6 inch Super AMOLED screen on the front to let it bother you too much and using any other smartphone feels like a compromise because their display will either be smaller surrounded by a bezel or with a notch.
3. Xiaomi Mi A2
Xiaomi brand new Mi A2 and this is a bit different to other phones in the list in that targets a completely different segment at 250 euros or just under $300 the mi a2 is hands-down the best value budget the phone. Xiaomi has dropped pretty much every optional extra like wireless charging IP certification and fast charging in exchange for a really fast powerful core Android experience.
2. Huawei p20 Pro:
Huawei p20 Pro it is striking to look at and the battery and camera are not just good but incredible in many cases such as super low-light no other phone camera even comes close to the p20 pro there is so much difference that this feels like it is from a different generation it isn’t as powerful as Snapdragon 845 powered phones and I would put that down as the phone’s biggest deficit but at the same time Huawei is really flexing their AI muscle here and as a result the software the user experience and even uploading times managed to keep her up quite well while they did also at the same time drop the standard p20 which is also a pretty good phone but it misses out on a lot of what makes the pro special and so hasn’t quite made the cut
1. OnePlus 6:
You probably will have got it by now just by a process of elimination but in case you haven’t. The one plus 6 and the reason I say this is that everything has to be judged based on its price and so whilst the one plus six is not a better phone than the Oppo find X or the Vivo Nex, it is just because of better value $500 couldn’t be spent better on any other smartphone right now what is interesting about the OnePlus 6 is that it actually shares a lot of DNA with the Oppo r15 pro they were but for the same price you get a faster chip which helps not just in performance and games but also in the camera and a much cleaner software experience relative to other phones even phones that are twice the price the camera is the only main area where you make some sort of unambiguous compromise and even then it’s not by much also whilst there is a standard midnight black version and the red on this phone it isn’t subtle by any stretch of the imagination but it is a lot of fun