With such a wide collection of Smartphones available these days, it can sometimes be hard to pick the best one for you. Having said that, when we decided to pick out the best five Smartphones, as we enter further in to 2018, it’s clear that whilst many have arrived, not many have yet made a big impact. We’re not saying the new phones recently aren’t very good, but weren’t exactly spoiled for choice! But hey, here’s how we got on.
Without further ado, here’s our Q2 of 2018, the Best Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now;
When OnePlus first announced the OnePlus One, the main headline feature was getting an incredibly high end flagship Smartphone for an unbelievable price, and, whilst that price may be continuing to see an increase, it’s hard to deny that what you get with the new OnePlus 6 isn’t pretty impressive.
Whilst, as always, their has to be some suffices alone the way, the areas where they’ve become are far less vital than they used to be. For example, the Cameras on the OnePlus 6 are actually pretty decent, the performance is top notch with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, backed up by 6GB or 8GB ram depending which model you choose.
Whilst the OnePlus 6 definitely isn’t the best Smartphone you can buy right now, it’s definitely still the best bang for buck in the Smartphone world today.
HTC have kinda disappeared off the radar in the last few years, that hasn’t stopped the company from making new Smartphones, and some of them have actually been rather impressive, which brings us nicely to the new U12+. HTC got a lot right with the U11, design was one of our favourite aspects of it, and HTC have evolved that design and further refined it with the U12+, and we love it. Whether you’re a fan of in-your-face colours, or just want something more muted, the U12+ has the choices for you, and we can’t complain about that.
Performance wise, HTC have packed the U12+ with pretty much all you expect from a 2018 flagship, latest Qualcomm silicon, plenty of RAM, but for the first time in quite a while for HTC, the U12+ has a dual-Camera setup, and the Camera itself is quite the performer, getting a very impressive 102 on DXOMark, if that means anything to you. Long story short, it’s a great shooter. Outside of all that, you’ve a great 6 inch, LCD panel, which despite not being OLED is actually quite the display, with full HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
Whilst HTC continue to be a brand that has lost it’s way a bit in term of Smartphones, it’s hard to say they’re making bad phones anymore if the U12+ is to go by.
The Smartphone with the stupidest name? This would definitely be number 1. LG decided that instead of simply calling their new Smartphone, following up from the G6, the G7, they just had to add ThinQ brand at the end … but, if you can try and ignore that, here’s actually a very capable Android phones. Plus, if you were looking for pretty much the only Smartphone brand left who truly care about the 3.5mm headphone jack, you can’t really argue with LG’s 32-bit DAC.
Probably the G7 ThinQ’s biggest problem, is that it was leaking as far back as November last year, and well, let’s just LG didn’t really surprise us with anything, but that hasn’t stopped the G7, which is how near everyone else will know it as, from being a great phone. The only problem you may have with the G7 is the sheer lack of excitement from the device, but with an RRP of £599, you’re getting the latest Snapdragon silicon, a great 6.1 inch MLCD+ display, all in a Smartphone which whilst has a notch, can be hidden for those wondering.
Now, we all know what you’re likely thinking, why not number 1, and we’ll explain that shortly, first, let’s go over the S9. Samsung once again released one of the most highly anticipated Smartphones of the year, and it most definitely delivers! Whilst, the Galaxy S8 remains a fantastic Smartphone, in it’s own right, it’s clear that Samsung was listening, as almost every niggle we had with the S8, has been fixed!
Awful fingerprint scanner location, now in the centre and easier to reach, weedy single bottom firing speaker, now you’ve dual-Speakers! See what we mean, pretty much everything that was complained about the S8, has been rectified, everything else refined, and you really do notice that refinement as you look all around the Galaxy S9. Nothing’s removed, or changed if not needed, just fixed where necessary, and whilst that’s great, that is one of the biggest reasons it stuck at number 2.
Whilst the new Exynos 9 (or Snapdragon 845 in other regions) is incredibly fast, the fixing aperture in the Camera is an incredible feat of engineering, the totally not copying Apple AR Emojis are great for 5 minutes, the fact remains that outside of these changes, it might as well be a Galaxy S8. Don’t get us wrong, if you’ve a Galaxy S6, absolutely this is a fantastic no-brainer upgrade, but if you’ve an S8, you’d almost be silly to bother.
Here we are again, another year, a new Pixel. It hasn’t exactly been a smooth ride for Google, like last year, but it’s impossible to deny the quality of the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL. With most display niggles amended in software and newer units, this is the device for two key factors, which it bests on. One, software experience, and, two, Camera. There’s no denying it, the Google Pixel 2 devices have the best Cameras of the year once again, and with Android Oreo, you’ve easily the cleanest Software experience you can get on a Smartphone today, well, unless you update last years Pixel devices of course.
The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also feature a few tricks up their sleeves, such as the new Now Playing and Google Lens, but let’s not forget the Pixel Visual Core, which once launched will make your Camera even better and faster at the HDR+ level, which means an already great Smartphone is only going to get better and better.
Whilst it may have begun a rougher year this year for the Pixel project at Google, it’s clear that it won’t stop the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from continuing to be our top pick. You can find so much more about the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in our Review, which is linked below!
So, there you have it, the Google Pixel 2 XL remains our Smartphone choice, even as we continue into 2018. That isn’t to say it’s safe in that position, we’re expecting a lot more to come out of 2018, and here’s hoping a beast of a Smartphone is just round that corner.
And there you go, that’s our Q2 Top 5 of 2018, whilst it’s fair to say not much will likely change for Q3, here’s hoping, but for now, these really are the best Smartphones you can buy right now!