What's your favorite 2018 flagship?

Season's greetings and strong deliberations! It's that time of the year when we reminisce about the ghosts of the annual flagships past and can vote wholeheartedly for each and every one of them as our favorite, as enough time has passed to leave a lasting impression.

The big bet of the year was 'all-screen' phones, and, while in the first half a lot of phone makers tried to mimic Apple's notcholicious approach to bragging about total screen diagonals, in the second half some unique new twists took precedence. Thus, we now have the "dewdrop" notch of the Mate 20 or OnePlus 6T, the sliding screen half of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the honor Magic 2, and the crazy dual-screen design of the Nubia X or the upcoming Vivo NEX 2.

A phone is a complete package, though, a fusion of the mobile operating system, first and foremost, design, hardware specs and manufacturer interface overlays and there are many moving parts that can make or break the popularity of a handset. 

That is why we wanted to ask you which 2018 flagship piqued your interest, and would love to hear why you picked what you picked, you sweet pickle. Happy choosing!

What's your favorite 2018 flagship?

Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
LG G7 ThinQ
LG V40
Sony Xperia XZ3
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
OnePlus 6
OnePlus 6T
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 XL
Apple iPhone XS
Apple iPhone XS Max



1. Feanor

Posts: 1431; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Mine; Xperia XZ3. Best balance between software and hardware amongst Androids. All others are either great in software or hardware but rarely in both.

11. androiduser

Posts: 556; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Great phone but I'd vote for the pixel 3 but they didn't give us that option.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1431; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'd prefer also the Pixel 3XL if it didn't have so many bugs and it weren't so ugly (more than the notch I dislike the two-tone back and the sides actually). Looks very pedestrian design-wise to me.

42. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I wonder why Phonearena didn't include the iPhone XR on the list? I know it doesn't have flagship specs, but it certainly has flagship pricing.

2. urbanrunner

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

pixel 3/3xl?

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Nokia 3310 4G! It's a dumb phone flagship!

7. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Nokia 8110 is a better choice I think.

4. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

I could sorta understand not having Vivo on there since its not as widely known, but not having the Pixels on there is bizarre.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Lots of other phones are missing too. Especially the Poco F1

5. adecvat

Posts: 664; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Most vote for Note 9 but no one buy it, lol :D

15. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Uh huh. I bought it, and I voted for it, because it's far and away the best, most functional, most flexible, most powerful large phone there is.

31. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I also bought it and it's honestly the best all-rounder in that list.

32. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Bought it and voted for it. Nothing comes close to the all around package.

33. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Its the way it is. Android wins but no one is buying, of course, they’re poor.

35. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Keep saving your pennies for the next iPhone lmao...

41. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Any person with a Note 9 could have easily bought an XS or XS Max if they wanted. It isn't about affordability, it's about preference, and people like you repetitively saying that we're poor just because of our preference is the most asinine and simpleminded way of thinking I've ever seen while making the whole Apple base look like idiots.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Note 9 duhhh. Does it all, with looks and battery life to boot.

9. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If i was buying it would forsure be note 9.

10. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm torn between the Note 9 and the OnePlus 6T. Both are great phones with plenty of features, but the price of the 6T is hard to beat.

14. Phonehex

Posts: 769; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I used the Note 9 for a good 10 days before returning it because I couldn't take the few extra mm taller body. I was travelling a lot and phone size mattered a lot. I went back to my S9 plus. I got the Op6t even though I didn't need it. Its not as great as you would expect. Inscreen fps sucks. Speaker is a let down and so is the camera. If you were buying 1 device , then buy the note 9 on ebay . 700$ Odd.

17. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Dang I thought I would get used to the height but I might have the same reaction. I know for sure I'd have to alter my jean pockets to accommodate the Note 9 considering my Note 5 barely fits with some of them. I can understand your frustrations though with the 6T. I think the 2019 Samsung flagship lineup will offer a far superior in-screen fps but since the phones are not changing in height compared to the S9/S9+, my best option would probably be the S10.

21. Phonehex

Posts: 769; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Go for the S9 plus or just wait for a couple months and get the S10+ . S9 is a truly all round awesome phone. Great display, camera, speakers, size, decent battery life , It didn't sell that well but I have used a lot of good phones this year. P20 pro , note 9 , s9 plus , Xs Max , Op6T .. I personally felt that the S9 plus suited my needs the best. I have the Xs max , Op6T and the S9 plus. S9 plus is my daily driver . The Xs max and Op6t mostly sit at home.

26. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Yeah I'll be waiting a few more months for the S10/S10+. I work at a desk so I need a fps that's on the front of the device (first world problems, I know). I used a Moto G6 for a month this year and realized very quickly how much I missed Samsung Pay so I'll be sticking with Samsung.

13. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

To me, the Mate 20 Pro is the most interesting.

16. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Even with all the screen issues, it is still the Matw 20 Pro. I would take one back over my Note 9 in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the stupid screen.

19. Feanor

Posts: 1431; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Huawei is for me a complete no-go, because of their shameless iOS copying software. I wouldn't accept it in a $200 handset, no way I can accept it in a $1000 phone. I'm actually surprised how people are ok with it.

24. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Everyone copies from each other lol And Chinese OEMs copy iOS to make the transition for those moving from to their phones a lot essier. Android copied lots of festures from Touchwiz, and go check iOS 7 and how much Apple copied from android back then. Was it wrong for them to do so? Of course not, because, and again, everyone is guilty of copying the others.

25. Feanor

Posts: 1431; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

We are not talking about copying features to stay in a competitive benchmark level. We are talking about cheap cosmetic copying to attract unknowledgeable customers. Something that could have been totally avoided. We are talking about Chinese culture, they do the same with cars; would you buy a hilarious copy of a Smart? Totally cheap for loads of money meanwhile.

27. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Except for the fact that Huawei products are far from being cheap. There hardware is top notch, and you get what you're paying for. Now obviously you have something against Chinese product, that's your opinion and I am not here to challenge it, but my opinion is completely different than yours.

29. Feanor

Posts: 1431; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I didn't say that Huawei products are cheap, I said they are expensive. I didn't complain about hardware, I complained about the software. Would be better if your comment were corresponding to the issue I raised. I also have no problem with Huawei hardware, but copying iOS UX design is shameless and needless. Fact is fact. I don't have a vague and unfounded problem with Chinese products, but being unoriginal is hardly something to be proud of. If I spend $1000, I may as well spend it on the original (in this case the iPhone). It is nonsensical to spend it on the copy.

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