Best Android phones in 2018

Best Android phones in 2018
 What is the best Android phone in 2018?

There are so many phones and new one keep on coming up, so it might be hard to pick just one. We are here to help. We have reviewed and tested hundreds of Android phones and we can recommend some great ones, tell you about their alternatives and even about those phones that you should absolutely avoid.

Of course, there is no one right phone for everyone: some phones are bigger, others smaller, some focus on camera quality, others on battery life and so on. We will tell you about these and other note-worthy features of each phone listed here, so... let's get started.


Premium: Over $800



Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Price: from $1,000

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Impressive OLED screen
  • Great camera
  • Lots of customization options
  • S Pen
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Very high price
  • Maybe a bit too big for some
  • Android updates take months to arrive
  • Not quite buttery smooth in daily use

If you are looking for an Android phone that goes all-out in terms of features and performance, the Galaxy Note 9 fits the bill. It sports a big and beautiful, 6.3" Super AMOLED display, it has the S Pen, double the storage of most 2018 flagships with 128GB on board, and most importantly, it's got a gigantic, 4,000mAh battery inside that ensures the phone can last you through even those longest days.

The Note 9 is a bigger phone than most, so keep that in mind. The loudspeakers are big and powerful, and it has no notch, which is quite the rarity these days.


Google Pixel 3 XL

Price: from $900

Pros

  • Much improved OLED screen
  • Buttery smooth performance
  • Great camera
  • Wireless charging
  • Android updates arrive on day one
  • Software support for three years

Cons

  • Very high price
  • Big and ugly notch
  • No 4K60 video option
  • Traditional three-button on-screen navigation option is gone

The Pixel 3 XL is probably one of the best camera phones of 2018, and it brings a stylish frosted glass back that now allows for wireless charging. Up front, it brings a dual camera for group selfies, all that while keeping the buttery smooth performance and the long software update support. Google says that it will deliver Android updates to this series for the next three years and you know that you will not need to wait months for those updates to actually arrive to the devices.

Unfortunately, all the rumors about the notch on the XL are true: it has one big and unsightly notch that sticks like a sore thumb, and not only that but the phone also has a quite big chin on the bottom. If you can live with those design compromises and really want a clean and smooth performing phone that uses AI to help you screen calls and keep annoying telemarketers out, as well as capture incredible photos, the Pixel 3 XL is a great choice.


LG V40 ThinQ

Price: Around $950

Pros

  • Good looks
  • Decent screen
  • Expandable storage, headphone jack
  • Wireless charging
  • HDR video recording

Cons

  • Pricey!
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Inconsistent camera performance

The V40 ThinQ is LG's top gun, a phone with a big screen and roughly the size of the iPhone XS Max. It features a larger, 6.4" pOLED screen that is an improvement over the screen of last year's V30, and it sports a whopping three cameras on its back. You have the standard camera and the wide angle lens from earlier LG phones, but what's new here is a third, telephoto camera, so you can cover more distance at better quality. We found the quality to be decent, but not much more than that, as the color science seems to be totally different between the three different lenses and results are not consistent.

The V40 also runs on LG's custom software on top of Android and it's a strange thing that has evolved, but still feels a bit cartoony and not quite on par with the refinement and convenience of other skins. The thing you might be worried about even more, though, is the smaller than average, 3,300mAh battery inside the V40. Battery life is mediocre, below what you can get from other flagship phones, especially at this high price. Speaking of price, the V40 costs somewhere between $920 and $980 at launch.


Razer Phone 2

Price: $800

Pros

  • One of a kind 120Hz display
  • Brighter screen
  • Super cool glowing logo
  • Incredible loudspeaker sound quality
  • Flagship chip, 8GB RAM
  • Big battery
  • Wireless charging
  • Improved camera

Cons

  • Big and bulky

The new Razer Phone 2 has ironed out a lot of the shortcomings of the first generation device and is now a much better pick for a daily driver, and not just a gamers' phone.

First and foremost, the Razer Phone 2 has a brighter display that looks better outdoors and it comes with an improved camera. The staples of the Razer experience: the 16:9 screen with unmatched 120Hz refresh rate, the big speakers are all here, and the speakers are equally as impressive with a bigger and fuller sound than most any other phone out there. Now, however, you also have water proofing on board and a super cool new glowing logo on the back that can change colors. Speaking of the back, it's now made of glass and this has allowed Razer to incorporate wireless charging.

At a price of $800, the Razer Phone 2 is not terribly expensive and is worth considering.


HTC U12+

Price: $800


Pros

  • Stylish, see-through design
  • Speedy performance
  • Camera takes great pictures
  • Portrait mode works very well
  • BoomSound speakers also sound great
  • Squeeze gestures are actually quite useful

Cons

  • Interface looks a bit dated now
  • No wireless charging

The HTC U12+ continues HTC's quest to gain back its popularity  does not have the trendy edge-to-edge screen, but it's nonetheless a stunningly beautiful phone (even if it might be a bit too wide for comfortable one-handed use). The HTC Sense interface has not changed much and has some elements that look the same as they looked say five years ago, but if you don't mind this, it is a very fast UI. The squeeze function might be a gimmick but it works well. Battery life is solid as well.

Overall, this is the underrated overperformer of Android flagships.


High-end: Around $600



Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Price: $670 for 64GB

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • State-of-the-art camera with outstanding clear detail
  • Fresh new interface

Cons

  • Performance is not perfectly smooth
  • No gesture navigation
  • Problems with fingerprint recognition on some units


The Samsung Galaxy S9 is in many ways a refinement over a successful formula: it features a thin and elegant glass and metal design, further improvements in an already excellent camera, brilliant display, fast internals and all of the features you can imagine in a flagship device. It's a compact phones as well, and the first thing to come in mind when you think of a flagship Android gadget.

What's missing is a dual camera, a feature that Samsung has reserved for its larger models, but for all else, this is one excellent phone.


LG G7 ThinQ

Price: $750


Pros

  • Unique dual camera system with a wide-angle second cam
  • Very bright display
  • When positioned right, sound quality via loudspeaker is impressive
  • Elegant design

Cons

  • Interface is not too exciting
  • Battery life is just average


The new LG G7 ThinQ is a powerful Android phone with a glass-and-metal design and the Snapdragon 845 system chip on board, but it differs from all the rest with its unique, dual camera system where the secondary camera is actually a wide-angle one rather than a telephoto one. You can use this camera for some great panoramic shots and you still get software portrait mode with the main camera. The G7 has an evolved interface and a very bright display, as well as a more powerful loudspeaker.


Upper mid-range: Around $500



OnePlus 6T

Price: from $520


Pros

  • Great value for the money
  • Impressively fast performance
  • Good battery life
  • Recharges very quickly

Cons

  • In-screen fingerprint scanner is nice, but not as fast as traditional ones
  • Low-light camera performance not quite flagship grade
  • No wireless charging
  • Lacks full water protection


The OnePlus 6T is the latest and most advanced phone by OnePlus and it continues the company's tradition of delivering phones with flaghsip hardware (the Snapdragon 845 powers the 6T) at about half the price of its rivals. The 6T is equipped with a good-looking Full HD AMOLED screen and it is among the fastest and smoothest-performing Android phones that we have used.

It's not much different than the OnePlus 6, that launched in early 2018, with the biggest change being the in-screen fingerprint scanner, a futuristic piece of technology that looks great, but is a bit slower and a bit less accurate than a traditional fingerprint reader. You also have a bigger, 3700mAh battery here, as well as a new Nightscape mode that brings out incredible detail out of night shots. 

Honor 10

Price: $450


Pros

  • Competitive price
  • Good-looking design, solid build quality
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Very good battery life
  • Good camera

Cons

  • Interface takes some getting used to
  • No water resistance
  • No optical stabilization in camera

The new Honor 10 is a phone that almost seems inspired by the OnePlus success and it tries to compete with the OnePlus 6 as close as possible. The Honor 10 has definitely got the snazzy design with a stunning glass back and it even brings a dual camera magic and some powerful performance and specs on board. And yes, it also comes with a notch, but that almost seems like a necessary evil these days.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Price: $500


Pros

  • Super-futuristic design
  • Fast performance
  • Great price

Cons

  • Custom interface takes some getting used to
  • Default MIUI theme has somewhat bland looks


The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is one of the first of a new wave of true, bezel-less phones that are not interrupted by a notch. It's a beautiful phone and equipped with top-grade Snapdragon 845 processor and a gorgeous AMOLED screen.

Its custom MIUI interface takes some getting used to, but the big and beautiful, notch-less display, the capable camera, the well-executed gesture navigation and the overall sophistication and elegance of the design more than make up for it. If you are willing to deal with something new and different, and if you happen to live in a country where Xiaomi actually sells its phones, you should definitely consider buying the Mi Mix 3.


Moto Z3 Play

Price: $500 for 64GB


Pros

  • Attractive, thin design
  • Modular hardware is an open door for new features

Cons

  • Display not bright enough, colors not accurate
  • Performance is not flagship-grade
  • No wireless charging without a mod


The new Moto Z3 Play comes with the familiar super thin design with support for Moto Mods and a price way lower than that of a flagship. The biggest compromise with this phone is the dim display that does not quite look as great as on other phones and the phone's also got a fingerprint scanner located strangely on its side. For all else, it features a clean and likable experience and a zippy performance.

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23 Comments

1. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Mate 10 Pro has least cons

7. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Just look at Mi A1, PhoneArena hasn't reviewed that phone but still mentioned those cons.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No love for iPhones? That's a first! Edit: Wait, it's only Android Smartphones. Now that figures! G'Day!

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look at any carrier or retail outlet is still carrying iPhone 6's still, and that phone came out in 2014. PhoneArena listed the iPhone SE which came out at the beginning of 2016 as one of the best budget smartphones for 2018 for $350-$450. It's no wonder why Apple never made a successor to the SE. They still can't sell those tiny excuse of a smartphone in 2018. They have to give BOGO deals and even give you a gift card of $200 if you buy an iPhone SE. You can almost see salesman pleading and begging anyone looking for a smartphone. Please buy this tiny sub HD display iPhone SE. We will include a free iPhone SE, a magnifying glass and a free $200 gift card if you please, please buy an iPhone SE. We will even include a free puppy and a year of dog food if you buy an iPhone 6, SE or 6s. Please someone buy one of those older devices, because it's ruining the resale value of all iPhones. Please someone buy one. Maybe that is why we are seeing bestbuy thefts of Apple devices these days. Bestbuy and many carriers can't push those old iPhones. Who knows maybe steal the older inventory that isn't moving. Even Apple was selling newer iPhone 6's in 2017 with 32 gb of storage instead of the original 16 gb of storage. When the older POS doesn't move, then desperate times, means desperate measures. G'Day!

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is lots of Android smartphones coming down the pipes continuously.

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 426; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

i dislike these lists. Only because the list pertains to phones found only in the US but is not mentioned. ZTE, Oppo, Vivo, Meizu, Smartisan, Gionee etc. etc. All make compelling phones that are just as good as any other. All work with GSM and most offer 4g lte with extended bands. I wish PA would be more specific and not look misleading.

12. raky_b

Posts: 414; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

This is US based site, what did you expect? You guys do have Indian sites for all that brands you mentioned, there is also a lot of Chinese sites/forums which you can go to to read about phones not officially avaible and supported in country this site is based in.

4. BillyBoy

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

A list base on price. For premium price you put motorola: no IP68, no stereo speakers, no IR blaster, very small battery no wireless charging, etc. So what so premium about? A premium phone must have it all. Maybe Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the only one. The rest is bulls**t.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Mate 10 Pro have shatterproof design and Moto Mods? Point being, stop looking at niche features not included, and look at what the phone offers. Life is much better when you stop being pessimistic.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2624; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

So the KEYone is rated as "Not So Good" at the price point, despite having a higher score than all but one of the devices at that same price point? Huh?

9. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Note 8 Cons - Screen brightness could use a tiny kick LMAO! Are you serious?! I rock my display at half brightness all the time & 0 brightness when I'm in the theater. You might want to get those peepers checked.

10. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

hah! The most expensive Android phone at the top of this list, what a joke that is. And it doesn't even have the latest software, even more of a joke. Oh and hey look at the main CON, $$$ LOL!!! Being overpriced automatically should drop it way down....

11. Deadeye37

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

My favorite is the title "Best Android Phones In 2018". We're only in February. No way these are going to be the best by the end of the year (at least in the price ranges they're indicating). I wish they would just title the article "Best Android Phones as of the beginning of 2018". Always a pain if you're searching for an article like this at the end of the year and you get an obsolete list. :P

14. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

Um, so about the Note8's brightness being too dim, are you serious? It's rated one of the brightest displays ever made! And I have the Note8, and when it's dark and I have the screen at full brightness, it's literally brighter than some phones' flashlights. Come on. Really?

15. Streak

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

note 8 is the best android phone

16. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

No Xiaomi Redmi Note 5? Probably the best phone around $200. If you list color options of the Nokia 6 as a con, you should also list "limited functionality and customizability in all phones with stock Android.

17. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Where is P20 Pro?

18. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

LOL not one BlackBerry. Good fight.

19. Divahipsterova

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

Nokia 7 plus?

20. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

“Questionnable selection of colors” How about you letting the viewer form an opinion by themselves if they like the color combinations or not?

21. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

These lists are so subject to bias of what the reviewers want in a phone. I had a Note 8 but switched to Razer because Samsung phones are so bloated with features that they lose performance and have poor speakers. Razer = Poor camera interface - sparse but not why they built the phone Lack of OIS is evident - I have gotten quite nice pictures from it Giant battery feels like it's going to waste - only if you are a light phone user or don't travel Absent waterproofing - Yes I would like to have that No headphone jack (nor included USB headphones) - No mention that the dongle has high-end audio chip Does not work on Verizon or Sprint - GSM rules Also no mention that you can integrate a fast class 10 MicroSD with internal storage. I show 167 GB with a 128 GB card.

22. KingSam

Posts: 1472; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

This is definitely a good list. Better than some I've seen. However the LG g6 and s7 are below $300 brand new which trumps that category.

25. Yes001

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 26, 2018

Guys...!!! Don't trust this post!!! So much this was just uploaded by a normal person like us it's from any official mobile ranking website. It's just --> Victor Hristov own observations. So didn't blindly adopt his ranking into ur mind. Also most of the companies he mentioned are Chinese and Japanese like One plus, Xioam, Razer, Honor, Huawei, ZTE, etc. These Companies make highly featured mobile. But don't make them reliable for at least! 3 to 4 years usually. So why u buy an expensive phone for just 3 years usage? Just buy their low range phones in 200$ to 100$. If u want to Buy a expensive Phone for good reliabilities then go focus on Htc, Motorola, Nokia Or LG/BlackBerry...! These companies are old fathers of mobile manufacturing companies and they have a great history and experience! So trust these companies. Bye thanks for Reading! I hope it will be helpful to u all.

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