2018 was a big year for phones. Bezels began to make way for notches, before notches were dropped for punch holes and camera sliders
While some phones found themselves embroiled in geo-political controversy, others proudly arrived with as many as five cameras, plus some crazy 48 megapixel lenses.
Here, though, we’re only interested in one thing — what was the best phone to emerge over the past 12 months?
- Google Pixel 3 XL – Google’s hardware has finally caught up with its software
- iPhone XS – Takes the X and makes it better
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Samsung’s big phone gets even better
- Google Pixel 3 – Same amazing cameras, but smaller screen and battery
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Huge screen, incredible performance, amazing cameras
- OnePlus 6T – Not a huge update from the 6, but its bargain price and flagship performance make it a great choice
- Samsung Galaxy S9 – Great looks and performance, but clunky UI
- iPhone XR – The budget iPhone might not be selling well, but it looks great and performs admirably
- iPhone XS Max – Doesn’t use its large screen well, but still a brilliant phone
So that’s the list. The Pixel 3 XL proved that Google has really caught up with the market leaders, and is starting to produce the hardware to match its software. The iPhone XS is still, objectively, one of the best phones on sale. And Samsung’s Note 9 is the most compelling Note series phone in a long time, and the perfect device for power users.
Honorable mentions go to the OnePlus 6T for being a true cut-price flagship, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for simply blowing our socks off with its specs, features and design, not to mention its whopping price tag.
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