Upgrading your phone can sometimes feel like a hassle. The longwinded process of transferring all of your pictures and data and getting used to a new phone can often put people off the task. The mobile phone world is moving fast though, and if you choose to stick with an older model, you may be missing out on some great features that can make your day-to-day life a lot easier.
For example, it looks like water-damage is becoming a thing of the past, as many new phone models have begun to incorporate waterproofing. Faster processing speeds, wireless charging, and face recognition are just a few of the other features you could be taking advantage of.
But with so many great new options, it can be difficult to choose the phone that has exactly what you’re looking for. That’s why we have created a list of some of the best phones on offer in 2018. If you feel it’s time to finally ditch the iPhone 4 with the cracked screen that you’ve had since you were in the womb, this list might be able to help. Read on for advice on the best phones available in 2018 to help you make your decision.
1. Apple iPhone X (Obviously)
You would be hard-pressed to find a list of best phones that does not feature an iPhone in one way or another. The newest addition to the iPhone family is the iPhone X. Apple is describing the iPhone X as the most intelligent iPhone to date, which is, of course, a trait everyone looks for in their smartphone. But seriously, the iPhone offers some pretty amazing features that would be hard to say no to. In addition to the already popular touchID feature and voice recognition, the iPhone X now comes equipped with a face recognition feature, meaning you can secure your phone with your face! The phone also consists of a 5.8-inch screen, which makes using this phone a very immersive experience. As well as being water and dust resistant, the phone also features wireless charging. which makes you feel like you really are in the future.
2. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The Galaxy S9 Plus is the newer version of the Galaxy S9. It differs from its predecessor in that it offers a second camera lens on the back for taking portrait photos. This camera really stands out from the other Samsung phones on the market as it gives the user the chance to use depth of focus and blur backgrounds to improve their photography. It features a 5.8-inch screen, a sleek design and incredible speeds due to its Snapdragon 845 processor. In fact, it probably has the fastest response time of any phone currently on the market. There are some great colour schemes available, from lilac blue for a bright and happy look to titanium grey for a more conservative look. The battery life is top-notch and should last all day. It also features wireless charging and waterproofing. There are some issues with low-light photos and the 3D avatar software, but overall, this is a great phone.
3. Google Pixel 2
Pixel is Google’s answer to the iPhone. And for the most part, Google’s flagship mobile phone was well received when it was released back in 2016. Since then Google has followed up on their success with the release of the Pixel 2 in October 2017: a phone which remains one of the best available on the market. The main reason to buy this phone is, of course, its superb camera – the best of any other Android phone. But it has some other great features as well, like water-resistance, fast updates and the Google Lens feature. On the downside, it lacks a headphone jack. If you like to use wired headphones when you listen to music, this might be a problem. Other than that though, it’s mostly an excellent phone.
4. The LG V30
If you’ve established that a headphone jack is important to you, then look no further than the LG V30. This phone’s jack has a quad-DAC built in for superb quality audio. But that’s not all; it also has a fantastic camera, superior battery life, waterproofing, and that all-important wireless charging capability. The design makes it a little awkward to hold, and the autofocus on the camera can sometimes move frustratingly slowly, but overall this is a great option. If you’ve grown disillusioned or bored with iPhones, and you don’t fancy the Galaxy S8 Plus, this may be the phone for you.
5. Huawei P20 Pro
For those who like to stand out, and for those that understand that their phone is as much a style accessory as it is a functional device, you might want to look into the Huawei P20 Pro. This phone will turn heads with it’s incredible ‘twilight’ pink and blue colour scheme. If you prefer an understated look, though, it’s also available in solid blue, black, or pink gold. But don’t worry, this phone hasn’t prioritised style over substance. It backs up its good looks with some superb features. It has a total of three – yes, three – lenses on the back, which allow it to take great images in the day and even better images at night, thanks to the Night Mode feature. It’s also water-resistant and has a superb battery life. With all these great features, you’re probably wondering ‘what’s the catch?’ Well, it doesn’t support wireless charging. Like the Pixel 2, it also doesn’t have a headphone jack, nor does it have a lot of storage space. It also doesn’t quite match the Galaxy S9 for processing speed. Despite all this, it’s a good phone and deserves a place in the top 5 phones in 2018.
There you have it – the best five phones available in 2018. The above list should have something for everyone. Whether you’re an Android or an Apple fan, a photographer or a gamer, an email-checker or Facebook-trawler, you should be able to find a phone that works for you.