15 Best Smartphones to Buy in 2018 - Doctor Tech


8 July 2018

15 Best Smartphones to Buy in 2018

Smartphone has become a single important piece of gadget in our lives. 10 years ago we could have imagined our day without a phone, but today thinking about not having a smartphone throughout the day daunts us.

Whether it is an important business call or a message from a loved one we require a smartphone everytime in our pocket. Smartphones have undoubtedly made our lives easy but these same gadgets have resulted in us being their addict and thus our smartphones keep us occupied for the most part of our day.

15 Best Smartphones to Buy in 2018

Every year, half-year, quarter and month there is new smartphone launched in the market that is making all the buzz. We are seeing companies getting more and more innovative and competitive in this segment of the gadget. For most manufacturers, smartphones are the major source of revenue.
Though there are hundreds of options available in the market to choose from and that too for every price range bracket, but this has added more confusion among the consumers as too which one to choose from? As every model looks great and loaded with features.

The mobile industry has evolved leaps and bound over the years that every smartphone looks incredibly good and promising. Gone are those days when Apple and Samsung were the big players in the market. Now startups like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo are roaring loud in the market.

That's been said, we here bring to you the list of 15 Best Smartphones to Buy in 2018 so we can help you make a good decision while choosing your next smartphone.

Let's Begin...

1. iPhone X

iPhone X

iPhone X

Is the iPhone X the best phone this year? Yes. But only by a whisker. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is so close (especially if you prefer Android), while Apple’s own iPhone 8 Plus gives you so much of the iPhone X technology without the extra cost. In the end, though, it's the ultra-desirability of the iPhone X that wins it.

The first thing that strikes you about the design is, obviously, the 5.8-inch AMOLED screen.  It's certainly true that the edge-to-edge screen looks absolutely stunning, both from a design perspective and from a technology viewpoint. 

Of course, there's also the top 'notch'. This does intrude on the screen slightly, especially when you want to be fully immersed in something, but call me crazy – I kind of like it. It gives the phone a visual identity.

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Aside from the screen, you've got Apple's blazing fast A11 Bionic processor, a fantastic dual camera with portrait lighting mode, and FaceID (which actually works very well).

It’s the marriage of software and hardware, something that Apple's always been good at, that’s so effective here and that’s especially the case when it comes to Face ID.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a big phone that's designed for big hands - and it takes the very best of what's on the smartphone market and puts it together in a compelling package that we've loved testing, despite the strong competition on the following pages.

Screen: The Super AMOLED 6.2-inch display has been measured as one of the very best around right now, with super colors, great dynamic range and, essentially, the very best viewing experience you can have on a mobile phone.

Battery life: The battery life on the S9 Plus is better than that seen on the smaller S9, thanks to the 3,500mAh battery in the Plus model - although it's probably the weakest part of the phone, not offering as much life as we'd have liked.

Camera: The camera on the Galaxy S9 Plus is among the best on the market, and the dual-aperture capability offers some startlingly good snaps when things get a little darker. 

Colors can look a tad washed out when the exposure is higher, but the power of the sensor, with memory built into it to make it smarter than most rivals, offers very low-noise shots.

3. Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro is the latest flagship from the Chinese smartphone giant, and we really, really like it. It's the ideal smartphone if you're looking for a premium alternative to the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9, but it's also got plenty of features which make it a great device in its own right. 

We love the P20 Pro's Leica-branded triple camera. Yes, you read that right, this camera has three camera sensors, a 40MP RGB, 20MP Monochrome, and 8MP telephoto. The three lenses are can be used to capture some very pleasing images.

The OS is coming on leaps and bounds as well, and the design and feel of this device really are fantastic.

It's a smartphone that really puts a cat among the pigeons. The pigeons, in this case, being Samsung, Apple, and Google.

But it's not quite perfect. The UI still lags behind its competitors, and some won't be too fond of the iPhone X-like design.

Despite its flaws, we think it's a brilliant smartphone, thanks to a neat blend of design, features, and camera. Plus, the battery life is class leading, capable of lasting around two days.

4. Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

We can't tell you how close it is between the Google Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X, P20 Pro and S9 for the title of 'best smartphone in the world.' All four are great smartphones, but the sleek design and amazing screen put the iPhone, Huawei, and Samsung in the lead, just. 

The Google Pixel 2 XL is still an amazing smartphone - especially if you prioritize camera quality and want software straight from Google.

Whether it's the excellent camera, the metal-and-glass chassis, oodles of power involved or just the fact that the software and virtual assistant work in perfect harmony with the hardware, Google's got a lot right here and this is a brilliant phone. 

2017 was when Google came into its stride with the Pixel sequels. Google now has a clear vision for its flagship smartphones. The design is distinctive and has character, and the Pixel 2 XL's edge-to-edge screen makes it the one to go for.

Of course, if you prefer smaller screens, the 5-inch Pixel 2 is also available, which is identical to the OG (apart from size and screen).

5. Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 isn't quite the phone that the S9 Plus is - it's only got a single camera sensor, for one - but it's a more palm-friendly model that still packs the power and top screen quality of its sibling.

Screen: A QHD 5.8-inch screen takes up most of the front of the phone - and it's still a stunning design. Brighter, more colorful and capable of showing the best of movies, the Super AMOLED tech is once again showing itself to be the best thing to look at on a smartphone.

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Battery life: Battery life is a little disappointing for a top-end smartphone, meaning you'll need to think about a top-up during the day if you're a harder user. Wireless and fast charging capabilities help with this though.

Camera: It's only a single sensor on the rear of the Galaxy S9, unlike the Galaxy S9 Plus - meaning it's not as good at photography. But don't think the S9 takes poor photos, as they're still stunning, and in low light, it's a sterling performer, with very little noise.

6. LG V30

LG V30

LG V30

The phone is jam-packed with all manner of tech. It's offering some of the top specs around and does it with a strong battery life, as well as being an audio marvel... perfect if you love listening to tunes on the go. 

Screen: The V30 sports the fashionable 18:9 aspect ratio complete with an attractive 6-inch OLED display with 2880 x 1440 (QHD) resolution. While there are still bezels at the ends, the phone looks and feels superb.

Battery life: The battery life is one of the LG V30's best features, easily lasting a day and if you're a light user it could potentially go two days between charging.

Camera: The V30's camera is good - you'll be able to take shots in all conditions and be happy with them. But it's not quite as good as the camera on the Samsung S9 phones, the Pixel 2 or the iPhone X.

7. Honor 10

Honor 10

Honor 10

The Honor 10 is a fantastic smartphone, partnering a young, hyper-modern, and eye-catching design with good hardware and an impressive suite of features, including some genuinely impressive AI functions.

The fact that this phone costs just £399 is absolutely nuts, too, especially when you take into account its hardware benchmarks that are right up there among those logged by much more expensive handsets.

The AI camera functionality is also really nicely integrated, and the camera system grants you serious flexibility and scope to take creative shots.

Overall, then, a great new phone from Honor that shows, more than anything, that the Chinese maker is going from strength to strength.

8. Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 looked space age when it was launched last year, and the Galaxy S9 apes it in many ways. It's not the top phone in Samsung's range anymore, but it's jolly close and it seems that retailers are starting to discount it both SIM-free and on contract, which is why it's jumped up our list.

Screen: The screen was the very, very best on the market and is still now a top performer, coming with the elongated, 18.5:9 ratio that stretches impressively up and down the phone - very similar to that on the current Galaxy S9. With powerful color reproduction and contrast ratio that makes everything look clear and crisp, it’s also got the QHD resolution that we expect from all the top phones.

Battery life: The battery life, despite being smaller than in previous devices from Samsung, is still pretty decent. It's not amazing, but it's not very far from the performance of the Galaxy S9 and will last around a day... although you might want a little top up, which can be achieved quickly through a wireless charger or the speedy adapter in the box.

Camera: The camera is still very strong, despite being usurped by the S9 - the auto mode offers clean, crisp and clear shots every time and combined with screen quality makes you want to show off your best snaps. There’s an easy-to-use pro mode as well to get the best out of your snapping.

9. OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6 is one of the absolute fastest Android phones on the market. Its combination of the high-end Snapdragon 845 CPU, powerful Adreno 630 GPU, and a whopping 8GB of RAM (that's 4GB more than the Samsung Galaxy S9), means that the OnePlus 6 smokes the opposition in terms of benchmark scores.

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The phone's use of Android 8.1 Oreo and OnePlus' own light skin of vanilla, OxygenOS, adds to this rapidity, too, with menu navigation as well as app loading and switching a buttery smooth experience.

The phone's 6.28-inch 19:9 AMOLED screen isn't the absolute best on the market, nor is its camera system or battery, however, they are all competitive and help deliver a top all-around mobile package. Plus, the fact the OnePlus 6 retails for quite a lot less than other flagships makes it an even more attractive proposition.

10. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was the first time the brand's phablet range was seen as a real rival for the Galaxy S phones - the larger screen and more power starting to resonate with the average phone buyer. The S Pen is the real point of differentiation, and it's cool to always have a notepad with you.

Screen:  The Note 8 maximizes Samsung’s dual curved edge and nearly bezel-less Infinity Display to the point where this phone feels like a mini tablet from the future. It's more squared off than the Galaxy S phones, but still lovely to look at. 

Camera: The camera on the Note 8 is superb and near the front of the pack for all-around quality. On the rear, its dual lenses allow for optical zoom as well as digital zoom, as well as a live focus which enables you to do all kinds of effects including blurring the background - even after you've taken the shot.

Battery life: The battery in the Note 8 isn't quite best in class - you can thank the large screen and slender design for that. But it'll still last you all day unless you're streaming a lot of videos or using it with the brightness pumped up.

11. Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony's latest flagship is simply one of the best Android smartphones on the market in 2018, delivering a fantastic hardware package, slick software, and a selection of standout, world first features.

The foremost among these features is the ability to record in HDR at a 4K resolution, however, that is only closely followed by the XZ2's ability to record super slow-motion footage at 1080p and to vibrate to varying degrees of complexity while playing games or watching media thanks to its Dynamic Vibration System.

The Xperia XZ2 also has a bold new design as well when compared to older Xperia and, while it is still quite bezel heavy, it feels great in the hand, too, with its mirror-gloss finish slipping in and out of the pocket easily.

A technically impressive camera system built around a memory-packed Exmore RS image sensor, Hi-Resolution Audio credentials with DSEE HX technology, and Qi wireless charging functionality complete a quality mobile package.

12. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

You can get incredible photos in many conditions, the screen is pin-sharp and it's just boosted a couple of places in this list thanks to a nifty price drop this week.

Screen: The 6.2-inch screen, actually called an Infinity Display by Samsung, spills to the edge of the phone, and is a well-made fusion of glass and metal. It feels great in the hand, thanks to a rolling design - and like the other Galaxies in this list, is water-resistant too, to an IP67 level.

Battery life: The battery life is superior on the Galaxy S8 Plus compared to the Galaxy S8 (obviously) and also the Galaxy S9 (more surprising), thanks to having a larger power pack in there without much more work to do - it’ll easily last most people a day or so.

Camera: The camera is a top fusion of auto mode and pro settings for those that like to dig a little deeper - the quality of the snaps is more often than not pin-sharp, and the screen quality really highlights your photos. It lacks the dual sensor and low-light capabilities of the S9 Plus, but it's a terribly good performer for those that don't need the highest-of-high-end smarts.

13. iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

Here we have the iPhone 8 Plus - probably one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. Some feel its sheer size does make it tricky to hold, but there's no denying Apple's beautiful 5.5-inches is a winner. If you prefer iOS to Android and don't want to splash out on the iPhone X, this should be your first choice.

Apple has chosen to stick with a similar design to the iPhone 7, swapping the out the all-metal case for a glass back and making it heavier (more premium feeling). There is a glorious new Gold colorway available, and to top it off, the glass casing allows Apple to add wireless charging. The S8 and recent S9 design to make the iPhone 8 feel slightly dated now, however.

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It's inside where the iPhone 8 Plus has received the biggest overhaul - now packing Apple's blazing fast A11 Bionic processor. The dual camera has also received a significant upgrade, now a better sensor and smart software powering it. To finish it off, the iPhone 8 Plus comes running iOS 11, Apple's latest and greatest mobile OS.

It is expensive and may be too large for some, so the standard iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display is also worth your consideration.

14. Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2

If you want a smaller phone that's great to hold and has a brilliant camera, then you could do a lot worse than look at the thankfully-now-cheaper Google Pixel 2.

Screen: It's only a 1080p LCD screen, but we don't see a lot wrong with what's on offer here. It's not 18:9 nor bezel-less, which puts it at a disadvantage to its rivals', but it's still more than acceptable.

Battery life: The battery life, like the screen, is also just fine, making it just to the end of the day. That makes sense given the smaller power pack in there, and it's still better than some other phones on this list.

Camera: This is the reason that the Pixel 2 is on the list. Some of the best photos you'll ever capture on a phone will come from this device, and while there are some competitors (the Samsung Galaxy S9 pair and the Huawei P20 Pro) for the price, this is easily the best cameraphone.

15. HTC U12+

HTC U12+

HTC U12+

Taking the quality base design and feature set of the HTC U11+, and then dialing everything up to 11 and coating it with a big dollop of 2018, the HTC U12+ offers one of the most comprehensive and quality Android experiences on the market today.

Flagship internal hardware and a gorgeous 18:9 HDR screen that go toe-to-toe with those from all the other big players, such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2, are partnered with a quality, feature packed dual front and rear camera system, as well as a bunch of unique tech (such as Edge Sense 2) that helps generate the U12+ an identity of its very own.

Certified IP68 water resistance, dual LTE SIM functionality, and a fast running version of Android 8.1 Oreo complete a very strong all-around package.

I hope you found this List of 15 Best Smartphones to Buy in 2018 helpful. Share the post with your friends and family. Do let us know if your favorite smartphone was there on our list in the comment section below.


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