10 Best Smartphones to Buy in 2018 (Part 2)

Published February 15th, 2018 - 12:00 GMT
Thinking of buying a new phone? Here are some of the best smartphones this year. (Shutterstock)
Thinking of buying a new phone? Here are some of the best smartphones this year. (Shutterstock)

Thinking of buying a new phone? Here's a list of the best smartphones of 2018.

We've spent hours whittling the contenders down to the top, and we take into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

Let's get straight into it the list - our top phone right now is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, but have a browse through our list to see which suits you best (See part 1 here). 

6. LG V30+

An impressive combination of power and performance

If you're looking for a powerful phone that packs everything that's good about the Android world, look no further than the LG V30+.

The LG G6 is a fine device, but the V30+ is the sleek, refined and powerful version of that phone. It's got the most powerful processor around, a great camera and delivers one of the best sonic performances from a phone on the market right now, thanks to the dedicated Quad DAC inside.

This means the LG V30 is a great phone to pick up if you value great-sounding tunes, and want a well-made phone into the bargain. Yes, the price is high, but the combination of features justifies that to a compelling degree.

If you're after a phone that's not from the 'Big Two', we'd recommend this one as a close second to the Google Pixel.

7. Nokia 8

A high-end phone at an affordable price

You normally associate the highest-end processor bundled with tons of RAM and storage to an expensive device but Nokia has managed to give us exactly that at a much lesser price with the Nokia 8.

The Nokia 8 offers a lot of great features such as a powerful chipset, dual-sensor camera and a perfectly sized QHD display, all wrapped up in a very good looking and sleek design.

We're also fans of Nokia's pure Android experience which uses Google apps for almost everything and has minimal bloatware. Nokia has done good on updates as well brining Oreo 8.0 to the Nokia 8 along with a publicly accessible beta for 8.1.

While the Nokia 8 has great specs on paper for a camera, the performance of it can be a struggle with a slow auto-focus.

8. Sony Xperia XZ Premium

A 4K screen that actually offers impressive performance804:41

We thought the days of the 4K phone were over – but Sony's back, and has reinvigorated the technology by cramming in HDR compatibility, which really makes videos look stunning.

Sure, there isn't masses of mobile HDR content out there at the moment, but the screen tech makes even the most mundane image look brighter and more colourful, and the rest of the phone is impressively powerful.

The camera is capable of taking exceptional pictures, the slow motion capabilities are insanely great in the right light, and the raw grunt of the handset is up there with the very best. If you're a Sony fan, you'll love this phone.

9. HTC U11

One of the best phones for music out there

You might think HTC is something of a forgotten brand – and, to a degree, you'd be right. But if you discount HTC you'll be missing out on its latest flagship, which offers exceptional performance in a couple of areas.

The HTC U11 features an eye-catching design, programmable, squeezable sides and great audio performance – and if you’re a fan of Iron Man then you have to check it out in Solar Red, which is seriously beautiful.

The U11 was the first smartphone to introduce squeezable sides, and while the feature has since appeared in the two new Pixel handsets (and to better effect), the U11 remains the only phone on which you can set the action to launch something other than Google Assistant.

Plug in the bundled pair of headphones, meanwhile, and prepare yourself for a seriously impressive sonic experience, with the HTC U11 kicking out audio at a fantastic level. 

It’s not quite the all-round package that some of the phones here offer (hence its lower position), but the reduced price makes it a more attractive proposition.

10. Honor 7X

A great phone for the price

The Honor 7x is another phone from Honor that brings high-end features to an affordable price range.

It's the first budget phone we've seen with an 18:9 aspect ratio display, which has until now been reserved for more expensive phones. The Honor 7X is also built very well and should survive a fall or two, or twenty, without much worry. 

Inside, the Honor 7x has a Kirin 659 CPU paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and Android Nougat software. While that processor will go through daily tasks just fine, you do see a lag every once in a while.

The camera setup to the Honor 7x is made up of a 16MP and 2MP combination sensor that can take decent photos during the day but struggles with low light. 

Finally, Honor has packed the 7X with a 3,340mAh battery that easily lasts all day.

By Abbas Jaffar Ali 

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