There are new phones arriving all the time, especially when it comes to the world of Android phones. Apple’s iPhone might be popular but handsets running Google’s mobile OS provide you with a wealth of choice.
Here at Inventory we independently test each phone thoroughly so we can bring you the very best ones you can buy at any given moment. Here we rank the top 10 but keep checking as new ones will be added regularly.
So far in 2018 we’ve had some cracking Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6 (and 6T), Pixel 3 and Huawei P20 Pro.
While you only get to choose from a handful of Apple handsets, there’s something for everyone when it comes to Android.
The top Android phones are made by the likes of Samsung, Huawei, Google, OnePlus, Sony, HTC and others.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and each has selling points – whether it’s a sleek waterproof design, a massive display or no less than three cameras. Sometimes, you might get all of this in one phone. So, in 2018, the best android phone list are:
- Google Pixel 3
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- OnePlus 6T
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- LG G7 ThinQ
- Xiaomi Mi8
1. Google Pixel 3
The Pixel 3 is the best phone you can buy right now. It has the best performance of any Android phone, the best camera on a smartphone ever and a newly premium design.
Google has paid special attention to the display, which is much better than the previous two generations of Pixels, and the Android 9 Pie software is best with this hardware. The all-glass back now allows for wireless charging, and Google bundles USB-C headphones in the box.
The Pixel 3 XL is exactly the same experience save for the larger notched display and larger battery.
2. Samsung Galaxy S9
There’s no doubt that the Galaxy S9 is one of the best phones of the year. It offers an excellent all-round experience with Samsung expertly blending design, hardware and software to make a phone that will appeal to all kinds of users.
You only need to spend extra on the Galaxy S9+ if you really want the extra camera, bigger screen and other internal upgrades – more RAM, storage and a bigger battery aren’t as noticeable.
However, we can’t avoid the fact that the improvements – namely the camera and biometrics – are minor and in many ways the S9 is the same as the S8 but with a higher price tag. Those on last year’s model will unlikely be able to justify the upgrade and those on an S7 or earlier might want to grab the S8 at a now much lower price.
3. OnePlus 6T
This is one of the best phones you can buy even if it is the first OnePlus phone without a headphone jack. An in-screen fingerprint sensor, better speaker and more battery is the pay-off, and it’s worth it.
The large display is excellent, the dual cameras are more capable than ever and performance is the best you can get on Android right now along with the Pixel 3.
You’ll need to like the colour black, but OnePlus continues – just – to undercut industry prices enough to stand out.
4. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Mate 20 Pro is an outstanding phone. The cameras will be the highlight for many people, but it really is a fantastic all-rounder with a top-quality screen, super-fast charging, wireless charging and excellent battery life.
It isn’t perfect, but the small niggles shouldn’t be deal-breakers for most people.
5. Huawei P20 Pro
In the P20 Pro Huawei has delivered a stunning phone which should be on your shortlist along with the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X. Sure, there are some niggles such as the lack of stabilisation for 4K video, no headphone jack and no wireless charging,but if your priority is photography then the P20 Pro does not disappoint.
Add in the long battery life, dual SIM slots and great screen and you’ve got the complete package: this is one of the best phones of 2018.
It’s a fair amount more than the regular model so save yourself £200 on the regular P20 if you don’t mind ‘only’ dual rear cameras, no waterproofing and an LCD screen vs OLED.
6. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
If you want an Android phone with every feature under the sun, the Galaxy Note 9 is it. With premium design, amazing battery life and the unique S-Pen, it’s pretty much the most you can spend on a phone right now.
That said, its features aren’t for everyone and it will be too big and expensive for many. The regular S9 has similar design and most of the features and costs less (and will fit in most pockets to boot).
But the Note 9 has the best display on a smartphone on its release and the 4000mAh battery has incredible stamina. It even has liquid cooling and can run the most demanding mobile games.
7. LG G7 ThinQ
If you want wide angle cameras in a flagship phone, the G7 is an excellent option – particularly as LG has now added portrait mode for the first time.
The screen is still LCD but goes extremely bright. Add to that water resistance, wireless charging and a headphone jack with a Quad DAC, this is one of the most fully featured handsets of 2018.
You might dislike the notch and LG’s Android skin, but if you want to spend less and get a whole lot of phone, the G7 could be for you.
8. Xiaomi Mi8
Astonishing value, insane performance, awesome photography, a larger than ever 18.7:9 AMOLED display and a cool new 3D Face recognition feature are all reasons why you should rush out and buy the Mi 8. Right now it costs just £438.33/US$569.99/€490.20 from GearBest, which is several hundred pounds cheaper than many of the phones with which it competes.
We’re sad to see Xiaomi not keeping up with its rivals in terms of wireless charging, waterproofing and a Quad-HD screen, and that the highly anticipated in-display fingerprint is unique to the Explorer Edition, but at this price we can hardly complain. Amazing phone, highly recommended.
We give tribute to Tech Advisor.