Best Android Smartphones of 2018By Reviewed Staff
If you're in the market for a new smartphone, your first choice is pretty simple: Apple or Android? (Sorry, Windows Phone fans.) While plenty of shoppers will simply default to the newest iPhone, just as many (and perhaps more) opt for the customization and variety of the Android ecosystem.
But with so many different Android devices out there, picking the best requires a lot of research. Luckily we've done the hard work for you, testing the top Android phones on the market in our state-of-the-art labs.
While there's no perfect phone, if you prize good design, a beautiful display, great battery life, and a killer camera, these Android phones should do the trick.
Updated January 11, 2018
The Samsung Galaxy S8 offers top-notch design, industry-leading performance, and the best smartphone camera we've ever tested. Like any smartphone, it's not perfect, but it's successes are so numerous that the blemishes are easy to overlook. To put it bluntly, the Galaxy S8 might be the best Android phone we've ever tested.
With a class-leading camera, a fun and intuitive stylus, and outstanding all-around performance, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best smartphones we've ever tested, and one of the best Android phones money can buy. The asking price is pretty steep, but if you're yearning for a big screen, stylus support, and a fun, flexible dual camera experience, the Note 8 is well worth the cost.
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Dedicated Galaxy users might find the S9 to be a nothing groundbreaking, especially if they're upgrading from last year's still-excellent Galaxy S8.
That said, from a sheer performance standpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S9 could very well be the best smartphone Samsung has ever made. It's sensationally fast, features what might be the best smartphone camera available, and is backed by a long-lasting battery.
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Even though it's not that much different than its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+ is one of Samsung's best smartphones to date.
If you still own and enjoy a Galaxy S8+, you're not going to miss out on much by skipping the S9+ and upgrading next year. That said, S9+ users will enjoy terrific battery life, super-fast, reliable performance, and a camera experience that's hard to top—all in a premium-looking (and feeling) device.
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If Apple and Samsung aren't your companies of choice, LG's G6 is a fantastic alternative. It may not be the fastest phone on the block, but its battery life, camera, and overall performance place it just below the top of its class. The addition of a wide-angle lens makes it a great choice for shutterbugs, too. It's not without its faults, but pound-for-pound, the G6 is a winning phone that won't let you down.