We are now in the fifth month of 2018 and there are many really great smartphones that you can purchase at this point. While we haven't yet reached a point where all of 2018's best smartphones have been released, there is still many great options that should deliver you a stellar user experience and here is my top five you can buy at this point in the year.
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (9.5/10)
Samsung has refined the Galaxy S line to a point where your basically not missing out on any feature if you do decide to go with the S9 Plus smartphone. The phone features the best display on any smartphone to date with it's high resolution Super AmOLED panel that is extremely legible outdoors. In addition, it offers you with a camera that would make some point shoot camera users take a second look, and it offers the fastest speeds I have ever seen on a Samsung phone. Equipped with a Snapdragon 845 CPU, 6GB of ram, and now available in 128GB or 256GB offerings that are still less than the starting point of an Apple iPhone X you have yourself a phone that really is the total package at a price point that isn't out of the norm for a flagship phone of this caliber. Yes it does lack a truly full screen display, and it does overexpose some photos a stop or two, but there is no denying it's lowlight performance, solid battery life, and performance. For the total package value, the S9 Plus takes the top spot in my book.
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2. Apple iPhone X (9.4/10)
Apple has really knocked the iPhone X out of the park when it comes to design ergonomics. I can hands down say this is one of the most well balanced phones of all time with so much screen in such a small body. The iPhone X is blistering fast with the Apple A11 bionic chip and 3GB of ram. It's dual camera portrait setup for the front and rear cameras really put this camera ahead of other iPhone cameras. The addition of wireless charging have been nice. So with all that being said why does the iPhone X score lower than S9 Plus? Well that is because the price of this phone never really felt worthy, this feels like a phone that should be at least $100 less. This $1000 price tag with this design would have been understandable for a Plus model. However, I just don't see this smaller device being more valuable than the cheaper and more feature packed speedy S9 Plus. However, for Apple fans this truly is the best iPhone ever and if it wasn't for things like price and the fact that Apple doesn't want to include fast charging in the box, this phone would tie the S9 Plus. Just barely misses the mark as the top phone May 2018.
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3. Pixel 2 XL (9/10)
Google Pixel 2 XL got off too a rough start at it's launch period but since then there have been some crucial updates that have made the Pixel 2 XL a real pleasure to use. Specifically I am talking about the display modes update and the updates to the camera which have improved it's performance and overall images. We all know that the Google Pixel 2 XL features an amazing camera, but seriously I did not believe the hype until I tested this phone myself. Man is this thing smart! It just knows what to do when you point and shoot and it is super easy. Looking to replace your point and shoot? Look no further than the Pixel 2 XL. Looking past the camera game of this phone, on it's own it stands as a really solid android phone with iPhone like performance and fluidity which something I cannot say for any other Android phone. In addition to that, the Pixel 2 XL offers guaranteed updates for many years to come. The reason this phone is bumped downed to 3rd place on the list is because it was priced a little high for only giving 4GB of ram and a lackluster overall display when held next to the best on the market. Other than that, the coated aluminum build, stellar camera performance which is probably the best on the market, great battery life, and software support from Google make this phone hard to pass up.
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4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (8.9/10)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 takes the number 4 spot on the list of best smartphones you can buy for offering a no compromise package. If there was one phone that I can recommend that can truly do it all this is that phone. The Note 8 has recently received the Android 8.0 Oreo update and it has made this phone a much better experience than it was when it first launched. The Note 8's cameras have been great, but the front camera has been disappointing. The S Pen novelties of the Note 8 may wear off after the first few month's of use, but knowing that they are always there is better than not having them at all. This is a specification beast with so much too offer the user with a price tag to match. However, the price feels justified with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. So why does it fall short of the others on this list? Number 1 is ergonomics of this phone make it a pain to use sometimes daily as it is very large and rectangular. Number 2 is disappointing battery life compared to the other phones on this list the Note 8 seems to struggle a bit here which makes sense considering it's larger than life display with a relatively lackluster 3300 mAH battery. Lastly, the performance is not quite as fluid as all the others mentioned on this list above. However, it still represents one of the most complete phones on the market today.
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5. Apple iPhone 8 Plus (8.5/10)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a dying breed of older Apple design language. This is the classic iPhone 6 Plus series design and now is offered in an all new product red version along with silver, gold, and space grey. The iPhone 8 Plus has been one of the best iPhones I have ever review basically due to it's refinement. This phone never breaks a sweat no matter what you throw at it. It features a larger feel than the iPhone X which technically has the larger display. Where the iPhone 8 Plus is lacking however is the LCD panel is not up to par with the other OLED devices on this list and the smaller battery size for a phone of this size makes me think about it's longevity. Lastly the weight of this phone at times feels absurd as it weighs over 200 grams which the heaviest phone I have ever tested. Weight is sometimes associated with premium however and that the iPhone 8 Plus delivers. It feels like the perfect iPhone 6 Plus with a dual camera. Great battery life, awesome rear cameras, and a lower price than most on this list make this the better buy for a more value searching customer.
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