The Top 5 Android Phones for 2018

There’s a clear division among smartphone owners: iPhone versus other brands, Apple’s iOS versus Google’s Android.

iPhone fans adore their smartphones for sleek design, ease of use, and fancy features. Yet loyal Android users also enjoy the customization, the high-tech tools, and the vast capabilities of their smartphones. Who truly has the better phone?

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Before you decide Apple wins, consider the many benefits of choosing an Android. Beloved by 81% of smartphone users, Android is the dominant force in the world of smartphones. With lower prices, different apps and functionality, and choices in design, Android leads the smartphone war.

One reason smartphone fans adore their Android devices is the software’s ever-changing nature. Each year, we see highly anticipated smartphones released–and these new phones are more powerful, more capable, and more advanced in their technology with every new model.

With so many new Android smartphones available, how can you tell which are worth buying? How do you know which have the best reputation, or perhaps the best value?

Consider the following new Android smartphones. Released just for the year ahead, these are the best of the bunch for 2018.

1. Samsung Galaxy S9

The powerful Samsung Galaxy S8 hit stores earlier this year, making news as a revamped and more reliable version of the popular S7. Even though the latest model just hit stores, people are already anticipating the Samsung Galaxy S9, which is due out in 2018.

This phone is currently in only the initial stages of production, but we already have some ideas about what the new Android creation will look like. Some of the early rumors speculate that this newest Galaxy model will support modular accessories, be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset, and feature 4GB of RAM. Rumors that the next iteration of the Galaxy smartphone will remove the headphone jack, following in Apple’s iPhone 7 footsteps, indicate that Samsung might be working on a couple different design possibilities.

The new Samsung Galaxy is expected to be released in March 2018–and reports claim that it will cost around $725, a price that’s quite similar to its predecessor.

2. LG V30

One of the prettiest devices released this year, you can get your hands on the LG V30 right now. This smartphone is big and powerful, and it has a shiny metal waterproof body topped with a 6-inch, 2:1 curved glass UHD OLED screen. The included features, like a fingerprint sensor, dual cameras, and wireless charging capability, make the LG V30 a decent rival among the world’s hottest smartphones.

Beautiful on the outside, the V30 is also working hard to compete with the biggest industry players, Apple and Samsung. Inside, the V30 is equally great and equally impressive: there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM.

Perhaps most importantly, the LG V30 will be probably one of the first phones to support T-Mobile’s new 600MHz wireless network. While other recent releases are too “outdated” to support this faster and higher-quality cell network, LG is setting the trend when it comes to taking carrier changes into consideration. T-Mobile customers will love the way the V30 works.

3. Moto X4

Motorola hasn’t exactly been making waves in the world of smartphones–the company’s last big hit occurred over a decade ago. However, Motorola is suddenly popular once again, thanks to the release of their new premium Android device: the Moto X4. Rated a 9 out of 10 for its software by Android Authority, this stellar smartphone combines a strong battery with sleek design and speedy performance.

Reviews of the Moto X4 consistently praise the smartphone’s sturdy and durable body, customizable storage options, affordable price tag, and familiar Android experience. The downsides to this Android option are few, and choosing this new Motorola design allows you to reap the same benefits as more expensive phones.

Even more exciting, the Moto X4 is on Google’s short list of Project Fi-compatible devices. If you haven’t heard of Project Fi, it’s an innovative service plan that plans to combines popular service providers into one virtual network to offer better coverage than any single carrier.

4. HTC U11 Plus and Mini

HTC has a long history of Android smartphones. As the first company to offer a commercially available Android cell phone via T-Mobile, it was taking huge leaps ahead of all other companies in the early 2000s. Throughout 2017, though, HTC was pretty quiet–but only because they’ve created something special for 2018. Both the HTC U11 Mini and HTC U11 Plus will be launched in Taipei just before the start of the year, and both sizes of this smartphone are already receiving rave reviews.

Experts like the CNET review team are calling the U11 one of the most unique and beautiful phones of the year. Priced at an amount that’s competitive with Samsung and Apple, the latest HTC device will pack strong performance, a gorgeous design in both its screen and the back of the phone, and highly desirable water resistance. All of the most important user concerns and complaints are addressed in a single phone.

The HTC U11 also offers a particular feature that’s never been available before 2018: squeezable sides. While reviewers are split about this, the squeezable sides are being marketed as an easier way to use your smartphone. Designed to launch apps and offer virtual assistant whenever squeezed, HTC could be taking Android phones to new heights.

5. Google Pixel 2

The newest creation by Google released mere months ahead of 2018 is reported to be a smart choice for dedicated Android fans. The Pixel 2 offers good battery life, a quality camera, and great software performance. Despite its small screen, just 5 inches, the Google Pixel 2 offers the same features as its bigger 6-inch sibling. This device is also water-resistant and attractive in its design.

After a successful and beloved phone launch took the original Pixel to the top of Android smartphone lists, the Pixel 2 is expected to be similarly adored. Featuring one of the best processors available and a fantastic camera that’s especially great for low-light photography, the newest Google-branded smartphone is expected to grow the company’s influence in device design.

It’s an exciting time to be an Android phone owner. There are so many innovative choices, so many different designs, and so many new additions that make using a smartphone even more exciting. Whether you’re sticking to a budget or want the biggest tech value for your buck, these 5 Android smartphones are the best you can buy.

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