When it comes to tech, smartphones snag the top spot for being the most personal tech we own. After all, it gives us nearly everything – the weather, web browsers, messaging, music, the ability to snap pictures, GPS, and so much more.
With security and durability being more important than ever when it comes to choosing a device, our goal is to help you get a good deal on one of this year’s top-rated smartphones without breaking the bank.
Here’s a list of the best phones our team found:
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
✅ Made from premium materials
✅ Excellent low-light camera capabilities
❌ Battery life is impressive but there's better out there
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is hands-down one of the best phones you can buy today. Along with an impressive camera and all-day battery life, you’ll enjoy a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display that’s jam-packed with pixels and vibrant colors.
It seems the Galaxy S9 Plus is Samsung’s answer to the iPhone X, but better in a few ways. It features vertically stacked 12MP dual cameras, a face unlock feature, stereo speakers, and AR Emojis. Better yet, it even has a headphone jack (a rarity these days!) and larger than average curved all-screen display.
2. iPhone X
✅ Powerful premium phone
✅ Crystal clear, unparalleled screen
❌ It’s amazing but is pricey
The iPhone X is, without a doubt, the best iPhone Apple has ever made. Its sleek design and powerful specs make this phone an irresistible choice for iOS users craving the latest technology. The quality of the 5.8-inch OLED screen is far better than previous iPhone LCD IPS screens, and its battery life is decent for the average user.
The big shining star of this smartphone is in the power of its camera. It will wow you with its precision to detail, ability to capture and watch 4k videos, and ease of use.
3. Google Pixel 2 XL
✅ Top-of-the-line camera
✅ Functional and attractive design
❌ No 3.5mm headphone port
If you’re looking for a pure Android experience with a big screen, look no further than the Pixel 2 XL from Google. Featuring an incredible camera – among the best in its class – and stereo speakers, this phone has undergone some serious changes for the better.
The screen is an expansive 6-inch display that’s useful for gaming and video playback, and the unit boasts an overall good battery life, lasting at least a full day under normal conditions.
4. LG V30
✅ Shoots amazing video
✅ Best wide-angle camera lens in a phone
❌ Battery life could be better
The LG V30 captures stunning video, including 4K definition, and is a solid choice for capturing moments on video on a regular basis. It comes with its own wide array of compelling effects and filters you won’t find anywhere else, and the bezel is hardly noticeable since the screen nearly goes edge to edge.
As you might suspect, the battery life for the V30 leaves something to be desired when utilizing it as a camera but the overall features make it one of this year’s top choices.
5. iPhone 8 Plus
✅ Features wireless charging
✅ Impressive battery life
❌ Less expensive than the iPhone X, but still pricey
The iPhone 8 Plus is the best ‘regular’ iPhone currently available. While the iPhone X still takes the cake as a more impressive device overall, the 8 Plus packs all the features we’ve come to love and enjoy on the iPhone at a more affordable price point.
Its fantastic camera features two 12MP lenses on the rear which manages to capture images that are lifelike and clear, without a lot of noise. Overall, it’s a top iPhone contender with strong features and a traditional iPhone design.
6. Nokia 6.1
✅ Quality build
❌ Camera could be better
The Nokia 6.1 is this year’s best phone for anyone on a strict budget who isn’t willing to compromise a quality build and powerful operating system.
Featuring a 5.5-inch display in Full HD and a 3,000mAh battery that recharges via a USB-C port, the Nokia 6.1 easily meets the needs of most users and has a sleek design with anodized copper highlights to really make it pop.
7. OnePlus 5T
✅ Premium design and feel
✅ Impressive camera features
❌ More expensive than previous iterations but still a great deal
The OnePlus 5T is another affordable phone in this year’s lineup that doesn’t compromise quality over design. In fact, in terms of value for money, you’d be hard-pressed to be disappointed in the 5T.
Featuring a premium metal body and a 6-inch AMOLED display, it remains a flagship phone with a fantastic camera and premium features such as facial recognition and solid all-day battery life.