Weekly poll: Nominees for Best Phones of 2018

Peter, 09 December 2018

There are only a few weeks left in 2018 and even though we’re still expecting new phones to launch they will be too late to make a significant impact this year. So, we’re no longer accepting applications for Best Phones of 2018. It’s now time to vote.

There were so many new devices that we can’t just pick the Top 10 and ask you to vote. Instead this is a preliminary stage roughly divided into three categories: flagship, mid-range, entry level.

We tried to include as many phones as possible while still trying to keep the lists at a manageable length. We were partly guided by the Daily Interest rating in the specs, but also included some cool phones that didn't necessarily made the most headlines.

You can pick as many phones from each category as you want. Next week, the most popular options will go into the final round of voting. That would be a winnner-takes-all vote.

First up, the flagships. There are over 30 of them as this category is invariably the most exciting. It would take too long to introduce each contender – if you don’t already know everything about a phone, it’s clearly not your pick for Best of 2018. This poll will help us weed out the losers and next week we’ll have more time to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each device.

Flagships: Best Phones of 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note9
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Apple iPhone XS Max
Apple iPhone XS
Apple iPhone XR
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei Mate 20 X
Honor Magic 2
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Sony Xperia XZ3
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
LG V40 ThinQ
LG G7 ThinQ
HTC U12+
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 XL
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo
Xiaomi Mi 8
Pocophone F1
Oppo Find X
Oppo RX17 Pro
vivo NEX S
nubia Red Magic Mars
nubia X
Axon 9 Pro
Asus ROG Phone
Meizu 16
Razer Phone 2
OnePlus 6
OnePlus 6T

Next, the mid-range. We’re sure some of you will argue that this or that phone does or does not belong in the mid-range. For example, the Pocophone F1 is priced like a mid-ranger, but we felt it’s good enough to compete with flagships. Plus, different brands have different costs – the iPhone XR is Apple’s mid-range (sort of), but at €850 we can’t place it in this category.

Mid-rangers: Best Phones of 2018
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Honor Play
Honor 8X
Nokia 8.1
Nokia 7.1
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Sony Xpeira XA2 Plus
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
LG G7 One
HTC U12 life
Motorola Moto Z3
Motorola One Power (P30 Note)
Xiaomi Mi A2
Realme U1
Realme 2 Pro
Oppo F9
vivo V11
vivo V9
BlackBerry KEY2 LE

And finally, the entry-level phones. This is an interesting mix of phones, some of which draw little attention while others score higher in the Daily Interest chart than many of the entries in the flagship category. Solid features at an affordable price, coupled with a strong marketing campaign can make a winner even out of a modest phone.

Entry level: Best Phones of 2018
Samsung Galaxy J6+
Samsung Galaxy J4+
Nokia 3.1
Sony Xperia L1
Motorola One (P30 Play)
Motorola Moto G6
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Xiaomi Redmi 6
Realme C1
Oppo A3s
Oppo A83
vivo Y81
vivo Y95
Meizu C9 Pro


Reader comments

  • Yoga
  • 18 Dec 2018
  • X%p

In Real Life: Pocophone F1 has faster performance than my Samsung Note 9 Exynos. Pocophone F1 has faster charging than my Samsung Note 9 Exynos. Pocophone F1 battery endurance is higher than Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Pocophone F1 has be...

  • Pari
  • 16 Dec 2018
  • PG3

Iphone 8 is flagship because every apple phones arw flagship at his tym so i always chose apple phones

By his logic, the iphone SE was a flagship in his time... To everybody else, it was a nice midranger, or even an entry level for the apple ecosystem.

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