The Best Phone to Buy Right Now, Android Smartphone Buying Guide 2018

Posted By: Products Gram | On 29 November, 2018

When it comes to Android smartphones, there is an overwhelming number of choices in the market today. The aim of this post is to help you narrow down your choices so that you don’t have to look at some of the models that are not worth your consideration. However, you should make sure that the phone you are planning to buy is compatible with your wireless service provider.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Specifications:

Display – 6.2-inch QHD+Infinity Super AMOLED

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM – 6 GB

Storage – 64 GB (expandable using microSD card)

Camera – a 12-megapixel dual camera with adjustable aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4)

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, an iris scanner, standard audio jack, stereo speakers, wireless charging, and IP68 rating (water resistance)

The feature-rich Samsung Galaxy S9+ is elegant and powerful. Between charges, it can be used for a full day. The smartphone comes in three colors: black, blue, and purple. The improvements over its predecessor include a cutting-edge camera with an adjustable aperture, fingerprint sensor, and stereo speakers. The game-changer camera’s secondary snapper comes with a telephoto lens to enhance versatility. The phone has received positive reviews from CNET, PC Magazine, Digital Trends. 

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Moto X4 Android Smartphone 

Moto X4

Specifications:

Display – 5.2-inch LCD Full HD

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 630

RAM – 3 GB

Storage – 32 GB (expandable using microSD card)

Camera – a 12-megapixel dual camera with a standard sensor and one 8-megapixel sensor with a wide-angle lens

Selfie Camera – 16 megapixels with LED flash

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, IP68 rating (water resistance), and standard audio jack

The affordable Moto X4 combines cool design with robust specifications, excellent build quality, and superb performance. The sleek smartphone is available in two colors: black and light blue. PC Magazine and CNET have given high ratings for the phone.

Google Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3Pixel 3 XL

Specifications:

Display – 5.5-inch FHD+ OLED for Pixel 3 and 6-inch QHD+ OLED ( for Pixel 3 XL)

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM – 4 GB

Storage – 64/128 GB (non-expandable)

Camera – 12 megapixels

Selfie Camera – 8 megapixels dual

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, built-in stereo speakers, fast wired, wireless charging, and IP68 rating (water resistance)

Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the best option for Android purists as they come with a cool design, powerful hardware, dual glass finish, great battery, and the best single camera. They also come with the most advanced Android iteration available and are free from any bloatware. Unlike other phones, Google will provide update support for 3 years. CNET, Wired, and The Verge have praised these phones.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Specifications:

Display – 6.4-inch Infinity Super AMOLED

Resolution – 2,960 × 1,440 pixels

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM – 6/8 GB

Storage – 128/512 GB (expandable using microSD card)

Camera – 12-megapixel dual with AI enhancements and adjustable aperture

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, an iris scanner, stereo speakers, built-in audio jack (standard), wireless, IP68 rating (water resistance), and S-Pen stylus equipped with Bluetooth connectivity

Galaxy Note9, the best big smartphone available in the market today, features high-quality hardware. The unique features of the phone are the AI-powered camera and the built-in audio jack. With a battery of 4,000 mAh rating, it withstands heavy use throughout the day.

Sony Xperia XZ2 

Sony Xperia XZ2

Specifications:

Display – 5-inch FHD LCD

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM – 4 GB

Storage – 64 GB (expandable using microSD card)

Camera – 19 megapixels with optical image stabilization capability

Selfie camera – 5 megapixels

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, IP68 rating (water resistance), and built-in stereo speakers

Sony’s Xperia XZ2, a compact smartphone, features high-end hardware and stereo speakers. The sharp and vibrant screen has the ability to display HDR content. Sony Xperia XZ2 has been praised by Engadget and Digital Trends for its design.

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

Specifications:

Display – 6.3-inch FHD+ AMOLED

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM – 6/8 GB

Storage – 64/128/256 GB

Camera – 16-megapixel and 20 megapixels capable of optical image stabilization

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, built-in audio jack (standard), and ultra-fast wired charging

The OnePlus 6 is easily the best option in the realm of Android smartphones. Its design and performance match with that offered by more expensive phones. It comes in four colors: two different shades of black (glossy/matte finish), red, and white.

In order to reduce the price, OnePlus has excluded features such as water resistance, wireless charging, and stereo speakers. CNET, The Verge, and Digital Trends have noted that it offers great performance for the price you pay.

Nokia 2 

Nokia 2

Specifications:

Display – 5-inch HD LCD

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 212

RAM – 1 GB

Storage – 8 GB (expandable using microSD card)

Camera – 8 megapixels

Battery – 4,000 mAh

Other Features – Standard audio jack

The highly affordable Nokia 2 delivers an excellent user experience. The gigantic battery of the phone enables you to use it for two days between charges. The entry-level chipset may not wow you in terms of performance, but is good for daily use. The phone is available in three colors: black, white, and copper.

Essential Phone PH-1

Essential Phone PH-1

Specifications

Display – 5.7-inch QHD LCD

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

RAM – 4 GB

Storage – 128 GB non-expandable

Camera – 13-megapixel (RGB & monochrome sensor)

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, stock user interface, fast-wired charging through USB-C, and bundled USB-C earbuds

Made out of ceramic and titanium, the phone comes with attractive design and craftsmanship. It is by far the most luxurious smartphone in this list. The bezel-free display is also impressive. In addition to the fast Qualcomm chipset, it provides stock Android and updates faster than most competitors.

LG V35 ThinQ

LG V35 ThinQ

Specifications

Display – 6-inch QHD+ pOLED

Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM – 6 GB

Storage – 64 GB (expandable using microSD card)

Camera – 16 megapixels standard sensor and 13 megapixels wide-angle sensor

Other Features – Built-in fingerprint sensor, IP68 rating (water resistance), and standard audio jack with built-in headphone DAC/AMP

LG V35 ThinQ comes with a sleek and water-proof body, gorgeous display, fast Qualcomm chipset, and two great AI optimized cameras. LG provides a 2-year warranty for their smartphone.

The phone also boasts of providing a better audio quality compared to that offered by its competitors because of the premium audio components used.


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