The Pixel 3 truly exceptional cameras and AI powered call screening give it an edge on the other great phones in 2018 crowded winners circle.While we would still recommend the iPhone XR first, the XS has some extras worth noting.The supersize iPhone XS Max crams a 6.5-inch screen and all of the same great features of the iPhone XS into a Plus-size body -- but its not as huge a leap up as you might think.The Galaxy S10E is a terrific value for a compact, powerhouse phone, although it can not beat the OnePlus 6Ts $550 price.
Samsungs most robust Galaxy S9 of 2018 is still a good buy, but not until after the Galaxy S10 starts selling.The iPhone 8 Plus is a great phone with a spectacular camera that offers a lot of what iPhone X has under the hood, but Apple will no doubt release an upgrade later this year.The LG V40 ThinQ is one of the best phones of 2018, but the Pixel 3 XL has the better grab-and-go camera and battery life.Buy Motorolas Moto Z3 if you are looking for a well-priced Android phone on Verizon today, not for the promised 5G upgrade module.
Galaxy S10 Plus is a killer phone for 2019, although serious photographers will find its nighttime camera shots lacking.The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for the price, delivering most of the advantages of the iPhone XS for hundreds less.The excellent Galaxy S10 shares the Galaxy S10 Plus and Galaxy S10E s best traits, albeit with less distinction.
The OnePlus 6T is the most affordable, top-notch Android you can get. But if you already have the 6, do not feel the need to update.The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the years best phones. But unless you are in dire need of an upgrade, the smart move is to wait for what the next iPhone, Pixel and even Galaxy S10 bring.The Galaxy S9 can still hold its own among 2019s smartphones, but wait for it to go on sale after the Galaxy S10 launch.Though it can be slow at times, the Motorola Moto X4 hits all the notes for the right price, making it an even better deal now than when it launched.