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The best 10 smartphones of 2018 (Prices and Specs)

Hi folks… Today, i want to talk about the best ten smartphones so far this year. This topic is based on expert reviews and performances of each of them. So many smartphones are out there in the market, and most people find it hard making a choice. Don’t worry any more, this review/comparison will help you with that.

Now.. Let’s get started, sit back,relax and be enlightened.

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Key Specs:

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Price: ₦320,000 – ₦340,000.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a big phone that’s designed for big hands. And it takes the very best of what’s on the smartphone market and puts it together in a compelling package.

Screen: The Super AMOLED 6.2-inch display has been measured as one of the very best around right now. With super colours and a  great dynamic range. Essentially, the very best viewing experience you can have on a mobile phone.

Battery life: The battery life on the S9 Plus is better than the smaller version. Thanks to the 3,500mAh battery.  Although it’s probably the weakest part of the phone, not offering as much life as we’d have liked.

Camera: The camera on the Galaxy S9 Plus is among the best on the market. And it’s dual-aperture capability offers some startlingly good snaps. Colours can look a tad washed out when the exposure is higher, but the power of the sensor, with memory built into it to make it smarter than most rivals, offers very low-noise shots.
Conclusion: If you’re after a bigger phone with all the features that matter on board, the Galaxy S9 Plus is that and more. 

2. iPhone X

Key Specs:

Release date: October 2017 | Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125×2436 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2716mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP | Price: ₦420,000 – 450,000.

The iPhone X is the redesigned Apple phone that fans have been crying out for. It’s got an all new shape, the notch at the top and higher price.

Screen: The 5.8-inch OLED screen is the best display Apple has ever squeezed into an iPhone. It’s far ahead of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The sharpness, the quality, and the color reproduction is amazing.

Battery life: The iPhone X’s battery life is pretty good but it’s by no means best in class. If you’re a very heavy user you might struggle to last more than 12 hours. But for most users it’ll comfortably last a whole day.

Camera: Cameras on iPhones have always been superb, and the iPhone X is no different. The camera on the X is often stunning, delivering still shots that are rich with detail. Perhaps not quite as brilliant as the Pixel 2, but still right up there with the best.

Conclusion: This is the phone to buy if you want to treat yourself to a high-end handset (if you can afford it).

3. Huawei P20 Pro

Key Specs:

Release date: April 2018 | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2240 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP | Front camera: 24MP | Price: ₦345,000 – ₦360,000.

The Huawei P20 is easily the best phone that the brand has ever produced. Huawei has got so much right on this phone. And it now truly earns its place in the same breath as Samsung and Apple as a top smartphone choice.

Screen: The 6.1-inch display is only Full HD, but that does help with battery life. This is actually probably one of the weakest parts of the phone. Because, it lacks the colour reproduction of its rivals. But the way it fills the whole front of the phone is impressive.

Battery life: The Huawei P20 Pro will get you a day and half of light to moderate use. But if you’re a power user you’ll love this phone. It has an amazing battery life for the best experience.

Camera: The camera is the standout feature on the Huawei P20 Pro, offering three lenses. And they’re actually useful. The resolution is pin sharp, the software photo optimisation is excellent and having it’s 40MP sensor boosted well by Leica for good low light performance.

Conclusion: The main issue you have to overcome with the P20 Pro is the fact you might not be familiar with the brand. But trust me, it should be worth considering for your next smartphone.

4. Samsung Galaxy S9

Key Specs:

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Price: ₦285,000 – ₦290,000.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 isn’t quite the phone that the S9 Plus is. It’s a more palm-friendly model that still packs the power and top screen quality of the S9 Plus.

Screen: A QHD 5.8-inch screen takes up most of the front of the phone. Brighter, more colourful and capable of showing the best of movies. The Super AMOLED tech is once again showing itself to be best thing to look at on a smartphone.

Battery life: Battery life is a little disappointing in this smartphone. This means you’ll need to think about charging during the day if you’re a harder user. Wireless and fast charging capabilities help with this though.

Camera: It’s only a single sensor on the rear of the Galaxy S9, unlike the Galaxy S9 Plus. This means it’s not as good at photography. But don’t think the S9 takes poor photos, as they’re still stunning. And in low light it’s a sterling performer, with very little noise.

Conclusion: The Galaxy S9 is a smartphone with all the top-end features you’d want. It’s not quite at the level of the S9 Plus, and the iPhone X outranks it in some ways. But for a more palm-friendly Android phone it’s pretty nice.

5. Google Pixel 2 XL

Key Specs:

Release date: October 2017 | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,520mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Price: ₦345,000 – ₦360,000.

The Pixel 2 XL is all about the camera, with a wider frame and more expansive screen for watching all manner of content. Read my previous post about the Pixel 2.

Screen: The Pixel XL 2 has an expansive 6-inch display that’s decent for gaming and video playback (although a few issues have surfaced around its viewing angles). And it boasts an improved design over the smaller Pixel 2, with slimmer bezels housing its dual front-facing speakers.

Battery life: The XL has good battery life. You won’t have a problem with it. It will comfortably last you a full day under normal conditions and with normal use, and its ability to save power when it’s not doing anything means it’ll last a few days in standby.

Camera: Like the smaller Pixel 2, the camera on the XL is good. Photos look fantastic, and they’ll please both casual and more serious snappers alike. Low light conditions in particular are where this phone shines.

Conclusion: This phone is for you if you want to go for a pure Android experience. With the best camera on the market, and with a large high-res screen. It’s a pricey phone but worth it if the above appeals.

6. Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Key Specs:

Release date: October 2017 | Weight: 178g | Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 20MP+12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Price: ₦340,000 – ₦400,000.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a phone that might not instantly be on your wish list, but the brand has made huge strides of late. And the battery life is something that outranks most on this list. If you’re feeling that it’s time for a change, this is worth checking out.

Screen: The Full HD screen is a match for the Pixel 2 but not its other Android competitors like the Galaxy S9 and Note 8 phones from Samsung. As such, the screen on the 10 Pro is very good…but not spectacular.

Battery: The biggest talking point of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is its battery. At 4,000mAh, it translates to impressive performance. With the possibility of stretching it’s usage to two days from a single charge.

Camera: On the rear, the dual camera setup is a solid point-and-shoot option. But it really excels if you dive into manual mode. If you’re a camera enthusiast who’s willing to spend time fine-tuning, you can get some great shots from the Mate 10 Pro.

Conclusion: It’s not the best looking or bristling with the most features. But the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a brilliant phone if you’re looking for a big screen and top quality battery life.

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Key Specs:

Release date: September 2017 | Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2630 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Price: ₦280,000 – ₦300,000.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was seen as a real rival for the Galaxy S phones. The larger screen and more power starting to resonate with the average phone buyer. The S Pen is the real point of differentiation, and it’s cool to always have a notepad with you.

Screen:  The Note 8 maximises Samsung’s dual curved edge Infinity Display to the point where this phone feels like a mini tablet from the future. It’s more squared off than the Galaxy S phones, but still lovely to look at.

Camera: The camera on the Note 8 is superb with an all round quality. On the rear its dual lenses allow for optical zoom as well as digital zoom. As well as live focus which enables you to do all kinds of effects including blurring the background.. even after you’ve taken the shot.

Battery life: The battery in the Note 8 isn’t quite best in class . You can thank the large screen and slender design for that. But it’ll still last you all day unless you’re streaming a lot of video or using it with the brightness pumped up.

Conclusion: It’s an expensive phone. But it’s a better choice than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus in terms of overall size and quality. If you want to be able to jot things down in an instant and take beautiful photos, as well as splash the phone in water. This smartphone is for you.

8. LG V30

Key Specs:

Release date: September 2017 | Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 6.0-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP+16MP | Front camera: 5MP | Price: ₦320,000 – ₦380,000.

The LG V30 is a quietly impressive phone, jam-packed with all manner of tech. It’s offering some of the top specs around and does it with a strong battery life.

Screen: The V30 sports the fashionable 18:9 aspect ratio complete with an attractive 6-inch OLED display with 2880 x 1440 (QHD) resolution. While there are still bezels at the ends, the phone looks and feels superb.

Battery life: The battery life is one of the LG V30’s best features, easily lasting a day and if you’re a light user it could potentially go two days between charging.

Camera: The V30’s camera is good. You’ll be able to take shots in all conditions and be happy with them. But it’s not quite as good as the camera on the Samsung S9 phones, the Pixel 2 or the iPhone X.

Conclusion: The V30 is LG’s best ever smartphone. It’s got the most powerful processor around, a great camera and delivers one of the best sonic performances from a phone on the market right now.

9. Samsung Galaxy S8

Key Specs:

Release date: April 2017 | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | Price: ₦230,000 – ₦280,000.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 looked great when it was launched last year. But the Galaxy S9 is better in many ways. It’s not the top phone in Samsung’s range any more. But it’s pretty close and costs a whole lot less.

Screen: The screen was the very, very best on the market and is still now a top performer. Coming with the elongated, 18.5:9 ratio that stretches impressively up and down the phone. With powerful colour reproduction and contrast ratio that make everything look clear and crisp. it’s also got the QHD resolution that we expect from all the top phones.

Battery life: The battery life, despite being smaller than in previous devices from Samsung, is still pretty decent. It’s not amazing, but it’s not far from the performance of the Galaxy S9 and will last around a day

Camera: The camera is still very strong, despite being benched by the S9 .The auto mode offers clean, crisp and clear shots every time. Combined with screen quality, it makes you want to show off your best snaps.

Conclusion: This is the phone to go for if you want a strong performer and don’t mind it’s a little older. As such, it’s much cheaper than it was at launch and thus offers fantastic value for money. It will do the job for years to come. So, if you buy this phone you’ll manage a good couple of years out of it.

10. Huawei P20

Key Specs:

Release date: April 2018 | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5/8-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2240 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3,400mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 20MP | Front camera: 24MP | Price: ₦250,000 – ₦300,000.

If you like a smartphone that the design is in a slightly smaller, more affordable package, then check out the P20.

Screen: The screen looks pretty good in most lights, with the brightness not going to eye-hurting levels. It looks just fine, and the way it pushes to the edge of the bezels impresses too. It’s not the best on the market and is only Full HD, but its still OK.

Battery life: The battery life, like the screen, is also just fine, making it to last long on moderate use. That makes sense given the smaller power pack in there, and it’s still better than some other phones on this list.

Camera: The dual camera offer loads of effects, and the pictures are enhanced thanks to the inbuilt software making the best out of what you’re shooting. There’s also 960fps super slow motion video recording, which is what many top-end phones are bringing to the table.

Conclusion: The Huawei P20 is a good phone with a strong design, and the kind of spec list you’d expect for the price.

Alright folks.. These are the top ten best smartphones in the market right now. Just make your choice depending on their prices or their specs.

They may be expensive, but they give you what you want for your money.. My next post will be about another set of smartphones that money can buy.

Precious Okafor

I am Precious Okafor (White Angelis) a passionate entrepreneur and digital marketer.

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