Our resident pessimist, Mr. Kellen, has already declared 2018 the year to forget about smartphones. It happened again in August. While I appreciate the honesty and sounds of the bosom, we do not see everything about 201
Firstly, I did not annoy what made it to others in the industry. The same goes for the headphone jack. I've lived #DongleLife ever since I got the new MacBook Pro, so the idea of losing a loved one's port is something I'm used to as an Apple computer fan. Part of his piece I agree wholeheartedly with is the essential situation. We really needed to see an Essential Phone 2 in 2018 and it's unfortunate that it never came.
Honestly, I would be happy to just give this year's phone (POTY) award for Pixel 3 XL, just for camera and software experience, but when I look at the year as a whole it's clear that it's not just a wins for some special reasons this year.
Having said that, we have decided to give our POTY award to three phones in 2018. There are also plenty of honorable names and even a not so honorable mention that will transform it.
Let's get started.
Pixel 3 XL
Google makes very good phones. Yes, Pixel 3 XL (Review) has the world's ugliest notch and just 4GB of RAM, as well as other issues that seem to really bump tech nerds of the world but damn it, the camera is amazing and we think the software is amazing . As a whole, we have enjoyed using Pixel 3 XL since launch, and until the 2019 series is starting to roll out, this phone we will use as our daily driver.
We are not trying to say the phone is perfect. On top of the things already linked, many may argue that there would be a better phone if it had a headphone jack or maybe more RAM, but let's discuss what the phone has. It has a good battery life, a game-changing Night Sight camera mode that's amazing, making every other phone jealous, plus updates that roll out moments after they were announced by Google – not months like other phones.
It's the smartphone experience we appreciate and we already know that this phone is awarded a POTY award, not surprising any of you. We are religious communities.
Galaxy Note 9
Galaxy Note 9 (review) is one of the phones of the year because it's the phone that has it all. You can call Google for all the missing pieces from Pixel 3, but without early software updates, I'm not sure Samsung missed anything about the latest note.
It has options that will guide you down a path of up to 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. In a smartphone! But you also have a ridiculously good (probably best-in-the-business) display, large 4000mAh battery, all sensors, all fast charging methods, super fast LTE and WiFi, and cameras that are probably just topped up by Google. It even has an included S Pen that now packs Bluetooth and does a lot of cool stuff, it did not do it before.
Sure, the note 9 is wrong, and it can beat a lot of, but if you have the budget for it, this is a phone that does not disappoint and will probably do something to blow in your mind 6 months down the road. Oh, it also has a very cute update that comes with an updated user interface.
You can easily make the argument that OnePlus 6T (Review) is the true 2018 Phone of the Year. It is the first from OnePlus to find a carrier partner. It's the first from OnePlus to work on Verizon. It is still starting at a very good price point. It has significant improvements over the previously released OnePlus 6 and introduces technology that no-one else in the United States has used yet (in-display fingerprint reader). It looks good. The software is as good as Google, and the updates have been viewed regularly. The battery life of 6T is nuts. Good sir, it's a good phone.
The only thing that keeps it back is the camera that does not really stand up to the two phones above, and the new fingerprint reader they used is a little frustrating to use. These two things, they would have been a little better, probably would have made this phone to the clear winner.
It's not to say that what OnePlus did here is nothing special.
Honest Review ]:
- Razer Phone 2 : In our review of Razer Phone 2, we stated that this is how to follow a sequel. Razer certainly killed it with Razer Phone 2, took the best parts of the original and improved them, as well as added things that were missing from the first. Not only did they make the phone better in 2018, but they held the same price last year! It makes me smile and if you picked up this phone you are probably a happy owner.
Not so honorable Mention :
- RED Hydrogen One : This phone was easily the biggest disappointment in 2018. It was hyped as crazy, with secret illuminati press events and no-one could talk about its features , followed by a crazy price on the launch of a phone that felt completely unfinished when it was placed in the hands of smartphone reviewers. Kellen knew that it would not be good from the day it was first plagued by RED, but I had high hopes. I was so wrong.
Do you agree or hate our bowel because you do not like your phone? Let us know in the comments below!