Best Smartphones of 2018By Reviewed Staff
Choosing a new phone can be a decision fraught with anxiety. This is, after all, a gadget that you’ll be interfacing with every day, morning to night, for the next couple years. And with so many options on the table these days, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed.
Lucky for you, we've done the lab testing and real-world analysis to recommend the finest phones on the market today. These smartphones have been put through their paces—from battery, to processor, to screen quality and beyond—and the cream of the crop have earned the honor of being called the Best Right Now. Being the best of the best, these phones don't come cheap. But you know what? The best things in life rarely do.
If you want to learn more about any of these smartphones, click through to our full review for a detailed breakdown.
Updated January 11, 2018
The Samsung Galaxy S8 offers top-notch design, industry-leading performance, and the best smartphone camera we've ever tested. Like any smartphone, it's not perfect, but it's successes are so numerous that the blemishes are easy to overlook. To put it bluntly, the Galaxy S8 might be the best Android phone we've ever tested.
With a class-leading camera, a fun and intuitive stylus, and outstanding all-around performance, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best smartphones we've ever tested, and one of the best Android phones money can buy. The asking price is pretty steep, but if you're yearning for a big screen, stylus support, and a fun, flexible dual camera experience, the Note 8 is well worth the cost.
Where To Buy$699.99 Amazon Buy $699.99 Best Buy Buy $699.48 Walmart Buy
Dedicated Galaxy users might find the S9 to be a nothing groundbreaking, especially if they're upgrading from last year's still-excellent Galaxy S8.
That said, from a sheer performance standpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S9 could very well be the best smartphone Samsung has ever made. It's sensationally fast, features what might be the best smartphone camera available, and is backed by a long-lasting battery.
Where To Buy$519.99 Amazon Buy
Even though it's not that much different than its predecessor, the Galaxy S9+ is one of Samsung's best smartphones to date.
If you still own and enjoy a Galaxy S8+, you're not going to miss out on much by skipping the S9+ and upgrading next year. That said, S9+ users will enjoy terrific battery life, super-fast, reliable performance, and a camera experience that's hard to top—all in a premium-looking (and feeling) device.
Where To Buy$639.99 Amazon Buy $639.99 Best Buy Buy $692.18 Walmart Buy
Between its lavish design, its long-lasting battery, and its sensational dual-camera experience, the iPhone 8 Plus is one of the best big-screened smartphones money can buy. It's not as big of a step-up from its predecessor as the iPhone 7 Plus was from the 6s Plus, but if you're in the market for an upgrade, the 8 Plus is one of the best in the game—assuming you're not willing to pay more for the iPhone X.