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Mobile choices 2018

November 29th, 2018

There are so many good phones to choose from in 2018 but which one is the king of the castle? There’s no clear winner for everyone so bear in mind the best phone for you might not be mentioned here.

When choosing a phone you should consider build quality and design, ease of use, features, performance and value. Generally speaking a flagship phone will cost between £600 and £800 but can be over £1,000 in some cases (the iPhone X). On contract you’re looking at between £30 and £50 per month on average but you can spend a lot more if you want an expensive phone and lots of mobile internet data.

iPhone or Android?

There’s more than these two operating systems, but iPhone and Android are worth talking about.  Windows phones are still around, but apparently only account for around one percent of all phones sold.

The vast majority of phones today run Android; Oreo is the latest version. While Apple’s iOS platform has a much lower market share, developers almost always release their apps on iOS so it has one of the best app stores you’ll find.

If you have an Android phone or and iPhone and want to move to the other type of phone, it’s fairly easy move your contacts and other data from one to the other. What you can’t move is paid-for apps, so keep this in mind if you’re considering a change of platform.

So here’s a few of the flagship phones you could consider now;

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – If you don’t want an iPhone then Google Pixels are a superb choice.  The XL has a larger screen and battery and they have the best camera ever on a smartphone.  Also, Premium Google phone hardware, good battery life, charge wireless and are waterproof.

Samsung Galaxy S9 –  the Galaxy S9 is a safer bet in 2018 despite costing more. It has everything a modern phone can have including wireless charging, full waterproofing and a headphone jack. Unlike some phones it also manages to have a huge screen and great design without a notch at the top of the screen. And while it looks like the Galaxy S8, it improves the camera even further and adds dual speakers to justify the upgrade.

OnePlus 6T – Lacking a headphone jack, wireless charging and waterproofing, it’s fairly priced, has a good specs, looks great and has cameras that can compete with its rivals. Features a glass construction, outstanding display and lightning quick performance.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro – how good have Huawei phones got??  The Mate 20 Pro has a large vibrant OLED screen, battery life and triple cameras. It’s expensive but you  benefit from improvements made to Huawei’s EMUI software. Stereo speakers, waterproofing and 128GB storage ensures this is a  phone that will last a few years of use.

Apple iPhone XS – the second generation of Apple’s notched flagship iPhone is one of the most expensive. The OLED display is outstanding and features the totally secure Face ID unlock system. Performance is flawless, as is build quality; hey it’s an iPhone so probably still the most desirable phone in the world! Fast and wireless charging compatible, but only comes with a slow charger in the box. But improved battery life and amazing dual cameras still make the iPhone XS a no-brainer if you already love iPhone and iOS. If you want a larger screen there’s the iPhone XS Max.

Apple XR – the best iPhone for most people right now, as well as being one of the best phones in general & affordability. Apart from an LCD screen and only one camera it’s practically as capable as the XS with the same A12 processor, wireless charging and Face ID. There’s 6  colours to choose from and battery life is outstanding.

Huawei P20 Pro – The P20 Pro stands out because of its 3 amazing rear cameras. Huawei has made a camera system unique in the smartphone market, and if night shots are your thing then this will impress. Glass and metal construction is better than the previous P10 phones and if you opt for the Twilight colour, you’ll have a phone that turns heads. Downside is it lacks wireless charging and a headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – the Note 9 takes the winning design of the Note 8 with improvements of better build quality, a larger screen and a sensibly placed fingerprint scanner. The 4000mAh battery is also an amazing upgrade. The display is the best you’ll find on a smartphone alongside stereo speakers, great cameras and the smoothest Samsung software yet. Expensive and comes with the S-Pen if that’s your bag.

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