There’s certainly no shortage of excellent choices when it comes to selecting the Android-powered phone that’s right for you in 2018. Now that Phonetober is out of the way, we’ve got a massive list of amazing devices to choose from, one of which is certain to get you excited for its new features and powerful new hardware. Our lists aren’t just to display the absolute best phone available though, they’re primarily designed to help people looking for a specific niche or need, as many of these phones specialize in one area or another. Ready to find your next phone?
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Google’s Pixel project has long been a mainstay for Android enthusiasts, but something has changed a bit this year. It still offers the most “pure” experience you’ll find among many big-name vendors, but that pure experience has taken on a bit of a different look and feel with Android 9 Pie. As the most polarizing version of Android ever, Android 9 Pie introduces some big changes to navigation and multitasking that some users are less than thrilled with, while others feel right at home with the new systems. Google has had its fair share of issues with the Pixel 3 family this year, but there’s something the Pixel family has that no other Android phone can claim: regular monthly software updates. Sometimes these are just security patches, other times they aim to fix problems or introduce new features, but it’s the update schedule that has had many folks sold on the idea of owning Google’s own phone, regardless of the issues these updates can sometimes cause. Google also offers unlimited full-size photo and video backup through its cloud services, as well as excellent support straight within the settings menu. You can pick up the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL straight from Google, or via Project Fi and Verizon.