Best phone in the US for 2018: the 10 top smartphones we’ve tested


The best phone in the US for 2018 is going to power you through the next year under brand like Apple, Google, and Samsung shaking up our top 10 list. Of course picking between these smartphones is always a tough decision.

The good news is knowing the best phone you can buy in the United States is more than just a hunch for us. We test out the latest and – sometimes – greatest phones in comprehensive mobile phone reviews.

To drill down to a list of our 10 favorites in the US this year, we based January 2018’s updated rankings on a lot of geeked-out factors: design, performance, battery life, camera quality and software updates.

Sure, your personal preference among iOS 11 and Android Oreo could sway you to another device besides our top-ranked phone. Likewise, your contract with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile is a personal preference. The best phone for AT&T may not be available on-contract on Verizon, and vice-versa.

That’s why we have more than just a No. 1 pick, which, spoiler alert, isn’t just Apple’s iPhone 8 or iPhone X. We’re not that predictable. Before you lock into a binding contract or spring for an expensive unlocked phone, consult our best phone guide, updated regularly.

iphone X The most luxurious phone on the market

You could argue that the iPhone 4 or iPhone 6 should have that tag, but the X (that’s ‘X’ as in ’10’) represents something that most iPhone buyers want: a new design, after years and years of the same thing being released.

You know already that this is an expensive phone, but Apple has done all it can to justify that cost. It’s got an amazing, well-tuned screen, and a strong camera bolted on the back.

The lack of bezel around the device is a massive departure for the brand, and losing the home button has lead to a redesign of iOS 11 – you might struggle to transition for a day or two if you go for this phone, but trust us, it’ll become second nature in no time.

This is the phone to buy if you want to treat yourself to a high-end phone – a little extra per month for something you really enjoy taking out of your bag or pocket is worth it if you can afford it.

Google pixel 2 A great camera in a dated design

The Google Pixel 2 is one of our favorites simply because of the camera quality. Our photos never looked better, and that’s thanks to Google’s machine learning and focus on optics. This is the closest camera phone to a DSLR replacement. It’s also fast, water-resistant and includes dual front-facing speakers, a rare treat.

You’re not getting a headphone jack from this year’s Pixel phone, and this smaller 5-inch version doesn’t have the all-screen display found on the bigger 6-inch Pixel 2 XL. That’s okay, its vibrant screen and slightly cheaper price make it a worthwhile choice if you want to upgrade to the latest version of Android.