Weekly poll: Nominees for Best Phones of 2018

There are only a few weeks left in 2018 and even though we’re still expecting new phones to launch they will be too late to make a significant impact this year. So, we’re no longer accepting applications for Best Phones of 2018. It’s now time to vote.

There were so many new devices that we can’t just pick the Top 10 and ask you to vote. Instead this is a preliminary stage roughly divided into three categories: flagship, mid-range, entry level.

We tried to include as many phones as possible while still trying to keep the lists at a manageable length. We were partly guided by the Daily Interest rating in the specs, but also included some cool phones that didn’t necessarily made the most headlines.

You can pick as many phones from each category as you want. Next week, the most popular options will go into the final round of voting. That would be a winnner-takes-all vote.

First up, the flagships. There are over 30 of them as this category is invariably the most exciting. It would take too long to introduce each contender – if you don’t already know everything about a phone, it’s clearly not your pick for Best of 2018. This poll will help us weed out the losers and next week we’ll have more time to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of each device.

Flagships: Best Phones of 2018
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
nubia Red Magic Mars
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Apple iPhone XS Max
Axon 9 Pro
vivo NEX S
HTC U12+
OnePlus 6
Oppo Find X
Nokia 8 Sirocco
LG G7 ThinQ
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung Galaxy Note9
Huawei P20 Pro
Sony Xperia XZ3
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo
Asus ROG Phone
Apple iPhone XS
Oppo RX17 Pro
Pocophone F1
Razer Phone 2
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Google Pixel 3 XL
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Google Pixel 3
Apple iPhone XR
Xiaomi Mi 8
OnePlus 6T
LG V40 ThinQ
Meizu 16
Honor Magic 2
Huawei Mate 20 X
nubia X

Next, the mid-range. We’re sure some of you will argue that this or that phone does or does not belong in the mid-range. For example, the Pocophone F1 is priced like a mid-ranger, but we felt it’s good enough to compete with flagships. Plus, different brands have different costs – the iPhone XR is Apple’s mid-range (sort of), but at €850 we can’t place it in this category.