28/11/2017 – 11:54am
I get to play with a lot of phones in my job, but the three handsets that have impressed me the most are the OnePlus 5T, the Google Pixel 2 XL, and the LG V30.
Why? Simple: they all have that special something that makes a handset stand out from the crowd. The OnePlus 5T, given its price, design and hardware, is kind of unbeatable right now. Nothing can really match it in terms of value for money.
The LG V30, meanwhile, feels almost like a super-car compared to most Android phones I have tested this year with its myriad features, excellent design, and bleeding-edge specs. No other phone in the Android space is quite as well thought out as the V30.
It’s like LG designed a phone specifically for me; the V30 has everything and more that I want from a flagship device, as well as HD DAC and a headphone jack. Two things that make a massive difference, if you use your phone for audio a lot.
The Pixel 2 XL is perhaps the most controversial choice of the three, especially when you factor in all the flack it has received from reviewers for its display. Nevertheless, this is the phone I am using and the one I am riding out 2017 with.
The camera on the Pixel 2 XL is beyond exceptional and will only get better once Android 8.1 lands and unlocks the dormant Pixel Visual Core chipset. On top of this, it has exceptional battery life, the best Android experience around, and masses of processing power.
I don’t mind the display too much either; yes, it’s not as good as the OLED inside Samsung’s Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8, but for me, it more than gets the job done. Even more so now that Google has included some settings for the display output, which help you get it more contrasty if that’s your thing.
What About The iPhone X? Isn’t That Like The Best Phone Ever Created!?
Apple’s iPhone X is dominating the headlines at the moment, with reviewers fawning over its new design, but I want to make the point that while the iPhone X certainly looks different, the overall experience of using it, while different to other iPhones, owing to the removal of the Home button, is not something I’d be willing to pay £1000 for.
Damien agreed with this sentiment in his iPhone X review, which we published a few weeks back. His takeaway thoughts were fairly simple: the iPhone X looks amazing, but it still isn’t worth what Apple is asking for it – not when you consider the fact that you could buy TWO OnePlus 5T phones for the same price.
Viewed in that context, the price of the iPhone X starts to look a little too much. I mean, you cannot argue that the iPhone X is worth 100% more than the OnePlus 5T, could you? Even a basic side-by-side of the handsets shows that.
I also hated the iPhone 8. Like, full on despised it – the handset was buggy, boring, and had a terrible battery life. Fortunately, I got to test out the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL after, and this more or less made me forget all about the woeful iPhone 8.
Why bring the iPhone X into this article? Again, simple: a lot of people ask me about it and whether or not it is better than, say, the Galaxy S8. My advice to them usually goes something like this: yes and no – but have you actually looked at other options beyond Apple and Samsung?
The Pixel 2, the OnePlus 5T and the LG V30, for my money, are all vastly superior options to Apple’s iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy S8. This is, of course, my opinion, but I think the points presented above highlight how I came to this decision. You don’t have to agree with me, either, but I think we can all agree that brands other than Apple and Samsung getting more popular is definitely a good thing.
The three best Android phones you can buy right now, IMHO, are the LG V30, Google Pixel 2 XL, and OnePlus 5T. Let me know what your’s are and why in the comments below!
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