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(Updated) My Top 5 Android Phones Of The Year 2018 - With Links To Current Best Prices (What A Year)
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(Updated) My Top 5 Android Phones Of The Year 2018 - With Links To Current Best Prices (What A Year)

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Refreshed 7th Feb (Posted 1st Jan)Edited by:"MrSwitch"
Just gave this a big update, including new prices, and new thoughts on My Top 5.

We've definitely been spoiled in 2018 with all the top, top phones which were released, and so
I've decided to create this list, as I thought it would actually help a lot of people (this is all in my opinion of course)

Your opinion will differ and I totally respect that.

I've tried to compile the list with comments in mind from from my many mobile phone deals on hukd over the year.

I'm going to include refurbs as well, because you get a lot of phone for little money when you go this route..

Here goes nothing....

Best budget award goes to...

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
I reviewed this phone, and really couldn't find many faults with it.

4000mah battery
Snapdragon 625 processor
Compact design
Headphone jack
Expandable storage

£184 Amazon UK 64gb Used Very Good

£131 Amazon Germany Like New

And...

Xiaomi redmi Note 5
You really can't beat this phone for price and specs.

4000mah
Sd636
No nfc
Big beautiful screen

£137 Amazon Italy Used Very Good 64gb

Redmi note 5 new £149.98 Ebuyer 32gb
ebuyer.com/868…1en
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Best Mid range award goes to...

Honor play & Pocophone F1
We had the honor play in our house, and it has everything a mid range phone shouldn't.
Same goes for the pocophone, I've recently changed my mind about the pocophone, still missing nfc which is a kick

Honor play
Headphone jack
NFC
3750mah battery
Kirin 970
Good cameras
Low light shots

£249.97 laptops direct, with free delivery

Pocophone f1
4000mah battery
Snapdragon 845
Beautiful6.3" screen

Pocophone
£277.98 @ Ebuyer

£237 Eglobal (member3%)
eglobalcentraluk.com/xia…7e7

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The upper mid range award goes to...

Oneplus 6/6t
So this is probably where I'll get my most arguments, but, there is no other phone currently released at this price point, that offers this kind of speed.

Please note the 6 has a headphone jack, but the 6t has a larger battery and in screen fingerprint sensor.

I actually had this phone for a short time and couldn't get along with the finger sensor, though not everyone had my issues.

3300/3700mah
NFC
Headphone Jack (6)
Sd845

Oneplus 6t £449 thanks to @waxsta

£410 oneplus 6t, 6/128 cex used B

£330 oneplus 6 64gb Black cex

From £380 Amazon Spain & France
hotukdeals.com/dea…419
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And the award for outright flagship goes to...

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 & Huawei mate 20 pro
I'm really not a Samsung kind of person, but having owned this for a couple of days, before returning it (as I couldn't justify the cost) I just couldn't fault it, the biggest fault being the price (on launch) but now its got more competitive used, getting down for £420 at one point, plus now with one ui, the ui of Samsung are really starting to appeal to me again.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
4000mah battery
No notch
Improved s pen
Improved ui

£599 laptops direct grade A, with free delivery, and £9 off with the Which trial (remember to cancel a fter the first month)

£500 grade B Used cex

New £589.99 thanks to @lewbmd

Huawei mate 20 pro
Kirin 980
4200mah battery
Those cameras

Having initially dismissed from top spot, I've listened to you lot, and have put it joint top, it is an immense phone

Grade A £579.97 Laptops direct

Grade B £499.97 Laptops Direct
hotukdeals.com/dea…455

New Amazon France £692
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So there we have it, again I love the comments, and I'm sure you have your opinions on the matter, and I more than welcome them too.

There were a lot of phones I could have included in all price brackets, including..

Honor 9 lite/7x/p smart
Xiaomi redmi Note 6 pro
Huawei mate 20 pro
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 8
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Moto g6 plus
LG G7 ThinQ
Sony xperia xz2
Huawei P20 pro
Samsung galaxy s9/plus
Nokia 8/sirocco
Nokia 7 plus
Xiaomi Mi A2 (sd660)
Xiaomi Mi max 3
Honor 8x
Honor 10
Honor view 10
And many, many more!

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matlock6701/01/2019 12:17

Do apple make an android phone?


Apple only makes fashion statements, they stopped making phones a while back.
Great post.
For me, the Mrswitch awards carry much more credability than any tech review site.
Time for Switchy to set up his/her own website and earn some real cash methinks!
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Good choices! I feel like the Honor 8x should get an honourable mention in the budget/midrange category.
Heat
Great work, thanks for the post. Will be help full to many.
@Mrswitch Thank You For Making Our 2018 Mobiles Galore
Ended up with the honor play thanks to your posts mrswitch.. Was hoping the honor 10 would drop to 220 again but not disappointed.. Handles pubg and fortnite fine to play with the kids.. Camera takes stunning photos in daylight.. Battery lasts ages.. Not disappointed.
No iPhones????
thomasbooth01/01/2019 12:05

Good choices! I feel like the Honor 8x should get an honourable mention in …Good choices! I feel like the Honor 8x should get an honourable mention in the budget/midrange category.


Done, added to bottom.
thomasbooth5 m ago

Good choices! I feel like the Honor 8x should get an honourable mention in …Good choices! I feel like the Honor 8x should get an honourable mention in the budget/midrange category.


Agree Honor 8X and Honor 10 are getting rave reviews in the various Tech Journals.

Purchased the 10 on the back of this for £259 from CPW

Posted on here

Well done OP
Edited by: "Bright.Star" 1st Jan
Nice list
@Mrswitch Fantastic work!
Poco has a headphone jack
I have the Huawei mate 20 X. Big phone big battery . What more do you want???
THANKS.
twist01/01/2019 12:13

Poco has a headphone jack


Ooh, sorry, shall edit. That much going on today.
Great post.
For me, the Mrswitch awards carry much more credability than any tech review site.
simonator9 m ago

Great post. For me, the Mrswitch awards carry much more credability …Great post. For me, the Mrswitch awards carry much more credability than any tech review site.


Lol, I wouldn't say that
Time for Switchy to set up his/her own website and earn some real cash methinks!
Thanks for posting, I'm torn between the honor play, 8x and pocophone... Do they all have a front notification LED do you know?

And also your links to laptops direct don't seem to take me to the handset when clicked, but when I search manually it shows up and with the exact same url... weird!

Heated!
@Mrswitch - Brilliant work, I don't need a phone at the moment but you're helped on numerous occasions to get a phone for myself, my wife and my relatives during 2018. Thanks very much.
JustX01/01/2019 12:17

Thanks for posting, I'm torn between the honor play, 8x and pocophone... …Thanks for posting, I'm torn between the honor play, 8x and pocophone... Do they all have a front notification LED do you know?And also your links to laptops direct don't seem to take me to the handset when clicked, but when I search manually it shows up and with the exact same url... weird!Heated!


I'll edit, the play definitely has a notification light
Great work Mrswitch. Here's to more of your amazing deals in 2019 🍻
matlock6701/01/2019 12:17

Do apple make an android phone?


Apple only makes fashion statements, they stopped making phones a while back.
MrSwitch01/01/2019 12:18

I'll edit, the play definitely has a notification light


Not sure what's wrong with the link tbh, it is correct...

Okay thanks, is it bright enough to be useful?

Thanks
rob1987hughes11 m ago

No iPhones????


Not sure when android coming to iPhone?
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JustX4 m ago

Thanks for posting, I'm torn between the honor play, 8x and pocophone... …Thanks for posting, I'm torn between the honor play, 8x and pocophone... Do they all have a front notification LED do you know?And also your links to laptops direct don't seem to take me to the handset when clicked, but when I search manually it shows up and with the exact same url... weird!Heated!


Done cheers
diddydavro4 m ago

@Mrswitch - Brilliant work, I don't need a phone at the moment but you're …@Mrswitch - Brilliant work, I don't need a phone at the moment but you're helped on numerous occasions to get a phone for myself, my wife and my relatives during 2018. Thanks very much.


You are very welcome.
@Mrswitch You should start a review site lol
Edited by: "Zorciarr" 1st Jan
Thanks as always Mrs Witch. Always keen to see your posts, wishing you a great New Year
JustX01/01/2019 12:19

Not sure what's wrong with the link tbh, it is correct...Okay thanks, is …Not sure what's wrong with the link tbh, it is correct...Okay thanks, is it bright enough to be useful?Thanks


Yeah, chenged links now, can you check, also, yeah the notification is super. Bright
I'm a current Redmi Note 5 owner running a Pixel launcher and Google Camera.... Brilliant device for the price.

Next year will be interesting with 5G coming and Xiaomi officially in the UK market.

If the Pocophone F2 has 5G support and perhaps NFC that might be my next upgrade. I've seen some leaks which show it has a teardrop notch... Of course it means nothing till it's confirmed.
mrswitch just want to say a big thank you for all your hard work. Got my son who is 20 one of the phones that you had recommended. He is very fussy and he loves it. It did not cost me a fortune. It was a Mi A2 lite. Thank you again. Happy New Year
is it true the mi a2 lite wont do wifi calling ? - i have ordered it, but am in a poor reception area (only vodaphone gets any signal in the house, and that is patchy) . i was hoping to use wifi to solve the problem , but i will confess i am pretty hopeless when it comes to understanding phones!!
bridet400_01 m ago

mrswitch just want to say a big thank you for all your hard work. Got my …mrswitch just want to say a big thank you for all your hard work. Got my son who is 20 one of the phones that you had recommended. He is very fussy and he loves it. It did not cost me a fortune. It was a Mi A2 lite. Thank you again. Happy New Year


Happy New year, thank you.
MrSwitch01/01/2019 12:22

Yeah, chenged links now, can you check, also, yeah the notification is …Yeah, chenged links now, can you check, also, yeah the notification is super. Bright


Brilliant thanks, will probably go for that one then.

Thanks again
tiberious01/01/2019 12:24

is it true the mi a2 lite wont do wifi calling ? - i have ordered it, but …is it true the mi a2 lite wont do wifi calling ? - i have ordered it, but am in a poor reception area (only vodaphone gets any signal in the house, and that is patchy) . i was hoping to use wifi to solve the problem , but i will confess i am pretty hopeless when it comes to understanding phones!!


If I'm honest, I don't know the answer, @toge may know?
Big thanks to Switchy and all who post phone deals on here... in a year when I was looking to upgrade an insight into all the best deals available has been invaluable.

I'm now the proud owner of a Note 9, which in the end cost me a frankly outrageous £359 (plus a traded-in Note 4 and the minor effort of claiming cashback and selling the free Fortnite skin). Couldn't be happier... absolute beast of a phone.

Wishing everyone a prosperous 2019 full of bargains!
Edited by: "bazpoint" 1st Jan
MrSwitch01/01/2019 12:25

If I'm honest, I don't know the answer, @toge may know?


Hi Tiberius, I've never had WiFi calling work on my A2 lite natively no. My network three has an official WiFi calling app which i could use as a workaround.
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