As I have done since I started blogging 14 years ago, I had an exciting year with all sorts of phones in the last year. In all, I reviewed a total of 18 smartphones during the year, but one has to stand out as my smartphone of the year 2018.
I got my hands on some really interesting devices. Some of the most outstanding include Nokia 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S9+, and Huawei Nova 3i.
It is interesting that at the end of the day, the phone that I picked lacks one key thing that I love. I love compact phones. My smartphone of the year 2018 is a huge machine with a 6.2-inch display. I would have preferred something slightly smaller – say one with a 5.5-inch screen.
I love to be able to use my phone with one hand. I love to not have to stretch my fingers to reach the top of the display.
Yes; while the world is crazy about giant displays, I am not. I prefer compact phones.
My smartphone of the year 2018
Which is why though the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is one of the most powerful, most equipped, and most capable smartphones released last year, I keep wishing it is more compact.
I absolutely love it! Physically, it is beautiful (and delicate). Software-wise, it is just as great. Samsung’s Experience UI is miles better than the kludge that TouchWiz was. The S9+ is so smooth to use. And this is why I am eagerly looking forward to the Android Pie update that comes with the new One UI.
Samsung Mobile is not the fastest with software updates, but Android Pie should hit my device within the next 30 days.
The Galaxy S9+ has a great dual camera. As with most phones, I am no huge fan of the front-facing camera. Left to me, selfie cameras can’t go away fast enough.
Someone would say that what I really want is the Galaxy S9, because of its more compact size. But the S9 is not as capable as its Plus sibling. The difference between the two is not just in size and price, but includes RAM, camera, and battery. The S9 Plus is much more capable than the S9.
It was very easy to pick the S9 Plus as my smartphone of the year 2018. Too easy. There are not many devices launched during the year that match it. 2019 is here now and promises to bring us exciting devices with new technologies.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.