According to CNET.com, though 2018 had some bumps, sure, some things were pretty darn good – like the actual consumer products that were released.
There were good TVs, good smart home systems and quality smart appliances (I don’t get it), as well as speakers, laptops and even security devices and apps. Realistically though, what I want to know about are the phones.
Here are some items that CNET thinks are the cat’s meow.
The Apple iPhone XR: Their Editors’ Choice
According to CNET, the best iPhone to get this year is also the cheapest — the iPhone XR. Apparently $750 is cheap for a phone?!
Regardless, though the iPhone XR lacks some of the fancy extras that come with the iPhone XS and XS Max, the most important features are the same on all three phones. This includes a good quality camera, vibrant screen, speedy performance and longer battery life than the two higher-scale models. There’s also Face ID, which means you’ll be able to unlock your phone just by looking it. Nothing scary about that at all…
Galaxy Note 9: Their “Best Everything” Phone
According to CNET, the two most exciting things about the Note 9 are that its battery that lasted over 19 hours in their in-house tests and the fact that its minimum amount of storage is 128GB. This phone was made for power users, and that means you!
There’s also a 6.4-inch screen and a “robust Snapdragon 845 processor.” Sounds fancy and, at $1,000 for a phone, expensive. But again, if you think about this phone in terms of work, maybe the cost is worth it?
OnePlus 6T: Their Best Value Android Phone
Unrelated true story – A friend of mine recently got in an accident. Stupidly, we only had her phone with us, her Android, and I almost couldn’t figure out how to work it in my panic.
Moral – Androids are dumb and overly complex, and iPhones are the only acceptable devices! Just kidding, but man was that a horrible event…
According to CNET, not only are Androids not dumb, the OnePlus 6T is their best model of 2018 — speed, power and an awesome camera for about half the price of the iPhone XS or Galaxy Note 9. Its lack of water resistance, however, is one significant drawback for the splash-prone (read: everyone).
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Moto G6: Their “Best Budget” Phone
I am sure I’m not alone when I say that I like not wasting money, or blowing it. Sure, it can be fun to throw down a cool grand for a phone, but it can also be even funner to spend less and get more. Hence, the Moto G6.
According to CNET, if you’re looking for a budget phone, at $250, the Moto G6 is a “rare beast” — a cheap phone that’s actually really good. (You can literally get four G6s for the price of ONE Galaxy Note 9, which, holy crap!)
Motorola has followed some of the most important trends of 2018, giving the Moto G6 dual rear cameras with portrait mode and slimmer bezels. Some extra Moto software tricks all come together, resulting in a “really nice way to navigate the phone one-handed.”
So, there you have it — the best phones of 2018, according to CNET. Call me!
Erika Chan is a sex positive people watcher (and writer). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.