Help us choose the best smartphones of 2018

With the end of 2018 in sight, we thought this would be the perfect time to choose the best smartphones of the year. If you haven’t been paying close attention, 2018 has delivered quite a few outstanding devices. Sure, the notch has been present on most of them, but that really didn’t detract too much from the amazing cameras, performance and battery life that nearly all flagship devices packed in this year. 

Our team is working on our official list of best smartphones for 2018, but we also want your input for our official “Reader’s Choice Awards: Best Smartphones of 2018” article which will be going up early next week. 

What we need from you is your vote and a comment. The results of the poll will determine the winners and select comments about individual devices will be included for each device in the final article. If the device you want to vote for is not listed in the poll, feel free to add it in the poll’s comment section. 

We’re slowly working through our selection process for the best devices of 2018, but we’d really curious to see which smartphones you guys think is worthy to be crowned best smartphone of 2018. 

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How to SIM Unlock the Samsung Galaxy S9 for free

There’s little doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the larger Galaxy S9 Plus are among the best smartphones of 2018. But if you find yourself reading this article, you’re likely already aware of that. What you want to know is how you can SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S9 since it is SIM locked to your service provider. The main reason to SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus is because you’re planning to switch service providers, but a SIM-unlocked Galaxy S9 can also fetch a higher price if you’re planning on selling the phone as well. Regardless of why you need it, the instructions below will help you secure a free Samsung Galaxy S9 SIM unlock code for your device.
Keep in mind that is can take 2-3 days to get a free SIM unlock code for your device. If you can’t wait that long, you might consider picking your Samsung Galaxy S9 SIM unlock code from Android SIM unlock or similar third-party services.

Free Samsung Galaxy S9 SIM unlock code
What many people don’t know is that getting a free SIM unlock code for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9 Plus is fairly easy. If you look through your service provider’s fine print on their website, you’ll find that most of them will give you the SIM unlock code for your phone, just as long as you meet a handful of requirements. Each service provider has their own unique requirements, but typically you’ll need to make sure that the phone you are trying to unlock is paid in full, your account is in good standing (no late or unpaid bills) and that you’ve owned the phone for 60-90 days. If you meet these requirements, you shouldn’t have any issues getting a free SIM unlock code for your Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus.
Request your free unlock code

Open the phone app and dial #06# to display your Samsung Galaxy S9’s IMEI number
Wrote the number down on a piece of paper for quick reference
Call your service provider to request your free SIM unlock code
Provide your phone’s IMEI number to the customer service rep
If eligible, your Samsung Galaxy S9 SIM unlock code will be emailed to you in 2-3 days

SIM unlock your Samsung Galaxy S9

When you receive your unlock code, replace the SIM card with one from another service provider
When prompted, enter the SIM unlock code you received
Once the code is entered, the device will be SIM unlocked.

Paid Samsung Galaxy S9 SIM unlock
If by any chance you are now eligible for a free SIM unlock code for your phone through your service provider (or simply don’t have time to wait around for 2-3 days for the code to show up), you can use Android SIM Unlock to purchase the code.  Third-party services are typically fairly cheap and can deliver the code the same day (often in less than an hour). Follow the instructions on the website to order your Samsung Galaxy S9 SIM unlock code and then follow the unlock directions above once you receive your code.

Apple iPhone Xs versus the Android competition

Ladies and gentlemen, the new iPhones have landed! If you’re just now learning about the new iPhone Xs on Phandroid, there’s a good chance that you’re probably not interested in the new flagship smartphone from Apple. That being said, you might be a little curious as to how your recent Android smartphone purchase stacks up against the iPhone Xs.
To put things simply, if you’ve seen last year’s iPhone X, you’ll probably have a hard time telling it apart from the iPhone Xs. Like all of Apple’s “s” models, this new device has the same body as last year’s phone. The only real thing to set it apart is the new “gold” color option. Of course, there are a few differences on the inside. The iPhone Xs comes with an improved dual camera system on the back which takes better photos, the Face ID system has been upgraded to be slightly faster, the battery lasts 30 minutes longer than the previous model, Apple’s finally added a 512GB storage option, upgraded IP68 dust and water resistance and the new and improved A12 Bionic processor.
We’ve broken the specs down into an easy-to-digest table which shows all the most important features of the new iPhone Xs matched up again those of the most popular Android smartphones of 2018 — the Samsung Galaxy S9, Oneplus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ. Based on what you’ve seen, does the new Apple iPhone Xs have what it takes to go head-to-head against the best Android devices this year?

iPhone Xs
Samsung Galaxy S9
OnePlus 6
LG G7 ThinQ

Screen size
5.8 inches
5.8 inches
6.2 inches
6.1 inches

2,436 x 1,125
2,960 x 1,440
1080 x 2280
3,120 x 1,440


Apple A12 Bionic
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

6 / 8GB

64 / 256 / 512GB
64 / 128 / 256GB
64 / 128 / 256GB

Unknown (20 hours talk / 12 hours internet)

iOS 12
Android 8.0
Android 8.0
Android 8.0

Rear camera
Dual cameras: Wide-angle, 12MP, f/1.8, 1.4μm Pixel size, Telephoto, 12MP, f/2.4
12MP, dual aperture f/1.5 and f/2.4, 1.4μm pixel size
Dual cameras: Standard 16MP, f/1.7, 1.22µm pixel size, 20 MP depth sensor
Dual cameras: Standard, 16MP, f/1.6, 1.0μm pixel size Wide-angle, 16MP, f/1.9, 1.0μm pixel size

Front camera
7MP, f/2.2
8MP, f/1.7
16 MP, f/2.0
8MP, f/1.9



143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm
153.1 x 71.9 x 7.9mm


Special features
IP68 certified, FaceID, Qi wireless charging, dual SIM
IP68 certified, 3.5mm headphone jack, WPC/PMA wireless charging, Iris Scanner, Fingerprint Scanner
3.5mm headphone jack, Fingerprint Scanner
IP68 certified, 3.5mm headphone jack, Qi wireless charging, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Fingerprint Scanner