The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are the successors to the S7 and S7 Edge, coming in strong after last fall’s horrific Note 7 fiasco. Just like Apple, Samsung is sure to sell millions of its new Galaxy smartphones, but that doesn’t mean they are the best for everyone.
LG came out swinging with its LG G6, erasing the G5 from our minds. I’ve been using one now for more than a month and as I assemble my biannual ten best smartphones post, it is a candidate for the top spot.
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Huawei may be in the third spot for global smartphone sales, but it has a very small share of the US market. The Huawei Mate 9 launched in the US for just $599 and now includes support for Amazon Alexa. It isn’t sold by carriers, which always means it will see limited sales in the US.
Motorola is back with a very strong offering in the Moto Z line, especially with the Moto Z Force Droid from Verizon. Motorola created a successful modular design and is working hard to grow the Moto Mods ecosystem. The Moto Z brings a stock Android experience with a recent record of timely updates.
Last year’s HTC 10 was a hidden gem in the smartphone world that did not get as much attention as it deserved. The new HTC U Ultra is gorgeous, but lacks some standard features found in the other flagships while being priced to compete with these high end devices.
The Google Pixel XL is arguably the best Android smartphone currently available. However, Google continues to struggle with providing stock of the device with most SKUs not available for four weeks or more. Verizon is the only carrier directly selling the Google Pixel XL and carrier sales are important for the US market.
Let’s take a look at how these Androids stack up side-by-side:
|Feature||Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+||LG G6||Huawei Mate 9||Moto Z Force Droid||HTC U Ultra||Google Pixel XL|
|Display size||5.8 and 6.2 inches||5.7 inches||5.9…|