With a single rear lens, the Pixel 3 and the larger 3 XL take brilliant photos, even in super low-light. The phones also have a second wide-angle front-facing camera, a water resistant design, wireless charging and they can screen unwanted calls.
The 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 (left) has a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, the Android Oreo operating system and a fix to the Galaxy line's biggest design misstep -- all in a body that looks strikingly similar to last year's model. The larger Galaxy S9 Plus also features dual rear cameras and a 6.2-inch display.
The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the year's best phones. It's big and beautiful, and has top-tier specs including a massive battery and internal storage that starts at 128GB. The new S Pen also doubles as a wireless remote for taking long-distance selfies.
Though it doesn't have a headphone jack or a water-resistant design, the OnePlus 6T offers top-notch hardware including a lightning-speed processor and an excellent camera for hundreds of dollars less than its competitors. For US customers, it works on Verizon's network.
Though its battery life is unimpressive, the Razer Phone 2 adds IP67 water resistance, a brighter 120Hz screen and wireless charging. That's on top of its great gaming performance and amazing built-in speakers.
Though you can't buy it in the US, the Mate 20 Pro's impressive list of features (like an in-screen fingerprint reader and an eye-catching design) puts it unquestionably among the top phones of the year.
The Moto Z3 Play comes with an extra battery pack that gives it two-day battery life. Its take on Android 8.0 Oreo is a pleasure to use, and the fingerprint sensor on the phone's right side is easy to reach.
The Essential phone feels brilliant in the hand and it's one of the fastest phones we've tested. It's new low price also makes it more palatable. But be warned that its camera is underwhelming and battery life is merely OK.
Nokia's Sirocco phone is a treat for the eyes. The 5.5-inch display stretches to all sides of the phone, curving at the edges of a stainless steel frame. The Sirocco looks and feels like the premium device the Nokia 8 should have been all along.
The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact can shoot HDR photos with 4K resolution and record super slow-motion video at 1080p resolution. For the most part the phones share similar specs, but the XZ2 Compact (left) is smaller, with a 5-inch display, while the XZ2 has a 5.7-inch screen.
If you rely on an older BlackBerry phone, the Key2 is a worthy upgrade. Its camera takes daytime photos that are crisp and bright, and portrait mode works well. Keyboard shortcuts that open other apps are fantastic, as is a programmable convenience key. Battery life is also excellent.
The Mi 8 follows last year's Mi 6, skipping the 7 to mark the company's eighth year. While it does look similar to the iPhone, the Mi 8's 6.21-inch AMOLED display doesn't quite stretch all the way to the bottom like the X's does. On the front is a 20-megapixel camera using "pixel-binning" technology to combine four pixels into a larger one for better low-light selfies.