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Best of 2018 Awards — All The Winners

2018 was a great year for Android phones and accessories, with improvements in design, performance, features, and cameras. With so many phones, however, it's hard to know which are truly the best, but as is usually the case, a few stood out from the rest. Similarly, a few pairs of headphones captured the imagination more than we could have ever imagined, with the long-standing Bose QC35s finally replaced atop the audio pile.

Of course, there's more than just flagship phones and audio when it comes to Android so here are all the winners of our Best of 2018 awards!

Best Android Phone of 2018

Why the Galaxy Note 9 is our Phone of the Year 2018

Best Android Phone Camera of 2018

Why the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Best Android Phone Camera of 2018

Best Headphones of 2018

More on why the Sony WH1000XM3 is our pick for Best Headphones of 2018

Best Affordable Phone of 2018

More on why the Nokia 7.1 is the Best Affordable Android Phone of 2018

Best Chromebook of 2018

More on why the HP Chromebook X2 is the Best Chromebook of 2018

Best Smartwatch & Fitness Tracker in 2018

More on why the Galaxy Watch is the Best Smartwatch & Fitness tracker of 2018

YOUR Phone of the Year!

More on why the Galaxy Note 9 won Reader's Choice Phone of the Year

Best Company

Bottom line

All of these devices, products and services are deserving winners of our Best of 2018 Awards in their respective categories. The Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 3 dominated the smartphone portion of the awards, although Huawei's Mate 20 Pro and the OnePlus 6T both proved to be exciting challengers. Whichever product or service from this list you bought, you can rest assured it's one of the very best of 2018!

Nirave Gondhia has been writing about the mobile industry for over a decade and began his career selling and fixing phones in the UK. He's used every flagship smartphone over the past five years and carries at least two phones at all times - currently, he's using the iPhone 11 Pro, [Samsung Galaxy Fold and Motorola RAZR. Say hi to him on Twitter at @nirave.

15 Comments
  • I just switched to a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on Wednesday, and I'm glad I did. I couldn't change it in my profile because it's not listed.
  • I switched to the note 9 from being with iPhones for 9 years and I couldn't be happier. Love this phone.
  • Shocker was the best phone camera of the year. I own neither but I thought the pixel was the consensus winner🤷
  • Same here. But I guess the 20 Pro is more versatile that's why they have it at the best.
  • I wouldn't buy a Huawei phone, but it is a shame Americans don't have it as an option from carriers because of the other trouble the company has. That said, it really isn't selling well in Canada either.
  • If the Galaxy Watch was the best of the year, I'd hate to try the others. It's a terrible device.
  • Android Wear is kind of a joke at this point for sure.
  • I don't agree with ANY of these choices..
  • Best camera, i think(know) is undeniably/unanimously the Pixel 3.... (Even my Pixel 2 XL camera is still better than most)No contest here, and Android central chose the Huawei?! Go figure...
  • They chose it because it has the best camera not because it has the best camera on a phone you can buy in NorthAM in a carrier store. ;)
  • Pixel 3 is undoubtedly the best camera on a smart phone.. it's not even a debate.
  • You own both? ;)
  • There should be a budget category. 350$ is"the most affordable smart phone"they could come up with? Granted the Nokia is a nice phone but I think the best most affordable smart phone is the stylo 4.
  • I use the s9+ which for myself offers everything I need or want in a phone. But the phone that offers the most premium features is the Note9. There just is nothing better. And it does everything very well!
  • How is OnePlus the best company when they can't even make their phones operate with Verizon? I'd put them as the worst company.