The best smartphone of 2018: 15 top mobile phones tested and ranked

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12. Google Pixel 2

Not as stunning as its sibling, but still darn good

Release date: October 2017 | Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 2,700mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Incredible camera
Latest software
Older CPU
No headphone jack

If you want a smaller phone that's great to hold and has a brilliant camera, then you could do a lot worse than look at the thankfully-now-cheaper Google Pixel 2.

Screen: It's only a 1080p LCD screen, but we don't see a lot wrong with what's on offer here. It's not 18:9 nor bezel-less, which puts it at a disadvantage to its rivals', but it's still more than acceptable.

Battery life: The battery life, like the screen, is also just fine, making it just to the end of the day. That makes sense given the smaller power pack in there, and it's still better than some other phones on this list.

Camera: This is the reason that the Pixel 2 is on the list. Some of the best photos you'll ever capture on a phone will come from this device, and while there are some competitors (the Samsung Galaxy S9 pair and the Huawei P20 Pro) for the price, this is easily the best cameraphone.

Mini verdict: The Google Pixel 2 is nowhere near as impressive the Pixel 2 XL, with a smaller, lower-res screen, less power and not as much battery power - but for the cost, it's a stunning option if you want to take decent snaps.

Read more: Google Pixel 2 review