The OnePlus9 is the second OnePlus handset on our best phones list, and that's simply because it packs nearly all the perks of the newly-released OnePlus 8T at a discount. More importantly, in the US, the OnePlus 8 is simply more available, with support from T-Mobile and Verizon.
Why it's ranked 9th: The OnePlus 8 may miss out on a couple flagship flourishes like 90Hz refresh rate fluidity and a telephoto lens, but it's got great specs and cameras for the price. It looks the part of a flagship phone and acts more expensive than it really in part because of its top-shelf specs. As long as you don't want the best camera phone and are OK with fewer top-end features, the price is right for this one.
Screen: The OnePlus 8 has a great display with Full HD Plus (1080 x 2400) resolution and a single punch-hole for the selfie camera. It misses out on the more fluid movement of Samsung's S20 series and the OnePlus 8 Pro, which all pack a 120Hz refresh rate screen, but the OnePlus 8 still has a sharp display for the price.
Battery life: The OnePlus 8 has respectable battery life thanks to its 4,300mAh battery. It'll get you through a whole day, but not much more than that. The real news is its Warp Charge 30 adapter that allows this phone to go from 0% to 100% in a little over an hour. It's very fast.
Camera: The camera has always been the weakest part of the OnePlus lineup, but we've experienced better phones than the OnePlus 8. It's not going to top our best camera phones list, but the triple lens (regular, ultra-wide and macro) did a decent job in proper light. Nightscape mode has been improved, but begs for a tripod in mixed light (any lights in dark scene tend to smear).
Read our OnePlus 8 review