Best phone in the US for 2018: the top 15 smartphones we've tested

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4. Samsung Galaxy S9

A great phone for the smaller-handed

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm | OS: Android Oreo | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Premium build
Excellent screen
Battery life not great
Single sensor on the rear

The Galaxy S9 is the standard-sized Samsung flagship for 2018, giving you a way to experience a curved screen smartphone. It's minor specs bump from last year's very similar looking handset, but it's a better value than the iPhone XS. 

Screen: The 5.8-inch Quad HD curved screen is the standout feature, and you can hold this version in one hand without too much trouble. It's bright, with punchy colors thanks to Samsung's Super AMOLED technology, and even at the default 1080p resolution looks fantastic.

Battery life: Battery life is a little disappointing for a top-end smartphone, meaning you'll need to think about a top-up during the day if you're a harder user. Wireless and fast charging capabilities help with this though.

Camera: The Samsung Galaxy S9 takes stunning photos, and especially amps up low-light photos without increasing the usual noise we see from other cameras. It has a single rear sensor compared to the Galaxy S9 Plus, but it's nearly as good. You'll still be wowed by the camera.

Mini verdict: The Galaxy S9 is the top Android smartphone for people with smaller hands who don't want a giant phablet or pay top price. It's still expensive compared to the Galaxy S8 when there aren't that many advancements, but if you want a better camera and stereo speakers, this is the phone for you.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S9 review