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How To Determine Which New Android Phone Is Best For You

Android fans are about to have five new reasons to get excited: the new Galaxy 8, Note 8, LG V30, HTC U11, and Blackberry models are all set to release and offer tantalizing upgrade options. As exciting as these new phones are, sifting through all the hype and marketing to find out which phone is best for you can be an incredibly time consuming effort. Fear not, as this guide will help you make sense of the pros and cons of each brand new Android model coming out.

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Galaxy 8

Pros: Gorgeous screen, extremely powerful, amazing camera
Cons: High price, biometric unlocking is implemented poorly

The first thing that strikes shoppers when looking at the Galaxy 8 is its large, stunning screen. With a size that blurs the lines between tablet and cellphone, this phone is perfect for users who need to multitask, watch movies, or video conference.

However, the phone’s biggest drawback is that it uses an iris scanner for unlocks instead of a thumbprint scanner. It’s not that there isn’t a thumbprint scanner, but it’s disabled by default and it’s in an awkward place. The iris scanner is also irritating to set up and takes at least two or three times longer to unlock than the thumbprint scanner does.

Note 8

Pros: Best-in-class camera, lots of RAM
Cons: High price, low battery life, difficult to hold

The Note 8 is Samsung’s way of apologizing for the infamous debacle that was the Note 7. Knowing that they really needed to get this one right, Samsung hit a home run with the 8. Featuring two cameras in the back, it takes stunning portrait photos and features powerful tools to allow users to edit the photos immediately after they’re taken.

The biggest downside to all of this is that it is an absolute monster to hold in your hands. Unless you happen to have especially huge hands, operating this phone will require two hands almost all of the time. Although Samsung has released a special case for the phone to help alleviate this, it’s only a partial remedy.

LG V30

Pros: Streamlined design, wireless charging
Cons: Battery is not removable, does not come with Oreo distribution of Android

LG’s V30 manages to differentiate itself from the competitors in a number of innovative ways. Most notably, its screen sports a unique aspect ratio of 18:9 which is unable to be found on any other phones on the market. Additionally, LG has implemented wireless charging on the phone, meaning that you’ll never have to fumble around trying to find the micro USB port.

The biggest strike against this phone is that its battery is not removable. Although this inconvenience is lessened by the fact that it has the aforementioned wireless charging, it’s still worth considering if you travel or spend prolonged periods of time away from charging locations.

HTC U11

Pros: Great camera, great audio, attractive design
Cons: Edge Sense is not implemented well, screen is dim

The HTC U11 is an audio/visual lover’s dream, as it has a great looking screen, audio fidelity, and comes with a free set of HTC’s USonic headphones, which are definitely a cut above the standard earbuds that come with most headphones.

The downside to this phone is that the screen is a bit on the dim side, even at maximum brightness. This isn’t a big deal if you’re using it indoors, but outside it becomes almost unusable. Another strike against the phone is that the back of it absorbs and shows fingerprints like no other phone on the market. It looks great, but only if you never touch it.