The 9 (Real) Best Android Smartphones 2018

After several hours of research, I finally made my selection of the 9 best smartphones running Android from more than twenty models currently available.
My favorite is the OnePlus 6T which offers in my opinion a high-end device performance for a mid-range price, a value for money that will be difficult to beat.
You will also find at the end of this article a buying guide …

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The best cheap Android smartphones
This device may not be too expensive, it is nonetheless a quality product. If you want a good quality of photo against, it will be better to review your budget upward.
Honor 8X: the best cheap

After the Honor 7X, Honor launches Honor 8X, the latest in the $ 200 mobile segment of Honor, Huawei's sister brand.
The design of this one follows the current fashion with a massive 6.5 inch screen surmounted by a notch that contains a photo sensor as well as a speaker.
Seen from the front, he will not be without reminding us of his cousin the Honor Play. From behind, the smartphone stands out with a glass plate with two tones of blue, giving a sleek and elegant appearance to the device.
The finishes are of excellent quality. In short, aesthetically, it is very pleasing to the eye. Note that despite a screen occupying 84% of the front, the phone is very large, which makes it difficult to handle with one hand.
Level ergonomics, the phone is doing a little less well, with a fingerprint reader that is slightly too high. Same thing for volume buttons that are placed too high.
You will need stretch fingers. Well, you do not need to be Dhalsim either with stretchy fingers, but these features do not fall under the finger, which is a shame.
Level facial recognition, the phone is doing well, but takes a good second to operate.
Despite the glass shell of the device, it is not compatible with wireless charging. In addition, it has a micro USB and not USB-C, which is a bit surprising for a smartphone as recent. This will probably repel some, although for my part I do not find it so serious.
Let's see the display a little closer. The only concern is that some colors exceed the level 5 which can make the display a little fanciful and it is seen especially in the photos.
The contrast of the device is a little feeble for a smartphone of 2018 (only 1100: 1), but the brightness is quite correct and can read the screen of this smartphone in all circumstances. There is also a very high level of reflectance, which contributes a little more to a good readability.
The smartphone is not too bad at the level of the tactile delay and the remanence, with 94 ms of tactile delay and 13 ms for the remanence. In summary, at the level of the slab, the screen is of excellent quality, only the colors sin a little bit.
Equipped with a Kirin 710 chip with 4 GB of RAM, this device is able to juggle between different applications without problems and shows no sign of lag.
By cons level game, it will sometimes make some concessions in terms of graphics.
Another appreciable point, the Honor 8X only heats very little, with a temperature that never exceeds 37 degrees, even after long sessions of photos or games.
Let's see the sound of the device. The headphone output of the Honor 8X is a bit feeble but it is the only real defect of it. The crosstalk, dynamics and distortion are of good quality. Note that it is better to use the "standard" profile.
The speaker does a pretty good job, sometimes with a sound that can be a little bit too light but that still renders the sound quite completely.
Not surprisingly, it is at the level of the photo that the sacrifices were made. Even with two sensors, the Honor 8X does not really hold the distance.
At the level of the details, the rendering is rather correct, it is at the level of the colors that the problems begin. The contrast and the sharpness are of poor quality, so that the photos are not living enough.
At the level of the night photos, Honor has decided to accentuate the smoothing to remove the electronic noise but the result is not terrible because it crushes a lot of details. The portrait mode is adorned with a smoothing too accentuated even without fashion beauty.
It is at the level of autonomy that this device is the best, with a two-day autonomy in moderate use! It is thus among the best in its category.
Level recharge, it will take about two hours to recharge the phone to 100%.
Let's see the OS now. It is adorned with the traditional overlay EMUI Honor. It offers an arrangement to the iOS, but it is possible to return to an experience similar to that of a pure Android by taking a ride in the settings.
We deplore the pre-installation of a dozen applications that are not all essential. Fortunately, it's easy to uninstall them.
The best mid-range Android smartphones
These midrange devices offer outsized performance and some could almost be considered high-end despite their lower price.
OnePlus 6T: the best mid-range

 Incredible price for such a performance

 Night mode unconvincing

Compared to other smartphones in this comparison, this OnePlus 6T has an excellent fingerprint recognition system. It is included in the display of the device and reacts to the finger and the eye (or rather the finger in this case hehehe).
Level design, the 6T offers an elegant appearance, with a notch shaped tear.
Although OnePlus finally decided to use the glass for this 6T and fired the jack for headphones, the company still decided not to set up a wireless charger. Strange.
The display of this device is of excellent quality and rivals even with smartphones that are twice its price. Its large AMOLED panel (2340 x 1080) is slightly larger than the One Plus 6, but the most notable difference is the notch that is less intrusive.
Its OLED display is of excellent quality. It is not exactly as good as the Galaxy Note 9 for example, but for this price, the display is absolutely excellent.
But now let's talk about the photo of this smartphone. It offers a dual-focus camera with a 16 MP and 20 MP lens and a 20 MP front lens.
A brand new Night Mode has been included, which allows you to capture more detail in low light locations. Unfortunately this one does not always work wonders and the photos sometimes end up with too much grain. Night mode is not really useful.
In the light of day, the colors offered by the 6T are realistic at will. Level Portrait, this smartphone does not fare too well, but still tends to over-smooth the details.
The 6T has 8 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 845, allowing it to offer performance worthy of a Galaxy Note 9 for example, as well as saying it can run anything without problems!
At the OS level, we are in the presence of an OxygenOS overlay Android that has more than one trick in his bag. One of its advantages, Smart Boost, allows this smartphone to start much faster than its predecessor. The OS has two navigation modes, which can be changed in the settings.
Gaming level, this device is a war machine that beats even phones like the iPhone XR or the Pixel 3 XL! It's quite impressive when you see the difference in price between these devices!
The autonomy of this smartphone is also first class, it can last almost 20 hours without charge with moderate use. The charge is also part of the "Dash Charge" system which is incredibly fast, allowing you to charge your OnePlus from 0 to 60 percent in just 30 minutes!
The value for money of this device is simply crazy and it rivals much more expensive models! If you are looking for a photo smartphone that is ok at a reasonable price with many other tricks in your bag, look no further!
LG G7 ThinQ: almost as good as high end

 The quality of the photos leaves something to be desired

The LG G7 ThinQ is a device that is a bit of a break with older LG devices by offering a more classic design and closer to what the competition. Thus, the ignition button is no longer on the back.
But it's for the better, because the volume buttons, ignition and the one dedicated to Google Assistant fall naturally under the fingers. The impression sensor is also fast and efficient, so it's a faultless ergonomics!
The finishes are excellent and worthy of a high-end smartphone. I like the glass back, even though it tends to be a fingerprint factory. The front panel contains a notch screen that occupies 82% of the device. It is possible to configure the screen so that it does not display a notch which will please the "nuggets".
The size of the screen makes one-handed use of this phone impossible, despite a great job of optimizing the front panel. It will also appreciate the waterproofness of the smartphone (waterproof for 30 minutes to 1 meter deep) and the fact that we can insert a microSD card. Charging is via USB-C.
But now let's see the display. This one is a little disappointing. We are in the presence of an IPS panel with a lot of display adjustment options, but unfortunately none of them gives the possibility to lower the E delta below 3 which is, remember, the threshold under which the human eye no longer perceives colorimetric drifts.
It is at the level of readability that the device is better thanks to an extremely high maximum brightness that will read the screen without problems even in direct sunlight. The contrast and the reflectance disappoint a little with rates respectively at 1700: 1 and 13%.
The IPS panel offers a definition of 3120 x 1440 px and restores a clear and precise image. In addition, it displays only 81 ms of touch delay and 14 ms of remanence.
The smartphone has a Snapdragon 845 and 4GB of RAM that can run everything without slowing down, even when it comes to 3D games or heavy applications.
It is also appreciated that the device hardly heats up, even when it is roughly tested with a temperature never exceeding 38 degrees.
The headphone output of the LG G7 is missing a 10 out of 10 because of its power that leaves something to be desired and that's a shame because apart from that, the sound reproduction is absolutely excellent!
The speaker offers a fairly complete sound and pretty much all the sound spectrum. The high-pitched sounds are sometimes too aggressive, but not enough to panic.
At the photo level, this smartphone is a bit below its predecessor.
Guilty party ? The photo processing which has too heavy hand especially on the smoothing, which becomes a habit with some manufacturers who do not seem to understand that this mania of the smoothing reduces the quality of the photos.
And it's a shame because the photo itself is of good quality.
The night photos are also a little disappointing and it's still the fault of the smoothing that crushes a little too much detail. Well, the result is not catastrophic either, but it remains below a lot of competitors.
The photo application is very complete with many options including the ability to shoot videos in HDR or with some predefined calibrations.
The autonomy of this phone is a bit feeble and can only hold about a day and a half with moderate use. In terms of recharge, it lasts a little less than two hours, which is average.
In terms of the interface, we find the usual overlay of LG, which is inspired somewhat by the iOS. Android purists can find their favorite OS by searching through the phone's settings. New users should not be too lost to this interface.
Some applications are preinstalled on the device and we regret the fact that we can not uninstall McAfee for the benefit of another anti virus.
Honor 10: for good photos

 Sound system a little feeble

The Honor 10 has a nice screen occupancy of about 80%. The design of the device is very nice with its stylish all-glass hull, but unfortunately it also means that it catches fingerprints.
The edges of this smartphone are slightly curved to offer the device an excellent grip. If the design itself is not revolutionary, the finishes are excellent.
Unlike other devices in this comparison, the Honor 10 has its fingerprint reader on the front. The mechanism is responsive and effective.
Small shadows on the board: no seal certification which is strange for a high-end device and especially this one, does not have a microSD port, which is unforgivable in the current Android universe. Users wanting more than 64GB will have to shell out more to buy the 128GB model …
Despite its high-end positioning, Honor decided to opt for an IPS screen and not Oled. This has some technical limitations, but the brand has really paid attention to the quality of its screen. The colorimetry in particular is excellent as soon as you opt for the right screen profile.
Level readability, things are going well. The maximum brightness allows to see clearly even in full sun and the minimum allows you to read without hurting your eyes at night. The only slightly disappointing point is the contrast, but it's really looking for the little beast.
Level of responsiveness of the screen, this Honor 10 is one of the good students. The Full HD + definition of the 5.8-inch screen is largely sufficient for 90% of uses and allows a clean display.
Configuration level, this device is equipped with the chip Kirin 970, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. Android has no trouble turning on the machine and all applications run at a fast speed.
Nothing to report looking at the temperature. And this after a long game session or photo and video captures. No overheating is to be deplored.
Gaming level, this phone has no problem running any game on the Play Store even with the maximum graphics options.
The camera sins a little about the sound quality. Indeed, even if the rendering is rather clean thanks to a wide dynamic, the mobile still lacks power.
It will therefore be necessary to bring you a suitable helmet if you want to enjoy a sound experience worthy of the name. By cons, the bass is correct with the speaker, which is rare enough to be specified.
For photos this camera is doing pretty well. In daylight the photos are nickel and the details stand out very well with minimal degradation on the corners of the stage.
At night, smoothing is well thought out and manages to erase the digital noise, but it also drools a few textures.
About autonomy, the Honor 10 is doing just fine. The smartphone is about two days in moderate use. In addition, it only takes him 2 hours to recharge.
The phone is managed by the Android 8.1 system supported by Huawei's own EMUI overlay.
All in all for all this is an excellent high-end device at a price that is very reasonable for material of this quality.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact: finally a good Sony smartphone picture!

 Autonomy leaves something to be desired

Sony's Compact range is, as its name suggests, a range of smartphones that make it a point of honor not to be too big and therefore to be used with one hand.
The screen of the XZ2 Compact reaches the bar of 5 inches, but remains much smaller than most of the competition.
In terms of design, the Xperia XZ2 has a curvaceous aspect and switches to a screen at 18: 9 which occupies 74% of the front of the smartphone (his big brother only occupied 70%).
We are far from more than 80% of the competition, but with a screen of this size, the device is easily manipulated with one hand. The back of the device is curved to perfectly fit the hand when held.
The Xperia XZ2 Compact is rather heavy for a smartphone of this size (168 g). To the touch it gives a feeling of robustness.
The back of the camera is frosted glass, which gives it a rather elegant appearance. We appreciate the fact that unlike the competition, this back is not a fingerprint retention factory. Finally the device is waterproof, which is always welcome (resists immersion up to 1.30 m for 30 minutes).
The fingerprint reader is on the back of the device. It works very well, but it is a bit too low. This can also be blamed on the unlock button that is located on the right edge of the device.
The XZ2 Compact features an IPS panel that measures 5 inches diagonally and offers Full HD + definition (2160 x 1080 px). The resolution is better than that of its predecessor from 319 to 482 dpi.
The contrast ratio is 1146: 1, LCD requires. The camera is perfectly readable in direct sunlight with excellent brightness and a light reflection rate of only 7%.
By rummaging a little in the parameters we can obtain an excellent colorimetry with an E delta of 2.4 and a color temperature of 6451 K which are excellent results. In terms of the responsiveness of this device, the results are average with a touch delay of 91 ms and a persistence of 16 ms.
The smartphone has a chip Snapdragon 845 and 4 GB of RAM which offers excellent performance. No slowdown or lag is regrettable. In addition, it heats little, displaying a maximum temperature of 37.7 degrees and cools very quickly once the task is over.
But that's not all, this device is also equipped with an Adreno 630 graphics chip that allows you to run the most resource-hungry 3D games without slowing down or compromising graphics.
This device has abandoned the 3.5mm jack for the headphones in favor of a USB-C adapter. The performance is average. The delivered power is rather correct but will remain insufficient for the owners of helmets very greedy in energy
More surprisingly, the smartphone offers stereo speakers on the front despite its small size. The duo is quite powerful and can turn up the volume to an appreciable level.
The highs are however a bit aggressive if you increase a little too much volume. It should be noted that these speakers are especially suitable for watching movies and other videos rather than listening to music.
In terms of the photo, this smartphone is doing very well by shipping only one sensor module. It produces very detailed pictures and with a correct exposure.
We can just blame him for a slight tendency to accentuation that make a little natural to the clichés.
The XZ2 Compact is doing just fine in dark conditions. He manages to reproduce a large amount of detail without this damn smoothing comes scramble everything. The electronic noise remains, but it is not very annoying.
It is less good level front camera, it displays photos that lack detail even without activating image processing smoothing.
In terms of autonomy this device remains below the competition with a range of one and a half days in standard use.
On the OS, the device comes with Android 8.0 Oreo with the overlay of Sony. The interface is very close to a pure Android and regulars will not be disoriented. By cons what is more boring, it's the slew of applications are all uselessly installed automatically, especially the painful AVG antivirus that can not be uninstalled!
The best high-end Android smartphones
These phones are more expensive but it's for a good reason. Their performances are top level and will satisfy the majority of users.
Huawei P20 Pro: the best high-end


 Oled screen of good quality


The Huawei P20 Pro is the new flagship of the Chinese brand's smartphone range.
Level design, the P20 has a screen with notch, which is always a cleavage point among smartphone enthusiasts. It remains much smaller than that of an iPhone X.
In addition, the P20 is doing very well by distributing on both sides the notification icons, networks or battery. If you are "notchy" you can always make it disappear by disabling the areas of the screen on each side.
The space under the screen is optimized to integrate the fingerprint reader. It is always accessible and falls under the thumb without problems to unlock the P20 Pro at full speed.
The finishes are good and the P20 looks very elegant, with a metal surround and a glass back. Yes, it involves the retention of fingerprints.
Finally, the P20 is waterproof and IP67 certified (resistant to dust and water up to 1 m for 30 min). This is a point that has become unavoidable on high-end smartphones.
By cons it is a pity that this smartphone does not include a microSD port, despite the amount of internal memory more than comfortable (128 GB). The headphone jack also disappears in favor of a USB-C adapter.
The smartphone has an Oled panel, which implies a level of almost infinite contrast. The maximum brightness is more than honest and makes it possible to read the P20 even under the sun, let alone with a light reflection rate of only 8%. In the dark, things also go well, the brightness can go down to an acceptable level for the retina.
Level colorimetry, I recommend switching to "normal colors" mode which offers the best rendering with a delta E at 1.6. An interesting mode has been added, called "Natural Colors", which adjusts the color temperature according to the light environment.
Level tactile touch, the P20 is doing very well with a touch delay of only 69 ms.
This smartphone ships the SoC Kirin 970 processor and comes with 6 GB of RAM, which allows it to run everything you need, as it should, without slowing down.
By cons, the phone sins a little at the temperature. The P20 heats a little when it is subjected to heavy tasks. It can reach up to 40 degrees in the front and 38 degrees in the back. Fortunately, these temperatures come down very quickly.
Gaming level, the P20 is equipped with the Mali-G72 MP12 graphics chip that is one of the most powerful on the market. In other words, you can run any video game without problems.
The headphone output lacks power, but shines by its lack of distortion. Both speakers offer correct stereo with comfortable power. By cons there is a bit of distortion when pushing the volume in its last entrenchments.
But what about the photo? In low light, Huawei finally gets good results. It's not the top of the basket either, but it's more than honest.
The P20 has 3 photo modules on the back, a main with a 40 Mpx sensor, a monochrome sensor module of 20 Mpx and finally an 8 Mpx sensor with an equivalent 80 mm lens. The P20 is doing very well with these and offers one of the best performance of the market in terms of telephoto lens on smartphone!
For video, the P20 can go up to a UHD definition (3840 x 2160 px) at 30 fps. However, the Full HD mode is the one that passes best in all conditions.
An idle mode also allows you to shoot in HD. Be careful, however, this feature is only viable in excellent light conditions.
Range autonomy, the P20 is doing very well with the possibility of holding two days of standard use.
Regarding the OS, we are served with an Android 8.0 Oreo with the overlay house EMUI 8. Navigation logic remains about the same as a traditional android.
One of the only big differences is the lack of a default application menu.
Samsung Galaxy S9 +: an excellent performance

 Autonomy below what we could hope

The Galaxy S9 + is the update of the Galaxy S8 +, the high-end model of last year.
Let's first look at the design and ergonomics of this device. With a 6.2-inch screen, it will of course be reserved for fans of large devices.
There is a glass back with metal slices and an 18.5: 9 screen that occupies a little over 84% of the front panel. In addition, it is waterproof certified, has a USB-C port and supports wireless charging.
Samsung has learned from its past mistakes and has finally placed the fingerprint reader in a more accessible place. And that's a good thing because the "smart recognition" system (iris + face) still leaves something to be desired.
This S9 + offers an excellent rendering in terms of color fidelity and offers a near perfect color temperature.
Side readability no problem either. The brightness is sufficient to read under the sun and can reach a low enough level to read in the dark without damaging the eyes. The glare ratio is also very low with a rate of only 6%.
The Galaxy S9 + ships a Soc Exynos 9810 processor supported by 6 GB of RAM. These of course provide a more than satisfactory performance for any purpose.
The manufacturer has optimized its software so that there is no need for 8 GB of RAM. And gaming level, of course, no problem to run any game available on the Play Store.
Level heating, this smartphone is also very well with a temperature never exceeding 36 degrees on the surface.
The headphone output of the S9 + is also well made. Power is largely sufficient for the majority of uses with a distortion almost zero. And above all, there is still a headphone jack, which is not the case for all high-end mobiles.
The stereo speakers also offer an honest performance, even if you feel that it is mostly high mediums that are honored.
Photo level, the Galaxy S9 + is based on two modules that offer a rather pleasing result. The color reproduction is as clean as possible, the dose of detail is good.
In addition, in low light, Samsung has raised the bar, turning the smoothing that crushed all the details on the Note 8 … to replace it with a lighter smoothing, which crushes despite all the details, but still less than before . We can not say that the results are to die for, but we still note a clear improvement.
Do not get me wrong though, despite the low-light performance, the Galaxy S9 + is still an excellent smartphone for photography, as long as you do not spend your time shooting at night.
Autonomy has unfortunately not improved since the S8 +. While the device can hold a day and a half with moderate use, it remains far from what other high-end models can do.
Software side Samsung clutters again the little joyful Bixby (who still does not speak French).
Fortunately, the OS is more friendly and you can still enjoy a presentation with or without applications drawer and change the order of navigation buttons and take care of customizing a bunch of other small details if you have the courage to go for a walk in the settings and its forest of submenus.
Sony Xperia XZ3: excellent photo in low light

 Photo in low light of quality

 Autonomy leaves something to be desired

Sony's first smartphone to integrate an Oled slab, it represents an advance for the Japanese manufacturer.
Level design, this smartphone breathes the high end with a very pleasant finish to the eye. At the rear, the aluminum shell has the good taste of not holding fingerprints. At the front, the 6-inch slab occupied 81% of the facade.
Par contre, au niveau du positionnement des boutons, c’est moins ça. Les boutons de volume sont légèrement trop haut et celui de verrouillage lui se trouve un petit peu trop bas.
Le capteur d’empreintes est lui aussi placé beaucoup trop bas et le pire, c’est que c’est le module photo qui tombe naturellement sous le doigt.
Seul bouton pratique, celui dédié à l’appareil photo, ce qui est une exclusivité Sony. Positionné de manière idéale, il permet de prendre un cliché en mode paysage plus naturellement que la concurrence.
Le Xperia XZ3 peut accueillir deux cartes nano-SIM, mais le second port peut également être utilisé en tant que port microSD , et accueillir des cartes allant jusqu’à 512 Go, ce qui n’est pas du luxe vu que ce smartphone n’embarque que 64 Go de stockage interne.
Enfin, le Xperia XZ3 est  certifié IP68, ce qui signifie qu’il est résistant à l’eau et à la poussière : la moindre des choses pour un appareil de cette gamme.
La dalle Oled de 6 pouces propose un ratio de 18:9 avec une définition de 2880 x 1440 px. Et cet écran est vraiment excellent.
Par contre, il faut passer par les paramètres pour dévoiler tout le potentiel de cette dalle. Concernant la luminosité, cet écran ne déçoit pas avec une excellente luminosité qui permettra au smartphone d’être lisible même en plein soleil. Même chose en condition nocturne, aucun risque de s’abîmer les yeux !
Enfin, le retard tactile est de seulement 53 ms, ce qui est une excellente performance. Niveau contraste et rémanence, Oled oblige, l’un est quasi infini, tandis que l’autre est inexistant.
Le smartphone est équipé d’une puce Snapdragon 845 assisté de 4 Go de RAM. L’appareil n’a donc aucun mal à jongler entre les différentes applications.
De plus, le smartphone ne chauffe pas même après de longues parties de jeu ou après des sessions photo ou vidéo.
Niveau gaming, c’est la puce Adreno 560 qui prend le relais et celle-ci garantit une expérience fluide même sur les jeux 3D les plus récents.
Niveau audio, cet appareil dispose d’une prise USB-C et un adaptateur est fourni pour les mini-jack 3,5 mm. La performance de celui-ci n’est pas mauvaise mais la puissance de sortie laisse quelque peu à désirer.
Les haut-parleurs quand à eux offrent une expérience sonore qui est au-dessus de la moyenne. Le volume peut être élevé et le son est plutôt clair sans distorsion pour venir déranger l’écoute.
Mais venons-en aux photos, ce qui nous intéresse tout particulièrement. Le Xperia Z3 n’a qu’un seul module photo sur son dos.
Celui-ci est fait d’un capteur de 19 Mpx et d’un objectif ouvrant à f/2. Quand la luminosité est bonne, le module fournit des clichés excellents.
Les détails sont bien présents et le traitement de l’image est Dieu merci plutôt léger et surtout le lissage est modéré. Le taux de contraste est bon et le rendu est même un peu plus naturel que celui d’un Galaxy Note 9.
Mais le plus intéressant, c’est en basse luminosité. En effet, le résultat est très bon. Le module capture des photos détaillées et le rendu final est tout à fait correct malgré un peu de bruit électronique et de lissage.
Le module avant est composé d’un capteur de 13 Mpx avec un objectif ouvrant à f/1,9. Il produit des selfies de bonne qualité. Attention cependant à la mise au point parfois un peu aléatoire et à la gestion des contre-jours qui n’est pas toujours à la hauteur.
Le smartphone sera capable de filmer en 4K et 30i/s. Les vidéos réalisées sont correctes et souffrent peut être seulement d’un tout petit manque de luminosité.
L’autonomie elle est beaucoup moins bonne. En effet, l’appareil ne peut tenir qu’une journée avec un usage normal.
C’est tout de même peu quand la concurrence nous habitue à deux jours d’autonomie depuis déjà quelques temps. De plus, il faudra compter environ 2 heures pour pleinement recharger le XZ3, ce qui est plutôt long comparé à la concurrence également.
Au niveau de l’OS, nous sommes en présence d’un Android 9 avec une surcouche faite par Sony. Celle-ci consiste surtout en un lot d’applications pré-installées. Pour la navigation, les habitués d’Android ne seront pas dépaysés.
Asus ROG Phone : conçu pour les gamers

 Interface jeu bien pensée


Le ROG Phone est le téléphone pour gamer d’Asus et il veut vous le montrer avec son design. Le look de ce téléphone est quelque peu atypique. Le dos de l’appareil est muni d’une surface vitrée et d’une partie en plastique mat. On note la possibilité d’illuminer le logo Asus de la couleur de son choix, ce que je trouve quelque peu inutile, mais bon les goûts et les couleurs….
Les finitions sont d’excellente qualité dans l’ensemble. Malheureusement, voici encore un téléphone qui n’a pas su placer son lecteur d’empreintes digitales à un endroit intuitif ; de plus sa forme allongée n’offre pas une surface immense.
Le ROG Phone est un smartphone imposant avec un écran de 6 pouces il ne peut donc pas être manipulé aisément avec une seule main. Il dispose cependant d’une fonction AirTrigger qui donne accès à des touches de raccourcis et qui permet de passer plus ou moins à un mode d’utilisation à une main.
Le taux d’occupation de la face avant par l’écran reste en dessous de la plupart de la concurrence avec seulement 78 % de taux d’occupation. Cela est dû entre autres au fait que Asus a fait le choix de loger deux haut-parleurs frontaux.
Niveau connectique, ce téléphone embarque un port USB-C ainsi qu’une prise mini-jack 3,5 mm et propose également un connecteur composé de deux ports USB-C côte à côte qui sont là pour connecter les accessoires de ce téléphone, qui sont vendus séparément.
On peut déplorer l’absence de lecteur de carte microSD malgré la mémoire interne de 128 Go plutôt confortable. On notera également l’étanchéité de l’appareil en deçà de la plupart de la concurrence avec seulement une certification IPX4, ce qui assure uniquement une protection face aux légères projections d’eau.
Asus a choisi d’utiliser une dalle Amoled de 6 pouces de diagonale offrant une définition Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 px). L’un des principaux bons points de la technologie Amoled est son taux de contraste qui est quasi infini. Le ROG Phone dispose d’une luminosité correcte, autorisant une bonne lisibilité en plein soleil et peut descendre à une luminosité assez basse pour ne pas éblouir dans le noir.
Au niveau de la colorimétrie, il faut aller en mode « personnalisé » et basculer le curseur de température de couleurs au maximum vers le chaud pour avoir le meilleur résultat. On obtient ainsi un delta E de 2,9 ainsi qu’une température de 6990 K. Ce sont deux valeurs d’un très bon niveau.
Regardant la réactivité, le ROG Phone offre un retard tactile excellent de 73 ms seulement et une rémanence nulle. On peut noter également la présence d’un mode capable d’activer un taux de rafraîchissement d’écran de 90 Hz afin d’offrir une meilleure sensation de fluidité.
Smartphone gaming oblige, Asus a mis les petits plats dans les grands au niveau des performances. Nous sommes donc ici en présence d’une version surcadencée du Snapdragon 845. Ce téléphone est donc capable de faire tourner tout et n’importe quoi sans montrer un seul signe de faiblesse.
Au niveau de la gestion de la température, Asus fournit un petit ventilateur qui permet de maintenir une température plus basse durant les longues sessions de jeu, qui sont tout de même la vocation de ce smartphone.
Après une heure de jeu gourmand, l’appareil atteint une température de 45 degrés sans ventilateur et ne dépassera pas les 40 degrés avec le ventilateur branché. Par contre, le ventilateur entame la batterie. Une heure de jeu peut consommer quasiment la moitié de la batterie avec le ventilateur.
La sortie casque de ce smartphone est d’excellente facture et offre une puissance confortable sans pour autant laisser de la place à de la distorsion. La plage dynamique est une des meilleures de ce comparatif et la restitution de l’image stéréo est très bonne.
Les deux haut-parleurs en façade sont très puissants. Cependant, si on veut éviter une distorsion trop gênante, il vaut mieux rester à 75 % du volume maximum.
Niveau photo, cet appareil est dans la moyenne mais sans plus concernant les photos de jour. Les images produites sont correctes, mais offrent un niveau de détail tout de même moindre que celui des meilleurs produits de ce comparatif. On déplore également des couleurs parfois un peu trop saturées.
C’est en basse luminosité que ça se gâte avec une fois n’est pas coutume, un abus de lissage qui détruit tous les détails du cliché. Niveau vidéo, mieux vaudra se contenter d’une définition Full HD en particulier dans un environnement peu lumineux.
La batterie de ce smartphone d’Asus dispose d’une autonomie correcte avec sa batterie de 4000 mAh. Il peut tenir 2 jours sans problème avec une utilisation standard. Par contre, si on l’utilise pour jouer de manière intensive, l’appareil ne tiendra que 4 à 7 heures en fonction du jeu utilisé.
Le ROG Phone est livré avec la version 8.1 d’Android et profite d’une surcouche Asus. Mis à part quelques modifications d’ordre graphique, l’OS ressemble fort à l’Android original et ne déroutera personne.
Asus s’est surtout concentré sur l’ajout de fonctionnalités liées au jeu vidéo. La plus importante est baptisée « Génie du jeu ».
Celle-ci permet de gérer le mapping des touches et accessoires, la diffusion en direct ou bien encore l’affichage des informations système en temps réel. Le ROG Phone propose également une application « centre de jeux » qui affichera des infos de température, de fréquence et de mémoire utilisée.
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Comment choisir votre smartphone Android ?
Voici les points principaux à prendre en compte pour bien choisir votre smartphone Android.
La performance 
Un excellent téléphone Android doit réagir au doigt et à l’oeil, que vous soyez en train de jouer à un jeu ou en train de naviguer dans l’interface. La plupart des téléphones Android haut de gamme utilisent le même genre de processeur, donc les différences de performance résideront surtout dans le logiciel.
Le logiciel 
Une mauvaise version d’Android peut complètement ruiner l’expérience et même la configuration la plus puissante sur le marché ne pourra pas faire grand-chose si le fabricant n’a pas optimisé Android comme il faut.
Généralement, les téléphones avec moins de modifications fabricants et une surcouche qui modifie moins Android sont plus faciles à utiliser. Votre smartphone finira également avec un tas de données personnelles donc la sécurité est importante.
Un téléphone livré avec un logiciel obsolète qui ne reçoit pas de mise à jour de sécurité ou qui a une histoire de failles sécurité n’est pas un bon achat, quel que soit le prix.
Beaucoup de gens passent quelques heures par jour à regarder l’écran de leur smartphone. Il est important que l’écran soit de bonne qualité et surtout qu’il soit facile à lire même à l’extérieur.
Les téléphones de ce comparatif proposent tous un affichage permettant au moins une lisibilité correcte en plein soleil, mais certains sont de meilleure qualité que d’autres.
L’appareil photo 
Ici, le mieux sera encore de vous fier aux tests du modèle que vous voulez choisir et de voir des images de ce que l’appareil est capable de faire. Un smartphone plus cher ne veut pas forcément dire de meilleures photos, même si les meilleurs photophones sont généralement haut de gamme.
Si un téléphone ne peut pas durer une journée entière d’utilisation intensive, pas besoin de l’acheter. Quelques téléphones offrent une autonomie de plus d’une journée mais ce n’est pas un must pour la plupart des gens.
S’il tient jusqu’à l’heure de se coucher ce sera en général suffisant.
La qualité de construction
Les smartphones Android peuvent coûter plus de 1000€. Un téléphone avec une mauvaise qualité de construction peut casser avant même que vous ayez fini de le payer.
Les téléphones doivent utiliser des matériaux de qualité comme l’aluminium, la céramique ou du verre. Les smartphones de ce comparatif disposent tous d’excellentes finitions et ne devraient pas casser à la première chute venue.
Le moment de faire son achat
Tous les grands téléphones de 2018 sont déjà sortis. On s’attend à ce que le marché des téléphones Android reste stable jusqu’à la sortie du LG V8 et du Samsung Galaxy S10 en Avril 2019.
Les dimensions
Il y a eu un changement radical de forme et de taille des smartphones Android cette dernière année. Beaucoup de fabricants ont commencé à faire leurs téléphones plus grands et plus fins, donnant des modèles utilisables à une main avec des écrans d’une taille improbable.
Vous pouvez trouver des téléphones Android avec des écrans de 4,6 pouces à 6 pouces. Mais avec le nouveau facteur de la forme il est très important de regarder la largeur du téléphone ainsi que la largeur de l’écran.
La meilleure version d’Android
Tous les Android ne sont pas égaux. Si vous voulez une expérience Google pure alors il vous faudra un appareil Pixel. D’autres constructeurs ont des surcouches Android très propres, même s’ils ajoutent leurs propres détails au système Android de base.
La version la plus récente d’Android est le 9.0 Pie, qui est disponible uniquement sur le Google Pixel, OnePlus et Essential Phone pour le moment. Pour la plupart des autres téléphones, la version Android 8.0 Oreo est la version utilisée et vous devriez la trouver sur la plupart des téléphones d’aujourd’hui.
N’achetez pas de téléphone avec une version moins récente que le 7.0 Nougat, car plus la version d’Android est ancienne, plus vous risquez d’avoir de sérieux problèmes de sécurité.

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