Smartphone Gift Guide: Navigate your way to the best smartphones

2018 was an incredible year for smartphones.The Irish market finally got the shake up it needed with some new brands entertain the picture.

We've been busy checking most of them out for you so here you go. The best smartphones of 2018.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

smartphone perfection

Straight of the bat, there's no avoiding the fact the Huawei Mate 20 Pro isn't a low-budget smartphone. Quite the opposite. This is the king of the flagships for 2018 and, by some margin.

2018 was a fantastic year for Huawei and if you want the very best camera and battery life on the market, this is the best phone to go after. Perfect for the more business focused smartphone users.

Available from Harvey Norman, Three Ireland and Vodafone Ireland

Apple iPhone Xr

affordable iPhone brilliance

Apple revealed three smartphones in 2018 building upon the innovations seen in the iPhone X last year. The jewels in the Apple crown are the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, but these are pricey enough.

The big sellers for Apple is the iPhone Xr. This packs in loads of great specs along with Apple design that Apple fans can't live without.

Available Now For €879 from Apple

Xiaomi Smartphones

spec far beyond the price

We were excited by Huawei's 2018 offering and then got the added treat of Xiaomi entering the market>
Not only did the massive Chinese manufacturer enter the market, but they entered with a bang, bringing three new phones to Ireland, exclusively from Three.

The Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi Note 5 and Mi Mix 2s offer mindblowing specs versus the price you pay.

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google's Twin Flagships

It really was the end of long waits in 2018. After years of frustration waiting for the Google Pixel range to launch in Ireland, we finally got our wishes with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL.

Possibly the most impressive single lens camera on the market and an incredible wide angle-selfie lens combined with Google's Android system the way they intended it, the Pixel was worth the wait.

We're hoping to see some more Google Duplex features roll out in Ireland in the coming months including an assistant that screens your calls, but for now it's just a very good smartphone.

Available from Google and Vodafone

Sony Xperia XZ3

sonys best smartphone to date

While the Sony Xperia couldn't challenge for the top spot with the likes of Huawei and Apple, the Xperia XZ3 is the best Sony smartphone to date.

Sony brings one of the most rounded smartphones to the market. Between the incredible OLED display and the 4K HDR video capture, Sony have made a phone that is ready to step up and join Google and Huawei in the race to knock the big boys of the top

Available from eir and Three

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Huawei P20 Pro, P20 and P20 Lite

an incredible range of smartphones

We've only had a chance to review Huawei's watershed smartphone earlier this year in the P20 Pro. Slightly more affordable than the Mate 20 Pro, don't be put off by the release dates. Huawei is happy to have two flagship smartphones targeting two different types of customer.

When it comes to the P20 range, the P20 Pro is the king of the lot. However, the P20 and P20 Lite offers some of the most impressive bang for buck on the market.

The P20 range will not disappoint

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