Hello Android Authority readers!
It’s my pleasure to announce that while we’re finishing up testing for our annual Best of Android series, we’re going to be launching a Reader’s Choice award. We need YOU to decide which 2018 phones are the best, crowning one handset to reign supreme. An internal poll decided the seeding order, and all matchups were determined using a 24-unit bracket. This means that the most popular phones here got a first-round bye, but any phone has a chance to unseat these mobile devices head-to-head. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to cast your votes, and to enter our giveaway — the more you vote on our matchups, the more chances you get to win one of three winning phones!
Every day, we’re going to be updating our Best of Android scoreboard with the winners from the previous day’s polling. Check back here every day for a new head-to-head matchup, and to see how badly your phone beat the competition!
Once a final winner is determined, it’ll earn the coveted Android Authority Reader’s Choice Award. While we can’t guarantee that this is going to be the best smartphone of all time, the bracket competition is a fun way to blow off some steam and do what we came to Android Authority to do in the first place: argue about phones.
Matchup #1: OnePlus 6T vs. RED Hydrogen One
This is an interesting matchup to kick things off. Innovation vs. experience, modular vs. monolith, both the RED Hydrogen One and the OnePlus 6T are wildly different phones. Where one has outdated hardware and crazy-innovative features, the other has top-of-the-line specs and a polished-smooth exterior. Feel free to hash it out in the comments section below, but remember Bill and Ted’s edict: be excellent to each other.
Why you should vote for RED
Phones without a personality are boring, why not roll the dice on one that tries to lasso the moon? The phone might be a bit unfinished, but there’s so much untapped potential — if the mightily ambitious RED keeps up support, anyway.
Why you should vote for OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T is the latest smartphone from the little startup that could. The headphone jack is gone, but an in-screen fingerprint sensor, strong community backing, and clean skin (with Android Pie to boot) make this one of our favorites of 2018.
Which phone wins?
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