Best of Android Reader’s Choice voting: Google Pixel 3 XL vs. Razer 2

By | 5th November 2018

Editor’s note: skip down the page if you’re looking for the next matchup, and to enter the giveaway!

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!

A bracket showing the competing phones for Best of Android.

24 phones enter, one remains after a month of head-to-head competition.

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.

Vote on our social channels, too!

Matchup #10 results: OnePlus 6T sends the LG V40 over the rainbow bridge

Well, that wasn’t as close as I thought it’d be.

Turns out people really like the OnePlus 6T! I shouldn’t be surprised, it had already won a competition this year based on popularity alone, but I didn’t think a phone without a headphone jack would crush the headphone-jackiest handset out there. Quelle surprise!

However, the winner of this matchup now has to go up against the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in the next round. There’s no escaping the carnage, but to have it come early? Get your popcorn ready.

In any case, we commend you to the hereafter, LG V40. You got a top seed in our internal voting, but it wasn’t enough to make it to the third round. Adieu.

This is a lot of fun, and I’m proud of our readers. I know that it’s very easy to care a whole lot about smartphones — myself included — and the tone in the comments has been encouraging! But I’ve been seeing some nastiness in some social channels. Chill out man, quit gettin’ mad at user polls.

Matchup #11: Google Pixel 3 XL vs. Razer 2

I’m really hoping this is a closer matchup, but I can see this one going much like yesterday’s competition, especially on the back of the Night Shot news. Seriously, how do you top a camera than can add several stops of brightness in near darkness with AI? It’s insane!

But that notch though… that notch.

The Razer Phone 2 has everything a gamer could want, but are there enough hardcore mobile gamers out there to propel the Razer Phone 2 to the next round?

Why you should vote for the Google Pixel XL:

The Google Pixel 3 takes what’s good about the iPhone and applies it to Android. Whether you think that’s a good or a bad thing, the Pixel 3 needs to be experienced to be fully understood. It is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now and quite possibly has the best camera available.

— Kris Karlon

Why you should vote for the Razer Phone 2:

Priced at $799, the Razer Phone 2 is one of the few high-end flagships you can buy this year at the sub-$1,000 price point. It improves on the original Razer Phone by adding IP certification, wireless charging, and is still fantastic for gaming. It’s an excellent flagship choice as long as your main priority isn’t the camera.

— Lanh Nguyen

Which phone wins?