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Top 10 most popular reviews of 2018: Q1

Alongside the top news stories we’ll also look back at the most popular reviews of the past year. Taking three months at a time we’ll see the tests of which phones gathered the most interest on our homepage.

The first three months of the 2018 saw the launch of some of the most important flagships of the year. And indeed reviews of flagships were popular, but (if anything) mid-rangers drew in a larger number of readers. Here are our most read reviews published between January and March of this year.

Our Redmi Note 5 Pro hands-on review attracted the most eyeballs people were really excited about this phone (rumors about it were among the most read news articles). And with the Redmi 5 Plus review in fourth place, it’s clear the Redmi 5 family in general was a big deal early this year (the Redmi 6 replacements came in the second half of 2018).

The Galaxy A8 (2018) review beat both the Galaxy S9 review and the S9+ review. This should serve as a warning that companies shouldn’t neglect the mid-range and bet everything on a successful flagship.

Camera quality is one of the main things that drove people to upgrade their phones this year. A major rivalry was explored in the iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9+ shootout.

The iPhone X itself was the subject of a long-term review that covered the experience past Week 1.

Despite the emphasis on cameras, its not the P20 Pro review that is in the Top 10 instead the Huawei P Smart review gets that honor. The Honor 7X review laid the groundwork, the two devices are quite similar.

Sony Mobile hasnt had the best year, but fans eagerly read our Xperia XZ2 review, which covered the fairly major redesign of the XZ series.

While some phones are inspired by the less is more mantra, Samsungs Galaxy Note family has always
proudly claimed that more is more. More features, more options, more settings, more ways to interact
with your handset, more choice made possible by the use of the best components adding up to the biggest
and baddest spec list. To paraphrase a well known…


Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) is not a successor to a particular A-series phone. Its more of a trimmed
Galaxy S8 version for the masses with matching design, screen, and the current number 8. Or so Samsung
would have us believe.


It’s true what they say – you don’t fix what’s not broken. And that’s what Samsung did for the Galaxy
S9 – it didn’t change what was already great, it just tweaked specs wherever possible. And it has
worked out just fine for them.


So, no more Redmi Notes eh? The Redmi 5 Plus should clearly have been the Note 5, a successor of the
Redmi Note 4, but Xiaomi wanted a fresh start. The fifth generation is trying to shake things up and
the new look obviously called for a new name. So, Xiaomi retired the Note brand promoting the Plus
from a mere qualifier to a proper name. The phablet lives on regardless, and goes all-in with a wide 6″
screen.


You don’t really have to look any further than the new Xperia XZ2 and its little Compact sibling for
proof that Sony is evolving even if slowly. The 2018 flagship is different in a number of ways, some of
which more controversial than others.


Generation 9 in plus size – this is the Samsung Galaxy S9+. Unlike last year when the S8 and the S8+
had just size setting them apart, in 2018 Samsung’s Plus means more than higher battery capacity and
larger display diagonal.


The introduction of Face ID and the removal of the Home button has resulted in a paradigm shift in the
way we interact with our iPhones. Three of us have been using the iPhone X since launch and this
long-term review covers what the iPhone X is like to live with on a day to day basis and we are ready
to answer what’s good and what’s bad about it from a different perspective.


So which phone do you get when you part ways with your Google Pixel 2 XL? If you are after a great
camera, chances are you are going to pick either the iPhone X or the Galaxy S9+. Well, this is exactly
what happened to two of our editors.


Weve come to accept Honor devices as being great value. Relying on proven technology from its parent
company Huawei, the Chinese brand has been consistently focused on bringing very good specs at tempting
prices. That’s no easy task, yet Honor makes it seem almost effortlessly natural at this point, with
devices like the Honor 7X.


This one’s perhaps a little unexpected given it was rumored to be the Enjoy 7S. It’s by no means a
nasty surprise though. In fact, quite the opposite. You see, Huawei’s Enjoy phones aren’t getting much
love usually – either because theyre a strictly domestic lineup, known as the Y-series globally, or
because they’re …well… easily eclipsed by the flagship Ps and the Mates.