• Clove’s Best Smartphone of 2018: As Voted For By You!

    By Samantha Watson , December 24, 2018 - Leave a comment

    From Samsung to Google and Apple to Huawei, it’s been another exciting year of releases in the smartphone world. Which got us thinking; which devices this year have offered the most advances in technology, or simply the best value for money?

    We ran a series of Twitter polls to see what you all thought and here are the results; Clove Technology’s Best Smartphone of 2018.

     

    Winner:

    Huawei Mate 20 Pro

    A deserving winner, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has been one of our favourite devices of the year here at Clove, and it’s difficult to see what it doesn’t offer.

    Now the photos that this device can take are truly incredible. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes fitted with a Leica triple lens camera on the rear with a 40MP main sensor, 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens, all but guaranteeing you perfect pictures every time. Similarly, a 24MP single lens adorns the front of the device and comes with a number of effects, including beauty mode and thinner face.

    The Kirin 980 octa-core processor is impressively fast, whilst the 6.39-inch FullView display has been forged with 3D glass that gives a sleek and sophisticated feel.

    Huawei Mate 20 Pro | From £895 inc-VAT

     

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    Runner Up:

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 9, they also gave Bluetooth capabilities to it’s S-Pen and with it have opened up a world of possibilities to the device.

    The intelligent S-Pen stylus has been crafted with over 4000 levels of pressure sensitivity that sets the device apart from every other smartphone on the market. Whether it’s flicking through presentations or taking pictures, the S-Pen goes hand-in-hand with built-in DeX technology to allow the device to become one of the best for business users.

    The dual rear camera with OIS comes with Samsung’s famous dual aperture technology that automatically adapts to its surroundings, choosing between two f-stop modes to brighten up shots taken in the dark or to make the most of brighter environments.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 | From £769.99 inc-VAT

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    Semi-finalists:

    OnePlus 6T

    Now the OnePlus 6T is a great little device that does exactly what it should do; focusses on improving the core experiences.

    Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with OnePlus’ highly praised custom OxygenOS system, delivers unparalleled smoothness of interaction. Rather than filling your phone full of apps that you don’t need, OnePlus deliver a clean and efficient experience, giving the device outstanding levels of performance.

    The dual rear camera – that measures in at 16MP and 20MP – is also very respectable and comes with a number of fancy features that we’ve found really handy, as well as a built-in processing suite that makes those pictures Instagram worthy.

    OnePlus 6T | From £539 inc-VAT

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    Huawei P20 Pro

    A finalist and a semi-finalist; Huawei has had a very good year indeed.

    As we’re sure you’re aware, undoubtedly the headlining feature of the P20 Pro is the Leica triple-lens camera that allows for industry-leading photography. A 40MP, 20MP and 8MP lens combine to create some images that are truly outstanding and it’s often hard to believe that they were taken on a smartphone.

    We’re also big fans of the trademark transitioning finish to the rear of the device. An 11-layer process has been used on the back cover that includes a nano-pattern film, resulting in light being corrugated as it falls on the device.

    Huawei P20 Pro | From £681 inc-VAT

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    Quarter-finalists:

    Sony Xperia XZ3

    Perhaps one of the most underrated devices of 2018, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is truly a media lover’s device.

    The HDR10 certified display allows you to experience the power and quality of a Sony TV in your hand, whilst stereo speakers, a dynamic vibration system and a host of audio-visual enhancements heighten the experience. Indeed, the XZ3 supports a host of audio protocols and technologies to immerse yourself in sumptuous sound however you choose to listen.

    Further, Sony has drawn on technology from their exclusive a-range SLR and bridge cameras by using ‘MotionEye’ technology which they claim captures more detail than even your own eye.

    Sony Xperia XZ3 | £689.99 inc-VAT

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    Google Pixel 3 XL

    It would be nigh-on impossible to discuss the Google Pixel 3 XL without first discussing its camera capabilities.

    The Pixel 3 XL comes fitted with a best in class 12.2MP main camera with intelligent optical and electrical stabilisation, but it’s the software that really impresses. Google’s ‘Pixel Visual Core’ chip, coupled with unmatched software processing delivers some really extraordinary images.

    A wealth of unique features have been added, however some of our favourites include Super Res Zoom, Top Shot – which takes a number of images and automatically selects the best one – and Photo Booth – which detects certain facial expressions to click – ensures that Google’s camera software cannot be rivalled.

    Google Pixel 3 XL | From £955 inc-VAT

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    iPhone Xs Max

    Maybe surprisingly, Apple’s latest smartphone offering only made it to the quarter-finals, however we still think this is a device to be reckoned with.

    The OLED display is outstanding and comes in at 458 pixels per inch, which Apple claims offers ‘Super Retina Definition’ so that your eye will always see a clear and defined image.

    Dual 12MP cameras combine to the rear of the device and take some of the best images that we’ve seen on a smartphone device, whilst the front shooter is a 7MP True Depth camera with Face ID unlock.

    The iPhone Xs Max has a bit of everything and is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic 6-core processor that offers exceptionally high levels of power and performance.

    Apple iPhone Xs Max | From £1099 inc-VAT

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    Samantha Watson

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