Best of Android: Reader’s Choice voting begins

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 graphic showing the bracket competition for Android Authority's Reader's Choice award.

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 #1 results: OnePlus 6T defeats RED Hydrogen One

The readers spoke loud and clear: the RED Hydrogen One crosses the rainbow bridge, and the OnePlus 6T continues on. We’re still collating the poll results for a final tally, but it wasn’t close. The moonshot Hydrogen One never really made it off the ground, as it got drubbed by the OnePlus 6T by a ratio of nine to one.

As a side note, I’ve been pleased with how civil the comments have been, so keep it up! This is a lot of fun, and I’m proud of our readers.

Matchup #2: Nokia 8 Sirocco vs. Vivo Nex

Next up is a more interesting battle between the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Vivo Nex. While not everyone has each of these phones available to them, each has their own curiosities to offer. The Vivo Nex has a mesmerizing mechanically-hidden front camera and an ample specsheet, while the Nokia 8 Sirocco offers the Android One experience in a more premium phone — though its last-gen hardware might not excite you.

Why you should vote for the Nokia 8 Sirocco:

Nokia 8 Sirocco review

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a reliably solid performer with excellent battery life… HMD Global placed confident bets on solid hardware choices that work well but that maybe won’t attract those who pick up smartphones purely based on specs sheet.

—Abishek Baxi

Why you should vote for the Vivo Nex:

Rather than post a quote from my colleagues, I think I’ll let this video speak for itself:

Which phone wins?

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Reader’s Choice International Giveaway