Start snapping for National Selfie Day 2018… it’s today! - Dispatch Weekly

June 21, 2018 - Reading time: 8 minutes

Today, millions of people across the United States, and indeed those in parts of the world where National Selfie Day is now actually a thing, will be busy taking photos of themselves to celebrate the day.  Last year, these pictures were what got people talking, including the selfie of Barack Obama’s daughters and “the first out of space selfie”.

The National Selfie Day was officially launched in Arlington, Texas, on 21 June 2014, with one purpose in mind: that is to encourage ‘the world to experience’, and ‘take selfies in their own creative way’.  Each year people from all walks of life try to do just that on the Day.

Equally, some brands are like McDonald’s are also taking advantage of the Day, by joining in the fun, offering quirky freebies as a creative way to engage with their customers and fans.

Love it or loathe it, selfies – together with selfie sticks and our best duck faces – have become prevalent in our 21st-century social culture, as have camera phones… with the camera phone being the most essential gadget to mark the Day.  But not all camera phones are created equal, and with loads to choose from and a plethora of conflicting reviews to sift through, it’s difficult to work out the best available camera phone on the market.

So rather than looking at one individual review of the best camera phones for 2018 offered by one industry expert or critic, we have put together a comparative list below, of the top five results listed by four of the most trusted reviewers in the industry – Cnet, TechRadar, The Telegraph, and Digital Trends.

Although the verdicts are far from being unanimous, the Samsung Galaxy 9 range seems to be leading the way, followed by Huawei P20 Pro, with Google Pixel 2 XL and Apple iPhone X almost at par.

Here we provide a summary of the top four based on the review:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, CNET say: “Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus is the more robust Galaxy S9 and the one for power users to get.

samsung galaxy s9 plus

Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP | OIS: Yes | Rear camera aperture: f/1.5-2.4, f/2.4 | Autofocus type: Phase detection | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | Battery size: 3,500mAh | Storage: 64/128/256GB + microSD

The Good    Excellent second rear camera | Fantastic all-round package

The Bad       The dual-aperture camera tends to overexpose low-light photos in auto mode


2. Huawei P20 Pro, TechRadar say: “A very, very close runner-up to the best camera phone crown”


Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP | Front camera: 24MP | OIS: Yes | Rear camera aperture: f/1.8, f/1.6, f/2.4 | Autofocus type: Phase detection and laser | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm | Battery size: 4,000mAh | Storage: 128GB

The Good  Triple-camera setup | Great battery life

The Bad     No 3.5mm jack or wireless charging | Display not as sharp as Samsung


3. Google Pixel 2 XL, The Telegraph said: “Easily one of the best Android phones for photos out there with a 12.3MP lens”

google phone

Rear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MP | OIS: Yes | Rear camera aperture: f/1.8 | Autofocus type: Phase detection and laser | Weight: 143g / 175g | Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm / 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm | Battery size: 2,700mAh / 3,520mAh | Storage: 64/128GB

The Good  Top camera performance | Slick Android experience

The Bad     Bezel heavy on Pixel 2 | Screen issues on the Pixel 2 XL


4. Apple iPhone X, DigitalTrends say: “Worth it. The iPhone X is the breath of fresh air Apple fans were waiting for”

iphone x

Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 7MP | OIS: Yes | Rear camera aperture: f/1.8 and f/2.4 | Autofocus type: Phase detection | Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | Battery size: 2,716mAh | Storage: 64/256GB

The Good  Jaw-dropping OLED screen | Top-tier camera | Wireless charging

The Bad     Awkward notch can break immersion | Expensive


There you have it!  Whether you are the most ardent selfie enthusiast or indifferent, these are some of the best camera phones available on the market right now.  Although there is no consensus in the order in which they rank, the table above still presents a clear picture of some of the flagship phones with the best features and photography capabilities currently on the market.

So, what are you waiting for… get snapping! 🙂


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David Lintott is the Editor-in-Chief, leading our team of talented freelance journalists. He specializes in covering culture, sport, and society. Originally from the decaying seaside town of Eastbourne, he attributes his insightful world-weariness to his roots in this unique setting.