For the last five years, tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee has been hosting an annual event: the smartphone awards. If you’re one of Marques’ 7.6 million subscribers, you know that he’s constantly reviewing the latest smartphones year after year. The man has seen and experienced more than most when it comes to handset technology, making him uniquely qualified to hand out these awards.

And so, without further ado, let’s get into it. Here are the top big smartphones of 2018 according to Marques Brownlee.

The runner Up: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

According to Marques, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro “killed it”. Despite getting some international heat (more on that later), the Mate 20 Pro might be worth all the drama. It consistently earned top marks for its larger than life features.

For one thing, it earned best smartphone camera of 2018 from Android Central for its trio of Leica lenses, including:

  • a 40-MP main (f/1.8)
  • an 8-MP telephoto (f/2.4)
  • a 20-MP ultra-wide (f/2.2)

Its super-charged battery also plays a big part in why it places as the runner up. At 4,200mAh battery, it’s bigger than most batteries found in other 2018 flagships. It also out-performs these other smartphones with some early reviewers saying the battery lasted more than a full day of heavy use.

Despite its glowing review, that’s not to say the Mate 20 Pro has had an easy run. The Chinese telecom company has hit some snags — namely the US government. Congress banned any US government employee from being able to use Huawei devices, and in an act of goodwill, American carriers chose not to stock any Mate devices from that point onwards.

Now, Trump is mulling over an official ban on Huawei that would come in the form of an executive order levied against all Huawei devices. This would cap all trade between the Chinese telecom company and the US, making it next to impossible for the average person to get the Mate 20 Pro in their hands.

Until then, there are ways you may be able to land this exclusive handset. Check out this post to find out more.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The crowning of the best big smartphone is a “no brainer” according to Marques as he introduces the Galaxy Note 9. That’s because the Note 9 delivers on all of the big smartphone features you want and expect in a phablet, and it does it in one of the prettiest packages on the market.

Samsung’s Infinity Edge display was made for the Note 9. Unlike the Mate Pro 20, which also boasts a bleeding edge display, the Note 9’s 6-inch AMOLED doesn’t look or feel awkward with almost zero bezels or chin. This design feature creates the largest viewing surface possible for those using their Note 9 to browse, stream, sketch, or game.

The Note 9 also possess some hardware features you’d be hard-pressed to find in other 2018 flagships, including:

  • a headphone jack
  • expandable storage options
  • an S-pen
  • no notch

The fact that these big hardware features are matched with intuitive software, including multi-window support and s-pen features is why the Note 9 is the official winner.

Which one will you choose?

If first place isn’t enough to sway you, maybe it’s not performance but protection that will sway your mind. You can find a scratch-free and grime-resistant skin for both handsets. A skin designer like dbrand creates tailormade decals for all the latest flagships. They cut each Note 9 skin and Mate 20 Pro skin with precision from premium materials. Whether you’re shopping for a Galaxy skin or a Huawei skin, you’ll find the look you need when you check these out these textures.

If you’re ready to upgrade to a new handset this year, what will it be? Will you go for a forbidden fruit that the Mate 20 Pro represents, or will you go for the true champion? In either case, you’re guaranteed one of the best smartphones available until next fall, when the next round of flagships are due.

Whether you’ve been doing gaming for years or you are a newcomer, you want your experiences to be first-rate.

That said take the time to get the right system in place. Doing otherwise can make for a less than stellar experience each time out.

With that in mind, how good are your gaming experiences?

Use Internet to Help with Your Shopping

In trying to come up with the best gaming experience possible, turning to the Internet is always a good idea.

First, go online and review some of the gaming players in this ever-growing industry. Doing so will allow you to learn more about the different brands and which one might best suit your needs at home.

Second, be sure to try out different accessories before buying a gaming set.

For instance, the headset is one of the key features of any gaming experience. If you end up with a bad headset, it can take much if not all the fun out of playing.

With that being the case, shop around for a headset that delivers top-notch sound each time out. You could even put on a wish list for the holidays or your birthday the top technology gifts out there.

You might well end up with the best PS4 headset. If you do, it is definitely to your advantage when you begin to play.

Among options would be an Elite Pro 2 Headset + Superamp, Stealth 300 Headset and the Recon 200 Headset. When you have the right headset with which to work with, your gaming experience is 10 times better.

While online, see what other gamers say about their headsets and other accessories.

One way to do this is by going to social media.

Many gamers are apt to talk on sites such as Facebook or Twitter. You can also find images from gamers on sites such as Instagram. By getting their two cents on headsets and other items, you could be closer to coming up with the top experience.

Is Your Home Set up for the Best Possible Gaming?

Along with the top accessories for a stellar experience, have the right surroundings.

So, is your home conducive to allowing for a good gaming experience?

If living with others, having a room you can escape to play your games is the better choice time and time again. Otherwise, you could find distractions hampering you when you go to play your games.

With that in mind, you may well want to escape to a family room or even the bedroom. In doing so, you can close a door and let the games begin.

For any kids in the home playing such games, make sure you have rules in place for them to abide by.

An example of this would be making sure they get their schoolwork done before being allowed to play. It also means knowing when to call it quits in the evening on a school night.

When investing some money into such games, you want to be sure your experience is the best possible.

Do your research, find a good place in the home to play, and let the games begin.