1. Samsung Galaxy S8
Key specs – Processor: 2.3GHz Samsung Exynos 8895; Screen: 5.8in 2,560 x 1,440; Camera: 12-megapixel; Storage: 64GB; Operating system: Android 7.0
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is the best Android phone you can buy right now. Period. For starters – it’s the best-looking phone we’ve ever seen, with those gorgeous curves and that all display front catching gazes. Likewise, camera quality goesce is similarly best in its class. This’ll be a phone that’ll last you for the years to come. Get the S8 if you’re after a proper smartphone investment.
The downside to this phone wonder is its price but regardless – the regular Galaxy S8 is a sheer marvel of a phone, and rightly earns the crown of best smartphone you can buy in 2017.
2. OnePlus 5T
Key specs – Processor: 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835; Screen: 6in 2,160 x 1,080; Camera: 20-megapixel, 16-megapixel; Storage: 64/128GB; Operating system: Android 7.1
Again, the OnePlus 5T is the definitive flagship killer. Launching just a few months after its non-T branded counterpart, the 5T offers up some much-needed, if subtle, improvements over its predecessor.
The phone has a 6in edge-to-edge AMOLED screen on the front, just like with Samsung’s Galaxy S8. It still has the most up-to-date Qualcomm processor running things from the inside, the Snapdragon 835, and a new dual-camera with low-light photography at its core.
3. Google Pixel 2
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Key specs – Processor: 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835; Screen: 5in 1,920 x 1,080; Camera: 12.2-megapixel; Storage: 64/128GB; Operating system: Android 8.0
Google’s pair of second-generation Pixel phones are both excellent in their own right, but it’s the camera that really sets these Android smartphones apart from the competition. Its 12.2-megapixel sensor on its rear is superior to the camera on the iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8, and last year’s efforts, and it’s capable of taking some truly stunning pictures. It doesn’t have an extra lens like the Note 8 or , but if you’re an avid photography fan, then the Pixel 2 certainly won’t disappoint.
The Pixel 2 is also as fast as every other Snapdragon 835-equipped handset, and has an excellent battery life. The only real sticking point is the price. And just to be clear: we’re recommending the regular-sized Pixel 2 over its plus-sized XL alternative. Why? Well, the 2XL is stuck with an atrociously bad display when it comes to viewing angles. Tilt the phone a bit to the left or right, and the screen produces this awful blue-tinge, rendering it almost unreadable. The screen also flickers when the auto-brightness mode is engaged which, for a 2017 flagship, is inexcusable.
4. Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Key specs – Processor: Hexa-core Apple A11 Bionic; Screen: 5.5in 1,920 x 1,080; Camera: Dual 12-megapixel; Storage: 64GB/256GB; Operating system: iOS 11
The iPhone 8 and its Plus-sized counterpart are the most expensive iPhones yet, but it’s the Plus that makes this list due to its dual 12-megapixel camera. The normal iPhone 8 doesn’t have a dual sensor, and thus misses out on the Plus’ 2x optical zoom feature. It also has better battery life than its little brother, making it more reliable over the course of the day.
Elsewhere, Apple’s made several improvements to the phone’s speed and overall build quality, but it’s not quite as big a leap forward as you might expect from a next-generation smartphone. The iPhone 8 Plus is still the best iPhone ever made, but iPhone 7 Plus owners should probably hang on to their handsets for a little while longer before they upgrade.
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5. Moto G4 2016
Key specs – Processor: 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617; Screen: 5.5in 1,920 x 1,080; Camera: 13-megapixel; Storage: 16/32GB; Operating system: Android 6.0.1
With an octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chip at its disposal, it’s faster than anything else in its price range, and its 3,000mAh battery also gives it buckets of stamina. Provided you’re not put off by the size, the Moto G4 is an absolute masterpiece and a more-than-worthy upgrade over the third-generation Moto G.
6. Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Key specs – Processor: 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835; Screen: 4.6in 1,280 x 720; Camera: 19-megapixel; Storage: 32GB; Operating system: Android 8.0
Despite its palm-friendly size, the XZ1 Compact is packed with the same flagship internals as its plus-sized competitors, with a Snapdragon 835 and an excellent 19-megapixel rear camera. Sony certainly didn’t scrimp on performance, and its dinky display is one of the more colour accurate screens we’ve seen so far.
7. Motorola Moto Z2 Play
Key specs – Processor: 2.2GHz Snapdragon 626; Screen: 5.5in 1,920 x 1,080; Camera: 12-megapixel; Storage: 64GB; Operating system: Android 7.1.1
The Moto Z2 Play faces strong competition from the slightly more expensive OnePlus 5, but the Moto Z2 Play has a couple of feature to make it stand out. Chief among these is its modular design. The Moto Z2 Play’s extra attachments can simply snap onto the back of the phone, allowing you to slap on a speaker, optical zoom, battery pack or miniature projector as and when you please. It’s a brilliant bit of design, and the so-called Moto Mods themselves are infinitely superior to those you can buy for the G5.
The Moto Z2 Play’s real advantage is it long battery life. It can last almost 20 hours in our continuous video-playback test.
8. Meizu Pro 7 Plus
Key specs – Processor: 2.6GHz MediaTek MT6799; Screen: 5.7in 2,560 x 1,440; Camera: Dual 12-megapixel; Storage: 64GB; Operating system: Android 7.0
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus has two screens: one on the front and a smaller one at the rear, perfect for effortlessly lining up your selfie shots. If you’re a frequent snapper, this is the smartphone for you.
But that’s not all the Meizu Pro 7 Plus has going for it. There’s also a pair of 12-megapixel cameras at the back – which work in tandem to create some top-quality shots – powered by a 2.6GHz deca-core MediaTek MT6799 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Meizu’s latest is just as capable as its flagship alternatives, despite its lower asking price.
9. Samsung Galaxy J5
Key specs – Processor: 1.6GHz Exynos 7870; Screen: 5.2in 1,280 x 720; Camera: 13-megapixel; Storage: 16GB; Operating system: Android 7.0
This year’s Samsung Galaxy J5 is, again, a top-notch budget smartphone. It has a good battery life – better than almost any other – complete with a dazzling Super AMOLED display and performance that’s on par with most other handsets. It improves on almost every aspect from the original too, with a much better camera in low-light, a decent performance bump and a design that more than befits its asking price.
10. Vodafone Smart Prime 7
Key specs – Processor: 1.3GHz Snapdragon 210; Screen: 5in 1,280 x 720; Camera: 8 megapixel; Storage: 8GB; Operating system: Android 6.0.1
It not only looks great, but its 5in, 1,280 x 720 display is arguably even better than the slightly more upmarket third-gen Moto G. It’s not the fastest smartphone in the world, but it’s great for everyday tasks.