5 Best Smartphones 2017
Take a look and we guarantee you will find the best smartphone for you, beginning with all the very best phone currently available in the market…
1. Samsung Galaxy S8
Simply the best smartphone you’ll be able to buy today
Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.8-inches | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels | CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12 MP f/1.7 | Front camera: 8 MP f/1.7
- Amazing design
- Almost flawless
- Fingerprint sensor location
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone in the world right now, boasting the brilliant Infinity Edge display which occupies 84-percent of the body and cutting-edge design. This futuristic smartphone is stunning and instantly made its competitors look outdated. It is the next step in smartphone design.
The S8 is the complete package, in addition to the amazing display and industry-leading specs, this handset also has decent battery life, an excellent camera resolution, and amazing performance. With all that combined, you get not just the best-looking smartphone but one of the very best performing smartphones in the universe. Yes, the universe!
We think the 5.8-inch S8 is perfect, but if you are after an ever larger smartphone, Samsung also offers the Galaxy S8, which features a massive 6.2-inch display.
Ok, so, unfortunately, Samsung has not released a perfect phone – there are a few small niggles – such as the weirdly places fingerprint sensor next to the camera and poor Bixby implementation. But we guarantee you will not be disappointed if you buy this phone.
2. iPhone 7 Plus
The OTHER best smartphone – Apple’s dual camera, big screen phone is a winner
Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS10 | Screen size: 5.5-inches | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Apple A10 Fusion | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear Camera: Dual 12MP f/1.8 | Front camera: 7 MP f/2.2
- Gorgeous water resistant design
- Dual camera
- Iterative design
- Could be too large for some
Here we have the iPhone 7 Plus – probably the best-looking smartphone around. Some feel its sheer size does make it tricky to hold, however, there is no denying Apple’s beautiful 5.5-incher is a winner. In the event that you prefer iOS to Android and also you fancy picking up the best smartphone around, this should definitely be your first choice. Apple has chosen to stay with all the iPhone 6S design, improving it with rerouted antenna lines and a more integrated camera bump. There are glorious new colors available, and to top it off, the casing is now water resistant. The recent S8 design does make the iPhone feel slightly dated now, however.
It is inside where the iPhone 7 Plus has received the biggest overhaul – now packing Apple’s blazing fast A10 Fusion processor. The camera has also received a significant upgrade, now with two 12MP sensors capable of 2x optical zoom. To finish it off, the iPhone 7 Plus comes running iOS 10, Apple’s latest and greatest mobile OS.
It’s expensive and might be too large for some, or so the standard iPhone 7 with a 4.7-inch display is also worth your consideration.
3. Google Pixel
The best smartphone camera
Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 5.0-inches | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/128GB | Battery: 2770mAh | Rear camera: 12.3MP f/2.0 | Front camera: 8MP f/2.4
- Great camera
- Super software
- Not water resistant
- Clunky design
We can not tell you how close it’s between the Google Pixel, iPhone 7 Plus and S8 for the title of ‘best smartphone in the world.’ All three are great, but the sleek design and amazing screen put the Samsung in the lead. The Google Pixel is still an amazing smartphone – especially in the event you prioritize camera quality and want software straight from Google.
When it is the excellent camera, the metal-and-glass chassis, oodles of power involved (from Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon processor) or just the fact the software and virtual assistant work in perfect harmony with all the hardware, Google’s got a lot right here and this is a brilliant phone. Naturally, in the event you prefer larger screens, the 5.5-inch Pixel XL is also available, which is identical the OG (apart from size).
4. LG G6
First of the bezel-less phones, with a great dual camera
Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.7-inches | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: Dual 13MP | Front camera: 5MP f/2.2
- Large screen
- Dual camera
- Less premium than rivals
LG has finally made a good-looking, premium smartphone free from gimmicks. There are lots of features we love here – that wide-angle screen is great, the bezels are tiny, as well as the dual-camera is really handy. Basically, we really enjoyed using it.
But it’s far from a perfect phone. LG has used a 2016 chipset, so it’s not the most efficient smartphone available, and also the skin over Android Nougat is not the best out there. It also feels less premium than its rivals, with a slightly hollow feel to the rear casing.
Certainly, though, LG has done enough to redeem itself from the unfortunately unsuccessful G5 last year. it’s not the best Android phone released in 2017, but we don’t think you’ll regret buying it, especially if you’re able to pick it up for a decent price.
5. OnePlus 3T
The best smartphone from a brand you mightn’t have heard of
Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.5-inches | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 16MP f/2.0 | Front camera: 16MP f/2.0
- Low price for great spec
- Premium build
- Not waterproof
- Getting more and more expensive
Looking to upset dominance by the big brands is OnePlus, who took the mobile world by storm in 2014 with one goal, to be the flagship killer. We think it is the fourth smartphone, the OnePlus 3T has finally achieved that goal.
With a slightly more expensive price tag of £399, you will get every one of the mod-cons of much more expensive handsets, including an HD screen, fingerprint sensor, a decent camera and powerful specs. And, whereas previous OnePlus phones lacked finesse – the OnePlus 3T as a genuine premium feel and the software is rock solid.
It looks slightly dated when compared to 2017 flagships (S8 and G6), but this is understandable when considering what a bargain this device is.