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9 Best Android Phones in 2017

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Our Best Android Phones roundup has all the top handsets in one place. Your next mobile is sure to be on this list.

The year 2016 saw the launch of all manner of superb Android handsets. The Samsung Galaxy S7, OnePlus 3T, HTC 10 all greatly improved on their predecessors, plus Google created its first ever in-house smartphones: the Pixel and Pixel XL.

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We've yet to see smartphone manufacturers pause for breath, with 2017 already seeing the unveiling of a fresh wave of stellar-looking handsets. Highlights so far include the recently revealed Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8%2B, near-bezel-less LG G6, and the refined Huawei P10 and P10 Plus in the top end of the market; and new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus at the budget end.

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Key features
  • Quick Snapdragon 821 processor
  • Slim, aluminium build
  • 16MP front and rear camera
  • 'Dash' charging
  • A huge 6GB RAM
  • Review Price: £399

Still the best bang for your buck Android phone

The OnePlus 3T builds upon what we loved about the OnePlus 3 but throws in some much appreciated improvements. There’s the same all aluminium build that makes it feel far more premium than its price might lead you to believe.

The rear 16-megapixel camera is also still a good performer, but it’s now joined by a new 16-megapixel front camera for improved selfies. For now, the OnePlus 3T is based Android 6.0.1 with OnePlus’ OxygenUI customisations, but an Android 7.0 Nougat update has been promised.

The performance has been improved with a new Snapdragon 821 processor paired with 6GB of RAM, meaning the OnePlus 3T can go toe-to-toe with Google’s more expensive Pixel phones.

A larger 3,400mAh battery has also been included, meaning you can easily get through a day of use. Dash charging can then top you up in around 30 minutes. All in all, for £399 for the 64GB of £439 for 128GB, you’re going to be hard pressed to find a better value Android phone.

Key features:

  • 5.5-inch, full-HD display
  • 5,100 mAh battery
  • 32GB internal storage and microSD expansion
  • Snapdragon 625
  • Review Price: £119

The best battery life on any phone

If you want a phone with awesome stamina, then this should be your pick. The Lenovo P2 costs less than £200, but you're getting a lot for your money. The best thing is that 5100 mAh battery, which can easily make it through two days without needing a charge.

It has a great screen, too, and a very efficient Snapdragon 625 CPU that doesn't fall down even when playing intensive games. There's 32GB of internal storage, dual-SIM slots and a good customisation of Android 6.0. We just wish it had a better camera.

This is one of the best budget phones around.

Honor 8 Pro 7
Key features
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • Generous 6GB RAM
  • 5.7-inch quad-HD display
  • 64GB microSD and microSD expansion
  • Dual 12-megapixel camera
  • Review price: £474.99

Honor's best phone yet

The Honor 8 Pro is Honor’s attempt at a flagship phone and in many ways it can be considered a success. It’s an attractive, well-built 5.7-inch phone that manages to come in slimmer than many competing phones.

There is a dual-lens camera around the back that pairs a 12-megapixel RGB and monochrome sensor and this manages to deliver punchy, sharp photos.

Performance is impressive thanks to a Kirin 960 processor and 6GB of RAM. This means the Honor 8 Pro can go up against even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that’s used in certain Samsung Galaxy S8 models. There’s 64GB of storage built-in with a microSD slot that can add a further 128GB.

A massive 4000mAh battery is also included, which will get you easily through a day of heavy use and a little beyond. The Honor 8 Pro is the best phone Honor has released to date.

4 / 7

Our Score:

8

LG G6

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Key features:
  • 5.7-inch, quad-HD display
  • Minimal bezel
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Snapdragon 821 CPU & 4GB RAM
  • Review Price: £649.99

LG should have a winner here

LG has finally made a great flagship phone, free of silly gimmicks and leather clad backs. The G6 stands out due to its 18:9 display, which crams a quad-HD 5.7-inch panel inside a much smaller body than you'd expect. It's look great, and it's HDR 10 enabled too.

Inside you've got a Snapdragon 821 CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,300 mAh battery. None of these components are groundbreaking, but they'll comfortably get the job done.

Like the G5, there are two cameras on the back. One is your standard 13MP sensor, while the offer takes wide-angle shots making it perfect for landscape photos.

Key features:
  • 5.5-inch, quad-HD display
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Snapdragon 821 CPU & 4GB RAM
  • Review Price: £719

Google built an iPhone, and it's better than Apple's flagship

It's taken the search engine giant long enough, but Google has finally launched a phone. And it's damn good. The Pixel XL is an iPhone baiting flagship that ticks all the major boxes, but you'll have to pay.

The most surprising feature here is the excellent camera, which matches the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. It's a 12-megapixel sensor, though lacking OIS, that captures stunning snaps in any light. 4K video looks great too, as do selfies.

It's fast too, thanks to a mixture of the speedy Snapdragon 821 CPU, 4GB RAM and software built by Google. Android has never looked better and the clever AI Assistant is already better than Siri. A 3,450 mAh battery lasts the day, while charging is snappy.

It's not perfect though; there's no water-resistant body and no SD card expansion. It's also a tad boring to look at, and hardly durable. Still, it's one of the best Android experiences around.

Key features:
  • 5.7-inch, quad-HD display
  • 12-megapixel Leica camera
  • 128GB internal storage and microSD expansion
  • 6GB RAM
  • Review Price: £649

Huawei's best phone yet

Huawei's constant improvement over the past few years has resulted in its best phone to date. The P10 Plus might look a lot like an iPhone 7, but that means it's a very good-looking device. It also has a fast Kirin 960 CPU, 6GB RAM and a whopping 128GB of internal storage. The display measures 5.7-inches, packs a quad-HD resolution and looks great. The camera is good, too, actually all three of them are. The two on the back are engineered by Leica and boast 12-megapixels and an f/1.7 aperture. And the front-facing 8MP selfie shooter packs in a clever wide mode so you can fit all your friends in.

Tucked inside is a 3750mAh battery and it'll easily get you through the day. Huawei's software has seen the biggest improvement of all, and it's much slicker and easier to use than ever before.

Key features:
  • 5.8-inch, quad-HD display
  • 12 camera w/ OIS
  • Exynos 8895 or Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB RAM
  • Review Price: £689

This is the future of phones

The stunning Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone you can buy right now. It has a fantastic HDR quad-HD+ 5.8-inch display with almost no bezel surrounding it and a sleek metal and glass design that's curvy in all the right places.

It's fast too, obviously, and keeps handy features like an IP68 water-resistance rating, Qi wireless charging and a microSD card slot. The 12MP camera doesn't have dual-lenses, but it's still one of the best out there. The 3000mAh is again great, but you'll probably still need to charge it every night.

Pete Thompson

May 22, 2015, 8:39 am

Some more budget choices - The Samsung Galaxy CORE - and the Sony Xperia M2 - both fantastic premium feel phones for around £120 notes. Less ugly than the Motorola G

Ukfe Uye

May 23, 2015, 10:30 am

Galaxy S6 is the best looking and well performing phone, but lettuce be reality, it is a toy. My friends are always telling me they have to charge the phone when my battery is at 50% on my xperia z3.

fcdis

June 27, 2015, 3:15 pm

You need to remove the Oneplusone from your list. The number of complaints practically exceed the number of satisfied users. The phone is a tech nightmare! Please don't encourage people to spend their money on such a broken device with no warranty. Yes, you heard me -- NO WARRANTY; the company won't honor warranty.

Ashley Crookes

July 2, 2015, 8:11 pm

Can't believe Sony didn't feature at all? I'm hoping to get one of their phones, like the slight dust and waterproofing which they have. Guess I'll have to look for reviews elsewhere!

Ti74Raven

July 6, 2015, 1:30 am

Care to provide some links? I've only really seen positive reviews around saying the phone is a great phone.

One_owner

July 7, 2015, 1:37 pm

If you go to the support forum on the oneplusone site you will see for yourself. I believe you have to be registered to see the support forum which is not shown on the main page, you have to select view all.
Also when I was active there in 2014 it was heavily 'moderated' in that lots (1000's) of posts being removed and threads being closed.
ex 1+1 owner

Tony

July 12, 2015, 3:54 pm

I like the Galaxy S6 Active as the best phone.Battery is much better!

fcdis

July 12, 2015, 10:41 pm

I also am an ex 1+1 owner. I sold mine as parts once the Oneplusone team refused to honor their warranty. There are plenty of complaints, and one_owner is correct that such forum sections for the 1+1 require you to be registered. It's a great phone until your screen stops working because the grounding is poorly insulated. LOTS of users affected, and no warranty honored.

Otherwise the list is fairly accurate. Surprised you didn't include the Moto X 2014 though. But then again, I think only recently the price went down to $299.

Keichwoud

July 18, 2015, 5:55 pm

2007: Back when mobile phones were actually mobile.

Edward Hammond

August 18, 2015, 10:16 pm

Great looking, true, but once you get used to that, you have to live with that stripped down personality called Touchwiz.

Imagine your partner suddenly decided not to open doors ever under any circumstances and the family won't listen - I find it that annoying.

David Wilson

August 20, 2015, 9:25 pm

Battery life is the sole determinant of quality? Um OK

News Reporter

August 24, 2015, 8:08 pm

OnePlus removes all technical complaint issues in their forums. They are limiting the ability to purchase by using "invites". Similar to what Google did with Gmail when that first rolled out. It's been months since anyone in the forums have been able to buy even with an "invite" code. You are still on a waiting list that does not exist. They are having major complications. That's why they have not been available to mainstream consumers. The recall would have been massive for the One and the Two version.

Joonar

September 13, 2015, 3:46 pm

Xiaomi series will be on your list when this affordable smartphone release in US and Europe.

msni

September 22, 2015, 2:55 am

I am still in Singapore .I want to buy moto G3 . PLS shop which shop buy in Singapore
Thanks

Jan Carter

October 8, 2015, 6:21 pm

I don't find any surprise about Sony. Their customer service might as well be non existent,; they've totally ignored my e mails and calls about a phone that died less than four months old. I will NEVER buy Sony again.

Ashley Crookes

October 8, 2015, 6:29 pm

Ouch! Can you not return it to the store where you got? Otherwise: Hellopeter.com - make a complaint! I go there pretty often and fairly often I do get a call back from whichever company I've bitched too...good luck!

Eno

November 12, 2015, 12:35 pm

You omitted probably the best Android phone of the year, the Sony Z5, I wander way?

Wambli Padilla

November 28, 2015, 7:39 pm

Wander through the forest no more, son. I am here to lead you into the light

Mike

December 11, 2015, 8:14 pm

Lmao

Mike

December 11, 2015, 8:16 pm

Nobody is taking about the m9+ and I wanna buy it tomorrow.

Sim Ao

December 16, 2015, 6:35 pm

What about OnePlus One?

John081

January 1, 2016, 4:11 am

Minimum 5 inch screen is best for playing games like candy crush saga, shadow fight 2 and others! (find out more about the shadow fight 2 cheats)

Bogdan Florin

January 15, 2016, 12:28 pm

No Note 5? Lol.

JAYz

January 17, 2016, 5:51 am

samsung s6 edge is the most beautiful, powerful and sexy phone I have ever used,as trustedreviews stated, "this is close to perfection".

Black on white crime

January 22, 2016, 12:11 am

You should take that one +/- junk off of the list and put the LG V10 right at the top.

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