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9 Best Smartphones and Mobile Phones 2017

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TrustedReviews has rounded up the best phones currently on the market. If you're looking for a new handset then you'll find it in this list.

So far, 2017 has been a great year for smartphone buyers, seeing the arrival of stellar handsets such as the LG G6, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus – three phones that gave the market a much-needed boost with a number of never before seen technologies.

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But the best may still be to come: Apple is yet to join the fray with its latest batch of iPhones, and Google is expected to release a follow-up to its stellar Pixel before the year’s end.

For those who can’t wait that long, we’ve created the definitive list of the best smartphones available on the market right now.

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Key Features:
  • 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 821 processor and 6GB RAM
  • 64 and 128GB versions, 3400mAh
  • Review Price: £399

The OnePlus 3T can be considered an evolution of the OnePlus 3 rather than a true follow-up, but considering how much we loved the OnePlus 3, this is no bad thing.

The new OnePlus 3T rectifies the few shortcomings of its predecessor, packing in a 13% larger 3400mAh battery as well as offering a new larger 128GB capacity option. Considering there’s no microSD expansion, this is a good thing if you need the space.

Other improvements have happened internally, including a new Snapdragon 821 processor, just like in Google’s Pixel range of phones. The front-facing selfie camera has also been bumped up to 16 megapixels, too.

For the money, the OnePlus 3T is the best Android experience you’re going to find.

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Key features:
  • 4-inch display
  • 12 megapixel rear camera
  • TouchID and Apple Pay
  • A9 CPU and 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage
  • Review Price: £359

If you want a smaller phone, the iPhone SE is the perfect choice. It packs most of the goodies from the iPhone 6S, but in a shell that can be used easily in one hand. The same 12MP camera sits on the back, while the same A9 CPU and 2GB RAM power the device. This makes it super fast and a pleasure to use.

Touch ID and Apple Pay are here too, as is the fetching Rose Gold colour scheme. 3D Touch, though, doesn't make the cut. The smaller display can't match the competition for resolution, but it's still sharp, colourful, and pixels are tough to spot.

We do wish the 16GB internal storage option wasn't here, but at least there's the 64GB version.

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3 / 9

Our Score:

8

LG G6

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Key Features:
  • 5.7-inch quad-HD LCD screen
  • Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB RAM
  • 32GB, 3300mAh
  • Review Price: £649

LG's G6 is a great flagship, even though it doesn't quite have the punch of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The 18:9 display will catch your eye first, and it is truly a stunning quad-HD panel. It's bright, colourful and oh so sharp. This is a fast phone too, even though its spec-sheet is a bit 2016.

There's a Snapdragon 821 CPU, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, and of course a microSD slot too. The 3300 mAh battery will get you through the day, though not much more, and the dual-lens camera is great in varying conditions. If you loved the LG G5, then this is the handset for you.

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Moto G5 5
Key features:
  • 5-inch 1080p display
  • 13-megapixel camera
  • microSD card slot
  • Android 7.0
  • Review Price: £169

The latest Moto G is a near-perfect budget-friendly smartphone that continues an impressive run of form from Motorola. The handset fixes many of the flaws of Motorola's Moto G4, dropping the screen size from 5.5 inches to 5 inches, thus making it significantly more comfortable to hold.

The design has also seen some changes with an aluminium back being one of the most notable. The fingerprint scanner has also been improved compared to the Moto G4's ugly scanner. As before, there's 16GB of storage as standard with a microSD slot if you find that's not enough space. The removable battery also makes a return.

The camera remains 13 megapixels and is still surprisingly good for the money. The underlying operating system has been updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, making everything feel fresh and up to date. Simply put, this is one of the best phones you can get for under £200.

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5 / 9

Our Score:

9

HTC 10

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Key features:
  • 5.2-inch quad-HD display
  • Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB RAM
  • microSD slot, 32GB internal storage, BoomSound audio
  • Review Price: £639

With the HTC 10, the Taiwanese company is well and truly back. After the disappointing One M9 and One A9, the HTC 10 is a stunning phone that not only looks fantastic with a bold design, but it also performs like a champion.

The Snapdragon 820 CPU and 4GB takes care of all the intensive tasks, while the quad-HD 5.2-inch display is crisp, sharp and super bright. HTC has done a great job at ensuring Android isn't ruined by bloatware by removing a load of duplicate apps. It has some nifty new additions too, like a clever way of locking out access to certain apps.

While HTC claims you'll get multiples days of battery life we only managed one, but it did easily make it from morning until bedtime. One of the biggest issues with the One M9 was its poor camera, and it has mostly been sorted here. The 12MP UltraPixel sensor takes great and very detailed photos, while the selfie shooter is the best on the market. It does sometimes overexpose shots, but it's still a good camera.

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Key features:
  • 5.5-inch quad-HD display
  • Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM
  • Google Assistant
  • Review Price: £639

Google has ditched the Nexus brand, and it's all about Pixel now. It's a flagship phone with a price to match, but is it any good?

In a word, yes. It's up there with the Samsung Galaxy S7 as the best Android phone, thanks to a stunning 12-megapixel camera and crisp 5.5-inch quad-HD display.

There's a fast Snapdragon 821 CPU keeping things ticking over, 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage plus Google's new Assistant. This is an AI, like Siri, that searches the web for handy information.

We wish it was water-resistant, and the design is a tad boring, but really it's a great phone.

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Key features:
  • 5.5-inch full-HD display
  • A10 Fusion, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage
  • IP68 for water resistance
  • Taptic engine
  • 12MP camera
  • Review Price: £719

The iPhone 7 was a missed opportunity, but the larger 7 Plus is a much better pick. Aside from its larger, sharper 1080p display it has a new dual-camera on the back that offers real optical zoom in a phone. This is a great phone camera that's on par with the Galaxy S7, but not quite as good as the Google Pixel.

Apple's iOS 10 is sleek, and we're huge fans of the improved taptic engine, but it's still a big phone with a screen-size that's not as large as smaller Android rivals. The Apple A10 Fusion CPU is a champ, while the 3GB RAM is more than enough.

The iPhone 7 Plus is a great phone. But you'll need deep pockets.

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Key features:
  • 5.5-inch quad-HD display
  • Kirin 960, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage
  • Leica camera
  • Review Price: £569

The P10 Plus is Huawei's best phone yet, and one of the finest Android phones in early 2017. It's Leica engineered dual cameras are good, while the 5.5-inch display is crisp and colourful. There's a plentiful 3750mAh battery that manages to make it through the day and it can be juiced up via the very fast Supercharger in little over an hour.

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Key Features:
  • 5.8-inch, AMOLED, quad-HD Infinity Display
  • Samsung Exynos 8895 CPU and 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB, 3000mAh
  • Review Price: £689

The Galaxy S8 is the pinnacle of smartphone design. Featuring a beautiful 5.8-inch, AMOLED, quad-HD Infinity Display that wraps around the phone’s sides, the Galaxy S8 is outright gorgeous and is currently the phone to beat in 2017.

The display ticks all the right boxes in terms of hardware, too. As well as being super-sharp, the screen is even HDR-ready. While this might not mean much right now, in the future it will enable you to watch high dynamic range content from Amazon and Netflix – a huge draw for those who like to watch shows or movies on their phone.

Powered by a super-speedy Samsung Exynos 8895 CPU and 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S8 is one of the fastest phones on the market, breezing through all manner of tasks from web browsing to intensive 3D gaming.

The rear camera is also the best we’ve encountered on a smartphone. Featuring a 12-megapixel, f/1.7 aperture and Dual Pixel sensor, the unit here is great for chronicling everything from holiday snaps in the sun to fun nights out in dimly lit bars and clubs.
 
Although we’re not convinced that the phone’s Bixby personal assistant offers any real advantage over Google’s own Assistant, the appearance of Android Nougat is another welcome addition that makes the S8 a perfect all-rounder.

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The only downside is that, with pricing starting at £689, the Galaxy S8 is expensive.

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