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TrustedReviews' best smartphones roundup has all the information you need on the latest and greatest handsets. If you're looking for a new phone then you'll find it in this list.

Last year saw plenty of excellent phones hit the market, including the stellar Samsung Galaxy S7, which got our vote as ‘Phone of the Year’, the Google Pixel, which came a close second, and the iPhone 7 Plus, which remains a solid choice for iOS fans – despite its battery life issues.

But 2017 is already looking set to be better. Only a few months into the year we've seen the arrival of a number of impressive handsets. These include the beautiful Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus from Samsung and the HTC 11.

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Key Features
  • 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 821 processor and 6GB RAM
  • 64 and 128GB versions, 3,400mAh
  • 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 3,400mAh 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.

A pocket powerhouse

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 superfast 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.

3 / 11

Our Score:

8

LG G6

Read full LG G6 review
Key Features
  • 5.7-inch quad-HD LCD screen
  • Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB RAM
  • 32GB, 3,300mAh
  • 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 3,300 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.

Moto G5 5

Seriously affordable phone that packs the specs

Key features:
  • 5.5-inch 1080p display
  • 13-megapixel camera
  • microSD card slot
  • Android 6.0.1
  • Review Price: £169

The Lenovo owned Motorola has done it again. The original Moto G kicked off the start of truly great budget phones, and the latest iteration – the Moto G4 – takes it to another level. For £169, you get a great 1080p 5.5-inch display and plenty of power from the Snapdragon 617 CPU and 2GB RAM. For the price, there isn't much that competes.

There's 16GB storage as standard, though a 32GB option is available, and this can be expanded through microSD. On the back you'll find a very impressive 13MP camera and a 5MP version on the front for selfies. The actual camera app has been given a vast improvement too, with a nice set of manual features and a sleek look. Actually, software on the whole is fantastic here; probably because it's just stock Android 6.0.1 with a couple of Moto tweaks. The 3,000 mAh battery is hefty and will get you through a whole day.

Samsung has just made the best-looking phone ever

Key features

  • 5.5-inch quad-HD display
  • Exynos 8890 CPU, 4GB RAM
  • microSD slot, IP68 for water resistance, 32GB internal storage
  • Review Price: £639

The S6 Edge from last year was a bold release for Samsung, signalling a new design direction for the company. The Galaxy S7 Edge though, refines on that formula and it works so well.

That gorgeous quad-HD panel might be the same as before, but it's larger here (5.5-inch as opposed to 5.1-inch) and it helps the phone fit nicely into your palm. The curved edges look beautiful, and the slight curve to the back is in an inspired design choice pinched from the Note 5.

Looks aside, the Galaxy S7 Edge performs as you'd expect from a Samsung flaghip. The Exynos 8890 CPU and 4GB RAM is a combination that chews through everything from day to day to intensive gaming. There's an ever so slight lag in TouchWiz (that's Samsung's Android skin) but it's far from a dealbreaker.

On the back there's a 12 megapixel camera with Dual Pixels for faster autofocus and imporved low-light performance. Snaps aren't a whole lot better than the S6, but they are still fantastic. Crisp, clear and bright. The 5MP selfie shooter has a nice wide angle lens too, so you can cram more faces in.

The battery lasts all day, it's IP68 water resistant and the microSD has returned. An all round winner.


6 / 11

Our Score:

9

HTC 10

Read full HTC 10 review

It might not be a perfect 10, but it's mightily close

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 addition 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.


A great phone, but it's expensive

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.

A few simple tweaks make all the difference with the Samsung Galaxy S7

Key features

  • 5.1-inch quad-HD display
  • Exynos 8890 CPU, 4GB RAM
  • microSD slot, IP68 for water resistance, 32GB internal storage
  • Review Price: £569

We rarely give a phone full-marks here at TrustedReviews, but the Samsung Galaxy S7 deserves that accolade. The Korean company has taken the S6 and improved just about everything. The Exynos 8890 processor is ridiculouly fast and there's 4GB RAM for silky smooth multitasking, while the battery has had a much needed bump from 2,600 mAh to 3,000 mAh meaning it'll easily get you through the day.

The camera has been spruced up too. It's now a 12MP sensor (down from 16MP) but the pixels are bigger and the aperture has been widened to f/1.7 to let more light in. The result? Super detailed photos that don't get ruined by low-light surroundings.

It's a lovely looking phone and the addition of the slightly curved back makes it easier to pick up of a table and just generally hold for longer periods of time. Gorilla Glass 4 covers both the front and back, but it feels durable. It's IP68 rated for water-resistance too, so you can dunk it in 1m of water for 30 mins. Or y'know, take it in the bath.

TouchWiz has been toned down to the point where it isn't such a chore, though there is still a lot of preinstalled software that can't be deleted.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a fantastic phone, probably the best out there.

Nexus 6P

9 / 11

Our Score:

10

Nexus 6P

Read full Nexus 6P review

The ultimate Android phone

Key Features
  • 5.7-inch, Quad HD AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB RAM
  • 32, 64 and 128GB versions, 3,450mAh
  • Review Price: £499

The Nexus 6P doesn't have a microSD slot – it's just about the only complaint we can think of about this phone, and it's hardly alone in omitting that feature. In every other respect, the Nexus 6P is one of the best Android phones ever made. One of the smartphones ever, actually.

The fact this is a Nexus phone helps. It doesn't have any annoying extra stuff you don't want or need and you'll get Android updates when they're available, not six months later. But this is first time Google has combined that with a desirable high-end phone that can match the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones.

It's large at 5.7-inches, but the screen is brilliant and battery life is very good. Vitally, it has a decent camera – its 12-megapixel effort isn't quite as good as Samsung's and Apple's cameras, but it's damn close. Low light photos look great and it captures plenty of detail.

If you want the best Android experience possible, this is the phone to buy.

The iPhone 7 to get your wallet out for

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 that, but it's still a big phone with a screen-size that's not as larger 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.

The better P10

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. Its Leica engineered dual cameras are good, while the 5.5-inch display is crisp and colourful. There's a plentiful 3,750mAh 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.

sam

June 4, 2013, 7:18 pm

Samsung has a major flaw that they are trying to cover up. Their screens tend to develop a crack for no apparent reason rendering the phone useless. Has happened to me twice and a little search on the internet reveals it to be a problem with their entire galaxy line.

Benjamin Taylor

June 5, 2013, 2:41 pm

S3 at 3rd and S4 at 5th, somebody needs to lay off whiskey pmsl

Oshin Barua

June 6, 2013, 12:35 pm

We can expect that the lava mobile will come in this category very soon because it has launched very good smarts phone with latest features.

Emp Martinez

July 11, 2013, 6:12 am

I think Samsung galaxy s4 should be at number, Samsung mobile is best for me when it comes its features. Mark is right you must include Sony Xperia z.

Bella

July 16, 2013, 1:47 pm

Has anyone had problems with their Sumgung S4 camera, mine freezes and so does my galary.

Parikshit Srivastava

July 30, 2013, 7:21 am

I feel Samsung phones are over rated. Sony Xperia Z should be in top 3.

top mobile phones

August 2, 2013, 3:24 am

good info

Maish

August 17, 2013, 9:46 am

The bottom line is how many units of a model a company sell. Big HTC don't sell and that's why the company is struggling.

bad ass

August 27, 2013, 11:49 pm

yo yo yo this is bad ass's crue coming from me merking you

Ty Hub

September 24, 2013, 4:29 am

Lousy article! Not including Blackberry Z10 is not fair. The best messaging and keyboard for texting or what ever. If you use one, you will buy one! Guaranteed!!!

samsung!

October 9, 2013, 5:37 am

wat about the Note 3????
its way better than the iphones and of course much better than the s4!!!

mothergoose85

October 14, 2013, 10:28 am

This seems suspiciously like a traffic baiting article - I totally understand the needs for page views to boost revenue and I like the idea of this article buuuuuut it'd have been more interesting if this was a comparison based review rather than "look at this, read our existing reviews"

NotOverlyConvinced

October 14, 2013, 1:10 pm

I wonder if the MotoX and the Lumia 1020 were considered... I have a nexus 4, but i have to admit that i really like Nokia. Bit sad we never got to see a Nokidroid. MotoX i think goes another way entirely, and seems that Motorola are realizing that software is as important (if not more so) than specs on higher end phones.

uffe

October 16, 2013, 9:08 am

How come Trustedreviews always goes to great lengths to exclude really interesting new technology in smartphones? Last year it was nokia 808 pureview and this year it is Lumia 1020.

Evan

October 16, 2013, 9:02 pm

The Nokia 808 Pureview was an innovative camera but we had two sent to us and both stopped working during testing so we couldn't actually review it, then it wasn't actually available anywhere. The Nokia 1020 is interesting and has its strengths however it's just not quite on par with the others in this list. Read our full review http://www.trustedreviews.c...

Evan

October 17, 2013, 12:14 pm

You're right this list does not have a "winner" it's just the best phones we've reviewed in the last 12 months. Disagree with you re the HTC One though, it's still one of the best phones out there.

Evan

October 18, 2013, 11:12 am

Can you send us a picture when you do? Sounds awesome!

Peter Schmid

October 25, 2013, 7:19 pm

Hello Sam, same to me, my S4 had a hairline crack inside the screen two weeks
after purchasing and Samsung does not accept it as warranty case. I always had the phone in a cover, never sat on it and have the feeling to be left out in the rain because the phone is now completely useless because the display has gone as well. I suspect that the deficiency originated from a overheating of the battery.

Ryan

October 26, 2013, 10:29 pm

Samsung phones are completely overrated and cheaply made. HTC, Sony, LG, Nokia and Apple over a Samsung any day.

junior

October 26, 2013, 11:33 pm

I respect everyones pinion on various phones but to me the Sony Xperia Z is awesome best music player sound quality Just need a Bluetooth speaker you will notice how awesome it is in sound quality battery life is number one you have to see to beleive

Ram

October 30, 2013, 8:01 am

iPhone 5C does not really deserve to be in the list at all...How does it fit here...It is going to be scrapped very soon....

Ben

November 4, 2013, 1:35 am

You do not sound truthful Ryan, I maintain that Samsung is still best thing to happen to the smartphone business world. I own a Sony and an HTC, I rate Samsung ahead of both. The galaxy note 3 is the best phone on earth at the moment.

Evan

November 5, 2013, 3:30 pm

We've restructured these to be ordered by grade now. Any news on the aluminium SGN3?

andyvan

November 6, 2013, 9:05 am

We'v removed it in the most recent update. It's a very good phone, but you're right to say it's not in top 10 right now.

Yunik

November 7, 2013, 4:29 pm

IPhone the best

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