Best Smartphones and Mobile Phones 2017: 9 top choices

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.

But the best may still be to come: Apple has joined the fray with its latest trio of iPhones, which of course is headlined by its stellar looking iPhone X, which is set to launch in November. Google has also the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, both excellent devices.

Related: iOS 11 review: Apple’s best update in years?

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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HTC U11

1 of 9

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Key features:

  • 5.5-inch quad-HD display
  • IP67 water-resistance
  • 12MP camera
  • USB-C headphones included
  • 12MP camera
  • Review Price: £649.99

The HTC U11 is a great phone, one that plays to its strengths and offers a stunning audio experience and a great camera. The shiny back might not be to everyone’s tastes, but it’s well crafted and the 5.5-inch quad-HD LCD display is great. The BoomSound speakers are great, too, but the lack of a headphone jack does mean you’ll be stuck using either the included dongle or a pair of USB-C earbuds. Thankfully, HTC includes some decent active noise-cancelling buds in the box.

 

Read the full HTC U11 review

iPhone 8 Plus

2 of 9

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Key features:

  • 5.5-inch FHD True-Tone display
  • IP67 water-resistance
  • 12MP dual rear-camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • iOS 11
  • Review Price: £799.99

Apple’s latest phablet looks a lot like the iPhone 7 Plus, but don’t let that fool you; this is a big upgrade in plenty of areas.

There is a completely new 12MP camera, a new True Tone display that dynamically adjusts according to the environment and the ability to play HDR 10 and Dolby Vision content.

We just wish the design has been upgraded too.

Read the full iPhone 8 Plus review

LG G6

3 of 9

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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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Read the full LG G6 review

Moto G5 2017

4 of 9

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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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Read the full Moto G5 2017 review

iPhone SE

5 of 9

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 older iPhone 6S (not the iPhone 7), 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.

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Read the full iPhone SE review

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Key features:

  • 6-inch quad-HD display
  • Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Google Assistant, Active Edge, Google Lens
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • USB-C for audio
  • Review Price: £639

The Google Pixel 2 is right up there with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 as the best Android phone, thanks to a stunning 12-megapixel camera, fantastic version of Android and a well-designed metal body.

There’s a fast Snapdragon 835 CPU keeping things ticking over, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It’s now water-resistant too, has squeezy sides like the HTC U11 and stereo-speakers.

Our only dislike is the display: the LG OLED is a bit muddy and has poor viewing angles. Still, for a clean Android experience this is the best choice.

Read the full Google Pixel 2 XL review

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Key features:

  • 6.3-inch quad-HD display
  • IP68 water-resistance
  • 2 x 12MP camera
  • USB-C 
  • S-Pen
  • Review Price: £870

After a forgettable outing in 2016, the Note series is back and better than ever. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has twin 12-megapixel cameras on the back, both with OIS, and a stunning quad-HD+ HDR AMOLED 6.3-inch display. It’s big, but the minimal bezel helps.

Of course, the S-Pen is here too. The iconic stylus slots into the bottom and is as responsive as ever.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

OnePlus 5

8 of 9

Key features:

  • 5.5-inch full-HD display
  • 6 or 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 835
  • 64 or 128GB storage, no microSD
  • 16 + 20 MP camera, 16-megapixel selfie camera
  • Review Price: £449

OnePlus is at it again, offering big specs for a price well below the competition. This time around we have serious power in the Snapgragon 835 and 6/8GB RAM, but also a new display that now covers the DCI-P3 colour gamut like the iPhone 7. It’s still 1080p and 5.5-inches though, but it looks sharp and has good brightness.

Our favourite OnePlus 3 feature was Dash Charge, and it’s back again here although with no new additions. Still, being able to charge the phone in an hour is very impressive. The dual-camera setup which uses both a 16- and 20-megapixel camera works well, but it can’t match pricier devices from Apple and LG.

 

Read the full OnePlus 5 review

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.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy S8 review