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2017 was a great year for smartphones. As technology advances and developers become more creative, we as customers reap the benefits. Samsung remains untouched in smartphone security, while Apple paves the way for augmented reality and Huawei provides state-of-the-art camera tech to turn anyone into a first-class photographer. Take a look at our list of the best smartphones of 2017 and find your perfect match.
Apple’s latest flagship device, the iPhone X is looking to provide a revolutionary smartphone experience for the iPhone's 10-year anniversary. Building on the slim outer case design and seamless edges, it looks up to the task and some say it’s the best smartphone yet.
The Galaxy S8 features a stunning new industrial design that builds on the beautiful dual-curved display of its predecessor, and yet simultaneously, looks unlike any other smartphone produced by Samsung. The 5.8inch AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S8 bleeds to the very edge of the chassis, leaving just a hairline bezel, and ensuring the physical footprint of the device remains manageable despite the phablet-esque size of the screen. Android fans, if you’ve been holding out on your upgrade, you needn’t wait any longer.
The new Galaxy Note8 is part tablet, part phone and all business. Packed with functionality and designed with users' needs in mind, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 isn’t just the best large-format handset Samsung has ever made, it’s the best phone to date! Loyalists who’ve been holding out for it should be more than satisfied with what Samsung’s brought to the table. It’s a feast of cutting-edge hardware powered by equally impressive software, and should make fans very happy indeed.
Moto Z is the world's thinnest (5.19mm) premium smartphone constructed of aircraft-grade aluminium, making it a subtle and unobtrusive addition to your daily life. Motorola didn't dial back the performance to set new thinness records either, as the device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and even a microSD card slot (no modding needed). The real selling point of the Moto Z is the inclusion of ‘Moto Mods’, modular accessories which snap onto the back of the phone, turning it into a battery powerhouse, state-of-the-art camera or powerful sound system.
With the P10, Huawei continues its tradition in offering one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. Those Leica branded dual-cameras are a real treat, and well worth the price of admission alone. Pair that with a serious bump in performance, slightly lengthier battery life, and a sleeker more hard-wearing design and you have a smartphone that’s almost a match for the very best around.
The LG G6 has gone back to basics and focused on the things that truly matter to create a solid all-round smartphone, and they’ve certainly nailed it with the G6. It performs well, has an excellent camera, flagship-worthy battery life and features that people want, such as wireless charging and water resistance. The new 18:9 screen pushes the envelope of smartphone functionality and combined with the super slim bezels, LG has proven that a big display doesn’t have to mean a big phone.
Looking for a new smartphone and having trouble deciding on the best option? Then our 'Which Smartphone is Right for You' quiz may be able to help.