Best phone 2017: the 10 top smartphones we’ve tested

Update: The Lenovo P2 has gone off sale, so finally the LG G6  – having undergone a recent price drop too – has made its way into the list of best smartphones on the market.

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Thinking of buying a new phone? We’ve got the best smartphones of the moment all listed here – and we’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus handsets duking it out with the iPhone at the top of our list.

Here’s the ranking we’ve spent hours whittling down to a top ten. We take into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

(If the price is too high, check out our list of the best cheap handsets that won’t cost you more than £200). 

Best smartphone

For those in a rush, here you go: the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone in the world.

A new stunning design, amazing screen and great camera combined make it for the best phone you can buy right now. Be sure to take a look through the full best phone ranking though to know what’s best for your needs.

10. LG G6

A great all round phone

Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 2880 x 1440 | CPU: Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64/128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: Dual-13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Huge, low-bezel display
Vibrant QHD display
Battery life could be better
Last year’s CPU

The LG G6 has struggled to make it into our best phones list for the simple reason that it was too expensive. It had the same high price as most other flagship phones and yet still used last year’s processor from Qualcomm, which is going to limit its lifetime.

However, now it’s a big cheaper it’s a better option. The cameras are strong, the battery management improved (and should last longer over the lifetime of the phone) and that large, 18:9 display is really great for watching movies on.

This is a phone that just feels better than the sum of its parts, and with the lower price it’s one that we’re happy to recommend. The great news is that LG’s phones often keep falling in price, so this handset could become even better value in a few months’ time.

Read the full review: LG G6 review

  • What’s next? There’s little information out at the moment regarding the LG G7, but we do think that it’ll be taking the Snapdragon 845 as LG looks to make its phones among the most powerful on the market once again. However, it’s also worth keeping an eye on the LG V30, as that could be the phone the G6 wanted to be in terms of power.

Also consider: Like what you see, but need more screen real estate? You you’ll want the Google Pixel XL – the 5.5-inch brother of the Pixel which boasts an eye-popping QHD (that’s 2K) resolution. 

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