The best phone of 2017: 15 top smartphones tested and ranked


Thinking of buying a new phone? We’ve got the best smartphones of the moment listed here – with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus handsets duking it out with the iPhones for the top spot. Click the dropdown above to see the full list!

[Update: We’ve overhauled our best phone rankings to take account of the latest round of handsets – is the iPhone X the best iPhone yet? Where do the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus land? Are the Google Pixel 2 duo the best in the land? And how does the OnePlus 5T stack up?]

We’ve spent hours whittling the contenders down to a top 15, and we take into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

Let’s get straight into it the list – our top phone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S8, but have a browse through our list to see which suits you best!

Before you do that, watch the video below for our thoughts on the top 5 smartphones 

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1. Samsung Galaxy S8

Quite simply, the best phone on the market

Release date: April 2017 | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Amazing camera

Lovely design

Brilliant screen

Biometric issues

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone in the world for a few reasons, but none more so than the display: it makes every other handset on the market look positively antiquated.

The camera is of the excellent quality we’ve come to expect from Samsung, the screen quality is the best that can be found right now, and it’s smashed through all our benchmarking tests. 

While it cost a lot when it was released earlier in 2017, the price has dropped a fair bit since – so the premium specs now look even better value for money, and with the screen Samsung has managed to deliver some impressive innovation at a time when there’s very little to be found in smartphones.

The placement of the fingerprint scanner still irks – it could have been much better located – and the facial / iris recognition on the S8 pales in comparison to Apple’s Face ID.

But as a smartphone package, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is by far the most complete on the market – you won’t regret your choice if you pick up this phone.

Samsung Galaxy S8 photography samples

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Also consider: Fancy even more screen? Then you’ll want to check out the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus with its gigantic 6.2-inch offering. It offers the same bezel-less Infinity display design, and exactly the same internals too – it is even more expensive though.

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