Best Android Phones of 2017
If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our picks for the best Android phones currently available as voted on by the Phandroid staff.
We’ve been treated to years of quality Nexus phones thanks to Google’s stewardship, but now they want to give it a go of their own. The Pixel and its 5.5-inch twin don’t exactly reinvent the wheel in the hardware department, but an undying desire to offer a pure version of Android which is perfectly suited for marriage with the phone it’s running on goes a VERY long way.
It’s fast. Amazingly so. And it also has impressive battery life and what we consider to be the best overall smartphone camera on the market right now, too. Hail to the new king.
- Smooth, pure Android
- Great Camera
- Long-lasting battery
Instead of trying to do things that nobody wants, LG nailed the things that a smartphone in 2017 needs to be. Sometimes a short story is better than a novel. LG pulled back a lot of gimmicky stuff and built a simple phone. In a world of fancy marketing names and over-hyped features that no one will use, the G6 takes a stand on being bland.
- 18:9 display is cool and functional
- Excellent screen to body ratio
- Glass design feels premium
The Edge variant has finally surpassed the regular Galaxy S7. This year’s Edge model has a slightly bigger display and the all-important bigger battery. For a device with 5.5-inch display, it feels really great in the hand. The extra boost in battery life is a critical feature. All in all, this is the S7 you want.
- Excellent display
- Powerful performance
- Good battery life
The HTC 10 is a solid, all-around good phone. In a day and age where every phone has some kind of shiny gimmick, the 10 might seem a little boring. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. All that glitters is not gold. The HTC 10 is one of the most pleasant experiences you’ll have with an Android phone.
- Premium design and build quality
- Excellent software
- Good camera
The Galaxy S7 seems like a boring device on the outside, but that’s only because Samsung took care of everything that hampered the Galaxy S6. This is one of the most polished and refined Galaxy devices we’ve seen in a long time. It might not be as exciting as the Edge model, but it’s still a great phone.
- Excellent display
- Powerful performance
- Great camera
For all intents and purposes, the LG V20 isn’t a radical departure from the model it’s replacing, but that’s exactly what LG V10 fans wanted. It pushes the bar on performance, has a solid build, ridiculous camera, sharp display, and even a second one, for whatever reason. It also comes with Nougat out of the box, and that’s a big deal right now. Phones don’t need all these bells and whistles to impress in 2016, but it never hurts when they do.
- Top-line features
- Great camera
- Android 7.0 Nougat
The Nexus 6P is Huawei’s first attempt at a Nexus device, and they knocked it out of the park. This is the first time a Nexus can truly claim the title of best Android phone. It has an excellent camera, beautiful, big display, and a charming design. If you don’t mind big phones, this is the one to get.
- Great camera
- Insanely fast performance
- Beautiful display
The OnePlus 2 wasn’t the flagship killer OnePlus made it out to be, but that’s absolutely different with the OnePlus 3. At $439, you get a nice big display, a Snapdragon 821 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and all the features you’d expect from a flagship. You’d better be packing a couple hundred extra dollars for a similar smartphone from other companies.
- 6GB of RAM
- Great build quality
- Affordable for its specs
The Moto Z Force is the latest smartphone to attempt modularity. The device’s “Moto Mods,” as they’re call, can extend the functionality in an endless number of ways, including the addition of stereo speakers or even a projector. At the same time, its solid (and thin) construction and top-line specs make it a serious contender.
- Moto Mods extend functionality
- Great build quality for being thin
- Big battery and fast internals
If you’re looking for a great flagship device with a massive display, refined software and beautiful hardware, the Huawei Mate 9 is definitely worth considering. It features dual-rear cameras made by Leica and a beautiful all-metal construction.
- Huge, Crisp Display
- Fast Software Performance
- Great Battery Life
- Nexus 5X — A nice little device with stock Android and a fingerprint sensor, but it’s a little underpowered.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Active — A great phone if you need something a little more durable, and with better battery life.
- Lenovo Phab 2 Pro — The best (and only) Tango phone, but that’s it.
- LG V10 — Its sequel is on the way, but the LG V10 is still a top phone for the deals you can find.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 — The Galaxy Note 7 failed, so if you want an S-Pen this is the best Note you have available.
- ZTE Axon 7 — One of the only Daydream-certified phones on the market next to the Google Pixel and LG V20. It’s pretty cheap, too.
- Honor 6X — Affordable, good looking, and powerful.
- Motorola Moto X Pure Edition — a new contender is on the horizon, but this is still worthy of attention.
- Motorola DROID MAXX 2 — One of the best devices you can get for under $400.
- BlackBerry DTEK60 — A very capable smartphone with the power of BlackBerry security.
- HTC One A9 – Beautiful software meshes perfectly with mid-range specs to make an underrated phone.
- OnePlus 3 – A big, powerful phone at an approachable price.
We’re still in the early parts of 2017 and most new devices have yet to be announced, but we do have a couple of upcoming contenders to watch out for.
ASUS ZenFone AR
We can’t wait for the second Tango phone to launch. The ZenFone AR is set to arrive this Spring.
It’s official — BlackBerry’s second Android phone with a keyboard, and one that is fully exposed Bold-style.
Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 are all on the way. These mid-range phones look pretty decent for the expected price tags, but will value alone be enough to earn them a spot with the big boys?
With most of the top flagships from 2016 out of the way, the list of rumored phones has shrunken a considerable amount. Still, there are a couple of juicy nuggets we’re still waiting to hear about later this year.
Pixel is coming back, and it’ll be here with a Snapdragon 835 chipset, if rumors are to be believed.
A 3rd Google device
Aside from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, a third Google device — perhaps a tablet — is expected to be launched later this year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung all but confirmed we’d be seeing a new Note device in 2017. It should offer the same Snapdragon 835 and Infinity Display that the Galaxy S8 does, expect with an S-Pen onboard.
OnePlus will skip the 4 for superstitious reasons, but there’s not much else to know about the OnePlus 5 just yet.
Our list is selected by polling Phandroid’s staff and only has room for so many devices, so from time to time we might leave a perfectly fine Android smartphone off our list. In this case, we turn to Amazon’s Best Sellers list to see a ranking of devices that do not already appear in our ranking above.