Best Android Phones of 2017

Last updated: Dec 1st, 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.

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  • 1

    Simply Unmatched expand_more

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the most complete smartphone ever made. It offers a nice, big, beautiful AMOLED display, a formidable camera system, unique S-Pen features, and sheer, raw power. You will pay a really high price tag for it all, but this is the one phone that may be worth every penny.

    Key Features:
    • Amazing Display
    • Great Optics
    • Unmatched Performance
  • 2

    Beauty in Purity expand_more

    The Pixel 2 may not be the absolute best, but it’s probably only an inch behind the top dog. Google has done it again with an amazing camera and a fantastic software experience, as well as unique things like stereo front-firing speakers and squeeze gestures. The Pixel 2 XL’s display quality issues keep it from further transcendence, but it’s still sweet enough to find itself in the Top 3.

    Key Features:
    • Unbelievably Good Camera
    • Pure Android 8.0 Oreo Software
    • Front-Facing Stereo Speakers
  • 3

    Refinement at Every Point expand_more

    HTC has finally done it: they’ve built a smartphone that hits on nearly all cylinders. It’s fast, beautiful, smooth, and looks amazing. It’s even waterproof. And shockingly enough, HTC has gone from being the laughing stock of photographers to the holy grail of smartphone optics.

    Key Features:
    • Amazing Camera
    • Blazing Fast Performance
    • Great Battery Life
  • 4

    The Best Galaxy Ever expand_more

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 remains one of the best smartphones on the market today. It combines good looks, a beautiful, unique display, and a whole wealth of new features to make it hard for anyone else to contend. Even with its awkward fingerprint sensor placement, it’s hard to find many flaws.

    Key Features:
    • Great display
    • Powerful performance
    • Beautiful design
  • 5

    Pushing The Bar expand_more

    For the LG V30, LG was keen on not letting gimmicks get in the way of a serious powerhouse of a smartphone. It gets rid of the secondary display for a dreamy OLED panel, picks up wireless charging, and has 32-bit Quad DAC HiFi audio for most markets. This is still the best phone you can buy for entertaining yourself.

    Key Features:
    • OLED Display
    • Quad DAC HiFi Audio
    • Wireless Charging
  • 6

    Phone of the Future expand_more

    Coming with a dedicated chip for on-board AI processing, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers up a big, beautiful phone with top-rated dual cameras and a wealth of bells and whistles. It’s setup well for the future, and there’s no better time to be a Huawei fan than right now.

    Key Features:
    • Kirin 970 AI chip
    • Awesome Cameras
    • Gorgeous Design
  • 7

    A True Flagship Killer expand_more

    OnePlus has long declared their annual flagships the Flagship Killer, but this hasn’t been totally true until the arrival of the OnePlus 5T. It has nearly all the bells and whistles you can ask for without the bloated price tag of its rivals, and when it comes to being an overall great smartphone, it does that as well as anyone.

    Key Features:
    • Great Performance
    • Long-Lasting Battery
    • Dual Cameras
  • 8

    LG did it right expand_more

    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.

    Key Features:
    • 18:9 display is cool and functional
    • Excellent screen to body ratio
    • Glass design feels premium
  • 9

    Buttery Smooth expand_more

    Razer’s first crack at a smartphone is quite loud indeed. The Razer Phone hits the scene as the gamer’s dream device, with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 8GB of RAM running things behind a 5.7-inch QHD display that has an insane 120hz refresh rate, something that’s unheard of for devices this small.

    Key Features:
    • Fast, Crisp Display
    • Powerful performance
    • Striking Looks
  • 10

    Great Value expand_more

    At launch, the Essential PH-1 wasn’t quite good enough for its lofty price tag, but recent discounts and price cuts make it an unbeatable value. You’re getting a solid Snapdragon 835 device for a fraction of the cost of comparable flagships, as well as Essential’s unique take on modularity. However flawed, this isn’t a bad buy right now.

    Key Features:
    • Premium design and build quality
    • Excellent software
    • Good camera
  • Honorable Mentions

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    1. Samsung Galaxy S7 — Its predecessor is out, kicking ass, and taking names, but you still can’t go wrong with a Galaxy S7.
    2. OnePlus 3T — A big, powerful phone at an approachable price.
    3. Nexus 5X — A nice little device with stock Android and a fingerprint sensor, but it’s a little underpowered.
    4. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active — A great phone if you need something a little more durable, and with better battery life.
    5. Moto Z2 Force — It takes a couple of steps back from its predecessor, but still deserves a look at the right price.
    6. 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.
    7. Honor 6X — Affordable, good looking, and powerful.
    8. ASUS Zenfone 4 — Aggressively priced, well-specced. That’s the classic ASUS way.
    9. BlackBerry KEYone  A very capable smartphone with a familiar keyboard and the power of BlackBerry security.
  • Upcoming Phones

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    Most of 2017’s smartphones are well out of the door, but there is still a holdout or 2 on the horizon for release this year or in early 2018. Let’s take a look!

     

    RED Hydrogen One

    Any phone that’s said to have a holographic display instantly lands on our radar.

     

     

  • Rumor Mill

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    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.

    Nokia 9

    Nokia is rumored to have even more devices on the way, but these will be on the flagship end of the spectrum.

    Samsung Galaxy S9

    Said to be finalized as soon as January 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is fast approaching. We’re not expecting it to be a heavy departure from the Galaxy S8 in terms of overall looks, build, and features, but it should feature refinements such as dual rear cameras and a more sensible fingerprint system.