2017 has been an incredible year for smartphones so far; we’ve seen all kinds of innovation and progression building on from last year. New screen aspect ratios, new cutting edge hardware, incredible cameras and the list goes on… Today we’ll show you the best smartphones of 2017 that you can buy right now…
This list will be broken down into sections, one smartphone for each price bracket. Under £300, under £500 and under £700. I’ve chosen these price brackets as they reflect the most common budgets that the consumer has. So let’s get started!
Under £300: Lenovo Moto G5 Plus
The under £300 mark is getting incredibly competitive. Only a few years ago now it almost impossible to get a decent smartphone for that price. Today the selection is astonishingly vast, with many offerings even keeping up with the under £500 devices.
The Moto G5 Plus is one of those devices; it features many of the features that you’d come to expect from smartphones two or even three times the price. It features an impressive Octa-Core processor and with 3GB of RAM. Combine this with the fact it runs almost completely stock Android 7.0 and you’ve got an incredibly fast smartphone. Most of the features that you see below are pretty rare for this price point, making it an even more impressive device.
- Premium metal design
- Fingerprint scanner
- Decent 12MP camera
- Sharp 5.2 inch 1080p display
- Large 3000 mAh battery
- Impressive amount of RAM for the price: 4GB
Priced at £249 as of writing this article
Under £500: OnePlus 5
This is a device that was greeted with a little controversy upon its launch only a few days ago. However, this doesn’t stop it from being the best smartphone that you can pick up for £500. The OnePlus 5 screams high-end; it’s powered by the blisteringly fast Snapdragon 835, the same processor you’ll find in most other flagships that cost much more. On top of that, it comes with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, that’s the same as most laptops! It also has a dual lens camera setup which allows it to compete directly with the likes of the iPhone 7 Plus and LG G6, both of which are notably more expensive. There’s no doubt that this device is a serious bang for your buck.
- 5.5 inch 1080p display
- Dual-lens camera 16/20mp
- Great build quality
- Highest end specs you’ll find in an Android phone
- Snapdragon 835
- Up to 8GB of RAM
- Adreno 540 GPU
- Fingerprint scanner
- Hardware Mute switch is a nice bonus
Priced at £449 as of writing this article
Under £700: Samsung Galaxy S8
After Samsung’s absolute disaster with its Galaxy Note 7 catching fire, Samsung had to impress with the S8. And boy did they! The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the most beautiful smartphone ever made… Period. It has an extra tall 1440p display that wraps elegantly around the side of the device. It’s thin bezels also make the phone feel much smaller than it’s large 5.8 inch screen would suggest. Obviously being a Samsung flagship, it has the top of the range internals that you’ve come to expect. Inside you’ll find the Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM and the Adreno 540 for graphics. There’s a 12MP camera on the back which takes unbelievable photos, plus its selfie camera has OIS (optical image stabilisation) which makes its video recording much smoother among other benefits.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 truly is an amazing flagship. It may be more pricey than other offerings from other manufacturers. But it’s great specs and simply beautiful design justify its price.
- Superb internals
- Snapdragon 835
- 4GB RAM
- Adreno 540
- Water resistant
- Beautiful 18.5 by 9 1440p display
- Excellent camera
- Fingerprint and Iris scanner
- Build quality is 10/10. Glass and metal make the phone feel incredibly premium.
Priced at £689 as of writing this article