10 best Android phones 2017

1. OnePlus 3T

Price when reviewed: 64GB, £399 inc VAT

The King is dead! Long live the King. In this case, the OnePlus 3 has been replaced by the OnePlus 3T: an incremental upgrade that adds a faster processor, a bigger battery a higher resolution front facing camera and a £70 price increase to the mix. Despite retailing for £100-£150 cheaper than its rivals, it is equal to most flagships and better than some.

If it were still available, we'd probably put the OnePlus 3 at the top of this list, because the extra £70 doesn't add too much to what was already a spectacular smartphone. It's not, and the fact that the OnePlus 3T is still the best-value phone out there despite this is testament to just how much OnePlus is shaking up the world of tech.

2. Google Pixel XL

Price when reviewed: £599 for Pixel; £719 for Pixel XL

Also dropping a cheaper smartphone in favour of an all-singing, all-dancing flagship is Google. While the Nexus phones were decent specs for lowish prices, the Pixels plough a different furrow, starting at £599 for the regular handset and a whopping £719 for the XL version.

You do get a lot for your money, though, including ridiculous specs, and the best cameras in the game – a nose ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S7.

3. Samsung Galaxy S7 

Price when reviewed: 32GB, from £569 inc VAT

Google's high Pixel price makes the Samsung Galaxy S7 hugely appealing. It represents a big upgrade from the S6, too – its camera and performance are both better; in some respects battery life is superior; and the return of storage expansion and disaster-proofing is a huge bonus. On top of that, it's a very fast phone in its own right – and looks stylish to boot.

4. Samsung S7 Edge 32GB


Price when reviewed: 32GB, from £639 inc VAT

Of course, if style is your primary concern, then the Samsung Galaxy S7 has a better-looking sibling. For an extra £90 you can get the Galaxy S7 Edge, which is the same phone, but a bit larger and with an additional pair of screens down the edges of the device. Is that worth the extra money? Probably not, but that’s for you to decide. In every other respect, it's the same brilliant smartphone, with a slightly bigger screen.

5. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 

Price when reviewed: 32GB, around £400 inc VAT

If it's a smaller phone you're craving, then the Xperia Z5 Compact may be your dream come true. The 4.6in screen means that it's far more pocketable than the current generation of 5in-and-larger phones, and the overall quality is unbeatable. The screen has far fewer pixels than some, but it's bright and crisp nonetheless. The camera is stunning and battery life excellent, too. Factor in hard-knock build and water resistance, and the Z5 Compact has a lot going for it.

6. Motorola Moto G4 

Price when reviewed: 16GB, £160 inc VAT

The original Moto G made us sit up and take notice, redefining what a budget smartphone could do. The G4 continues that fine form, even if the price tag and physical size have swollen since the original. If the 5.5in size doesn't put you off, simply isn't a better smartphone you can get for an RRP of under £200. As Jon wrote in his review, "it’s one hell of a smartphone, and delivers more bang per buck than any smartphone to date".

7. HTC 10

Price when reviewed: 32GB SIM-free, £570 inc VAT

The HTC 10 doesn’t quite match the best when it come to battery life. It’s merely average when compared with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. It’s also not water- or dust-resistant, and the price is quite high. But if you can’t stand Samsung’s TouchWiz software or simply prefer the look of the HTC 10, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a great all-rounder.

8. Moto Z and Moto Z play

Price when reviewed: £369 for Moto Z Play; £499 for Moto Z

Moto Z release date and price

Proving that modular phones aren't a dead concept is the Moto Z series. This clever pair of handsets lets you upgrade your phone for the day ahead with special magnetic backs that improve the phone's core features. There are currently five mods to buy (including a longer battery, a powerful speaker, a Hasselblad camera and a projector).

9. LG G5

Price when reviewed: 32GB SIM-free, £500 inc VAT

LG took a similar route to Lenovo's Moto Zs, by allowing modules. It's a little less convincingly implemented, and there's only two available, but it's still a clever idea. Instead of sealing the internals inside the chassis and not giving its customers any leeway to upgrade, it’s reversed and opened everything up.

Not only does the LG G5 have a microSD slot, allowing you to upgrade its internal storage, but it also has a “modular expansion bay” system, which allows the battery to be replaced at the click of a button and special add-ons to be plugged in.

10. Huawei P9

Price when reviewed: 32GB, from around £370 inc VAT

Huawei builds the fantastic Nexus 6P, and its own-branded P9 is quite a brilliant handset in its own right too. A great all-rounder that routinely sells for well under RRP (it's supposed to retail for £449 SIM-free), it has its niggles, but is a huge leap forward from the Chinese manufacturer. In day-to-day performance, it's only a little behind the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6S. Its graphical performance lets it down a little, but for the price this is still a fine phone, and proves Huawei is one to watch.