While it’s not particularly hard to pick the best smartphone of the year, the idea of “best” can be pretty vague. Keeping this in mind, one has to be sure about what they’re looking for. Because what one person considers the best might not be that great for another user. Keeping this in mind, we’re going to have a look at some of the best phones of 2017, covering various aspects like loud speakers, ruggedness, camera etc. So we have everyone covered here. You will naturally find some of the usual suspects on this list, but there are going to be some surprises as well.
Best Android Phones 2017
|Sony||Sony Xperia XZ||575|
|Caterpillar||Caterpillar CAT S60 Rugged Waterproof Smartphone||532|
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||461.99|
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy J7 LTE (2016)||193.36|
Best Android Phone
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
One of the best-rated smartphones from 2016, the Galaxy S7 edge continues to be a hot favorite among loyalists even today. Although the Galaxy S8 is just a few days away from a release, the Galaxy S7 edge remains one of the best smartphones money can buy. For its hardware credentials alone, we cannot suggest a better handset than this at the moment.
While its dual curved edge Super AMOLED display will catch your eye at first, the fact that it comes with an impeccable design, coupled with the 12MP rear camera, fingerprint scanner, and a super snappy processor adds to its repertoire. The handset is currently selling for around $520 via Amazon, which is a good price considering the hardware it’s packing. The handset only available in Black Onyx at the moment, so you don’t have a lot of color options to choose from. If that’s not much of a caveat for you, we suggest you head over to the Amazon page to get the smartphone right away.
Best Camera Phone
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many considering the flurry of reviews and camera comparisons we’ve seen over the past few months. To be honest, this has taken quite a few of us by surprise, given that not a lot of people associated Google’s older Nexus phones with good cameras. However, we are very glad to know that the trend has changed with the Google Pixel, as it is supposed to be one of the best phones to come out of Google’s sheds in a long time.
While the highlight obviously is the 12.3-megapixel rear camera, the 8-megapixel front camera is pretty amazing as well. You will find that the entire hardware + software combination of the handset is what makes the Pixel lineup a real winner. Since it’s designed by HTC, one can expect nothing short of amazing in the looks department as well. Naturally, it won’t go easy on your wallets as Amazon is listing this particular handset for $800 at the moment. The U.S. exclusive Blue version can be bought for significantly cheaper, though. The Pixel lineup also comes with a Snapdragon 821 SoC on board, which promises to offer the best experience among modern day chipsets. Be sure to take a look at the smartphone before stocks run out.
Best Selfie Phone
Samsung Galaxy J7
While most only discuss the raw camera power when it comes to selfies, having something like a LED flash can be equally crucial at times. This is where the sub-$200 Galaxy J7 shines. Considering the price that it’s selling for, the addition of a front-facing selfie flash is truly a luxury. It’s pretty clear that Samsung has done its homework before launching this particular handset. Understandably, the handset has also featured on our best selfie phone list.
In terms of other features, the Galaxy J7 comes with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the octa-core Snapdragon 617 chipset, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and the aforementioned 5-megapixel beast with a pretty decent LED flash to boot. Since it was launched a year ago, the Galaxy J7 has been one of the most popular selfie phones in the market. If you’re looking for a more than decent smartphone with enhanced selfie credentials, the Galaxy J7 (2016) has to be your first choice, especially given the price tag here.
Best Rugged Phone
While we have discussed a number of best rugged phones on our site, the Cat S60 will have to be one of the best rugged handsets you can purchase today. However, one would be gravely mistaken to assume that the ruggedness is the sole feature of this device. Smartphones like these come with an impressive hardware specs sheet underneath, knowing fully well that having just one highlight feature won’t suffice.
One of the features that I’m personally impressed with is the ability to capture thermal imagery along with time lapse videos. This is something that you seldom see on modern day smartphones, and hence makes the Cat S60 a truly special handset to own. The handset also comes with drop protection for up to 1.8 meters, and can be submerged in 5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. In terms of internal features, the handset comes with a 4.7-inch HD display, making it easier to carry around. There’s a 13-megapixel rear camera, accompanied by a FLIR thermal camera. Amazon is currently listing the product for about $600 in the U.S., which seems very decent going by the kind of features it’s packing.
Best Phone With Loud Speakers
Sony Xperia XZ
Thanks to the stereo speakers packing on the front, the Sony Xperia XZ is the phone with the best loud speakers on board. Not to mention the other attributes of the handset, which also make this a truly amazing device to own. The handset also features a 5.2-inch 1080p display on board, which promises to show the best results when you’re watching movies or just doing some light reading. The phone comes with an exciting all-glass design, which has become a hallmark with Sony’s flagships since the past couple of years now.
The Xperia XZ comes with the Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC on board, 32GB of expandable storage, 3GB of RAM, and a 2,900 mAh battery. To add to the list of features, the Xperia XZ also comes with IP68 certified water-dust resistance on board, which means you can take the device to your weekly picnics or even near the swimming pool if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Prices for the handset start from $534 and differs depending on the color variant you choose. Be sure to check out the Xperia XZ from Amazon.