Smartphone Ranking

Our 2017 Wrap-Up Smartphone Ranking

The Most Wonderful Phones of the Year

Written By: Cassandra Bondie

We've seen our share of smartphone releases in 2017. In this article, we've decided to share our official Smartphone Ranking - including the phones that, in our opinion, performed best in 2017 (even if they were released previously). We'll explore Apple, Samsung, and other major smartphone manufacturers. Let's get started!

8. LG V30

The LG V30 is priced around eight hundred dollars, making it more expensive than other Android Smartphones, but reasonable for extensive upgrades. The LG V30 is, quite obviously, the best of the V Series Cell Phones. It offers big benefits for content creators, including a dual rear camera setup and advanced still-shot software. The phone comes in sleek silver and boasts a water-resistant rating. A microSD card slot, four gigabytes of RAM, sixty-four gigabytes of internal storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor add to the mix, creating an experience unlike any LG has offered before. We hope to see the company continue to improve its devices, perhaps making it a contender against market-dominators Apple and Samsung. Even for our lowest Smartphone Ranking, this phone is top-of-the-line.

7. OnePlus 5T

In any year prior to 2017, topping the LG V30 on our Smartphone Ranking List would be a difficult feat. However, Snapdragon Processors and ample storage have become the new normal, along with upgrades like dual cameras and intense photo/video editing software. The OnePlus 5T, released just six months after the OnePlus 5, offers an 18:9 aspect ratio display, dual rear cameras, software customization, and a popular "glass sandwich" design - all for less than six hundred dollars. You can enjoy a facial recognition system, at least six gigabytes of RAM and sixty-four gigabytes of internal storage, and a unibody aluminum shell. This phone is definitely worth the asking price.

6. Essential Phone

Although the Essential Phone faced significant roadblocks before coming to market, it comes with some impressive upgrades worthy of a high Smartphone Ranking. Users have seen camera improvements, security updates, and a major price reduction. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor (like the LG V30). It offers a 5.71-inch LCD display with a unique notch, an Android 7.1.2 Operating System, four gigabytes of RAM, dual rear cameras, a large battery, and 128 gigabytes of internal storage. Ceramic and titanium construction brings a sense of finality to the piece, which retains a basic water-resistant rating.

5. HTC U11

The HTC U11 is something else. It was released in June of 2017. It doesn't have a standard headphone jack and it has a few too many bezels for our taste, but the camera is unbeatable - not to mention super-fast software, water-resistance, incredible audio quality, and a squeezable edge. Dual stereo speakers and a 5.5-inch high-resolution LCD display bring quality to the forefront, while a Snapdragon 835 Processor keeps the HTC U11 in-line with the competition. The HTC U11 is currently selling for less than seven hundred dollars - a fair deal for a high-end smartphone.

4. Google Nexus 6P

The Google Nexus 6P is specifically designed for those who are committed to large-screen service. The 5.7-inch AMOLED display - paired with 2560 x 1440 HD resolution and a 3D curved glass screen - is something to be admired. It won't fit in your pocket (unless you're wearing an oversized sweatshirt), but you'll be comfortable sifting through all of your favorite applications. The Google Nexus 6P has a Snapdragon 810 Processor. This varies slightly from its competitors, but the device benefits from the same impressive brand. It offers three gigabytes of RAM, sixty-four gigabytes of storage, and a Sony camera sensor that can record video in 4K at 30 frames-per-second. If you're not sure what all of those numbers mean, give the phone a try for yourself. You'll see what we mean.

3. Google Pixel 2

Another Google creation, the Google Pixel 2 has turned some heads. It doesn't have a standard headphone jack, but it has high DxOMark ratings, a large 18:9 display, a Snapdragon 835 Process, four gigabytes of RAM, sixty-four gigabytes of internal storage, a powerful camera, and dual front stereo speakers. Perhaps the most impressive additions are Google's newest Assistant features - surpassing Siri in their complexity and accuracy. If this level of device generation continues, Google may become a third major competitor in the smartphone market.

2. Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes from a major competitor. It minimizes bezels and remains affordable, at roughly eight hundred dollars per phone. Much like the previous Galaxy Smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a high-tech wonderland, offering a swift and customizable experience. Prices have dropped since the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, giving Samsung users a chance to upgrade at bargain price.

1. iPhone X

The iPhone X may cost nearly one thousand dollars a pop, but it also represents the first unique iPhone design we've seen in over a decade. This standard-setting iPhone comes with a 5.8-inch front display, minimal bezels, and an OLED panel (by Samsung's design). The vast majority of iPhone X buyers are taking advantage of payment plans, skipping the relatively affordable iPhone 8 in favor of something more trendy. Is the phone worth it? We've ranked the iPhone X at the top of our Smartphone Ranking simply because it generated so much conversation in 2017. The device relies on advanced facial recognition to unlock. Though this has generated some concern, the iPhone X impresses in terms of wireless charging, reliability, and functionality. Can Apple (or Samsung) top the device in 2018?

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