So, you want to buy a new phone? If you're looking for the best smartphone of 2017, you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop.
We continually update this best smartphones guide to reflect recent launches, recognise price changes, and ensure 2017's latest devices appear alongside the best of 2016 (and before, if applicable). All the listed devices have been fully reviewed by us.
At the moment we're in a period of flux with a full refresh of phones about to launch, so this list will be changing a lot over the next weeks and months.
Of course, the most important factor in buying a new device is making sure you have the best smartphone for you. The best for your budget, the features you need, the size that feels right and platform that suits you best.
Our top recommendation
Here's our recommendation for the best all round smartphone on the market, right now.
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge / Galaxy S7
The flat Samsung Galaxy S7 handset is certainly one of the most appealing devices out there, but in terms of design, the S7 edge pips it to the post, taking pole position as the most desirable handset around. Both handsets fuse power with performance, offering displays with Quad HD resolutions and plenty of punch, while the S7 edge differentiates itself with those curved edges.
Their build qualities match the best of the handsets out there and the addition of a microSD card slot make these handsets all the more practical, while the bigger size of the S7 edge over the SGS7 gives more space for battery. Both are slick and fast and every inch the flagship experience, topped-off with a slick fingerprint scanner and a camera to deliver the whole smartphone package. The S8 and S8 Plus might be about to succeed these two handsets, but they will remain excellent devices.
Best of the rest...
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge aren't for everyone though, and there are plenty of other great smartphones on the market to consider whatever budget you are on. Here are the ones that you should also look at:
2. Google Pixel / Pixel XL
Google comes out all guns blazing with its Pixel and the larger Pixel XL. Both devices offer the same specs, performance and experience with one difference: screen size. The regular Pixel has a 5-inch Full HD display, while the Pixel XL has a larger 5.5-inch Quad HD display.
Launching with a number of exclusive features, but otherwise a clean version of Android, the Pixel phones have a solid build and a fast and smooth experience. The cameras are superb and the battery life is good, leading to a premium Android experience. The price is a little high, however, and they lack microSD or waterproofing. They even have a 3.5mm headphone jack though.
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3. Apple iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus
The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don't offer the overhaul in design that we are used to getting every two years, though the larger model offers more new features than its smaller sibling in the form of a zoomed camera and the option for digital bokeh effects. The new flagship iPhones are more refined, offering the removal of the headphone jack in favour of stereo speakers, along with better hidden antennas and waterproofing.
They offer subtle changes to the iPhone 6S, such as a new Home button and glossy or matte black finish options, along with faster and slicker performance, as you would expect. Ultimately, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the company's best iPhones yet, as Tim Cook claimed, but the best is only slightly better than the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which is why we've kept the older model in this list too.
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4. LG G6
Pre-order the LG G6 for £650 from Carphone Warehouse
LG knocked it out of the park with its latest flagship smartphone, the G6. The new device offers a build, performance and display that are all up there with the best smartphones available, as well as lightweight software that is easy to customise and a dual camera system that has a lot of versatility.
It's more expensive than LG devices have been in the past and although its camera and build quality is comparable in quality to the Pixel devices and Galaxy S7 devices, along with its performance, we prefer the software experience and general overall feel of Samsung's and Google's options. The LG G6 is a fantastic device though, that is every bit the flagship.
Read the full review: LG G6 review
5. OnePlus 3T
The OnePlus 3T is one of the best smartphones on the market, especially at its price point. As with its predecessors, the OnePlus 3T offers incredible value for money. It has many of the same features and specifications as smartphones twice its price and when it launched, it was one of the most powerful handsets available.
The all-metal finish is sleek and sturdy, making it feel like a genuinely premium device and the display is fantastic too, even if it isn't Quad HD resolution. The company may have shied away from the "flagship killer" branding this year, but the OnePlus 3T lays down the marker for what you can get for just over £400.
Read the full review: OnePlus 3T review
6. Honor 8 Pro
Pre-order the Honor 8 Pro for £475 from Honor
The Honor 8 Pro isn't as exciting or as future-facing as some of the other 2017 flagship smartphones, including the LG G6 and imminent Samsung Galaxy S8, but it is still a great affordable device. It's the same size as the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, so it will be a little wide for some, but that size packs in a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and a great battery performance in its sub-7mm build.
The navy blue finish is great and the dual camera setup is good fun too. The EMUI software can be a little heavy-handed and it certainly isn't as clean as the pure Android experience of Pixel, but at £475, the Honor 8 Pro is a worthy consideration for those that want a big-screen, powerful and long-lasting phone that won't destroy your bank account.
Read the full review: Honor 8 Pro review
7. HTC 10
The HTC 10 addresses many of the criticisms of the HTC One M9, focusing on the things that matter in a smartphone, and ditching many of the distractions. The HTC 10 is built to the high quality standard you expect from HTC, and it's a handset that solid and serious.
The 5.2-inch display packs a Quad HD resolution, power comes from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM, while there is OIS on both the front and back cameras. The result is power, performance, great design and camera performance, held together with fuss-free software that's slick, fast and free from bloat.
Read the full review: HTC 10 review
8. Apple iPhone SE
Fulfilling the requirements of those looking for a smaller iPhone, the iPhone SE is about as budget as Apple gets. Starting at just over £300, the iPhone SE punches into the mid-range, but the only thing mid-range about this phone is the display size.
The iPhone SE has all the power of the iPhone 6S, giving you speed and power that smaller phones often fail to give you. It's a full-bore iPhone experience that's pared with an excellent camera, offering the consistency you expect from Apple. For those after the Apple experience without the hole in their pocket, the iPhone SE is an excellent choice. It's also one of the best selling iPhones out there.
Read the full review: Apple iPhone SE review
9. Apple iPhone 6S
The Apple iPhone 6S might have been succeeded by the iPhone 7, but it's still a great iPhone, especially at its slightly reduced starting price. It doesn't offer waterproofing like the latest model, but it delivers a slick, fast experience and its 12-megapixel rear camera continues to produce some excellent results.
The iPhone 6S also introduced 3D Touch, Apple's version of a pressure sensitive display that is also found on the newer model. It's not unique, but the depth to which Apple has empowered this new feature stands it aside. It might not be the flagship iPhone anymore, but the iPhone 6S still offers the premium Apple experience.
Read the full review: Apple iPhone 6S review
10. Huawei P10 Plus / P10
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are the latest flagship smartphones to appear from the Chinese manufacturer, with the P10 Plus being our favourite of the two. The larger device is one of the best looking smartphones to come from Huawei to date, while also offering a great battery life, capable dual cameras, plenty of power and storage and mature EMUI software.
The P10 will be the better option for those that want a smaller device, but the P10 Plus is certainly right up there in terms of Android devices. It isn't perfect, with the screen's finish picking up fingerprints and the camera software not always excellent, but the P10 Plus is a solid example of a 5.5-inch smartphone.
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11. Samsung Galaxy A5
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is an impressive device for a sub-£400 smartphone. It has a solid design and build, coupled with a display and performance that punches well beyond its price point. The A5 is a cheaper version of the S7 but without feeling like a cheaper alternative.
It doesn't offer the most powerful processor, the most pixel-dense screen or the best camera out there, but it's a compelling device that is well worthy of consideration if you're on a budget, or not too fussed about the latest and greatest software.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy A5 review
12. Honor 8
For a mid-level device, the Honor 8 lays down some solid specification benchmarks for its £370 price. As a day-to-day phone, the design and ability of this mid-ranger are considerable. It's an upgrade over the previous model that will give plenty of competitors a run for their money.
The battery life could be better, the processor performance lags a little at times and it doesn't offer the perfect graphics for gaming. That said, there is plenty of merit in the Honor 8, and its biggest problem isn't actually itself, but the competition it is up against, such as the OnePlus 3T that is only £40 more.
Read the full review: Honor 8 review
13. Motorola Moto G4
Motorola's Moto G4 is the fourth generation of the popular Moto G and it's bigger and bolder than the original, though it has now been succeeded by the Moto G5 and G5 Plus. A 5.5-inch display is seen on the fourth gen, and although started out as a little more expensive, it's price has since come down meaning you get a lot of bang for your buck.
The Moto G4 might not be as fast as the flagships on this list, but its octa-core processor and graphics are capable of handling most tasks and battery life is good. The Moto G4 is the king of the budget handsets and although there is the option of the G4 Plus with its improved camera and fingerprint sensor, the Moto G4 is a phone that shouldn't be ignored.
Read the full review: Motorola Moto G4 review