The best Android smartphone 2017 including Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, and more

The best Google-powered phones on the planet right now

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If you're looking for the best Android phone for you then you've come to the right place. 

Whether you're looking to upgrade your aging Google-powered smartphone, or even moving from an iPhone, we've thoroughly tested every top Android-toting device on the market to make sure you choose the best one.

Android is available on a wide variety of phones. From big to small, powerful to battery efficient, metal clad to grippy plastic, there's something for everyone.

The headline act in the world of Android phones is Samsung, it just makes so many. Then you've got HTC producing some stunning devices and even LG turning its fortunes around and getting back in the game.

Of course, you've also got Google, who has been designing its own flagship range for now.

OnePlus combined power, a wonderful screen with a very affordable price-tag and the likes of ZTE, Huawei, and Acer all offer plenty of smartphone for your buck.

But who makes the best Android phone? Read on to find out…

We've rounded up the best Android smartphones available today, making sure every device ticks all the vital boxes. We've rated the handsets on performance, extra features, camera credibility and of course, how they look and feel in the hand.

1. Google Pixel 2 XL

A premium smartphone from the Big G

Specifications
Weight: 175g
Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 8
Screen size: 6-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Reasons to buy
+Great camera+Great software
Reasons to avoid
-Screen not amazing-Not a sleek as S8

Google's second attempt at designed a phone themselves, and it's actually a stellar effort, improving on the original Pixel in every way. The Pixel 2 XL is impressive in almost every area, with a great camera, slick software, decent display and top-of-the-line specs.

The design now has character, although, it's still not quite as premium as its rivals. Google has also added water proofing.

The major let down with the Pixel 2 XL is its screen, which is dull compared to rivals.

All in all however, the Pixel 2 XL is an amazing phone, and we can't wait to see the third generation.

Read: Google Pixel 2 XL review

2. Samsung Galaxy S8

Simply the best, with a bezel-less display

Specifications
Weight: 155g
Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
OS: Android 7.0
Screen size: 5.8-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP f/1.7
Front camera: 8 MP f/1.7
Reasons to buy
+Bezel-less design+Great all-around
Reasons to avoid
-Fragile-Slightly awkward

All phones look pretty much the same, right? Wrong. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a gorgeous Android smartphone, complete with a curved display which takes up over 80-percent of the screen. It's so much better than phones which still have large bezels, just because it feels more futuristic (although it does come at the cost of… extra money).

The 5.8-inch QHD display is sublime, probably the best we've ever laid our eyes upon, and the 12MP snapper is great in both daylight and nighttime conditions. Everything runs smooth too, thanks to the octa-core processor and 4GB RAM tucked under that metal and glass body. It's easily the best Android phone out there, hell, it's also the best smartphone out there.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 review

3. HTC U11

Beautiful design, amazing camera, squeezy edges and multiple AIs

Specifications
Weight: 169g
Dimensions: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 7.1
Screen size: 5.5-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Reasons to buy
+Great camera and design+Polished software
Reasons to avoid
-Screen lacking

HTC has a long and proud history of producing amazing, under appreciated smartphones. The HTC U11 is another in the line of brilliant smartphones, and only time will tell if it'll receive the recognition it deserves. 

The body has evolved into a sleek glass and metal design, and the specs have gotten better as well. You've now got a 12MP snapper on the back which takes great snaps. BoomSound speakers still provide the best mobile audio experience around, and the Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB RAM keep everything running smoothly.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8, the U11 doesn't feel quite so revolutionary, but we still can't help marvel at the build quality.

Read: HTC U11

4. LG G6

A brilliant gimmick-free smartphone from LG

Specifications
Weight: 163g
Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 7.0
Screen size: 5.7-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32/64GB
Battery: 3300mAh
Rear camera: Dual 13MP
Front camera: 5MP f/2.2
Reasons to buy
+Great screen+Ergonomic design
Reasons to avoid
-UI

After LG shock things up with the G5, which was clearly aimed at the tech fans amongst us, the company has gone back to a more conservative approach when it comes to flagship design. That's no bad thing, because the LG G6 is a belter of a smartphone. 

It carries over the excellent camera from last year's phone, now with a large bezel-less display, and a more premium design. The specs excel as well, if you're looking for the top end of the Android market.

Read: LG G6 Review

5. Huawei P10

Stylish and svelte

Specifications
Weight: 145g
Dimensions: 145.3 x 69.3 x 7mm
OS: Android 7.0
Screen size: 5.1-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
CPU: Kirin 960
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32/64GB
Battery: 3200mAh
Rear camera: Dual 20MP + 12MP Leica
Reasons to buy
+Slim design+Dual camera
Reasons to avoid
-Software-Battery life

Huawei impressed us all with the Huawei P9, and it has done it again with the brilliant P10. It's a fairly compact phone with a sleek, Apple-esque design. Under the svelte body is the latest, speediest internals.

The Leica-branded camera is back, and it's really rather good. A few things let it down, however, such as the system UI, though, Huawei is slowly improving this. It's certainly not the best Android phone out there, but we get the feeling Huawei won't stop until it is.

Read: Huawei P10 review

6. OnePlus 5

Great phone at a great price

Specifications
Weight: 153g
Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3mm
OS: Android 7.1
Screen size: 5.5-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Reasons to buy
+Premium design+Great camera
Reasons to avoid
-Only HD screen-Not waterproof

Forget the price for a second - the OnePlus 5 is a fantastic smartphone. It's got a premium all-metal design, excellent software, great camera, and amazing specs. Now consider that smartphone costs £499, almost £200 cheaper than some of the others on this list, and it becomes easily one of the best smartphones in 2016.

The OnePlus 5 is the OnePlus phone we've been waiting for. The phone feels great in the hand, it's lightening fast, and we didn't experience any software bugs while testing.

Battery life isn't great, but thanks to Dash Charge, a quick 30 minute blast of power will replenish 60-percent of the battery.

It's a great phone at a great price, what more could you ask for?

7. Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Stand out screen and a super slow motion camera

Specifications
Weight: 195g
Dimensions: 156 x 77 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 7.1
Screen size: 5.46-inches
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Reasons to buy
+Amazing screen+Interesting camera tech
Reasons to avoid
-Massive bezels

Sony's latest flagship focuses on two areas, the screen, and the camera. The screen on the front has a humongous 807 pixels per-an-inch that makes one of the clearest images on a smartphone, ever.

The 5.5-inch screen is a decent size, but the phone is quite large due to the large bezels at the top and bottom of the screen.

It also includes a 19MP sensor camera that has great auto-focus technology that means you can grab moving objects in a way we've never seen before. It also has a super slow motion, 960fps video function.

There's a new fingerprint sensor running along the side of the phone that works perfectly compared to options we've seen on other phones. Overall, this is one of the best choices if you love 4K and slow motion video.

Read: Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

8. Motorola Moto Z2 Force

Durability is king

Specifications
Weight: 143g
Dimensions: 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm
OS: Android 7.1
Screen size: 5.5-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Reasons to buy
+Durable design+Unbreakable screen
Reasons to avoid
-Weak battery life-Not waterproof

The Moto Z2 Force is one of the best phones we've seen in a long time from Motorola. Moto is the one company that has managed to nail modular design, and with a durable design/shatter-resistant glass screen this phone is almost impossible to break.

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