With 2017 now finished, it’s about time we looked back at the smartphone market and how it has evolved over the year.
We’ve certainly seen some seminal handsets released this year, with market leading brands including Apple and Samsung exceptionally active. There has also been a potentially game-changing release in the form of iPhone X, which is currently being sold at the hefty price of £1000.
In this article, we’ll look back at the very best phones from 2017, and ask which has come out on top of the pile? Will it be Android or iPhone?
1. The iPhone X
We start with the iPhone X, which boasts a progressive and ground-breaking specification to justify a four figure price tag. Of course, you can avoid this one-off outlay by spreading the cost over a monthly contract, but the most important thing is that you achieve value for your investment.
Some providers are also offering the iPhone X with no upfront cost, so this is definitely something to look out for.
This is certainly the single most unique iPhone to be released since the original handset in 2007, with its minimised bezels, 5.8-inch OLED display and the absence of a home button.
The OLED technology that underpins the screens has been borrowed from Samsung, while the impressive, dual-rear camera will arguably set a new standard in the smartphone marketplace.
2. Huawei Mate 10 PRO
We have a surprise selection at number two, but Huawei’s latest handset combine superb performance with an exceptional specification to devastating effect.
The Huawei Kirin 970 processor is at the heart of everything that is good about the handset, as this drives the speed and power that the handset is known for. The dual-rear camera also has to be seen to be believed, while its 6-inch, 18:9 OLED display also provides some exceptional real estate for streaming films and playing games.
There’s also between 4 and 6GB of RAM available depending on your precise choice of model, while the huge, 4,000 mAh battery also allows for continuous usage no matter what you are doing.
3. The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL
Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were launched with a huge fanfare earlier this year, initially to mixed reviews by experts and consumers alike. Some innovations were welcomed, of course, with the improved water resistance and smaller bezels on the XL being exceptionally well-received.
These progressive changes were offset by the removal of the standard, 3.5mm headphone jack, which saw Google follow in the footsteps of Apple and receive the same, initial backlash).
Still, Google’s expertise has managed to produce a pair of smartphones that add genuine value to the marketplace.
The XL boasts a superb, 6-inch 18:9 display, for example while a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor guarantees the type of performance that you would expect from a software brand such as Google. There is also a single rear 12 megapixel camera, along with a 3520 mAh battery that is not the best on the market but capable of allowing for sustained use.
This makes it a top smartphone, and one that has managed to keep the outstanding Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus off our shortlist!