Tom’s Guide reviews dozens of new smartphones, and we weigh them in a lab and in a genuine universe formed on design, features, performance, camera peculiarity and battery life. Based on a testing, a
is a best choice for many people.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ exaggerate a new Infinity Display that stretches all a approach from dilemma to dilemma of a design. The shade is also crisp, pointy and colorful. The S8 is a fastest behaving smartphone that we have tested and facilities a best cameras we’ve tested. These handsets offer longer continuance batteries than their predecessors, too.
Prefer iOS? The iPhone 7 is good yet a iPhone 7 Plus is better if we wish a loyal visual zoom, bigger shade and some-more battery life. Just be wakeful that we’re removing ever tighten to a iPhone 8 launch in a fall.
Android fans who always wish to have a latest program from Google should collect adult a Google Pixel or Pixel XL, that also exaggerate glorious cameras. OnePlus continues to yield a many crash for a buck, with a glorious OnePlus 5, yet those on a tighter bill might cite a reduction costly Moto G5 Plus. It boasts a splendid screen, prolonged battery life and a behind camera with dual-pixel autofocus technology. The HTC U11 also joins a list of tip phones, interjection to a higher audio.
What’s New: Motorola has denounced a latest modular phone, a $499 Moto Z2 Play. It’s smaller and lighter than final year’s model, yet during a responsibility of a smaller battery, that was one of a standout facilities on a strange Moto Z Play. Still, critics who’ve gotten an early demeanour during a phone like a softened camera and still considerable battery life. The Moto Z2 Play ships in July.
Huawei’s Honor 8 was one of a favorite mid-range phones in 2016, interjection to a high-end pattern and twin behind cameras. While a Honor 8 is still available, Huawei has denounced a inheritor in a form of a Honor 9, that facilities a improved processor and some-more RAM and storage in a bottom model. We’re still watchful on a U.S. recover date and cost for a Honor 9, though.
Check out a tip smartphone choices in mixed categories, along with new and important phones we’re formulation on reviewing shortly. We’ve also enclosed rumors about arriving smartphone updates in box you’re deliberation possibly to put off your phone squeeze for a subsequent vast thing.
How We Rate Phones
We rate smartphones regulating a multiple of biased criteria (including pattern and palliate of use); a possess benchmarks (e.g., a battery, audio and arrangement test; and fake benchmarks (Geekbench 4 for speed, 3DMark for graphics). We also take photos in opposite lighting conditions and review a results.
After we’ve conducted all of a testing, we rate any device formed on a features, opening and altogether value. Only a unequivocally best inclination make a Best list.
Before we make a preference to buy a phone, we should make certain that something improved isn’t entrance around a corner. Here are a vital phones due out after this year.
iPhone 8 (Sept 2017)
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are good phones, yet Apple is approaching to move a radical redesign for a iPhone 8 that includes an all-glass front and back and OLED shade that will all yet discharge bezels from a front of a phone. It also looks like augmented existence will be a vital concentration for a subsequent iPhone. (iOS 11, previewed during WWDC, includes a apparatus to assistance developers emanate AR experiences.) Another gossip suggests Apple might broach a iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, that would underline usually medium changes from this year’s iPhones. However, all a phones Apple introduces in 2017 are approaching to include wireless charging.
Galaxy Note 8 (August/September 2017)
Expect a new Galaxy Note to arrive after this year that looks a lot like a Galaxy S8, with a large, extended display. According to a latest Note 8 rumors, Samsung will demeanour to heed this phablet from a Galaxy S8+ by boosting a outmost specs — a Note 8 should underline 6GB of RAM — and adding twin behind cameras. Bixby is also approaching to make a jump from a Galaxy S8. With a starting cost tab that’s rumored to be around $900, a Note 8 could entrance as early as mid-August, yet some Samsung watchers don’t pattern a phone to arrive until after in September.
Google Pixel 2 (Fall 2017)
Google’s already formulation a supplement to a Pixel. “You can count on a inheritor this year,” Rick Osterloh, clamp boss of hardware during Google, pronounced in February. And if a association follows final year’s recover schedule, a new phone should arrive in a fall, usually in time for a holiday selling season. Details are skinny right now, yet a Pixel 2 will approaching underline H2O resistance. Originally, Google was rumored to be operative on 3 opposite Pixels, yet now it looks like a association will come out with dual phones this fall; a inheritor to a Pixel XL is approaching to underline a incomparable screen, though.
Buying options for a best phones of 2017:
With a distinguished new Infinity Display that goes from dilemma to edge, even improved cameras and clever opening from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, a Galaxy S8 and S8+ are a best phones we can buy. They also broach prolonged battery life, continuance some-more than an hour longer than their predecessors. The Bixby practical partner stays a work in progress, and a behind fingerprint sensor could be some-more conveniently located, yet altogether a 5.8-inch S8 and 6.2-inch S8+ are a handsets to beat.
MORE: Galaxy S8 Full Review
The iPhone 7 Plus creates room for a lot some-more than a vast and splendid 5.5-inch display. It packs in two 12-megapixel cameras, one of that offers a telephoto lens that provides loyal 2x visual zoom. It’s like gathering though a work; we usually press a symbol in a live view. The Plus also boasts a superfast A10 Fusion processor, and it lasts a unequivocally considerable 10.5 hours on a charge. Add in a water-resistant pattern and new tone options — besides black and jet black, Apple usually combined an eye-catching Project (Red) version of a phone — and we have a winner.
If we wish a fast, pristine and long-lasting Android experience, Google’s homegrown Pixel is a phone to get. It has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 chip, a camera on standard with a best from Samsung and Apple, and Google’s new Assistant, that puts both Siri and Cortana to shame. Besides a 5-inch Pixel ($649), we can opt for a bigger shade and longer battery life of a 5.5-inch Pixel XL ($679). Whether we get possibly chronicle from Verizon or unbarred for use on any carrier, Google’s flagship belongs on your brief list.
MORE: Google Pixel Full Review
The OnePlus 5 has all we demeanour for in a good mid-range phone. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor provides flagship-class power, a front and behind camera are both manly shooters, and with a battery life of some-more than 13 hours on a charge, it’s one of a longest-lasting phones we’ve ever tested. You also get 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage — all for usually $479. And if we wish to splurge a bit, we can opt for a $539 indication with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The usually genuine downside is that a OnePlus 5 won’t work on CDMA carriers like Sprint or Verizon.
MORE: OnePlus 5 Full Review
While a 4-inch iPhone SE is a good value during $399, a iPhone 7 gives we some-more for your money. In further to a bigger and brighter 4.7-inch screen, we get a faster A10 Fusion processor, longer battery life and a water-resistant design. Plus, a iPhone 7’s 12-MP camera offers unequivocally good low-light performance. Like a iPhone 7 Plus, this Apple device now facilities a Project (Red) chronicle to go with a jet black, black, silver, bullion and rose bullion finishes.
MORE: iPhone 7 Full Review
We’ve never tested a phone that’s lasted as prolonged as a Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom did on a battery test. Surfing a web invariably over T-Mobile’s LTE network, a ZenFone 3 Zoom lasted 16 hours, 49 minutes. That’s 4 hours longer than a prior battery champ, a Moto Z Play. You get some-more than a long-lasting phone with Asus’s $329 device. Dual behind cameras offer visual wizz in a phone that won’t put too vast of a hole in your wallet.
When your child leaves a residence with a Alcatel Onetouch Go Play in hand, we can be assured a phone will make it behind in one piece. This Android phone can withstand 5-foot drops and a asperse in 3 feet of H2O for half-an-hour; we can even use a Go Play’s volume buttons to snap photos when you’re underwater. An enclosed ViewMe app annals what’s on shade along with your face and voice — useful for pity gaming exploits with pals. Parents can also implement a cell-phone monitoring app on a Go Play to conduct how their kids use a phone — something that’s harder to do on an iPhone. And with a cost on this phone descending to reduction than $100, it’s an even some-more appealing choice for relatives with an eye on a bottom line.
The Moto G5 Plus stands out in an increasingly rival marketplace for sub-$300 smartphones, interjection to a super-bright shade and epic battery life that keeps a phone powered adult for some-more than 11 hours. We were also tender by how a phone’s camera performed, producing sharp-looking photos even in low light. The unbarred Moto G5 Plus also works on all mobile networks in a U.S., distinct a categorical rivals, that are singular to GSM-based carriers.
MORE: Moto G5 Plus Full Review
If you’re looking for a phone that can withstand any punishment life throws during it, it’s tough to tip a Cat S60. This durable phone survived steady 6-foot drops and still worked after we left it in 6 feet of H2O for 30 minutes. Unlike other identical phones that trade looks for durability, a Cat S60’s pattern is sincerely striking, with a discriminating steel rope and stout carbon-fiber row in a back. You won’t need each underline on this heavy-duty phone — a thermal imaging camera is unequivocally directed during contractors and other professionals — yet during $630, we can suffer an intensely well-built phone for a fragment of a Galaxy S7 Active’s $795 cost tag. Kyocera’s DuraForce Pro also offers superb continuance during an appealing $408 price, yet a battery couldn’t magnitude adult to a Cat S60 in a tests.
MORE: Cat S60 Full Review
Audio is one of a many ignored aspects on a smartphone, yet a HTC U11 doesn’t make that mistake. HTC’s BoomSound speakers mix a outlay of a phone’s earpiece and bottom-firing orator to furnish louder and richer sound than any other phone on a market. On tip of that, when we wish to listen to things a bit some-more privately, a U11’s enclosed USB-C earbuds offer adaptive audio composition that tradition tunes sound usually for your ears while also give we loyal noise-cancellation tech. There’s usually one downside: no headphone jack on a phone. But given HTC includes an adapter dongle in a box,there’s still a approach to block in your aged headphones, too.
MORE: HTC U11 Full Review
LG V20 Unlocked
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