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Best phones: July 2017

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Best phones: July 2017

With so many different (yet similar) smartphones from so many brands from across the globe, one may start feeling a bit lost. Which one of those many is the best phone you can buy right now, in summer 2017?

This is a trick question, of course. There is no definite one-size-fits-all device: some people prefer larger phones, some smaller, others look for the best camera in a phone, yet others value battery life above all, and then there are the gamers, the 24/7 music crowd, and on and on the list goes.

That is why we look at different options rather than the one best phone. We look at both their pros and their cons because we have not yet encountered the perfect phone. We also look for your thoughts! That's why you will see an open poll for you to support your favorite device and if it's not on the list, let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this page. So with no further ado, let's get started.

Best Phones in July 2017


We first take a look at phones around the 5" form factor. Call them regular-sized, smaller phones, but these phones strike a good balance between screen size and handling.

#PhoneAddedChangeWhy Should You Buy It?
Top 3 Reasons
1Apple iPhone 7Oct 2016-1/ Best-in-class performance
2/ Excellent apps, 3/ Proper updates
2Google PixelOct 20161/ Second best-in-class performance
2/ Excellent camera, 3/ Proper updates
3Samsung Galaxy S8April 20171/ Stunning design
2/ Very good camera, 3/ Solid battery life
4HTC U11June 2017New1/ Stunning camera
2/ Stunning design, 3/ Clean interface
5LG G6April 20171/ Unique dual cam w/ wide angle
2/ Great price, 3/ Sturdy build
6Huawei P10Mar 20171/ Great price
2/ Good dual cam, 3/ Thin, elegant design




Best Big Phones in July 2017


Our second category rounds up the best big phones: phones that are around 5.5-inch in size, giving you that larger screen, but in exchange for a more clumsy in-hand feel and larger overall footprint that makes them less comfortable to carry around in your pocket.

#PhoneAddedChangeWhy Should You Buy It?
Top 3 Reasons
1Apple iPhone 7 PlusOct 2016-1/ Best-in-class performance
2/ Excellent apps, 3/ Proper updates
2Samsung Galaxy S8 PlusApril 2017-1/ Stunning design
2/ Very good camera, 3/ Solid battery life
3Google Pixel XLOct 2016-1/ Second best-in-class performance
2/ Excellent camera, 3/ Proper updates
4OnePlus 5June 2017New1/ Great price
2/ Fast performance, 3/ Solid battery life
5Moto Z2 PlayJune 2017New1/ Top battery life
2/ Clean interface, 3/ Good price
6Huawei Mate 9 ProJan 2017↓ #51/ Excellent design
2/ Dual camera, 3/ Good performance
7LG V20Oct 2016↓ #61/ Excellent camera
2/ Great audio quality, 3/ Replaceable battery




Best Affordable Phones in July 2017


Our third category is the best affordable phones. We have not set a price tag, but we look at phones that are easier on your wallet, without being easy in terms of features and actual performance. These are the overachievers of the phone industry.

#PhoneAddedChangeWhy Should You Buy It?
Top 3 Reasons
1Honor 9June 2017New1/ Great design
2/ Very good camera, 3/ Solid battery life
2Moto G5 PlusApril 20171/ Very good performance
2/ Great battery life, 3/ Clean interface
3Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)Jan 2017-1/ Excellent design
2/ Great battery life, 3/ Water-proof
4Xiaomi Redmi 4 PrimeNov 20161/ Top battery life
2/ Smooth performance, 3/ Super customizable
5Honor 8July 20161/ Excellent design
2/ Smooth performance
6Lenovo P2Nov 20161/ Industry-leading battery life




Best Compact Phones in July 2017


Looking for something truly small? Our fourth category is for you, those who look for a phone they can use with one hand.

#PhoneAddedChangeWhy Should You Buy It?
Top 3 Reasons
1Apple iPhone SEMar 2016-1/ Best-in-class performance
2/ Excellent apps, 3/ Proper updates
2Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)Feb 2017-1/ Excellent design
2/ Great battery life, 3/ Water-proof
3Sony Xperia X CompactSept 2016-1/ All-around performance for decent price




Best Exotic Phones in July 2017


Finally, our fifth category is for exotic phones. These are devices that are either hard to find or that go crazy with their features.

#PhoneAddedChangeWhy Should You Buy It?
Top 3 Reasons
1Xiaomi Mi 6April 2017-1/ Beautiful, refined design
2/ Dual camera, 3/ MIUI is rich in features
2Xiaomi Mi MixNov 2016-1/ First bezel-less phone
2/ Innovative tech, 3/ MIUI is rich in features
3BlackBerry KeyOneJun 2017New1/ QWERTY keyboard doubles as trackpad
2/ Solid battery life, 3/ Good build quality
4Xiaomi Mi Note 2Nov 20161/ Refined, premium design
2/ MIUI is rich in features
5Oppo R11June 2017New1/ Good-looking metal design
2/ Dual camera
6Honor MagicJan 20171/ Alien design

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