Most underrated phones of 2017

We’ve been looking at the field of competitors we checked out through the course of the year, and these five smartphones manage to stand out the most as being underrated.
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52 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry KEYᵒⁿᵉ and Nokia 6 are definitely underrated. I own both, and the Nokia 6 is a pretty good phone with amazing build quality (I would have preferred a 6xx processor and beefier battery, but that’s me), and the KEYᵒⁿᵉ is phenomenal. The design, camera, innovative physical keyboard and phenomenal battery life are the icing on the cake for this Smartphone. The KEYᵒⁿᵉ my favorite handset of 2017, and my daily driver. Can’t say enough good things about it. Looking forward to BlackBerry Mobile and Nokia’s 2018 Smartphone releases. And I’m looking forward to trying out the Huawei Honor 7x before purchasing the Huawei Mate 9 or 10.

13. SaRPeR

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Since when did BlackBerry Keyone has phenomenal battery life ? Actually, it's battery life is worse than Galaxy S8. Around same as Galaxy S7.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

LMAO! It has battery life better than the devices you named. Yoy need to see battery tests variois sites, including this one, and you need to have actually used the phone. Your comment proves that you have not done either.

29. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

GS8 also has a wonderful battery life as per my witness.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

No denying that. But to say that it's as good as the KEYone's is a stretch, to say the least.

2. Jacksie66 unregistered

Have my XZ premium since June and I still love it. The camera, battery life, expandable storage, 4k screen, 960fps slow motion, LDAC, stereo speakers and lightning quick UI are still brilliant. I don't mind the bezels as I've got fat hands and the bezels are handy for watching videos in landscape. And the headphone jack is awesome..

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ha! Most of these phones are rightfully underrated. Most notably a certain phone in the list whose name starts with a "K" and ends with an "E" and I wonder which one it could 'be'? In any case; here's my list of 'underrated' phones. 1. Razer Phone. 2. Essential Phone. 3. LG G6. 4. Google Pixel 2 Duo. 5. iPhone 8 Duo [What?] 1. I love most things about The Razer, especially the 120Hz display. The camera, on the other hand... 2. Most can't live with the cyclops eye of The Essential Phone but I think it's a decent package overall. Especially when you consider the price tag of mere $450 with the accessory 360 degree camera! 3. Ah! The LG G6! THE MOST UNDERRATED PHONE OF 2017! It single handedly kick-started The 2:1 display revolution and its wide angle dual camera module is the best in business. But people are quick to dismiss G6's camera module and go on to clamor about telephoto lenses but the thing is; one can take 'bokeh like' shots with some creativity & tinker with manual-focus. I know I can! 4. They're made by Google. They're the first in line to get updates. They've the best cameras in business. No one seems to buy them! And last but definitely not the least: 5. The iPhone 8! Now, I know it's an Apple product and that I'm 'supposed' to hate them for no reason but truth be told; The iPhone 8 is so overshadowed by The iPhone X that it never made any headlines. There's just no love to be found for it. Poor little lad! Oh well, G'Day!

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

KEYᵒⁿᵉ definitely is not “rightfully underrated”. But what you say about any device with the names BlackBerry or Nokia in them can’t be taken seriously. You troll them the most, and your knowledge of both is severely lacking. As for your “personal list”, I agree more or less with numbers 3, 4, and 5. The first two? Meh....but that’s my OPINION, and not something that I try to pass off as fact, like you do concerning BlackBerry and Nokia.

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Sambomb sheep....

21. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Worshiper off Apple.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I do not understand... PA says XZP is underrated but gave it same score of OP5. A phone that does not have Ingress Protection, Stereo speakers, micro sd slot, still runs android N, no HDR screen/Dolby Vision. Came without EIS for 4K. It also does not have 1 gigabit LTE.

12. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

They don't mean by underrated that the phones are rated less than they deserve They mean that the phone didn't get the attention it deserves and it wasn't famous or a successful seller like others with a similar quality phones. Also PhoneArena rating system consider the price range, and they give OP5 high rating because of its $500, if it was $750, it wouldn't get such a high rating.

5. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

XZP was really underappreciated

27. eelpout

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 13, 2016

as are most Sony Xperias because people have been brainwashed into the "bezels are bad!" mindset, when a year ago no one cared...

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

U11 plus. Enough said.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The U11 Plus isn't underrated. It is CRIMINALLY underrated!

26. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

HTC is underrated

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The KEYone is quite simply the best there is at what it does. It's not trying to be the best gaming or media device, and it doesn't pretend to even try. But if you're looking for a pure productivity device with killer battery life, it's top dog. And that's before you even get to the physical keyboard.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

My dude, you get it! +1000000000000 to you. A lot of people keep trying to judge the BlackBerry KO based on other smartohones, rather than what it does. And as you said, what it does, it does best.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keyone is the 2017 sleeper bro. Awesome in nearly every way...truly underrated.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, my dude. Definitely is.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post 22 is arte8800. Why would that stupid racist POS think I’d possibly want to converse with him?

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

I know. His post style is so easy to spot, lol. Mxy is back as well. He's gunning to outdo Arte with the number of times he's been banned and come back with a new count.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tight race between two idiots.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22033; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. By the way, Happy New Year, my dude!

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Happy new year to you too bro, have fun. Vegas is gonna be wild tonight.

40. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Shosh troll. You are mentally ill and sick. Assuming I'm what you assume that I'm not. Seek help. You are paranoid phobia. Calling me a racist when I've said nothing. . What a fool you are.

22. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Only the Sd6 cup let it down. Should same with a Sd835.

23. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The 6xx series helps with the incredible battery life. It's a much better choice for a productivity oriented device.

28. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

True but I prefer a more powerful Soc.
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