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Best Android Phones Money Can Buy in 2017

The first-ever Android phone was powered by a 528MHz processor and 192MB RAM.

Sounds unbelievable right?

Android phones have come a long way since the HTC Dream. Today we’ve got extremely high-end Android smartphones that boast of specifications that rival many personal computers.

Year after year, manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and Motorola release better phones and new competitors get in the mix, including names like OnePlus, Xiaomi and Huawei.

While we love the added options, a lot of people still end up asking us “what is the best Android phone?”.

The answer is – it depends on what you’re looking for and what your needs are. In this post we’re going to try our best to answer this question for as many of you out there as possible. Let’s get started!

Finding the Best Android Phone in 2017

Before we start listing the top Android smartphones you can buy, we’re going to talk about factors you should take into consideration before picking one.

When it comes to high end phones, the hardware differences are not all that significant and manufacturers position their devices according to unique features and design.

So the first thing you should be looking at is a high-end smartphone’s design. If that appeals to you, you can dig further to find out about the specs and compare them with other options that fit your budget.

When it comes to hardware, you’re looking at a couple of major components – the processor – RAM, display, storage capacity and camera.

You’ve probably heard terms like dual-core, quad-core and octa-core. All of which denote the number of cores that a phone’s processor has (more cores doesn’t always mean faster processing though). Explaining the particulars of mobile CPUs is going to be out of this post’s scope, but you can read more in this awesome guide by the folks at MUO.

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is essential for multi-tasking and running several apps at once without any lag. Recently phones with as much as 6GB RAM have been released, but as long as your Android phone has 3GB RAM, you should be good.

Display is obviously important, and most high-end phones now come with 1440 x 2560 screens, which are great for viewing anything without any blurring lines or edges. If you’re going for top of the line, don’t settle for anything less.

Storage capacity has also come a long way from when most Android phones had only 4GB internal memory. Now you can find 32GB and 64GB configurations as standard and they even go up to 120GB and 256GB. For most use cases 32GB and 64GB are more than enough though.

Cameras in phones have become necessary features and a lot of people choose their smartphones on the basis of how good their cameras are. Megapixels are not everything, remember that. Camera results depend a lot on the lens and the hardware. Some phones are known for excellent photos, and we’re going to highlight them too. But for general use, most cameras on high-end Android phones get the job done.

Now we’re going to list some of the best Android phones available in the market right now along with their features and specifications.

#1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung’s flagship phone. Few people wouldn’t have heard of the Galaxy S7 Edge. The Galaxy lineup has come a long way and the main features of the Galaxy S7 Edge include the obviously curved display on both ends, allowing for extra display real estate which brings added functionality with Samsung’s TouchWiz.

You don’t get a removable battery, but the memory card slot is back and the phone comes in 32GB and 64GB configurations coupled with 4GBs of RAM.

The gorgeous display has a 1440 x 2560 resolution and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Even though the IR blaster from the Galaxy S6 Edge is gone in the S7 Edge, you still get an outstanding camera and IP68 certification, which means the S7 Edge is water resistant and dust proof.

All in all, the S7 Edge is an amazing device running Android 6.0 out of the box and delivering top-notch performance and some unique software features courtesy TouchWiz.

Specifications

Processor: Quad-core/Octa-core
RAM: 4GB
Display: 5.5 inches (1440 x 2560)
Camera: 12MP/5MP
GPU: Adreno 530/Mali T880
Storage: 32GB/64GB (256GB Card Supported)
Battery: 3600mAh

View S7 Edge Deals

#2. Google Pixel / Google Pixel XL

google pixel phone

After working with manufacturers like HTC and LG to produce the Nexus line of devices, Google has now released Google Pixel phones, which say ‘Made by Google’ (even though they are reportedly made by HTC).

Just to be clear, being featured at number two doesn’t mean this is the best Android phone for everyone. It just means this is worth being featured in the top 10 and could be a great choice for enthusiasts and people who are excited by new developments in the Android ecosystem.

The Pixel phones are far from perfect to be honest. The design, I personally feel, is minimal but uninspiring, and I have issues with the bottom bezel being too big. Other than that, a lot of people are excited by the half glass half metal build and the phones are very decent when it comes to hardware specs and run with Android 7.1 out of the box.

Specifications

Processor: Quad-core (for both Pixel and Pixel XL)
RAM: 4GB (for both Pixel and Pixel XL)
Display: Pixel – 5.0 inches (1080 x 1920)/ Pixel XL – 5.5 inches (1440 x 2560)
Camera: 12.3MP/8MP (for both Pixel and Pixel XL)
GPU: Adreno 530 (for both Pixel and Pixel XL)
Storage: 32GB/128GB
Battery: 3450mAh/2770mAh

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#3. LG G5

LG G5 Android phone

The folks at LG are not new to phones and have worked closely with Google to create some of the devices in the Nexus lineup.

Their own LG G3 and G4 were well received, but today we’re listing the LG G5, which is literally a break away from the mould, and an honest attempt to do something different.

The G5 has specs to rival any high-end device, but its main feature is its modular design. You can basically buy separate snap-on parts or “Friends” as they are called, to enhance the functions on the phone.

Some of these modular parts include a camera add-on and sound enhancement add-on. Genuinely speaking, this phone has a world of potential, but its current placement and LG’s plans for its future are unclear.

Other than that, you can expect the phone to play well with LG’s own accessories and the camera quality on the G5 is quite amazing. You also get an always-on display here, which means checking the time on your phone will never need another tap or button press.

All in all, if you’re looking for an innovative Android phone with some personality, this would be a good pick.

Specifications

Processor: Quad-core
RAM: 4GB
Display: 5.3 inches (1440 x 2560)
Camera: 16MP/8MP
GPU: Adreno 530
Storage: 32GB
Battery: 2800mAh

View LG G5 Deals

#4. Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia XZ Android Phone

I am actually a little biased towards Sony’s Xperia lineup because of their design. I like the sleek but sharp design philosophy at work there and the latest flagship, Xperia XZ, is no different.

The Xperia XZ is waterproof as is common for Xperia Z phones (IP68 certified) and has an amazing 5.2 inch display. The only drawback here is the resolution, which is 1080 x 1920, but given how the screen size is just a bit over 5 inches, you won’t really notice a huge difference from 1440 x 2560 screens.

The camera is where the Xperia XZ really shines. The 23 Megapixel lens is capable of capturing fast-moving action shots in great detail, something you can’t do with most smartphone cameras.

Other than this, the hardware specs are at par with most other high-end Android phones and the decision comes down to aesthetics I feel.

If you’re looking for an Android phone that turns heads, looks great and comes in cool colors, you need to look at the Sony Xperia XZ.

Specifications

Processor: Quad-core
RAM: 3GB
Display: 5.2 inches (1080 x 1920)
Camera: 23MP/13MP
GPU: Adreno 530
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Battery: 2900mAh

View Xperia XZ Deals

#5. HTC 10

HTC 10 Android Phone

HTC has been known to create gorgeous phones and the HTC 10 is no less good-looking than its predecessors. You get an aluminum body along with hardware specs that compete well with what others offer.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM while you get a 5.2 inch display that unlike other phones, pushes out pixels at 1440 x 2560 resolution.

While HTC has had hits and misses in the camera department, the UltraPixel 12MP rear camera on the HTC 10 does a great job and you also get a 5MP OIS selfie camera on the front.

BoomSound is also back, and even thought the HTC 10 doesn’t feature speakers at the front anymore, it does sound great.

All in all, the HTC 10 is a very decent Android phone that does almost everything reasonably well. If you’re looking for an allrounder like that, this would be a solid pick.

Specifications

Processor: Quad-core
RAM: 4GB
Display: 5.2 inches (1440 x 2560)
Camera: 12MP/5MP
GPU: Adreno 530
Storage: 32GB/64GB
Battery: 3000mAh

View HTC 10 Deals

#6. OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T Android Phone

OnePlus has had considerable success with its “Flagship Killer” tagline, delivering top-notch hardware at affordable prices.

The OnePlus 3T is their top Android phone right now and builds upon the OnePlus 3 with a faster processor and more.

You get a Snapdragon 821 here, coupled with a whopping 6GB of RAM. The rear 16MP camera has also been supplemented by a 16MP front-facing selfie camera and the phone is expected to get an Android 7.0 upgrade.

Design wise you get a beautiful aluminum body and the phone features a large 3400mAh battery to power its 5.5 inch display. The only downside here is that the phone’s resolution is 1080 x 1920.

However, the OnePlus 3T is for people who want an excellent phone for a decent price.

Specifications

Processor: Quad-core
RAM: 6GB
Display: 5.5 inches (1080 x 1920)
Camera: 16MP/16MP
GPU: Adreno 530
Storage: 64GB/128GB
Battery: 3400mAh

View OnePlus 3T Deals

#7. Moto G4 Plus (Moto G 4th Gen)

moto g4 plus android phone

The Moto G lineup has been traditionally known for mid-range Android phones that perform well and don’t cost much.

The guys at Motorola have put in a lot of work in the G series, which is now in its 4th iteration. We aren’t listed the G4 here though, but the G4 Plus, which is the bigger brother, featuring a Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM if you go for the 64GB variant.

You also get a fairly decent 16MP camera at the back with the fingerprint sensor and a 5MP front-facing lens – all of which is powered by a large 3000mAh battery.

While the display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920, it is large at 5.5 inches and protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

All in all, the Moto G4 Plus is not an Android phone you’ll want for its looks. It’s a phone that gets the job done and costs much lower than the competition.

Specifications

Processor: Octa-core
RAM: 4GB
Display: 5.5 inches (1080 x 1920)
Camera: 16MP/16MP
GPU: Adreno 405
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3000mAh

View Moto G4 Plus Deals

#8. Huawei P9

Huawei p9 Android phone

Huawei has been silently coming up behind competitors like Samsung and LG and has recently released one of its best Android phones ever – the Huawei P9.

The P9 is powered by an octa-core Kirin processor and 3GB RAM with the 32GB variant and 4GB with the 64GB version.

While the display isn’t anything stellar, it still comes in at a decent 5.2 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. The main marketing point for the P9 however is its dual camera set up approved by Leica optics, which is supposed to take great low-light shots.

Other than that you get a nice aluminum finish and a large 3000mAh battery. Huawei’s P9 is basically a balancing act, and is for people who want something that gives off a premium feeling, has decent performance and a relatively low price.

Specifications

Processor: Octa-core
RAM: 4GB
Display: 5.2 inches (1080 x 1920)
Camera: 12MP/8MP
GPU: Mali T880
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3000mAh

View Huawei P9 Deals

#9. ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe

zenfone 3 Android phone

If you’re looking for a rather large Android phone (larger than 5.5 inches), the ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe is a decent option, sporting a 5.7 inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920.

On paper the specs here are incredible – powered by a Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor coupled with 6GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage.

You also get a 23MP rear camera and an 8MP front lens while the phone runs on a 3000mAh battery.

However, real-world performance of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe is not as amazing, especially with the high expectations you have from a 23MP camera.

That being said, for its price, it’s a solid entry with stellar hardware specifications. If you’re in the market for a decently large phone, this is a contender.

Specifications

Processor: Octa-core
RAM: 4GB/6GB
Display: 5.7 inches (1080 x 1920)
Camera: 23MP/8MP
GPU: Adreno 530
Storage: 64GB/120GB/256GB
Battery: 3000mAh

View Zenfone 3 Deluxe Deals

That’s it for now folks. Our list of the best Android phones money can buy (2017 edition) ends here. We’re going to be updating this list throughout the year, but you can pick any of the phones listed here depending on your needs and rest assured that you got a great deal. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to comment below.

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