The best phone of 2017: 15 top smartphones tested and ranked

Thinking of buying a new phone? We've got the best smartphones of the moment listed here – with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus handsets duking it out with the iPhones for the top spot. Click the dropdown above to see the full list!

[Update: We've overhauled our best phone rankings to take account of the latest round of handsets – is the iPhone X the best iPhone yet? Where do the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus land? Are the Google Pixel 2 duo the best in the land? And how does the OnePlus 5T stack up?]

We've spent hours whittling the contenders down to a top 15, and we take into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

A number of high-powered contenders for the title of 'best smartphone' have appeared in the second half of the year, and we've given a great deal of thought to where they should land in our influential ranking.

After all, you want the best phone out there for you, so we make sure we include as many phones in our tests as possible so you'll truly know these are the best for your money.

(On that subject – if the prices of all these phones are too high, check out our list of the best cheap handsets that won't cost you more than £200). 

The best phone in the world right now is the Samsung Galaxy S8 – the mix of a lower price, combined with the powerful innards, top camera and amazing screen, mean it's still the phone to beat.

That said, the competition is incredibly hot right now, so click through our list to see the top phones on the market – we'll be pretty surprised if you can't find one that takes your fancy based on price, design, power or just all-round performance.

It's also worth having a scout through all the pages to see our deals widgets - as ever, we're automatically drawing in the best contracts and SIM free prices for these fantastic phones.

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  • Already know your favourite operating system? Then check out our best iPhone or best Android phone round-ups to see which is for you!
  • Not fussed with what's here, but not sure how long to wait for the next big hitters? We're already looking ahead to the Samsung Galaxy S9 release date and have all the information you could want on that phone.
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