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

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9. iPhone 8 Plus

The best 'normal' iPhone available right now

Release date: September 2017 | Weight: 202g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2691mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Wireless charging
Longer battery life
Dated design

The iPhone 8 Plus is the best 'regular' iPhone available right now – the iPhone X is the more impressive device overall, but the 8 Plus is a little more affordable.

The 8 Plus does use the same design as previous handsets, with the removed headphone jack, bezelled front and longer design in keeping with the traditional iPhone shape. 

Whether that's a good thing or not depends on how much you want the new X, but you're still getting a brilliant phone here.

Wireless charging is hardly a new technology, but its presence on the iPhone 8 Plus is a real boon, and the improved screen technology makes using this handset a nice experience.

The camera is an improvement over the snapper on the iPhone 7 Plus, while the improvement in power makes usage even slicker and battery life is better than that of previous iPhones.

iPhone 8 Plus photography samples

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Also consider: The standard iPhone 8 is very good too, and with a more manageable form factor and lower price point it's the phone that's likely to appeal to a wider audience – but if you're looking for Apple perfection and have a slightly bigger budget, it has to be the 8 Plus.