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

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2. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The best phone for those wanting a big screen

Release date: April 2017 | Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Fast performance
Top-notch camera
Flawed biometrics

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is our runner-up to its smaller sibling because it combines so much into one package. 

The main thing that impresses us is the screen: the fact that there's just so much of it, and the way it reaches around the sides of the handset. You can see why it's been dubbed an Infinity Display by Samsung.

The camera, screen, power and battery life combination here is just excellent, and the only reason it's not in the top spot is because it costs more to own the S8 Plus on contract or SIM-free than the Samsung Galaxy S8.

But if you're after the out-and-out best Android phone on the market, you won't be far off if you pick up the Galaxy S8 Plus.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus photography samples

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Also consider: If the Galaxy S8 Plus is a little too big for your hands, the more compact Galaxy S8 could be right up your street. It still sports the impressive Infinity Display, while its 5.8-inch screen is still sizeable without being overbearing.