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

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3. Google Pixel 2

The phone with the best camera on the market

Release date: October 2017 | Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 2,700mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Supremely smooth performance
Bright, colourful Full HD display
Design is uninspired
Screen only Full HD

You want Android the way Google intended, in a form factor that can be easily used one-handed? The Pixel 2 sits nicely in the palm, and its 5-inch screen can be easily manipulated with a thumb.

The design may not set hearts racing, but the seriously impressive 12MP rear camera, which boasts a surprisingly solid portrait mode, certainly will. You’ll also be first in line for future Android iterations, ensuring that your phone is always up to date.

The dual front-facing speakers are great for firing audio directly at you, while a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM keep everything running smoothly – and its water-resistant body means the Pixel 2 will even survive a dip in the bath.

 Pixel 2 / 2 XL photo samples 

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Also consider: If you're not going to go for the Google Pixel 2, how about the OnePlus 5T? It's a bit of a left-field choice, but it has stock Android, and is a darn sight cheaper too.