Best phones in Australia 2017: the 10 top smartphones we've tested

Update: Some huge changes have been made to our list of the Best phones in Australia 2017, with the addition of the iPhone X, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Read on to find out where each new phone placed on our heavily-revised list!

  • If you're interested in Apple's flagship handset, then perhaps you'd be more interested in our best iPhone list.
  • Alternatively, if you prefer Google's OS, then our best Android phone roundup should be right up your alley.

2017 has proven to be a stellar year for smartphones, and we can look forward to 2018 being even better. The recent launches of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus this year mean that the humble smartphone is destined to become faster, more powerful and even more versatile than ever before.

Here at TechRadar, we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our vigorous testing process to create our in-depth mobile phone reviews.

However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account power, specs, design and value for money. And we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets – after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?

So whether it's one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool manufacturers, we've extensively tested them all so you don't have to!

Here are our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in Australia.

iPhone SE

10. Apple iPhone SE

A simply brilliant palm-friendly phone

Weight: 113g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 4-inch | Resolution: 640 x 1136 | CPU: Apple A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB | Battery: 1624mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

The iPhone SE sports a tired design, has a screen that's several years old and a display size which isn't really big enough for today's apps and movies on the move.

That said, it's one of very few high-end smartphones you can get which you can use one-handed without issue. It won't be for everyone, but for those who dislike the supersized phones of today the iPhone SE is a top performer on a miniature scale.

Remember the SE has the same power, same camera and same operating system as the top of the range iPhone 6S, but in a size you can easily pocket and at a price which isn't going to break the bank.

Sure Sony has the Z5 Compact, but that still has a large-ish 4.6-inch display - the SE is a rare breed of small form and big power.

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