Best phone 2017: the 10 top smartphones we've tested

The best smartphone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Update: If you're struggling to work out which phone to buy and don't want to head through our full list of phones, then we've brought you a new video, featuring all the top phones of the moment!

Thinking of buying a new phone? We've got the best smartphones of the moment all listed here - and with MWC 2017 now out of the way, we've got the LG G6 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium landing in the list soon.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is launching on March 29 in New York and London, and will be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus too.

But if you're after a top smartphone right now, here's the ranking we've spent hours whittling down to a top ten, taking into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

(If the price is too high, check out our list of the best cheap handsets that won't cost you more than £200). 

Best smartphone

For those in a rush, here you go: the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best smartphone in the world.

Its combination of great camera, stunning looks and sleek body, alongside the world's best screen, make it an easy win... and lower prices of late have made it an even better buy.

10. Motorola Moto Z Play

The best phone for the smart buyer

Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 76.4 x 7 mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB + microSD | Battery: 3510mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Clever modular accessories
Much lower price than many
Low spec CPU struggles
No waterproofing

Motorola's got a bit of an underground hit with the Z pair - and now it's available in the UK properly, the Z Play has knocked the hyper-expensive Google Pixel XL out of the list.

We're fans of the Z Play thanks to its innovative magnetic clip-on accessories - a simple snap on cover can transform this phone into an impressive standalone camera, music player or even projector.

It looks great and for a low price too - sure, the CPU could be better and the camera doesn't impress massively, but that drop in spec has been drilled back into the price tag, and this is a very decent phone for the money.

Read the full review: Motorola Moto Z Play

  • What's next? There's not a lot of information out around now around the Moto Z Play 2, but we've compiled a look at what we're hoping will be coming to the Moto Z (2017) - and a lot of that will filter down to the new Z Play.

 Also consider: How about the Google Pixel XL though? The also-5.5-inch handset might not be in our top ten, but that's only because of a HUGE price tag and a slightly bland performance elsewhere - but the camera is stupendous and you're getting a much better screen for the cash. Oh, and the latest version of Android too!

  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  2. Samsung Galaxy S7
  3. iPhone 7 Plus
  4. LG G5
  5. iPhone 7
  6. Moto Z
  7. HTC 10
  8. OnePlus 3T
  9. Google Pixel
  10. Moto Z Play

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Global Phones, Tablets and Wearables Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.