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

We're all about testing and rating all the phones here at techradar. There's nothing we like more than brewing a pot of tea and deciding where each new phone should sit in the list.

However, sometimes they don't make it into the top 10 - sad, we know, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a quick look to see if they fit your needs. After all, there are very few bad phones these days...

Google Pixel XL

Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/128GB | Battery: 3450mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Great camera
Streamlined software
Peculiar design
No stereo speakers

The Google Pixel XL is a phone you should definitely check out - it's one of the best phones out there in terms of speed, user interface and camera.

The reason it's not higher is the amazingly high price for this phone - it makes it hard to recommend as there are handsets with equivalent performance that are a lot cheaper.

But if you want the latest lick of Android in a phablet, the Pixel XL is the place to be.

Read:  Google Pixel XL

Motorola Moto G4 Play

Weight: 137g | Dimensions: 144.4 x 72 x 9.9 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 410 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 8GB/16GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

Excellent value
Simple design
No gyroscope
Slower processor

Motorola is doing well with its flagship Z series, but it's also a great brand for making low cost handsets as well. The G4 Play is a great mix of decent spec and low price - it's one of our very best budget phone recommendations.

It's nowhere near the power levels of the other phones we've suggested here, but if you're in the market for a bargain you could do a lot worse.

Read: Moto G4 Play review

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei P9

Weight: 144g | Dimensions: 145 x 70.9 x 7 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 955 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Powerful processor
Good camera setup
Average battery life
Questionable interface

The Huawei P9 is a phone that offers a lot for the price, and shows that the brand is really getting its act together in terms of making a phone that can mix it with the best.

The P9 shines in the camera - our tests have it as the third best snapper overall out of all the phones on the market - and the solid build quality. If this had come in at Huawei's usually-low price, it would have troubled the higher echelons of this chart, but even still the brand clearly knows what makes a good phone.

Read: Huawei P9 review