10 Best Android phones 2017: which should you buy?

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Update: What's the best Android phone out right now? You'll find our top ten Android smartphones running Google's operating system that can't be beat, at least until new ones make their way to stores later in 2017. Here are today's best.  

The best Android phones from a year ago have gotten better in 2017, with more advanced cameras, faster processors and fresh apps, and some of them are now available at cheaper prices.

That has made deciding between the overwhelming number of Android handsets a seemingly impossible task. The good news is that we're on top of it. It's sort of our job to write brilliant phone reviews.

Our official best phones list and best unlocked phones list serve their purpose for wider audiences, including iPhone lovers, and our AT&T plans, Verizon plans, T-Mobile plans and Sprint plans give you the best rates on service.

But there are also plenty of Google-powered phones with Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat that deserve extra focus. You demanded it.

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10. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

This one doesn't blow up

Weight: 171g | Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm | OS: Android Nougat | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Exynos 7 Octa 7420 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Stunning camera quality
Handy S Pen stylus
No microSD card slot
No removable battery

You can no longer buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to its battery explosions, so if you want a smartphone with the stylus, you'll have to dial it back to the Galaxy Note 5. Don't worry, there was never any Note 6, so this phone is only a little more than a year old and still incredibly powerful.

Its 5.7-inch screen gives you ample room to doodle with the S Pen, and while it's certainly bigger in the hand than the Galaxy S7, its curved back makes it easy enough to hold if you have a large grasp. I also got better use of split-screen multitasking and the camera on this beast of a phone.


Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting mobile editor in Los Angeles. As an expert in iOS and Android, he owns over 120 phones that someone keeps setting the alarms on – simultaneously. He received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.