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12. Google Pixel 2

The phone with the still 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

The Pixel 2 is the palm-friendly version of the higher-rated 2 XL... and it's got the same incredible camera on board. The screen isn't as high quality but you will be getting the latest version of Android as soon as it's ready for a while yet.

Screen: Unlike its chief competitors, the Pixel 2 has a lower-res screen - it's only a full HD resolution and so it's outmatched by all the Samsung phones in this list. The screen-to-body ratio is not as good as the S8 or the iPhone X, with bigger bezels top and bottom - so it looks a lot less impressive visually.

Battery life: The Pixel 2 makes fantastic use of Android's battery saving features and thus sports all-day battery life. It's not top-end, but has good enough life and will last a day with medium usage.

Camera: The seriously impressive 12MP rear camera is by far the best feature of the Pixel 2. This phone has the best camera of any phone out there, whether in low light or taking stunning portraits, so if the snapper is the most important part of a phone for you, the Pixel 2 is the phone to get.

Mini verdict: 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. The Pixel 2 is a great phone and it's the camera that really stands out as best in class.

Read more: Google Pixel 2 review