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Poll: What is the best smartphone of 2017?

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Today, you can help us pick the best smartphone of 2017. We've preselected from all the newcomers of the year, and now it's your turn to vote: Which makes it to the top of the list this time?

2017 was a big year in the smartphone market. Displays grew as bezels shrank, and the $1000 price ceiling was definitively shattered. From dual cameras to digital assistants, there have been technical trends and iterative innovations on many fronts. It's tough to pick the best smartphone since many of them received similarly positive reviews on our site, though there are flaws with each of course.

If you haven't kept up with all the reviews on our site this year, you might be interested in reading up on our top picks of the year. We've narrowed down the best of the best (at least among Android devices) for several categories that are based on what users might be looking for when they shop, like price, battery life, photography, size, etc.. In any case, we want to know your opinion on the absolute best smartphone of 2017 in any category.

What was the best smartphone of 2017?
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Tell us more about why you chose your favorite in the comments. We look forward to seeing the overall result, and to hearing how you made your choice!

 The best smartphones under $400

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Review: Google Pixel 6a
Review: Apple iPhone SE (2022)
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Brittany McGhee

Brittany McGhee

Brittany loves to keep up with the latest technology and innovation, so she is excited to have the opportunity to write about the wonderful world of Android. She thinks spreadsheets and numbers are fun, in addition to reading books and volunteering.

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  • 2
    Stephen Lawler Jan 3, 2018 Link to comment

    Just a general comment. Most people have certain preferences when they are looking for a phone. My current phone is the S7 Edge. A great phone but it is lacking in the audio section. I have read reviews on the S8+ and it apparently the sound will not be too much better although it will be a good upgrade in every other way.
    After reading the reviews the Galaxy Note 8 is also a bit lacking in audio?
    Apparently one of the very best phones in audio is the xperia xz premium. It has great screen resolution but 5.5. The heavy bezels are to house the stereo speakers. I think this is the phone I'll be upgrading to.
    I would be grateful for any opinion on audio quality of phones.
    I think reviewers should mention Audio quality more.

  • David Martrano 29
    David Martrano Dec 30, 2017 Link to comment

    I use the s8+ the display, camera & battery work well for me. It's got all the features I will ever need!

  • Greg stroz 3
    Greg stroz Dec 30, 2017 Link to comment

    Note 8. $350 after Verizon and Costco promotions. Add pixel launcher, Gboard: it makes the perfect phone. S-pen is very useful. Battery unlike anything I've ever used. Finally a glitch-free Sammy


  • David Martrano 29
    David Martrano Dec 29, 2017 Link to comment

    I would have to say the note8. All the premium features you could ever need. The absolute best display, great camera & of course the S-pen. That's my choice!

    ElfynGreg stroz

  • 26
    Andrew Burgin Dec 29, 2017 Link to comment

    Note 8 might have been a good phone,but who could afford to purchase the phone,if it wouldn't have been too expensive,and too later in the year

    Dean L.

    • Abdul Ghafoor 5
      Abdul Ghafoor Dec 29, 2017 Link to comment

      I got it for half price. Lots of people got it for half price, thanks to the pre-order deals through carriers.

      Greg stroz

  • Allan Morris 7
    Allan Morris Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    For me, it is Galaxy Note 8. Brilliant phone.


  • 28
    itprolonden Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    For my purpose, the Note 8. It's the swiss army knife of phones and it does everything well

    ElfynDean L.Allan Morris

  • Dean L. 34
    Dean L. Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    I have recently picked up the Pixel 2 and it's awesome. Really loving the stock Android experience. Although you can't go wrong with most of the phones on the list. It all comes down to personal taste. And what your carrier supports.

    Deactivated AccountAllan Morris

  • Vince Regan 2
    Vince Regan Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra -- purchased after running the profiles of multiple 6" screenmodels. Almost all the hardware for half the price of Samsung and Apple!

  • 46
    Deactivated Account Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    None of them get my vote I just got the LG V20, the last practical phone on the market.

    Dean L.

  • 2
    Patrick Bronsema Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    Where is the Huawei Mate 10 Ultimate?

  • Danielle Wilson 4
    Danielle Wilson Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    obviously my vote goes to Apple iphone X only

    • 28
      itprolonden Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

      Why is it obvious? Why are you here?

      • Isley Matias 12
        Isley Matias Dec 29, 2017 Link to comment

        I don't undestand too, does he thinks that here is an Apple community?

  • 26
    Andrew Burgin Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    Samsung again brought out the Best mobile screen option with the S8 + S8plus,and this got all the rest worried,Samsung always get the critics on there backs,but without them offering or improving the design of phones,there seems no one really putting pressure on them,Samsung seem to have really improved the software on there phones and the batterylife of there phones lasting longer,the S8plus as been a brilliant phone to use take super photos with the super cameras Samsung offer on there Premium phones,and no worrying about the batterylife on this Super phone,but just can't wait to see the new phones in 2018,but with phones getting more expensive and better cameras, i will be happy sticking with the S8plus

    itprolondenDean L.

  • Sascha Zimmer 15
    Sascha Zimmer Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

    The question should read: What smartphon was the less bad in 2017. What we got so far: No headphone jacks, a Pixel 2 XL with a really bad screen and a bunch of others calling too much compromise. A long list of dealbrakers, at its pinnacle the new Iphone with the dent.

    • Abdul Ghafoor 5
      Abdul Ghafoor Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

      What are you talking about? The Samsung phones have headphone jacks, the best displays on Android devices, and unless you have a front facing speaker fetish, the Note8 especially has no compromises at all. Not surprisingly, they got the most votes.

      ElfynitprolondenBrittany McGhee

      • Brittany McGhee 21
        Brittany McGhee Dec 28, 2017 Link to comment

        I agree, Abdul. The Note8 was the top phone of the year for a lot of people, and for good reason!


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