Top 5 Android Phones of 2017
Are you not a fan of iPhones or Apple products? Maybe you’re a long-time iPhone user who is ready to make the switch to an Android phone or maybe you are someone who just likes trying out different phones. Whatever your situation is, these are the top 5 Android phones you need to take a look at when making a new smartphone purchase.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are essentially the same phone, but the S8+ is slightly taller, wider, and heavier than the S8. The feature that is most noticeable right away is the infinity display. The screen is end-to-end, curving at the sides so there are no angles. With the removal of the home button, the entire front of the phone is all screen. Phone security received an upgrade with the newest iris scanning feature, so your phone has the ability to unlock for your eyes only. There are accessories available for the Samsung Galaxy that make the phone more desirable. This includes the Gear 360 camera, where you can stream live 360-degree video in 4K, and the Gear VR, where you can get lost in virtual reality. Samsung also released their new virtual assistant, Bixby, to pair with S8, S8+, and Note 8 which we’ll talk about next.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Note 8 offers a 6.3″ screen, the biggest among Galaxy smartphones, which is ideal for those who are often streaming movies or shows on their phone. An S Pen is also included with the Note 8, allowing you to create custom GIFs, emojis, and handwritten notes. The dual-camera comes with low-light capabilities while capturing sharper images at longer distances because of its 2x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. With the 10nm mobile processor and 6GB RAM, compared to 4GB on the S8 and S8+, you will have a much smoother experience, whether you’re playing games or downloading apps. The price is just under $1000, but what seems like an endless amount of features make it worth the money.
The V30’s 6 inch OLED display screen with slim bezels surrounding creates a unique viewing experience for its users. Compared to other Android phones, the LG V30 is very similar with 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,300 mAH battery. LG improved the V30’s camera, featuring a glass lens to create vibrant colors and a f/1.6 aperture that’s similar to a DSLR camera. Point Zoom allows you to zoom in on any part of a photo or video. The audio and video features are what makes this phone great. A 32-bit hi-fi DAC allows for clean and crisp sound through headphones or speakers, and the 2 built-in mics improve sound quality in loud environments. The video editor, Cine-Log, and Snap Video will make the V30 fun to use for anyone who loves making videos.
Google Pixel 2
Google’s latest smartphone isn’t fancy-looking and doesn’t have an overwhelming amount of features, but it’s a simple smartphone that does just about everything well. For people who love taking photos with their phone, the Google Pixel 2 may have the best camera out of all smartphones and it has unlimited storage. A 12.2 MP camera, Smooth image-stabilizing videos, DSLR-like portraits, high-quality photos in low light, and AR stickers are among the features that put the Pixel 2 camera above the rest. The Pixel 2 XL is another great option, but it has had several issues with its display since launch so for now, we would recommend the Pixel 2.
HTC U11 is the first smartphone to launch Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant hands-free, meaning you simply say “Alexa” followed by a command. However, the most innovative feature from HTC has to be Edge-Sense. By squeezing the sides of the smartphone, you can launch apps, take photos, open text messages, access Alexa or Google Assistant, and more. HTC calls it the “next age of phone interactions.” The latest version of HTC USonic earbuds combines noise cancellation with the ability to adapt the sound to your unique hearing using a sonar-like technology. DxOMark rated the HTC U11 camera as one of the highest smartphone cameras ever. One thing to keep in mind is that this phone does not have a headphone jack, but is included with a headphone adapter. If that’s unimportant to you, you can’t go wrong choosing the HTC U11.
Those are our top 5 Android phones of 2017. Which one do you think is best? Is there a phone we should have included? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @TopMobileTrends.