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This year has been one of the best years for smartphones ever. More than 400 smartphones were released this year, some were great, and others were an absolute flop. As 2017 is coming to an end, and we are about to enter 2018, let’s look at some of the best smartphones released this year.

While it’s certainly hard to tell which smartphone is the absolute best, we can tell which smartphone in a specific category was the absolute best.

These are the categories we’ll use:

  • Display
  • Camera
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Underrated
  • Budget
  • Overall

Best Smartphones of 2017

Best smartphone of 2017 ranked by display

best smartphones 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the smartphone with the best display of 2017. Samsung’s displays are among the best display in the world. No wonder why Apple got its AMOLED displays from Samsung for its iPhone X.

Best smartphone camera 2017

best smartphones 2017

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL did it again this year. They are the best smartphone camera of 2017, with an overall score of 98 on DxOMark camera ranking (they have the same camera).

Thanks to machine learning, they take the most accurate photo. The pictures always look incredible in any condition, whether it’s sunlight or low-light performance.

Best smartphone design 2017

best smartphones 2017

The Essential Phone PH-1 was by far the smartphone with the best design last year. With an edge-to-edge display, a body made of titanium, and the rear of ceramic, the phone feels both sturdy and gorgeous. There is no logo on the body and no camera bump. The phone feels flagship and premium in the hands.

Best smartphone performance 2017

best smartphones 2017

The iPhone X won that category by a huge margin. With its A11 Bionic processor, everything feels smooth. You clearly don’t have to worry about apps running in the background. This thing is surprisingly fast.

Most underrated smartphone of 2017

best smartphones 2017

The LG V30 is, unfortunately, the most underrated smartphone released last year. It’s hard to compete against Apple and Samsung. Now Google has joined the party, which makes it even more difficult to have a fair share of the market. And there were also so many excellent phones released last year. Its competitors just overshadowed the LG V30.

Best budget smartphone 2017

best smartphones 2017

It’s almost impossible to buy a flagship smartphone for $500. Most flagships now start around $700-$800. Some even start at $1000.

OnePlus is best known for making flagship smartphones at a good price. If you’re looking for a great flagship smartphone with killer specs and don’t want to spend a fortune, the OnePlus 5T should be under your radar.

Best smartphone overall 2017

best smartphones 2017

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the most complete smartphone of 2017. It has a big infinity Super AMOLED display, fast/wireless charging, headphone jack, IP68 water-resistant, great processor, super camera, good battery life, and so on. This year Samsung has nailed it with the Note 8.

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Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

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