Phonerated covers the best phones in dozens of categories, from your country to your local carrier, but this list shows the best 2017 phones for any country or any carrier.
We compile this list by gathering the ratings given to each phone by hundreds of reviewers worldwide, calculating the average score and ranking each phone with the model with the best ranking first, of course. If you wonder why the most popular handsets are not necessarily at the top of this list, it may just be because they didn't get the highest ratings in the reviews. We also present phones in an order that also depends on their age, because the best cell phone last year might not be the best one this year even though it got raving reviews 12 months ago.
As for its innards, the iPhone 7 Plus operates on an A10 Fusion chip with an M10 motion coprocessor tagging along, while an LTE Advanced adapter, which promises browsing rates of up to 450Mbps leads the connectivity front. Also, it offers a gigantic 256GB maximum internal memory (128GB and 32GB options are available) and has a battery that promises 1 hour longer battery life than its predecessor.
Crowning this 2016 iPhone release are a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD selfie camera and a stereo speaker system.
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It brings back the S7's Dual Pixel 12-megapixel camera capable of 4K videos, this time alongside a customizable Active Key and a fingerprint sensor. It comes with 32GB of on-board storage, which you can expand by up to 2TB via microSD. Adding to its flagship-level features are the Samsung KNOX data security platform as well as a 5-megapixel secondary camera.
The Z Play owns a 4K-video-capable 16-megapixel camera with the popular high-end (as of its release) autofocus types that are phase-detection and laser-aided, a 32GB memory extendable by up to 2TB, and a fingerprint scanner. It also delivers the TurboPower technology through a 3510mAh battery promising up to 50 hours of usage in one charge. Rounding out its features are a water-repellent finish, a 5-megapixel 85-degree-wide selfie camera, and a three-microphone setup.
Claiming to be twice as fast as the iPhone 6, it introduces the A10 Fusion chip accompanied by an M10 motion coprocessor, while a mammoth 256GB of non-expandable memory (128GB and 32GB versions are also offered) takes charge of the storage front. Additionally, the iPhone 7 is the first iPhone to sport a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera rigged with wide color control and a Retina Flash.
A few more of its specs include a stereo audio system, an up-to-450Mbps LTE connectivity, and a bundle of Wi-Fi Calling, VoLTE (Voice over LTE), and FaceTime audio. Lastly, it claims to pack the best iPhone battery yet (as of September 2016), with 780 minutes of video playback and an 840-minute Wi-Fi browsing time under its belt.
It is loaded with 128GB of expandable storage, 3250mAh of power, and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera. Joining the mix are a circular fingerprint reader, a USB Type-C connector, and an NFC chip for handling mobile transactions.
This 3000mAh-powered Zenfone edition also features a SonicMaster 3.0 audio system fed through a 5-magnet speaker, an 8-megapixel secondary camera, and a fingerprint reader that stores up to five prints. Its color options include Aqua Blue and Shimmer Gold.
As for its technical specs, the DTEK50 boasts a 64-bit octa-core processor, a 3GB RAM, and a 550MHz Adreno 510 GPU on the processing front, while a 16GB native memory expandable by up to 2TB is in charge of storage. It sports a 13-megapixel PDAF camera with a two-tone LED flash and an 8-megapixel flash-rigged frontal sub-camera.
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