Best Phones November 2017



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.

#1. The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact picture.
Average Rating:
94%


Description:

The 1st best phone captures slow-motion videos at an overwhelming (by 2017 standards) 960fps using its high-end 19-megapixel Motion Eye primary camera.

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#2. The Huawei Honor 8

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Average Rating:
92%


Description:

Standing at 5.2 inches (Full HD screen), the Huawei Honor 8 boasts a swarm of high-end specs, led by two 12-megapixel rear cameras with hybrid autofocus and a dual ISP system, 3D fingerprint identification, and a chipset composed of an eight-core Kirin 950 CPU running at 2.3GHz + 1.8GHz, an i5 co-processor that controls the phone's sensors, a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a Mali-T880 GPU.

Adding to the aforementioned features, this Honor edition also delivers Huawei's dual antenna switch design for strengthening signal reception alongside an 8-megapixel camera with 1.4-micron pixels and a 3000mAh Smart Power 4.0 battery, while in charge of storage is a 32GB memory expandable by up to 128GB. It comes with front-and-back 2.5D glass layers and is offered in colors like Sapphire Blue and Sunrise Gold.

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#3. The iPhone 7 Plus

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Average Rating:
91%


Description:

The iPhone 7 Plus features a quartet of fresh (as far as iPhones go) specs on the outside. First, it meets users with a 5.5-inch Full HD LED-backlit Retina HD display with the 3D Touch technology. Second, it replaces the iPhone 6s Plus's Home button with one powered by a Taptic Engine, which means that it takes on a solid-state form (cannot be clicked, but recognizes the amount of pressure applied), while bringing back the Touch ID fingerprint technology. Next, it delivers the dual-rear-camera technology that was first introduced by Android-based brands like ZTE and Huawei, in the form of two 12-megapixel shooters (wide-angle and telephoto) decorated with a 6-element sapphire-covered lens, optical image/video stabilization, and a first-of-its-kind quad-LED true-tone flash. It is also the first iPhone (along with its 4.7-inch sibling) to rock an IP67-certified splash-ready casing.

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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#4. The Samsung Galaxy S7 active

Samsung Galaxy S7 active picture.
Average Rating:
92%


Description:

Covered by a 5.1-inch QHD-1440p shatter-resistant screen, the Galaxy S7 active's specs include a massive 4000mAh wireless-charging-enabled battery, military-grade durability (MIL-STD-810G certification) in conjunction with the original S7's IP68 waterproofing, and a four-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz CPU setup aided by 4GB of RAM.

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.

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#5. The Huawei Mate 9

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Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Huawei's Mate 9 is a 5.9-inch phablet that banks on several premium-class specs, such as a 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 12-megapixel (RGB) dual-rear-camera setup, a 3D fingerprint reader, and a split-eight-core Kirin 960 engine coupled with an i6 co-processor.

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#6. The Samsung Galaxy On7

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy On7.
Average Rating:
91%


Description:

With a 4G adapter and a 3000mAh battery in tow, the 5.5-inch HD Samsung Galaxy On7 is bound for mid-level shelves. Its specs also include a 13-megapixel camera (5-megapixel sub-cam) and the Samsung Smart Manager application, with functions like traffic monitoring and virus protection. Over on the hardware front, we found a basic 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1.5GB's worth of RAM. It has 8GB of native memory and an up-to-128GB microSD support.

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#7. The Motorola Z Play

A picture of the Motorola Z Play.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

Using the IFA 2016 in Berlin to make its entrance, the 5.5-inch Full HD Motorola Moto Z Play boasts a swarm of flagship-caliber specs, including the slap-on Moto Mods accessories as well as the Motorola Mobile Computing System, which is composed of a 2GHz eight-core Snapdragon 625 CPU, a 3GB RAM, an Adreno 506 GPU, and Motorola's signature Natural Language and Contextual Computing engines.

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.

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#8. The Kata i5

Kata i5 picture.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

The Kata i5's 3GB RAM, 3000mAh battery, and 13-megapixel main camera may all be preferable to what are usually found on the average smartphone, but its physical and display-related specs (specifically, its 9.3mm thickness and 294DPI fineness rating) expose its weaknesses.

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#9. The Samsung Galaxy S7

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

Samsung built around the premium-tier specs of the Galaxy S6 for its MWC 2016 Galaxy S7, a 5.1-inch Quad HD always-on-screen flagship equipped with the 14nm Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core (2.1GHz + 1.6GHz) processor, a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a 64GB UFS 2.0 memory with an up-to-200GB top-up memory support. It is the first Samsung model to rock the Dual Pixel technology, which means that each pixel on its 12-megapixel image sensor has two photodiodes (instead of one), for more-accurate and faster focusing.

Just like its predecessor, the S7 also supports PMA and WPC wireless charging (3000mAh battery). In addition, it brings back the Samsung Pay mobile payment application alongside a fingerprint detector and LTE Cat 9 connectivity (up to 450Mbps data rates). Protecting its ultra-high-end feature set is a waterproof and dust-tight IP68-certified casing, which is available in colors like Silver Titanium and Gold Platinum.

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#10. The ZTE Axon 7

A picture of the ZTE Axon 7.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

The ZTE Axon 7 -- 7 because it is apparently the seventh generation of ZTE's flagship family -- is a 5.5-inch QHD specs powerhouse (at least as of its 2016 release) that runs on the Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz quad-core CPU coupled with an enormous 6GB RAM. It sports a 20-megapixel 4K-video camera with a dual-LED flash setup and comes with the Force Touch 3D touch technology (high version only).

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.

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