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Best 5 Android smartphones | Buying Guide [Feb 2017]

15 February 2017 5

With each passing day, smartphone manufacturers unveil their new flagships. I am sure while purchasing a new handset, everyone is confused about which smartphone to buy especially while purchasing a new Android smartphone. Today we will enlist top 5 best Android smartphones available in the market right now, to help out our readers while making the purchase.

Last month, we shared details of best 5 options available in the market. In 2017, a number of smartphone manufacturers will be unveiling their flagships, its perfect time to purchase new smartphones available in the market so far. In earlier top 5 flagships article, we mentioned iPhone 7 Plus as well. As expected the Galaxy S lineup is still one of the best Android smartphones unveiled so far. Last year Google Pixel lineup devices were new entrants and they impressed everyone with their performance. The one plus second flagship of the year OnePlus 3T also brings solid design and top-tier hardware on board.

Another important thing is not everyone likes large display smartphone but instead, there are a number of buyers who are interested in compact devices. We are hopeful our enlisting will narrow down the choices for our readers and certainly will help them in purchasing one of best 5 Android smartphones in the market.

These 5 choices won’t disappoint Android buyers. In our buyer's guide, we are not going in-depth detail regarding the devices as we already have in-depth articles regarding all smartphones. But we will highlight the key aspect of the device, now without any further delay, let’s have a look at the best 5 Android smartphones available in the market right now.

75.7 x 154.7 x 8.6 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
72.6 x 150.9 x 7.7 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
74.7 x 152.7 x 7.35 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
65 x 129 x 9.5 mm
4.6 inches - 1280x720 px
78.9 x 156.9 x 7.9 mm
5.9 inches - 1920x1080 px
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In addition to the products featured in this guide, there are other, perhaps equally valid and performing, which for various reasons we decided not to enter.You can comment on this article by recommending your favorite product even if it is not present in this list.

Google Pixel XL

We have to admit that Google’s first made by Google smartphone is featuring a very luring attractive design and combination of glass and metal makes it one of the best choices for buyers. The beautifully crafted design makes it an easy option to hold. The key selling feature of this handset is the latest Android Nougat 7.1 with all features in stock version and timely updates is Google’s promise for next couple of years. The Pixel XL indicates Google thinking for the upcoming smartphones as the company also highlighted their Google Assistant which is an exclusive feature of the Pixel XL. Google unveiled Pixel and Pixel XL back in October 2016.

Premium design with solid build qualityLatest stock Android for at least 2 yearsHighest rating for best rear camera Exclusive Google Assistant Best implementation of Doze to enhance battery life
Slightly expensive Not completely water resistant Memory can’t be expanded

Display

5.5-inch quad HD 1440 x 2560 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821

RAM

4GB

Storage

Top of the line 128GB, not expandable

Rear camera

12.3MP

Front facing camera

8MP

OS

Android 7.1

Battery

3,450Mah

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Although the Galaxy S7 Edge is featuring a 5.5-inch display but the device overall designing is so good that it doesn’t feel like a large display smartphone while holding. We have to appreciate Samsung’s design engineering for making a large display smartphone design compact. The Galaxy S7 Edge is the first Samsung smartphone whose Edge variant was more popular than standard flat version and it’s currently the best smartphone in the market with dual edge display. The slight curves make the device more attractive and the best thing is it is also water and dust resistant.

The Edge UX is now featuring dual columns for apps and widgets. Another desired update in S7 Edge was a large battery cell of 3,600mAH. All other hardware specs are similar to standard Galaxy S7 including 4GB RAM, Exynos 8890/ SD 820 processor, and option for expanding memory using MicroSD card.

One of the key selling features of Galaxy S7 Edge was its fantastic 12MP sensor with a wide angle aperture of f/1.7 which captures enough light to take good images even in low light conditions. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were unveiled back in Feb 26th.

Pretty attractive design and build quality is also pretty goodBest smartphone with dual edge Battery life is improved and can be charged quickly One of the best camera in Android smartphones Memory can be expanded using Micro-SD card
TouchWiz still require refinements especially the Edge menu Fingers prints are pasted everywhere on glass body

Display

5.5-inch quad HD 1440 x 2560 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB and expandable up to 200GB using MicroSD card

Rear camera

12MP

Front facing camera

5MP

OS

Android 6.1, Nougat update is rolling out

Battery

3,600mAh

OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T is, without the doubt, one of the best smartphones which bring premium class hardware and design at such affordable price tag. With the new OnePlus 3T, the company removes the older sandstone finishes as well long delaying invitation system is also part of the history.

Though OnePlus 3T doesn’t have any specific key selling features but instead its overall specs are similar to a true high-end flagship which is available around $800. The Chinese company is offering all these hardware at a fraction of the price. It brings solid performance on board with Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 821 accompanied with 6GB RAM. Its front facing camera performs pretty well because of OIS and a 16MP module. It is indeed one of the best smartphone currently available in the market for around $400. The OnePlus 3T was announced in November 2016.

Best value for customers’ money Premium metal design Display has good light and color contrast Very fast because of latest Snapdragon 821 with 6GB Standard variant has 64GB storage Front facing camera has OIS
Storage is not expandable Camera doesn’t perform well in low-light conditions

Display

5.5-inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821

RAM

6GB

Storage

128GB and not expandable

Rear camera

16MP

Front facing camera

16MP

OS

Android 6.1, Nougat update is rolling out

Battery

3,400Mah

Sony Xperia X Compact

As I mentioned earlier, not everyone is looking for a large display smartphones that are why to help out our readers who are looking for a compact smartphone, we enlisted the latest Sony Xperia X compact smartphone. This device is currently the only competitor of iPhone SE in the compact section of smartphones.

Not everyone likes evolution of large display smartphones, they want to stick to compact Android smartphone below the 5-inch display and without any doubt, the Xperia X compact is the best smartphone in the category. Though it has SD 650 Soc but the company mentions that it performs equivalently to Snapdragon 820 because of the low-res display.

The Key selling feature of this handset is the 23MP camera snapper with a wide angle aperture of f/2.3. The camera is currently one of the largest camera sensors in a smartphone not only because of large Mega Pixels but also because of large camera lens aperture size. The Sony Xperia X Compact was announced back in September 2016 at IFA event.

Best compact smartphone Display brightness is very good Rear camera aperture size is f/2.3Superb Battery
Despite being around $500, it has an all-plastic body Bezels are large

Display

4.6-inch HD 720 x 1280 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650

RAM

3GB

Storage

32GB expandable via MicroSD card

Rear camera

23MP

Front facing camera

5MP

OS

Android 6.1, Nougat update rolled out

Battery

2,700Mah

Huawei Mate 9

Actually, the Mate 9 is one of the recently announced smartphones for the US buyers but that doesn’t mean the handset is newly announced. Huawei took a couple of months to unveil this handset for the US buyers. Huawei Mate 9 is the company’s second attempt to enter the US smartphone market. The smartphone is great for those buyers who are looking for a true gigantic phablet smartphone and provides a very good experience with its dual rear cameras. It is the only smartphone in our list with a display above normal usual smartphone. Like the Huawei P9 lineup, this smartphone is featuring Leica certified dual rear cameras.

Huawei’s own built Kirin 960Soc is powering the device under the hood. To make sure this gigantic smartphone display remains on for the longer period, the company packs it with 4,000mAh battery cell.

Solid metal design, Battery life is also good True phablet smartphone with 5.9-inch display
UI is a bit clumpyDisplay colors are not accurate

Display

5.9-inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor

Kirin 960

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB expandable via MicroSD card

Rear camera

12MP and 20MP Dual camera

Front facing camera

8MP

OS

Android Nougat

Battery

4,000Mah

(last update 22 February 2017 @ 18:52)

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  • My all time favorite, at least in this list is the OnePlus 3T. And as we all can see there are many greens than the reds. So, my vote easily goes for OP3T. One more reason is that even the front camera has OIS.

      • I was searching for a guide to buy the Mate 9 and it's great to get to read it here. BTW, I do follow some steps here every now and then with the reviews. So, now I can decide if I have to buy it or not. Thanks so much!!!

        • The guide looks effective as there are a lot of popular phones included in the list, which is good. But we have heard lots about the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. So, I would be happy to see some other phone in its place.

            • Yeah, you are right, to an extent. But the thing is that it's a guide and so you can even use it for the Pixel too. After all, the plus and minus sides of all the devices are mentioned. So yeah, it's still a guide.

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