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Best 5 Android smartphones | Buying Guide [March 2017]

16 March 2017 5

With each passing day, smartphone manufacturers unveil 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.

In Q1 2017, a number of smartphone manufacturers unveiled their flagships, it's the perfect time to purchase new smartphones. The Galaxy S lineup is still one of the best Android smartphones in the market despite being a year older. However, latest LG's G6 and Huawei P10 lineup emerge as one of the best flagships that buyers should consider before making any purchase. 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.

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.

71.9 x 148.9 x 7.9 mm
5.7 inches - 2880x1440 px
69.3 x 145.3 x 7 mm
5.1 inches - 1920x1080 px
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
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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.

LG G6

Without any doubt, Recently announced G6 is one of the best Android flagship smartphone unveiled on Feb 26th at MWC 2017. The G6 is packed with solid metal and glass sandwich design, the device gives premium looks while holding it. As we all know, LG G6 is the completly revamped smartphone from the predecessor G5. We have to accept LG's engineers did a great job in embedding a large 5.7-inches display in a compact body thanks to 18:9 aspect ratio. Another highlight of G6 is being the first flagship from LG which is IP68 certified. LG G6 is first non-pixel smartphone in the market which is pre-loaded with Google Assistant.

Premium design with metal and glassDual-rear camera with wide-angle front facing cameraFirst non-Pixel device with Google AssistantIP68 certified
Slightly expensive than predecessorGlass rear will be fragile despite strong metal chassisLarge display is not meant for everybody

Display

5.7-inch quad HD 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821

RAM

4GB

Storage

32GB/64GB(Memory expandable using external MicroSD card)

Rear camera

13MP normal camera+ 13MP wide angle camera with 125-degree view

Front facing camera

5MP with 100-degree view

OS

Android 7.1

Battery

3,400Mah

Huawei P10 Plus
Huawei also took the stage on MWC 2017 and unveiled their latest best flagship P10 and P10 Plus smartphones. The P10 lineup is the iterative successor of last year P9 and P9 Plus. We will consider P10 Plus as it is better in specs than standard P10. The company slim down the P10 Plus and packs it with latest hardware specs to be a strong flagship smartphone for H1 2017. Thanks to its new look, it looks quite luring much similar to iPhone 6s. To make sure user's fingerprints doesn't imprint, Huawei used diamond cut technology. The P10 Plus is packed with top class dual rear cameras. The device doesn't bring something extraordinary on board but instead, the Huawei tried to bring a solid flagship smartphone with Huawei's traditional design.

Sleek metal design Battery life is also good thanks to Full HD displayUI experience is much improved with EMUI 5.1
Not IP68 certified Lack of innovative design

Display

5.5-inch quad HD 1440 x 2560 pixels

Processor

Kirin 960

RAM

4GB

Storage

Top of the line 128GB, expandable

Rear camera

Dual rear cameras 20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB sensor

Front facing camera

8MP Leica certified

OS

Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 skin

Battery

3,750mAh

Price 799 Euros
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. We had a hands-on review of OP3T

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

(last update 29 March 2017 @ 07:46)

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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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