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Best 10 Smartphones| March 2017 Buying Guide

20 March 2017 6

The month of March inching towards its end and it will also mark the end of first quarter of 2017. In this quarter we have seen tons of new smartphones launched. Not all of them are up for sale but there are few smartphones which will be released in next few weeks. In the last couple of weeks, we enlisted top 5 Android flagships, top 5 compact smartphones, top 5 bezel-less smartphones and best smartphones under $400.

Today we are not going to enlist smartphones for a specific niche of customers but instead, our focus is to bring top 10 smartphones options, Our listing does not only include top of the line flagships but we also have best options in mid-rangers as well as in pocket-friendly price tag.

As there are tons of smartphones available in the market, so it's never easy to grab one while making the purchase. To help out our readers we' ve rounded up some best choices of different categories so that you can purchase new smartphone according to your requirement and budget. Let's start with the best option currently available in the market.

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.

Pixel XL
Without any doubt, the Pixel lineup devices are currently the best Android smartphones available in the market. Both Pixel and Pixel XL not only offers top of the line hardware specs but also backed up with high built quality. To make it a premium option, Google packed the devices with metal and glass sandwich case. The Pixel XL featuring the latest Android Nougat 7.1 with few exclusive features including personal Assistant. It is the first smartphone in the market with "Made by Google" branding. Pixel Xl was launched in October last year.
High build quality Stock version of Android OS for next couple of yearsBest camera-centric smartphone Personal AI assistant
Expensive not meant for everyone Storage is not expandable IP57 certified (Not the IP68)

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

Apple iPhone 7 Plus:
Buy iPhone 7 Plus

The second best option in our enlisting is from Cupertino giant Apple. The iPhone 7 Plus is the latest phablet offering from the company. The smaller standard variant iPhone 7 is packed with the slightly smaller display but the iPhone 7 Plus is featuring the large display of 5.5-inch. The device best selling feature is its dual rear cameras which make it a standout option especially when you are looking for an iPhone. Another prominent feature of this handset is it is the first Apple smartphone which is water and dust resistant.
Latest iOS update for next three yearsFirst IP68 smartphone from Apple Top-notch dual rear cameras
Most expensive iPhone

Display

5.5-inch phablet with 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor

Apple A10 fusion

RAM

3GB

Storage

Top of the line 256GB, not expandable

Rear camera

Dual 12MP sensor

Front facing camera

7MP

OS

iOS 10

Battery

2675Mah

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Buy Galaxy S7 Edge

The Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge is currently the best flagship smartphone from the South Korean giant. The device overall desiging is quite luring because of glass. The S7 Edge is packed with a 5.5-inch dual edge display but Samsung still managed to make it a compact option. In Galaxy S7 Lineup smartphones, Edge variant is way more popular and accounted for nearly 70% of sales. It brings back the water and dust resistance to Galaxy S-lineup. To make sure large dual edge display last long on single charge, the company packed the device with 3,600mAh battery. Despite being a year older smartphone, it is still one of the best Android smartphone available in the market. The S7 and S7 Edge were launched in February last year ahead of MWC 2016.
High build quality Large Battery cell as opposed to predecessorBest camera even in low-light conditionsExpandable memory
Rear glass easily attracts fingerprints TouchWiz need refinements

Display

5.5-inch quad HD

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820/ Exynos 8890

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB, expandable up to 200GB

Rear camera

12MP sensor

Front facing camera

5MP

OS

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1

Battery

3,600Mah

OnePlus 3T
OnePlus 3T can be grabbed for $439

if you are looking for an Android smartphone with top-tier hardware and best value for money price tag, Only OnePlus 3T will be your choice. The device highly impressed tech geeks around the globe because of its awesome metal build quality and latest hardware on board. The Good thing about OnePlus 3T is not its specific hardware feature but instead, the device provides a best overall package at such price tag. It brings build quality and hardware of a flagship smartphone worth of $800 at around $400. The OnePlus provides a 16MP snapper on both sides with OIS support. It was unveiled in November 2016. You can also check out our Mobilescout Review of OnePlus 3T before making any purchase.
Affordable price tag with top hardwareLatest SD 821 on board with 6GB RAM 16MP front-facing camera with OIS
Memory not expandable Camera does perform ordinary in low-light

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

LG V20

Buy LG V20

The V20 is the latest flagship phablet from LG. As we all know, display around 5-inch is pretty standard now a days that's why we added a true gigantic phablet with 5.7-inch display. It features IPS Quantum secondary display of 2.1-inch. There are three main selling feature of this handset. The first is 16MP camera sensors which performs extra-ordirnary. Second, it is the first smartphone announced with Android Nougat 7.0 pre-installed, even ahead of Google's own Pixel lineup. Last but not the least it has dedicated Dac chipset for high sound quality.

Latest Nougat 7.0 pre-installed Metal chassis with good build qualityMemory expandable upto 2TB
Small Battery cell

Display

5..7-inch Quad HD

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB and expandable

Rear camera

16MP

Front facing camera

8MP

OS

Android Nougat pre-installed

Battery

3,200Mah

Honor 8

Buy Honor 8

Those customers who are looking for an affordable smartphone with dual rear cameras and luring attractive design Huawei Honor 8 can become your choice. The device does feature mid-range hardware but its dual rear makes it a stand out option amongst mid-rangers. The device Blue variant is quite awesome as it has glossy finish makes it more attractive while holding. At this price range, Honor 8 is certainly a must look option before purchasing smartphone below $400.

High quality dual rear camerasClean UI on Android Marshmallow Better Battery life
Shinny rear design is not attractive for everyone

Display

5.2-inch with 1920 x 1080 pixels

Processor

Kirin 950

RAM

3GB/4GB

Storage

32GB/64GB and expandable

Rear camera

Dual 12MP

Front facing camera

8MP

OS

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1

Battery

3,000Mah

Motorola Moto Z Play

Buy Moto Z Play

We enlisted nearly all key top tier smartphones available in the market, now turns for an affordable mid-range Phablet. Motorola's Moto Z Play is certainly a pretty good option as far as mid-range phablet device is a concern. The best thing about this device is its ability to attach modular Moto Mods. The Moto Z Play owners can expand device capability using Moto Mods which can be attached on the rear side.

Modular design with Moto Mods Near Stock OS clean UI Updates at much rapid pace as opposed to other OEMs
Moto Mods are slightly expensive

Display

5.5-inch with 1920 x 1080 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm 625 SoC

RAM

3GB

Storage

32GB expandable

Rear camera

16MP

Front facing camera

5MP

OS

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1

Battery

3,150Mah

Sony Xperia X

Buy Sony Xperia X

Even though most of the smartphones in the market are packed with the display above 5-inches but not everyone is looking forward to grabbing a giant smartphone, there is still a huge fan base of those customers who still prefer a compact smartphone. For those buyers, we have Sony Xperia X as the best compact Android smartphone available in the market. The Xperia X is the latest high-end offering from Sony. Like always, highlighted feature of Sony smartphone is their camera modules, same is the case with Xperia X. It has an awesome camera sensor of 23MP on rear side whereas, on the front facing side, the camera sensor is 13MP which works equally good in both low-light and daylight scenarios.

Available in wide-range of colorsGood built quality One of the best rear-camera in the market Good Battery life
5-inch display is not demand of every customer

Display

5.0-inch with 1920 x 1080 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm 650 SoC

RAM

3GB

Storage

64GB expandable

Rear camera

23MP

Front facing camera

13MP

OS

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1

Battery

2,620Mah

Lenovo K6 Note

Buy Lenovo K6 Note

Lenovo's K6 Note is also a mid-ranger Phablet. Although Moto Z Play and Lenovo K6 Note falls in the same category but the main difference between both devices is modular design and price tag. The Lenovo K6 Note can be purchased at the much affordable price as compared to Moto Z Play, so it depends on the buyer, if you don't like modular design and still wants to have an affordable Phablet, K6 Note could become your choice.
Larger Battery Cell provides awesome timings on single chargeSolid Metal design Clean UI
Older Processor

Display

5.5-inch with 1920 x 1080 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm 430 SoC

RAM

3GB/4GB

Storage

32GB expandable

Rear camera

16MP

Front facing camera

8MP

OS

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1

Battery

4,000Mah

Xiaomi Redmi 4A
Last but not the least, we have a Chinese Compact smartphone from Xiaomi. The Redmi 4A has been recently announced in India, like its predecessor the device is well appreciated by customers in China and now all set to disrupt Indian and Pakistan smartphone market. Xiaomi mid-rangers are pretty popular in Indian and Chinese smartphone market. Under $100, Redmi 4A is a pretty good choice. It is available in different options based on internal storage and memory. Customers can grab the top of the line variant at an affordable price tag.
Metal bodyGood Battery life
Entry-level specsAvg camera

Display

5.0-inch with HD screen resolution

Processor

Qualcomm 425 SoC

RAM

2GB

Storage

16GB expandable

Rear camera

13MP

Front facing camera

5MP

OS

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1

Battery

3,120


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