Greetings readers and a Happy, Prosperous, and Productive New Year to each and every reader. We apologize for being away for so long but rest assured that CTech News is back on track and rearing to tackle all of Tech for 2018. Now that everyone has revealed their cards, I would like to count down my picks on the best phones of 2017. Note that for this list, only phones that carried a flagship chipset were considered, as such the Blackberry Motion and Blackberry KeyOne were not considered.
- iPhone X
The iPhone X is by no means a terrible phone, representing the very pinnacle of Apple’s ideology. It features an impressive Face ID, a feature that is definitely a game changer in the smartphone world. The reason the iPhone X is so low of this list is because the other entries on this list costs a lot cheaper and offer a similar experience, other than the general iOS benefits. Also featured is the Apple A11 Bionic, the fastest ever mobile processor. All in all, if money is of no value to you, the iPhone X is the way to go (yawns).
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is the highest end device from Chinese giant Huawei. It features the HiSilicon Kirin 970 equipped with 6 GB of RAM and a 4000 mAh battery, with the fastest method of charging, Supercharge on board. This device comes with EMUI 8, based on Android 8 along with Project Treble and has become my favourite skin for Android.
The Galaxy Note series has always been a power user’s companion since its launch. Samsung has strayed from its original idea of the Note series but the Note 8 still remains one of the most compelling devices of the year. With either the Snapdragon 835 (USA/China) or the Exynos 8895 (Global), the Note 8 comes with 6 GB of RAM and delivers solid performance, enticing features, S-Pen and above average fast charging capabilities. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat that will be upgradable to Android 8 in a few weeks’ time.
Before you get the pitch forks out, let me give you cause. The Pixel 2 XL is a phone that is all about how Google envisions Android to be and true to life, the Pixel 2 XL delivers. True the screen has had issues but it’s really a negligible issue. What prevented this phone from being at the top however is the lack of a headphone jack, meaning that Android users will have no “choice”, something that matters to Android users (and iOS too but they won’t admit it). Featuring a Snapdragon 835 processor, the best camera in DxO rating history and stock, pure Android with the latest updates, 4 GB of RAM and three years of major Android updates, the Pixel 2 XL falls just short of the #1 Smartphone of the Year.
OnePlus is a very polarizing company, either you or everyone you know have heard of it or you completely haven’t heard a single thing about it. The reason their phone is on top of this list is because it checks a number of boxes such as fast charging (second fastest), great dual cameras, great build quality, Snapdragon 835, 8 GB of RAM and in the case of the 5T facial recognition and a 5.9 inch screen 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio. What’s amazing you say? The price. Coming in at under $600 USD, the OnePlus 5/5T does everything the big guys do, but at a much much cheaper cost. The phone of the year in my opinion.