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What are the latest cell phones?

Best smartphone 2017: the 10 top phones we've tested  March 12, 2023 – 12:34 am
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Update: If you're struggling to work out which phone to buy and don't want to head through our full list of phones, then we've brought you a new video, featuring all the top phones of the moment!

We're pretty sure the Samsung Galaxy S8 won't be there (we're thinking March for that one) but the LG G6, new handsets from Nokia and BlackBerry, and something from Sony too.

But if you're after a top smartphone, here's the ranking we've spent hours whittling down to a top ten, taking into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

(If the price is too high, check out our list of the best cheap handsets that won't cost you more than £200).

10. Motorola Moto Z Play

A perfectly palm-friendly phone

Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 76.4 x 7 mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB + microSD | Battery: 3510mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Clever modular accessories

Much lower price than many

Low spec CPU struggles

No waterproofing

Motorola's got a bit of an underground hit with the Z pair - and now it's available in the UK properly, the Z Play has knocked the hyper-expensive Google Pixel XL out of the list.

We're fans of the Z Play thanks to its innovative magnetic clip-on accessories - a simple snap on cover can transform this phone into an impressive standalone camera, music player or even projector.

It looks great and for a low price too - sure, the CPU could be better and the camera doesn't impress massively, but that drop in spec has been drilled back into the price tag, and this is a very decent phone for the money.

Read the full review: Motorola Moto Z Play

  • What's next? There's not a lot of information out around now around the Moto Z Play 2, but we've compiled a look at what we're hoping will be coming to the Moto Z (2017) - and a lot of that will filter down to the new Z Play.

Also consider: How about the Google Pixel XL though? The also-5.5-inch handset might not be in our top ten, but that's only because of a HUGE price tag and a slightly bland performance elsewhere - but the camera is stupendous and you're getting a much better screen for the cash. Oh, and the latest version of Android too!


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