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Best phones 2017: the 10 top smartphones we've tested  September 11, 2020 – 09:34 am
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2016 was a stellar year for smartphones, and 2017 is shaping up to be even better. The recent launches of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL late last year mean that the humble smartphone is destined to become faster, more powerful and even more versatile than ever before.

However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account power, specs, design and value for money. And we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets – after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?

So whether it's one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool manufacturers, we've extensively tested them all so you don't have to!

Here are our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in Australia.

10. Motorola Moto Z

The world's thinnest smartphone is also the best modular phone

Weight: 136g | Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Moto Z takes the modular accessory idea we liked so much about the LG G5 and actually makes it work with better add-ons and an easier-to-use snap-on design.

It's an Android phone that performs well right now and the potential behind its future accessories hold a lot of promise down the road. Usually when we talk about mid-cycle upgrades, we're strictly talking about new software. Moto Z could take on new form at any time.

It may be the world's thinnest phone, but that comes at a cost with a reduction in battery size and the loss of the headphone jack - potential issues for some users. If you can overlook these shortcomings though you'll have a truly innovative device in your hands.


Samsung Samsung J3 Verizon
Wireless (Samsung)
  • 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 V features VoLTE capabilities
  • Simplify your experience by turning on Easy Mode
  • Galaxy J3 V comes in 16GB and is available in Black
Samsung IT Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch - Dark Gray
Wireless (Samsung IT)
  • Send and receive texts, calendar notifications, news updates and more right on your wrist.
  • With rotating bezel and unique circular interface, easily access your apps and notifications.
  • With a circular design and stainless steel construction, the Gear S2 matches your style.
  • Thousands of third party apps available.
  • Interchangeable bands and hundreds of available watch faces.
Samsung IT Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch - Classic Rose Gold
Television (Samsung IT)
  • Step up your style with the new 18K rose gold and platinum models*, paired with genuine leather straps. *18K gold or platinum plated finishes.
  • Send and receive texts, calendar notifications, news updates and more right on the Gear S2 classic.
  • Choose from hundreds of custom watch faces to match your style.
  • Complete your individual style with a selection of optional watch straps, creating a personalized look for every moments.
  • Compatible with most Android smartphones.
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (STA) Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge SM-G935UZSAXAA Unlocked smartphone, 32 GB, US Warranty - Silver
Wireless Device (Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (STA))
  • Swipe and You re In. Only Samsung gives you an edge. One swipe and you re talking to your friend or liking a post. No need to dig around for real-time scores and...
  • Water Happens. The two things you can t live without-water and your phone. The Galaxy S7edge has an IP68 rating. So it repels water so you won t need to your phone...
  • Post-Worthy Day or Night. The first smartphone with dual-pixel technology features fast autofocus, so you can say goodbye to blurry photos. And the new advanced...
  • More Power. More Play. Stop waiting around for your phone to charge. With fast wireless charging, the Galaxy S7 edge powers up from 0 to 100% in no time. And with...
  • It s Your Stuff. Keep It. Running out of memory should never be a thing. With the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, it won t be. You can expand your memory up to an additional...
Samsung Samsung Gear S2 R735A Classic (Wi-Fi + AT&T) 3G Smartwatch w/ 1.2" Display - Black Leather (Certified Refurbished)
Wireless (Samsung)
  • A revolutionary design keeps everything you need at your fingertips, the circular interface and unique rotating bezel let you navigate through notifications, apps...
  • With elegant curves, a leather strap, and premium finishes, function meets style in the Gear S2 classic. Personalize it with custom watch faces to create a smartwatch...
  • Get notifications from your phone right on your wrist with a glance. With the Gear S2 classic, you can receive calendar notifications, texts and even news updates
  • The built-in S Health app empowers your active lifestyle and continuously challenges you to live better
  • The Gear S2 classic is compatible with most Android devices,letting you in on the amazing Samsung experience

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