Best Smartphones (October 2017)

Best Smartphones 2017

This Synopsis

Many users just care about the best of the best smartphones. This Best Smartphones synopsis stays up to date with the most feature-packed, quality, and usually most expensive smartphones you can find today.

The Short List

Samsung Galaxy Note 8Apple iPhone 8 PlusLG V30Google Pixel 2 XL

The Rundown

#1 – Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Without the iPhone X in the mix, the Note 8 undoubtedly takes the #1 spot for the best smartphone overall.


  • Super-AMOLED screen capable of 1,200 nits of brightness
  • IRIS retina scanning security option
  • Fast wireless charging
  • OIS on secondary, telephoto camera sensor
  • Speedy Dual Pixel auto-focus
  • Well-implemented stylus
  • Bluetooth v5.0


  • Awful fingerprint scanner location
  • Nearly $1K price tag
  • Huge size

#2 – Apple iPhone 8 Plus

The “new” iPhone 8 Plus looms in the shadow of the superior iPhone X, but it’s still a powerhouse smartphone.


  • Fastest processing power with A11 bionic hexa-core chip
  • Top class dual camera and robust Portrait capture
  • “True Tone” adaptive display
  • Stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth v5.0


  • Yesteryear bezels
  • LCD screen (instead of OLED)
  • Secondary telephoto sensor only has a f/2.8 aperture and no OIS
  • No headphone jack
  • Big and heavy

#3 – LG V30

LG has made strides with the V30 but is still playing catch-up with Samsung.


  • Phone size sweet-spot – 6.0″ P-OLED (2:1 aspect ratio and 82% screen-to-body)
  • Secondary wide-angle camera
  • Largest camera aperture on a smartphone – f/1.6 on primary sensor
  • Most comprehensive set of manual camera controls
  • HiFi-capable headphone jack, powered by newest dedicated ESS SABRE mobile DAC
  • Higher fidelity Bluetooth audio streaming with Aptx HD
  • Support for 600 MHz LTE cellular band (T-Mobile only)


  • Display color accuracy and brightness is significantly behind Samsung
  • Camera often overexposes (washes out)
  • Quality of front camera is mediocre
  • LG’s user interface looks dated now

#4 – Google Pixel 2 XL

Google cuts the bezels with the Pixel 2 XL and maintains the best camera crown.


  • Latest and best software experience for Android
  • Highest rated smartphone camera
  • Large battery
  • Front, stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth v5.0 and Aptx HD


  • Display quality a step behind Samsung
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack
  • No microSD expansion
  • Verizon exclusive

Final Thoughts

The year’s not over! There’s a couple more big hitters coming, such as the HTC U11 Plus and OnePlus 5T (both of which are slated for a November release). We also can’t forget about the colossal iPhone X launch!

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