It would seem that the year 2017 has just begun, but we did not have time to look back, as he crept up to the equa­tor and it’s time to sum up the first half of the year. By tra­di­tion, already at the begin­ning of the year, many man­u­fac­tur­ers pleased us with new prod­ucts. Some imme­di­ate­ly attract­ed atten­tion (yes, we are talk­ing about Sam­sung), some pleased with sta­ble per­for­mance. One way or anoth­er, let’s take a clos­er look at smart­phones that so far occu­py the top places in terms of char­ac­ter­is­tics and per­for­mance.

  • Sam­sung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
  • Weight: 173g (155g); Dimen­sions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm (148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm) ; OS: Android 7; Dis­play diag­o­nal: 6.2 inch­es (5.8); Res­o­lu­tion: 1440 x 2960; Proces­sor: Exynos 8895; RAM: 4GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 64GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 3,500mAh (3000); Main cam­era: 12MP; Front cam­era: 8MP

    There is noth­ing sur­pris­ing in the fact that the first place in our review will go to this par­tic­u­lar smart­phone. No won­der almost every­one con­sid­ers it their duty to call it the best Android smart­phone. And there is a lot of truth in this assess­ment.

    Let’s start with the futur­is­tic design of the Sam­sung Galaxy S8 — a curved dis­play like no oth­er, a cam­era capa­ble of cap­tur­ing incred­i­ble pho­tos and per­for­mance that can han­dle every­thing from music and video to the lat­est games.

    The Sam­sung Galaxy S8 will serve well for many years to those who are not in a hur­ry to change it to the next mar­ket leader, and it is def­i­nite­ly worth the mon­ey.

    You can choose the S8 or S8 Plus mod­el. The sec­ond, of course, will cost more, but it also has a more pow­er­ful bat­tery.

    If you want to get to know this amaz­ing smart­phone clos­er, we have made a video review espe­cial­ly for you.

  • One Plus 3T
  • Weight: 158g; Dimen­sions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm; OS: Android Marsh­mal­low Dis­play diag­o­nal: 5.5 inch­es; Res­o­lu­tion: 1080 x 1920; Proces­sor: Snap­drag­on 821; RAM: 6GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 64GB / 128GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 3400mAh; Main cam­era: 16MP; Front cam­era: 16MP

    We def­i­nite­ly don’t talk about this smart­phone often enough. After the suc­cess of the One Plus 3, the mar­ket was tak­en over by its new­er mod­el, the One Plus 3T. All the qual­i­ties that won us over in One­Plus 3 remained in place: the nim­ble proces­sor became even faster, the large bat­tery received more capac­i­ty, and the front cam­era was added res­o­lu­tion. Of course, we won’t see the orig­i­nal One­Plus 3 on the shelves any­more, but it will be replaced by an equal­ly wor­thy smart­phone. This guar­an­tees us Snap­drag­on 821 and 6GB of RAM.

    Com­pared to Sam­sung’s flag­ship, the One­Plus 3T is a very, very eco­nom­i­cal smart­phone that, by the way, gives almost the same per­for­mance, incred­i­ble endurance, and more.

    In a word, this smart­phone is def­i­nite­ly worth atten­tion and the ques­tion “Is it worth buy­ing?” there is only one cor­rect answer.

  • LG G5
  • Weight: 159g; Dimen­sions: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm; OS: Android Marsh­mal­low (upgrad­ed to Android Nougat) Dis­play diag­o­nal: 5.3 inch­es; Res­o­lu­tion: 1440x2560; Proces­sor: Snap­drag­on 820; RAM: 4GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 32GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 2800mAh; Main cam­era: 16MP + 8MP; Front cam­era: 8MP

    Full met­al body and replace­able bat­tery? Can you ask for more from a smart­phone? You can, and the LG G5 does­n’t dis­ap­point. Even though in terms of design it does not meet the lat­est trends, but inside it has excel­lent pow­er. Accord­ing to the test results, the LG G5 out­per­forms even the Sam­sung Galaxy S7. In addi­tion, the smart­phone is equipped with a chic dis­play with a diag­o­nal of 5.3 inch­es. LG did not stay away from the fash­ion trend of dual cam­eras on the back. One of the cam­eras has a res­o­lu­tion of 16 megapix­els, but the sec­ond is much more inter­est­ing — this is a wide-angle 8‑megapixel cam­era, with which any mobile pho­tog­ra­phy enthu­si­ast will spend many pleas­ant min­utes.

  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • Weight: 188g; Dimen­sions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm; OS: iOS 10; Dis­play diag­o­nal: 5.5 inch­es; Res­o­lu­tion: 1080 x 1920; Proces­sor: Apple A10 Fusion; RAM: 3GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 32/128/256GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 2,900mAh; Main cam­era: 12MP; Front cam­era: 7MP

    Since the appear­ance of the first iPhone, these smart­phones from Apple have not been left out of any review, always receiv­ing their por­tion of pos­i­tive feed­back. The iPhone 7 and its old­er broth­er the 7 Plus are the most expen­sive smart­phones on the mar­ket today, but they also shape the direc­tion the rest of the mar­ket is head­ing in many ways.

    If the 7 is a rel­a­tive­ly small step up from the pre­vi­ous mod­el, then the 7 Plus is def­i­nite­ly a device worth con­sid­er­ing. First, it is equipped with a dual cam­era and a dou­ble opti­cal zoom. An improved bat­tery ensures longer bat­tery life, and fast charg­ing keeps your con­nec­tion going as always.

    Apple’s speed, build, and design are top notch as always, and of course, we’ve got the iPhone 8 (or 7S) ahead of us, about which we can only trade rumors for now.

  • Google Pix­el
  • Weight: 143g; Dimen­sions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5mm; OS: Android 7.1; Dis­play diag­o­nal: 5 inch­es; Res­o­lu­tion: 1080 x 1920; Proces­sor: Snap­drag­on 821; RAM: 4GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 32/128GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 2770mAh; Main cam­eras: 12MP; Front cam­era: 8MP

    A cou­ple of new smart­phones from Google are very inter­est­ing devices, but what makes them stand out from the list? Cam­era. The 12-megapix­el sen­sor leaves behind both the iPhone 7 cam­era (which once seemed fan­tas­tic) and the Sam­sung Galaxy S7 cam­era (but not the S8). Despite hav­ing a reg­u­lar rather than a dual cam­era, the Google Pix­el cer­tain­ly won’t dis­ap­point fans of mobile pho­tog­ra­phy.

    Suc­cess­ful­ly built into the nov­el­ty from Google and the “clean” axis of Android Nougat.

    The bat­tery capac­i­ty and per­for­mance of this smart­phone will ful­ly meet the require­ments of any mod­ern user. Nice and very unusu­al design looks very attrac­tive. In its cat­e­go­ry, this smart­phone takes quite a wor­thy place and will serve its own­er prop­er­ly.

    In addi­tion, you should pay atten­tion to the Google Pix­el XL — in terms of per­for­mance, per­for­mance and cam­era, it is def­i­nite­ly one of the best phablet smart­phones.

  • Sam­sung Galaxy J5
  • Weight: 149g; Dimen­sions: 142.00 x 73.00 x 7.90 mm; OS: Android Lol­lipop Dis­play diag­o­nal: 5.2 inch­es; Res­o­lu­tion: 1280 x 720; Proces­sor: Snap­drag­on 410; RAM: 1.5GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 8GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 3000mAh; Main cam­era: 13MP; front cam­era: 5MP

    We dis­cussed flag­ships and inter­est­ing new items, it’s time to pay atten­tion to bud­get smart­phones. One of the best options for those who don’t want to invest in an expen­sive smart­phone is the Sam­sung Galaxy J5. The first thing that catch­es your eye (and for good rea­son) is the Super AMOLED dis­play of incred­i­ble qual­i­ty. For bud­get devices, this is a rar­i­ty. The bat­tery of this smart­phone is also impres­sive, numer­ous tests rat­ed its per­for­mance high­er than the bat­tery of the Galaxy S7.

    If you are look­ing for a qual­i­ty, con­ve­nient and afford­able smart­phone, the Galaxy J5 will def­i­nite­ly suit you.

  • HTC U11
  • Weight: 169g; Dimen­sions: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm; OS: Android Nougat Dis­play diag­o­nal: 5.5 inch­es; Res­o­lu­tion: 1440 x 2560; Proces­sor: Snap­drag­on 835; RAM: 4GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 64GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 3000mAh; Main cam­era: 12MP; front cam­era: 16MP

    And again a nov­el­ty from HTC. This time the com­pa­ny sur­pris­es us with a new fea­ture — the smart­phone can be squeezed to per­form a num­ber of func­tions. This addi­tion is def­i­nite­ly worth pay­ing atten­tion to, because so far we have not seen this.

    In gen­er­al, the smart­phone impress­es not only with its design (and its appear­ance is real­ly very orig­i­nal), but also with its high-qual­i­ty fill­ing.

    The cam­era, for exam­ple, will allow you to take very cool pic­tures and the HDR mode is espe­cial­ly pleas­ant­ly sur­pris­ing.

    Anoth­er very wor­thy func­tion is the audio. The smart­phone has excel­lent sound, and the set includes high-qual­i­ty head­phones.

    In gen­er­al, this smart­phone is designed for fans of new prod­ucts and orig­i­nal devices.

  • Huawei P9
  • Weight: 144g; Dimen­sions: 145 x 70.9 x 7 mm; OS: Android Marsh­mal­low Dis­play diag­o­nal: 5.2 inch­es; Res­o­lu­tion: 1080 x 1920; Proces­sor: HiSil­i­con Kirin 955; RAM: 4GB; Built-in mem­o­ry: 32GB; Bat­tery capac­i­ty: 3000mAh; Main cam­era: 12MP; Front cam­era: 8MP

    As always, the Chi­nese com­pa­ny Huawei did not stand aside from the lead­ers. P9 is a smart­phone that will pro­vide its own­er with a lot for its price.

    The cam­era in this smart­phone was espe­cial­ly suc­cess­ful — now it is the third cam­era in terms of pow­er and qual­i­ty among all smart­phones on the mar­ket. As a true flag­ship, Huawei P9 deliv­ers high per­for­mance and fea­tures that leave pre­vi­ous mod­els far behind. Bat­tery endurance is also excel­lent, and the price, accord­ing to the tra­di­tion of Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers, pleas­ant­ly sur­pris­es.

    Here is a list of smart­phones that are pop­u­lar and bring some­thing new.

    Man­u­fac­tur­ers still have half a year ahead to change the sit­u­a­tion on the mar­ket, but already now there is plen­ty to choose from, so that any tastes and pref­er­ences of the pub­lic do not remain unan­swered. In the mean­time, we will look for­ward to news from pop­u­lar com­pa­nies, new flag­ships hit­ting the shelves and watch­ing the progress in real time.