Best Smartphones to buy in December 2017

Best Smartphones to buy

The year 2017 has been a year where the manufacturers reinvested in the design giving their products fresh looks. Over the years, smartphones looked more or less the same as they relied on the same concept of single glass block wrapped in a metal frame.

The scenario changed completely in 2017, the year saw redesigned smartphones with thin or bezel-less front by trimming the top and bottom chin or the meat on the sides. The phones once considered “Phablets” are now designed to fit in the standard size body reducing the body dimensions but maintaining the huge screen aspect ratio. 2017 saw an increase in display sizes and a decrease in body dimensions.

Further, dual camera setup spread like wildfire and soon formed the trend which was adopted by most of the mobile manufacturing Companies. The year also saw falling manufacturing costs but overall improvement in built quality and performance. The devices got equipped with powerful corning gorilla glasses along with IP67 and IP68 Certificates making them water and dust resistance.

The RAM capacity which was once limited to 2GB max and considered as powerful got jumped to 6GB RAM, now accepted as the minimum. While for the storage department, you may get 32GB or even 64GB at a price of last year’s 16GB model and with an option of unlimited cloud storage for storing high-res memories – Photo or Video.

Ultimately the trend led to competition and pushed a feeling of being lost as to choose bestamongst the best.However, we may help you by narrowing your choice and leading to the outstanding device that won’t disappoint. With no further ado, here are the best smartphones you can buy right now.

Best Standard Size Phones in 2017

Apple iPhone X

Apple on its 10th Anniversary announced its most advanced iPhone ever. Finally, Apple followed the trend for the bezel-less display and by reinvesting in iPhone X’s design delivered 5.8-inch OLED screen which sits under slightly bigger body than the iPhone 8.

The new iPhone X display provides True Tone and Wide color, under the hood, the device is powered by A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture coupled with 3GB RAM providing faster performance than the iPhone 7 and later variants.
Instead of a fingerprint sensor, the device gets more secured protection through Face ID feature that creates a 3D map of your face and helps to unlock when u look at it. Camera too got important advancements the AI integrated front, as well as dual rare camera with portrait mode, stabilized telephoto sensor has the upper hand over iPhone 8.

Specifications

  • Dimensions – 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm Weight: 174 gram.
  • 5.8 inches Super AMOLED (1125 x 2436 ) 19.5:9 ratio display
  • iOS 11.2
  • 2.39 GHz Hexa-core Apple A11 Bionic chipset (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
  • Apple GPU (three-core graphics)
  • 3 GB RAM + 64GB storage and 3 GB RAM + 256GB storage
  • Dual Rare – 12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm) + 12 MP (f/2.4, 52mm), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED dual-tone flash
  • Front – 7 MP (f/2.2, 32mm)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh battery
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, USB 2.0, NFC
  • Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Click here for iPhone X detailed specifications and reviews.

Pros

  • All-glass body premium design
  • Face ID
  • OLED Display
  • Improved cameras
  • Wireless charging
  • Animojis and AR

Cons

  • No iris scanner
  • No headphone jack
  • Glass body is fragile and prone to break
  • High price tag
  • Poor battery life

Price$1,000/89,000 INR for 64GB, $1,150/1,02,000 INR for 256GB

Apple iPhone 8

The iPhone gets the similar design like its predecessor iPhone 7, the only addition is its glass back. Having said that the device might not look exciting considering the looks but it’s still a worthy upgrade when compared with performance. The A11 chip equipped with iPhone 8 performs much faster and gives better battery performance and improved camera quality.

The device further gets the most awaited wireless charging feature along with full glass back. The latest ios performs much better along with control panel customization options new imessage, emojis and much more.

The storage option gets a jump to 64GB and 256GB of storage. One of the key reason to choose iPhone is its timely ios updates and exclusive apps and games availability.

Specifications

  • Dimensions – 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm Weight : 148 grams.
  • 4.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD (750 x 1334) 16:9 ratio display.
  • iOS 11.2
  • Hexa-core Apple A11 Bionic chipset (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)
  • Apple GPU (three-core graphics)
  • 2 GB RAM + 64GB storage and 2 GB RAM + 256GB storage
  • Rare – 12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm), phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED dual-tone flash
  • Front – 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, USB 2.0, NFC
  • Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Click here for iPhone 8 detailed specifications and reviews.

Pros

  • Slightly improved designs
  • The A11 chipset provides faster performance.
  • True Tone and Wide color display.
  • Improved cameras
  • ios 11 smoothens user experience.

Cons

  • Higher price tag
  • No headphone jack
  • No iris scanner

Price$700/61,999 INR for 64GB, $850/73,999 INR for 256GB

Sony Xperia XZ1

If you are Android lover, then Sony Xperia XZ1 might be the choice. The device is a minor upgrade over its predecessor but the specifications are worth looking forward to. Sony is especially known for its refined cameras along with built quality and the XZ1 model doesn’t disappoint by offering the same. For the recap, let us check the specifications.

Specifications

  • Dimensions – 148 x 73 x 7.4mm and 156 grams
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • 5.2 inches IPS LCD (1080 x 1920 pixels) 16:9 display.
  • Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (4×2.35 GHz Kryo& 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Adreno 540
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage
  • Rear – 19MP, 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor. Front: 13MP with 22mm lens, f/2.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC
  • Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum

Pros

  • Refined cameras.
  • Improved performance.
  • Better battery life.
  • IP68 water resistant.

Cons

  • No edge-to-edge screens.
  • No fingerprint scanner for the US.
  • Overpriced.

Price$600/44,990 INR for 64GB

Google Pixel 2

Considering android phones and Google doesn’t make its way seems impossible. Recently flagship Pixel 2 from Google is one of the best buys if u got some pennies in your pocket. The predecessor was one of the best devices featuring camera performance and same is the scenario with the Pixel 2.

The improved camera on Pixel 2 plays a vital role, the 12.2-megapixel primary camera on the rare with f/1.8 and feature like Portrait Mode is the best single camera on a smartphone. The device further gets IP67 rating for protection and Snapdragon 835 chipset for hardware performance. The sound quality is superb from two front-firing speakers.

Specifications

  • Dimensions – 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm and 143 grams.
  • Nano-SIM card & eSIM
  • 5.0 inches AMOLED (1080 x 1920) 16:9 aspect ratio display.
  • Runs Android 8.0 out of the box.
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at (4×2.35 GHz Kryo& 4×1.9 GHz Kryo).
  • Adreno 540 GPU.
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB RAM + 128GB.
  • Rear – 12.2 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.6″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF)
  • Front – 8 MP (f/2.4, 27mm, 1/3.2″, 1.4 µm)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer.

Pros

  • Superb built quality with the latest design.
  • Best cameras with great dynamic range.
  • Google Assistant feature.
  • Latest Android OS.
  • Top-end performance.

Cons

  • No in-trend 18:9 aspect ratio.
  • No headphone jack.

Price$650/61,000 INR for 64GB, $750/70,000 INR for 128GB

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung one of the leading mobile manufacturing brand brought a revolution into the smartphone industry with the launch of Galaxy S8. The South Korean Giant reinvesting in design introduced bezel-less display covering most of the front along with glass body design wrapped in metal.

Along with the screen, the device features an improved camera which provides more details, vibrant colors and better low light images. The 1.9GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 chipset performs really well without any disappointment. The key highlight of the smartphone is the powerful and smarter Bixby assistant.

Specifications

  • Dimensions – 148.90 x 68.10 x 8.00 mm and 155 grams.
  • 5.8 Super AMOLED (1440 x 2960) 18.5:9 ratio display.
  • Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Soc clocked at (4×2.35 GHz Kryo& 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
  • Rear camera – 12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
  • Front camera – 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC
  • Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2

Pros

  • Gorgeous looks and excellent construction quality
  • Brilliant displays
  • Phenomenal camera quality
  • Class-leading performance

Cons

  • No flat screen option
  • Nearly unusable fingerprint reader
  • Software stuffed with unnecessary features

Price$725/57,900 INR for 64GB