These are the best smartphones you can buy. We’ve rounded up the best Android phones and the best iPhones available in the U.S.
We’ve test smartphones every day to see how they live up to the challenges of the real world. Forget commercials and hypothetical situations, these are the best phones that meet the needs of demanding users.
You don’t need to spend time playing with new phones for a few minutes each. We’ve tested all of these phones to find out what they do well and where they fall short. We’ve also cut the list of phones worth buying in early 2017 down to a manageable size.
Forget good phones, these are the best smartphones you can buy;
1. Best Smartphone: iPhone 7 Plus
- Good battery life
- Dual camera system
- water resistant design
- Too large for some users
The iPhone 7 Plus is the the best smartphone you can buy. The larger size allows for a longer lasting battery and a beautiful screen. Combine this with a dual camera that can delivers an optical zoom and a beautiful portrait mode.
Apple delivers a water resistant design that stands up to water like no iPhone before. Inside is a fast new Apple A10 Fusion processor that delivers excellent speeds and features with iOS 10. This is the newest iPhone and it will see software updates for years to come. We also love the new louder speakers. There is no headphone jack, but it’s not a problem thanks to included lightning headphones, an adapter and plenty of wireless headphones.
Read: iPhone 7 Review
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2. Best Android Smartphone LG V20
- Headphone jack with QUAD DAC
- Manual camera control options
- Fast Charging
- Higher than average price
If you are looking for the best smartphone you need to look at the LG V20. While everyone else tries to be an Android version of the iPhone, LG dares to stand up and say here’s an alternative you choose — not one you settle for.
This phone doesn’t look like the iPhone, it doesn’t try to pack in copy cat features just to check a box and it doesn’t skimp on ports that you aren’t ready to give up on.
In fact LG goes big with an incredible sound experience from a headphone jack. Exposes camera controls to you in the camera app where you want them, not buries in a settings menu. Delivers fast charging that allows you to keep going while you need a battery pack for you iPhone 7.
And, it does all of this with a beautiful large screen interesting features and the latest version of Android.
3. Best Phone for the Average User: iPhone 7
- Small and water resistant design
- Good app support and software
- Louder speakers
- Battery life could be longer
The iPhone 7 is a smaller version of the iPhone 7 Plus, but it is also missing the dual camera feature that we use daily. If you can’t handle the larger size of the iPhone 7 Plus, this is a good alternative as long as you know what you are giving up.
With heavy use, the iPhone 7 battery will run dry faster than the iPhone 7 Plus, but for the average user this shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Read: iPhone 7 Review
We love the slim and water resistant design as well as the fast A10 Fusion processor. There is no headphone jack, but it’s an easy switch for many users to make.
Here are today’s best iPhone 7 deals that can help you save hundreds on a new iPhone 7.
4. Best Android Phone for the Average User: Samsung Galaxy S7
- Good battery life
- Beautiful screen and design
- Great camera
- Micro SD Card support
- 32GB Storage Only
- Attracts Fingerprints
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the best Android phone for the average user. It may not have all the bells and whistles that come with the LG V20 when it comes to camera controls, but it is an excellent choice.
Read: Samsung Galaxy S7 Review
You can take amazing photos, expand your storage with the Micro SD card and use the phone with the Samsung Gear VR to enjoy Virtual Reality games and 360 degree videos.
This is an amazing Android phone and one that you will be able to use for years to come. The camera delivers great shots and the phone is beautiful to look at. Combine the fast charging and simple to use software and you have an impressive phone in your pocket.
5. Best Smartphone for Android Power Users: Google Pixel XL
- Premium build quality
- Great better front and rear cameras
- Google Assistant
- Impressive battery life
- No water-resistance
- High price tag compared to past Nexus phones
- No dual-front facing speakers
The Google Pixel XL is perhaps the best Android smartphone available for power users. Google manages to refine the Android experience and deliver an experience that is perfectly balanced from hardware to software in new ways.
Read: Pixel XL Review
While the design may not blaze new grounds the camera is excellent and the new Google Assistant is a handy helper for many tasks.
Best Small Smartphone: iPhone SE
- Small size
- Impressive camera
- Solid battery life
- Only average screen
- low starting storage
Big and bigger smartphones are the trend, but it’s not all you can buy. If you are looking for an amazing smartphone that fits in your pocket and is easy to use with one hand — even with small hands — you need the iPhone SE.
This phone contains the same guts as the iPhone 6s, but it is smaller and easier to take with you in smaller pockets or for easier use with one hand.
Apple packs a very respectable camera into the iPhone SE and delivers respectable battery life.