It’s the holiday season and I know you guys are running around doing some last minute shopping. However, if you are looking to purchase a new smartphone either for yourself or a loved one and may be confused by the sheer amount of devices in 2017, let me help you. This is my favourite flagship devices for 2017 that you guys can run out and grab. This list is in no particular order. You can also click on the pictures for more information about the devices.
The HTC U11 is my favourite media device. Boomsound speakers are back and are one of the best smartphone speaker setups on any device. It also packs a hifi DAC to power your high-end headphones and give you some amazing quality. It has one of the best LCD displays on a smartphone, and it is also one of the best-looking smartphones you can get currently. If you are looking for great cameras, a media-centric phone, the U11 should be at the top of your list.
Device is for: Media consumers/Audiophiles
One of the best-kept secrets of this year was the Huawei P10. This device featured a dual camera sensor setup with the world famous Leica lenses. This device kept the display at 5.2” for those individuals who did not want a big phone. With the Kirini 960 CPU at the heart, this device ran through even the most intensive video games. If you are looking for a compact, sleek, powerful device that’s great for photography and pretty much anything you could throw at it, the P10 is a great buy.
Device is for: Photographers
Samsung Note 8
The Note 8 was so great that it made everyone forget the Note 7 fiasco. Samsung has a penchant for making some of the best all-around devices. If you watch a lot of videos, the Note 8 currently has the best display on any mobile device. The biggest difference from the Note 8 to S8+, is, of course, the S Pen. The price has dropped so much on this device, one could be grabbed for around $6400ttd. Not bad for a device that was once $9600ttd.
Device is for: Business/students
The flagship killer is back with their new device just in time for the holidays. The 5t comes with the fresh new 18:9 aspect ratio, better cameras that focus on lowlight photography, and Oxygen O/S have made its return. If you want a device with some of the smoothest performance on the market and don’t want to spend the Pixel 2 money, then look no further than the Oneplus 5t.
Device is for Media consumers
Xiaomi Mi 6
While big screens are all the rage, there are still people looking for devices that a nice and compact. The Mi 6 is the most affordable device that packs the Snapdragon 835 which is this year’s top CPU. Add in dual cameras w/ OIS on the main shooter, tons of storage, 6gb of RAM, Bluetooth 5.0, splash resistance and the most important thing, the price tag. The Mi 6 does almost everything right, and whatever improvements Xiaomi could have made are all forgiven due to the affordability.
Device is for: High-end users on a budget
ZTE Nubia Z17 S
While the original Nubia Z17 was arguably one of the most powerful devices of the year, the upgrade has come out and given customers that fresh 2017 flagship feels with the new 18:9 aspect display. It is one of the few devices with the 8gb RAM options for those who are looking for premium performance. The Nubia series is known for the designs, photographer and excellent price points.
Device is for: High-end users on a budget
Google Pixel 2/XL 2
Google is really beginning to come of age with their products. The Pixel 2 is another example of that. The Pixel 2 has the best cameras on a smartphone, the smoothest software experience, water resistance, stereo speakers, and the list goes on. Google Assistant, Google Lens are some of the most powerful apps on the Android platform, and I can’t wait for Google Lens to span to other devices outside of the Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 is the start of a new breed of smartphones, keep close attention to what Google is doing with this series.
Device is for: Stock Android lovers/Photographers
Samsung has once again crafted one of the best-looking devices on the market. When it comes to displays, Samsung’s prowess shines with the new Infinity display. If you are looking for an all-around device, that is very good in a variety of areas, pick up an S8/S8+.
Device is for: Media consumers
Huawei Mate 10/10 Pro
There is no secret, the Kirin 970 CPU has a crazy amount of potential with the Neural Processing Unit (NPU). This chipset is taking AI aka Machine Learning to another level. Language translations, the ability to recognize objects and adjust camera settings to best suit the object on the fly is only the start. When developers really start to craft applications that take advantage of the NPU, we will really see the full evolution of the smartphone. The Mate 10 series is currently one of the best productivity devices and also has the 2nd best cameras behind the Pixel 2.
Device is for: Business owners
Videographers unite! One of the things I have enjoyed this year is the fact that devices are focusing on being the best in a particular attribute, which has now allowed us to be able to choose a variety of different devices. The V in V30 stands for Video. It currently is one of the best devices for shooting video from a mobile smartphone. The rest of the phone is great, but the video editing options are amazing.
Device is for: Videographers
The Razer Phone
As I previously mentioned about honing in on attributes and being the best in a niche, the Razer phone has taken that and ran with it. Razer is a gaming company, so it is no secret that they would create the BEST smartphone for gaming. They added in an industry first, 120mhz refresh rate, for graphics intensive games, which subsequently has made the user experience just as smooth as the Pixel 2. The battery life is great, the experience is great, the sound quality is great, all the right things gamers need for a great phone for them, has turned this into one of the best devices of 2017.
Device is for: Gamers
These are my favourite flagships for 2017 and I don’t think I have ever had 11 smartphones I have really enjoyed in the flagship space ever before. It just goes to show you the diversity and how tough the playing field is anymore.
It’s not enough to make a great phone, now you really need to solve a problem for a specific group of people. If you can do that, your device will be the best for some, and maybe not an option for others.