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Top 5 Android smartphones of fall 2017

by Brandon Russell | October 7, 2017

As the smartphone war heats up, finding the right one for you can be tough. If you want clean software, go with Google. If features are your priority, the Note 8 soars above the rest. Here’s the truth we can all (mostly) agree on: Everything is good.

We’ve reached peak smartphone this year, with every company from LG to Samsung option for more powerful guts, sleek glass designs, and edge-to-edge displays. The fact that everything is good is great news for consumers—whatever you purchase will fulfill your needs.

If you have no brand loyalty, we have five Android picks for you to consider as you shop around. Stay tuned as we eventually pick our smartphone of the year. Note that these are in no particular order.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google’s latest features the best-in-class camera, front-facing speakers, squeezable frame, and a gorgeous 6-inch display—and that’s not even the whole story. Pixel owners will get three years of guaranteed OS and security updates, as well as integration with Google’s expanded lineup of gadgets, including the brand new Pixel Buds.

Pixel 2 XL details

Specs:

  • 6-inch display
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 3520 mAh battery
  • 12.2-megapixel camera
  • Android 8.0
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB of internal storage
  • Price: $849

Samsung Galaxy S8

It’s hard to fathom the Galaxy S8 came out nearly six months ago—an eternity in tech time. Yet it remains this year’s standout release, combining an elegant design with a terrific camera. The result is a phone that features the best all-around experience, with things like great battery life, wireless charging, and excellent software. It’s the closest thing to perfect we’ve seen all year.

Galaxy S8 review

Specs:

  • 5.8-inch display
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage
  • Price: $725

LG V30

The LG V30 hasn’t received the attention it deserves. Outfitted with a 6-inch display and one of the most robust camera experiences out there, LG’s flagship ticks every box you’d want from a flagship. Not to mention it features a gorgeous design and one of the most beautiful displays we’ve ever laid eyes on. Don’t let this one slip under the radar if content creation is among your top priorities.

LG V30 camera samples

Specs:

  • 6-inch display
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • Dual 16-megapixel camera setup
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of expandable storage
  • Price: $800

Galaxy Note 8

If you like the Galaxy S8 but want a dual-camera setup and S Pen, the Galaxy Note 8 is for you. With a 6.3-inch display, S Pen, and Edge Sense features, the Note 8 offers the most expansive experience of any smartphone, combining top-notch productivity features with elegant software. And it gets killer battery life. Finally, all remnants of last year’s Note 7 recall appear to be gone once and for all.

Galaxy Note 8 review

Specs:

  • 6.3-inch display
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 3300 mAh battery
  • Dual 12-megapixel camera setup
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of expandable storage
  • Price: $929

OnePlus 5

You won’t find a better combination of hardware, software, and price than with the OnePlus 5. Sure, the device’s design is almost verbatim of the iPhone 7 Plus, but it manages to stand out thanks to its premium experience and affordable price of admission. You don’t need 8GB of RAM in a phone, but the OnePlus 5 gives it to you anywhere.

OnePlus 5 review

Specs:

  • 5.5-inch display
  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 3300mAh battery
  • Dual 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel camera setup
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB of internal storage
  • Price: $479

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...