110 Best Smartphones of 2017, According to Consumer Reports
It’s not easy determining which model from the current generation of smartphones is best. Most of the devices run the same operating system, have identical processors and include many of the same features. But Consumer Reports for years has rated the smartphones in an effort to help customers decide which really are best. The organization evaluates devices on multiple factors regarding their design and features before scoring them based on their overall performance in testing. Consumer Reports also provides quick insight to why its testers believe that a particular smartphone is best of the current crop. This slide show will identify the 10 best available smartphones based on Consumer Reports tests performed in 2017.
2Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s Galaxy S8, which hit the market earlier this year, ranked the top smartphone in the Consumer Reports study, with a score of 81 out of a possible 100. The smartphone earned high marks in all of the metrics, but earned an “excellent” rating for its battery life, texting, web browser and music features.
3Samsung Galaxy S8+
4Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung’s Galaxy S7, which was released in 2016, ranked higher than some of this year’s best smartphones with a score of 80. Consumer Reports was impressed by the device’s “excellent” capabilities and found its design to be ergonomic. Across the nearly dozen metrics Consumer Reports uses to judge smartphones, the Galaxy S7 earned either a “very good” or “excellent” rating.
5Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Although its score matched that of the Galaxy S7, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus ranked fourth in the Consumer Reports study. Apple’s latest handset earned high marks for its web browsing, ergonomic design and navigation features, among others, but its battery life and calling capabilities were ranked only “good.”.
6Apple iPhone 8
7Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the latest smartphone from the Korean electronics giant, didn’t earn anything less than a score of “very good” in all the metrics Consumer Reports examines. However, it could muster an “excellent” score in only three areas: texting, web browsing and music playback. It scored an 80, matching Apple’s newest iPhones.
9Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge took the eighth spot in the Consumer Reports study with a score of 79. The handset, which launched in 2016, earned five “excellent” ratings, including one for handset capabilities and another for battery life. However some of the newer smartphones on the market topped the Galaxy S7 Edge because of its age.
10Samsung Galaxy S6
11Apple iPhone 7 Plus
At the bottom of the top 10 list of recommended smartphones is the iPhone 7 Plus. The smartphone, which Apple launched in 2016, scored a 78. While it earned high marks for its design and browsing capabilities, like the iPhone 8 Plus the iPhone 7 Plus had only “good” battery life, according to Consumer Reports.