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There’s one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition – the number of phones out there running Google’s hot mobile OS. So it is important, that you choose, the best phone for developers in Miami Coral Gables. BEST PHONE FOR DEVELOPERSMIAMI CORAL GABLES
10 BEST ANDROID PHONES 2017: WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?
The big names are all here; Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC are all right at the fore. On top of that, there’s a glut of other names in the mix, with the likes of Lenovo, Motorola and OnePlus all offering cheap smartphones – and Google’s gone high end with the new Pixel range.
The many variations in screen size, processor power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough.
To help find the most fitting Android phone for you, we’ve rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have and boast about to work colleagues.
So here they are – the best Android phones money can buy today. For many, many different reasons.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
Biometrics aside, this is the best Android phone
Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Amazing displayHuge powerHigh price Irritating biometric unlocking
Samsung has once again taken the top spot of the best Android phone in the world right now.
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 is in the top position of this list thanks to an incredible design, amazing display and some truly great power packed into the phone. Everything that has made Samsung phones great over the last few years has been packed into this 5.8-inch device – that’s almost bezeless too – and comes with top of the range hardware and some easy to use Android software.
There’s a new iris scanner to allow you to unlock the phone with just your eyes and Samsung has also included a new voice assistant called Bixby. It’s not the perfect device some had hoped for, but it’s the best Android phone you can buy at the moment.
- OnePlus 5 Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
A genuine flagship killer
Weight: 153g | Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 20MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
Super-slick performance Affordable priceNot water resistantStill ‘only’ 1080p display. For some, the OnePlus 5 is the best Android phone around – and to be fair, they have a point. The Chinese firm has improved on 2016’s OnePlus 3 and 3T to deliver a slicker design, dual-cameras round the back and a whole heap of power.
The AMOLED display is bright and vibrant, despite still ‘only’ being 1080p, and the fingerprint scanner is fast. The lack of a microSD card, and a battery which doesn’t last more than a day may put some off, but considering the price you’re paying the OnePlus 5 is fantastic value for money.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
Samsung now owns second place as well
Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Best display on the marketSpeedy performanceVery expensiveFlawed fingerprint sensor. Second place goes to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. We’ve loved both the Galaxy S6 Edge and the Galaxy S7 Edge, but this year we prefer the smaller device of the flagship pairing.
The size of the Galaxy S8 Plus may put some people off at 6.2-inches, but we found the device easy to use and the main reason the Plus sits in second place is its higher price. Everything we love about the Galaxy S8 is available here as Samsung has decided to only really changed the sizes of the screens rather than fiddling with the spec inside the device.
That same powerful 12MP camera and top of the range power setup is here to do everything you want it to as well as the new biometric tech that may allow you to unlock your phone faster than ever before.
- Moto Z Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
Modular and the world’s thinnest
Weight: 136g | Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Creative modular accessoriesFingerprint sensor with a twistNo 3.5mm headphone jackBig camera bump. The Moto Z is modular like the LG G5, but it’s far better with extra add-ons and a much easier to use snap-on design.
It’s powerful and the modular design means you’ll be able to switch out elements for future accessories and could mean you can keep this phone for much longer than other devices that will date quicker.
Usually when we talk about mid-cycle upgrades, we’re strictly talking about new software. Moto Z could take on new form at any time.
It may be the world’s thinnest phone, but that comes at a cost with a reduction in battery size and the loss of the headphone jack – potential issues for some users. If you can overlook these shortcomings though you’ll have a truly innovative device in your hands.
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
The perfect phone for 4K fanatics
Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 156 x 77 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 5.46-inch | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3230mAh | Rear camera: 19MP | Front camera: 13MP
4K display is stunningSolid battery lifeDesign isn’t the most premiumFiddly SIM tray
The Xperia XZ Premium is the flagship smartphone Sony fans have been waiting for, bringing together an eye-popping display, strong snapper and solid battery life.
Besides Those who love watching films and TV shows in 4K can do so on the move with the 4K screen on the XZ Premium – no other phone on this list can boast that – while the front-facing dual speakers also enhance videos and gaming.
If there’s an area the XZ Premium does lack in, it’s design. The flat glass front and rear are sleek, but the plastic edges of the phone detract from the ‘Premium’ part of the name.
- HTC U11 Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
Also a wildly impressive phone – in a sea of wildly impressive phones
Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 16MP
Great cameraExcellent audio performanceEdge Sense is half-bakedScreen slightly dim
HTC squeezes itself into sixth place on our best Android phone list with the gorgeous HTC U11.
It has a 5.5-inch 2K display, which makes watching video gorgeous, strength under-the-hood with 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, and squeezable sides (yes, really!) allowing you to quick launch apps.
However the camera technology is still a big focus for HTC though. A 12MP sensor may not sound like much, but it makes some gorgeous images on the back and there’s a 16MP front-facing camera to capture your selfies too.
- Lenovo P2 Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
An amazing battery for a low price
Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 153 x 76 x 8.3 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 5100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Attractive buildBest battery life of any phoneHeavyLimited camera
Furthermore there’s one reason to buy this phone: a genuine, actual, real two day battery life. Not in optimum conditions or if you’re a light user… it’ll just keep going and going for two whole nights.
And the phone itself is very cheap as well, making it our top budget buy, and while some of the specs are downgraded to hit that price point (the chipset won’t please everyone and the camera isn’t the best) we think it’s worth it.
Not the best out-and-out Android phone on the market right now, and it is heavy thanks to the larger battery – but it’s kind on the wallet and will mean you spend far less time tethered to a charger.
- Google Pixel Best phone for developers Miami Coral Gables
The perfect phone for Android
Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/128GB | Battery: 2770mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Supremely smooth performanceBright, colorful full HD displayBattery life could be betterAssistant yet to realize potential
If you’re looking for the ultimate Android experience without any over-complicated features the Google Pixel is the phone for you.
It takes the latest version of Google’s software – Android 7.1 Nougat – in its natural form. There’s no annoying third-party manufacturer overlay, it’s Android as Google intended.
Add to that its premium design (although the glass patch on the rear is a little questionable), excellent camera and huge amount of power under the hood and you’ve got yourself a rather special smartphone.
The main reason you’d buy this phone is for the camera though – it’s one of the best, if not the best, around at the moment and excels in low light specifically.
The battery life is the weak point for the Pixel, and we’d recommend carrying a charger if you’re out all day.
- Moto Z Play Best Android Phone For Mobile App Development Miami Coral Gables
Motorola’s second entry in the list
Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 156.4 x 76.4 x 7mm | OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3510mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP
Clever modular accessoriesMuch lower price than manyLow spec CPU strugglesNo waterproofing
Motorola’s Moto Z Play is now out in the UK, and has knocked the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium out of this best Android phone list.
The biggest highlight is the innovative magnetic clip-on accessories that can give you a new camera, a speaker system or even a projector. It’s so smart and may well be the best way of doing modular phones we’ve seen so far.
It’s a low price compared to many other phones on the list and without the accessories on the back it’s a really thin phone.
Buy the Moto Z Play if you’re looking for something a little bit cheaper and it’s genuinely different to almost everything else on the market.
- LG G6 Best Android Phone For Mobile App Development Miami Coral Gables
Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Great screenWater-resistant bodyOlder chipsetExpensive for what is it
The LG G6 is a top Android smartphone, with an excellent premium design, lovely QHD display and clever dual camera setup round the back giving you plenty to play with and enjoy.
However, some odd choices to go with lower-spec performance and not upgrade the camera in a meaningful way while still charging a high price stops the LG G6 from appearing further up our best Android phone list.
That doesn’t mean the G6 isn’t innovative – the screen looks great and there’s raw power, from the camera to the battery to the general snappiness of the handset, rippling through this phone.
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