Top 10 smartphones in the world

Smartphones. Who doesn’t have one. In this day and age there are so many smartphones on sale and they range from the basics, which you can buy for under £100 going up to £700+ for the best smartphones. They are made available all over the world and are a piece of technology we can not live without. We use our smartphones for everything from catching a cab (taxi) to paying for our meals and shopping. What would we do without social networks? SO if we never had a smartphone we would be lost. We have picked 10 of the best smartphones in the market for you to have a look at.
10] Apple iPhone SE
Apples new iPhone SE is a 4 inch smartphone that was really needed on the market after apple started creating bigger phones with the iPhone 6 (4.7 inch),6+(5.5 inch) and iPhone 6s (4.7 inch), 6s+(5.5 inch). This iPhone se is 3x faster than the iPhone 5s and much better. It has a 12mp camera, uses apples A9 processor and is just as fast as the iPhone 6s. It also comes in as many colours as the iPhone 6s and comes in 16gb or 64gb.
9] Sony Xperia XZ

Sony has struggled with smartphones in recent years. The Xperia XZ is a mixture of great Sony technology put into a simple to use package. It offers top of the range specs in almost every area.

The XZ has a design you’ll either love or hate and a 23MP camera that’s super-fast thanks to laser autofocus. Sony has made its flagship handsets waterproof for some years and this is no exception. The 5.2in display is high-resolution and the processor is quick enough to keep everything ticking along nicely. The blue colour is particularly attractive and it has a memory card slot.
8] HTC 10 
The HTC 10 is a phone that takes the design heritage, DNA and all the other good bits of last year’s One M9 but makes them better. The HTC 10 is a beautifully sculpted phone with a good camera and longer battery life. The great thing about this phone is the quality of the audio is really pumps out crisp music whether thats through the headset or without. This phone looks as good as its competitors. It weighs 161g, dimensions of 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, runs Android Marshmallow with a  Screen size of 5.2-inches. The Resolution is 1440 x 2560 with a Ram of 4gb, storage of 32gb and it runs Snapdragon 820. The battery is 3000mAh and the cameras aren’t too bad either with the rear camera at 12mp and the front camera at 5mp. Overall this phone is great for music.
7] Huawei P10

Chinese brand Huawei may not be a smartphone name we have all heard of but it is now the third-biggest phone maker worldwide. The P10 is beautifully crafted and has three outstanding cameras, two on the rear, one on the front, all made in conjunction with camera brand Leica. On the rear is one 20MP black-and-white sensor which draws in lots of light quickly for a sharp image and one 12MP colour camera. It has a 5.1in display. Battery life can last a day and more.That said it’s far from perfect, the UI still lags behind its competitors, as does the camera, and the battery life isn’t all that. While we love the design it still feel distinctly last generation as competitors have moved to bezel-less smartphone designs. Despite its flaws its got a good blend of design and features. It’s stylish and fashionable, but not the most advanced phone.

6] LG G6

LG has finally made a good-looking smartphone with a large screen and dual camera. There are a lot of features that are good like the wide-angle screen, the bezels that are almost not there and the dual-camera that comes in handy. It’s a joy to use. But it’s far from a perfect phone. LG has used a 2016 chipset, so it’s not the most efficient smartphone available, and the skin over Android Nougat isn’t the best out there. It also feels less premium than its rivals, with a slightly hollow feel to the rear casing.

Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.7-inches | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: Dual 13MP | Front camera: 5MP f/2.2

5] OnePlus 3T
This is the best smartphone for those with a budget. The OnePlus 3T has still got the same all-metal design, the same 5.5-inch AMOLED display that’s bright and vibrant and the fingerprint scanner is still super fast, that shows all the main specs are there. The lack of a microSD card, and a battery which only lasts around a day, may put some off but considering the price you’re paying the OnePlus is good value for money, despite a price hike over the OnePlus 3 – a slightly more expensive price tag of £399.
Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
4] Blackberry KEYone
The phone looks great. It’s slim, tall and wide enough for big hands. The KEYone combines a 4.5-inch display (1620×1080 resolution / 434 PPI 3:2 aspect ratio) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and the much loved physical keypad. Its built to offer the best in durability, style, and design.
The device is powered by Android Nougat 7.1. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with an Adreno 506 GPU. Yes the Blackberry does have Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and just about any other app as it is powered by android.
The BlackBerry KEYone has a Smart Keyboard that goes beyond typing. It has up to 52 programmable shortcuts transform each key for quick access to your favourite apps (e.g. ‘I’ for Instagram, ‘U’ for Uber) and most important contacts. There is a new Touch navigation in the keyboard that responds to touch gestures like a trackpad. You can scroll up, down, left or right on the screen. Flick typing offers predictive text, made even faster with the ability to flick words onto your screen as you type. The keyboard also has embedded fingerprint sensor located in the spacebar.
The BlackBerry KEYone includes a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. The wide aperture lens with large 1.55μm pixels and dual-tone flash ensures your photos will have superior colour and clarity. The front camera is 8MP with fixed focus, LCD Flash, and 84-degree wide angle lens.
BlackBerry’s security software makes the KEYone one of the most secure Android smartphones. This seems to be a big selling point for Blackberry. It gives you visibility and control over the privacy of your device, including what personal information may be shared like your location, your pictures and your texts. From the built-in DTEK privacy monitoring app, to the monthly security updates from Android, with the BlackBerry KEYone, you have built in protection from the start.
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology also makes it possible for the 3505 mAh battery to receive a 50 percent charge in just 36 minutes and it takes 1 hour and 52 minutes total to reach 100%. Helping things out is  ‘Boost Mode,’  which suspends some performance for faster charging gains.

The BlackBerry KeyOne costs £499 ($549, AU$729).

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3] Google pixel
Google’s first own-brand phone is smooth and bright. It has potential. The Google Pixel is an excellent flagship phone that’s an impressive debut for Google as a manufacturer and the new Assistant is great.  The 12MP camera on the back is one of the best on the market, while the clean, fresh Android Nougat interface is great to use. There’s a lot of power under the hood making it perfect for gaming and multi-tasking, while the bright, colourful screen provides an excellent viewing experience for your movies and TV shows.
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
2] Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8 plus
The S8 looks amazing and one new thing you can notice is that the screen really goes as far up and down as it possibly can with the buttons removed at the bottom. The buttons are bow built into the screen and the new infinity screen really is sharp. The bezel around the side has been removed so all you see is pure content and no bezel. It’s the biggest, most immersive screen on a mobile device of this size. And it’s easy and comfortable to hold in one hand. The new S8 features a new front camera that has smart Auto Focus that tracks faces, so whether you use your arm or a selfie stick, everyone in the shot will be in focus. Enhanced multi-frame image processing keeps all the selfies crisp and clear. The camera works well day and night so you never have to worry about where you are when taking a picture. The rear camera is 12mp and has a bright F1.7 lens and large 1.4µm pixels bring in more light when there’s not enough around. It also has the ability to shoot 4k videos.
Samsung have really stepped up security on the S8 and there is iris scanning for tight security, face recognition for unlocking your phone right away, and defence-grade security. Samsung say “The patterns in your irises are unique to you and are virtually impossible to replicate, meaning iris authentication is one of the safest ways to keep your phone locked and the contents private.” The speed of smartphones is ever more important as technology advances and with this new s8 you can bet it’s quick. Downloads, charging, and switching from app to app are all accomplished at incredibly fast speeds thanks to the most advanced 10nm processor. The new Galaxy S8 and S8+ are waterproof and meant to take spills, splashes, and dunks, you can keep going even in the rain or in the shower. Wi-Fi on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ supports 1024-QAM, meaning you get up to 20% faster download speeds compared to the previous model. You also get a longer battery life. There is expandable memory with the new S8 and S8 plus and you get expandable memory up to 256GB.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 cost £689 and comes in two colours midnight black and orchid grey.

Dimensions: 148.9 x 68 x 8mm
Screen size
: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 (QHD+)
Processor: Exynos 8895
Storage: 64GB
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,000mAh

The Samsung Galaxy S8 plus costs £779 and comes in two colours midnight black and orchid grey.

Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm 
Screen size
: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (QHD+)
Processor: Exynos 8895
Storage: 64GB
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 3,500mAh

1] iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 plus

This is the world’s most advanced smartphone – the best iPhone ever created. This is the iPhone 7. Apple’s latest flagship smartphone is water resistant, has a longer battery life, better camera and much more. The new handsets are direct sequels to last year’s iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and feature a new A10 chip.

The iPhone 7 is just as sleek and stylish as its predecessors, with the iconic rounded design returning for a third instalment with the same 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm frame as the iPhone 6S. It’s lighter though at 138g, down from 143g on the 6S.

One of the big new talking points is its water and dust resistance, with IP67 protection bringing the new iPhone into line with competitors like Samsung – and giving you peace of mind when you’re in the bath or out in the rain.

Anyone hoping for a flush rear to the new iPhone will be disappointed though, as the iPhone 7 has a very noticeable camera bump.

That camera bump is a little bit special though. It’s molded from the aluminum frame of the phone and houses the antennas – removing the ugly bands of its predecessors on the black versions. On the other colors though, the bands are still noticeable at the top and bottom of the device.

There are two new colours as well, with the glass and aluminium Jet Black joined by the matt-finish Black option – the latter option also features a black Apple logo on its rear. You’ll also get the choice of silver, gold and rose gold, but there’s bad news for Space Grey fans: that option is long gone.

Something else Apple has built into the design of the iPhone 7 is stereo speakers, with one at the top and one at the base of the handset. That gives you louder, clearer audio, which will be great for movies and gaming.

Apple says the iPhone 7 kicks out twice the volume of the 6S, as well as having an increased dynamic range. In short, they should sound good.

Apple has removed the standard headphone jack.

You get a set of Lightning EarPods in the box, meaning you’ll be able to plug in right away, while an adaptor is also included, you can continue to use your current headphones if you wish.

iPhone 7 specs:

  • 4.7-inch screen
  • 1,334 x 750 pixel display (326ppi pixel density)
  • Dimensions: 183.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm
  • Weight: 138g
  • A10 Fusion (64-bit, quad-core CPU, six-core GPU)
  • 32/128/256GB storage
  • 12-megapixel main camera (OIS, f/1.8)
  • 7-megapixel secondary camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • IP67 water resistant
  • iOS 10 software
  • Colours: Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold

iPhone 7 Plus specs:

  • 5.5-inch screen
  • 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display (401ppi pixel density)
  • Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 188g
  • A10 Fusion (64-bit, quad-core CPU, six-core GPU
  • 32/128/256GB storage
  • 12-megapixel main camera (OIS, f/1.8, dual-lens)
  • 7-megapixel secondary camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • IP67 water resistant
  • iOS 10 software
  • Colours: Jet Black, Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold

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