I’ve shaken things up at the very top of this list this month, and I no longer consider the iPhone 7 series the top smartphone you can buy.
In its place is a phone that I thoroughly enjoyed using and which highlights the iPhone 7’s lacking features.
Here’s our list of the best smartphones you can buy.
Note: Prices may vary depending on the retailer. Compatibility of each device with local mobile networks may vary depending on the country.
The BlackBerry Passport may look strange, but a lot of BlackBerry fans seem to love it. It has a really nice physical keyboard, but the key feature is its unique square design.
If you were a BlackBerry fan in the company's heyday, you're going to love the BlackBerry Classic. It looks similar to older BlackBerry models, but features a sharp touch-screen and an excellent physical keyboard.
The BlackBerry Priv is a huge departure for BlackBerry. Instead of running BlackBerry's own operating system, the Priv runs Android. While it may look like a standard Android phone, the Priv has a slide-out keyboard.
This could be a great device for those who want a physical keyboard but still want access to Google's apps and services that aren't available on other BlackBerry devices.
The Moto G4 is available in three different models, including the $399 G4 Plus, and the yet-to-be-priced G4 Play that's coming later this summer.
We reviewed the G4 Plus model, which has a 16-megapixel camera, compared with the 13-megapixel shooter on the regular G4, and found that it's the best cheap smartphone you can buy. The G4 Plus also comes with a fingerprint sensor, while the other models don't.
Price: From $399
The Axon 7 is made by ZTE, a Chinese smartphone maker that's relatively unknown in Australia.
Why does it deserve a spot on this list? Because it offers the same -- if not better -- specs as the top Android players here, and it costs $335 less than the big name brands like Samsung, LG, or HTC.
That means if you don't like the Nexus devices and you don't want to pay top dollar for a Galaxy S7 or HTC 10, the ZTE Axon 7 might just be the phone for you.
LG's G5 smartphone has a gorgeous all-metal design. It also has a removable bottom that lets you swap out a dead battery with a fresh one. The removable bottom can also be exchanged with 'modules' that offer new functions, like a camera grip with a zoom dial and a shutter button for better control.
If that weren't enough, it also has a dual-lens camera, which gives you unusual versatility when it comes to taking pictures.
The LG V20's second screen at the top of the device is genuinely useful, as it gives you shortcuts to your favourite apps and music controls even when the screen is locked.
It also has great specs and a good camera, and it's incredibly light for its size. It will also appeal to Android diehards holding on to legacy Android features like a removable battery and expandable microSD storage.
Unfortunately, those legacy Android features mean LG had to compromise on the overall build quality of the V20, which doesn't match the premium flagship league it's in.
The regular Z model is one of the thinnest phones we've held, and it's gorgeous. We also love the fact that it runs a near-pure version of Android.
The Moto Z also supports different modules that can attach to the back of the phone to give it new and better functionality. For example, you can attach a speaker module for better sound, or a projector module to project videos on a nearby wall.
The Moto Z should work with most carriers.
Compared with the regular Z model, it has an extra strong screen that Motorola claims is shatterproof, as well as a larger battery.
OnePlus pulled an unusual move by announcing the OnePlus 3T just five months after the OnePlus 3's release.
The good news is that OnePlus 3 owners need not feel left out, as the OnePlus 3T isn't much of an upgrade.
The changes include a slightly faster processor (Snapdragon 820 versus the 821), a slightly larger battery, a 16-megapixel front camera (versus 8-megapixel), better stabilisation for video, and a darker colour option.
Unfortunately, however, the new front camera with more megapixels seems to do the opposite of what it was intended by taking blurrier selfies than its predecessor's 8-megapixel front camera.
The iPhone SE, with its 4-inch screen, is the best small-form smartphone you can buy at the moment. You get all the best apps, ecosystem, support, and the same performance as the iPhone 6S for a relatively low $679 price tag.
It also comes with Apple Pay, among other premium features like Live Photos and a fingerprint sensor -- not to mention great battery life.
The iPhone 6S is also a great deal, as you still get the premium Apple experience for $200 less than the new iPhone 7.
In addition to beautiful hardware, iPhone owners are guaranteed to always get the best apps first from third-party developers and reliable software updates with the latest and greatest features from Apple.
Now that the iPhone 7 Plus is out, the iPhone 6S Plus gets a $200 price cut, and that's a great deal.
Fine, you don't get all of the latest features that the iPhone 7 Plus has, like water resistance or that fancy dual-lens camera, but the iPhone 6S Plus is no slouch. It runs on the powerful A9 chip and has features like 3-D Touch, which can detect how hard you press on the screen and open up a new layer of controls for your apps.
It also has an incredibly fast fingerprint sensor, as well as Live Photos, which let you capture a three-second video with audio when you press the shutter button.
The Galaxy S7 is a beautifully designed smartphone that sports the best camera we've seen on a smartphone, even beating the iPhone 7 Plus. It's also powerful, and its water resistance rests your worries of accidental water damage.
You also get Samsung Pay, which works with almost any payment terminal in any store -- something the iPhone's Apple Pay can't do. (Note that this is not the same phone as the Galaxy Note 7, which has been recalled following reports that the batteries exploded).
The Galaxy S7 Edge has a bigger 5.5-inch display and larger battery than the regular Galaxy S7, while retaining the same features: water resistance, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and Samsung Pay.
Its wraparound display also boosts the S7's design to be absolutely gorgeous.
Without a doubt, the iPhone 7 brings the best apps and ecosystem to its users. And by ecosystem, we mean the support you get from Apple if something goes wrong, as well as getting the latest software updates straight from Apple.
It also works amazingly well with other Apple products, too, like the new AirPods wireless earphones.
The hardware also got a few improvements over the iPhone 6S, like water resistance, a camera that performs better in low light, a more powerful processor, and even redesigned antenna bands.
The iPhone 7 Plus' dual-lens camera is the key feature that places the larger iPhone 7 Plus in the top spot over the iPhone 7.
It lets you take pictures with a professional-looking 'bokeh' effect, in which the background is blurry in contrast to the subject. The second lens is also a telephoto lens that achieves 2x optical zoom, which means it zooms into subjects without sacrificing picture quality like digital zoom does on most smartphone cameras.
The new Pixels are Google's first smartphones -- the company took more control over the hardware than it did with its earlier line of Nexus devices.
What you get is a sleek-looking aluminium phone with a stylish glass panel on the back that cleverly offers grip for your index finger. The Pixel XL's camera holds its own against the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7, too, and its HDR mode adjusts your photos to look amazing.
Google's Pixel XL, the larger model with a 5.5-inch screen, shares exactly the same specs as its smaller sibling, the Pixel, which is why it's second place to its smaller sibling, the Pixel. The XL doesn't offer more features that help justify its relatively high pricetag like the iPhone 7 Plus does. It's literally a larger Pixel.
The Pixel smartphones run Google's Pixel launcher, which gives Android a cleaner look and bakes in Google's helpful AI, Assistant.
It's also a superior phone overall to our previous top pick, the iPhone 7 Plus. It has a better screen, it's lighter, and has useful features like fast charging.
The Pixel runs on the powerful and power-efficient Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, and it has an excellent 12.3-megapixel camera that holds its own against the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7.
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