In this article, we will look at the best Samsung Android Phones you can buy in 2017. Thanks to the guys at Reviews Radar who helped in reviewing some of the highest rated Samsung phones across multiple budgets.
Samsung is one of the most famous smartphone manufacturers in the world and it’s known for producing premium smartphones like the Galaxy S8 and a host of other budget smartphones available at the half price of their most premium phone. Here are the best 5 Samsung Android Phones in 2017.
- Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8, released in April 2017 is an impeccable handset that features the next generation of the smartphone on the market. The S8 comes with a reworked camera experience that has made the flagship strong over the years. It’s a bit expensive but it’s a special phone created to compete with the iPhone so it’s understandable.
By way of Samsung’s engineering prowess, the S8 still finds a way to sport a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display while still being smaller than last year’s S7 Edge. It’s brilliant and it looks super cool. The screen not only wraps around the sides of the phone’s front but also features rounded corners, which paired with its near bezel-free design.
This is what Samsung calls an aptly futuristic-sounding ‘Infinity Display’. The screen aspect ration brings a 2960 X 1440 resolution that ensures imagery is next to perfect, bright and vivid from all angles.
For OS, it sports the Android 7.0 which looks different on the TouchWiz overlay compared to its predecessors. It’s gorgeously designed but a bit contrived when we settled in with the phone.
In terms of performance, we have little to complain. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by the new Exynos 8895 processor and a 4GB RAM that ensures super fast processing speed.
So, whether you’re gaming or shooting 4K videos, this S8 device will rock your world and will probably serve you on an average of 24 month contract period.
In terms of security, the S8 packs a ton of features to keep your Samsung device safe all day from fingerprint sensor to retina scanner and a face detection. The latter’s inclusion is probably the reason why the recent iPhone X came with a face detection feature. So, a 4GB RAM with a 64GB storage capacity can’t be faulted by anyone and its 3000mAh battery seems to be a big deal that will offer up to a day and a half of use as we had with its predecessors. It is one of the best handphone 2017.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Coming at a whopping 6.2-inches, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a big phone. In spite of its huge size, Samsung has made it easy to fit it into the hands. With a metal frame set between curved glass on the back and front, this smartphone is designed to wow you. The screen is a crisp 2960 X 1440 resolution with Mobile HDR Premium certification.
Pushing the screen to the fringes of the phone’s front shows us the absence of the bezel that we have grown accustomed to and there is distinct 18.5:9 aspect ratio which is closer to what you get from a traditional cinema and it allows for 14 percent more real estate on the screen.
To say this phone is sleek is an understatement. It’s way more than sleek and we are super grateful to know that it retains the IP68 dust and water resistance from the Galaxy S8.
As with the recent iPhone X, the phone’s physical home button has been replaced with a pressure sensitive on-screen alternative. It has IP68 dust and water resistance with microSD expandability of up to 256GB fast charging on a 3500mAh battery.
One of the great things about this phone is that the company has been able to keep the phone’s imaging chops even though there is no fancy dual rear camera but it still maintains its 12-megapixels sensor with f/1.7 aperture.
There was a lot of improvements on the camera experience but it has to focus on the swipe-based interface which makes it possible to operate with just one hand and capture the feature that can compile three pictures into one for a greater user experience. The front-facing camera has a higher resolution as well which will delight selfie lovers as compared to the camera on its predecessor.
The major improvements with the S8 Plus it has to be software based. Featuring TouchWiz interface coupled with the brilliant Android 7.0 Nougat, this smartphone is a beast.
- Samsung Galaxy S7
With a brilliant screen and a strong camera, there are so much bragging rights with the Galaxy S7. This phone is an impressive upgrade to the S6 and it features a new glass and metal design with a world-class camera.
With a 5.1-inch screen display that boasts of a 22560 X 1440 pixel resolution, you won’t have problems getting crisp images that are colorful with this baby. It has the Galaxy “Always On” display and boasts a lot of security features such as auto-wipe for when PIN is entered incorrectly 15 times and other top security features to keep your data safe.
It runs on the beautiful and elegant Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a beautiful interface that makes it so superb.
One feature we love in this smartphone is the new Game Launcher which gives gamers a whole lot of options. Performance is enabled by the Exynos 8890 while the camera performance on the rear is 12-megapixels and for the front camera, you have 5-megapixels for taking selfies.
Battery life is above average on this device and it seems it’s not built for heavy use. You will get 24 hours consistently on it without charging streaming a couple of videos and taking pictures.
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
With the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung went a step further. They combined the Curve Display from the S6 Edge with the folded back of the Note 5 to give you this beauty. S7 Edge comes with a bigger and flashier metal case and it is way more desirable than the S7 in terms of design.
Made in metal, it retains the dual-edge display that took us all by surprise last year and Samsung deserves some credit for how they have been able to add subtle changes to the design without affecting the overall look of the S7. There are subtle curves throughout the front and back glass panels which integrate smoothly into the device’s metal frame creating a sense of fluidity that was missing in the S6. With a build quality made from metal and the screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, daily wear and tear will become a non-issue.
For phones like this, you need more to protect it from wear and tear. That’s why we feel the addition of IP68 rating for water and dust resistance is another highlight that shows how much thought went into the production of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The addition of the IP68 rating ensures the phone can get away from accidents unscathed
It has a waterproofing chops and an expandable memory slot which has been twin problems by customers who owned the S6 variants. The screen comes at 5.5-inches, though a bit smaller than what we have with the iPhone 6S Plus. The viewing experience is outstanding aided by the curved quad HD Super AMOLED screen.
There is an always-on mode along with a night clock and information steam functionality. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow coated with TouchWiz UX. It uses Exynos 8890 chipset which is actually less powerful than what we have in 820 or the A9 in iPhones.
We did like the user experience though as it is quite fast and smooth. It uses a 4GB RAM which backs up the processor with 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded to 200GB.
In terms of battery life, you will be able to get a full day use out of the Galaxy S7 Edge, if you’re a heavy user. For those who are moderate users, you could get days of usage from this device without having to plug it into a power source.
- Samsung Galaxy J7
The Galaxy J7 is an affordable and higher version of the Galaxy J3 with a rich and bright display and replaceable battery that will last longer than the J3. If you’re in search of a capable phone that won’t hurt your pocket, this is the phone you should look for. It comes with a standard 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen at a 1280 X 720 pixel resolution. The 720p resolution might seem small but the pixel density is quite strong and it produces crisp images and graphics.
The J7 supports LTE bands and it has strong network performance and connectivity with little no issues found during tests. For the processor, we see a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor running at 1.4GHz. Launching apps is easy and the performance is smooth. The Samsung Galaxy J7 runs with a 2GB RAM and is built on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The camera features are 13-megapixels and 5 megapixels for the rear and front camera sensors respectively.