The Mate 10 is easily the best flagship smartphone you can buy for under $1,000, and has no problem going toe-to-toe with far pricier handsets in terms of camera, performance, design, and battery life. You miss out on water-resistance and there's a couple of software quirks to get your head around, but these small issues don't compromise the excellent overall package Huawei has in the Mate 10.
The Pixel 2 XL is one of the best Android phones you can buy, but it's not quite a homerun for Google. The amazing camera and performance are offset by potentially problematic screen issues and a design that pales in comparison to the competition. These aren't deal breakers, but they mean the Pixel 2 XL isn't quite the "go to" Android flagship Google wants it to be.
The Nova 2i is a smartphone that pushes the envelope forward on what you should expect from an "affordable" device. The screen wouldn't look out of place on a phone twice its price, and neither would the build quality. Camera quality can be inconsistent, but for the money, the Nova 2i is a top handset.
The Moto G5S Plus is one of the best budget smartphones around right now, and is an admirable successor to the G5 Plus. The screen is a little bigger, the camera is a little better, and it's still great value. If you're after a bang for buck smartphone, the Moto G5S Plus deserves your utmost consideration.
The Nokia 3310 3G is a very capable feature phone, but little else; unless you're explicitly after a "dumbphone", it's hard to recommend. Despite the overwhelming allure of nostalgia, the new 3310 is a reminder that somethings are better left in the past.
The design is well and truly showing its age, but the iPhone 8 Plus is the most pragmatic device in the 2017 iPhone family. You'll get up to two days of battery, two great rear-facing cameras, lightning fast performance, and a stunning True Tone display; it's almost everything you could want from a new iPhone. We just wish it was a little smaller.
The iPhone 8 is far from exciting, but a it's safe and sensible choice for your next smartphone. Battery life could be better, but significant camera improvements, lighting fast performance, and a stunning new True Tone display make it a meaningful addition to the iPhone family.
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