My Best Smartphone Recommendations

Here are my lists of the latest, most popular and recommended Smartphones currently available.

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(lists updated July 7, 2017)

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My Top or Recommended Smartphones of 2017

  1. Xiaomi Mi 6 (6 + 64gb) retails at $429 More info here
    Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM, 64/128 GB UFS and Powerful Dual Cameras (12 mp SonyIMX386 cmos 4K with 4 axis OIS), Dual Glass Design, CDLA (no more 3.5mm Audio Jack)
    Best Smartphone to buy this Month

    (““““““`)
  2. OnePlus 5 pre-order retails at $495 (Use Coupon Code: oneplus5) – More info here
    Snapdragon 835, Dual Rear Cameras 20mp + 16mp, 5.5″ AMOLED 1080p, 3300mAh
    (“““““`)
  3. Huawei Honor 9 at $419 (Pre-order)More info here
    Hisilicon Kirin 960, Dual Rear Camera 20mp + 16mp, 5.15″ 1080p, 3200mAh
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  4. Xiaomi Mi5s (3+64gb) retails at $258More info here
    Snapdragon 821, 3/4 GB RAM, 64/128 GB UFS, MUI, 5.15″ 1080p, Powerful 12MP SonyIMX378 cmos, USB Type C
    Best Price to Performance

    (““““““`)
  5. Xiaomi Mi5 retails at $228More info here
    Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, 64/128 GB UFS, 5.15″1080p, 16 MP SonyIMX298 OIS, 3000mAh
    (““““““`)
  6. LeTV Leeco Le 3 Elite retails at $190 (Use Coupon code: 6pro3) – More info here
    Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB UFS, 5.5″ 1080p, 16 mp Sony IMX298, 4070mAh, CDLA, USB Type C

My Choice of the Best Midrangers

  1. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 retails at $286More info here
    Snapdragon 625, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, Huge 6.4″ 1080p, 12 MP SonyIMX386 (same with Xiaomi Mi6), 5300mAh (17 hours battery), USB Type C
    Newest Release, successor to the Xiaomi Mi Max
    (““““““`)
  2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x retails at $149 More info here
    Snapdragon 625, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, MIUI, 5.5″ 1080p, 13 MP Camera, Fingerprint, 14 hr battery life (4100mAh)
    (““““““`)
  3. Xiaomi Redmi Pro retails at $199More info here
    Mediatek Helio X25, 3 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, Amazing 5.5″ OLED 1080p, Dual Camera 13 mp SonyIMX258, Front Fingerprint ID, USB Type C, 4050mAh

Other Flagships you may want to consider

  1. Xiaomi Mi Mix retails at $665More info here
    Snapdragon 821, 6 GB RAM, 128/256 GB UFS, MUI, 6.4 2048 x 1080p, 16MP Camera, 18K Gold RIM on Camera
    (““““““`)
  2. Huawei Mate 9 retails at $666More info here
    Cheaper version of Huawei P10, Hisilicon Kirin 960, 4 GB RAM, EMUI, 5.9″ 1080p, 12MP Dual Rear Camera, USB Type C, 4000mAh
    (““““““`)
  3. Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (4+64gb) retails at $487More info here
    Snapdragon 821, 4/6 GB RAM, 64/128 GB UFS, 5.7″ 1080p OLED, 22 MP SonyIMX318 with EIS,, USB Type C, 4070mAh
    (““““““`)
  4. OnePlus 3T retails at $399 More info here
    Snapdragon 821, 6 GB RAM, 64GB UFS, Oxygen OS, 5.5″ AMOLED 1080p, 16MP SonyIMX298 4 axis OIS/EIS, NFC, 3400mAh, USB Type C
    (““““““`)
  5. Xiaomi Mi5s Plus retails at 360More info here
    Snapdragon 821, 4/6 GB RAM, 64/128 GB UFS, MUI, 5.7″ 1080p, Dual 13 MP Rear Camera RGB and Monochrome, USB Type C, 3100mAh

Other Budget Midranger Choices

  1. LeTV LeeCo Le 2 X520 retails a $118More info here
    Snapdragon 652, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC 5.5″ 1080p, CDLA, Fingerprint, 3000mAh
    (““““““`)
  2. Doogee Mix retails at $179More info here
    Mediatek Helio P27, 6 GB RAM, Dual Rear Camera, Xiaomi Mi Mix Clone, 5.5″ Super AMOLED Display, DTouch Fingerprint, 3380mAh
    (““““““`)
  3. Ulefone Gemini Pro retails at $229 (Use Coupon Code: EBPR) – More info here
    Mediatek Helio X27, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, 5.5″ 1080p, Dual 13 MP Sony IMX258 Camera, USB Type C, 3680mAh
    (““““““`)
  4. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime (Snapdragon 625) retails at $159 More info here
    Snapdragon 625, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, MIUI, 5.0″ 1080p, Fingerprint, 4100mAh
    (““““““`)
  5. Vernee Mars Pro at $179 More info here
    Mediatek Helio P25, 6 GB RAM, 5.5″ 1080p, CDLA, 3500mAh
    (““““““`)
  6. UMI DIGI Z PRO retails at $249More info here
    Mediatek Helio X27, Dual 13 MP SonyIMX258, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, 5.5″ 1080p, Fingerprint, USB Type C, 3780mAh

Other Midrange Smartphone Deals

  1. Vernee Apollo X retails at $177More info here
    Mediatek Helio X20, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC 5.5″ 1080p, 13MP SonyIMX258, CDLA, Fingerprint, 3500mAh

    (““““““`)
  2. Vernee Apollo retails at $209More info here
    Helio X25, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, Fingerprint, 5.5″ 2560 x 1440p. 21MP SonyIMX230, VR Ready, Fingerprint, 3180mAh
    (““““““`)
  3. Xiaomi Redmi 4x (3+32gb) retails at $149More info here
    Snapdragon 425, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, 5.0″ 720p Fingerprint, 4100mAh

Smartphones with Ultra Large Batteries (4800, 6000mAh and above)

  1. Vernee Thor E retails at $108More info here
    MT6753, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC, Android 7.0 5.0″ 720p, e-ink screen, 5020mAh
    (`)
  2. Ulefone Power 2 retails at $159  More info here
    MT6750T, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC, Android 7.0 5.5″ 1080p, Fingerprint, 6050mAh
    (`)
  3. Oukitel K6000 Plus at $169 More info here
    MT6750T, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB eMMC 5.5″ 1080p, 6080mAh, Android 7.0, 12V 2A Charger
    (`)
  4. Oukitel K10000 Pro at $179 More info here
    Mediatek MT6750T, 3 GB RAM, 10000mAh battery, 12V 2A Charger

This article has 24 Comments

  1. Hello Vincent ! 🙂 Just a note to thank you for having such a great site!!!! Wow Wow Wow!!! You understand what we all need and want in phones. Thank you for your honesty and hard work. I like your presentation and how you help us ALL to get the most bang for the buck!!! 🙂 🙂

  2. Hi man thank you for all this info.
    I love your site.
    Q:From all these cellphones is any that works with North American frequencies?

    1. Maybe leeco, once I check for leeco on Puerto Rico and find was compatible, but look on the site, will my phone work. There you can find which phones works on your case.

  3. Hi Vincent! Great website! I am looking for a super affordable phone with a good camera/video and decent storage. What specs shall I look for except MP? Any recommendations on brands? Thank you! Olena

  4. hi Vincent, i recently purchased p9000 even tho i have read the battery life is average.

    The reason I chose this phone is it was the best phone with 1920, nfc & sd imo <$180US

    In hindsight would you have suggested anything else?

    cheers
    adrian
    .au

      1. hi Vincent,

        thanks for your reply. yes, great specs & build & batt, a bit big tho.

        but lacks nfc which for me was imperative,

        please could you let me know if you think of any other high spec but reasonably priced (ie under US$200) phones with nfc & 400ppi

        cheers
        adrian

  5. Hi Vicent,

    Whats the best option between REDMI PRO, UMI PLUS E or UMI Z?

    I’m a little bit concerned about umidigi not using gorila glass, should i be?

    Thanks,

    1. Hello Luciano,

      From your selection, I would choose the Xiaomi Redmi Pro (3+64gb with Helio X25 version) because of the screen LED, better than 1080p. For the best price to performance ratio, the Zuk Z2 would be another choice, but it is small, close to the size of the Xiaomi Mi5s

      Best Regards,
      Vince

      Best Regards,
      Vince

  6. Oukitel u11? Doogee y6? Are good sir? And are u have an list chinnesphone w/ good front camera and sure with flash ? Thank’s

  7. Dear, while waiting an update, can you help me to find a SmartPhone for my girlfriend ?
    She have an Oneplus One, whats is the best alternative for an upgrade under 320$ ?

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