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Google Pixel 2
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For two years, the Pixel has been the quintessential Google phone, and the HTC-made Pixel 2 is our top recommendation for shoppers in need of a small phone.
The Pixel 2 wields the same Snapdragon 835 processor as almost every other 2017 flagship, but sits in a class of its own when it comes to performance. It’s comfortable to hold thanks to a relatively small 5″ 1080p display, and features front-facing speakers, water resistance, and one of the best cameras on the market. Despite a seemingly small 2700 mAh battery, it even manages impressive battery life.
Bottom line: For the Google purist in search of a small phone, the Pixel 2 is the pretty much the complete package.
One more thing: The Pixel 2 lacks a headphone jack and wireless charging, though it does include a USB-C audio dongle in the box.
Why the Google Pixel 2 is the best
It’s Kinda Just Clearly the best Android phone money can buy.
There’s no better way to experience Android the way Google intends it than with a Pixel phone. The Pixel 2 dispells the notion that small phones can’t offer a flagship experience, with the same specsheet and performance as the larger Pixel 2 XL — without its various known issues.
The Pixel 2 is the first Google-branded phone with IP67 water resistance, and the first to offer front-facing speakers since the Nexus 6P. It also takes some of the best photos we’ve ever seen from a phone with its 12.2 MP primary camera, and the front-facing camera can capture great-looking selfies, even offering Portrait Mode by making use of machine learning. Google also sweetens the deal by including free unlimited backups on Google Photos for Pixel 2 owners.
You can buy the Pixel 2 in one of three attractive colors (Kinda Blue, Just Black, and Clearly White), and two storage options (64GB or 128GB), though there’s no microSD expandability so choose wisely.
Best for camera buffs
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Not feeling what Samsung and Google have to offer? Try the Huawei P10 instead. This 5.1-inch device comes packed with a whole host of goodies, including 64GB of storage, Android 7.0, and a dual camera that’s made in partnership with Leica. The P10 also boasts Portrait Mode, which works a lot like what you see produced by your friends who utilize it on the iPhone X, and it’s equipped with optical image stabilization, too. All this runs on Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor and 3200mAh of all-day battery.
Bottom-line: The Huawei P10 is a worthy choice if a good camera and all-day battery life are you main concern.
One more thing: The Huawei P10 will only work with GSM carriers. Verizon and Sprint are not compatible with this phone.
Best affordable phone
Moto G5 Plus