Oct 10, 2017

Top 10 Smartphones of October 2017 - Philippines

We're back with insights on the most net access and sought-after smartphones in the Philippine market for the month of October. These rankings come straight from actual site usage data, so it's a great indicator of what's popular with actual customers. UPDATE: 2017/11/08

October is in the books and with the iPhone X juggernaut coming in, the best smartphones for the month as per our real-world usage data shows that just 4 companies made an impression for the entire month. What's interesting is that 3 out of 4 companies had a more or less even spread, to the point that it almost looks like collusion between three oligarchs. Be that as it may, let us take a look at the most popular and in-demand smartphones of October 2017.

10. Huawei GR3 (2017)

Huawei really did their best not to compromise with their outstanding new Huawei GR3 (2017), a budget smartphone that somehow manages to pack good mid-range features like a full glass back, premium design, a 1080p display and a fast Kirin 655 processor. The GR3 is one of the best values in its price range, with specifications you'd typically see in a phone twice its price.

Pros: Good looks, full HD display, fast processor, fast fingerprint scanner, affordable

Cons: Mediocre lowlight performance camera, plastic frame

9. Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime is still a standout in the entry-level segment, and although it has largely been taken out of the spotlight by its younger sibling, the Galaxy J7 Pro (2017), it still offers an amazing value for anyone looking for an affordable but capable smartphone today.

Pros: Great performance, metal body, good camera, great value for money

Cons: Slow fingerprint scanner, no AMOLED display

8. Vivo V5

The Vivo V5 is a selfie-centric smartphone that targets the upper entry-level segment, and is a direct competitor to the OPPO F1s. The two are more or less tit for tat when it comes to specifications and capabilities, but the Vivo V5 still manages to impress with its great 20-megapixel front camera, and good specifications for its price. The V5 is one of the best deals in its price range, especially for those that like to take quick snaps of themselves.

Pros: Fast processor, 4GB RAM, great selfie camera, premium build and design

Cons: HD resolution only

7. OPPO A37

When looking for an affordable entry-level device, you could do a lot worse than the OPPO A37. The phone looks great, has amazing battery life, and is designed to go for all-day or even two-day battery life while providing snappy operation for all your basic everyday smartphone tasks.

Pros: Great build and design, fast charging, great battery life, affordable

Cons: Mediocre performance, poor cameras

6. Vivo V7+

The new V7+ from Vivo shows us what Vivo can do in the mid-range with 18:9 aspect ratio phones sporting large displays with minimal bezels. Sporting a capable 24-megapixel selfie camera, a Snapdragon 450 processor and its slick glass curves, the 6-inch display also catches your eye and delivers a pleasurable smartphone experience.

Pros: Great selfie camera, beautiful design, big 18:9 screen

Cons: Mediocre performance, low resolution for its screen size, relatively pricey

5. OPPO F3

With the OPPO F3 Selfie Expert, you get a great smartphone that really showcases what it means to be a selfie-centric phone. The front camera has a dual lens array that takes amazing self portraits. Coupled with its attractive price tag and striking good looks, the F3 is one of the best selfie phones on the market today.

Pros: Dual front cameras, excellent build and design, fast charging, affordable

Cons: Entry-level processor, mediocre rear camera, older Android Marshmallow

4. Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime

Samsung's entry level offerings tend to fall behind in value compared to other offerings from Chinese manufacturers and other specialists in the lower end of the market, but the Galaxy J2 Prime manages to stand out and command mindshare simply on the merits of its solid build, display, camera and performance that won't let you down in this segment. If you are looking for a very affordable alternative to the sea of cheap phones, the Galaxy J2 Prime delivers quality at a price that's hard to resist.

Pros: Bright display, great battery life, good camera, removable battery

Cons: Old design, plastic body, low resolution, somewhat pricey in this segment

3. OPPO F5

With its recent release, the OPPO F5 has taken the local market by storm, showing that OPPO is indeed at the top of the game in this segment. The F5 takes the Selfie Expert moniker to the next level, offering a great photography experience with its dual cameras, responsive performance with 4GB of RAM and its MediaTek octa-core processor, and a bevy of features like Face Unlock and a fingerprint scanner, all for a great asking price in the mid-range segment.

Pros: Great selfie camera, beautiful design, good performance, good screen

Cons: Plastic body

2. Vivo Y53

Vivo has really shown itself to be OPPO's staunchest rival, and the two companies truly compete head to head with each other. Such is the case with the Vivo Y53, which matches favourably with OPPO's A37. The newer Y53 manages to hold its own in the same segment, yet offers similar or better features at a very competitive price to wow those looking for an affordable entry-level phone.

Pros: Triple card slot, great battery life, good cameras, good speaker

Cons: Low resolution screen, plastic build, no fingerprint scanner

1. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

For the past few months, the Galaxy J7 Pro (2017) has proven to be the darling of the Philippine market, with more and more people becoming interested in this wonder child of the mid-range market. Its great blend of smooth, fast performance, a great camera, a beautiful design and a fair price make it the most popular smartphone for October. There are very few compromises here, all you get is a great phone that feels like it's worth every penny.

Pros: Brilliant AMOLED display, premium metal design, fast performance, great selfie camera, affordable

Cons: No USB Type-C, no fast-charging

And so we end the review of October's best phones. While most of the phones are the same good ones from September, a few new entrants such as the OPPO F5 and the Vivo V7+ really raise the bar for the next generation of smartphones, as high-end features like the 18:9 aspect ratio display make their way into the mid-range. As we head into the holiday season you can be sure that the smartphone madness will get even crazier, so be sure to tune in next month for the latest info gleaned from actual usage data on Priceprice.com.

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