The top 10 best smartphones of August 2017
August ended up with one major player dropping out of the top 10 and a new one taking its place, but one thing's for sure, the actual usage statistics for users buying and selling phones don't lie. We bring you the best insight into the local Philippine market with our monthly top 10.
August has a few new smartphones in the running as people are showing interest in the new offerings coming out this year. While July gave us some interesting movements with some long-time top 10 phones like the Cherry Mobile Flare S4 finally falling off the list, August has several new phones coming into the public's eye. Let's take a look at what the hot new handsets are:
10. Huawei GR5 (2017)
Our first new entry to the top 10 is the Huawei GR5, bringing a complete package to the affordable mid-range segment with its big 5.5-inch 2.5D glass display, pleasing design, fingerprint scanner, snappy performance and wonderful dual cameras.
- Pros: Beautiful design, fast performance, great camera, affordable.
- Cons: No NFC, older micro USB, no fast-charging.
9. OPPO R11
The OPPO R11 also debuts on the list as the Chinese company prepares a mid-range device that focuses on photography and ease of use, more than the selfie-specialized F3. While it looks a lot like the iPhone 7S Plus, the R11 is its own phone and does everything well with a focus on ease of use.
- Pros: Great cameras, premium all-metal design, fast fingerprint scanner, long battery life.
- Cons: Older micro USB, no NFC, mediocre performance, fingerprint magnet.
8. Vivo V5Plus
Taking the slot of the Vivo V5Lite, the V5Plus provides the same big screen experience and ups the ante with a much better display and dual front cameras. With an excellent performance from a fast Snapdragon 625 and few compromises, the V5Plus does everything well and is really good at taking selfies to boot.
- Pros: Beautiful 5.5-inch display, fast processor, great selfie camera, premium build and design.
- Cons: No microSD slot, non-user friendly Funtouch OS.
7. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
Competing directly with the Vivo V5Plus is Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A7, which pushes many of the same buttons. Although more of a general all-rounder, the Galaxy A7 offers the same fast performance with modern amenities like USB Type-C and microSD support.
- Pros: Great display, great camera, IP68 certification, microSD expansion, fast performance.
- Cons: Big and bulky, unfriendly TouchWiz UI.
6. OPPO Neo 7
Enjoying a surge in popularity, the Neo 7 has been steadily climbing the ranks for the past few months, and with good reason: it has a great, premium look that belies its entry-level price tag. It does everything you'd expect from a smartphone and looks good in doing so.
- Pros: Beautiful design, premium build quality, microSD expansion, super affordable.
- Cons: Low resolution, low 1GB RAM bad for multitasking, mediocre performance.
5. OPPO F3 Plus
The OPPO F3 Plus still remains one of the best selfie-centric smartphones, and it puts all that hardware and a gorgeous 6-inch display to good use showing off all the great shots of yourself and your friends, thanks to its very capable dual front cameras.
- Pros: Excellent dual front cameras, beautiful metal and glass build, great screen.
- Cons: Bulky and hard to hold, pricey, older Android Marshmallow.
4. Samsung Galaxy S8
Even as we head into the "Ber months" Samsung's flagship is still held by many to be the best smartphone you can buy today. While the incoming launch of its sibling the Galaxy Note8 and its rival the iPhone 8 may mix things up, the Galaxy S8 still offers some of the best features and design in a smartphone today.
- Pros: Amazing Infinity Display, great performance, great camera, bleeding-edge tech and features.
- Cons: Expensive, poor facial recognition, bad fingerprint scanner location.
3. Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
Although a little long in the tooth, last year's Galaxy J5 still proves to be popular as one of the best deals you can find today. It has all the great features of Samsung's more expensive phones, like the Super AMOLED display and the breezy performance, but at an affordable entry-level price.
- Pros: Excellent AMOLED display, front-facing flash, microSD slot, affordable.
- Cons: Plastic build quality, older Android Lollipop, low 8GB internal storage.
2. OPPO F3
OPPO's selfie expert, the F3, still gives a strong showing by offering you much of what made the F3 Plus great, but at a much more affordable price. The OPPO F3 has all many modern amenities and tech, a great selfie camera, and a beautiful design we can expect from OPPO, with very few compromises.
- Pros: Dual front cameras, excellent build, and design, fast charging, affordable.
- Cons: Entry-level processor, mediocre rear camera, Android Marshmallow.
1. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
The most popular smartphone in the land is still Samsung's wonder child, the Galaxy J7 Pro. Taking the place of the J7 Prime as Samsung's most popular device, the J7 Pro is a little pricier but doubles down on it with great new features, few compromises, a stunning design and a reasonable price that is simply irresistible.
- Pros: Brilliant AMOLED display, premium metal design, fast performance, great selfie camera, affordable.
- Cons: No USB Type-C, no fast-charging.
One interesting thing to note about last month's top 10 is how the top 7 phones barely moved at all, with only a little minor reshuffling. Most of the movement occurred in the bottom three models, with ASUS suffering a major blow dropping out of the chart entirely. Meanwhile, OPPO made some additional inroads and Huawei finally makes its way into the mainstream consciousness of the Philippine market.
We can expect a lot of big changes for next month as September is a fully-loaded month with a lot of big releases, so be sure to join us next time as we bring you more insights into the Philippine smartphone market using market data gathered directly from users such as yourselves who vote with your clicks and your interest in the different phones.