Smartphone Supertest 2017: What's the best phone right now?

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LG G6: The headlines

Last year’s modular G5 had niche appeal, but the G6 is more of a mass-market crowd pleaser. It ditches the upgradeable antics, and instead doubles down on everything you could want from a flagship phone. That includes a bezel-busting 18:9 aspect ratio on a QHD-resolution screen that fills the entire front of the phone.

No, it doesn’t curve around at the sides, but LG has still squeezed a sizeable display into a phone that’s barely larger than a 4.7in iPhone 7. It’s perfectly easy to use one-handed and while the 18:9 aspect ratio might be unique, all your apps should play nicely with it. You can upscale videos in the settings menus to avoid any ugly letterboxing. 

The Snapdragon 821 inside isn’t exactly cutting-edge any more, but it’s still a mighty fast chip, and the G6 is able to keep pace with its main competition in both apps and games. Android 7 runs perfectly smoothly, and while 32GB of onboard storage is stingy, at least you can add more with a microSD card. Battery life could be better, though – you’ll get a working day between top-ups, but only just. We don’t get wireless charging here in India either.

That stretchy 18:9 aspect ratio doesn’t look quite so remarkable now the Galaxy S8 has arrived with something similar, especially as the Samsung adds a curved screen into the mix. Even against such strong competition, though, the G6 is still one of the most visually arresting flagship phones out there, barely putting a foot wrong across the board. It’s a fantastic all-rounder, and you can’t ask for much more than that. 

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