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These are the best smartphones of 2017

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In the decade or so since the original iPhone hit the scene, smartphones have fundamentally changed our world. But just because they've been around for awhile doesn't mean they're any less complicated. On the contrary, picking the best smartphone means wending your way through a sea of specs and features that are hard to understand unless you've lived with them for a while.

One month with the Apple iPhone X: More powerful than a Plus in a killer form factor


After the iPhone X announcement, I was more than satisfied with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and didn't even consider an iPhone X. However, thanks to the new T-Mobile Jump On Demand switch every 30 day program, giving the Apple iPhone X a trial was a quick and easy process.

Apple gets to sell iPhones again in Southeast Asia's largest market


After skipping the iPhone 6S, Apple finally gets to sell iPhones again in the largest smartphone market in Southeast Asia. This is because the San Francisco technology giant has committed to a $44 million R&D centre in Indonesia, thus fulfilling a requirement for 4G smartphones to use 30 percent local components. The 30 percent can be made up of hardware and software. SEE ALSO: The next iPhone's battery might be getting a Plus-sized boost Sales of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus began on Mar. Apple could not release the last model, the iPhone 6S in Indonesia; the iPhone 7 first hit global markets in September 2016.

OnePlus 3 first look: 10 reasons to choose it over a Samsung, LG, HTC, or iPhone


Last week OnePlus announced its fourth Android smartphone, the OnePlus 3, and unlike past models the phone was available for purchase to anyone on the same day as the announcement. I immediately ordered one and it arrived yesterday. After opening up the red and white OnePlus 3 retail box, I was immediately struck by the high quality fit and finish of the aluminum uni-body design. This is the first OnePlus smartphone I've purchased, thanks to the previous crazy invite system, and after a day I am extremely impressed. The OnePlus 3 may not stand out from the crowd at first glance, but as I hold it and use it I see elements of other flagships smartphones that are 200 to nearly 500 more expensive.

Top 10 fastest smartphones: Surprise! Apple and Samsung are nowhere near the top


Which smartphones do you think would top the list of the fastest smartphones? If you thought that the iPhone 6S or the Samsung's Galaxy S7 would be atop the list then you'd be wrong. AnTuTu, one of the most popular mobile benchmarks, has released a list of the top 10 fastest smartphones for May 2016, and leading the list are several smartphones from China. Interestingly, the top three smartphones are all powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, and have 6GB of RAM, while the top four are all from Chinese manufacturers. Samsung's flagship Galaxy S7 Edge doesn't enter the list until the number five spot, and the LG G5 at number eight (skipping over the two iPhones on the list - we'll come to those in a moment).