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End-of-year review: Dominik’s favourite smartphones of 2017

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, journalists like to review the events of the past year. Here are my picks for the «smartphone of the year» award.

Last year, every smartphone manufacturer launched at least one new generation of phones. Some were successful, others not as much. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight my personal favourites of last year.

When it came to picking my favourite devices, I looked for the most exciting stories: I wanted to award bold decisions, smartphones that moved the industry and devices that introduced innovation.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

  • Galaxy S8+ Duos (6.20", 64GB, Dual SIM, 12MP, Midnight Black)
  • Galaxy S8+ Duos (6.20", 64GB, Dual SIM, 12MP, Midnight Black)
  • Galaxy S8+ Duos (6.20", 64GB, Dual SIM, 12MP, Midnight Black)
CHF 698.–
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Duos (6.20", 64GB, Dual SIM, 12MP, Midnight Black)
Limitless, waterproof design with 6.2" Super Amoled-Quad HD display. Effective security with fingerprint, iris scanner and face recognition. Seamless mobile-to-desktop experience with Samsung DeX as an optional accessory.
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<strong>Samsung Galaxy S8</strong> – Fast, pretty and soon unconfigurable?
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Samsung Galaxy S8 – Fast, pretty and soon unconfigurable?

With the Galaxy S8 and the larger version, S8+, Samsung have come up with the highest screen-to-body ratio. With 84% screen, Samsung’s most recent flagship isn’t only compact and lightweight, it also boasts impressive specs and a beautiful screen.

Being one of the first to see the Samsung Galaxy S8 was a special feeling. Stephanie Tresch and I were only in London for one day, but we were among the first to see this new phone and to witness the shift in Samsung’s philosophy: While everything used to be proprietary a few years ago, the South Korean company has broken out in a new direction by paving the way for open program interfaces from third party manufacturers.

The only bad news is that Samsung insist on keeping the Bixby button. This dedicated button on the left side of the phone can be deactivated, but not configured to your liking. Samsung has gone the extra mile to make sure this isn’t possible.

Doro 8040

  • 8040 (5", 16GB, 8MP, White)
  • 8040 (5", 16GB, 8MP, White)
  • 8040 (5", 16GB, 8MP, White)
CHF 237.–
Doro 8040 (5", 16GB, 8MP, White)
Extraordinarily easy
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Family members appointed tech support can take it easy with the Doro 8040

The Doro 8040 can’t compete with the larger flagship when it comes to performance, but the Swedish manufacturer didn’t intend to produce a phone that suits everyone. Although keeping references to their target group at a minimum, what they wanted was to come up with a smartphone for older people. With physical buttons, large fonts and an easy-to-use operating system, the Doro 8040 is a smartphone that makes all mums, dads, grandmas and granddads happy.

What I love most about the Doro 8040 is that it offers a range of tools that facilitate and replace family tech support. With My Doro Manager, a service that gives you access to most of the phone’s features via a web interface, or TeamViewer, it’s easy for helpful family members to repair any problem.

Anyone who’s gone crazy because their grandma didn’t understand what «to click» means will understand why the Doro is such a great device.

Essential Ph-1

  • PH-1 (5.71", 128GB, 13MP, black moon)
  • PH-1 (5.71", 128GB, 13MP, black moon)
  • PH-1 (5.71", 128GB, 13MP, black moon)
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Essential PH-1 (5.71", 128GB, 13MP, black moon)
With the Essential Phone’s stunning edge-to-edge Full Display there’s finally a large-screen device that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.
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Essential PH-1: Das Phone, das nie langweilig wird

Having received a lot of advance praise, Essential PH-1 was launched in early autumn…and it failed to impress. Especially its camera is terrible. Nevertheless, with top specs and a few good new ideas, the PH-1 (pun intended: PH-1, PH one, Phone) need not fear comparison with other major smartphone brands.

I’m impressed with the PH-1 and still enjoy using it. With its titanium enclosure, ceramic back and clear-cut corners, this phone never gets boring. The only mistake Essential made was to launch this phone too early. Yet, with regular updates and patches, I’m hopeful the phone will live up to its expectations one day.

My advice to Essential is to stop building a proprietary ecosystem. With Stock Android, this could be a good phone for developers.

Although the camera specs sound convincing, this phone doesn’t take good pictures. And it’s a shame the modular extensions have disappeared.

Sony XPeria XZ1 Compact

  • Xperia XZ1 Compact (4.60", 32GB, 19MP, Black)
  • Xperia XZ1 Compact (4.60", 32GB, 19MP, Black)
  • Xperia XZ1 Compact (4.60", 32GB, 19MP, Black)
CHF 394.–
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (4.60", 32GB, 19MP, Black)
The new original in a compact format. With super slow motion, 3D creator and the power of Snapdragon 835.
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<strong>Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 3D Scanner</strong>: Was das für Konsumenten bedeutet
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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact 3D Scanner: Was das für Konsumenten bedeutet

Let’s take a look at smaller phones, such as the Sony XPeria XZ1 Compact. This phone isn’t only compact – unlike its name – but it’s also equipped with a revolutionary feature: a 3D scanner. This smartphone proves once and for all that phone cameras can do much more than just take snapshots. It’s also the «living» proof that Sony isn’t going to settle for any old features.

I must admit, it’s not the most elegant device. But I like the fact that there are manufacturers out there who want to give users ever more features than they have today. Even though I’m not quite sure what to use a 3D scanner for, I’m convinced artists and designers will find it very useful and I admire Sony for making a statement.

Blackberry KeyOne

  • KEYone Black Edition (4.50", 64GB, 12MP, Black Edition)
  • KEYone Black Edition (4.50", 64GB, 12MP, Black Edition)
  • KEYone Black Edition (4.50", 64GB, 12MP, Black Edition)
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BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition (4.50", 64GB, 12MP, Black Edition)
Extremely elegant: This is the KeyOne "Black Edition". With the help of DTEK App, Locker Mode, Privacy Shade and fast available security patches, your data is kept as safe as possible.
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You asked the questions, <strong>BlackBerry</strong> gave the answers
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You asked the questions, BlackBerry gave the answers

Blackberry surprised everyone when they unveiled the KEYone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Not only does it boast great specs, it also features a brave design with hard edges, clear-cut lines and an unusual screen format. A real eye-catcher!

There’s one feature that will make old-school hearts beat faster: a keyboard. Not just any keyboard, but one that works a treat. Blackberry’s courage has definitely paid off. The KEYone is a serious competitor to other smartphones.

Great job, Blackberry. I can’t wait to see the KEYtwo.

Apple iPhone X

  • iPhone X (5.80", 64GB, 12MP, Space Gray)
  • iPhone X (5.80", 64GB, 12MP, Space Gray)
  • iPhone X (5.80", 64GB, 12MP, Space Gray)
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Apple iPhone X (5.80", 64GB, 12MP, Space Gray)
Apple's vision has always been to create an iPhone that is entirely screen. One so immersive the device itself disappears into the experience. And so intelligent it can respond to a tap, your voice, and even a glance. With iPhone X, that vision is now a reality.
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<strong>iPhone X</strong> – we put Apple’s latest arrival to the test
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iPhone X – we put Apple’s latest arrival to the test

Apple has lost some of its excitement in the last few years. Their new releaes seemed more like updated old versions and I missed the good old times when Steve Jobs would add «One more thing» and revolutionise the tech scene overnight.

But in early autumn last year, Apple CEO Tom Cook said this famous line at a keynote: «One more thing».

The iPhone X really is radically new. Android fans might disagree and rightly so, but within the context of Apple iPhones, the iPhone X really is a revolution. The omission of the home button is proof that Apple has courage and isn’t afraid to try out something new. That’s why I included the iPhone X in my list.

Honor View 10

  • View 10 (5.99", 128GB, Dual SIM, 16MP, Blue)
  • View 10 (5.99", 128GB, Dual SIM, 16MP, Blue)
  • View 10 (5.99", 128GB, Dual SIM, 16MP, Blue)
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Honor View 10 (5.99", 128GB, Dual SIM, 16MP, Blue)
Are you ready for AI?
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Das Honor v10: Das Huawei Mate 10 Pro in klein?

This is a cheeky one, as the official launch of the View 10 or v10 isn’t until January 2018, but I’ve had the chance to test it and I must say, it’s a great device.

What’s particularly impressive is that Honor shows that a high-quality phone doesn’t need to cost a small fortune. Being a sub-brand of Huawei, I wonder what Huawei think of Honor copying their flagship and selling it for almost half the price. BI guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Honor remains aggressive but friendly. And one thing’s for sure: You’ll have to look hard to get your hands on so much phone for so little money.

And now it’s your turn. Which one is your smartphone of the year 2017? Which device is your everyday companion? I’m looking forward to your comments.

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User indy7

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

29.12.2017
User Metti93

Kein SD-Kartenslot
Kein Wireless Charging
Keine 3.5mm Klinke

30.12.2017
User Anonymous

+ Wer braucht schon 100+ GB Speicher und noch ne SD-Karte
+ Die meisten Smartphones haben kein Wireless Charging
- Der einzig valide Punkt ... da müssen wir als Community / Käufer gegenhalten ...

31.12.2017
User dudus.emin

Huawei wird leider als Marke in der Schweiz nicht angesehen. Ich finde aber das Ihre SoC Kirin 970 einfach der Killer schlechthin ist. Kein anderer Chiphersteller hat es geschaft eine NPU un einem Chip zu verpflanzen. Hut ab Huawei. Ausserdem ist das Handy einfach Top

01.01.2018
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User ThanushSlk

OnePlus 5T

29.12.2017
User plon

pixel 2 XL

29.12.2017
User Vectron4k

LG G6/V30? One Plus 5T? Incomplete List!

29.12.2017
User Schmisi

Da bin ich nicht ganz einverstanden. Apple hatte nur den "Mut" zur Konkurrenz aufzuschliessen! FaceID? S8... Kein Home Button? S8... Randloses Display? S8... Was sollte daran sooo gut sein um diesen Titel abzustauben?

29.12.2017
User B4belfish

Bin nicht ganz einverstanden. Das Display des iPhone X ist besser, die Bedienung super, die Kamera macht bessere Fotos, die Geschwindigkeit ist besser, die Sicherheit ist höher und Updates gibt es auch lange nach dem Kauf. Der Nachteil im Vergleich ist nur der Preis. Hat eben seinen Preis, wobei ich sagen muss, dass ich es etwas überteuert finde! All diese Argumente habe ich nicht erfunden. Sie stammen von der folgenden Seite: computerbild.de/artikel/cb-...

29.12.2017
User trialgod

Computerbild als Referenz zu wählen ist schon wirklich eine geniale Idee.
Aber selbst wenn das iPhone X in Teilen "besser" ist, sind die Unterschiede so marginal, dass sie keinesfalls den fast doppelten Preis rechtfertigen. Wenn man in Absolutismen argumentiert ("besser" -> "teurer"), dann kommt das vielleicht hin. Wenn man die Realität und dessen Relativität betrachtet, kann man keinesfalls zu dem Schluss kommen das iPhone X sei für sein Geld das bessere Phone.

29.12.2017
User B4belfish

Andere Reaktionen habe ich nicht erwartet. Warum ist Computerbild für Sie nicht gut genug? Nur leere Worte, aber keine Argumente. 90 % der Leser kennen CB. Der Vergleich beruht auf Fakten. Ich zitiere: „Wenn man die Realität und dessen Relativität…“ Wie bitte? Was meinen Sie damit? Meine Argumente beziehen sich auf Fakten und keine Absolutismen. Wie gesagt ich finde es auch etwas zu teuer. Trotzdem habe ich es gekauft, denn ich bin sehr zufrieden damit.

29.12.2017
User DaVuci

Nutz mal das S8 länger als 4 Monate und Laggwiz meldet sich.

29.12.2017
User fumo

Es ist auch nicht nötig zu argumentieren warum Tests und Berichte der Computerbild nichts wert sind, das ist reine Logik. Aber man kann solch eingefleischte Apple Fanboys auch nichts sagen ;)

29.12.2017
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User Miingno

Bin 100% glücklich mit meinem, in Tests und Listen oft überschauten, Pixel 2. Habe den Kauf nie bereut~

29.12.2017
User MakeAppsNotWar

Wie s'IPhone X efach denne isch, well Apple vör Apple verhältnis öpis gwagt het xD

29.12.2017
User jzimmermann965

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

29.12.2017
User G-unit88

ohni Edge Rand wohls beste.

12.01.2018
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User amigafreak

Also wenn man das iPhone X mit aufnimmt, sollte man auch das Pixel 2 mit drauf nehmen. Schliesslich ist es das Kamera-Handy des Jahres.

29.12.2017
User SamNever

Schade das beim Lesen des Autors der "Platz 1" schon klar war.. Wahrscheinlich würde auch Battlefront 2 Spiel des Jahres werden, mit ihrem Mut zum Geld machen.

29.12.2017
User pascal2008

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

29.12.2017
User eoleonz

LG G6, ein guter Mix von allem zu einem fairen Preis.

29.12.2017
User giger1983

Nokia 8

29.12.2017
User MatthiasBarth

Das Essential Phone ist hier immer noch viel zu teuer.

29.12.2017
User samjey

tellement d'accord... pourtant il a baissé de prix aux USA

04.01.2018
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User huendli33

Die Kamera des Essential ist längst nicht mehr Müll; der Portraitmodus ist gar einer der Besten überhaupt. Auch die Erweiterungen sind mitnichten gestorben, das Dock ist kurz vor dem Launch (nur Ihr habt es schon vor Monaten auf EOL gesetzt). Und jetzt senkt endlich den Preis, $450 zu CHF 899!

29.12.2017
User BloodMagic

Mein Highlight des Jahres ist das Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Ein echter WoW Faktor

29.12.2017
User philm

Ja, was Xiaomi anbelangt ist das Preis/Leistungsverhältnis unschlagbar. Qualität stimmt. Und auch UI mässig dank User Community sehr stark.

10.02.2018
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User RizZzle

ZTE Axon 7 - bin begeistert davon.

29.12.2017
User Stiggu

Freu dich, das Axon 7 soll jetzt pures Android erhalten. Traum!

30.12.2017
User RizZzle

Ah geil! Aber die jetzige Version finde ich nichtmal so schlecht, habe mich ziemlich daran gewöhnt.

31.12.2017
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User nerminVIII

Galaxy S8 Plus! Wollte zwar das Pixel 2 XL, jedoch standen 679.-(S8+) zu 1099.-(Pixel2XL) ganz klar auf der Seite von Samsung. Habe den Kauf auch nie bereut. Super Bildschirm (von mehreren iPhone Usern gelobt), lange Akkulaufzeit, Mega Fotoqualität und Fastcharge nicht zu vergessen.

29.12.2017
User KevRWL

Razer Phone? Kommt dieses noch zu Digitec.ch? Wäre super!

31.12.2017
User sonyc78

V30 sehr geils Teil!

29.12.2017
User 13geister

Pixel 2 XL

30.12.2017
User Floh0001

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, ist von Dezember 2016, aber hätte in dieser Liste trotzdem locker mithalten können.

01.01.2018
User info

Xiaomi mi mix2

02.01.2018
User hen_m

-iPhone +1plus5T +Pixel2

29.12.2017
User salvom88

Ich bin aktuell noch mit dem OnePlus 3T unterwegs - geniales Smartphone.
Nach einer sehr unglücklichen Erfahrung mit dem Nexus 6P muss ich sagen, dass sich das OnePlus Gerät fast so gut wie mein unschlagbares Nexus 5 anfühlt. Auf das 5T bin ich definitiv gespannt (das Pixel 2 ist mir zu teuer).

30.12.2017
User encinocr

Leider habe ich ein S8, weil zum Zeitpunkt als mein N5X den Geist aufgegeben hat, das Pixel 2 noch nicht verfügbar war.
Fingerabdruck-Sensor ist nicht brauchbar und mit Samsung-Software aufgeblasen

02.01.2018
User GA55N3R

iPhone X??? Phone des Jahres??? Soll das ein Scherz sein?!?
Phone des Jahres ist meiner Meinung nach, ganz klar das Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ !!!

30.12.2017