Locked phones are a nuisance especially if you travel often. When you purchase your phone from carriers like Verizon or T-mobile, your phone will be locked to their bandwidth, meaning that it won’t work with another provider’s SIM card, which is a real bummer if you travel often.
Fortunately, there are a few good alternative options for traveling abroad and using your smartphone. If you purchase your phone directly from the manufacturer, it will often come unlocked already. Unlocked phones meaning phones that can use a SIM card from any wireless carrier and you’re not tied down to just one carrier.
Here is a list of 6 best unlocked phones of 2017 that we’ve put together for you.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samasung Galaxy Note 8 has a stunning Quad HD+ Infinity display which is practically bezel-less. The increased 6GB of RAM makes for snappy performance with no lag when scrolling or multitasking which is extremely smooth for reading or finishing off those emails with the 5 hours of screen-on time, which is plenty to get you going throughout the day.
As usual, Samsung has their improved S Pen docked in as well for your noting needs. You can check out the full review here.
2. LG V30
While only having 4GB of RAM, the LG V30 runs on the Snapdragon 835 SoC which makes it just as smooth as some other flagship phones. Besides being water resistant, you won’t have to worry about water damage wherever you travel.
But where this phone stands above the rest is the built-in Hi-Fi quad DAC audio, which provides amazing clarity and surrounding noise reduction, so you could get those conference calls done even in the bustling hotel lobby or in cafes.
Check out the full review here.
3. Huawei Mate 10 Pro
For a size similar to LG’s V30, Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro packs battery 20% larger than the V30 and Galaxy Note 8. This also has a 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage combo, so its speed is top-notch even when packed with apps like Skype, Viber, Whatsapp etc. for all your business needs.
Slight blue tinting and at maximum 730 nits of brightness, the phone is easy to read in darkness or at noon as you’re moving from appointment to appointment. You could even reply messages in the shower with the IP67 waterproof feature, because why not?
Check out the full review here.
4. iPhone 8
No tech list is complete without Apple in it. While receiving a lackluster response, this phone is exceptionally fast with Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip. Literally no lag even when multitasking
With a 4.7-inch screen, it’s a nice size for calls and awesome for one-handed use. Battery life is barely enough to last a day’s use, but with a power bank on you, it’s no issue. Watch the full review here.
5. iPhone X
This is probably the best iPhone to date. It comes with the OLED display which delivers insane resolution. Apple has made some major design changes such as the removal of the home button and the bezels, so you have much more screen on a 5’5″ display than on any other phones.
We’ll leave the rest of the specs (which you probably already know) to the full review, but this is a phone you’d proudly put on the table in any meeting, anywhere in the world. Watch the full review here.
6. OnePlus 5T
This phone is by far, the beast of 2017. It runs on the Snapdragon 835 with 8GB of RAM which is the largest RAM capability in the market to date. There’s not even a jitter as you jump between apps or a plethora of documents which is awesome when you’re preparing a script for presentations.
Unlike most flagship phones this year, it still has a 3.5mm audio jack that pumps out for crystal-clear audio for all your calls. This phone also supports Oneplus’ Dash Charging, that allows you to juice up your phone from o% to 60% in just 30 minutes, so you could run this the whole day on-the-go without worrying about missing important calls.
Here’s a guide to unlocking your phone if you are tied to a certain carrier in your country.
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Do you agree with our list? What other phones were not included in this list? Comment below and let us know what you think!