Long gone are the days when mobile phones the size of a small remote used to rule our planet. Everybody used to be mesmerized only by an additional tune in phone ringtones. Moreover, color screens used to draw gasps from all folks. By and by, however, the father of all cell phones emerged – smartphones. Now everybody has their eyes on the best of the best smartphones.
Celebrating the best among these master phones is natural so take a look at the best smartphones of 2016.
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge literally took 2016 by storm. Boasting an edge screen and its water-resistant feature, the phone won millions of hearts. The edge panel enabled multitasking and a bigger, better screen. All news updates and your emails are just a swipe away, running as headlines at the edge of this model.
The dual pixel camera and fast autofocus add to its qualities. Since the phone is resistant to water splashes and dunks, clicking pictures in the rain is also a plus that only this smartphone can offer.
Another reason why the Samsung S7 edge made it to the top of 2016 is its long-lasting battery and expandable memory in addition to its internal memory. The fast charger also makes charging faster, so users don’t have to wait hours to get their smartphone fully charged. Slim and sleek by design, the phone is a beauty with brains. The light weight is the cherry on top.
However, the phone isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Sadly, it overheats a lot, which makes you wonder if it might burst like one of its family members. That’s one fat minus for the phone.
2. iPhone 7 Plus
Apple manages to stay in the top three once again. The iPhone 7 Plus is everything an enthusiastic photographer wants in his phone. Pictures clicked in dim light have never been better. Even the selfie camera is a total cracker. With a classy camera and improved iOS, this iPhone is a step ahead of its contemporaries.
The iPhone 7 Plus offers a longer battery life and more sensible storage space. Since it is waterproof, a splash of water is of no concern to it. Not only is the photography experience better, but the gaming experience is top-notch too, as it has the A10 Fusion processor, which is an advancement in the iPhone race.
However, the phone is over-priced despite lacking an earphone jack. Sure, the speakers offer louder and clearer sound, but no earphone jack means no music on bus rides. The music junkies can stick to better options, while the photography maniacs can take wonderfully detailed pictures without having to take their bulky camera everywhere they go.
3. Google Pixel XL
When you hear the word Google, your soul automatically responds to it by saying “Android.” This phone has made it to this list thanks to all the Android devotees out there. It has an amazing and fresh Android 7.0 Nougat interface combined with Google Assistant.
With a fireball of power in its belly, this phone is a pro at multitasking. It has the best 12MP camera the kingdom of phones has to offer. Google Pixel XL also offers you a colorful HD display, perfect for watching videos. It comes in a metal and glass sturdy body with many other innovative functions.
This phone is great, but the battery life could have been better. Having to charge it every few hours is what annoys people to the core, even though it lasts about 30 minutes more than its predecessor, Google Pixel. With a fast draining battery life, the price is not very friendly for your wallet.
Google Assistant is still developing, but we hope to see better results soon. All things considered, if you can digest the bitter part of it being expensive, the Google Pixel XL is a total boss thanks to its spectrum of admirable features.
4. OnePlus 3T
Cheers to this phone that has a camera that can challenge even the best of camera phones. With its snazzy design and fast performance, the OnePlus 3T has won many hearts. It has a fine battery life and a whole den of storage space that can keep up with this fast-paced world.
The OnePlus 3T has stomped its way proudly into the festival of the best smartphones of 2016 not because it has one feature that stands out. No, it’s actually because it has many prime features at a reasonable price. Due to this blend, the OnePlus 3T stands unparalleled. It also has a vibrant and clear display along with a fingerprint scanner that works fast.
The only buzzkill is that the OnePlus 3T doesn’t have a microSD card slot. That isn’t very bothering, keeping in mind that it offers a hoard of features at a reasonable price.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 821 chip with an outstanding performance. From looks to working, this phone has it all.
5. LG G5
With its metallic body an improvement over the cheap plastic and leather finish of the previous model, the LG G5 has made it to the top 10 best smartphones of 2016.
What has actually gathered praises is the beloved feature of a removable battery. Removable batteries are becoming more a myth these days in the world of smartphones, which is why this model by the South Korean firm has gained marks with this feature. The battery replacement does not work with removing the back cover. Rather, there is an extra slot at the bottom of the phone that allows access to the battery. The slot also works as an accessory port where add-ons can be connected. So far, add-ons include a hi-fi audio module and a battery grip with physical camera controls.
There’s little disappointment here though. An add-on means turning off the phone completely, making the addition, and turning on again. Quite a lot of a headache.
The phone also has an amazing camera to flaunt. The LG G5 has a dual camera on the back and can click pictures in 135 degrees. Also, to note the time or date or keep an eye on the notifications, you don’t have to wake up the phone time and again. With its always-on display, the date, time and notifications icon are always available. Not to forget, the micro SD slot can give an additional storage of 2TB. For more security, the phone also has a fingerprint sensor.
6. HTC 10
With a huge round of improvements the company has made over its previous model like a pro learner, the HTC 10 was bound to make it to the top 10 of 2016.
For one, there is a great improvement over how the phone feels overall. Typing is now smooth and swift. Furthermore, the multidirectional speakers are a great improvement over the previous sound quality. The best feature that got the phone flying off the shelves is its 12MP Ultra Pixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and laser focusing at the speed of the Flash itself. For crystal-clear selfies, the HTC 10 has a front camera with the first-ever OIS.
With its new USB Type-C charger, the phone is good to go for one full day with just one round of charging. The charger also allows fast data transfer.
The phone is a bit pricey though, considering the company has made a comeback. A far more superior Samsung S7 edge will be cheaper in comparison.
7. Huawei Mate 9
A blend of iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (minus the risk of bursting), the Huawei Mate 9 has also jumped onto the bandwagon of the great phones of the past year.
Not very pretty looking, the phone is a bimbo, only in looks that is. This means that the model is big on brains but poor in looks. The Huawei Mate 9 has the feature of durability in its bag of greatness. It also has a long battery, which won’t give up on you on the eleventh hour. Furthermore, a strong processor enables it to run multiple apps at a time. But the best feature is the Machine Learning Algorithm (MLA) that learns the user’s phone usage behavior and prioritizes the optimum working of features that are used the most. MLA also increases the phone speed over time.
However, the Emotional UI is strange in this model and a higher screen resolution would have been a treat.
8. Sony Xperia XZ
The Sony Xperia XZ is undoubtedly a wicked smartphone. With a camera and battery life better than its predecessors, this phone is a winner. It is not lacking even in the looks department.
It has a vibrant display along with an excellent camera. The battery, performance, and software are applaudable. The Xperia XZ has killer looks and along with this, the phone is water-resistant. Despite being a bit large, this phone is easy to hold and functions smoothly. The device also uses adaptive charging that reduces battery drainage. It comes in 3 different ravishing and unique colors, so there’s this also that makes the phone pretty awesome.
The bad news is that the people living in the US don’t get the fingerprint sensor. The price is high which is a serious con considering that its rivals are ranked much higher. However, the Xperia XZ is a beauty to behold along with commendable features.
9. Huawei P9
The Chinese firm wants to give a good competition to Apple and Samsung and wants to be known. No wonder all its hard work has got the Huawei P9 in the top 10 best smartphones of 2k16.
With its full aluminum body, the phone looks stylish and comfortable to hold. The slightly curved edges also add to the smart looks. It has a larger screen but smaller size than its predecessors, which is a plus for the model. Another feature enabling the P9 to make it to the top is its dual camera. It clicks amazing shots, specifically in the black and white mode.
Along with a powerful processor, the Huawei P9 has an active and alert fingerprint sensor. With an active sensor, the need to use the power button really arises. However, that doesn’t really save the user from the trouble of checking whether the phone has turned on by itself in your pocket.
On the downside, the screen resolution could have been better. Plus, the troubles with the Emotional UI are still existent.
10. Motorola Moto Z Play
As the name suggests, this phone plays. With a 3.5mm headphone jack and a battery life that lives up to your expectations, the Moto Z Play can let you listen to music for long hours. All the better is that the price tag doesn’t make the heart roar with fear.
The phone is customizable and the one mod that stands out the most is the new Hasselblad True Zoom camera that gives the 16MP phone a true camera feel. There is also the option of adding a Style Shell, which is definitely a smile spreader. Oh, and it has a fingerprint sensor too!
There are some cons that come with this cheap price tag though. The camera and performance are not as brilliant. There is also the issue of it being quite thick and heavy. It doesn’t have a shatterproof glass screen either, which is why it can’t survive accidental drops.
However, all that is expected considering that this phone doesn’t require as many green bills as other high-end phones in the market do. All in all, the Motorola Moto Z Play has spread much more happiness than frowns, which is what makes it one of the best smartphones of 2016.
This sums up the top ten best smartphones of the year 2016. All of them offer high-end performance with a unique touch.