BEST SMARTPHONES OF 2016
As the world is running at a fast pace, so is the up gradation when it comes to technology. There was a time when there were only a few brands who were top notch in the tech industry.
Gradually, time has changed and now there is far more competition than it used to be previously. Choosing has become complex, almost in every domain as we are left with countless exceptional choices.
When it comes to selecting a cell phone, of course, one can get major confused.Here, we are going to discuss the best smartphones of 2016 to make your life a little easier.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE:
Samsung Galaxy is gaining a lot of ground in the smartphone industry. It is making more news than the previous Samsung Galaxy S7.It is an all-rounder as it stands unique in every trait. It has got just the right looks and features. It has a large screen with a tremendous resolution, which makes it even more attractive.
Samsung’s devices are almost alike when it comes to looks. Let us remember the time when Samsung released Galaxy S5 which was a perfection in performance, but not so appealing in looks.
However, the good news is Samsung Galaxy has got best of both worlds. It’s dual mode. The front view of the galaxy is kind of similar to the old ones consisting of metal and glass. It has a logo on the back along with camera sensor and heart rate monitor.
Volume keys on one side and lock key on the other. On the top SIM-tray, micro SD slot and microphone. At the bottom headphone jack, microphone, speaker and a micro-USB port used for charging.
The camera is attached, smoothly so the phone’s back is completely leveled which is a huge satisfaction when using your phone while placing it on the table.
The screen size is 5.5-inches, quad-HD (2560 x 1440). The big screen lover would love it. Fortunately, the big screen is not that of an issue if it might sound like one, as Samsung has made the screen in such a way which is fun and easy to handle. The resolution is really admirable, making everything look vibrant and sharp.
It is water-resistant (IP68) so you can use it during use bathing hours without any worry. It is able to show time even if the phone is off i.e “Always-On display” which, according to Samsung will only use 1% of the battery.It has a battery life of 3,600 mAh, although fast charging, it still goes low more quickly as compared to iPhone 6S Plus.
It has 6.0 Android operating system, game launcher has been introduced in TouchWiz having the option of turning the feature on and off, depending upon your choice. Samsung Galaxy Edge has shifted back to Qualcomm in certain areas.It has a 4GB Ram which makes working on numerous tasks at the same time easy and smooth.It has an expandable storage up to 200 GB.
Luckily, “water-cooling element” has been added in the device keeping it cool most of the time.This model plays well with VR games, videos and you can even watch Netflix easily.
The camera is 12MP which is quite good in performance.It performs well in low light, the auto focus works perfectly, the focus of the camera is quite quick and flawless.Night vision is able to give you a colorful, clear and bright picture.The front camera is 5 MP with a wide angle lens.
There is some lag in TouchWiz. The
The Screen can become overly reflective.
It is expensive but worth the price.
Here comes the new model of the iPhone, which cannot be ignored, of course. It is much better than the last iPhone 6S in many perspectives. It has got a 3D touchscreen along with being water resistance which is one of the many prominent features of this set.
It has 12MP camera, far better result and more improved. It has a slight change in its power button as it can become active with only pressure instead of physically clicking it.
Another important feature is its appearance, which is now available in black color.However, there are more options than the Jet Black as well.It has an iPhone logo and shines to the plastic.The model can be scratched easily so you would surely be needing a cover for its protection.The price of this device varies depending upon the storage for example 32GB comes at the price of $649,128 GB comes at $749.
It has a 4.7- 5.5-inch screen, a better battery life, and dual-camera.
One of the main pleasing features is that its water resistivity is really appreciable. You can use your phone during your swimming lessons as well.
Moreover, the need of headphone jack has vanished. It is a really impressive, although a little bit risky move, but Apple managed to do it, which means no more getting stuck in wires.Hello to Airpods!
Tip: However, you can check out these incredible Bluetooth headsets, if you are really interested in using headphones!
Although there are a few setbacks to the pods as they don’t have that much-improved quality and they don’t look much better while wearing and require a lot of charging.
It has dual speakers at the bottom with a fine sound quality. It has a 4.7-inch display and the resolution is also satisfactory, with a touch of sharpness and bright colors.
Hence, it can be said that the display is quite colorful.Brightness and white display is also up-to the mark.
No proper updates
Same old design
Battery life not that long as expected
MOTOROLA MOTO Z:
Motorola first made its Android smartphone in 2009.It has been a long ride and now it has launched another new milestone the Motorola Moto Z.
It is a fine reasonable cell phone with appropriately modified features.It is available for $408 and the GSM version for $450, meaning, the price is little higher than the previous ones.
It is one of the thinnest(5.19mm) in design with a 5.5-inch display, but, looks somewhat decent.It consists of 4GB Ram, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820,64GB internal storage, microSD and 1.8 GHz quad-core.
It consists of the 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C cable.You also do have the option of using Bluetooth.One of the interesting features it has got is the Moto Mods, which adds extra functionality like the audio speaker and battery pack.The user has the option of changing the Mods while keeping the cell phone on.
It has a 13MP back camera and 5 MP front camera with a major popping of camera at the back along with doing not so good job in low light.
It consists of a fingerprint sensor on the front along with the moto logo.The sensor is able to wake the phone, no more need to click the sideways button. However, the volume and power buttons are located on the sides.
Furthermore, it consists of Insta-Share projector giving a user the ease to show videos by not handling the cell phone individually to every other person. However, for best results of the projector you would need a dark room. It has a powerful speaker since Motorola has made the partnership with JBL.
Unfortunately, the battery life is not so good as it should be. It consists of a 2,600 mAh battery capacity. It runs only 24 hours mostly. However, Turbo Charger does the job by charging the device quickly.
It can be concluded that Moto Z is a considerable smartphone one should go for, the company has done a good job which is definitely appreciable.
Absence of 3.5mm headphone jack
Higher in price than Moto X
Popping out of camera
Less battery life
LG G5 has come with major improvements when compared to previous models.Also, it was launched along with a posse, named “LG Friends” consisting of various accessories which can be controlled by the phone.
Although it cannot beat the super attractive body designs of Samsung and Apple, however, LG did manage to bring a drastic innovative change in its style.One of its most interesting features is the way the battery can be inserted.You no longer need to remove the back cover.The slot is located at the bottom of the phone.The set’s price is almost $650.
It has a dual camera setup and a lens that is able to take photos with a wide angle.
It has 5.3-inch display and time, date and notifications display are always on with 1440 x 2560 resolution.The display is not so much vibrant but it’s good enough.
It has a 4GB Ram.A microSD card slot, Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The best thing about its design is, it no longer looks like the cheap plastic versions instead, it has a metallic rim around the edges, smooth, aluminum frame.No curve edges.Hence, it has an all-metal body.G5 comes in various colors like silver, titan(gray),pink and gold.
Volume buttons are now available on the left side.The power button also acts as a fingerprint sensor and works just fine without physical contact.The button is present at the back of the cell’s body.
Headphone plugging area is at the top.But if you have 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC module then you can plug it in the bottom as well.
The speaker is also present at the bottom. The sound system is really good. The USB ports are reversible. It, unfortunately, comes with a camera bump.
However, the auto-focus works fine to satisfy its user.
It consists of a Hi-Fi plus for the conversion of digital-to-audio.
It has 16 MP camera, wide-angle 8MP camera.
The camera is able to view up to 135 degrees, hence a better view of the situation than expected. However, the selfie lens is missing.
No drawer for Applications
Battery life not so good
HTC 10 is one the best phone that you can buy. It is the most decent Android phone with a reasonable battery life and an attractive design. The initial price of this set was $599 but dropped eventually, thanks to summer promotion in the U.K.
It has been titled as the best camera, i.e given the DxO Mark in a smartphone, the title previously belonged to Xperia Z5 and Sony.
As far as the design is concerned, this set is really adequate and attractive.The rear is not rounded, but it is comfortable to hold it in your hands.The edges are shined and polished making its look appreciable and eye-catching.
It has a 5.2-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4 GB Ram, 32 OR 64 GB storage, 2560 x 1440 resolution making the screen look vibrant.The brightness has much to improve, though since auto-brightness can lead you to your blindness. HTC needs to work on this really hard.
Power and volume buttons are situated on the sides. The home button also acts as a scanner to unlock the phone. You can add different fingerprints as well, so you can easily share your phone with the ones you want. It consists of USB-Type C connection.
HTC has come with a fascinating accessory, The Ice View Case bringing 8-bit design to the front of HTC One range.
The speakers are really good, therefore, when watching a movie you will definitely enjoy the audio.The amplifiers have been doubled for the headphones as well as the speakers.
It has a battery life of 3000mAh, same as Samsung Galaxy S7.If you are a light user than this battery is perfect for you.Moreover, thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 from Qualcomm so the charging speed is simply awesome.
The camera is also improves , its 12 MP, consisting of optical image stabilization system which provides a better result even in low light.The video can be recorded in 4K resolution.The front camera also has OIS which makes it the first of its kind.
HTC has made remarkable improvements in this set despite a few setbacks.The battery life is a big improvement that can’t be left unnoticed.The shape, though, can be enhanced more.
However, the price is still a bit too high for the users.
Camera not so good
Sound not so good
Some errors still present in the set
Smartphones have become an essential part of our lives. We are doing almost every task on them, be it watching movies or cartoons, Netflix, reading articles or notes, taking photos and editing them, listening to music or setting an alarm for the next to-do list items or for waking up early in the morning. Therefore, these are some of the best smartphones that you can opt for without any second thoughts. They will definitely make your days worthwhile.