Best Smartphone Picks of 2016 – Year in Review | 2016

by Akash Karnena 0

Google Pixel & Pixel XL

Smartphones are turning great every year. They are growing better in terms of build quality, performance, camera, software experience and battery. These are the best smartphone picks of the year. These are divided into different categories to pick the best smartphone according to your usage and budget.

BEST SMARTPHONES OVERALL

GOOGLE PIXEL XL:

Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel XL

Pixel XL in the first smartphone that was completely made by Google. It is probably not the best looking device but it is one of the best performers. It has got Snapdragon 821 and Adreno 530 GPU with four gigs of RAM, 5.5-inch super AMOLED QHD display, a 12 MP(f/2.0 but no OIS) and 8 MP rear and front cameras respectively, Android 7.0, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and a beefy 3450 mAh battery.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus:

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 Plus is the snappiest phone ever. It might look average on the spec sheet but it is definitely the best performer. It has got a A10 Fusion chip and M10 motion co-processor along with 3 gigs of RAM, a 1080p Retina display a 12 MP(f/1.8) dual camera setup with OIS on the back and 7 MP camera on the front. It comes with iOS 10 out of the box. It also has IP67 certification to sustain accidental falls into water, a front-mounted fingerprint reader and a 2900 mAh battery.

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SAMSUNG GALAXY S7 EDGE:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is definitely one of the most popular phones of 2016. It has got a beautiful 5.5-inch super AMOLED QHD screen with curves on both sides, a 12 MP(f/1.7 and OIS) camera on the back and 5 MP(f/1.7and EIS) on the front. It packs Exynos 8890 CPU , ARM Mali -T880 GPU and a massive 3600 mAh battery. It comes with Android 6.0 out of the box with Touchwiz on top of it and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor.

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BEST MID-RANGE SMARTPHONES:

ONEPLUS 3T:

OnePlus 3T
OnePlus 3T

If you are a spec-hungry person, then OnePlus 3T is the way to go. It offers Snapdragon 821 with whopping 6 gigs of RAM. It comes in 64 GB and 128 GB variants and there is no expansion via micro SD. Its rocks a 16 MP camera on the front as well as on the rear. It packs a 3500 mAh battery and it is one of the fastest charging phones with Dash Charge. It comes with Android 6.0 with Oxygen layout on top of it which is very close to stock and a home button which also doubles as a fingerprint reader.

MOTO Z PLAY:

 

Moto Z Play
Moto Z Play

Moto Z Play is the only phone in mid-range segment to support mods ( like speaker, camera with 10X optical zoom, projector etc.,). This phone also gives the longest battery life, longer than any other phone in the market right now . It has got Snapdragon 625 along with 3 gigs of RAM, 32 gigs of internal storage, 5.5-inch 1080 p AMOLED display, 16 MP and 5 MP rear and front cameras( no OIS) respectively, 3510 mAh battery, stock Android experience and a fingerprint sensor.

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ASUS ZENFONE 3:

ASUS ZenFone 3 - Design Overview
ASUS ZenFone 3

ASUS ZenFone 3 is an all-round performer with great design and specs. It has got Snapdragon 625 with 4 GB/3 GB of RAM, 64 GB/32 GB of internal storage, 5.5-inch/5.2-inch FHD display, 16 MP( 4-axis OIS) and 8 MP rear and front cameras respectively, 3000 mAh/2650 mAh and a fingerprint sensor on the back.

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