The year 2016 has been the best year for smartphones since they came into existence a decade ago. To list the Best of the Best Smartphones of 2016 we have listed out the Best smartphone overall, Best-marketed smartphone, Best-looking smartphone and the Most innovative smartphone of the year 2016.
Best looking smartphone of the year 2016
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is undoubtedly the best-looking smartphone and also very comfortable to use thanks to its dual-edged screen. The Galaxy S7 Edge is not only the best looking smartphone of the year but also a benchmark device for other Android flagship smartphones. It is a complete package and no other phone in this competition offers so much bang for the buck. You can buy this beauty in many colours like Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, White Pearl, Blue Coral and Silver Titanium colours. Unlike, iPhone 7/7Plus which looks striking only in Jet Black colour, the S7/S7Edge looks stunning in any colour variant.
- 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560×1440 pixels) 534 PPI Super AMOLED always-on curved edge display
- Snapdragon 820 processor / Exynos 8 Octa 8890 processor (depending on market)
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 32/64GB ROM plus expandable memory up to 200GB with microSD
- Android Marshmallow
- Hybrid SIM (nano + nano/ microSD)
- 12MP Back Camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture with Smart OIS
- 5MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
- 3600mAh battery with Fast Charging
- Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Barometer
- IP68 rating for water and dust resistance
- 7.7mm thickness and 157gm weight
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS with GLONASS, USB 2.0, NFC
Best Marketed Smartphone of the year 2016
OnePlus had a great run in 2016, they nailed it with 2 great smartphones, OnePlus 3 and 3T are two of the best smartphone of this year. The marketing of the smartphone went really well. Be it the VR launch of the One Plus 3 or the Pop-up stores world over for both OnePlus 3 and 3T, where a lot of fans were queuing up to buy or look at the smartphone at the event. They were standing in the queue for hours. And Finally the efforts paid off, and OnePlus 3 and3T performed really well this year. Also, one has to consider that OnePlus is the only smartphone maker other than Apple that has a cult fan following.
Most innovative smartphone of the year 2016
While most of the smartphone makers continued with the same old design language to be safe. There were few smartphone makers that dared to change how we use the smartphones. It was Lenovo with its Moto Z, a modular smartphone that just worked. The other one being LG with its LG G5, but its mods changing experience was cumbersome and hence device didn’t have many takers.
Moto Z series of smartphones come with a modular design attachments called Moto Mods. These mods can be attached and detached via a 16 magical pin at the rear of the device.
Users can buy Moto Mods according to their needs, for example, you can switch to a JBL Soundboost Mod if you are an Audiophile or a Hasselblad Mod if you are a photographer or photography enthusiast. So, Moto took and a Bold step this year and did a pretty good job. Great work Moto! We hope to see more Moto Mods in the coming days and hopefully it will encourage other smartphone makers to come up with modular smartphones.
Best Smartphone of the Year 2016
And finally, we have the much awaited ‘Smartphone of the Year 2016′ and here we have picked top 3 smartphones, the competition was really close but each one has its own USP. So, here are the Top 3 smartphones of 2016.
So that was our list of Best of the Best Smartphones of 2016. Let us know which one was your pick of the year in the comment section below or simply tweet to us.