Best Smartphones 2016 – Still a Good Bet in 2017!

Smartphones keep evolving each and every year. The benchmark to define which mobile out-shines the others varies from person to person. But here are few smartphones that were hugely acclaimed in 2016, and still remains a good bet in 2017! Let’s have a brief look at the best smartphones 2016 with just the key features highlighted.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Best Smartphone - S7
Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with a 5.1 inch super AMOLED screen, 4 GB RAM, Octa core Snapdragon 820 processor,12 MP Primary Camera and a 5 MP Front Facing Camera. In addition to this, this comes with a 3000mAh battery and a fully Dust & water resistant IP68 certification. This smartphone’s look and feel are so premium, with the camera being one among the best in the lot. Low light photography is, in fact, the best in S7. The battery life isn’t that good but is far better than the abysmal previous flagship device of Samsung – Galaxy S6. It supports fast charging and wireless charging which makes it match the slightly below par performance of the battery. The phone is fast and streaming video content is a treat because of its super AMOLED screen supporting a 577-pixel density.

It runs on Android OS but has its Samsung Software TouchWiz over shadowing the stock Android feel. At the end of the day, it comes to personal preference as to which software feel suits you more.

With an external memory card slot expandable up to 256 GB, the base 32/64 GB version isn’t really going to bother you if you are a hardcore multimedia user.  The music quality through the in box headphones is okay, but not up to the mark. A better pair of headphones would definitely enhance your experience.The main issue which I’ve personally faced with Samsung Models (S3 and S6 in particular) is its late roll out Android Software updates to different devices according to their location. And Samsung mobiles have long been known for their gradual speed degradation as years pass by.

At the end of the day, it comes to personal preference as to which software feel suits you more. With an external memory card slot expandable up to 256 GB, the base 32/64 GB version isn’t really going to bother you if you are a hardcore multimedia user.  The music quality through the in box headphones is okay, but not up to the mark. A better pair of headphones would definitely enhance your experience.The main issue which I’ve personally faced with Samsung Models (S3 and S6 in particular) is its late roll out Android Software updates to different devices according to their location. And Samsung mobiles have long been known for their gradual speed degradation as years pass by.

Apple iPhone 7

Best Smartphone - iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7 inch IPS LED display with a pixel density of 326ppi. It comes with 2 GB RAM, Apple A10 Processor, 1960mAh, 12MP Primary camera and 7MP Secondary camera. It also comes with an IP67 certification as well. The main Pros of this Device are its software, the enormous list of AppStore Apps, front facing speakers (good to an extent) and its camera. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with a better dual sensor camera with certain additional features, but I am more concerned about the single hand usage factor. This being the main reason I opted for the 7 instead of the 7 plus.

The 3D Touch feature is good but I find myself using it just at times. For example, making calls to people in the favorite list, switching to different camera modes or when I have to quickly take notes in the note App. The camera produces excellent pictures and I would rate it equal to the Samsung Galaxy S7. But the low light performance is something where the S7 kills the iPhone 7 with lots of details. The audio experience is good but with a better pair of earphones like the RHA MA 750i (which I currently use), the experience is great. Yes, the iPhone 7 is costly, but with the iPhone 8 releasing next month, prices are going to fall. This makes it an even better deal.

The Touch ID feature is good but I find myself using it just at times. For example, making calls to people in the favorite list, switching to different camera modes or when I have to quickly take notes in the note App. The camera produces excellent pictures and I would rate it equal to the Samsung Galaxy S7. But the low light performance is something where the S7 kills the iPhone 7 with lots of details. The audio experience is good but with a better pair of earphones like the RHA MA 750i (which I currently use), the experience is great. Yes, the iPhone 7 is costly, but with the iPhone 8 releasing next month, prices are going to fall. This makes it an even better deal.

Check my review on the Apple iPhone 7 here.

One Plus 3T

Best Smartphone - OnePlus 3T
OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T is one of the best budget high-end smartphones of 2016. With the recently released OnePlus 5 opening to mixed reviews, this seems a safe bet for its striking top end features at a very good price. The OnePlus 3T comes with a 5.5-inch screen, 6 GB RAM, and 3400mAh battery. The phone runs on Android OS over its OxygenOS. The software experience is far better than TouchWiz and provides a breezy performance thanks to its Snapdragon 821 processor. The 16 MP Front and Back cameras click good images, but not the best. But the front camera is far better than the one on OnePlus 3. Dash charging is a great feature, you can charge your mobile from 0% to 100% in less than an hour. The touch sensor unlocks the phone in a flash. Overall, this phone is a premium device at a budget price.

Other Best Smartphones 2016

In addition to these premium devices, there are two other devices worth mentioning- The  HTC 10 and The Google Pixel.

The Google Pixel is the highest rated smartphone camera by DxO rating, and HTC 10 being a great multimedia streaming device with an excellent pair of built-in earphones are close competitors to those phones I have discussed in detail upon. But the HTC 10’s camera isn’t up to the mark and its battery is something that disappoints very much. The Google Pixel has the advantage of stock Android experience and excellent camera. The design looks a bit odd but comes to personal preference. Battery and music quality are below par.

At the end of the day, with the prices of all the above-mentioned smartphones dropping down, it provides you with great value for money. All you need to check is your personal performance!