PROs: The best smartphone 2016 sports an elegantly sexy design yet has the toughness built in to literally weather the storm. The Xperia Z5 like previous versions is water and dust resistant with IP68 certifications allowing about 1m depth submersion up to 30 minutes. However unlike previous versions the new Xperia Z5 has added a fingerprint reader which is a must for any respecting smartphone claiming to be the best smartphone 2016. The location of the fingerprint reader is also quite smart as it has been integrated into the power button positioned along the right side. In this position the fingerprint reader is in the perfect spot for your thumb using a right hand grip. Looking under the hood these days processor cores are a plenty and the Xperia Z5 does not disappoint. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor supported by 3G of RAM. All this raw power shows its strength in the Xperia’s incredibly smooth performance whether doing daily mundane things or playing graphic intensive games. But the power doesn’t stop there as Sony continues to outdo the competition with its smartphone camera. the Xperia Z5 camera pushes out an incredible 25MP capturing great detail with rich vibrant colors and with rocket speed auto focus. They have also added nifty improvements like a frosted glass on the back which now resists smudges. It’s these little attention to details plus superb design and quality components that make the Xperia Z5 the best smartphone 2016.
CONs: As good as the Xperia Z5 is it had to have some drawbacks (nobody’s perfect). For a premium model we are surprised that it has no Continue reading
PROs: Aiming to be the best smartphone 2016 the iPhone 6s has introduced 3D touch technology giving smartphone users the power to do more without literally lifting a finger. With 3D touch you can activate different functions depending on how hard you press on the screen. Also with up to 70% faster CPU and 90% GPU performance using their new 64 bit A9 chip, the iPhone 6s is leaps ahead of other top smartphones in 2016. In fact everything is faster including wireless LTE and WiFi speeds which are up to 2 times faster than the previous model. However Apple packed more than just speed to win your vote for the best smartphone 2016. With the worlds love for selfies they added a whopping 5MP HD front camera and if that were not enough then Instagram look out for the magnificent 4K resolution videos pushing 4 times the resolution of 1080p HD video. Everywhere you look on the new iPhone 6s its dripping with state of the art innovation and a deeply rooted track record of consistent self improvement over time. The other best smartphones of 2016 will find it hard to catch up. To put this in perspective the new iPhone 6s uses aerospace grade aluminum for body construction and they have beefed up the strength of the screen. Apple has managed to perfectly integrate all these physical elements with its new iOS 9 software to provide a seamless user experience unlike other smartphones that rely on 3rd party android software and having to tailor it with their design.
CONs: To become the best smartphone 2016 the iPhone 6s will still need to overcome some challenges. These challenges are not really as a result of hardware or software limitations but due to lack of imagination or too much imagination on the marketing side. For starters the Continue reading
PROs: With its sleek design, the 5.1 inch QHD Super AMOLED display is just the start of a long list of cool features making the Galaxy S7 the best smartphone 2016. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is now IP68 certified water and dust resistant which means you can dunk it 1.5m under water for up to 30 minutes. But get this….no port covers as if by magic! Nifty features like this makes the Galaxy S7 the best smartphone 2016. However beyond the flashy bells and whistles there are some serious and tangible improvements like the return of the micro-SD port for expanded memory. The battery life has also been upgraded with its new 3,000 mAh power pack which just needs one charge (wireless charging available) to get a heavy user through the day. But you can never be crowned the best smartphone 2016 without a great camera and the Galaxy S7 has Continue reading
PROs: Seeking to be the best smartphone 2016 at least in their category, the Nexus 6P is among the first to launch with Android 6.0. The Nexus 6P smartphone is a step up for the Nexus line with improved design utilizing a 5.7 inch aluminium body and a relatively thin profile as opposed to the plastic look of earlier versions. The Nexus 6P smartphone wants to be the best smartphone 2016 and has added a few nifty features to try and achieve that status. They have included a fingerprint scanner on the back which is pretty accurate and holds up to 5 finger prints. However they didn’t stop there and you will be impressed by the loud stereo speaker as well as its 12 MP camera which takes great shots whether day or night and powered by Sony sensor technology. There is also a new charging connector which can be inserted both ways and supports fast charging. A pretty sweet addition is their Google Now on Tap feature which can suggest actions and information based on what you are doing. I got real excited when I realized I could ask Google Now where to buy tickets to the next concert for a band I was watching on YouTube and all while not staying on the YouTube screen. To top it all off they debuted a gold version at the 2016 CES which looks awesome and certainly to grab attention. Selling at a very reasonable price compared to even higher end models with similar features puts the Nexus 6P in the running for the best smartphone 2016.
CONs: Some have found the design a bit top heavy and difficult to hold so not ideal for those accustomed to and like smaller phones. Also note that having Continue reading
PROs: The Moto X Play smartphone is could be the best smartphone 2016 so far this year coming from Motorola. It sports a bright 5.5 inch full HD display with a highly customizable rubberized back panel which you can customize online with a range of brilliant colors. One of its best features though is the affordable price tag. To be the best smartphone 2016 you will need more than just a pretty face since consumers these days have a range of options packed with features in the mid to lower price range. The Moto X Play manages to fit into this slot with just the right level of quality features. For example though not fully submersible in water, it can take a shower or two, just enough to get you through run of the mill accidents. It also carries a 21 MP camera which is pretty good value for money at this price level. The Moto X Play smartphone runs on a 1.7 GHz Octa core processor and stood up to the best in its class for smartphone gaming. It ships with the default android software build providing a smooth and fast experience unlike some of the other best smartphones 2016 packed with bloatware.
CONs: Great price tag not withstanding there are few shortcomings like the fact that Continue reading
So what is the best budget smartphone of 2016? Well the good news is that with advances in technology you can get a pretty decent smartphone without breaking the bank. Here are our top picks for the best budget smartphone 2016 edition.
#1 Best Smartphone 2016 on a budget: Nexus 5S.
Made by LG the Nexus 5s is Google Android through and through giving you get the best of pure android for a very reasonable price. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 2G of RAM, this top smartphone of 2016 can mingle with the best of them. Yes it’s made of plastic and lacks few nifty features found on high end smartphones, however from a software point of view it’s going to be one of the best Android smartphones you can get your hands on for the price. It also packs a pretty decent camera able to snap really good pics in low light. Best of all its easy on the hands with the design smartly done to allow practically full functionality in just one hand.
#2 Best Smartphone 2016 on a budget: Huawei Honor 5X.
Huawei has really come a long way. Gone are the days when they were just regarded as the next cheap knock off. The Honor 5x is striking to look at with its brushed metal aluminum back. From a glance it really looks like one of the best smartphones of 2016 and you only feel the difference when you pick it up. Nevertheless it still comes with some pretty cool features. For example we assume you are in the market for the best smartphone 2016 on a budget because you are careful about wasting money on smartphones. Therefore it’s dual-SIM feature should be ideal allowing you to take advantage of multiple phone deals or easily use a local SIM when roaming. The only flaw here is that under all those high end specs you will have to rely on their proprietary UI which is not so great.
In fact it’s all about the smartphone VR headset and not so much having the best smartphone 2016. There are a growing number of smartphone VR headsets these days which allow you to experience albeit poorer quality VR using your smartphone. Think Google Cardboard which simply requires you to stick your smartphone into the cardboard slot and view VR on your smartphone screen. Here your smartphone does all the work and the screen is used as the lens. The cardboard structure only holds the phone. The magic however happens on the smartphone powered by various VR apps. The best VR headsets are usually powered by a VR PC or VR ready computer and allow for a more richer VR experience. However a smartphone VR headset is still good enough to give you a glimpse of the VR world before making the more expensive leap to buy an all out high performance VR headset. You can use these simple VR headsets with a smartphone to get a feel for VR.
If you have tried the Google Cardboard or similar and like it then you can step it up a notch with other slightly more expensive versions though they won’t break the bank. The most popular being the Samsung Gear VR but the drawback there is you can only use it with a Samsung smartphone. But not to worry there are many others. For example you can also try Continue reading