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The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Posted by on April 14, 2016 at 8:25 AM

When buying the latest phone 10-15 years ago, you could easily have ended up wasting money on an impractical device caused mainly by the lack of variety and features available. Lucky with the launch of smartphones and their meteoric rise in popularity, customers were given a much wider range of options that catered to vastly more individual preferences. The problem initially though, was that many of these phones (even the top end models) often came swamped with ‘bloatware’ (useless software) chewing up the device’s internal memory and battery life.

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Market leaders would even sometimes miss crucial smartphone features and the customer would have to choose one brand over another simply to make sure they had the best compromise. Jump forward to 2016, however, and things are a lot different. Now, almost every major handset brand will have enough energy to run until bedtime, capture decent photos, display content on HD screens and be able to process tasks extremely quickly. Also, 4G has become more prevalent too so internet browsing has become faster than many broadband connections. Most importantly though, is that with the massive choice of handsets available, you shouldn’t have any problem picking out a model which matches your unique set of individual preferences very closely.

So, which smartphone offers the best value for money and caters to your individual needs? If you’re in need of some guidance on this topic, then this article is a must read for you.

 

The Best of the Best

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Specifications

Details

Processor

Snapdragon 820 Exynos 8890 Octa

RAM

4GB RAM

Screen

5.5 inches 1440 x 2560 (534 ppi)

Memory

32GB or 64GB (expandable memory)

Camera

12 megapixel rear / 5 megapixel front

 

The best all around mobile device available on the market is widely regarded as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Both the S7 Edge and the standard S7 are remarkable phones that do everything you need a smartphone to do excellently. In 2015 the S6 range was also deemed the best until it was knocked off pole position when the Nexus 6P came onto the market later that year.

Improvements on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were made in all the right places, features that were kept were the gorilla glass and metal design, but waterproofing was added without any compromise. Samsung also improved the camera to have f/1.7 aperture, which means it takes excellent photos in low light and its new sensor ensures the camera is always in focus.

Unlike with other phone manufacturers who like to cram more technology in and sacrifice battery size, Samsung have increased the size of the phone, jammed more tech in while also giving the phone a bigger battery. Winning! Take into consideration that it’s got a more powerful processor, display and better build quality and it’s pretty much a no brainer. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone available so far in 2016, however we still haven’t seen what Apple and HTC have to offer so its going to be an interesting year.

 

 

Android Purists

Nexus 6P

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Specifications

Details

Processor

Snapdragon 810 Processor

RAM

3GB

Screen

5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 (518ppi)

Memory

32GB, 64GB or 128GB

Camera

12.3 megapixel rear / 8 megapixel front

 

Huawei and Google’s combined efforts on the Nexus 6P has resulted in one of the best-built phones for everyone. Everything that was wrong with the Nexus 6 has been amended making this the perfect choice for Android purists.

As you would expect, its Google throughout the device from hardware design to operating system. All the latest technology is within such as fingerprint sensors and Android’s Senor Hub, which can extend battery life beyond 24 hours. The phone is currently available online for roughly $700 for the 32GB version and although it’s cheaper than its competitors, it still maintains that premium finish similar to flagship devices. Amidst all the other Android phones, the Nexus 6P’s metal body makes it stand out from the rest along with its superior ROM and bloat-free software. It’s a solid all-around good-looking choice.

 

 

Small Phone Lovers

iPhone SE

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Specifications

Details

Processor

Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister

RAM

2GB RAM

Screen

4.0 inches

Memory

16GB or 64GB

Camera

12 megapixels

 

The iPhone 5 was considered small when all competitors released much larger and more powerful screens in their devices, but then Apple released the 6S that was followed by the SE. The iPhone SE is basically the iPhone 6S in a smaller (10cm) frame. It contains the same snappy processor and a 12-megapixel camera along with supporting 4K video quality, but Apple left out 3D touch to some customers disapproval. To make up for it they at least put Apples latest feature, Live Photos, into the handset.

Everything compacted into this little phone might seem great, but Apple didn’t go all the way with the SE. The screen for example is below 720p resolution and it’s no way near as bright as the 6S in comparison. Apple has positioned this device to be the answer to those customers who complain about smartphones getting larger. Looking at the phone in brutal honesty, the iPhone SE is basically the 2013 iPhone 5, but with 6S technology.

Overall the iPhone SE is the only option to having up-to-date technology in a phone that’s smaller than the rest. However there are certain technological sacrifices that were made e.g. screen and 3D.

 

 

Big Phone Lovers

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Specifications

Details

Processor

Exynos 7420 octa-core

RAM

4GB RAM

Screen

5.7 inch SuperAMOLED 2560 x 1440 (518ppi)

Memory

32GB or 64GB not expandable

Camera

16 megapixel rear / 5 megapixel front

Connectivity

4G/LTE, Bluetooth 4.0LE

 

The title, ‘King of Big’ goes to the almighty Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Android has been through 5 versions to get things right, mainly focusing on an operating system that can take full advantage of such a large screen and so far the Note 5 is the best out there.

The Note 5 includes its iconic S Pen which makes navigating the vast expansion of screen easier, along with Samsung’s TouchWiz technology. One of the greatest features about the Note 5 is that you can take out the S Pen and begin writing on the black screen for extra speed, the phone will remember the note and convert them into S Note when you power up the screen. Samsung Pay usesNFC (Near Field Communication) technology along with MST tech (Magnetic Secure Transmission) to utilise the most widely accepted mobile payment system around today.

The Note 5 has a unique YouTube live stream feature built into the camera app than can upload videos directly to the social network. Its 16-megapixel camera also means that the photographs it takes are of fantastic quality and its 4GB RAM makes using the phone speedy and precise. Overall this is the best large phone on the market to date.

 

 

Best Budget Phone

OnePlus 2

The Best Smartphones of 2016 Based on Individual Preferences

Specifications

Details

Processor

Snapdragon 810 (quad-core 1.8GHz + quad-core 1.5GHz)

RAM

3GB or 4GB

Screen

5.5-inch LCD 1920 x 1080 (401ppi)

Memory

16GB or 64GB (not expandable)

Camera

13-megapixel rear, 5-megapixel front facing

Connectivity

4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0LE

 

The original best budget phone was the OnePlus One, but it’s now been knocked off pole position by its successor, the OnePlus 2. The new champion of cheap has an improved processor (quad core 1.8GHz + quad core 1.5GHz) along with an improved camera and even minor hardware changes such as a dedicated button for silencing notifications.

The entry-level handset’s price starts at around $400 (16GB) and increases to $540 (32GB). The operating system is also different, as it uses its own Oxygen OS which is basically a stock version of Android in many respects. The phone was built around the Android Lollipop OS but it already features some Marshmallow OS features such as customisable quick settings and lite app management permissions. Although if the old operating system has you worried then fear not, because the company has announced that the phone will be updated to the latest Android OS shortly.


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