With 2016 coming to a close, here is our pick of the top 5 smartphones that were released this year. Smartphone companies were not as focused on releasing ground breaking innovative new phones this year but rather on making solid improvements and upgrades instead. If you have a smartphone that is more than a generation old, deciding to upgrade this year would be a wise decision.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung has improved on the excellent design of the S6, making the S7 arguably the best phone Samsung has released to date. The camera bump on the phone is much thinner and the phone has a curved back now, making the phone much easier to hold in one hand. Well received features that were removed in the S6 like a micro sd expandable slot and dust and water resistance is back as well.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 packs the new A10 processor which has 2 pairs of cores allowing the phone to switch between the powerful cores and the battery saving cores, increasing battery life. The iPhone is now water resistant and has ditched the antenna lines on the body for a flusher look. Your selfie game will definitely improve as well with the new 7mp HD front facing camera. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with two cameras, a new 56mm camera that allows the subject to remain sharp while blurring the background, achieving a DSLResque high quality look. The 3.5mm headphone jack that has always been on the iPhone has been removed and now users must use the Lighting EarPods or the 3.5mm Lightning adapter making a small hinderance for users.
Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL
As Google’s first flagship contender phone, the Google Pixel is a great Android phone that is easy to use in one hand with its fingerprint sensor on the back and curved rear edges. The AMOLED display is the same found on the Galaxy series and is beautiful with a snappy auto brightness function. Google Cloud unlimited backup is free for all Pixel users but there is no expandable Micro SD card slot. Google Assistant is the answer to iOS’s Siri and remembers previous conversations making delivering answers to users quick and easy.
One Plus 3T
The OnePlus 3T is the first serious budget phone from the Chinese manufacturer and at $439, makes it a genuine flagship killer. This third generation phone sports an all metal design which is much more attractive over the previous generation and gives it a premium feel. The finger scanner is faster than Apple’s Touch ID and the Snapdragon 820 processor with 6gb ram is plenty fast for daily use. The Google Pixel is a comparable smartphone on paper next to all the heavy weights but at only half the price.
The LG V20 is the most unique phone with three cameras, two screens and removable battery, all wrapped in a military shock rated case. The second screen acts as a dedicated notification panel allowing uninterrupted updates and can quickly open user favourite apps. There is an 16mp main camera accompanied by an 8mp wide angle camera that is fun to use and is excellent for landscape or group photos.