Whilst we're nonetheless bringing in votes for the DL Reader’s Choice for Telephone of the Yr (POTY), we're in a position to offer you with our selection(s). In 2016, we noticed a plethora of nice smartphones from a host of makers, which made for an overly thrilling and busy yr.
As a result of there used to be this kind of excessive quantity of incredible telephones, it used to be in fact slightly the battle to make a choice a unmarried one as our favourite. As you are going to see, we now have a pair runner u.s.a.this yr, best as a result of we didn’t need to have a three-way tie for favourite.
However first, let’s take a second to seem again in this yr and talk about all that came about.
As it used to be somewhat fresh, let’s spotlight the Galaxy Word 7 drama first. Again in past due August, a couple of studies have been shooting up that Galaxy Word 7 units have been bursting into plumes of smoke and environment issues on fireplace. In early September, Samsung issued the first halt in sales of the software, and temporarily moved to get replacements out to all present house owners. Then, it came about once more. Now not lengthy after alternative units have been circulated, stories of batteries exploding from replacement phones unfold, in the end killing any probability Samsung had in saving the Galaxy Word 7 software. The phone used to be formally classified as discontinued on October 10. Because of the recall, Samsung is expected to lose billions of dollars.
2016 wasn’t all dangerous, even though, particularly with the release of the Moto Z and Moto Mods. In contrast to LG, who opted to release one of the worst implementations of modularity we've got ever noticed with the G5, Moto and Lenovo created Moto Mods, which might be modules that merely connect to the bottom of any Moto Z lineup software. No want to energy off your software or anything else, they just paintings proper while you connect them. There are Mods for larger audio system, a projector, battery packs, higher digital camera revel in, and extra are positive to return someday. Whilst I will be able to break our listing quite and allow you to know that the Moto Z didn't make the minimize for our “favourite” phone of 2016, it’s value giving credit score the place credit score is due.
Any other notable side of 2016, no less than in phrases of Android, used to be the demise of the Nexus logo. In the second one part of this yr, Google introduced the Pixel and Pixel XL, principally tossing the Nexus logo apart, making method for a recent get started. Now not everybody used to be stoked about this transfer, however it sounds as if that the Pixel lineup has been met with overwhelming prefer from the tech group, so Google can’t be too disillusioned. RIP, Nexus.
Now that we've got recapped the yr somewhat, let’s get to the great things.
Our favourite smartphone of 2016 is…
Favorite: OnePlus 3T
The OnePlus 3T is formally our favourite Android smartphone of 2016. To sum up our reasoning, after a lot inside deliberation, the OnePlus 3T is a package deal this is very exhausting to overcome and really exhausting not to suggest to somebody who asks us. For its $439 unlocked worth, you obtain a smartphone with equivalent high-end specs to what you’d in finding in costlier units, plus device that delivers a recent, but acquainted and clean revel in.
In case you one way or the other overlooked them, we did evaluate each the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, coming away inspired with each of the units. Consider, although, each telephones are necessarily equivalent with exception to another processor, front-facing digital camera, and measurement of battery. Then again, with that bump in processor and inside battery, the OnePlus 3T turned into a phone that we merely can’t put out of your mind as our favourite.
For spotlight options, there are a couple of just right ones, together with the corporate’s use of a notification slider (we would like each and every phone had this), an overly fast fingerprint reader, 5.5″ FHD AMOLED show, and natural steel frame. The phone feels superb in-hand, now not being too giant or too small. I guess if we have been to design our personal phone, it may well be eerily very similar to the OnePlus 3T.
Now, simply because it's our favourite, doesn’t imply it’s with out fault. On the time of this writing, the OnePlus 3T nonetheless has but to obtain an update to Android 7.0 “Nougat.” At the vibrant aspect, it will have to be arriving very quickly, which can most probably best make the revel in with the OnePlus 3T that a lot sweeter. Additionally, if there have been a pair issues shall we exchange to make the OnePlus 3T a real flagship for all Android customers, we'd upload in top of the range water resistance, expandable garage, Verizon compatibility (that’ll by no means occur), and OnePlus to all the time have inventory of the phone to be had for folks to buy – lately, in case your purchase the phone, it gained’t send for 4 weeks. That sorta sucks.
To sum up our emotions right into a TL/DR model, we don’t assume you are going to discover a higher Android revel in within the sub-$500 class. The 3T has nice battery lifestyles, incredible hardware, simplistic and strong device that we’ve fallen in love with, and we dare you to argue towards our good judgment.
If you wish to have extra causes to believe the OnePlus 3T, check out our video review.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
The primary part of 2016 used to be ruled through the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and for just right explanation why. The telephones are completely stellar. Each telephones function stunning presentations, incredible cameras, water resistance, reinforce on all carriers, and nice efficiency. Sure, we’re pronouncing it, TouchWiz isn’t that dangerous anymore.
So, why does the OnePlus 3T beat it out? In our minds, the cost and device is the place the OnePlus 3T slightly edges out the Galaxy S7 lineup. Realize the italics to emphasise slightly. Since the OnePlus 3T gives simply as great of an revel in because the Galaxy S7 within the general giant image, and for a extra reasonably priced worth, we needed to pass with the 3T.
As for issues the Galaxy S7 lineup has over the OnePlus 3T, smartly, there are somewhat a couple of issues: IP68 score, QHD show, Samsung Pay, wireless charging, enhance on all carriers, expandable garage, some way higher digital camera, plus that tumbler frame that makes it shine in virtually any lighting fixtures. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge really are nice telephones. However once more, considering giant image, we needed to pass with OnePlus 3T.
Take a look at our Galaxy S7 review.
Pixel and Pixel XL
For the second one part of 2016, the Android scene used to be ruled through the Galaxy Word 7 and Pixel units. Because of the recall of the Galaxy Word 7 (very unlucky chain of occasions), the Pixel and Pixel XL have been in a position to take middle level.
How used to be the OnePlus 3T in a position to overcome those telephones out, too? Once more, pricing used to be massive right here. Whilst the OnePlus 3T isn’t operating Nougat and doesn’t have cool options like Google Assistant, Nougat will have to be coming quickly, and gives that equivalent natural Android revel in, with simply as just right device smoothness.
In case you are in search of causes to like the Pixel telephones, don’t fear, there is not any scarcity of that. With Pixel telephones, you get both a FHD (5″ style) or QHD (5.5″ type) show, one of the most productive digital camera stories you'll in finding from a smartphone, very fast updates immediately from Google, plus hardware that feels ridiculously just right in-hand.
On the finish of the day, although, it’s merely overpriced in our eyes. Had Google thrown in water resistance and a couple of different options, opting for it as our most sensible favourite would possibly were a bit of more uncomplicated.
And there you have got it, our favourite Android smartphones of 2016. Now, onto 2017!