The year 2016 is about to end. This year gave us some beautiful piece of tech. Where some companies launched Dual camera (not new) phone, sorry iPhone, in an exaggerated event and where some companies launched a bomb and they named a frank name as Note 7 ( it was my love). But all over, 2016 was a good year from the technology perspective.
There are some incredible smartphones having blazing performance and stunning look for premium users as well as for budget-oriented users. Still, many buyers are waiting for more. Some are also waiting for Android Powered Nokia Phones which are soon going to be revealed at CES 2017 or in WMC 2017. But, if you want to buy a Smartphone RIGHT NOW, I mean RIGHT NOW, this post going to help you.
I am going to add the best phone in each price range. From premium, phones to the budget-oriented phone, for every budget, for every user.
Let’s Get The Best Smartphones:
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Talking about premium smartphone and Apple is here. So, it was September 2016 when Apple launched it’s new iPhone 7 Plus. Like always, Apple launched it’s iPhone 7 Plus in an exaggerated event which starts with James in his car and ends up with Sia’s performance. During the event, Tim Cook & his team introduces with iPhone 7 Plus and every feature of iPhone 7 Plus is Now More efficient and better than the predecessor.
Talking about the Features, iPhone 7 Plus has 5.5 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD display, 3GB of RAM, Dual 12MP f/1.8 Primary camera, 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. iPhone 7 Plus powered by Apple A10 Fusion and Quad Core 2.23 GHz CPU. iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified which makes it Dust and Water Resistant. There is 2900mAh of the battery which is efficiently optimized with iOS 10. For Detailed Specifications, Visit GSMArena.
Highlighted feature of iPhone 7 Plus is the camera. The camera performance of iPhone 7 plus under Portrait mode is just unbelievable. The camera of iPhone 7 Plus can capture DSLR-quality photos even in low light.
iPhone 7 Plus comes in 3 variant i.e. 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB and in Silver, Black, Gold, Rose Gold and stunning Jet Black.
Apple iPhone 7
Apple launched iPhone 7 in the same event. There are some differences in 7 Plus and 7. First, the big difference is of design. The changed design is because of the camera and the screen size. iPhone 7 has 4.7 inch IPS display. There is single 12MP f/1.8 Rear shooter and 7MP of a front-facing camera, which is same as iPhone 7 Plus. RAM of iPhone 7 is 2GB. iPhone 7 is powered by 1960mAh of the battery.
Apart from these, there are no differences between iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7. For detailed specs, Visit GSMArena.
Google Pixel & Pixel XL
Another Big phone 2016 gave is by Google. Google killed their Nexus series and now making phones designed by Google and manufactured by HTC with the name Pixel. Google launched their flagships without a great event like Apple always does. Google knows, their phone would make some noise. Maybe, Pixel doesn’t look appealing to you from outside but inside, it is a beast.
Pixel launched two variants, one is Pixel and another is Pixel XL. Take a quick look at the specs of Google Pixel. Pixel has 5″ AMOLED Display, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) CPU, 4GB RAM. There are 12.3MP f/2.0 rear camera and 8MP of front facing camera. Pixel is powered by 2770mAh of battery. Google Pixel is known for the best and smoothest Stock Android experience and runs on Android 7.1 and you would get regular Android updates. Pixel comes in 2 variant with 32GB and 128GB of Internal storage. Detailed specs
Pixel XL is big brother and have some differences including 5.5″ AMOLED Display, 3450mAh battery. Rest of the specs are same as Pixel. Detailed Specs
The camera of Pixel phone is brilliantly amazing and deserves the Best phone Camera of the year.
Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Okay. The moment I got my hands on this beautiful piece of tech, I felt the burst of endearment for this phone. S7 Edge is a beautiful device. The design, features, curved screen everything is so perfect about S7 Edge. I don’t like Samsung though, but Note 7 (Condolence) and S7 Edge forces me to give some attention to Samsung’s activities. There is no big difference in S7 and S7 Edge.
For formality, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has 5.5′ Super AMOLED Display with curved edge screen both side, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8890 processor, Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU, 4GB RAM, 12MP f/1.7 Rear camera, 5MP Front Facing camera. S7 Edge comes in 2 variant of 32GB and 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB using SDCard. The phone is powered by a 3600mAh battery.
The difference between S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 is 5.1′ Super AMOLED Display and 3000mAh battery in Galaxy S7. Rest of the specs are same.
After a lot of attempts, HTC finally made a phone which can be considered to buy. This happens because HTC changed their own interface to Stock Android looking interface. The metal unibody also looks quite appealing.
Talking about specs, HTC 10 has 5.2″ Display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 12MP rear and 5MP front facing camera. The phone comes in 32GB and 64GB variant and can be expanded to 256GB. HTC 10 has 3000mAh of powerhouse. Detailed Specs
One Plus 3T
One Plus constantly improving with every new phone. The year 2016 was pretty good for the One Plus and for One Plus Fans. One Plus actually launched 2 phones this year. One Plus 3 and One Plus 3T. One Plus was launched in June 2016 and have 5.5′ display, 6GB RAM, 64GB Internal Storage, Snapdragon 820 Processor. While One Plus 3T launched in November 2016 and have a difference in Battery and Internal Storage. One Plus 3T comes with 3400mAh battery and comes in 2 variant that is 64GB and 128GB. Detailed Specs
The performance, Design, Camera of One Plus 3 and 3T is unmatchable in the price range. One Plus 3T is the King of Mid-Range smartphones.
Moto Z Play
Moto (Lenovo Owned) launched their modular phone in September 2016. The feature which made it different from others is Moto Mods. There are a couple of Moto Mods for each different purposes. If you want to add projector on your phone, just add up Projector Mod and it would project the phone’s screen on a wall. Thanks to magnets, which makes it easy to switch to different mods.
Moto Z Play comes with 5.5″ Super AMOLED Display, Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 processor, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage which can be expandable up to 256GB, 16MP rear camera and 5MP front facing camera. The phone is powered by 3150mAh of battery. Detailed Specs
You have to buy Moto Mods if you want to add up on your Moto Z Play.
Moto M is the value for money device by Motorola which is launched in the November 2016. The phone has metal unibody and looks stunning in hands. The phone has 5.5′ Full HD IPS Display, MediaTek Helio P15 Processor. Moto M has two variants. One with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal Storage and another one with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be expandable up to 256GB. Moto M has 16MP rear camera and 8MP front facing camera. Detailed Specs
Keeping in mind the MediaTek Helio P15 Processor, I would recommend Moto M to only those who don’t play Heavy Games on your phone. If you are a gamer who plays a lot of Heavy games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5 etc. this is not your deal.
Otherwise, Moto M stands upon the expectations of a normal user. There is no issues at all.
Moto G4 Plus
Moto G series is one of the most successful series ever. Most of people are still using Moto G first generation. Moto G phones are compact, powerful and it’s interface of Stock Android plays a very important role for the success of Moto G series.
To continue the Moto G legacy, Motorola launched 4th phone in Moto G series and that is Moto G4. Moto launch 2 variant. One with 3GB RAM and another with 4GB RAM. Moto G4 Plus is the one which worth the price. Moto G4 Plus comes with 5.5′ IPS Full HD Display, 4GB RAM, 32GB of Internal Storage which can be expandable up to 128GB. G4 has 16MP rear camera which comes with laser focus and 5MP front facing the camera. Moto G4 Plus camera is one thing which makes it a great budget device. There are a lot of videos on YouTube in which are comparing Moto G4 Plus camera with iPhone 6S camera. YES, the camera of G4 Plus is shockingly amazing. Moto G4 Plus also comes with the fingerprint scanner and Fast charging. Detailed Specs
If you have ₹15,000 in your pocket and don’t know what phone you should buy, simply go for Moto G4 Plus.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
Redmi 3S Prime is a budget oriented smartphone by China’s giant Xiaomi. The phone literally gets out of stock as soon as Buy Now button appears on Flipkart. Phone is available only on Flipkart and can be purchased only through Flash sale. There is insane amount of demand for this phone.
Talking about specifications, Redmi 3S Prime has 5′ HD display, Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 processor, 32GB internal storage which can be expandable up to 128GB, 3GB RAM, 13MP Rear shooter and 5MP Front-facing camera, Finger- Print scanner, gyroscope sensor which most of the budget smartphones don’t have, Massive 4100mAh battery, Metal unibody. All these things for ₹8,999 ($135). Detailed Specs
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
After huge success of Redmi 3S Prime, Xiaomi by adding another budget Oriented in their line up launched Redmi Note 4 in January 2017. Note 4 is the first phone of 2017 launched by Xiaomi.
Taking about specs, Note 4 has 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with 401ppi of pixel density. The phone would be packed in a premium metal body. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core Processor with A53 chipset based on 14nm FinFet technology which helps the Xiaomi in increasing the battery life of Note 4.
The Rear camera of the Redmi Note 4 is of 13 MP f/2.0 having CMOS camera sensor with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama. For selfies, there would be 5 MP f/2.0 secondary camera with beauty mode. The Note 4 also has Dual SIM Hybrid slot which can support one micro SIM and one Nano SIM or one Micro with SD Card. The Storage of the Note 4 can expandable up to 128GB. The Note 4 has a massive powerhouse with 4100 mAh of battery.
Note 4 comes in 3 variants and available exclusively on Flipkart. The price for the basic variant (2GB RAM+32GB ROM) starts from ₹9,999.
Apart from these phones, there are some other good phones which have good design and powerful performance. If you have the budget of ₹10,000 you can check Lenovo K6 Power. If you don’t want to buy Moto devices and have the budget of somewhere around ₹15,000-₹17,000, go for Samsung J7 Prime.
No doubt, 2016 gave us some of the amazing phones. The budget-oriented phones are also improving day by day. Now, almost all the budget oriented have a fingerprint scanner. Phones are getting more powerful, more compact and more beautiful.
The year 2017 going to be an amazing year for Smartphone industry and for Smartphone Fans. Nokia phones are coming with Android, Apple would definitely going to do something big on Apple iPhone’s 10th Anniversary. Samsung would come back with another Note series phone which would not blast anymore 😛
Til then, these all phones mentioned above would rule the Smartphone market and if you are looking for Smartphone. Choose any of them which suits best in your budget. All are Best in their class. Best Buy Links are mentioned above with respective phones.
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