Android has been arguably dominating the mobile industry as of late. While outside competition is relatively scarce, internal competition is very much on the rise. From sleekness, to premium design, to amazing features, it can be daunting and overwhelming to choose the right Android phone for you.
All Android phones, especially the newer ones in the market, share common features such as AMOLED display, NFC (which allows two devices to be connected if they’re close enough to each other, such as when you’re paying at the store), water resistance (so you’re able to dip it in water without damaging the device), fingerprint scanners, and expandable microSD memory.
Other features within the system that many Android phones share include a Snapdragon, usually 820, processor, around 4 GB of RAM, ample onboard storage, and as stated above, the option to expand your memory by using microSD cards. New Android phones, especially those launched in 2016, generally boast a solid build and improved camera quality.
One other factor to keep in mind when choosing your Android phone is how large you would like the screen to be. Four to five inches is considered perfect for children and for people who aren’t concerned with gaming and multimedia quality.
Four to five inches is considered perfect for children and for people who aren’t concerned with gaming and multimedia quality. Four and a half to five inch screens are believed to be the perfect size for a combination of portability and display. Six inch screens, called “phablets”, are rapidly growing in popularity, but it’s wise to feel it for yourself in store before purchasing incase the device is too big.
The top Android phones of 2016 may not necessarily be the most cost effective, but many consider the features to be worth the price. While this list is not definitive by any means, it serves to highlight some points that make each phone unique (aside from its stock Android features).
The Samsung Note 7 has a large (5.7 inch), dual-edged screen, with an improved waterproof stylus. Though the screen size is a plus for many, the faulty iris scanner and the Note 7’s unsteady performance has served as a disappointment for many customers and reviewers.
Samsung’s newest Galaxy phones (the S7 and S7 Edge) have been argued to have an almost perfect design. The device is sleek, with glass on the front and back, and an aluminum frame; designers also took customer reviews into consideration for the S7 phones and reduced the camera bump on the back on the phone for a more comfortable feel. The camera quality has been improved for taking better photos at night (which was another customer desire), and the battery has been proven to last all day.
The Moto Z’s call to fame is its modules, called Moto Mods. These external accessories attach to the back of the phone via magnets, and are simple to use. Accessories available at the moment include an external battery, a speaker, a projector, and a point and shoot camera.
The HTC 10 is the brand’s “saving grace”. Though its design is newer and sleeker, loyal customers can look forward to the device’s design language which is said to be retained from HTC’s older models.
The cheapest of the bunch is the Nexus 6P which starts at $499. The low price is not an indication of low quality however, as many have compared it to the Galaxy 6 Edge+, saying that the specs are just as good. Another advantage to the 6P is its front facing speakers which many customers prefer.
No matter your lifestyle, all of the top Android phones of 2016 are adaptable, durable, and incredibly reliable. You’re sure to find one that suits your personal needs.