Best Smart Phones ( 2016 )
As BrightTitan, we chose the best smart phones of 2016 in many different areas.
We can say that the year of 2016 has been quite moving and different in the smartphone world. There have not been many surprises in this year, when many different brands offered beautiful devices. Well then, which are the best among the dozens of phones put on the market this year? We have chosen the best of the year by addressing different categories at this point;
Best of the Year: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
As a matter of fact, the winner could be either iPhone 7 Plus or Note 7 at this point. However, note 7 is no longer with us , while the iPhone 7 Plus is a sophisticated and more expensive alternative to the S7 Edge in general.
The curved screen, the pretty camera, the virtual reality experience with Gear VR, the support of Micro SD card and the superior performance in terms of hardware were the reasons why we chose Galaxy S7 Edge as the best phone of the year. Even though we personally prefer iPhones over Android phones, S7 Edge offers a great experience for a much cheaper price as of now.
Fiasco of the Year: Samsung Galaxy Note 7
As mentioned above, the Note 7, which exploded in Samsung’s own hands, would normally be the best of the year, but it won’t be that because of the battery problems. Note 7, unfortunately, is the biggest frustration of this year, as it turns out that the users who bought it are placed in a dangerous situation.
Biggest Screen of the Year: Huawei Mate 9
If you don’t like phones with 4 or 5 inch screens and prefer much bigger ones ( generally called as phablets ), the Huawei Mate 9 will be the most suitable phone for you. In addition to its huge 6-inch screen, the phone comes with Huawei’s own Kirin 960 chipset, 64GB storage, MicroSD card support and 4GB of RAM which are good choices in the phablet category. Besides, Mate 9 promises to offer a complete sought-after phablet experience.
Mini of the Year: Apple iPhone SE
If you have small hands or preferably like to use small phone, we would recommend the iPhone SE for you. We do not think that the iPhone SE, which does a fairly good job with its 4-inch screen, has any defects except for the front camera.
Best Hardware of the Year: Xiaomi Mi Note 2
Xiaomi’s new phone, Mi Note 2, introduced over the past few months, attracts a lot of attention with its hardware features. The device comes with many features that you can find on other flagship devices such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset or Adreno 530 graphics processing unit, as well as some that you can’t see on most of other phones such as 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4070 mAh battery and 24-bit / 192kHz Hi-Fi audio experience. With all of these features, we can consider the Mi Note 2 as the best hardware of the year.
Best Camera Experience of the Year: iPhone 7 Plus
Even though it is usually being said that Google Pixel offers the best camera experience, we think that iPhone 7 Plus offers a better experience with its dual camera. We think that camera enthusiasts who are willing to pay this amount of money for a mobile phone, will be quite happy with 7 Plus’ vivid camera that offers some unique features such as bokeh effect.
Best Music Experience of the Year: HTC 10
As a successful phone in general, HTC has released the best music experience although they deliver the best phone experience with Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL. With its great speakers, stunning headphones and Hi-Fi sound support, the HTC 10 is undoubtedly the first choice of music enthusiasts, and it does a great job in this respect.
Most Innovative of the Year: LG G5
Even though it remains as a complete failure, LG G5 is the most innovative phone of the year with a modular design concept where you can replace the battery. Even though it has many upsides such as wide camera, there are some problems with its build quality. Indeed, the fact that the battery is removable is not an easy design concept, so the LG G5 becomes the most innovate phone of the year in our list.
Best Design of the Year: Xiaomi Mi Mix
As far as design is concerned, in this year, Mi Mix would be the first phone to come to our minds. Mi Mix, which has to be in both the innovation category and the best phablet experience, has revolutionized the mobile phone design with its screen concept that comes without thick frames. Xiaomi deserves respect with a great job in terms of quality as they put ceramic and monolithic case.
Best Value / Performance of the Year: Xiaomi Mi 5
Look, yet another Xiaomi! The Xiaomi Mi 5, which has fallen into the $400 price level is the leader of this year at the price / performance point. Xiaomi, which is known for bringing flagship features to much cheaper phones, did a great job with performance and overall quality with the Mi5.
The Thinnest of the Year: Moto Z
Lenovo, which adds high-end equipment and a solid camera to a 5.2 mm slimline, does a tangible job with Moto Z. Developed with Moto Mods, Moto Z deserves to be the best slim phone as a paper-like phone, though it sacrifices its sophistication at the battery end.
Toughest of the Year: CAT S60
If you think that you are clumsy in general, most of the phones will not be strong enough for you. But if you buy the phone CAT S60, there will be no problem. The CAT S60, which was designed to work under heavy work conditions, is already the best in terms of durability. There is no other phone that can be added here as well.
Surprise of the Year: OnePlus 3T
OnePlus, founded by the team that left Oppo and started the adventure with the slogan “Admiral Ship Killer” surprisingly replaced their latest phone OnePlus 3 with 3T. So far, the 3T is a good example for their own logo.