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2016 in review : Best Smartphones with their best assets

02 January 2017 5

This year, we have seen tons of smartphones unveiled and nearly every one of them is targeted to special customers’ base. For a past couple of weeks, team Mobilescout has been compiling the list of top 5 smartphones in almost every category. We are at the end of this year and want to review and take a quick recap of all those smartphones that won the hearts of many. We are providing our readers another treat by giving them an idea what team Mobilescout thinks regarding the best devices in an individual category.  Let’s have a look at it. 

Top 5 flagships of 2016

In 2016, every smartphone manufacturer tried to bring something extraordinary in their flagships to attract those buyers who are looking for a flagship device. We enlist top 5 flagship smartphones of this year. As expected, in terms of sales Samsung’s Galaxy S7 lineup lead all the way but in terms of best performance and build quality, our pick is Apple iPhone 7 plus. 


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  • Best dual rear cameras
  • Best smartphone in terms of performance
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Top 5 phablets of 2016

In phablet categories, we didn’t include smartphones with the display less than 5.7-inch and the reason behind is quite simple as currently the standard smartphone's display is around 5.2-inch and the demand of phablets is going higher. We enlisted the phablets above 5.7 display size. This year's best phablet would have gone to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phablet, but the device had something else in its destiny. In best phablet category, our pick is LG’s V20. 


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  • Wide angle dual cameras
  • Best audio device
  • Quad HD display
  • Best overall performer 
TOP 5 Powerful smartphones under $400

This category is pretty amazing as we enlisted those smartphones which are providing the best value for customers money under $400. and in this category Chinese smartphone manufacturers are ruling and OnePlus flagship OnePlus 3 beats them all.

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  • Stellar performer
  • Customizable software
  • Attractive metal body
5 Best smartphones of 2016 for music lovers

Not all smartphones are meant for daily tasks but instead there are plenty of buyers who love to grab a device because of their awesome sound quality that’s why to help those buyers we enlisted top 5 options that music lovers should consider before making any purchase. Our pick amongst the best smartphones for the music lover is ZTE Axon 7.


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  • Dual AKM chips for enhancing sound abilities
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Top 5 compact smartphones of 2016

Today, the smartphones market is dominated by smartphones with 5-inch or above display sizes. There are many users who want to grab a smartphone with a smaller display size. For those buyers, we enlisted best 5 options currently in the market with compact design and display. In our opinion, Xperia Z5 compact is still on top as a compact smartphone.



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  • Top-tier hardware
  • Best cameras on a compact smartphone
  • Battery life is pretty superb 
Top 5 innovative smartphones of 2016

Surprisingly this year, we have seen a number of innovative devices from Chinese smartphone manufacturer. That’s why it was not an easy task to decide the best innovative devices but in our opinion, the Huawei Honor Magic is the most innovative device.

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  • Quad curved display
  • Bezel-less design
  • Active UI with personal assistant
  • Battery is exemplary 
Top 5 Bezel-less smartphones of 2016

Last but not the least, we do have a listing of top 5 bezel-less smartphones. This new category has given rise to a new trend in the smartphones. This category is ruled by the most appreciated smartphone Mi Mix which is still in the spotlight despite after two months of announcement. 


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  • Screen-to-body ratio is higher than others
  • Innovative placement for front facing camera
  • High end specs
(last update 20 February 2017 @ 09:57)



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  • It looks to be an article with an overall stuff. Bezel-less phones, innovative smartphones, top flagships etc. It gives a summery of all things under one roof. Nicely included points so it's very easy to understand the highlights.

      • I had happened to read about the Xperia Z5 Compact in the list of the best compact phones. And I remember to have said a few good things about this phone because they deserve it. What I like is the battery life, though there' s no STAMINA mode in it.

          • Well, you reminded me of the STAMINA mode and made me nostalgic. I was very satisfied with that feature. I thought it would have a parallel Doze Mode. But it disappointed me.

            • Yeah right. The Apple iPhone 7 Plus rightly grabs its spot in this list. Two things stands out to me - the dual rear cameras as well as terms of performance too.

                • I totally agree with you as for the performance is concerned. But I don't know why the LG V20 is here. Of course, it's a good device with quad HD display. But this is my personal opinion.

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