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Best Smartphones 2016 : User Choice Award

Flagship phones in 2016 were impressive through and through. Consumers were more willing to pay top dollars for the best possible smartphone experience and manufacturers too stepped up their game. But which one was the best of all? Well, best is a subjective term and to know what users loved we conducted a social media poll. The audience has spoken and here’s the verdict.

iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 Plus

New Apple iPhones were strongly criticized at the beginning, especially for the design redundancy and for loosing audio jack, but looks like the criticism has finally phased out. The new iPhone 7/ 7 Plus won the poll and by a substantial margin.


The iPhone 7/ 7 Plus are built to the highest standards, are the fastest smartphones around, are running well-optimized iOS 10 software and have one of the best smartphone cameras available. The iPhone 7 Plus additionally has an extra telephoto lens on the rear which facilitates 2X zoom.

Huawei P9

Huawei P9 managed to grab the second position on the podium, which makes it the most user desirable Android phone of 2016. The USP of the handset is innovative dual 12MP rear camera setup aided by high-quality Leica optics.


With the combination of same size color and monochrome sensor on the back, the Huawei P9 camera can gather 300 percent more light and thus excels in low light photography. Other notable features include slim metal unibody design, Capable Kirin 955 chipset and a gorgeous 5.2-Inch Full HD display with 2.5D glass layered on top.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge looks absolutely gorgeous with dual curved edge display surrounded by minimal bezels on all sides. Moreover, its beautiful casing is also water and dust resistant.


On the inside, the handset packs powerful hardware befitting a 2016 flagship. In India, the handset is powered by Exynos 8890 octa-core chipset aided by 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. You can also add MicroSD card for secondary storage. The camera performance is also spectacular.

OnePlus 3/ OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3, which takes the fourth spot, was well received worldwide. More recently, OnePlus also perfected it with an upgraded variant – 3T.


The OP 3 owes its popularity to its stunning, durable and slim body, powerful performance, reasonable camera and light software. The Dash charging technology is superfast and works like a charm, and totally lives up to the marketing hype.

Google Pixel/ Pixel XL

Pixel and Pixel XL is where Google takes control of both hardware and software to demonstrate the true potential of its ecosystem.


Both are premium smartphones with powerful innards. Features include sharp AMOLED screens, top of the line Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options, promise of latest Android updates, and comfortable one-day worth of battery backup. Google is also offering additional perks like new pixel launcher, unlimited drive storage for photos, customizable back covers, and 24×7 customer support with the new smartphones.

Moto Z

Motorola Moto Z is the best implementation of modular phone concept so far. The slim Android flagship allows you to clip and hot swap modular accessories like zoom camera, speaker mod, projector mod, battery back and even protective shells.

On the inside, the Moto Z employs the Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 13MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS and a non-removable 2600mAh battery.

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