The brightest smartphones of 2016

Let’s try to remember which smartphones left our most vivid and unforgettable experience in 2016.

Positive and vivid emotions can cause completely different events in our lives. Today we decided to recall what pleased the most famous manufacturers of smartphones and even which of their products became the most vivid and memorable. In other words, we will try to look at the very best with which we will enter the new 2017.

In the past year, we were able to watch the release of a huge number of various smartphones. We liked some, some not. However, choosing among the vast number of smartphones the best ones turned out to be incredibly difficult. Nevertheless, based on our experience, we ventured to allocate for our subjective opinion only a few smartphones, which we dared to call the brightest for the entire past 2016.

Fans and opponents of a particular brand have always been and will be in abundance. So, for example, someone cannot even imagine in their hand any smartphone other than the iPhone. Well, the other soul does not dare in Android-smartphones and is an ardent fan of Samsung. In the choice of the brightest smartphones, we started from the feedback that followed after the release of the model and, of course, from the demand for these models.


Smartphones from Huawei cease to be something exotic and unknown for the ordinary Ukrainian consumer. Even the brand itself, which sounds quite interesting in our language, is gradually becoming familiar and recognizable. This is not surprising, because 2016 has become quite productive and successful for Huawei. At a time when Europe and Asia have long been familiar with Huawei smartphones, you and I have only recently had the opportunity to learn about these smartphones firsthand. And according to statistics and reviews, Huawei liked Ukrainian customers, because in 2016 Huawei smartphones took a solid third place in the number of smartphones sold, displacing even the most popular inexpensive Lenovo smartphones.

The main event of 2016 for Huawei was the release of its flagship P9. Comparing its technical parameters, price, appearance and comparing it with analogues from competitors, we understand that this is a really bright and phenomenal smartphone. At its cost, Huawei P9 has a central processor based on eight HiSilicon Kirin 955 cores with a frequency of 2.5 GHz and a Mali-880MP4 GPU. The system performance of 3 GB of RAM is supported. We are sure that the listed parameters of this smartphone left a minimum of unflappable faces, because they really amaze. Own memory in the smartphone 32 GB, which can be expanded to 128 GB using a microSD card.

One of the main advantages of the smartphone Huawei P9 is its screen, whose diagonal is 5.2 ″. It is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 scratch and damage protection technology, which is the latest and best class in this technology. The screen resolution is 1920 × 1080 pixels, and it is equipped with an IPS-NEO matrix, which promises the best image quality.

The main feature of the Huawei P9 smartphone is certainly its camera. Rather, just two main cameras of 12 megapixels, which this smartphone is equipped with. They were developed jointly with the well-known company Leica, and the secret of the two cameras is that one of the cameras is monochrome and the second is color. Their combination creates excellent detail and the most realistic rendering of all colors. In addition to the two main cameras, the Huawei P9 also has a third – front-facing 8 MP.

Huawei P9 is running the Android 6.0 operating system, and a battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh is responsible for the battery life of the smartphone. It has a model and its own somewhat simplified version, whose price tag is almost half as small. The younger brother of Huawei P9 is P9 lite, which could also be on our list, if it was a little wider.

LGG5 H845

The Korean company LG does not so often pamper us with brand new smartphones, if we compare them with the main competitors. Nevertheless, even those smartphone models that LG released in 2016 and even earlier, can compete with the most popular flagships of any manufacturer. Having a rather long history of production and great traditions regarding quality and performance, LG smartphones have deservedly won the trust and popularity among consumers around the world. The main event for the Korean giant in 2016 was the release of its main flagship LG G5, which should adequately compete with its main competitors from Samsung and Apple.

The smartphone model LG G5 was released in several editions, we liked the model LG G5 SE H845 the most. This is the second edition of the flagship from LG and in our opinion it is the most successful in the ratio of its parameters, price and user expectations. Why is the LG G5 so good? The smartphone processor Snapdragon 652 is based on eight cores with a frequency of 1.8 GHz. The amount of RAM is 3 GB. Fairly good, but not impressive, because there is simply no point in expecting less for such a price. The built-in memory in the LG G5 is 32 GB, and it can be expanded up to 2 TB.

One of the main tasks of any smartphone manufacturer is to create a better and brighter screen than competitors. And LG practically succeeded. The screen with a diagonal of 5.3 ″ has a resolution of Quad HD 2560×1440 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. But these parameters already explain a little the presence of this model in the list of the brightest smartphones of 2016.

LG has equipped its smartphone with two 16MP and 8MP cameras, which can work both together and separately. A high-quality selfie will allow you to do an eight-megapixel front camera. What really distinguishes the LG G5 smartphone from its competitors and makes it unique is its modularity. The lower part of the smartphone is able to disconnect from the main part together with the battery, the capacity of which, by the way, is 2 800 mAh, and can be supplemented with useful accessories and gadgets. So you can increase the battery capacity by 1,200 mAh or install a sound amplifier on your G5. The first edition of the LG G5 has more impressive features, but the price tag of this model is incomparably higher. However, it’s up to you to decide whether to overpay for a more powerful processor and additional gigabyte of RAM.

Motorola Moto Z

Long-known to all lovers of smartphones and phones, the American Motorola brand has received a new breath thanks to the absorption from the notorious Lenovo. Having at its disposal the Motorola brand and technologies of the once popular manufacturer, the Chinese giant did not mercilessly destroy and obliterate Motorola, and its best technologies did not pass off as its own and massively introduce it into Lenovo smartphones. On the contrary! Motorola has been retained, and its popularity is gaining momentum today..

The most striking and unusual smartphone in 2016 from Motorola was the Moto Z. This is a smartphone with unremarkable characteristics, as it might seem at first glance, but with incredible performance in fact. Moto Z is equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragom 820 processor with a clock frequency of 1.8 GHz. The amount of RAM is 4 GB. Built-in memory – 32 GB, which can be expanded up to 2 TB. I think most of us now have a flash of the idea that for such a price it would be possible to choose a more worthy model in the list of the brightest smartphones of the year. Nevertheless, the main feature of Moto Z is completely different and we will consider it a bit later.

The screen of the Moto Z has excellent detail and good viewing angles. The screen size is 5.5 ″, and its resolution is 2560×1440 pixels. The display is protected using Corning Gorilla Glass 4 technology. The main camera of the smartphone is 13 megapixels, and the front camera is 5 megapixels.

So what makes the Motorola Moto Z smartphone so unique and allowed to get on our list of the brightest in 2016? We have already reviewed the modular smartphone LG G5, however, Motorola managed to bring this technology to a higher level. The modularity of Moto Z lies in the possibility of installing add-ons in the form of the so-called Moto Mods on the back cover of the smartphone. They are mounted by means of a magnet, and the variety of additional modules is much wider than that of LG. It can be ordinary decorative panels in various designs or even a projector, thanks to which you can watch movies or hold presentations.

Samsung G935 Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung is the undisputed leader and the most popular manufacturer of Android smartphones worldwide. Samsung’s flagship product lines are released annually and delight their fans with new technologies, and thanks to the “arms race” with Apple, the updating and development of technologies used in Samsung smartphones is incredibly fast.

It is certainly and undeniable that the best and most striking model of 2016 from Samsung was the main flagship of the Galaxy S7 Edge. The model has “on board” the proprietary Exynos 8890 Octa processor with eight cores that operate at a frequency of 2.3 GHz and 1.6 GHz. RAM is 4 GB, and built-in 32 GB. Memory expansion available up to 200 GB.

Super Amoled screen has a diagonal of 5.5 ″ and Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels. In addition, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 technology is used to protect the screen. The main camera of the smartphone from Samsung has a resolution of 12 megapixels and is capable of shooting 4K video. Galaxy S7 Edge Front Camera – 5MP.

One of the brightest and most interesting smartphones in 2016, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has become thanks to its rounded-screen screen. This gives the smartphone an unusual design and additional functionality, because the rounded edges allow you to use additional widgets. In addition, the Galaxy S7 Edge is quite autonomous. The battery capacity is 3,600 mAh, and due to the optimization of the smartphone, the duration of its work without recharging is very often not limited to one day.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple smartphones are traditionally one of the most anticipated, and in anticipation of the release of the next new product, an incredible amount of rumors and speculation about what the new iPhone will be and whether it can become radically better than what it was last year or, more importantly, diverges better than its main competitor from Samsung. Most often, Apple lives up to the expectations of its fans, sometimes even surpassing them. Not an exception was the year 2016, in which the Apple iPhone 7 Plus became perhaps the most important and advanced flagship among smartphones, regardless of brand and manufacturer..

As usual, the Apple smartphone has become one of the most productive and optimized among its other competitors and, of course, deserves to have its best iPhone 7 Plus model included in our list of the brightest smartphones of 2016. iPhone 7 Plus is equipped with a proprietary quad-core processor Apple A10 Fusion. The amount of RAM is 3 GB. But the amount of internal memory will need to be selected in advance, because it will not be possible to supplement it with a memory card. Models from 32 GB to 256 GB are available for selection.

Traditionally for Apple, its smartphones are equipped with a Retina display. In the iPhone 7 Plus, the screen diagonal is 5.5 ″, and its resolution is 1920 × 1080 pixels. Like most competitors, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus has two cameras at once, each with a resolution of 12 megapixels. Video recording in iPhone 7 Plus is available in 4K, so you can watch the video captured on your smartphone without losing quality and experience on screens of any size.

The release of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus in 2016 was a truly grandiose event, because Apple presented its best creation to date, which can rightfully be considered one of the brightest smartphones in 2016.

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