The end of the year is traditionally the time when we sum up the last 12 months to see what went great and what’s better to forget. We do this with regard to basically all aspects of our life and as it happens, smart technology has become its integral part so it deserves a special evaluation as well. 2016 was very prolific in smartphones. Some devices were great, just as expected, others not so much. You could probably find a model or two that should have never been launched and a few handsets which should go down in history at the coolest phones released in 2016. Since we are pretty positive folks, let’s focus on the latter.
Here are some smartphones that should be remembered as the most awesome phones of 2016.
The regular Pixel and its XL variant are this year’s offerings from Google. When you the company’s name, your first impulse might be to think that the phones are nothing more that renamed Nexus, but in fact they are not. The Pixels were made by HTC and bring a lot to the table – amazing displays, impressive cameras, classy design, capacious batteries and much more. To make a long story short, the Pixels come with the best in hardware and software department.
Probably one of OnePlus 3’s strongest points is its specs-to-price ratio. It may be slightly behind the most high-end phones of this year as far as hardware is concerned, but in its price range, you couldn’t really ask for more. The device is beautifully crafted and offers everything a decent smartphone should offer, that is a big and pretty sharp screen, fast processor, great cameras and awesome software.
A few smartphone makers have tried their hand at modular design this year, but Lenovo appears to be the only one who managed to do it successfully with its Moto Z series. The Moto Z is equipped with top-notch hardware and up-to-date software, but what’s really awesome is that you can transform your phone into your dream device with a bunch of accessories known as Moto Mods. The Mods which include, among others, Hasselblad camera attachment, extra batteries, a projector, a car mount and a few more, snap on the back and can easily be removed when not needed. Moreover, Lenovo promises to launch more accessories next year.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
This device hasn’t been discussed too often and it’s a shame really, since it’s a pretty interesting offering for a number of reasons. For starters, with its 6.4-inch display, the Phab 2 Pro is huge even by today’s standards. Due to its size, the device might be considered as cumbersome, but don’t worry about shattering it to pieces when it falls – the metal construction should be able to take a fair amount of beating. What’s really interesting, though, is the advanced camera with a bunch of sensor which allow you to experience augmented reality. In addition to offering lots of fun, AR can have practical applications, for instance choosing furniture for your house.
Galaxy Note 7
There’s no doubt that this device won’t be forgotten and not for the usual reasons – the Note 7 will go down in history as the device which exploded. Samsung tried its best to save the model, but since users’ safety was at stake, the company opted for a recall. If it wasn’t for the “boom” factor, the device could have easily won phone of the year award, since it had eye-catching design and the best hardware and software solutions you can imagine. There are probably many users who get teary-eyed just thinking about the Note 7.
Of course, there are many more smartphones that deserve special attention. Truth be told, each device is unique in a way and, depending what a particular user needs, may be treated as either the best or a total failure. The five models discussed above are what we consider impressive. And what’s your pick?