The Galaxy S7 Edge is all about refinement over the Galaxy S6 Edge. With a larger display, softer curves and a rounded back, this phones feels great to hold in hand. Coupled with Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890, 4GB RAM and a massive 3600 mAh battery, Samsung's latest flagship is ready to take the throne as one of the best smartphones of 2016.
Samsung persisted with the same design it followed with the S series on the Galaxy Note5. Even without that microSD card slot or removable battery, the Note 5 is the powerhouse it always was. With an improved S-Pen, better display, fast wired/wireless charging, fingerprint sensor and brilliant cameras, Galaxy Note5 is still the workhorse we all crave for.
OnePlus 3 is simply one of the best smartphones of 2016. Brilliant build quality, excellent display and good cameras. But it's the smooth UI, power-packed internals and good design (somewhat derivative though) which make it stand out. Given the chance to choose between the Galaxy S7 or the OnePlus 3, if not for the camera, I would choose OP3 in a heartbeat.
The Moto Z Force is the best way any company could have incorporated a modular component (MotoMods) to their smartphone. LG's efforts look laughably amateurish in comparison. With its shattershield display, large battery, Moto Mods, solid metal build and flagship internals there's no denying the Moto Z Force will be on everyone's list of top smartphones of the year.
After a lull, Xiaomi came back stronger than ever with the Redmi Note 3. It packs powerful internals backed by a massive 4100 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, metal build and a bright display, instantly making it a hit with budget buyers. Bringing the phone in two variants was a genius move too, giving it a very strong footing in two different price groups.
Huawei hit a home run with its first Nexus device. The Nexus 6P was a shining beacon in a space filled with copycat designs and questionable aesthetics. Even with a large display, it was easy to use, camera with a super fast fingerprint-sensor and the swiftness of stock Android. Then there's the new 12MP rear camera as well with great low-light performance which changed the way we thought about Nexus devices.
Although the iPhone 7 Plus comes with an iterative design, the biggest change (apart from the Jet Black/Black colors) is the dual-camera setup at the back which incorporates a telephoto lens allowing for 2X optical zoom and it doesn't have a headphone jack. But with iOS 10, 3GB RAM the iPhone 7 Plus breezes through tasks with super fast loading speeds and great memory management. It's the best iPhone yet, as the iPhone 6s was last year.