Top 10 Android Phones of 2016 – Complete list of the Best Ones

Top Android phones do not need to be introduced because they’re well-known among people. However, when it comes to choosing the best of the best, we need a source with deeper insight on each one of those top smartphones to help us make a decision. In this post, I’m going to list top 10 Android phones of 2016 and explain why they’re on the top in detail. Continue reading.

Generally, flagship smartphones are equipped to the latest technologies and normally, they’re more expensive than other models. You need to know your needs, budget and expectations as well as determine which factors are more important for you and then you’ll be able to choose the best smartphone from the best. Actually, there’s high competition between flagship smartphones; each one has specific advantages and tries to keep them.

Many last year flagships have been moved to mid-range smartphones list by the new generation which came to the market, so don`t be surprised to see their price – you can buy a last year flagship with a cheaper price this year, when it has become mid-range. However, if you want to make sure that you’ve chosen the best one, flagships are still my first recommendation.

Here you`ll find some important notes that you need to pay attention to while choosing the best Android phone:

  • Hardware performance of all flagship smartphones is almost at the same level and they can run the operating system, heavy tasks, games and different apps smoothly and without any lag, so don’t pay too much attention to numbers.
  • There’re displays with different sizes, resolution and panels on the list. Quality, resolution and brightness of your smartphone’s display are an important factor because it’s the main part of the device and you`ll work with it every day, so pay attention to pixel density, resolution and display size.
  • Another important factor that you need to pay attention to is device’s design and build quality. Flagship devices are expensive and you might keep and use it for a year or two, so it’s important to choose a smartphone which design and features you’ll enjoy for a long time.
  • Camera performance and quality is the next thing that plays an important role in flagship devices. Most of new flagship smartphones have a good camera, but there’s still difference in their quality; so don’t forget about camera’s performance while choosing a flagship.
  • Generally, flagships with 5-inch displays have appropriate dimensions, but when it comes to devices with larger displays, you should choose with a little more caution. Weight and dimensions of the smartphone will affect your user experience, so according to your needs, try to pick up a thinner device with small dimensions which will comfortably fit in your hand.
  • Try to take the smartphone in your hand before buying it to make sure that it suits your taste. Don’t focus only on the brand name and try to make the best decision choosing a phone which can satisfy your needs and budget. To get more information about each of the devices below, you can visit their official websites as well as check out their reviews.
  • It doesn’t matter which country a smartphone was made in. The only important thing here is that the device should be original and new. In fact, this is a trick which some crafty sellers use for profiteering and there is no difference in quality between a Samsung phone made in Korea with a Samsung phone made in China.
  • If you prefer to buy accessories like a screen protector or a cover while buying your smartphone, check the price of those accessories before going to the store. Keep in mind that almost all top Android phones that are listed here have high quality displays and don’t need any plastic or glass screen protector.
  • The main difference between a smartphone and a simple phone is the operating system which lets users install and use different types of apps on them. Smartphones are user friendly devices and are suitable for all users with any level of technical knowledge. App installation process is very easy on Android, iOS and Windows devices and you don’t need to pay extra money to someone else to install everything for you. App stores include all necessary and useful apps and you’ll be able to install any app from there on your smartphone. If it’s hard for you, get help from your friends or family. If you want to create an Apple ID after buying an iPhone, you can read about it in How to create an Apple ID article.

The following smartphones are not sorted based on quality; they are performed randomly without any specific order, so you can choose any one that perfectly covers your needs and suits you the most.

Top 10 Android Phones of 2016 – Complete list of the Best Ones

Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 edge

Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 edge

Galaxy S7 Specifications

CPU: Quad-core 64-bit Exynos 8890 (Cortex-A53) and Octa-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose and 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53

Display: 5.1-inch OLED with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution and 577ppi

GPU: Mail-T880 Mp12

Internal Memory: 32GB

RAM Memory: 4GB

Camera: 12MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera

OS: Android 6 Marshmallow

Dimensions: 143.4 x 70.8 x 7.9 mm

Battery: 3000mAh

Weight: 152g

Other Features: waterproof up to 1 meters for 30 minutes, fingerprint sensor, Always-on Display

Important competitors to Apple iPhones came to the market during the recent years and the 7th generation of Samsung S series represents absolutely the best smartphones that have ever been made by Samsung.

Powerful CPU, 4GB RAM, an eye-catching display, amazing camera, waterproof body and fingerprint sensor have turned Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge into worthy flagships. If you add a battery with long life to these features, without a doubt, they can be considered as two most important phones in the smartphone world. Samsung solved all issues of the previous generation to turn S7 and S7 edge into its new flagships which are equipped to waterproof bodies, memory & micro-SD built-in card slot and battery with longer life.

HTC 10

Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 edge

HTC 10 Specifications

CPU: Snapdragon 820 with Quad-core (Kryo)

Display: 5.2-inch Super LCD with 1440 x 2560 QHD Resolution and 565ppi

GPU: Adreno 530

Internal Memory: 32GB (supports memory card)

RAM Memory: 4GB

Camera: 12MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera

OS: Android 6 Marshmallow

Battery: 3000mAh

Weight: 161g

Dimensions: 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm

Other Features: Fingerprint Sensor

HTC 10 is the newest flagship of the popular Taiwanese company. Just like last year`s model, it’s a well-built smartphone with a beautiful metal body. When HTC One M7 was released, most smartphones had low quality plastic panels, and this phone was an evolution in the world of smartphones. HTC has kept this design in HTC 10 too. Camera and display performance is appropriate in this device too.

Although the new HTC flagship has good battery and quality camera, it’s not easy for HTC to gain a bigger share of the market now, when new determinative factors in smartphones market are powerful ecosystem, modular structure and curved display. There’re very few negative points in HTC 10, but can this powerful smartphone compete with other strong competitors? Only time can tell; but at the moment it does not have a good position in the market. HTC may not be the best smartphone, but it is an absolutely perfect choice for people who want to have a powerful smartphone.

Huawei P9

Huawei P9

Huawei P9 Specifications

CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 955, Octa-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 and 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53

Display: 5.2-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920 Resolution and 423ppi Pixel Density

GPU: Mali-T880 MP4

Internal Memory: 32GB

RAM Memory: 3GB

Camera: 12MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera

OS: Android 6.0

Battery: 3000mAh

Weight: 144g

Dimensions: 145 x 70.9 x 7 mm

Other Features: Fingerprint Sensor

Having entered flagship smartphones market, Huawei managed to improve its situation. Now it has become the owner of one of the best current flagships in the market, Huawei P9. Quality of Huawei P9 is excellent and its dual camera with great performance and wide range of features can catch attention of any user.

Although we’ve expected a battery with longer life in P9, its current battery’s performance is good enough and can work full day in most cases. Huawei user interface has many properties and features which, however, can be confusing sometimes and that’s what some users won’t like. We hope in near future Huawei will give users an opportunity to set the phone`s UI closer to pure Android.

In total, Huawei P9 is a well-built and beautiful phone which not only can handle daily tasks pretty well, but also can become the perfect choice for photography lovers.

LG V20

LG V20

LG V20 Specifications

CPU: 64-bit MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Quad-core (2.2 GHz Kryo)

Display: 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 Resolution and 513ppi

GPU: Adreno 530

Internal Memory: 64GB

RAM Memory: 4GB

Camera: 16MP and 8MP Dual Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera

OS: Android 7 Nougat

Battery: 3200mAh

Dimensions: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight: 174g

Other Features: Fingerprint Sensor

LG V10 was one of the most attractive phones released last year, but with all its features and different design, it wasn`t successful enough. V20, however, with its military standards, new design and wide range of features is meant to become a good alternative for Galaxy Note 7.

Secondary display, dual camera, replaceable battery, latest version of Android (Android 7 Nougat) and many other features like DAC (for excellent audio experience) show that we shouldn’t disregard LG V20. Although personally I liked the appearance of V10 more, V20 with its quality metal body feels better when you hold it.

Nexus 6P

Nexus P6

Nexus 6P Specifications

CPU: MSM8996 Snapdragon 810, Octa-core (1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 and 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)

Display: 5.7-inch OLED, 1440 x 2560 Pixels Resolution, 518ppi

GPU: Adreno 430

Internal Memory: 32GB

RAM Memory: 3GB

Camera: 12MP Rear and 8MP Front Camera

OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Battery: 3450mAh

Dimensions: 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm

Weight: 178g

Other Features: Fingerprint Sensor

Smartphones from Nexus series are the best not only among Android phones but among all other available phones in the market. They benefit of the most cutting-edge hardware, eye-catching design and pure Android which results in increasing number of its fans.

Breaking the tradition, this year Google has released two Nexus devices in cooperation with LG and a new business partner Huawei in order to get attract more attention. Now Nexus 6P is not only known as the most powerful and beautiful member of Nexus family, but also can be definitely considered one of the top Android phones in the market.

Nice design, good build quality, powerful hardware and pure Android 6.0 make users confident that they’re facing a real quality phone. We also shouldn’t forget about Nexus 6P’s camera which is one of the best in the market.

Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia

Sony Xperia XZ Specifications

CPU: MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 64-bit, Quad-core (2.15 GHz)

Display:  5.2-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 424ppi

GPU: Adreno 530

Internal Memory: 64GB

RAM Memory: 3GB

Camera: 23MP Rear Camera and 13MP Front Camera

OS: Android 6 Marshmallow

Battery: 2620mAh

Weight: 161g

Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm

Other Features: Dual SIM Cards Support, Fingerprint Scanner

Xperia XZ is a combination of Sony X and Z series. It’s a perfect product which can attract not only ardent Sony fans, but also other users. Instead of improving the camera, display or software, the company focused on the appearance of the phone which really needed some changes. Hardware of Xperia XZ seems to be perfect, but we expected more from its camera.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Lumia 950

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Specifications

CPU: MSM8994 Snapdragon 810, Octa-core (1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)

Display: 5.7-inch OLED, 1440 x 2560 Resolution, 518ppi

GPU: Adreno 430

Internal Memory: 32GB

RAM Memory: 3GB

Camera: 20MP Rear Camera & 5MP Front Camera

OS: Windows 10 Mobile

Battery: 3340mAh

Dimensions: 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm

Weight: 165g

Contrary to the popular belief, build quality and plastic used in the new Microsoft flagships are very good and feels good enough. 5.7-inch AMOLED display of this phone has amazing quality, too and it’s one of the main advantages of Lumia 950 XL.

Like before, Lumia 950 XL is equipped to one of the best cameras among smartphones. The performance of both rear and front cameras is excellent and the main camera acts very well, especially in low-light environment. In addition to manual settings, Rich Capture feature helps you apply more changes and effects to taken pictures and makes the final result just the way you like.

Without a doubt, Microsoft Mobile fans won’t regret trying Lumia 950 XL; but there’re still software limitations on Microsoft Mobile Platform which are sometimes annoying. If this issue gets solved and Windows Mobile Platform gets attention of developers, Lumia 950 XL can certainly become a serious competitor to other important flagships in the smartphone market.

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core (2.15 GHz Kryo and 1.6GHz Kryo)

Display: 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 401ppi

GPU: Adreno 530

Internal Memory: 64GB

RAM Memory: 6GB

Camera: 16MP Rear Camera & 8MP Front Camera

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Battery: 3000mAh

Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm

Weight: 158g

Other Features: Oxygen OS User Interface, Fingerprint Sensor

>> Click Here to read complete review of OnePlus 3 <<

Not only I, but many reputable websites and experts in the world of smartphones believe that OnePlus 3 is one of the best and most affordable Android phones currently in the market, and it`s more than worth the money you pay for it. This flagship benefits of both powerful hardware and excellent build quality which results in very enjoyable user experience. OnePlus 3 has been nicknamed a “flagship killer” for a reason – unlike its previous generations, OnePlus 3 can compete head-to-head with its important competitors in the market.

If the battery performance of this phone was a little better and its camera could stand at the same level as top 2016 flagships, we could call it a perfect flagship. But there’s no doubt that OnePlus 3 is a high quality smartphone and its very good price turned it into a valuable phone. The price of OnePlus 3 goes up to $500 in the market sometimes.

Motorola Moto Z

Motorola Moto Z

Motorola Moto Z Specifications

CPU: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Quad-core (2.0 GHz Kryo)

Display: 5.5-inch, 1440 x 2560 Resolution and AMOLED panel, 535ppi

GPU: Adreno 530

Internal Memory: 64GB

RAM Memory: 4GB

Camera: 13MP Rear & 5MP Front

OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Battery: 2600mAh

Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm

Weight: 136g

Other Features: Fingerprint Sensor

According to Lenovo, Moto Z is the thinnest flagship smartphone, but what makes it different from other flagships is the modules that have been embedded into it. Like before, Motorola new flagship is well-built and equipped to the newest hardware available for smartphones. It’s beautiful, has a great camera and good display; we can also consider it as the best modular phone in the market.

What do you think about flagships of 2016? Which one do you prefer and why? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments below.

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