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The top 10 2016 smartphones to get right now

Zimbabwe smartphone penetration, Mobile Phones,

With the recent release of the iPhone 7 there has been a raging debate over whether Apple’s new flagship device is the best device on the market right now.

2016 has seen all major mobile device manufacturers release their flagship products, so we decided to write up a list of the top 10 smartphones you could get right now.

To show that no bias was granted in the writing of this article I will clearly state that I am an Apple loyalist, and it is not the number 1 phone on this list.

So according to tests and reviews done by TechRadar, here are the top 10 phones of 2016:

10. Sony Xperia Z5hst_sonyxperiaz5compact_8

Weight: 154g | Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow |Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 810 | RAM:3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera:5.1MP

Pros: Fast fingerprint sensor, amazing battery life

Cons: Heats up slowing down overall performance

Local Price: $400-$700

Read the full review on TechRadar.

9. LG G5csm_frontal2_fe6eb788c5

Weight: 159g | Dimensions: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.3-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | CPU: value | RAM: 4GB |Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP

Pros: High Speed Performance, wide angle camera

Cons: Ugly design, weak battery life

Local Price: $400-$650 

Read the full review on TechRadar.

8. OnePlus3oneplus-3-unofficial-retail

Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM:6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera:8MP

Pros: Premium design at an affordable price

Cons: No sd-card slot

Local Price: Not Available locally yet, expected price $400-$600

Read the full review on TechRadar.

7. HTC 10htc_10_hotspot

Weight: 161g | Dimensions: 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow|Screen size: 5.2-inch |Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM:4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3000mAh |Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera:5MP

Pros: Quality audio experience and great overall design

Cons: Unimpressive camera 

Local Price: $700- $800

Read the full review on TechRadar.

6. Motorola Moto Zthese-could-be-the-moto-z-p

Weight: 136g | Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM:4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Pros: Worlds thinnest phone, cool accessories,

Cons: No 3,5mm headphone jack it uses USB Type-C port

Local Price: Not Available locally yet, expected price $500-$600

Read the full review on TechRadar.

5. iPhone 7airpods-iphone-7-rendersWeight: 138g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size:4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: Apple A10 Fusion | RAM: 2GB |Storage: 32/128/256GB | Battery: 1960mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Pros: Amazing camera, now waterproof, premium design and build quality

Cons: Not as impressive battery life, still expensive, no 3,5mm headphone jack

Local Price: Not Available locally yet, expected price $1400-$1800

Read the full review on TechRadar.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 7phpypxsgx-1

Weight: 169g| Dimensions: 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow |Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels | CPU: Exynos 8890 |RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB| microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 3500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Pros: elegant design, industry leading camera, full waterproof, expandable memory with sd-card slot

Cons: Expensive exploding phone

Local Price: $1200-$1400

Read the full review on TechRadar.

3. iPhone 7 Plusiphone-7-6

Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size:5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: A10 Fusion | RAM: 3GB | Storage:32/128/256GB | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Pros: premium design, powerful performance, water resistant, excellent camera

Cons: expensive, no 3,5mm headphone jack

Local Price: Not Available locally yet, expected price $1,600-$2,000

Read the full review on TechRadar.

2. Samsung Galaxy S7samsung-galaxy-s7-usa1

Weight: 152g | Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Exynos 8890 | RAM:4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Pros: Improved design, water resistant, mazing camera

Cons: High price for a samsung, fingerprint sensor needs improvement

Local Price: $600-$1,000 

Read the full review on TechRadar.

1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edgegalaxy_s7_evid

Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Exynos 8890 | RAM:4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3600mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Pros: Industry leading screen and camera

Cons: cheap plastic feel

Local Price: $700-$1,200

Read the full review on TechRadar.

Worthwhile mentions

Huawei P9huawei-p9-1

Weight: 144g | Dimensions: 145 x 70.9 x 7 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Octa-core | RAM:4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Pros: Good specs, expandable memory with sd-card slot 

Cons: Non-removable battery

Local Price: $650-$800

It’s saddening to not have the iPhone7 or 7 plus as the top device of 2016. Personally, I wait for the S edition of iPhones to really see what they were going for.

Samsung dominates the list with 3 flagship devices showing its increasing dominance in the mobile device market. Having different variants of the similar product seems to be working for Samsung, and from conversations, it is arguably the most used smartphone in Zimbabwe.

Pricing of the devices is still the most unappealing aspect of these devices, by the time they reach Zimbabwe they have been hit by shipment and duty costs that affect pricing. We used to bring in mobile devices duty-free through a mobile penetration drive but that was quickly nipped in the bud. So not only is data expensive but the amazing phone to experience it on are expensive too.

We also have a list of phones available in the local market for under $500 with some interesting devices on it.

 


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12 thoughts on “The top 10 2016 smartphones to get right now

  1. You should have made a list of the top 10 phones to get in Zimbabwe. Besides the iPhones and Samsungs, you might never see some of these phones in Zimbabwe.

  2. How is the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge 2 different phones? And no Nextbit Robin. And cheap plastic feel for the all metal and glass S7 Edge?

  3. S7 Edge: “Cons: cheap plastic feel”

    This clearly shows you have never held the phone in your hand or you copied and pasted this without reading it (probably mistaking it for the Galaxy S5).

    The S7 Edge has an aluminium chassis/frame and glass at the back, no plastic in sight anywhere

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