Best smartphones of the Year

Best smartphones

The smartphone market is fast-paced and perpetually developing, with brands releasing new models with new features consistently throughout the year. It’s hard to keep up and even harder to choose, so we’ve done the legwork for you and rounded up the 5 best phones of 2016.

iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus

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The iPhone holds the title of being one of the best smartphones you can get, so naturally it’s with the recently launched iPhone 7 that we start.

Apple is released both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this September and there’s been a huge amount of hype surrounding them for months.

Offering a waterproof build, haptic home button and iOS 10, the iPhone 7 has quickly become the best phone of 2016. What's more, we've seen new colours and minor design improvements as well, meaning you'll actually have a phone which looks a bit different too.

The 7 Plus also features a dual-lens camera as well, giving you a real reason to splash the cash on the bigger device too.

Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge

How about the Samsung Galaxy S7?

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The excellent Galaxy S6 was featured in our best of 2015 list, but the clever people at Samsung have managed to make it even better, giving us the S7 and S7 Edge - And it really is good.

Boasting an improved camera, improved battery, a slimmer, waterproof design and wireless charging, it definitely gives the iPhone a run for its money. And it also supports MicroSD cards, which is something that the S6 lacked.


Could the LG G5 float your boat?

In a world dominated by Apple and Samsung, it is easy for other smartphones to be overlooked. One that we reckon deserves a bit more attention is LG’s G5.

Unlike the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7 which are improvements of their flagship models, LG has completely remodelled its flagship handset.

Downsized from the 5.5-inch screen of the G4 to 5.3 inches, the G5 features a new, all-metal design rather than the (somewhat bizarre) leather finish of its predecessor, as well as a removable battery and the ability for users to connect add-on modules in order to expand their phone’s capabilities even more.

Users can also enjoy a dual camera set-up, with one lens providing the ability to take extra-wide photos.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Often referred to as Samsung’s king of “phablets”, the Galaxy Note has returned to the UK with its newest model: The Galaxy Note 7.

Undoubtedly the highlight of this handset is its built-in infrared iris scanner. In other words, you can unlock this phone with your eyes which really is a cool feature. As with other leading phones on the market, it also incorporates wireless charging, a waterproof design and a rather excellent camera.  

Sony Xperia X

Will you buy the Xperia X?

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You can pick up the Xperia X for a cool £450. Seems like a lot for a phone, but we reckon it’s worth it.

Pronounced Sony’s ‘smartest, fastest camera smartphone yet’, it’s the camera that really stands out on this handset. So to all the photographers and Instagrammers out there, this phone is for you.

Thanks to Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, your photos can still be in focus even when moving and the high-quality, 13MP selfie camera enables you to capture that perfect, 10,000-likes-standard selfie.  

So there are the 5 best phones of 2016. Unfortunately, they’re also the most expensive phones of 2016 so if you’re going to invest, make sure you protect them with mobile insurance.

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