Mobile phones have become an essential part of everyday life. To some, it is like a part of the body. When Motorola researcher, Martin Cooper invented and made the first call on a mobile phone on April 3, 1973 he sure didn’t know it would become such a hit. In 44 years, Cooper’s invention has under gone remarkable evolution, turning the 1.1 kg, 23 cm long, 13 cm deep and 4.45 cm prototype to fashion compliant, slim multipurpose powerhouses. A must have for everyone. Cooper’s aim then was to have a device that could make telephone calls without having to deal with all the wires. That settled, the value of mobile phones is now judged based on things it could do apart from making calls. How long would the phone last on one charge? How large is the phone memory? Though slim, how much stress can the device withstand? How much would be paid for what quality? Overall, it’s a question of how personal can the phone become in every aspect. The year 2016 saw several improvements in phone technology and here are 10 of the best phones that were released that year.
From the stables of Korean giant phone makers, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge mobile phones are master pieces. The phones pack every feature a mobile phone should have and more. Released in March 2016, the S7 has a talk time of 27 hours on one charge and it can stay up to 74 hours if it is only used to play music. I can come with up to 128GB internal memory which can be extended with external memory card up to 256GB. The killer feature is the waterproofing. It can be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes without any damage to it at all.
Coming straight from the Apple Campus, California, US is Apple Iphone 7S plus. The phone has a talk time of 21 hours on one battery charge and 61 hours for playing music only. It is available with internal memory up to 256 GB and 3GB RAM. As is standard with iPhones, it carries no option of memory extension with memory card. It was released in September 2016.
If you need the power of the most popular internet search engine in the world at your fingertips always, then the Google Pixel xl is the mobile phone for you. It does not have the water resistance capacity of the Samsung Galaxy 7, but what it lacks in that aspect, it makes up in AI through the always available Google assistant. It also packs superior battery power, allowing a talk time of 32 hours or 130 music playing hours on one full charge. It runs on the latest android OS v7.1 (Nougat) framework.
Released in April 2017, the Hawei Honor 8 packs the punch. The camera is its strongest point. It carries a dual-lens camera with buttons totally customisable. The pride of selfie takers is available in colours blue, black, white and gold at a price that’s relatively cheap compared to others in its category.
Coming straight from Taiwan is a phone determined to give the iPhone a run for the money. For the fashion conscious phone freaks, the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe cuts it. It features a metal body firmly built to erase all visible antenna lines. It packs a Snapdragon 821 chip and 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. One of its strongest points is the QuickCharge 3.0 support that gets the battery from 0 to 65 percent in just 30 minutes.
If you are looking for something simple but as smart as a good smartphone can be, HTC 10 is your best bet. That doesn’t mean it is ugly. No. HTC 10 is one of the best looking phones currently on the market, challenging the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge. The logo is simple and the camera is aptly placed. The finesse that went into its body design would make one thinks more than twice before trying to put a case on this beauty of a phone, something rare in the world of Android phones.
Chinese phone makers, Oneplus may have opened shop only four years ago, but they sure have brilliant stuffs coming out of there already. OnePlus 3T is a proof. The phone is an unassuming device which comes with Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to v7.1.1 (Nougat). While it packs all the features common to its contemporaries, it edges a lot of them out with its low price. This makes the phone popular among smartphone users who are not willing to break the bank.
Canadian phone makers, Blackberry continue to hold on to fans of the QWERTY keyboard with the Priv. Unlike many of its predecessors, the Priv runs on Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow). It comes with 32GB of internal memory extendable to 256GB with memory card on a 3GB RAM. Though a bit on the high side in price, the phone is worth every kobo invested, especially for executives who work on the go.
From Chicago US, comes the Motorola Z Force that is truly a force. Popular among power users for its strength, the phone carries a shatter proof protection on its AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. In addition to its strength, the phone has a durable display and its modular accessories are useful and easy to attach.
Snapdragon 820, the G5 swipes better than most of the phones in its category. It comparable to the iPhone in this department. It is also one of the very few remaining mobile phones in which removable batteries are available. For users keen on wide angle photos, the G5 is a perfect solution.