Which were the most remarkable smartphones of 2016?
Peter: OnePlus 3T, though I may be biased because I just bought one. Here’s the thing – why do all makers shy away from a pure Android phone? Seriously, name one other than Google’s own Pixels. Even Android One phones are all but gone. I also recently bought a WebOS-running LG smart TV and found myself wishing I could just install Android apps, they can turn the TV into a multimedia powerhouse so easily.
Give me an up-to-date stock Android and I’d be in my happy place. That’s why New Nokia (aka HMD) is my big hope for 2017 – it was great at differentiating itself with hardware (at the time Symbian changed at a glacial pace). Of course, I’ve only heard rumors that the new phones won’t be heavily skinned like the unfortunate Nokia X handsets, so this year my vote goes to OnePlus. Next year, who knows?
Honorable mention goes to the Xiaomi Mi Mix. I had the 3.3” Sony Ericsson Xperia ray because I wanted a small phone, bezels are obviously not my thing.
Vince: 2016 gave us some astonishing phones to look at. For me the most remarkable is the Xiaomi Mi Mix, but as breathtaking as it is, it’s not a very complete package in my eyes – it’s slippery, unnecessarily big and expensive.
That’s why my 2016 phone of the year was the Samsung Galaxy Note7. Not only was it a looker, but it also showcased all of Samsung’s know-how on how to pull off the perfect smartphone. Sadly, a design overlook and the demand for saving as much space as possible put an end to an otherwise excellent piece of tech.
But the Galaxy Note7 isn’t sold anymore and technically can’t be the one to choose. Here’s where the OnePlus 3T comes in. Not only is it the best value-for-money smartphone on the market, it’s also got charisma. It’s the one phone that can really win your heart and become the most beloved tech product in your life.