Smartphones are now more popular than the PC, with billions upon billions sold every year and of course they come in many varieties, toughest question is likely which would to go for. Well, whilst it’s very likely you have your own personal preference, we’re here to help you make that decision that much easier with our quarterly Top 5 Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now.
As we begin with our first Top 5 of 2017, as expected, a number of Smartphones from 2016 we think are still very capable even today continue to make the cut, however, now both CES and Mobile World Congress are behind us, there’s a whole new lineup of Smartphones entering the market.
So, let’s get to it with this, our Top 5 Smartphones You Can Buy Right now, Q1 2017.
In at number 5 is a 2016 favourite, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Samsung completely nailed the Galaxy S7, whilst the change in design and direction wasn’t quite ready in the Galaxy S6, the S7 ironed out all the imperfections and the result was one of the best Smartphones of 2016. Even though the Galaxy S8 isn’t far from being announced in April, we still think the Galaxy S7 is a very decent Smartphone, and to be still on our Top 5 a year after it’s initial introduction, we think that says enough praise for the device than anything else.
If anyone was to ask us who we think is the most ignored and under-appreciated Smartphone brand, after HTC, we’d easily say Sony. Sony know how to make a great Smartphone, problem is their not very good at pricing the darn things and bringing that extra sense of wow. This year, like last, is going to be another tough year for companies like Sony, with massive anticipation from releases from the two biggest players, it’s going to be tough for the company to stand out, but the ace up Sony’s sleeve is this, the XZ Premium.
Unlike the companies previous effort, the Z5 Premium, this thing really takes the premium cake by being the first fully 4K HDR capable Smartphone on the market. Pair that with the first Smartphone with a pre-order available now featuring a Snapdragon 835, and you’ve a very exciting Sony device. Sony are also bigging up the Camera, which features a 19MP sensor capable of an insane 960fps video, which as you’d expect, looks great. The only issue we have with the XZ Premium is, well, everything else. It’s got so much bang on the insides and the Display, though the outer-shell reads the old boring Sony, which we wish they’d change.
It’s hard to believe that the iPhone 7 is barely 6 month old, the tech media would have you thinking it’s centuries, but it’s not and remains a very good player in the Smartphone game. Being the only device on this list running anything other than Android will always be a unique pro or con for many, though we take the pros much greater than the cons in terms of the market Apple are aiming for, and the market they’re most definitely achieving in. You don’t get a record sales quarter with a device that isn’t any good, and with its refined design, great Camera and incredible Dual-Camera on the Plus variant, its easy to see why.
The iPhone 7 isn’t without its flaws, iOS could do with clean up after the iOS 10 pile up of feature feature feature in such a small space, essentially clogging up the once simple and ease of use operating system, though even with that clog, it remains the best choice for the majority, for the average joe, and for many who work and write for us here, and why is that? Because the iPhone remains the best choice for those who need a Smartphone that’s powerful, remember this is the fastest by a long mile Smartphone their is, and just does the job and does it well and reliably!
or, if that’s not what you’re looking for, try this;
We mentioned with the iPhone that iOS was a pro and con for many, well if you’re one of those who like the look and appeal of the iPhone, but would like it almost without the iPhone part, this is the Google Pixel. Whilst it’s clear that Android most definitely DOES NOT have the timely reliance of iOS, this is the closet bet you’ll get to it despite the vast difference.
The Google Pixel is a pure Android experience running on top of Nougat, with a Pixel Launcher to clean up the experience. The device is fast and snappy from the moment you set it up, and being the first “Google” device, though hardware is HTC made, you can be sure of timely updates as soon as Android O drops as well as being able to get those important monthly security updates quickly. The device also has a very decent OLED display and a Camera which in good light performs very admirably.
or, if you have a Pixel and was wondering. this could be for you;
Who’d a thought it, our second new entry has made it all the way to the top spot, well, it’s just a great Smartphone and what we think is the beginning of more to come, this is the LG G6. LG have had a pretty rough year in 2016, the G5 was quite frankly awful, and by the time the company made a half decent phone in the V20, the world had stopped caring, so it’s really great to see the company come back with a bang with the G6.
One big glaring omission in the G6 naturally is a lack of 2017 hardware in the processor department, this is still running the Snapdragon 821, shared by the Google Pixel above, but that’s not to say it’s necessarily a bad chip at all. Yes, we would have preferred an 835, but thanks to Samsung being pally with Qualcomm, that would have led to the G6 not coming out until possibly May, and ask any Pixel owner how they feel about the 821 performance, they aren’t exactly saying it’s slow.
Luckily the G6 has a few aces up its sleeve regardless to make you forget the 821, first of course is that display. 18:9 aspect ratio may seem like a crazy move and it is, watching video is an … interesting experience on this thing, but it’s all about the feel of having a much larger display on a smaller physical form factor and miniaturising any requirement for bezels, which we expect will be a massive trend in 2017, for better or worse. Better as it looks awesome and you get more real-estate on the display, worse as let’s be honest, you’re going to have many accidental taps on the display. LG have also massively improved the dual Camera set-up on the G6, no longer compromising the second lens meaning those super-wide photos are going to look even better.
So, there you go, this is our Top 5 Smartphones Q1 2017. What do you think of the list, if you disagree or feel we’ve missed some out please let us know, but until then we’ll be back with our Q2 list near the end of June, which by then we’ll know all about the upcoming Galaxy S8, then we’ll be able to see how some of the new entries this month will favour against it, which we can’t wait to see.