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6 Best Android Phones of 2016: Best Trending Smartphones

Updated on June 3, 2016

Android has dominated the mobile operating system market ever since its launch and no other operating system has been able to challenge Android dominance. Therefore the best android phones invariably translates into being the best smarphones and the competition is fierce to say the least. While earlier the competition for the top spot was among few big players like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and the likes, now other manufacturer's have caught up and proving to be serious contenders.

It is extremely difficult to list the best or top android smartphones in order of their rank as some people may rank them on the basis of their looks, some may look for value for money, while some other may give more weight to the screen size or the hardware. others may have a completely different take or perspective about the best android phones or best phones and may give more weight to the budget and may find a budget smartphone more attractive as compared to other phones with better and higher hardware and software configurations.

However, it is possible to list some of the most balanced and popular android phones of the year so far. Let’s take a look at some of the best trending smartphones of this year.

LG G5

The latest phone in the LG G series deviates substantially from its predecessors in terms of design. LG has done away with rear power/volume button.seen in the earlier phones of the same series. The G5 has a metallic uni-body with a removable cap that gives access to the removable battery and ability to connect a host of accessories including the 360 camera and some other special accessories. The innovative yet distinct design may not be liked by all but certainly adds a feather in LG's cap for bringing about so much change to a phone that was already doing well.

Specifications

 
 
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Display
5.3 inch IPS LCD
RAM
6 GB
Internal Storage
32 GB
External Storage/ Micro SD
upto 200 GB
Camera Primary
16 MP & 8 MP dual
Camera Front
8 MP
Battery
2800 mAh
Android version
6.0 Marshmallow

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge

The flagship phones from Samsung does not change much in terms of design and has some minor cosmetic changes like the phones being thicker and the camera protrusion has been shrunk. The design otherwise remains similar with aluminium and glass body, that they introduced last year.

Samsung is known to provide external storage option and removable batteries and these features have been common across their most phones. However, the galaxy S6 & S6 Edge did not have either of the two features and were probably the only flaws in those two wonderful phones. While removable battery option has still been held back for some reason but Samsung does offer expandable storage on both the handsets. As far as specifications are concerned, both the handsets, being the flagship, receive top of the line specs.

Specifications

 
Galaxy S7
Galaxy S7 Edge
Processor
2.3 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Resolution
2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
Display
5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with
5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
RAM
4 GB
4 GB
Storage Internal
32 GB
32 GB
Storage External
Upto 200 GB
upto 200 GB
Camera Primary
12 MP
12 MP
Camera Front
5 MP
5 MP
Battery
3000 mAh, Non-removable
3600 mAh, Non-removable
Android Version
6.0.1 Marshmallow
6.0.1 Marshmallow

Huawei P9

Huawei has certainly staked its claim among the top players with phones like the Nexus 6P and the flagship P9. The P9 has a lot of things working for it including a fast performance that can all the high definition games, a good screen with great viewing angles, superb specs crammed into a good looking sturdy yet slim metal body and more.

However, the best part is the 12 MP dual camera at the back from Leica, the German camera maker, that offers a great camera experience and will not disappoint you. The P9 is the kind of phone that could actually put Huawei among the big players in the Android market.

Specifications

 
 
Processor
2.5 GHz Octa Core Kirin 955
Display
5.2 inch IPS Neo LCD
Resolution
1920 x 1080, 423 ppi
RAM
3/4 GB
Internal Storage
32/64 GB
External Storage
Upto 128 GB
Primary Camera
12 MP Dual
Front Camera
8 MP
Battery
3000 mAh, Non-removable
Android Version
6.0 Marshmallow

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HTC 10

The Taiwanese handset maker is renowned for making great looking phones and the HTC 10 continues on its legacy. Its a beautifully designed phone that speaks the same design language and yet is substantially different from its predecessors.It has a familiar full metal uni-body design with a better audio setup for improved sound and the fingerprint sensor finds its place at the front. HTC 10 being the flagship features top of the line specs, just like any other flagship and has improved upon the camera too, which hampered their last flagship phone. All in all a great phone and certainly deserves a place among the top contenders.

Specifications

 
 
Processor
2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Display
5.2 Inch Super LCD5
Resolution
1440 x 2560
RAM
4 GB
Internal Memory
32/64 GB
External Memory
upto 200 GB
Primary Camera
12 MP
Front Camera
5 MP
Battery
3000 mAh
Android Version
6.0 Marshmallow
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Google Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P is the successor to the Motorola manufactured Nexus 6 introduced last year and is being manufactured by Huawei. The Nexus design goes a sea change with the 6P. With Huawei at the helm the phone features a full metal Uni-body design. All the buttons are on the right side and the bottom features the USB type C port. In addition to these changes the Nexus 6P also features a fingerprint reader at the back. With all these changes the Nexus 6P certains looks and feel premium and is a welcome change from the aesthetics point of view too.

Specifications

 
 
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Display
5.7 Inch AMOLED
RAM
3 GB
Internal Storage
32/64/128 GB
External Storage
No External Storage
Primary Camera
12 MP
Front Camera
8 MP
Battery
3450 mAh
Android Version
6.0 Marshmallow

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    • Aryan Sehrawat profile image

      Aryan Sehrawat 3 years ago from New Delhi

      Nice information but I believe Moto X should have been a part of this.

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      Andrew 3 years ago

      This is a good collection Atul. Many of these smartphones will be conquering in 2014 as well.

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      Karan 3 years ago

      Nice hub! Though you can add more to the list.

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      Atul Dahiya 3 years ago

      Thanks Karan and Andrew!

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      Joe smoe 3 years ago

      Android is a large security risk, I've noticed apps retrieve personal data an average of every 3 minutes. Webos features should be incorporated too. There are ways of protecting your device, but the average user doesn't have the time to invest in such. Android failed in my opinion.

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      Laurent 3 years ago

      Great collection of Android phones. I have Samsung S4 and it is the best one in my opinion.

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      Atul Dahiya 3 years ago

      Thanks @Joe some for sharing your opinion. Thanks laurent, I appreciate your interest.

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