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Top 10 Most Exciting Smartphones of 2016!

If you look at how far cell phones have come in the past 10 to 15 years you can do nothing but simply be amazed. It was once the high of cell phone technology to be able to simply access the internet through paid mobile data. Now you can have a small business phone systems that are capable of wirelessly streaming HD footage while toggling several other important functions all at once. Simply put, cell phone providers are now expected to offer the world to their customers and they have to do it fast. Innovation comes quick and customers aren’t very patient so we decided to pick out a few smartphones that really caught our eye. Without further ado: Here are 10 of the most exciting smartphones hitting the shelves in 2016!

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony is an industry leader in a whole host of areas but they haven’t quite gotten the hang of it with their phones. We figure that this will change in a big way thanks to the Sony Xperia Z5 being dropped. The Xperia Z5 is going to take smartphone usage to another level, even for those in the business VOIP field. You’ll be getting the first phone in the world capable of displaying 4K footage on its sharp screen. 4K footage is cinematic resolution and that is a HUGE deal for tech heads and media consumers. You’ll also get a fantastic camera (23 MP rear) and a solid battery which is rated at 3430 mAH. This phone won’t be cheap and a new model will run you at almost $800. The price alongside the fact that 4K isn’t a perfect selling point yet may hinder sales but we have a feeling that owners of this phone will be well pleased with what they get.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

iPhone 7

Apple has become more than just a brand, they have become a status symbol. No matter what opinion you may have of Apple or the business phones that they offer, you have to admit that there is something seemingly important simply in owning one of their phones. This September we should see one of the world’s most popular tech companies release their next phone: the iPhone 7. At this point in time there hasn’t been much in the way of details leaked regarding the phone. What we do know is that the phone is likely to be stronger, more durable, and potentially even waterproof to a certain degree. We expect an improved screen resolution and multiple options in terms of screen size (4.7 inch and 5.5 inch). There are also rumors bubbling around that Apple plans to ditch the headphone socket for a Lightning port. We’ll see. Regardless of the upgrades or lack thereof we fully expect the iPhone 7 to be the best selling smartphone on the year.

iPhone 7
iPhone 7

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft just won’t be left behind and we have no problem touting their newest phone, the Lumia 950 XL. The Lumia is destined to be an overlooked phone if only for the fact that it isn’t priced as competitively as some of the other models on our list. Still, you are getting a mobile version of the hyper efficient Windows 10 inside of a powerhouse of a device. The Lumia 950 XL comes with a 3340 mAH battery and a host of other hardware improvements. You have a 20 mega pixel rear camera with a 5 mega pixel front camera and all your photos look great on the 5.7 inch screen. Great resolution, sharp colors, and an easy to navigate touch screen make this one of our favorite devices on the market.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P is a sleek device that will run you around $500 off of the shelf at your local store. It runs on Android 6.0 and showcases a powerful display: 5.7 inch screen with 518 PPI. Features on the phone are not scarce but they are definitely focused. The phone is sleek, houses a powerful battery, and has next to nothing in terms of glitches. Simply put, if you need an excellent smart phone without any fuss then you should be reaching for the Nexus 6P.

Nexus 6P
Nexus 6P

LG G4

LG is a juggernaut in the world of budget phones that far exceed their price tag and we are glad to say that the G4 continues the trend. The G4 is an affordable camera that is packed to the hilt with features that’ll make any shopper happy. The phone has 2K display and a 16 mega pixel camera with which to take advantage of. Running on the sleek Android OS, the G4 does everything you need with a swipe and a tap. While this is a relatively no frills phone compared to some others on this list, it is still a powerhouse in a price savvy package. You can’t beat out a high end smartphone on a budget price, even if it isn’t quite as glitzy as the next phone on our list.

LG G4
LG G4

Nextbit Robin

Kickstarter has changed how we market ideas for the world. Anyone with a concept and a great presentation can get money to make their product and that is how the Nextbit Robin has come to life. The phone will arrive in stores with a price tag of $400 and a mega push toward cloud storage. This is a cloud first phone that pushes all of your memory off of the actual device. You still have on-phone storage but the phone will intelligently opt to offload data before syncing it with your phone. This is a sleek device that is affordable and interesting. We’d definitely be open to trying it out with the right data plan.

Nextbit Robin
Nextbit Robin

Galaxy Note 5

Now we are pushing over $700 for our smart phone models with the Galaxy Note 5 but the price comes for good reason. The Galaxy Note 5 is a slimmed down model that makes good on everything that Samsung had been promising with their older models. You are getting a 1440 x 2560 pixel screen resolution on a 5.7 inch display. A 16 mega pixel camera sets you up to take some delicious photos while the improved battery will keep you running even longer. The OS is sleek and efficient and no longer feels ultra bulky and a host of new features inside of the UI makes the phone feel newer than it actually is. Still there are some issues such as the fact that you can’t remove the battery and you can’t expand the storage on the phone.

Galaxy Note 5
Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy S7

No list of smartphones is complete without the latest Samsung Galaxy in the running. Samsung did well in 2015 with their Edge releases but now we are looking toward the Galaxy S7 to become a true competitor and flagship model for the company. The Galaxy S7 seems to be the perfect phone for people who need an elite model at relatively standard prices. The Galaxy will be an improvement in just about every facet over the S6 and S6 Edge with two huge features being the inclusion of a 3000 mAH battery and a massively improved rear facing camera. This phone figures to drop sometime in March and you can get in on the preorder game with just a click of the button. Still not sold that this is the most exciting phone of 2016? Then keep on reading.

Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7

Google Nexus 6

Google is getting into the hardware field with a quickness and with a varying amount of success. While there ventures into laptop manufacturing may have fallen short, we don’t expect that to be the case with the Google Nexus 6 smartphone. The Google Nexus 6 figures to be one of the hottest new phones in 2016. Rumors have the Nexus 6 operating on Android N, a brand new Android OS, while running on a Snapdragon 820 chipset. This chipset would make it far more powerful and far more efficient than many of the other options on the marketplace. Rumors are still relatively scarce but with Google’s penchant for innovation we can’t help but be excited. The phone will be built by Huawei and it figures to drop at some point in October which is perfect for the upcoming Holiday season.

Google Nexus 6
Google Nexus 6

Galaxy S6 Edge

Now we are at the real heavy hitters for this years line ups. We think that people are really going to dig into the Galaxy S6 Edge this buying season. At $500, or cheaper with a contract and data plan, you are picking up one of the most powerful phones on the market. You are getting a 2600 mAH batter with a 16 MP rear camera. Android software continues to improve and the Play Store is seeing massive upgrades every single year though it still lags behind iTunes. The house chipset, the Exynos 7420, leaves behind all of the competition and the speed it displays is almost unbelievable. Add this processing power to a ultra vibrant new screen and you have a phone that will be popular for both media playback and media capturing. Did we mention that the S6 Edge is ultra light, ultra durable, and even capable of wireless charging? Because, yeah, it can do all those things too.

Galaxy S6 Edge
Galaxy S6 Edge
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