Best Android Smartphones 2016-2017

In this article and video I will briefly review the best Android smartphones on the market as of 2016 through to the beginning of 2017.

I’ll be looking at both high end smartphones as well as the more affordable phones.

# Name Main Camera Screen Size RAM Memory Storage Processor
1 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 12 MP, f/1.7 5.5 in 4GB 32/64GB + microSD (200GB) Quad-core 2.3GHz Mongoose
2 LG V10 16 MP, f/1.8 5.7 in 4GB 32/64GB + microSD (200GB) Dual-core 1.82GHz Cortex-A57
3 Huawei Honor 5X 12 MP, f/2.0 5.5 in 2/3GB 16GB + microSD (128GB) Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
4 Sony Xperia X Performance 23 MP, f/2.0 5.0 in 3GB 32GB + microSD (200GB) Dual-core 2.15GHz Kryo
5 LG K7 8 MP, f/2.6 5.0 in 1.5GB 8/16GB + microSD (32GB) Quad-core 1.1GHz Cortex-A7

 

#1 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge


Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Price: $750-800

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Pros

  • 2160p and full HD video recording
  • Slow-motion recording with 240fps at 720p
  • Good specs for mobile gaming
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Expensive price

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a 5.5 inch high-end Android smartphone with a 2K display. It has a number of different models with slightly different specs, including various processors from Dual-core Kryo to Quad-core Mongoose CPUs.

But overall it has good specs for a smartphone and should be decent for high definition mobile gaming. It has a number of sensors, including all the regular sensors like accelerometer and proximity sensor, and also less common sensors like a compass, barometer, heart rate monitor and a oxygen saturation monitor.

The back camera is quite good, it’s 12 megapixels and has a 1.7 aperture, making it one of the best smartphone cameras for low light conditions. It can shoot 2160p, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 240fps which will produce some excellent slow-motion footage.

SPECIFICATIONS
Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
SIM: Single or Dual SIM
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
Display: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 (2K)
Processor: Dual-core 2.15GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3GHz Mongoose, Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Graphics: Adreno 530 or Mali-T880 MP12
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32 or 64GB internal + microSD (up to 200GB)
Main Camera: 12 MP, f/1.7, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Front Camera: 5 MP, f/1.7
Video Recording: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 60fps, 720p @ 240fps
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Battery: 27 hours talk time, 3600mAh non-removable battery

 

#2 LG V10

LG V10

Price: $550-570

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Pros

  • Removable battery
  • 2160p & full HD video recording
  • f/1.8 aperture on back camera
  • Good specs for mobile gaming
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Poor battery life

The LG V10 is another high-end smartphone with a 5.7 inch 2K display.

The specs are decent although the processor could use a bit more power but it should be good for high definition mobile gaming. It has all the basic sensors such as an accelerometer and gyroscope, and also a color spectrum sensor which helps you get more lifelike colors on your pictures.

The LG V10 has a good 16 megapixel back camera, which has 1.8 aperture, meaning it’s decent in low light conditions. The camera also has optical image stabilization, it can shoot 2160p video as well as 720p at 120fps, which can be made into slow-motion videos. It also supports HDR videos.

The main downside is the battery life, which is quite poor at only around 10 hours talk time. Although it is removable.

SPECIFICATIONS
Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE, EVDO
SIM: Single SIM
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, FM Radio, Infrared
Display: 5.7 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 (2K)
Processor: Dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57, Quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53
Graphics: Adreno 418
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32 or 64GB internal + microSD (up to 200GB)
Main Camera: 16 MP, f/1.8, laser autofocus, OIS, LED flash
Front Camera: 5 MP, f/2.2
Video Recording: 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps, 720p @ 120fps, HDR
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
Battery: 10 hours talk time, 3000mAh removable battery

 

#3 Huawei Honor 5X

Huawei Honor 5X

Price: $190-220

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Pros

  • LTE enabled
  • OK specs for mobile gaming
  • Dual SIM
  • Full HD video recording
  • Cheap price

Cons

  • Only 16GB internal memory
  • Average non-removable battery
  • Chinese brand and manufacturer

Huawei Honor 5X is a 5.5 inch Android smartphone with dual SIM card slots.

Based on the specs it seems good for mobile gaming, even some high definition games as it does have a full HD display. However it may be a bit laggy on HD games as it only has 2-3GB of RAM. It has pretty much what you’d expect from a modern smartphone. Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and GLONASS, FM Radio etc.

The back camera is fairly good, it’s 13 megapixels and 2.0 aperture. It can film 1080p full HD videos. Internal storage is only 16GB, however it does support up to 128GB microSD cards.

The battery is a 3000mAh non-removable battery. There were no reliable estimates available on the battery life but I’d guess it’s around 12-17 hours talk time.

SPECIFICATIONS
Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
SIM: Dual SIM
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio
Display: 5.5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 (1080p)
Processor: Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53
Graphics: Adreno 405
RAM: 2 or 3GB
Storage: 32 or 64GB internal + microSD (up to 200GB)
Main Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera: 5 MP, f/2.4
Video Recording: 1080p @ 30fps
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass
Battery: 12-17 hours talk time est, 3000mAh non-removable battery

 

#4 Sony Xperia X Performance

Sony Xperia X Performance

Price: $700-800

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Pros

  • LTE enabled
  • Good specs for mobile gaming
  • High megapixel camera
  • Full HD video recording

Cons

  • 23 MP camera but only f/2.0 aperture
  • Average non-removable battery
  • Expensive price

Sony Xperia X Performance is a high-end Android smartphone with a 5 inch full HD display. It was announced in February 2016, and is scheduled to be released sometime in May.

The specs are fairly decent for mobile gaming, even for some HD games. It has all the usual sensors and additionally a gyroscope for measuring angular velocity and a barometer for measuring air pressure, and also a compass.

The back camera of the Xperia X Performance has 23 megapixels and 2.0 aperture, which is decent although I was hoping for 1.8 aperture as that would make it good for low light conditions. It can shoot 1080p full HD videos and also film HDR videos.

I could not find a good estimate on the battery life but considering the high specs and the battery size, I’d guess it’s between 10 and 15 hours. Overall it’s not a bad smartphone, but looking at its features I’d say the Xperia X Performance may be slightly overpriced at the estimated $700-800 sales price.

SPECIFICATIONS
Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
SIM: Single or Dual SIM
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
Display: 5.0 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 (1080p)
Processor: Dual-core 2.1GHz Kryo, Dual-core 1.6GHz Kryo
Graphics: Adreno 530
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32GB internal + microSD (up to 200GB)
Main Camera: 23 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0
Video Recording: 1080p @ 30fps
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyro, barometer
Battery: 10-15 hours talk time est, 2700mAh non-removable battery

 

#5 LG K7

LG K7

Price: $120-140

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Pros

  • LTE model available
  • 720p HD video recording
  • OK specs for basic mobile gaming
  • Cheap price

Cons

  • No full HD video recording
  • No HD display
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Poor to average battery life
  • Only 8 or 16GB internal memory.

The LG K7 is an affordable low-end 5 inch Android smartphone. It has most of the features you’d expect from a modern smartphone except for a fingerprint scanner.

Based on its specs, it can be good for some basic mobile gaming but the display is not full HD and it probably won’t run high definition games very well.

One model of the LG K7 has a 8 megapixel back camera, which can take 720p HD videos but not full HD. The aperture is 2.6, so it won’t be great in low light conditions. It’s a below average camera, but still usable. The internal memory is only 8 or 16GB, depending on the model, and it only supports microSD cards with a maximum of 32GB storage, which is pretty low.

For the average person however, I think the LG K7 would be a decent option for a smartphone if you’re on a low budget.

SPECIFICATIONS
Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
SIM: Single or Dual SIM
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio
Display: 5.0 inches
Resolution: 480 x 854
Processor: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 (3G), Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 (LTE)
Graphics: Adreno 304 or Mali-400 MP2
RAM: 1.5GB
Storage: 8 or 16GB internal + microSD (up to 32GB)
Main Camera: 8 MP, f/2.6, autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera: 5 MP
Video Recording: 720p @ 30fps
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity
Battery: 12 hours talk, 2125mAh removable battery

 

 

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