You’d be forgiven for thinking that a new article on AnandTech was tantamount to clickbait—that is, that the best Android phones of Q1 2016 are coincidentally the only flagships released this quarter, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.
Thankfully there’s a little more to it than that. For starters, the S7 edge didn’t even make the list, and phones that did include some late-2016 handsets, including the pair of Nexus phones that went on sale last November. In other words, it’s a fairly good guide for anyone in the market for a new Android device.
Here are the picks:
Best Phablets: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Google Nexus 6P
The Huawei Nexus is (I think) a no-brainer, but reading the article makes me think that the Note 5 is their favourite Android-powered phone of all.
Best High-End Smartphone: Galaxy S7
FYI, LG’s G5 didn’t make the list because it’s not shipping yet.
Best Mid-Range Smartphone: Google Nexus 5X
Though it didn’t make its début until Q2 of last year, the OnePlus One dominated this category for much of 2015. In some notable ways (battery capacity, internal storage) the 5X doesn’t actually compare so well with the OPO. On the other hand, it’s a Nexus.
Best Budget Smartphone: Huawei Honor 5X
The Honor edges out the ASUS Zenfone 2 due to one metric: price. For $200 USD unlocked you get a premium metal chassis and fingerprint sensor, wrapped around a generous 3,000mAh internal battery and a tray that can accommodate two SIMs and micro SD.
For more on these devices, see the link directly below.