Smartphone buyer's guide: April 2016

20 April, 2016
The major releases for the first half of 2016 are out, time to see what’s worth spending your hard earned cash on. For all the flagship goodness we saw at the MWC (and other events), there’s an equal measure of amazing entry-level and midrange handsets out there.

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  • AnonD-442158

Trasher, 24 Apr 2016I find it strange that you recommended MI4s but not MI4c ev... moreI never heard when a phone have a "metal body" can cause it to "slightly throttle".

When the SD810 generation phones throttle, that was because of overheating, no?
Are you saying the metal clads that most new phones had may cause it to easily overheat compared to non-metal phones?

I think if you leave it under the sun, yeah the external source of heat might cause the metal to heat up thus cooking the cores and the juice block nicely done.

  • AnonD-500788

Ashley , 24 Apr 2016Which one is beeter, S7 edge or iPhone 6s S7 edge of course, was that even a question? Though i would never buy a fone more than 600$

  • abc

mir, 24 Apr 2016Could you repeat your comment a few more times, please?he is right.
Droid turbo uses intel core i7 processor with 16 gigs ram with best big capacity battery. it also runs win 7 professional. lol.

  • Ashley

Lead2XL, 21 Apr 2016I think you are mad to pick the Meizu MX5 over the Pro5 - a... moreWhich one is beeter, S7 edge or iPhone 6s

I find it strange that you recommended MI4s but not MI4c even though in their reviews you endorsed the camera of the MI4c saying it's great for its price range while the same cannot be said for the MI4s. In short, worse camera and slight throttling because of metal body.

AnonD-171420, 23 Apr 2016Is missing the Droid Turbo , which is an excellent flagship... moreCould you repeat your comment a few more times, please?

  • AnonD-171420

Is missing the Droid Turbo , which is an excellent flagship , has a spectacular battery and hardware with fantastic performance. And it's more than S5 , S5 New Edition, LG G3 , G4 LG 4 and Sony Xperia Z3 .

  • AnonD-442158

Anonymous, 22 Apr 2016Here, a "small" retailer starting with A is selling the V10... more....actually, the one who needed information on V10 price is that bloke over at Finland, not me. Sure, it's a damn good phone, but not to my taste. Mainly for the screen's (both screens, for this one) power consumption. I do like the battery being removable, but having a power sipping cpu cores/soc (cough*Snapdragon*cough*SONY*cough*M/Z*cough*series*) and FHD on that size of a phablet, to me is the best combination in terms of power efficiency.

Once, I dreamt the V10/G3/G4 are capable to alter to downgrade its display resolution on-device, sort of power saving mode but with all the features of a FHD smartphone, because if not for the resolution (or secondary reasoning maybe battery capacity) I might have chosen one of those in a heartbeat, long ago. By the way, both G3 & G4 had been officially launched here, and they're very popular too for being cheaper than either Samsung or Sony given equally capable specs. Not sure about V10.

I did followed links to online retailers from time to time, to check international prices. For the actual purchase however, I would rather very much liked to wait the vendor to officially launched the product I wanted in my country, Indonesia, no matter how long it may took, and then admittedly more often than not ended up breaking my heart when said vendor decided to move on to their newer lineup, or worse, failed to gain enough marketshare using their previous lineup and give up their business in the country.

My preference for offline shopping is mainly due to 1# habit, 2# ability to meet the device in person before the purchase, 3# transactional security. Which does not entirely closes the window for online shopping, but maybe later. This is a wall I need to break on my own.

That is why I inquired whether or not those prices originated from a common place, and where. Thank you for your reply, Anonymous.

  • AnonD-171420

Is missing the Droid Turbo , which is an excellent flagship , has a spectacular battery and hardware with fantastic performance. And it's more than S5 , S5 New Edition, LG G3 , G4 LG 4 and Sony Xperia Z3 .

  • AnonD-171420

Is missing the Droid Turbo , which is an excellent flagship , has a spectacular battery and hardware with fantastic performance.

  • AnonD-442781

According to other sites the HTC 10 isn't as good. Battery life is worse than s7 (good standby but poor in use), and the camera is disappointing. So the only good thing about the phone is speakers which aren't even on the front.

The s7 or mi5 are the most appealing propositions this year, depending on your price. HTC and lg have been lacklustre, or rather xiaomi and Samsung have outdone themselves and everyone else.

  • AnonD-292864

AnonD-430283, 22 Apr 2016Where is G Flex 2? Total killer in 200-300€ price limit. Al... moreYes, Note 3 Neo is better than Note 3 in terms of updates. Note 3 Neo received 5.1.1 Lollipop and Note 3 is stuck at 5.0.2.

  • Anonymous

Lacks moto e 2nd gen 4g and LG g flex 2 because they're both quite cheap for its specs.

  • AnonD-446614

Hmmmm where is the meizu pro 6

  • AnonD-446614

€500-€600

Anonymous, 21 Apr 2016So what? End of the world?why the hell are you so rude?

  • AnonD-523334

Satya, 21 Apr 2016How many Droids get update on time? If you care for a meani... moreAnd if you care more about meaningful software experience rather than meaningless software updates, u know which one to pick.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Apr 2016You really aren't the only one who thinks like that. :) Gla... moreI also agree. This is about features and value. If someone's favorite phone did not make the cut it's because the reviewers saw better value in other phones.

  • Anonymous

P9, 21 Apr 2016And where are the Huawei P8, Huawei P9/P9 Plus?They are not worthy.

  • AnonD-205566

... Is it just me or did they mess up every single camera aperture in the descriptions?

I agree with those guys about the Moto E and the plethora of Zenphones missing altogether. Not even included in the "phones we skipped and why"?
Also, my brother has a Moto G 2nd gen and it works perfectly fine. I guess i get why it didn't make the cut, but for anyone on a low budget if they can get it at a good price it most definitely is worth considering (i got my brother's for 90 bucks last christmass, killer deal)