4 Best Android phones of 2016


4 Best Android phones of 2016

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Google Nexus 6P.

Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

The good: The Edge’s wraparound screen transforms an already great phone into Samsung’s best-looking handset. Ever.

The bad: That supercool design comes with a big price, and the screen doesn’t deliver any real killer apps. Like the regular S6, the Edge doesn’t support swappable batteries or expandable storage.

The cost: $579 to $760

The bottom line: Samsung’s striking, high-end phone has the beauty, brains and brawn to take down the iPhone 6 and all the Android competition.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

The good: The Note 5 has an eye-catching design and high-end hardware, and takes great outdoor photos. Using the stylus has never felt better, and battery life is terrific.

The bad: With a nonremovable battery and no external storage, the Note 5 strips away some of last year’s features. It’s pricey compared with large-screen competitors like Motorola’s Moto X Pure.

The cost: $449 (refurbished) to $750

The bottom line: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is excellent overall, and the only phone to buy if you want to write by hand. However, you’ll pay a huge premium for a modest upgrade from last year’s model, and less pricey competitors will satisfy many.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

The good: The Xperia’s small size makes it comfortable to use, but without sacrificing the power and performance of a flagship phone. Its camera takes great shots and it won’t die when you get it wet.

The bad: Its blocky design lacks the finesse of other flagship handsets.

The cost: $633

The bottom line: By squashing powerful specs into a smaller, water-resistant body, the Compact earns the title of best mini Android phone.

Google Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P

Cnet rating: 4 stars out of 5

The good: One of the first two Android 6.0 phones, Google’s metal Nexus has a sharp, high-resolution screen and a solid camera, accurate fingerprint reader, loud speakers and works with major carriers. Its price makes it a good top-tier value buy.

The bad: It’s a bit boxy and top-heavy, the fingerprint reader’s position isn’t always convenient and it ditches the wireless charging of previous models.

The cost: $548

The bottom line: It doesn’t have the most inspiring design, but when it comes to hardware prowess, value and Google extras, this best-ever Nexus is hard to beat.

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