After the introduction of the first iPhone in June, 2007, smartphones became all the rage. Smart phones let you surf the web comfortably on a large screen while waiting at a bus station, they make email on the go almost as easy as on a computer, smartphones make your mobile life easier. But how to choose smartphone phones? Easy. Our top smartphones 2016 in the U.S.A. list facilitates your choice by spotting the best American smartphones in multiple reviews and listing them here, in best rating order.
* By the way, this smartphone phone best-of also exists for all countries (includes all phones).
The 2015 edition of Apple's yearly September event introduced the iPhone 6S (alongside the 6S Plus), a slightly-thicker (7.1mm) 4.7-inch follow-up to the iPhone 6 that welcomes the 3D Touch pressure-sensing technology previously offered by other Apple products to the brand's smartphone lineup. Also, it scraps the 8-megapixel Full HD cameras on the previous four iPhones for a 12-megapixel 4K cam, with the selfie shooter advancing to 5 megapixels and its very own frontal flash, too. Another key tweak is its A9 processor in the engine room, a more capable mutation of the previous A8 chip driving the iPhone 6. The 6S also unveils the 2nd-generation TouchID fingerprint scanner.
In addition to the Space Gray, Silver, and Gold case options, the iPhone 6S offers a Rose Gold finish, fittingly tying up its premium-tier spec sheet.
The 2015 iPhone 6S Plus takes after its predecessor (iPhone 6 Plus) in terms of its 5.5-inch screen, though this time, the 3D Touch technology, which enables new touch gestures based on the pressure applied, is at the ready. Similar to the 6S (4.7-inch), it upgrades the previous models' primary camera from 8 megapixels on a Full HD capacity to 12 megapixels with a premium-class 4K video option in tow.
The iPhone 6S Plus's frame, which is 0.2mm thicker than the previous one, is a bitter bite out of this Apple release, but at least a more-advanced A9 CPU chip resides within. Speaking of advancement, its selfie shooter is now a 5-megapixel HD FaceTime camera, using the display's 500nit brightness as its own Retina flash.
The 6S Plus also adds Rose Gold to 6 Plus's color palette (+), a coating that only a handful of flagship devices don as of 2015 Q4.
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Its 5.1-inch dual-curved Gorilla Glass 4 display might be the Edge's only edge over the Galaxy S6, which is similarly powered by a 14nm 64-bit octa-core processor (2.1GHz + 1.5GHz) and a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. Just like the S6, the Edge also mixes the eMMC and SSD memory types for its Universal Flash Storage 2.0 available in 32/64/128GB.
Its similarities with the S6 also include the Samsung Pay mobile payment app, a built-in wireless charging mechanism, and the enterprise solution for business usability. The S6 Edge records 4K videos with its 16-megapixel rear camera, and snaps selfies with the 5-megapixel frontal sub-cam.
Following-up the S6 Edge and resembling the 2015 Note5, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Android sporting two curved edges, a relatively fresh spec from Samsung. It also boasts a premium-tier hardware set, consisting of a 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz split-octa-core processor, a 4GB RAM, and a 3000mAh battery with wireless charging support.
As for its imaging, the Edge+ rocks a 16-megapixel Ultra HD rear camera, while a 5-megapixel one for selfies is perched up front -- both offer the Video Digital Imaging Stabilization (VDIS) technology. Its gives users a choice between either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of UFS 2.0 memory, while scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 pieces reinforce its 6.9mm physique.
Samsung's flagship gets a rugged makeover with the Galaxy S6 Active, sporting a similar 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen. This variant focuses on outdoor use, being wrapped in an IP68- and MIL-STD-810G-certified shell that makes it resistant to dust and water among other threats. It also amps the battery power up to 3500mAh.
With the exception of the Active Zone, which is a collection of utilities like an LED flashlight and an e-compass, it borrows the remaining specs from the S6. These include its 16- and 5-megapixel cameras and Exynos 7420 octa-core CPU chip.
The MWC 2015 marks Samsung's unveiling of their 6th Galaxy-S flagship, which lists several innovations under the Korean brand's belt.
Its premium-class specs include a 14nm eight-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor, a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a Universal Flash Storage 2.0 memory -- a combination of the SSD and eMMC memory types. The S6 also comes with a built-in wireless charging standard, promising 4 hours of battery life after being docked for just 10 minutes on its charging pad. The Samsung Pay mobile payment system headlines its software offering.
Up front, we found a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch Quad HD Gorilla Glass 4 screen alongside its 5-megapixel selfie cam, while a 16-megapixel 4K-recording camera sits on its back side.
Taking after the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge's top-line profile, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 banks on an S-Pen-rigged 5.7-inch Quad HD screen (with Gorilla Glass 4 protection), an Exynos 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz eight-core processing system with 4GB of RAM, as well as 16- and 5-megapixel VDIS cameras. It is also loaded with the Samsung Pay mobile payment system complemented by fingerprint authentication.
Its other high-grade features include a 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS (SSD + eMMC) memory as well as wireless charging (3000mAh battery) and music-playing capabilities.
A true blue premium-specked Android, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 introduces the Moto ShatterShield architecture via its 5.4-inch (540ppi) AMOLED screen, with the signature water-repellent nano-coating and Moto Maker in place as well. Its CPU is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 2GHz octa-core chip, assisted by Adreno 430 graphics, 3GB of RAM, and two additional single-core processors -- Natural Language and Contextual Computing.
As for its cameras, the primary imager is a 21-megapixel PDAF (phase-detection autofocus) cam with Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash and 4K video capability, while up front sits a 5-megapixel flash-equipped selfie snapper. The Turbo 2 also boasts specs like a 5-microphone system, an up-to-2TB memory expansion support (32GB/64GB native storage), and a 3760mAh TurboPower-charging battery.
Kicking off a flagship family outside of LG's G-series, the 5.7-inch QHD V10 introduces a few innovative technologies. One being its Second Screen feature (2.1-inch IPS Quantum 160 x 1040/513ppi), another being 5-megapixel dual selfie cameras, supporting shots of up to 120 degrees without any tweaks or accessories.
LG also satisfies us with the V10's array of premium-class specs, which include a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU, a 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, and a 64GB memory expandable by up to 2TB. LG's Manual Video Mode also makes its debut alongside a fingerprint detector, a Hi-Fi DAC, and a 3-microphone system. A 16-megapixel f/1.8 4K camera tops off its offering, while a shock-proof Dura Guard frame houses its entire profile.
BlackBerry finally comes out of the wood and has the 2015 PRIV merge their signature elements with the popular Android ecosystem (v5.1.1 preloaded). Even though it sports a familiar bar-type facade with its 5.4-inch QHD dual-arced-edge display (Gorilla Glass 4), it manages to integrate a slide-out QWERTY keyboard into the design -- a touch-sensitive one! In addition, the PRIV comes with DTEK, a privacy-oriented toolkit developed by BlackBerry specifically for Android. It also rocks an 18-megapixel camera with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and a 4K video capacity. In charge of the processing is an hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor (3GB RAM) and a 3410mAh Quick Charge 2.0 battery.
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