Best Phone Of 2015 Vs. Best Phone Of 2016

After a record year, regarding smartphones, we take a look at the most highly rated phone of 2015 compared to that of 2016.
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Published: Monday, January 9th 2017
General
2016 was a wild year for smartphones. There was everything from modular phones (in various guises) to exploding phones and everything in between.

The Problem With The Idea Of The 'Best' Phone

People often ask what the best phone is on the market. They do so without realising that the answer is far more complicated than they'd expect. Firstly, there is no such thing as a perfect or best phone. Every phone has some drawback or disadvantage, no matter how small. Secondly, the top rated - or best - phone on the market might not be the right phone for you. mobiledeals_article_banner

Best Phone Of 2015 Vs. Best Phone Of 2016

Having said that, we've decided to take a look at the most popular phone of 2015 and see how it stacks up against the most popular phone of 2016. According to many websites, the best phone of 2015 was Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge. This makes it that much easier to compare it to 2016's best phone, namely, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
   Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge  Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Release date February 2016 March 2015
Dimensions (mm) 150.90 x 72.60 x 7.70 142.10 x 70.10 x 7.00
Weight (g) 157.00 132.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3600 2600
Removable battery No No
Colours White, Gold, Silver, Black White, Gold, Blue, Green
DISPLAY    
Screen size (inches) 5.5 Dual Curved 5.1 Dual Curved
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Resolution 1440x2560 pixels 1440x2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 534 577
HARDWARE    
Processor 1.6GHz octa-core 1.5GHz octa-core
Processor make - Samsung Exynos 7420
RAM 4GB 3GB
Internal storage 32GB 32GB
Expandable storage Yes No
Expandable storage type microSD -
Expandable storage up to (GB) 200 -
CAMERA    
Rear camera 12-megapixel 16-megapixel
Flash Yes Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
SOFTWARE    
Operating System Android 6.0 Android 5.0
Skin - TouchWiz
CONNECTIVITY    
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20 Yes, v 4.10
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared No Yes
Headphone Jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
FM Radio No No
SIM Type - Nano-SIM
SENSORS    
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes Yes
Proximity sensor Yes Yes
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Temperature sensor No No