Samsung, LG, Huawei, HTC and Xiaomi have presented their principal bets for 2016. No news of a release date for the Sony Xperia X Performance and objective assessments aside, I can say that the six phones offered by these five companies have excited me to some extent, but only one of them I would check out.
The beauty of Xiaomi Mi5 is not inside
I must say that after spending a week with the Xiaomi Mi5, I can understand that the Chinese manufacturer has taken two years to come up with a design worthy of replacing his legendary E4. It is the lightest of the flagships of this year, and the way in which the glass is melted with the metal frame is amazing.
Unfortunately, here comes my fascination with this phone.
MI5 is far from being a bad smartphone, especially if you take a look at its price tag. Your camera, without being as good as those of their competitors, give decent results, their work screen is good, but the user experience is frustrating. Contrary to what many benchmarks indicate, the phone features tedious delays and freezes, and much as I like to see what the manufacturers can do with Android, its software just is not for me.
It is true that costs half that proposals for HTC or Samsung but if I had a budget of 400 €, rather opt for a OnePlus 2 or even a Nexus 5X. These two, although not perfect phone, end up being stable and balanced, especially within your price range terminals.
LG innovation is admirable but impractical
Say what you want from LG, but no one can blame the lack of personality. Virtually every one of its high-end phones (and even not so high) has been able to innovate in one aspect or another. His designs, you like more or less, are unique in the Android spectrum, and their cameras have rarely disappointed.
Which brings us to his latest gamble, the LG G5, a reliable phone in almost every aspect, and with an approach never before seen in a flagship: a phone accompanied by interchangeable modules that enhance and extend the experience.
However, by innovative it is, this approach raises some concerns. For starters, it’s price. This is the most expensive phone line G that the company has released so far. 699 € to which must be added the each their so-called “Friends”, or modules. And here lies the biggest problem that you encounter: the concept of the modular phone should not be associated with a premium cost, but of a customization phone and high durability. Also, the manufacture of more modules depends on the success of the phone, so its future seems uncertain.
Other modular telephones are currently being produced. Years ago they started talking about Project Ara, the modular smartphone whose creation is now led by Google. Other projects are also more independent way, as the Finnish PuzzlePhone, or BLOCKS, the first modular smartwatch funded through Kickstarter. Unlike the G5, none of these ideas seem likely to be directed at a premium user.
Samsung has done an extraordinary job, but I have another idea
I am the first to say that, viewed objectively, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its variant Edge make the best phones of the moment. Excellent performance, amazing camera, screen insuperable … there is not a single aspect of reproaches susceptible neither of these two phones.
Touchwiz is still under review and continue has criticized design of the S7 but, in my opinion, the Samsung software, aesthetics aside, does its job without problems, and cross out of “continuity” design language of a company almost I think something positive. Choosing an aesthetic and stick to it year after year prevents the terminals acquire an antiquated appearance after a while after its release.
Why then not decantaría me by the Galaxy S7? For the most subjective of all reason: despite its excellent specification table and good design, I can not find a look that catches my attention enough to spend 700 € on this phone.
The HTC 10 has made me regain interest in the company, but not enough
Like many users, HTC was primarily responsible it began to interest the Android ecosystem. The owner of two of their phones and faithful follower of the company during the first steps of Android, I started, like many others, to lose enthusiasm for the Taiwanese manufacturer while the company began to lose direction.
But something has happened that these days has given me hope: the arrival of HTC 10, a reliable phone in all its aspects and with as good design as the company has always used to do. A cleverly designed software and one of the best cameras of the moment make this phone which could be my main choice when decan tar me by a phone.
However, this enthusiasm begins to evaporate when I remember that the price is 749 €. Do not misunderstand me; I understand that the price is justified if you check out its specifications and utilities, but be prepared to believe that money fanciest HTC terminal. Especially since another phone in mind.
The only flagship would buy the Huawei P9
When all that was known about the current flagships was little more than rumours and speculation, there would have imagined that the phone that I would be more convincing would be to Huawei, but it is, this is the smartphone for which I decantaría and, in my opinion, the most interesting of them all.
The Huawei P9 starts coming in sight. Phone photos do not do justice to its excellent design. Chinese manufacturer seems to have chosen the most attractive elements of its latest high – end phones (especially Mate S ) and if any integrated into this beautiful terminal.
Its dual camera has become the particular stamp of the phone, and its operation is excellent. EMUI may be a layer of heavy customization, but it just works, and different utilities, as well as the traditional fingerprint reader multipurpose Huawei used to install, are enough to make this an attractive phone. To this is added the price: 599 € that places below the other terminals of the list, except MI5.
Using the P9 has made me understand why Huawei has been put on the podium of the most successful producers of the moment. I have used many but I’ve never bought any terminal Huawei. This may change very soon.