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Poll: which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?

Poll: which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?

The Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is officially over... for the most part, anyway. This is the world's biggest event for mobile devices, after all, and there's so much more happening there than just exciting announcements! But, being a website called PhoneArena, we're mostly fascinated with the smartphones, and it's a blessing! This year's MWC was the best one in a while, with the industry's top dogs bringing nothing short of their A-game to the fair!

We're pretty sure that even the most skeptical among you have chosen their favorite among the high-profile announcements that happened. So we're asking you – which one is it? Is it the refined, improved Galaxy S7 / s7 edge with their bigger batteries, water resistance, and microSD card support? Or the stylish and innovative LG G5 which stands out with its modular design? Maybe Sony's new Xperia X line-up is the best you've seen from the Japanese company in a while, or the Xiaomi Mi 5 has lulled you in with its gorgeous looks and high-end hardware?

We already have four fantastic announcements to consider, and that's not nearly the end of the line! Out of the blue, HP treated Windows fans to the Elite x3, a supercharged phablet for business users running Windows 10 Mobile and ready to double as your computer when connected to an external display. HTC decided to postpone its flagship smartphone announcement for later, but still reminded of itself with the metal One X9 and a bunch of Desire handsets. And last but not least, Alcatel's bargain handsets are growing more impressive each year, with the Idol 4 and 4s standing out with gorgeous looks and well thought-out spec sheets.

We know for sure that these are our personal highlights from this year's MWC, so we're quite eager to learn which one of these is our readers' favorite. Vote, debate, and tell us everything you want about your favorite smartphone in the comments below!

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Which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?
31.01%
919 votes
(919 votes) The Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge
38.29%
1135 votes
(1135 votes) The LG G5
7.29%
216 votes
(216 votes) The new Sony Xperia X line-up
17.38%
515 votes
(515 votes) The Xiaomi Mi 5
4.55%
135 votes
(135 votes) The HP Elite x3
0.74%
22 votes
(22 votes) The HTC One X9
0.74%
22 votes
(22 votes) The Alcatel Idol 4S and Idol 4

2964 votes


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posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:29 8

1. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


In the mean time, lament, mourn and cut. Both G5 and S7 won't... adopt Marshmallow's "adaptable storage" feature for SD cards because it encrypts and makes them incompatible with other devices. People should press companies for bigger internal storage, cince both will come with only 32GB in Europe and US this year (better profit margin)

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:34 11

7. neela_akaash (Posts: 1181; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


I don't care about the poll results. The Mi5 is the clear winner for me....

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:03 8

20. adecvat (Posts: 266; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Yeah, Mi5 > S7 with outdated specs.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:50 7

29. bossman (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Jan 2016)


How does the S7 have outdated specs. The only thing you could consider outdated is the micro usb (which is really not).

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:55

30. KillTheKardashians (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


the snapdragon 820 doesn´t support the features of usb 3.1.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:51 3

37. ananthu07 (unregistered)


SD810 and 808 does, so why not 820. Lumia 950/XL has USB 3.1

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:30

54. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Hm, nope they do not, only USB 3.0

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 23:29

69. ananthu07 (unregistered)


PA and GSMArena says USB 3.1

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 17:12

66. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (unregistered)


The XiaoMi Mi 5 is a poor man's choice instead of an iPhone, S7, G5, Xperia XP.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:29 20

2. KillTheKardashians (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:16 2

49. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 857; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


How S7 and S7 edge? there is nothing unique or extra ordinary in these phones. All phones are typical as previous year, with upgraded specs only.

Only G5 is a unique device which has at least something unique to talk about. So winner of the show should be G5. You can put S7 and S7 edge in the winner of sales category. Bcoz both will out sell G5 easily.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:31

55. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Samsung done more r and d to ip68 there phones and make that cam tech, they got 3 1sts in phone cams and the r and d that gone I tot he edge desig is big time with the he way this now removes the edge problems now making it so users ther did not like it before now like it in the hand, then than anything lg come up within the G5

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 11:00 1

63. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 857; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


whatever samsung has done, was done before as well. ip68 is not a new thing in phones. Camera is an improvement, just like it was improved in every generation, so not a new thing. Samsung made edge last year as well, so its nothing new. Edge was spectacular in last year's MWC but this year, it is a repeat of previous year.

LG come up with totally unique idea, so G5 is the show winner. I think your hormones are boiling little high with fan boyism??? Apologies, but you are sounding like that.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 09:42 1

56. phonearenarocks (Posts: 360; Member since: 26 Mar 2015)


Looking at the way the things have transpired over the past couple of days from MWC, Samsung seems to be getting doomed(and I don't like this), when that happens the whole android bandwagon will be either just breaking even or in losses making Apple the single player in the market which could eventually be a problem to consumers.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:30 18

3. Totse2k15 (Posts: 458; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


S7 edge.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:31 14

4. Takeharu (Posts: 210; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Sony Xperia X Performance for me. Always loved the Sony design but hated the glass back.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:49 1

28. turk_az (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 May 2012)


you mean Lumia 820?
http://i63.tinypic.com/1z4v6dz.jpg

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 17:13 1

67. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (unregistered)


Is the Lumia meant to look like the Xperia? Was that your point??

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:33 22

5. Shubham1221 (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)


LG G5:)

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:34 9

8. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 398; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Agree

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:17 5

33. thunderc8 (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


i agree.
Prenium design,dual camera,removable battery,micro sd, extra modules,ir blaster... must i continue?
The removable battery it self along with the sd820/4gb ram gives this phone a 5 year run for those who keep their phones for as long as they work well and run everything fast.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:35

41. Boybawang (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)


In addition to that, if you wanna keep a phone for a very long time then AMOLED should be avoided because of the burn-in short life span of the screen.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:33 1

59. iushnt (Posts: 1679; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Wrong

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:26

50. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 857; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Dual camera is sounding gimmick to me bcoz secondary 8mp camera doesnt have OIS and even doesnt have auto focus function. LG cheap out on this and chose to fool ppl for sale. Average joe dont know the importance of auto focus and OIS, they will only see two cameras and probably will say, "wow this phone has dual camera".

I hate the trend of cheaping out on components. Samsung cheap out by putting 1/2.5" rather 1/2" and LG cheap out by putting same old 16mp of G4 instead of improving it further.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:33 15

6. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


S7. Waterproof, bigger battery, improved low light camera, Microsd, fast wireless charging, premium build, it's almost everything I want in a phone

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:48

35. NonFanBoy (Posts: 157; Member since: 28 May 2015)


If only they hadn't removed the IR blaster and gone with USB type C. It would have been almost perfect.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:01 1

38. readreadz (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


Who said that S7 don't have IR blaster? Check your info again. S7 have IR blaster

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:45

61. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2928; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Sources? It clearly doesn't have an IR window at the top like every other IR-equipped Samsung device according to images of the top I've seen.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:58

44. culun (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


wait until techrax doing drop test and jerryrigeverything doing bend test and screen burn test as well!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:35

10. NIK01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


Non of them won, but Cubertino.
Too bad....

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:12 7

21. tedkord (Posts: 11607; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Tarll. Half tard, half troll.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:37 8

11. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


I would have to say the LG G5 made a better breakthrough than the S7 line. I do love the design and all with the S7 edge, but LG G5 was a step farther in other areas. With that said, I still love the fact S7 is waterproof, bigger and probably better battery, a better camera, brought the microsd back, etc... These two phones are tough to choose from. If I could have it my way, I would use the S7 Edge as my phone for games and media, and the LG G5 whenever I go out. Both are amazing!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:44 6

12. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


S7 edge. It's as close to a perfect smartphone as I've seen. That being said, if I was spending my money, it will go to mi5.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:49 6

13. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


S7, It wasn't a complete overhaul but it just perfected the already awesome GS6.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:50 2

14. dil2abu (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Mi5 is the best value for money product.. Good design, good camera and specs.. I am planning to buy when it hits the store in India.. If I have more money S7 edge would be my choice..

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:51 4

15. monoke (Posts: 339; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


xperia XA. The sexiest looking device of the show. Prob the cheapest too. lol

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:53 4

16. megathaszrul89 (Posts: 122; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Any fans for hp elite x3? Er.. Other than me? :)

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:49

62. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2928; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I'm really amazed by the feature-packing HP Elite X3, it's something Windows Phone just hasn't had in a long while; a premium performance and durability beast. That said, I still wouldn't buy it, Windows 10 mobile is a total compromise for me compared to Android at this moment. Here's hoping that changes soon.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:54 1

17. keithtae (Posts: 434; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


S7 edge. For the first time ever, Im really keen to upgrade my phone.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 04:59 2

18. gremsems (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


HP Elite X3.. By a mile!!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:02 5

19. TerryTerius (Posts: 1774; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I don't think ordinary cunsumers will find the idea of carrying around a bunch of modules as something that is massively appealing. I think that techies frequenting the echo chambers of tech sites are far more interested in the idea than the general populace will be. In general, the use of something has to be easily broken down and people need to understand why they would need it within a few moments. I don't really think modules fit into that description.

Not only that, but I'm highly skeptical that the modules for the G5 will be viable for the G6 or the G7. That's my issue with proprietary technology in general, especially when we're talking about add-ons that likely won't be very cheap. I don't think that the modules are gimmicky, but I don't think it's going to matter much in the contest to win consumer dollars and the novelty of modules won't carry the day. Ultimately, the core functionality of the G5 will be its selling point. As is the case with virtually all phones.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:38

34. grbrao (Posts: 287; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


May be it is built for tech savy people unlike samsung...

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:50

36. TerryTerius (Posts: 1774; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Tech savvy would be an opposite description for the overwhelming majority of people. LG absolutely wants to sell to the most customers it can, so I doubt that.

Is there something wrong with a device being well-rounded and easy to use?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:17

22. Ari_Ari (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


For now I'm voting for the S7 Edge. But I do like the idea of the LG G5, and only in time when the reviews pour in we'll find out if it's a good phone or not - LG in the past had good ideas, but it's phones simply underperformed in basic areas of a smartphone.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:18 2

23. Midoo93 (Posts: 36; Member since: 15 Sep 2015)


LG G5!! FTW!!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:18

24. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 294; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


TBH
Xiaomi Mi 5

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:23

25. T-rex (unregistered)


results of this poll are a direct reflection of the amount of media coverage that a particular brand received

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:07 8

32. wargreymon (Posts: 712; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


So G5 got more coverage than S7? Are you sure?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:46 1

26. Obádárà (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


... S7 edge is the best as far as am concerned, nobody's opinion matters to me here, S7 edge all the way...

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 05:47

27. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


If the mi5 was a global rollout I would pick it but since it's not I feel it shouldn't even be on the list. The s7/edge is an amazing package but I want them to do something new for phones as they have some of the best engineers, budget so the played it to safe for me. I'm going with the G5

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 06:05 1

31. johanbiff (Posts: 400; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


Mi5 for the performace/price..2nd runner up: S7 edge

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:09

39. jellmoo (Posts: 1584; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


This one was a real tough one, but in the end I went with the Elite x3 since I really like the productivity niche it is targeting.

My runner up is the Idol 4S, mostly because I think the Idol 3 was one of the sleeper hits of 2015. Pricing will end up being very important, but if they can keep the price low, I think it will be a great buy.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:34 1

40. adsg48 (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


Sony Xperia X Performance ... Thanks to Sony for ditching the glass back

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:38

42. adsg48 (Posts: 60; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


S7 Edge would be great ... but that weird glass back!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 07:52

43. Mizraab (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


LG G5 and Xiaomi Mi 5 #ThumbsUp

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:01

45. culun (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


wait until notebookcheck test its display pwm.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:04

46. culun (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


wait until notebookcheck test those display pwm.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:04

47. culun (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


wait until notebookcheck test those display pwm.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 10:44

60. abdoualgeria (Posts: 397; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Ok. We get it !

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 08:05

48. culun (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


oh.... what happend....

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