Poll results: PhoneArena readers say the LG G5 won MWC 2016!

Poll results: PhoneArena readers say the LG G5 won MWC 2016!
Now that MWC 2016 is over, we asked our readers to vote for the one smartphone that "won" the conference with its sheer awesomeness! Well, the results are in, and we have to say - you surprised us! The winner is the LG G5, whose metallic allure and innovative spirit helped it win the poll with a score of 38.3% (1135 votes)!

However, the next best thing according to you – the Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge – finished close, with a 31% score (919 votes). Samsung did a great job refining its flagship fleet this year, showing that small, but meaningful improvements really do count.

The third runner-up chosen by you is the Xiaomi Mi 5 (17.4%, 515 votes). We'd say this is a very flattering turnout for what appears to be the Chinese upstart's finest smartphone to date, considering it ended in the top three together with LG and Samsung's heavyweights!

Finally, the Sony Xperia X trio (7.3%, 216 votes) and the HP Elite x3 (4.5%, 135 votes) deserve a honorable mention, even though the response you generated has been comparatively lukewarm.

Which smartphone won MWC 2016 for you?

The Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge
The LG G5
The new Sony Xperia X line-up
The Xiaomi Mi 5
The HP Elite x3
The HTC One X9
The Alcatel Idol 4S and Idol 4



1. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

It was definitely the most innovative phone this year.

13. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

And the "ugliest" , phone of the year.

20. gigicoaste

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"Ugliest" for whom? I always have fun of such discussions.. like there is a standard in "beautifulness", like would be possible to measure to have an exact parameters. People will never understand that is a matter of taste, some like the design, others don't.. It is impossible to please everybody.. logic!

28. TerryTerius unregistered

Aesthetic taste cannot be measured, and it isn't objectively quantifiable. It's pointless to try to argue with someone about whether or not they're right on their subjective view of design. So yeah, you're right. I find it rather generic looking but it's still pretty dope to see LG doing their own thing. I wish them the best.

27. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Well, I think that it's a matter of design versus functionality. If you design a phone to be about looking good, you will miss out on some functionality that the user may want. Also, I think we should applaud manufacturer for efforts in innovating and trying to do something different in the marketplace. Are you not just a little tired of every phone looking pretty much the same? I mean we now even have devices from HTC that look like a clone of the iPhone. If you think back about 10 years, every manufacturer was designing a different type of device from the competition. Just take a look at the Samsung FlipShot, AT&T Tilt, Palm Centro, T-Mobile Sidekick, Blackberry Curve, LG Voyager, etc. They were all different from the competition. Each manufacturer designed a device that stood out from the competition. Now what do we have in terms of design and functionality in terms of competition? A minor difference in the same candybar design. Every manufacturer seems to just be producing a device with a big piece of glass on the front and adding a curve here or changing a button placement there, and then calling it a day. I'm sorry, but that's not the direction I think we should be going in.

30. TerryTerius unregistered

That's the norm for basically any industry for form factors. That happened with cars for a very long time before design normalized, kitchen appliances, almost any electronic you can name, and so on and so forth. It doesn't mean that manufacturers trying new things goes away, but the "wild west" factor never lasts long. That's just the way it works.

46. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There is more differentiation in kitchen appliance and car design than there is with smartphones in today's world. I guess you just haven't been out there buying em'. In fact, I can get a refrigerator for a specific size in a specific color with several different storage options. Refrigerators are more differentiated than they have ever been. The same goes for just about any appliance

42. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You forgot to say, "In my opinion". There... I fixed it for you.

34. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well it was the best phone at MWC according to them so...

54. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Apple sucks. Samsung has become a cheap Apple clone. LG is the ONLY option left for intelligent buyers.

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

lol..Apple/Samsung never won any poll in PA, yet their sales and profit are always good. Never give too much importance to poll on tech websites.

21. rubyonrails3

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I think last year S6 won this.

24. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Stop. Lg g5 deserved it. S7 is just the S6s, overall the S7 is better, but not surprising.

52. srgonu

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

You will not say this once you hold it. Aesthetics are amazing.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What do profits have to do with innovation? Look at which music artists sell the most, and you'll see the same chord progressions that have existed since the beginning. The same with car sales. The G5 was the most innovative phone announced. I probably won't be getting one.

51. almostdone

Posts: 441; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Just lots of other Android OEMs and Apple fans voting against Samsung...

55. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Sales only prove that the world is full of complete fools that will buy overpriced junk due to slick marketing campaigns. PA is for INTELLIGENT tech fans.

3. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Damn, I hope it is Apple. Samsung too much complicated chip set issues. SD820 lovers vs E8890 lovers. Congrats LG. When & where the party begin?

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How is it an issue. many users have no idea what chips are in the phone. They don't work with any visual difference. Maybe, you have issues?

22. rubyonrails3

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

How is that so? If you live in part of world you have one option if you live you have an other.. so in end you have to choose S7 or G5..

9. robert26101

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Doesn't matter sales won't reflect this poll. The G5 is a dud!

15. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

It will never will sell like the Galaxy S-series.

31. rubyonrails3

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

You need to understand one thing selling more than other is not the success here, selling the targeted amount is real success... If someone make perfect phone but its not apple or Samsung they won't sell it more than them.. If HTC like company sells about 6-8Million they will be more than happy.. same about G5 if they can sell about 15Million or above they'll be happy but if Samsung sell less than there expectation which would be around 35Million units and more than they won't be happy.. Everything depends on How much rich company is, what is that company brand value...

10. midhath93

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

LG G5 is the best phone at this moment!

48. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

not where near.. hahaha

11. Mizraab

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LG has done something different. If G4 and G5 are placed on the table you can tell the difference which is which unlike other flagship phones.

12. Mikele

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

The most innovative is Mi 5!!! A new 4-axis stabilization with camera made it powerful among others!

14. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

That's a complete 180, last week everyone was talking about how insane LG was for releasing such an ugly phone, now its the most popular on this site?

26. TerryTerius unregistered

Quite a few people still think it's unattractive, doesn't mean they don't think it's not innovative. I will give LG massive credit for doing something refreshing. IMHO I don't really think it matters much because I'm unconvinced modules will be a strong selling point for the average consumer, among other reasons. I think techies are a lot more excited about it than regular folks will be. But it is still cool to see LG revamping ideas and forging their own path. Just maybe we will see another era of manufacturers doing outlandish and ingenious things to see what works.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's still extremely ugly. But looks have nothing to do with innovation. This was by far the most innovative design announced, not only at MWC, but the entire industry the past year. That doesn't mean I'm buying one. But I can acknowledge it's innovation.

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