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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2017: Editor's Choice - Part 1
By Team HardwareZone - 7 Mar 2017,9:00am

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The high-end smartphone category is one of the most competitive consumer markets out there. It’s the place where manufacturers get to showcase their latest and greatest research and development and most luxurious designs. For this category we’re looking at benchmark performance, battery life, camera performance, display quality, audio quality, design and build, handling, as well as any other extra features like a water resistant build.

Nominees:

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • HTC 10
  • LG V20
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
  • Motorola Moto Z
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Sony Xperia XZ

 

And the winner is...

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

While the iPhone 7 Plus may not look that different from its predecessor, Apple has upgraded nearly everything on the phone: the display is brighter, the processor is faster, it has stereo speakers and a waterproof build, useful dual rear cameras, and a larger battery. If you can get over the lack of a headphone port, no phone offers more.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Apple iPhone 7 Plus ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe HTC 10 LG V20 Huawei Mate 9 Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Motorola Moto Z Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Sony Xperia XZ
Design 8.5 7.5 8.5 8.0 8.0 6.5 8.5 9.0 8.5
Features 9.0 7.0 8.0 8.5 7.5 7.5 8.5 9.0 8.0
User-Friendliness 9.0 7.0 8.5 8.5 8.0 7.0 8.0 9.0 8.0
Performance 9.0 6.5 8.0 7.5 7.5 7.0 8.0 8.5 (adjusted down from 9.0 in the original review) 8.5
Value 8.0 5.5 7.5 8.0 7.0 6.0 7.5 8.0 8.0
Overall 9.0 6.5 8.0 8.0 7.5 7 8.0 9.0 8.0
Price S$1,248 S$998 S$898 S$998 S$898 S$998 S$899 S$1,098 S$998

*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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