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Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL


The Google Pixel XL is the ReviewGist pick for the best smartphone for surfing and browsing internet as of March 2017.

Released in mid-2016, the Google Pixel XL is the Android Flagship and was the first to showcase the Google Assistant. The Pixel XL is a premium flagship and scores top points as far as the display and performance is concerned. It comes with a 5.5 inch phablet size display and boasts an industry leading 534 ppi screen density ably supported by the Octa-core Snapdragon 821 making it the best smartphone out there for surfing and browsing internet.

The reviews for Pixel XL corroborate its class leading performance credentials making it our top phablet for surfing and browsing:

 As expected with the new, faster Snapdragon 821 under the hood, performance is absolutely flawless.

 This phone is stunning in the performance department and it is unlike anything else that came before it.

 Super fast and responsive



Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7


Best normal sized (5 inch) phone for browsing

The ReviewGist pick for the best normal sized/compact cellphone for surfing and browsing internet is the Samsung Galaxy S7. Over 18 expert reviewers have acclaimed the gorgeous, super-AMOLED, 5.1 inch display of the Galaxy S7 and testified to its prowess in loading the heaviest of web pages with ease:

'Media-heavy websites like the Guardian were lovely and smooth, and it (Samsung Galaxy S7) coped with scrolling images, ads and comments sections beautifully.'

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How we choose the best smartphone for browsing ?

All the ReviewGist picks for the best smartphones for browsing for 2017 now come with a screen size of at least 5.5 inches. A bigger screen with better technology implemented on it always better for a greater readability while browsing the web. The best Samsung smartphones have AMOLED screens and are highly recommended for better outdoor reading as compared to the aging LCD technology. LG devices on the other hand also support low power consuming screens, like the IPS LCD, but they do so at the cost of display quality.

The ReviewGist picks for the best cellphones for internet for 2017 have been acclaimed by experts to support some of the best displays available in the market. The iPhones are also a very good option for surfing which even though do not have the biggest displays, but the screen quality and usability more than makes up to give users an unmatched internet experience.

Our picks for the best cellphones for internet usage also support the latest high speed connectivity features including the fastest Wi-Fi standard (802.11ac) and some of the highest pixel densities in the industry.

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Comparison of the Top 5 Cell Phones For Browsing Internet - 2017

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Google Pixel XL
Samsung Galaxy S7
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
Apple iPhone 7 plus
Google Pixel XL
Samsung Galaxy S7
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
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Release Date
Oct 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2016
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.1 inch
5.3 inch
5.7 inch
5.5 inch
Pixel Density
534.0 ppi
577.0 ppi
554.0 ppi
518.0 ppi
401.0 ppi
WLAN
Wi-Fi, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Wi-Fi, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Wi-Fi, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Wi-Fi, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Wi-Fi, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, dual-band, hotspot
Digital Camera Resolution
12.3 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.3 MP
12.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
3.0 GB
Front Webcam Resolution
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
7.0 MP
Processor Type
Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo), 1.6GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Quad-core 2.23 GHz
Battery Capacity
3450.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
2900.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat), Android 7.1
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.2
Carrier
Verizon
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
AT-T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon

An ambitious design brings us a Google phone that may well have other manufacturers feeling jealous.

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It takes the best bits from the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, and blends them together into a quite brilliant smartphone.

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Overshadowed by better smartphone alternatives.

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The Nexus 6P is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, given its top-of-the-line specs for a more affordable price.

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It’s still a fantastic phone.

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How to go about choosing the best smartphone for surfing and browsing internet ?

When you are choosing a cellphone from any of the US carriers, make sure that you opt for the one with best data plans. Apart from the screen and the support for faster networks, it is important for your cellphone to have a good battery life too. The cellphones with the highest ReviewGist Scores have the reviews which have top ratings for most features including the screen, connectivity features and battery life. And the best cellphones for internet are available from the brands such as Samsung, LG and Motorola under the $200 price segment.