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2016 has been the year of large screen cellphones. Whereas 4+ inch screen was the norm in the best phones of 2014-15, 5+ inch screen is the new normal for top large screen cellphones for 2016 and by the looks of it the bigger screen sizes are here to stay. The growth of the 5+ inch smartphone is not just a convenient form factor, but the emergence of large screen cellphones as the dominant computing device at the cost of tablets and laptops.

The ReviewGist pick for the best large screen smartphone for August 2016 is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The S7 Edge is Samsung's flagship smartphone and boasts industry leading display specs:

  1. 5.5 inch screen of the industry leading 'Super AMOLED' Technology
  2. Pixel Density of 534 per inch (ppi) - amongst the highest in the over 200 cell phones we looked at with screens above 5 inch
  3. Display protection provided by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 - the highest grade display protection in the industry as of August 2016.

The superior display credentials of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are corroborated by over 15 reviews we looked at:

  • 'The screen is probably the best we have seen on a smartphone, especially in terms of brightness and contrast.' - T3
  • 'The Galaxy S7 Edge has a gorgeous larger curved screen and larger battery than the otherwise identical standard S7. - CNet
  • 'Their screens are gorgeous, and the Edge is a head-turner.' - Wired


How we picked the best large screen cell phone
We looked at over 200 smartphones in the market today with a display size of atleast 5 inch. This selection was further narrowed down to the ones with the highest grade display protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and the ones with atleast 500 pixels per inch display density. For this set we analyzed the reviews from around a hundred different sites on what they have to say regarding the display capabilities of the phones and then ranked them to come to our top 5 shortlist below.


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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


Comparison of the Top 5 Large Screen Cell Phones - 2016

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S7
HTC 10
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy S7
HTC 10
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
May 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.1 inch
5.2 inch
5.3 inch
5.7 inch
Pixel Density
534.0 ppi
577.0 ppi
565.0 ppi
554.0 ppi
518.0 ppi
Display Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4, oleophobic coating
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.3 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
Processor Type
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
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, 1.6GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
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
Battery Capacity
3600.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
T-Mobile, Sprint
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T

  • The gorgeous Galaxy S7 Edge makes the best Android phone that much better.


  • Pricing wasn’t particularly on the side of the Galaxy S6 edge last year, mainly because for a phone that matched the S6 on paper, its added $100 premium cost on top of the S6 didn’t seem justifiable. Not surprisingly, though, the S7 edge’s pricing follows the same strategy by being accompanied with an additional $100 cost over what most of the domestic carriers will be selling the S7 for.


  • Five stars to Samsung, as the brand iterates perfectly on an already award-winning smartphone, adding a brilliant camera and gorgeous design.


  • Samsung has tweaked the winning design from the S6, righted the wrongs of its previous flagships, and made a phone you don't want to put down. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is iterative perfection.


  • Stunning. Samsung has just raised the bar for every other Android device. Simply put, if you want to buy a new phone right now, this is the one to pick.


  • The Samsung Galaxy S6 was the best phone of 2015 and, although it’s still early days, the Galaxy S7 is a serious contender for best phone of 2016. Samsung has taken into account what its fans want, addressing the three main areas of concern: removable storage, waterproofing and battery life. It’s also upgraded the core hardware and photography gear, added an always-on display and some useful software. Right now the Galaxy S7 is simply unbeatable.


  • These are the type of questions we were faced with not because we
    were in a particularly contemplative mood, but because the $699 HTC
    10 refused to fit into today's smartphone paradigm. In that world,
    more is necessarily better, and this philosophy underlies
    manufacturers' strategy. But it doesn't have to, and the 10 is a
    glowing example of this.


  • It's a hard phone to rate on first impressions – HTC has put all the right bits in here, but I felt the same way with the One M9. However, the brand seems to have addressed the foibles and appears genuinely excited by the new 10.

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    Overall, we are glad HTC has finally started believing in itself. This time around they come more prepared and more attuned to the user needs than ever before in recent history. Hopefully, the HTC 10 will put the company back on the flagship smartphone map.


  • Question marks hang over this phone’s modular capabilities, but that aside this is still a high quality smartphone with plenty to recommend it


  • With an improved battery swapping system, the LG G5 isn't a bad phone, per se. But various other features probably looked better in the R&D lab than they do in real life.


  • At the end of the review process, we're feeling kind of empty in that we can't quite place our finger on what it is that isn't feeling exactly right with the G5. Objectively, it's a competent flagship and even a decent improvement over its predecessor in some ways, but it feels like it's just way too round in character.


  • Google's Nexus 6P is easier to hold and easier on your wallet, compared to the Nexus 6 from a year ago. New features, like a fingerprint sensor, reversible USB-C port and a better camera, are the selling points for this all-metal Android phablet.


  • The bigger of this year's two Nexus handsets seems like a dream on paper, with premium build quality, top-tier specs and access to the latest software updates straight from Google. Most importantly, Google finally has made a big phone that's comfortable to use with one hand. It's great for die-hard Android enthusiasts, but we're all spoiled for choice this year and the Nexus 6P doesn't do much to outshine the competition.


  • - Hell, it’s the best Android phone ever.
    - Android apps, generally speaking, aren't as good as iOS apps.
    - The 6P is slim and polished, more carefully created and assembled than any Nexus before.
    - It’s still among the best low-light smartphone cameras, but it’s not reinventing any wheels here.