Continuing our wrap up of 2016 we've picked the five best Smartphones released this year. Of the 36 phones released in Canada this year we feel that these are the best of the bunch. Compare all five right now through our site by clicking here.
With 2017 just two weeks away we are taking a look back at all of the phones & smartphones that were released in Canada in 2016. Some of the more interesting things we found in the numbers were:
A total of 36 phones or smartphones were released in Canada in 2016, which matches the number of phones that were released in 2015. This number is down from 2014 and 2013 release totals.
For 2016, LG was the #1 phone manufacturer releasing 5 devices.
Where fall is historically the most popular release period for smartphones, we see that the same number of devices were released between March to June (39% of total devices) as were released in September to November (39% of total devices).
January, May, and December saw no phones released in 2016.
Phones & Smartphones released in 2016 by Month
Phones & Smartphones released in 2016 by Manufacturer
List of Phones & Smartphones released in 2016 by Month
This morning (or
afternoon, depending on where you reside in the world), Google held a keynote
where they introduced the world to a slew of new products including a VR
headset, 4K-enabled Chromecast, a revamped AI assistant, and two new premium
smartphones: the Pixel and Pixel XL, which replace the Nexus line of devices.
Among the hoopla surrounding
the event, it was noted that the Pixel has received a DXOMark Mobile rating of
89, the highest rating ever received by a smartphone. This honour means that the
Pixel smartphone camera is "the best that has EVER been made”, to date.
Take a look at some of
the other specifications revealed today by Google:
Full HD display: Text and images look crisp and vibrant on a 5.0" display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
Quad-core processor: Surf, chat, and watch all at once without lags thanks to a powerful processor
2770 mAh battery with fast charging: Get up to 7 hours of use after only 15 minutes of charging
12.3 MP camera: Shoot 4K video or brilliant portrait and landscape shots in any lighting condition
The launch and subsequent
recall of the newest flagship smartphone from Samsung has been a whirlwind.
Pre-orders, which took place during the beginning of August, astounded the
market and exceeded expectations of the manufacturer. But only a few short
weeks following initial shipments of the devices, Samsung has issued a
worldwide recall. Here’s what happened:
1. On August 2, Samsung
released the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note7 for pre-order on its own website, as well as with select service providers including Rogers,
Bell, Verizon, and AT&T in Canada and the United States.
2. The sheer "unprecedented”
amount of pre-orders caused supply constraints, forcing the world’s largest
smartphone maker to adjust
release dates in some markets. Samsung released a statement saying it was aiming
to increase production and meet the demand as "early as possible.”
3. The Note7 was made
available to ship to customers from Canada and the U.S. who had placed pre-orders
19. Samsung Canada CMO Mark Childs warned that the "huge response” could
result in limited retail inventory, as well as delayed order fulfillment,
across the country.
4. Despite great early
reviews, shortly after the phone made it to customers photos started surfacing online showing charred phone bodies following explosions of what
appeared to be the Note7’s battery pack. Comments stated that the flare-ups
occurred while the device was charging.
5. August 31 news
reports advised that shipments of the
Galaxy Note7 were being delayed "due to additional tests being
conducted for product quality.”
6. Following reports of a
second explosion and with 2.5 million units already reportedly sold around the
world, Samsung decided to halt Note7 production and shipments. On September 2, the
a statement responding to the incidents, saying that it found a battery
cell issue in 35 cases and was issuing a voluntary recall of all units of the
7. As of today, September
2, sales of the Galaxy Note7 have now been stopped in 10 nations and customers
who have already purchased the Note7 have been advised that they can have it
replaced in coming weeks. Customers without access to another device in the
meantime are counseled to use caution, use OEM chargers only, and to not leave
the phone charging overnight.
"For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices, we will voluntarily
replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks. Canadian customers
may call 1-800-SAMSUNG for additional information,” Samsung
told Mobile Syrup.
On August 15,
Mobilicity officially closed plan and device offerings on their website, and Rogers stopped activating new Mobilicity lines.
The end of this carrier’s
era came as no surprise to the approximately 150,000 Mobilicity subscribers who
received news in June that creditors had approved a
$440 million deal allowing Rogers to acquire the entire company, while
divesting certain spectrum licenses to WIND Mobile. Both TELUS and Rogers put
in bids towards the acquisition.
Existing customer plans have not been grandfathered;
customers were instead given the choice of signing onto a comparable plan with
Rogers’ other value-brand mobile provider, chatr Wireless. Chatr is Rogers’ "deepest
discount subsidiary brand”, launched in 2010 to directly take on the unlimited
talk-and-text offers of then-new entrants to the national mobile carrier
landscape - entrants which included Mobilicity.
also convert a "large number” of its 180 Mobilicity dealers to chatr-branded
stores and kiosks.
Current Mobilicity customers should visit mobilicity.ca/mychatrmove to see their
exclusive chatr plan options before September 29th, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET. Features offered by chatr include:
unlimited plans for one flat fee
no term contracts or credit checks
larger unlimited zones
Questions about your move from Mobilicity to chatr? Read