Most Innovative Smartphone of the Year
Smartphone manufacturers come up with amazing tech in a bid to lure potential consumers. Sometimes it’s on the hardware front, and other times it’s embedded in intelligent software. Here are the nominees for the most innovative smartphone of the year.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge is the world’s first smartphone to boast a dual-edged curved display. Apart from the aesthetic value, the edge screen lights up when you get notifications from pre-designated contacts, and can be used to access them in a jiffy. You can also use the edge screen as a night clock, and to view missed notifications when the screen is locked. Related read: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge review
The Honor 7 gets a unique feature called the Smart Key. Located on the left spine, the button can be customised to perform different actions for a short press, long press or double press. The smartphone’s fingerprint reader is capable of performing some neat tricks too. You can use it as a shutter button in the camera app, and perform gestures like swiping up to view recent apps and swiping down to view the notification bar. Related read: Honor 7 review
With 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Apple has forever changed the way we use our smartphone's touchscreens. The ability to apply pressure to perform different actions has introduced us to a whole new way of interacting with apps and content, and is something Android manufacturers are already looking to incorporate. Related read: Apple iPhone 6s Plus review
The recently launched QiKU Q Terra made the cut thanks to the numerous software features it brings to the table. For example, you can freeze installed apps to prevent them from waking up in the background, or receive an alert when your CPU crosses a preset temperature. The phone will even send you an anti-addiction warning if you've been staring at your screen for too long. Related read: QiKU Q Terra first impressions
And the award goes to...
The iPhone 6s/6s Plus win this round, thanks to 3D Touch. Arguably the biggest revolution in touchscreen tech, we're already seeing hundreds of apps being updated with support for this feature. The Galaxy S6 edge with its unique dual-edged display gets the runner up position.