v1: The Great Android vs. Apple Debate (Lost in Server Changeover) v2: The Great Smartphone & Tablet Thread, v2: iPhone / iPad / Android / WP8 / Blackberry v3: The Great Smartphone & Tablet Thread, v3: iPhone / iPad / Android / WP8 / Blackberry v4: The Great Smartphone & Tablet Thread, v4 (Android & Windows): Curved Screens Taking Over ************** Well there is no question that the two major headlines in smartphones (really all of tech) has been: Samsung recalls 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7's Apple Unveils iPhone 7 minus the Headphone Jack Although there has been highly valid frustration vented online the two forward looking truths the mainstream market goer benefits to understand in interpreting Apple's manuever is to understand that they are, first, migrating towards USB-C so that accessories and peripherals are universal between all computers (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone, watch, television, speakers, routers, digital cameras, etc.), and second, simultaneously pushing the market towards wireless audio headsets. The advent of USB-C as the truly universal port is only slightly less desired than hoverboards. The sooner we achieve this the sooner that every cord in one of those old boxes you pull out from the closet might still have relevance as an older generation of USB-C that is still compatible with future implementations: just running at older USB-C speeds. That cord will be good for any job if it's still relevant. Apple uses its own proprietary "lightning" technology, so you'll need an adapter if the port isn't natively lightning, but that single adapter should now adapt any USB-C accessory to any apple mobile device (you'd need a Thunderport adapter for the latest USB-C Thunderports on the laptops and desktops): iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Great annual upgrades with one major catch Google killed the Nexus line, but Android Police reported that it is being re-envisioned as the Google "Pixel" line, and the first two handset models will be the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Techtimes leaked an alleged mock-up of the Pixel design. It is now confirmed that HTC is the manufacturer behind these models. Windows phone is said to be "dead", as Microsoft hasn't coughed up a new flagship since the Lumia 950 XL from October of last year, and Blackberry's move to Android with the Priv didn't spark the jolt it needed. It's effectively down to the challenger Android, who controls the lion's share of the market, versus the crown-wearing Apple, who controls the lion's share of its profits. Among the major North American manufacturers HTC has found itself quietly fading despite the recent HTC 10 release, so winning the Pixel phone contract must have been a landscape-altering boon. 2016 has been all about the rise of the Chinese manufacturers whose three largest manufacturers in sum now control a larger share of the market than Apple alone. National leader Huawei allegedly outspent Apple by over a billion USD last year in research & development, and aims to be the 2nd biggest manufacturer by shipment by 2018. Xiaomi, Oppo, & Meizu are further refining their mimicry of the iPhone while ZTE & Vivo focus on producing the thinnest smartphones in the world. Meanwhile, Lenovo continues to hit home runs in the western market via its recent acquisition Motorola while also competing back home on Chinese soil. Nevertheless, the Chinese still haven't figured out how to crack the top where Apple and Samsung battle alone. One year later and 5.5" has inched that much closer to establishing itself as the norm & baseline, not the "supersized" variation of phones. For North Americans the premier market is almost wholly in this class, now. In fact, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is outselling the "normal" sized model because of the demand for the dual camera feature in the larger version. For processing power, the iPhones have the newest Apple A10 Fusion chipset in them, and this processor is easily king of the mobile world . Every Android in these next two posts, including the Samsung handsets, uses some version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. For the clarity of comprehensiveness I will outline the top five competitors and their respective top chipset (must be currently employed in a phone's production) in this extremely lucrative market: Apple (A10 Fusion Quadcore)* Qualcomm (Snapdragon 820 Quadcore) Samsung (Exynos 8890 Octacore) Mediatek (Helio X25 Decacore) HiSilicon (Kirin 955 Octacore) *Apple's new A10 Fusion is a quad core chipset, but apparently it runs on a virtual level as if it's two hardware cores, so it's identical to previous generations in terms of how coding runs on it. Apple iPhone 7 4.7" Apple iPhone 7 Plus 5.5" Samsung Galaxy Note 7 5.7" Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 5.5"