Prior to the massive controversy about the Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries, Samsung's latest phablet was deemed as the best Android phone on the market. With bleeding-edge specs and a number of useful features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a great all-rounder.

Now that the device is, at least for the meantime, out of commissions, Android fans can at go for these equally-impressive handsets as well. After all, it takes a great handset to be a viable alternative to the best Android phablet of the year.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

This is arguably the most obvious choice, and Samsung itself seems to be suggesting that customers exchange their Galaxy Note 7 devices to the S7 Edge instead. Specs-wise, the S7 Edge and the Note 7 are very similar, and since both devices sport the same 2560x1440 pixel resolution, the S7 Edge's screen has a slightly higher PPI than its S-Pen-equipped sibling.

HTC 10

While HTC's conventional consumer reach is not as staggering as Samsung or Apple, the tech firm nonetheless makes very great devices. With the HTC 10, which was released this year, critics lauded the firm for making such a well-balanced device, featuring a 5.2-inch display, 4GB of RAM, and a very premium build.


LG and Samsung have always been rivals in South Korea, and while Samsung readily beats LG in the worldwide smartphone wars, LG nonetheless comes out with very good handsets nonetheless. The firm's 2016 flagship, the modular LG G5 with 4GB of RAM and a 5.3-inch display, is one of the most intuitive Android smartphones out there.

Sony Xperia XZ

Sony seems to have been out of commission for a while, with most of its previous flagships falling flat. Not so with the Xperia XZ. Since the device was revealed at the IFA technology conference last month, critics have lauded the 5.2-inch, 3GB RAM, 23MP rear and 13MP front camera device for having one of the best mobile phones that Sony has ever made.

OnePlus 3

Of course, for users who would simply like to use a temporary Android phone while they wait for their Galaxy Note 7 to be replaced, it is hard to go wrong with the OnePlus 3. With 6GB of RAM, a 16MP back camera, and impressive internals, the OnePlus 3 is a very formidable handset. Couple this with the fact that it costs half as much as a Galaxy Note 7, and it becomes one of the best alternatives for the King of Android devices for 2016.