Huawei jumped to major international recognition when it was picked as Google's partner for last year's Nexus 6P. And it's continued to relentlessly push out great phones.
The P9 lays claim to be the first smartphone collab with Leica, so you can expect nothing less than superb photography with this co-engineered camera ─ sharp photos with fine details, depth-of-field with background blur, and vibrant colours. You can keep it simple with a basic camera interface, or tweak your heart out with the DSLR-like gamut of manual controls.
Like its predecessors, the P9 has a fingerprint scanner on the back ─ right where your index finger automatically ends up at when you're holding your phone. In our book, Huawei just has one of the most ergonomic placements of the fingerprint scanner. Plus, you can trigger a selfie snap by long-tapping on the fingerprint scanner, than trying to awkwardly tap on the screen.
The P9 is a dual SIM card phone, so it's especially useful for frequent travellers. That not only mitigates the hassle of fiddling with SIM cards whenever you travel, it also allows you to see or receive important calls on your main Singapore line. If you don't need the extra SIM slot, you can use it to hold a microSD card for extra storage.
The P9 also comes with Press Touch technology. That's Huawei's version of Apple's 3D Touch ─ you can hard press on an app icon to call up shortcuts and quick actions.
Display size: 5.2" (P9) and 5.5" (P9 Plus)
Colours: P9 - Prestige Gold, Titanium Grey, and Mystic Silver; Haze Gold only for the 64GB version. P9 Plus - Haze Gold, and Quartz Grey.
Battery: 3,000 mAh (P9) and 3,400 mAh (P9 Plus)
Storage: 32GB (P9 only) and 64GB (both models)
Price: From $768 (P9), and $998 (P9 Plus)
If you already own the Note 7, you're probably not a huge fan of Apple. But don't be too quick to dismiss the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus; the new iOS 10 is actually the most user-friendly iOS version for long-time Android owners.
There are finally proper widgets, you can hide baked-in apps that you've little use for, and the 3D touch-based shortcuts in the Control Centre (e.g. options for flashlight brightness, options to choose camera mode without unlocking) are pretty nifty.
While the iPhone has consistently been very strong on the camera front, the dual 12-megapixel cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus are particularly noteworthy: The combination enables a depth-of-field effect, so you can finally achieve DSLR-like images with background bokeh.
Although there's the whole uproar about the missing headphone jack preventing users from charging their phones and listening to music at the same time... the battery does last pretty well through the day, so the situation isn't that bleak after all.
Display size: 4.7" (iPhone 7) and 5.5" (iPhone 7 Plus)
Colours: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black
Battery: Exact capacity info undisclosed. Up to 12 hours on 3G for the iPhone 7, and up to 13 hours on 3G for the 7 Plus
Storage: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB (both phones). No microSDd slots available
Price: From $1,048 (iPhone 7), and from $1,248 (iPhone 7 Plus)
First things first, it's not available yet in Singapore, and there aren't any announcements yet about when it'll reach our shores. Not that it will deter any die-hard Android fans.
This looker is sheathed in a glass-and-aluminum body for a premium look, and comes with a fingerprint scanner too. You can also get up to 7 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.
Notably, Pixel's camera has been declared as having the highest DxOMark score (higher than the iPhone 7) in the Mobile rating, with great images even in low-light conditions and fast . DxOMark is an independent website that rates camera quality.
Shutterbugs will benefit the most, as Pixel owners will receive free, unlimited storage at full resolution for their photos and videos through the Google Photos app. Ordinarily, if you want to save photos/videos in their original resolution on the cloud, you'll need to pay for storage once you're past the 15GB limit.
The built-in Google Assistant is a strong, possibly more intuitive, competitor to Apple's Siri. You can talk to it, or type and chat (via Google's Allo app), to ask for things like the weather, set alarms and reminders, search through your photos etc.
Google also offers a Quick Switch Adapter that's designed to make it painless to transfer your essential data over ─ contacts, calendar events, photos, music, SMS messages, and even iMessages for iOS users. And if you run into any problems, there's 24-hour tech support.
Display size: 5" (Pixel) and 5.5" (Pixel XL)
Colours: Quite Black, Very Silver and a limited edition Really Blue
Battery: 2,770 mAh (Pixel) and 3,450mAh (Pixel XL)
Storage: 32GB or 128GB. No microSDd slots available
Price: From US$649 (S$898) for the 32GB Pixel, from US$769 (S$1065) for the 32GB Pixel XL. Pre-orders available at madeby.google.com/phone
Can't wait to get your hands on Nougat, the latest Android version? The just-launched V20 comes pre-loaded with it.
V20 is unique among smartphones for its second screen, which was first introduced in its predecessor, the V10. It's essentially an extra and separate display, about one-line thick, above your regular status bar.
This wedge of always-on display will show you things like date and time, notifications and reminders; you can also use place shortcuts to your favourite apps, toggle settings from there, or even set a motivational quote (or any text, really) for yourself.
They're really taking audio seriously too, getting Bang & Olufsen on-board to tune the device for high-quality sound. In fact, your handset comes with a set of premium B&O earphones to complete the experience.
Plus, you've got three mics on the phone to help you record better sound in your audio and video clips.
If you take a lot of wefies, you'll be pleased that the front camera captures images at 120 degrees, so you don't have to try so hard to fit a whole bunch of friends into the frame!
For Samsung Galaxy Note fans who really want a split screen feature to display two apps at the same time, well, it's here. What's even better is that you can drag-and-drop text, images and files from one app/screen to another. For instance, you should be able to view your photo gallery in one half of the screen, and Whatsapp on the other half, and you can drag an image over from the Gallery app to Whatsapp. Cool, huh?
The V20 scores on another really important hardware aspect: Removable battery. Swapping out for a backup battery is so much less troublesome than dealing with dangling cables from a battery pack, so we're glad to see that LG is still championing for the removable battery.
Display size: 5.7"
Colours: Titan, and Silver
Battery: 3,200 mAh (removable)
Storage: 64GB. microSD slot (up to 2TB) available
Price: $998, available from Nov 5, 2016
When it was released in March 2016 (before the Note 7), this was widely acclaimed as Samsung's best phone on the market. And with the death knell on the Note 7, well, the S7 Edge is once again top dog in Samsung's stable.
Seven months is time aplenty for major issues ─ okay, spontaneous explosions ─ to be spotted, and we're happy to report that this particular model has a fairly unblemished track record.
On most fronts the S7 Edge holds its own against the Note 7; the S7 Edge really is as close as it gets if you actually love the Note 7 but feel forced by circumstances to give the latter up as a safety precaution.
It sports the same sleek, curved edges and sophisticated aluminium chassis with glass backing. It's as much a phablet as the Note 7, coming in at a 5.5" display size. It's also got a IP68 dust and water resistance rating (which is on a par with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus).
The similarities continue.
There's the same Always-On display, so you can always glance at your phone for date, time, and recent notifications; you can choose from different clock and calendar styles too.
The wealth of shortcuts and convenience from the Edge UX (user interface) are here too. Or rather, it's worth remembering that the Edge UX was on the Edge phone series even before the Note 7 came out. You can swipe from the rounded screen edge (get it?) to pull up your favourite shortcuts and widgets.
Camera-wise, the S7 Edge is just a hair's breadth behind the Google Pixel according to the DxOMark Mobile scores. Think vivid colours, lightning fast auto-focus, as well as great details and very little noise even in low-light conditions.
In fact, the S7 Edge has got everything the Note 7 had, except the S Pen, and the sheen of a futuristic iris scanner. Frankly, the novelty of the iris scanner would have worn off quite quickly when you realise that fingerprint scans are still faster for unlocking the phone.
Think of the S7 Edge as the wiser and more reliable elder sibling to the Note 7, minus the flashy features.
Display size: 5.5"
Colours: Black Onyx, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium
Battery: 3,600 mAh
Storage: 32GB. microSD card (up to 200GB) available.