Smartphones in 2016: What worked, what didn't

In 2016, we saw some phone manufacturers take big risks, trying to push the boundaries of what a smartphone should do, while other companies played it safe.

LG and Lenovo each tried to create a modular ecosystem, while Google walked away from the idea altogether. Apple even got on board with water resistance, and then Google jumped into the smartphone war.

Take your phone for a swim


Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September, both of which are IP67-rated. That translates into phones that are dust resistant and water resistant, but they’re not completely waterproof.

The new iPhones can withstand a splash or quick drop in the pool — or even worse, the toilet — and most likely will continue to work without issue.

For its…

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