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Mobile Madness 2016: Fan favorite for ‘phone of the year’

by Roy Choi | March 16, 2016March 16, 2016 3:00 pm PST

Mobile Madness 2016-bracket

It’s that time of the year again. Do you have your brackets filled out? Who’s going to be crowned this year’s champion? We’re not talking about college basketball’s March Madness, obviously, we’re talkin’ Mobile Madness!

Last year’s fan-voted “phone of the year” went to the BlackBerry Passport. It’s becoming harder and harder to find a “bad” phone; so many devices come with amazing processors, great cameras and top-notch hardware and software. Most manufacturers have gotten away from piling on the skinned treatment, too. Even Samsung, notorious for blowing out TouchWiz to be almost unrecognizable as Android, has toned down its use of all the unnecessary software.

We’ll start with the first round of fan-voting, Thursday, and continue daily until we eventually crown this year’s Mobile Madness winner.

So what phone will it be? That’s up to you.

Vote early and vote often. Vote as many times as you’d like. We’re not locking the voting down or requiring any additional log-in requirements. Will we regret this? Probably. But you’ll get the chance to really pick your favorite phone. Oh, and be civil – you know who you are – because remember, this poll is all just for fun.

We have 25 phones to choose from this year. We randomly selected the order using random.org and used a bracket layout from printyourbrackets.com, I didn’t even know you could do such odd-numbered brackets but, alas, you can:

 

March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs One Plus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17
March 27 Winner of March 18 vs Winner of March 19
March 28 Xiamoi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20
March 29 Winner of March 21 vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22
March 31 Winner of March 23 vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24
April 2 Winner of March 25 vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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