Welcome to another round of Mobile Madness, we’re cruising through the quarter finals and soon we’ll be ready to crown the winner of this year’s fan-voted phone of the year.

Editor’s note: Apologies for yesterday’s poll, the technical issue has been addressed and it should be ready for you to vote on.  For the sake of making sure we count people’s votes, we’re extending yesterday’s matchup an extra 24 hours.  Best of luck.  

Today we have the Xiaomi Mi5 going up against the BlackBerry Priv. The Xiaomi Mi5 is a hugely popular phone, you just won’t be able to find it here in the US. But our readers throughout the world are clamoring for this budget-friendly flagship. It is pretty great for consumers when you can pick up a flagship-quality phone for around $300-$400.  The BlackBerry Priv is also an interesting convergence of great hardware and a really robust platform. BlackBerry has always made solid hardware, but it took a bit of a beating coming late to the touchscreen game, and then again for not having “enough” apps. Is jumping on the Android bandwagon the right way? Only time will tell.

Xiaomi Mi5

For the most part, the Mi5 is in lockstep with the latest Android flagships from Samsung and LG. It boasts a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 3000mAh battery, a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, Android 6.0, and a fingerprint reader built into the new home button. The display falls short of the competition with a 5.15-inch 1080p LCD panel, but Xiaomi had to cut corners somewhere to keep costs down.

As usual, Xiaomi is selling the new phone with barely any profit margin. The Mi5 starts at 1,999RMB (roughly $305) and goes as high as 2,999 RMB ($458) with 128GB of storage… read more.

BlackBerry Priv

We were in the audience when BlackBerry announced the BlackBerry Z10. The CEO at the time, Thorsten Heins, proclaimed “BlackBerry is back!” Of course, that was just the start of BlackBerry 10, which didn’t do much to change the company’s fortunes in the face of competition from iOS and Android. BlackBerry wasn’t “back” and while it’s still sticking with that operating system, it’s also finally and rightly, trying something new.

That’s where the Priv comes in. It’s the company’s first foray into a smartphone that runs a full version of Android. But it doesn’t compromise on what some of us still love about BlackBerry – the hardware keyboard, the dedication to security, and top-notch hardware design… Read More

This poll closes within 24 hours (the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.


March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus 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 (BlackBerry Classic)
March 27 Winner of March 18 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of March 19 (Galaxy S7 Edge)
March 28 Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20 (Galaxy Note 5)
March 29 Winner of March 21 (Xperia Z5 Premium) vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22 (iPhone 6S)
March 31 Winner of March 23 (Galaxy S7) vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24 (iPhone 6S Plus)
April 2 Winner of March 25 (Lumia 950 XL) vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 (BlackBerry Classic) vs Winner of March 27 (Nexus 6P)
April 4 Winner of March 28 (Xiaomi Mi5) vs Winner of March 29 (BlackBerry Priv)
April 5 Winner of March 30 (iPhone 6S) vs Winner of March 31 (Galaxy S7)
April 6 Winner of April 1 (iPhone 6S Plus) 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