10 Best Android phones 2016: which should you buy?

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now no longer in our top Android phones. After exploding battery issues the Galaxy Note 7 has been taken off sale – but this list is sure to change soon when our full reviews of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL land. Watch this space.

There’s one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition – the number of phones out there running Google’s hot mobile OS.

The big names are all here; Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG are all right at the fore. On top of that, there’s a glut of other names in the mix, with the likes of Oppo, ZTE, Huawei and OnePlus all offering cheap smartphones – and Google’s gone high end with the new Pixel range and Nexus phones before it.

The many variations in screen size, processor power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough.

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To help find the most fitting Android phone for you, we’ve rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have and boast about to work colleagues.

So here they are – the best Android phones money can buy today. For many, many different reasons.

Oppo’s F1 Plus is the best phone we’ve seen from the company so far. It comes with a high-end spec and a low price.

With its sleek attractive design, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Oppo F1 Plus for an iPhone 6S – but don’t worry, this phone is running Android software.

It comes with a Full HD 5.5-inch display as well as a powerful processor and a huge 4GB of RAM too.

Plus if selfies are your thing there is always the front camera that has a 23MP sensor, which is even better than the 13MP sensor on the back.

Read the full review: Oppo F1 Plus

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the first smartphone to boast a 4K resolution, and it makes the most of it with a large, not to mention absolutely stunning, 5.5-inch display.

Beyond the screen it takes many of the best things about the standard Sony Xperia Z5, such as its brilliant 23MP camera, a water resistant build and an impressive fingerprint scanner.

It’s undeniably premium, but we’re not big fans of the chunky design and all those pixels take a toll on the battery.

If you want to wow your friends with an almost impossibly crisp screen the Z5 Premium will do the job and it’s an impressive phone in most other ways too.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

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HTC One A9

HTC has taken some design cues from the iPhone for the One A9, but that doesn’t make it any less of an Android phone. This comes with Android 6 Marshmallow software on board and we’d expect HTC to update it to Android N when it’s possible.

There’s a 5-inch full HD screen, which isn’t as gorgeous as the screen on the HTC 10 but the price of the HTC One A9 has already dropped so it’s going going to break the bank.

The camera is much improved upon previous HTC handsets, but the battery life on this phone isn’t as great as some had hoped for.

If you’re looking for the latest from HTC check out the HTC 10 that features later in this list, but if not this is always a great choice.

Read the full review: HTC One A9

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Sony has taken everything great about its last few smartphones and put them into one package for the Xperia XZ.

It’s waterproof, has a premium design, a beautiful display, incredible camera tech and the best battery life we’ve seen on a flagship Sony phone in some time.

The 23MP sensor from the Xperia Z5 is still at play here, but it comes with a number of superior upgrades. The new autofocus means you can grab some incredible action shots that you’d struggle to recreate on any other smartphone.

It’s a pricey choice for your next smartphone, but the Xperia XZ is one of the best on the market right now so it may be worth spending a little to get your hands on it.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia XZ

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LG is trying something quite different with the LG G5. It’s a modular phone meaning you can swap out certain features and plug in another when you need something else.

Here this means you can grab the bottom of the phone and pull it out to put in another module that either offers higher audio quality or an easier to grip camera.

It also features a 5.3-inch 2K display as well as 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. You won’t be disappointed with the spec here as well as the 16MP rear facing camera you have to play with.

The design of the LG G5 isn’t to everyone’s taste. But if you like the look of this phone and you’re not put off by the price, you should buy the LG G5.

Read the full review: LG G5

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OnePlus 3

For some, the OnePlus 3 is the best Android phone around – and to be fair, they have a point.

The Chinese firm has improved on a number of issues fans had with its predecessor, wrapping the OnePlus 3 in a new premium suit and managed to keep the price low enough to worry the established names in the market.

We love the new design, the AMOLED display is bright and vibrant and the fingerprint scanner is much improved and lightning fast.

The lack of a microSD card, and a battery which doesn’t last more than a day may put some off, but considering the price you’re paying the OnePlus is fantastic value for money.

If you’re desperate for a high-end Android phone, but don’t have the money to stretch to the Samsungs or HTC, the OnePlus 3 will make you very, very happy.

Read the full review: OnePlus 3

HTC 10

HTC takes third place on our best Android phone list with the gorgeous HTC 10. The HTC 10 has a new design with but if you’re a fan of the HTC look don’t worry, it shares a lot of its design language with past HTC handsets.

It has a 5.2-inch 2K display, which makes watching video gorgeous, as well as some strong spec under-the-hood including 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset.

The camera technology is a big focus for HTC though. A 12MP sensor may not sound like much, but it makes some gorgeous images on the back and there’s a 5MP front-facing camera to capture your selfies too.

Read the full review: HTC 10

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The Moto Z is modular like the LG G5, but it’s far better with extra add-ons and a much easier to use snap-on design.

It’s powerful and the modular design means you’ll be able to switch out elements for future accessories and could mean you can keep this phone for much longer than other devices that will date quicker.

Usually when we talk about mid-cycle upgrades, we’re strictly talking about new software. Moto Z could take on new form at any time.

It may be the world’s thinnest phone, but that comes at a cost with a reduction in battery size and the loss of the headphone jack – potential issues for some users. If you can overlook these shortcomings though you’ll have a truly innovative device in your hands.

Read the full review: Motorola Moto Z 

Galaxy S7

Second place goes to the Samsung Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S6 was our favorite Android phone of 2015, but now the Galaxy S7 has improved on it in almost every way.

There’s a brand new waterproof design with a variety of little changes that make it much more comfortable to hold.

It doesn’t look as innovative as the Galaxy S7 Edge with its curved display, but this version is much more compact than the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The issues come in the high price and the fact there’s only one storage version. But you can always buy a microSD card, up to 200GB, and get a bit of extra room.

If you’re looking for one of the best, high-end phones in the world right now – this Android is a great choice.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S7

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

It has finally happened – the Edge version of a Samsung phone is now actually the best Android phone in the world.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge expands on what the curved display from the Galaxy S6 Edge can do. It has found a happy medium at the 5.5-inch size as well as adding in a lot of new functionality for the most innovative screen tech in phones.

The camera may look like it has dropped when you see it on the spec sheet – but in fact bringing it down to 12MP and updating the sensor technology has meant this is one of the best phone cameras out there.

All in all, the Galaxy S7 Edge is an improvement on everything that went before it. Finally, Samsung has nailed the most interesting version of its phone and made the Galaxy S7 Edge the reigning champion of the phone game.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Source: TechRadar
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