Best phone 2016: the 10 best smartphones you can buy

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10 best mobile phones in the world today
  • If you're just here to see how good the iPhone is compared to the rest, then perhaps you'd be more interested in our best iPhone list
  • Or if you couldn't care less what Apple is doing with its handsets but love Google's OS, then our best Android phone round up is right up your street.

2015 was a stellar year for smartphones, and 2016 is even better. The recent launches of the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5 and the HTC 10 mean that the humble smartphone is destined to become faster, more powerful and even more versatile than ever before.

But even without these slick new handsets, last year's best phones still compete for performance.

That includes the stunning new Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P handsets, the new iPhone, and Sony's latest, the Xperia Z5. But which is best? Luckily, you've come to the right place to find out.

Here at TechRadar, we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our vigorous testing process to create our in-depth mobile phone reviews.

However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account the power, specs, design and value for money. And we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets - after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?

So whether it's one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool operating systems, we've extensively tested them all so you don't have to!

Here are our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in Australia.

Nexus 5X

10. Google Nexus 5X

LG's Nexus phone builds on the Nexus heritage

OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 2,700mAh | Rear camera: 12.3MP | Front camera: 5MP

Fans of Google's Nexus devices (which, frankly, should be all Android users) will be happy to know that Google has decided to bring back a Nexus handset with a smaller screen size.

While the Nexus 6P is a behemoth of specifications, Nexus partner LG has managed to cram the best bits of the bigger phone into a smaller body, without sacrificing all the things that make the 6P great.

It's only got 2GB of memory on board, which is disappointing given the 3GB standard for other Android flagships, but otherwise this phone is a prime example of what Android's mobile operating system can be.