Best phone 2016: the 10 best smartphones we've tested

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Forget about 2015 - we've got a bunch of new phones to get excited about. What about the Samsung Galaxy S7? The HTC One M10? Or the LG G5, that's been confirmed for MWC 2016?

If none of those take your fancy and you want the best phone right now, well, this is the place to be. Luckily for you, at TechRadar we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our rigorously vigorous testing process to create our indepth mobile phone reviews.

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 most importantly: value for money, although we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets to help you find the best smartphone.

After all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that won't be getting 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 the top smartphones so you don't have to.

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

10. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

The highest resolution on one of the best smartphones around

OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 3840 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3,430mAh | Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera: 5.1MP

One of the things you need to be OK with if you're thinking about buying the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: a 4K screen that doesn't do a huge amount - but does look amazing. The pixels aren't turned on all the time, so the battery drain isn't as high as we worried it might be, but there's not a lot of content to use all that delicious sharpness.

The main reason you'd go for this phone is that it's a bigger device, with a 5.5-inch screen combined with the strong camera, waterproofed chassis and allows you to hear all your audio in beautiful upscaled sound quality.

Battery life could be better, but it's no worse than a lot on this list - and Sony certainly has a unique design that plenty like to fondle.

Full review: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Also consider: If you're not a fan of the size of this phone, the Sony Xperia Z5 'normal' packs the same great camera, waterproofing and Hi-Res Audio as the larger version, but in a more easy-to-handle frame.

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