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

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Update: We've got another two phones landing in the best phones in the world list - the LG G5 and the HTC 10. Both snappily-monikered phones offer some appealing specs and genuine innovation - but are either of them good enough to topple the might of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge?

  • 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.

So we're well into 2016, and the big phones have mostly arrived. The LG G5 joins the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in our list of, frankly, amazing smartphones - and now the HTC 10 has joined the party along with the iPhone SE.

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 in-depth 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 or the latest iPhone (although we do keep an eye on the best Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices) we've got the best of the best listed here, in our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in the UK.

10. iPhone SE

A simply brilliant palm-friendly phone

Weight: 113g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 4-inch | Resolution: 640 x 1136 | CPU: Apple A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB | Battery: 1624mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Great power
Lower price
Tired design
Old screen technology

The iPhone SE sports a tired design, has a screen that's several years old and a display size which isn't really big enough for today's apps and movies on the move.

But forget that - for some people it's got THE most important feature: it's one of very few high-end smartphones you can use one-handed without issue. It won't be for everyone, but for those who dislike the supersized phones of today the iPhone SE is a top performer on a miniature scale.

Remember the SE has the same power, same camera and same operating system as the top of the range iPhone 6S, but in a size you can easily pocket and at a price which isn't going to break the bank.

Sure Sony has the Z5 Compact, but that still has a large-ish 4.6-inch display - the SE is a rare breed of small form and big power.

Read the full review: iPhone SE

Also consider: Want a cheaper iPhone but find the iPhone SE just too small? Apple's still selling the original iPhone 6, with a 4.7-inch display, sleeker metal body and the same version of iOS. It's a bit more expensive, but you do get a bigger screen.

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