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

The best smartphone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Best phone 2016

Update: There are two new entries in our 10 best smartphones in the world: congratulations to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Just where have they placed? Read on to find out.

The end of 2016 is coming into view, and pretty much all the big phones of the year have launched. The latest arrivals are Apple's newest offerings, with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus joining the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10 in our list of, frankly, amazing smartphones.

Here 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 (and if the price is too high, check out our list of the best cheap handsets that won't cost you more than £200).

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. Sony Xperia Z5

A top flagship with a strong camera and waterproof chassis

Weight: 154g | Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 810 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera: 5.1MP

Great fingerprint sensor
Stronger battery life
Heats up
Expensive

The Sony Xperia Z5 is the Japanese brand's 'mainstream' flagship phone, and one that we're happy to talk about - it's got a number of nice features that make it worth checking out.

It's a big upgrade on the earlier phones, and the speedy autofocus - much faster than anything else on test - has to be tried to be believed. You can whirl around and still get a sharp snap, and in bright light the Z5 is probably the best camera around.

It's added in a pleasing fingerprint sensor on the side, a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB of RAM. The waterproofing is amazing when you see how many open ports there are, but Sony has managed it. You can drop this in the toilet without fear, basically.

The large 5.2-inch screen looks great thanks to Bravia technology - it's the best phone Sony has ever made, and we especially like the frosted rear glass too. Recent price drops have made it even more palatable, so it's still sitting pretty near the top of our rankings.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z5

Also consider: You could go larger with the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which is mostly the same as this model but with a larger 5.5-inch screen and bigger battery - plus it's a 4K screen too, although that's not really that useful. However, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a great option too - smaller 4.7-inch screen, but same great camera and not a lot lower in the power stakes.

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