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

Helping you choose the best smartphone since 2008

  • If you're interested in Apple's flagship handset, then perhaps you'd be more interested in our best iPhone list.
  • Alternatively, if you prefer Google's OS, then our best Android phone roundup should be right up your alley.

UPDATE: The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL have been included on our Best Phone 2016 list – read on to find out where they placed!

2015 was a stellar year for smartphones, and 2016 is even better. The recent launches of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL mean that the humble smartphone is destined to become faster, more powerful and even more versatile than ever before.

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 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 manufacturers, 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.

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10. Motorola Moto Z

The world's thinnest smartphone is also the best modular phone

Weight: 136g | Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Moto Z takes the modular accessory idea we liked so much about the LG G5 and actually makes it work with better add-ons and an easier-to-use snap-on design.

It's an Android phone that performs well right now and the potential behind its future accessories hold a lot of promise down the road. 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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen is the Australian editor of TechRadar, and is obsessed with smartphones, televisions, and consuming all forms of media at the highest quality possible. He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Apple, Nintendo or 1980s action cinema.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Having spent the past decade editing some of Australia's leading technology publications, Nick's passion for the latest gadgetry is matched only by his love of watching Australia beat England in the rugby.