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's a new entry in our 10 best smartphones in the world: congratulations to the OnePlus 3. Just where has it placed? Read on to find out.

So we're well into 2016, and the big phones have mostly arrived. The OnePlus 3 joins 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.

Z5 Compact

10. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

A compact beast with a splendid price

Weight: 138g | Dimensions: 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 4.6-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 810 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2700mAh | Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera: 5.1MP

Compact design
Impressive camera
Still a 720p screen
No wireless charging

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is another in the line of smaller handsets from the Japanese brand, packing in all the power into a smaller, more manageable phone.

It's got all the same power credentials as the Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, but has the added bonus of being a lot more pocketable.

The main reason you'd go for this phone is that it's a dinkier device, with a 4.6-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.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

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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