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

The best smartphone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been dropped from our best phone list as you can no longer buy it - that means the iPhone SE is now back into our best.

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. iPhone SE

A perfectly palm-friendly phone

Weight: 113g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 4-inch | Resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels | CPU: A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/64GB | Battery: 1624mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Lower price
Longer battery than 5S
Rattling home key
Old, old screen technology

Fancy a small screen phone? The iPhone SE is made for you and is now number 10 in our favorite phones in the world right now.

It has the exact same design to the iPhone 5S, but inside it's a lot more powerful with an A9 processor and 2GB of RAM. 

On top of that it comes with an improved battery life plus it'll run iOS 10 so you'll have the most up to date software you can get on an iPhone.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature a little higher on our best phone list, but this is a much cheaper option and won't be as big in your palm either.

Read the full review: iPhone SE

Also consider: How about the iPhone 6S? It's not the most up to date and brilliant iPhone you can buy, but it's cheaper than either the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. It's a bit bigger than the iPhone SE though with a 4.7-inch screen.


Phones and Tablets Editor

Gareth (Twitter, Google+) has been part of the mobile phone industry from the era of the brick to the tiny device in the pocket... and now watching them grow back up to behemothic proportions once more. He's spent five years dissecting all the top phones in the world as TechRadar's Phones and Tablets Editor, and still can't resist answering the dreaded question - "which new phone should I get?" - with 15 choices.