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6. 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' 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, and has the latest Snapdragon 810 processor with 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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