10 Best Android phones 2016: which should you buy?

The top Android phones compared

Update: Joining the best Android phone rankings this month is OnePlus 3, which debuts higher than expected among new Samsung, LG and HTC handsets. The list has been reset for July 2016.

The best Android phones on the market a year ago are getting even better in 2016, with more advanced cameras, faster processors and fresh apps, and some of them are coming in at cheaper prices.

That has made deciding between the overwhelming number of handsets a seemingly impossible task. The good news is that we're on top of it. It's sort of our job to write phone reviews.

While our official best phones list serves its purpose for a wider audience, including iPhone lovers, there are plenty of Google-powered phones that deserve extra focus. You demanded it.

That's why we put together a list of the best Android phones that we keep updating every month, way faster than you can download and install Android Marshmallow and Android N.

Nexus 5X

Nexus 5X

Smaller, but still (almost) perfectly-formed

OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 2700mAh | Rear camera: 12.3MP dual | Front camera: 5MP

Nexus 5X is a fantastic phone choice for someone who is okay with a basic-looking design on the outside, above average specs on the inside and the latest Android software throughout.

That pretty much sums up Google's affordable 5.2-inch phone. Its screen isn't little by any hand stretch, but doesn't make you strain for fingers like most phablets. If it wore a t-shirt, it'd be a size medium.

There's a pro and con to the Nexus 5X price in the US. It's available off-contract for $299, but you won't be able buy it at AT&T, Verizon or any other carrier. That means no installment plans. Don't worry, this seems like a lot upfront, but it's way cheaper in the long run.

Full review: Nexus 5X