10 Best Android phones 2016: which should you buy?

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Update: The best Android phone 2016 rankings will change one more time before Black Friday, with OnePlus 3T launching on November 22 to better rival Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, which debuted the newest Android Nougat version this month. Here's our current best Android phone list.

The best Android phones from a year ago have gotten 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 Android 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 with Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat that deserve extra focus. You demanded it.

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10. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

As slick as its glass back

Weight: 171g | Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Exynos 7 Octa 7420 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2800mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Stunning camera quality
Handy S Pen stylus
No microSD card slot
No removable battery

You can no longer buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, so if you want a smartphone with the stylus, you'll have to dial it back to the Galaxy Note 5. Don't worry, there was never any Note 6, so this phone is only a year old and still incredibly powerful.

Its 5.7-inch screen gives you ample room to doodle with the S Pen, and while it's certainly bigger in the hand than the Galaxy S7, its curved back makes it easy enough to hold if you have a large grasp. I also got better use of split-screen multitasking and the camera on this beast of a phone.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting mobile editor in Los Angeles. As an expert in iOS and Android, he owns over 120 phones that someone keeps setting the alarms on – simultaneously. He received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.