10 Best Android phones 2016: which should you buy?

The top Android phones compared

Update: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is now no longer in our top Android phones. After exploding battery issues the Galaxy Note 7 has been taken off sale - but this list is sure to change soon when our full reviews of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL land. Watch this space.

There's one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition - the number of phones out there running Google's hot mobile OS.

The big names are all here; Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG are all right at the fore. On top of that, there's a glut of other names in the mix, with the likes of Oppo, ZTE, Huawei and OnePlus all offering cheap smartphones - and Google's gone high end with the new Pixel range and Nexus phones before it.

The many variations in screen size, processor power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough.

To help find the most fitting Android phone for you, we've rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have and boast about to work colleagues.

So here they are - the best Android phones money can buy today. For many, many different reasons.

10. Oppo F1 Plus

One step closer to the mainstream

Weight: 145g | Dimensions: 151 x 74 x 6.6 mm | OS: Android Lollipop | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: MediaTek MT6755 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 2850mAh | Front camera: 16MP

Low price for what you get
Svelte metallic curves
Processor isn't great
Signal quality

Oppo's F1 Plus is the best phone we've seen from the company so far. It comes with a high-end spec and a low price.

With its sleek attractive design, you'd be forgiven for mistaking the Oppo F1 Plus for an iPhone 6S - but don't worry, this phone is running Android software.

It comes with a Full HD 5.5-inch display as well as a powerful processor and a huge 4GB of RAM too.

Plus if selfies are your thing there is always the front camera that has a 23MP sensor, which is even better than the 13MP sensor on the back.

Read the full review: Oppo F1 Plus