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.

The first ever 4K phone is more than a one-trick pony

Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 154.4 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 3840 | CPU: Snapdragon 810 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3430mAh | Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera: 5.1MP

Huge 4K display
Impressive finger scanner
Poor battery life
Lacklustre design

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the first smartphone to boast a 4K resolution, and it makes the most of it with a large, not to mention absolutely stunning, 5.5-inch display.

Beyond the screen it takes many of the best things about the standard Sony Xperia Z5, such as its brilliant 23MP camera, a water resistant build and an impressive fingerprint scanner.

It's undeniably premium, but we're not big fans of the chunky design and all those pixels take a toll on the battery.

If you want to wow your friends with an almost impossibly crisp screen the Z5 Premium will do the job and it's an impressive phone in most other ways too.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium