10 best smartphones in the US

Best phones for 2016, from iPhone to Android

Nexus 5X

Nokia Lumia 930

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

The Nexus 5X is a phone that offers the very latest version of Android, a decent (ish) spec list and a more hand-friendly size to plop in your pocket.

The screen is a decent resolution and really clear to boot, and the price isn't as high as you might find on other phones in this spec bracket.

The best thing is that this will be constantly updated to the latest version of Android for a good while yet, and with an improved camera it's definitely worth a look - especially if you're not a fan of the cumbersome skins Samsung and LG like to chuck on their phones.

Nokia Lumia 930

Microsoft Lumia 950

The beginning of a smartphone revolution?

OS: Windows Phone | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2,420mAh | Rear camera: 20MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Maybe you're bored of the iPhone. Perhaps Android just doesn't do it for you. Maybe you're just wondering if there's something different out there? Well, Windows Phone 10 on the Lumia 950 will intrigue you. It can offer a PC-like experience by extending out to a larger monitor, and the camera is pretty strong.

However, there's one issue: apps. Or the lack thereof - and when combined with the slightly plastic design, it fails to trouble the top 10. However, it's a legitimate choice and easily one of the most impressive Windows Phones ever.

Apple iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Perfect for fans of the smaller screen size

OS: iOS 9.2 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 1810 mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

After the iPhone 6S launched, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that the iPhone 6 even exists. But it's right there - looking identical to the 6S and still packing loads of tech that makes iPhones, well, iPhones.

It's still a bit expensive, but that said it's sucked down the iOS 9.1 software pretty well, and is still pushing on as a decent option for a cheaper iPhone, especially if you're not bothered about tricks like the 3D Touch screen.

Plus, you can use it with the Apple Watch and pay for things on the go using the cunningly named Apple Pay - and with improved camera optics and a better battery compared to the predecessor, this is still one hell of a nifty phone.

BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry + Android = more impressive than expected

OS: Android | Screen size: 5.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB| Battery: 3410mAh | Rear camera: 18MP | Front camera: 2MP

BlackBerry is back - and it's taking a new direction by finally jumping into bed with Android. It's got a slide-out keyboard, a superbly sharp screen, splendidly powerful innards and some decent privacy settings too.

However, it's not cheap. At all, and the keyboard - something we all used to love - now feels a little outdated. Combined with the chunkier design (to facilitate that keyboard) and some lag in performance, this isn't top table worthy. But there's a lot of promise here, and we're glad to see BlackBerry is still swinging.

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HTC One M8

A stunning phone with very few flaws

OS: Android | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 2,600mAh | Rear camera: 4MP dual | Front camera: 5MP

The HTC One M8 has tumbled dramatically out of the top 10 after holding onto top spot for the best part of a year, so why the demise? Well it's now pretty old compared to the handsets making up the top ten, and there's a new kid on the block in the shape of the One M9.

It's still the same perfectly design handset though, with impressive BoomSound speakers and the short-live, yet innovative Duo Camera on the year - but the One M9 is almost identical, and just a bit better all round.

There's been a small price drop too since the arrival of the One M9, and you certainly won't be getting a poor phone if you choose to pick it up - but for just a bit more you can have its up to date successor. Your call.

Samsung Galaxy s5

Samsung Galaxy S5

A year old, but still very capable

OS: Android | Screen size: 5.1-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 2,800mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 2MP

If Samsung's latest duo of flagship devices (the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge) are too rich for your wallet then you can always consider last year's Galaxy S5.

Sure it doesn't have the same premium design as the current generation, but the plastic body means it's dust and water resistant as well as giving you a removable battery and microSD slot - all things not available on the S6 range.

The drop in price also makes the Galaxy S5 more attractive and it's stuffed full of tech and sports a fantastic screen to ensure you still have an enjoyable mobile experience.