6. LG G5
The best innovation in a smartphone we've seen
OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.3-inch | Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: removable 2,800mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 8MP
LG's back, and with an innovative bang. This is a phone that's designed to fall apart - well, come apart at least. You see, in addition to the clever dual camera, there's a clip at the bottom that lets you remove and swap out the battery - like old times (i.e. 2014 for Samsung fans).
That's good news because many new phones lack a removable power pack, and this one actually goes beyond that with new modules. Attach an Hi-Fi audio module for better speakers or a battery-infused camera grip to take almost as many vacation photos as you want.
We're still waiting for the B&O audio module to make it to the US, but there's promise that it'll come along with additional LG G5 modules. It's another 'alternative' phone from LG, and we're big fans, especially at $99 on contract if you shop well enough.
Also consider: Last year's LG G4 isn't a million miles away from this phone in terms of spec, and it's a darn sight cheaper now. It's not got the attractive metal body, but if you can rustle up the leather variant you're getting an absolute steal of a smartphone.