Update: Our definitive best phone guide has a new entry: OnePlus 3. It joins the list with HTC 10, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and last year's iPhone. Here's our new rankings.
Knowing the best smartphone you can buy in 2016, is more than just a hunch for us. We test out the latest and - sometimes - greatest phones in comprehensive mobile phone reviews.
To drill down to a list of our 10 favorites in the US this year, we based the updated rankings on a lot of geeked-out factors: design, performance, battery life, camera quality and software updates.
Sure, your personal preference among iOS 10, Android N and Windows Mobile 10 could sway you to another device besides our top-ranked phone. Likewise, your contract with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or T-Mobile is a personal outlier. The best phone for AT&T may not be available on-contract on Verizon, and vice-versa.
But that's why we have more than just a No. 1 pick, which, spoiler alert, isn't Apple's iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus. We're not that predictable. Before you lock into a binding contract or spring for an expensive unlocked, SIM-free smartphone, consult our best phone guide, updated regularly.
While you peruse this definitive best phones list, please know that we haven't finished testing the Moto Z and ZTE Axon 7 since they're not out yet and lack a firm price for us to pass final judgment.
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