Best phone 2016: the 10 top smartphones we’ve tested
10: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Update: There’s a new entry in our 10 best smartphones in the world. Congratulations to the OnePlus 3. Just where has it placed? Read on to find out.
- If you’re just here to see how good the iPhone is compared to the rest, then perhaps you’d be more interested in our best iPhone list
- Or if you couldn’t care less what Apple is doing with its handsets but love Google’s OS, then our best Android phone round up is right up your street.
So we’re well into 2016, and the big phones have mostly arrived. The OnePlus 3 joins the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10 in our list of, frankly, amazing smartphones.
We would have liked to see some upgrades on the screen front, or NFC for mobile payments, but on the whole the brand has managed to avoid stumbling over the ‘tricky second album’ – it’s not quite top ten material, but for the price it’s a decimatingly good smartphone.Read more ↓
Full review: OnePlus 2
HTC One M9
Beautiful design – as always from HTC – but not quite as good as the M8
OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2,840mAh | Rear camera: 20MP | Front camera: 4MP
The HTC One M9 is no longer in our top list of phones, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a stunning device with loads of great features.
For one, it’s still got some of the best construction we’ve ever seen on a phone – it’s jewellery-grade, according to HTC, and we’re largely inclined to agree.
The screen is still clear and crisp, and while the rear camera isn’t as innovative as the dual-sensored One M8, the front facing affair takes some superb selfies.
Available for a lot less cash nowadays, the HTC One M9 is still a decent buy.
Perfect for fans of the smaller screen size
OS: iOS 9.1 | 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.
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