0: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Update: The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge reviews are here – see where they land in our updated best smartphones list!
MWC is over, and we’ve had the big hitters appear. The LG G5, with its modular design, was one of the darlings of MWC 2016 (alongside the Samsung duo, of course) and with the HTC One M10 looking like it’s still going be a month away – and likely to be called the HTC 10 – there’s a lot coming down the line.
If none of those take your fancy and you want the best phone right now, well, this is the place to be (although we would recommend waiting for the new phones to emerge to see if you can save some cash on 2015’s models).
Luckily for you, at TechRadar we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our rigorously vigorous testing process to create our indepth mobile phone reviews.
With so many to choose from, we’ve spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account the power, specs, design and most importantly: value for money, although we’ll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets to help you find the best smartphone.
After all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that won’t be getting any updates in a year’s time, right?
So whether it’s one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool operating systems, we’ve extensively tested the top smartphones so you don’t have to.
Here are our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in the UK.
10. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
A compact beast with a splendid price
OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 4.6-inch | Resolution: 720×1280 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2,700mAh | Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera: 5.1MP
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is another in the line of smaller handsets from the Japanese brand, packing in all the power into a smaller, more manageable phone.
It’s got all the same power credentials as the Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, but has the added bonus of being a lot more pocketable.
The main reason you’d go for this phone is that it’s a dinkier device, with a 4.6-inch screen combined with the strong camera, waterproofed chassis and allows you to hear all your audio in beautiful upscaled sound quality.
Battery life could be better, but it’s no worse than a lot on this list – and Sony certainly has a unique design that plenty like to fondle.
Also consider: If you’re not a fan of the size of this phone, the Sony Xperia Z5 ‘normal’ packs the same great camera, waterproofing and Hi-Res Audio as the larger version, but in a more easy-to-handle frame.
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9: HTC One M9
There’s been a 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.
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.