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Best phone 2016: the 10 top smartphones we've tested

The best smartphone right now is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

By Gareth Beavis | Sep 30, 2016, 08.22 PM IST
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10: Sony Xperia XZ

Update: There are three new entries in our 10 best smartphones in the world: congratulations to the Sony Xperia XZ, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Just where have they placed?

The end of 2016 is coming into view, and pretty much all the big phones of the year have launched. The latest arrivals are Apple's newest offerings, with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus joining the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, LG G5 and HTC 10 in our list of, frankly, amazing smartphones.

Here TechRadar we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our rigorously vigorous testing process to create our in-depth mobile phone reviews.

iPhone 6S

The best iPhone Apple's ever made

Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm | OS: iOS 9.3 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 1334 x 750 | CPU: Apple A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB/64GB/128GB | Battery: 1715mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Great design

3D Touch impresses

Battery life low

Price high for a low-res screen

Apple tumble! Like the 6S Plus, the iPhone 6S Plus has also dropped in the rankings. Fear not, for it's still a great handset, it's just that the competition has moved on since its September 2015 launch. We may see Apple leap back up the chart later this year with the arrival of the iPhone 7, but that will depend on whether it's a decent upgrade.

The iPhone 6S might look the same as 2014's model, but peer below the hood and there are a number of interesting upgrades.

The camera is enhanced, the processor is once again more powerful to let you play ever-better apps and games with speed, and the 3D Touch display is proving innovative.

The new touch system lets you press harder into the screen to open quick shortcuts - so taking a selfie is merely a hard push and swipe of the camera icon away.

It's still a brilliant iPhone, the phone that loads of users are desperate to get their hands on, and Apple's not done any harm at all with this upgraded model.

Read the full review: iPhone 6S

Also consider: The obvious move is to the iPhone 6S Plus, as it's got a sharper screen and longer-lasting battery - the price is higher and it's a bit harder to hold, but you'll likely get used to it pretty quickly.

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