THE SMARTPHONE MARKET IS BECOMING ever-more competitive, making it more and more difficult to choose which handset you should throw your money at.
With buyers being spoiled for choice, we've compiled a list of our favourite smartphones available for you to buy, so you can see which one best fits your needs - whether you're after a smartphone with a high-resolution display like the Galaxy S7, a phone with a physical keyboard like the BlackBerry Priv, or a phone that's smaller than most, such as Apple's iPhone SE.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it when another worthy contender is launched.
Apple's 4in iPhone SE is by no means the highest-spec handset on this list, but it's the best for those after a smaller, more affordable handset that delivers flagship smartphone performance.
It may look near identical to the iPhone 5S, but its specs are more in-line with the iPhone 6S. You'll find the same A9 processor, a built-in Touch ID sensor, and an identical set-up, with the iPhone SE packing a 12MP rear-facing sensor with dual-tone flash. You'll also find a 1,650mAh battery under the hood, while while not as sizeable as that found on Apple's flagship handset, has proved itself to be the best we've seen on an iPhone yet.
Check out our iPhone SE review.
Chinese firm Huawei is quickly cementing its place as one of the biggest names in the smartphone market, and it's hoping that the Huawei P9, with its premium design and dual Leica-certified camera, will help it to grow its share even further.
Those cameras are the big selling point here, with the dual-lens system featuring in colour and monochrome 12MP sensors, as well as a dual-tone LED flash and a laser autofocus system. According to the company, the advanced camera technology on the Huawei P9 lets in 90 percent more light than Galaxy S7, and 270 percent more than the iPhone 6S. Beyond its photography smarts, the Huawei P9 also features a unibody metal design, a 64-bit Kirin 955 chipset and Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow software.
Check out out full Huawei P9 review.
Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung's latest flagship duo have quickly proven to be the firm's most popular smartphones yet. Improving on last year's Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offer added IP68 certification making them fully waterproof, and feature microSD slots, a feature sorely missing on last year's models.
With its 5.5in curved display, which now comes with added functionality such as the ability to showcase third-party Edge apps, the Galaxy S7 Edge is the star of the show. However, both tthe Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offer the same premium metal and glass design, 12MP rear-facing cameras and plenty of power courtesy of Samsung's Exynos 8890 processor.
Moto X Style
Given Lenovo’s recent bombshell that it plans to drop the Motorola brand, the Moto X Style could be the last flagship smartphone out of the company.
Taking aim firmly at the likes of the Galaxy S6 and Xperia Z5, the Moto X Style packs a high-resolution QHD screen, which comes powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 chip and Android 5.1.1 Marshmallow, which Motorola has left largely untouched. While few changes have been made to the software, the device is offered through the firm’s Moto Maker website which means you can customise the backplate and accents to make the Moto X Style your own.
Check out our Moto X Style review.
Microsoft Lumia 950
The Lumia 950 is the first, and likely one of the last, Windows 10 Mobile-powered smartphones from Microsoft, offering baked-in Cortana voice control, Continuum support and Universal Apps.
The smartphone impresses on the hardware front, too. You’ll find a 5.7in 2450x1440 QHD screen, or a 5.7in display if you opt for the bigger Lumia 950 XL, alongside a dual 20MP rear-facing cameras and 32GB built-in storage which you can expand by a whopping 2TB thanks to the onboard microSD slot. The Microsoft Lumia 950 is also one of the first smartphones to offer USB Type-C, which the firm claims means you can juice up the smartphone to 50 percent after just 30 minutes on charge.
Check out our Microsoft Lumia 950 review.
This is the first time BlackBerry has found itself on our best smartphones list, thanks to the launch of its first Android-powered device.
The BlackBerry Priv marks the first time the firm has ditched its own software in favour of Google's more popular alternative. In a bid to stand-out in the market, BlackBerry has kitted out the Priv with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which comes paired with a 5.4in QHD screen. The high-end specs continue throughout, and you'll also find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 18MP rear-facing camera and 3,140mAh battery.
Check out our BlackBerry Priv review.
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