THE SMARTPHONE MARKET is becoming increasingly competitive, make it harder and harder for buyers to choose which handset is right for them.
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 S6 or LG G4, a phone with a physial keyboard like the BlackBerry Priv, or a phone that will protect you from government snooping like Silent Circle's Blackphone.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it when another worthy contender is launched.
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 an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 18MP rear-facing camera and 3,140mAh battery.
Check out our BlackBerry Priv review.
The Xperia Z5 is the latest flagship smartphone out of Sony, and offers the IP65/IP68 dust-tight, waterproof design as its Xperia Z3+ predecessor.
This rugged casing houses a 5.2in Full HD screen, and comes with a quirky fingerprint sensor on its side for unlocking the device. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor under the hood, but this thankfully doesn't overheat like that found inside the previous model. The Xperia Z5 also brings Sony's next-generation camera sensor, the larger 1/2.3 Exmor RSTM for mobile with 23MP sensor and F2.0 G Lens.
Check out our Sony Xperia Z5 review.
The Nexus 6P will be the first smartphone to ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, along with the Nexus 5X.
Not only is it the first Marshmallow-powered smartphone, it's also the first metal-clad handset to come out of Google. The Huawei-build handset sports a unibody aluminum casing, housing the phone's 5.7in QHD screen, Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor and a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 octa-core processor, that comes backed up by 3GB RAM. The smartphone also features a 12.3MP camera complete with a 1.55μm sensor that, according to Google, will see the smartphone outperform the iPhone 6S Plus when it comes to photo taking.
Check out our Nexus 6P hands-on review.
OnePlus is touting its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 2, as '2016's flagship killer,' thanks to its high-end specs and mid-range price tag.
Taking tips from rivals Apple and Samsung, the OnePlus 2 has an aluminum frame, and comes with a fingerprint scanner that the firm claims is speedier than Touch ID. This frame houses its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 internals, 5.5in Full HD display and eithe 3GB RAM and 16GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage. The OnePlus 2 is also the firm's first handset to run its own Oxygen OS, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, which it claims is more secure than Google's offering and comes without 'unnecessary gimmicks."
Check out our OnePlus 2 review.
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are the latest flagship smartphones out of Apple, and they improve on their iPhone 6 predecessor with added 3D Touch technology, upgraded internals, and a new 12MP rear-facing camera sensor.
3D Touch means that, much like the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus handsets feature displays that are able to measure degrees of pressure as well as movement, offering a new and intuitive way to navigate around iOS. The handset's upgraded A9 chip, according to Apple, makes the iPhone 6S is 80 percent quicker than its predecessor, while the new 12MP sensor pits it against the likes of the Xperia Z5 when it comes to its photo-taking smarts.
Moto G (2015)
The Moto G is one of the cheapest phones on our list, with Motorola making it available from just £159 in the UK, despite its high-end specs.
Improving on last year's model, the new Moto G is the first to come with meaning it can withstand being in 1m of water for 30 minutes. It's also the first in the series to come with Moto Maker support, meaning buyers can customise the colour of the phone's backplate and accents for an additional £20.
The new Moto G also features an improved 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP camera on the front, 8GB or 16GB storage, a microSD slot and a 2,470mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S6
The Galaxy S6 is a phone of firsts for Samsung. It's the first flagship Galaxy phone to ditch plastic in favour of a high-end metal and glass body, the first to boast a QHD 2560x1440 display and the first to allow users to delete bloatware.
The Galaxy S6 packs a zippy Samsung-branded octa-core processor under the hood, which comes paired with Android 5.0 Lollipop and 3GB, and ships with either 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage. There's also an iPhone-style fingerprint scanner baked into the home button, a 16MP rear-facing camera with OIS and real-time HDR and a 2,600mAh battery complete with wireless charging support.
Check out our Galaxy S6 review.