10 best smartphones 2016: our pick of the very best phones

T3 Elite's roundup of the very best smartphones money can buy.

Welcome to T3 Elite's roundup of the very best smartphones money can buy. We only include the best phones in this list, so you can be sure you're always geting the very latest cutting edge tech.

The T3.com team has tested every handset under the sun, and this page is designed to provide you with all the key info you need so you can choose the best smartphone for you. And we've listed in order of preference too, so there's no confusion. The first is the best.

So whether you're after the best Android smartphone money can buy, an iPhone upgrade or a new Windows 10 mobile to pair with your laptop, we've seen and extensively tested them all so you don't have to.

Take a look and we guarantee you'll find the best smartphone for you, beginning with the very best phone currently available...

1. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Curving into the future with impressive specs

Premium design
Fast and powerful interface
Very expensive
Battery life disappointing

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is so close to being best smartphone in the world right now. It boasts the world's first dual curved display, with the screen bending around on both sides so it looks like no other phone ever made. Yep, this futuristic smartphone is a looker, and it'll have your friends begging for a chance to play with it. That combined with industry leading power, an amazing display, decent battery life, an excellent camera and amazing performance make it not only the best-looking smartphone, but one of the top two smartphones in the universe.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

2. iPhone 6S Plus

Apple's second big screen phone is a stunner

Gorgeous phablet design
Biggest iPhone ever
It's hyper expensive
Could be too big for some

In at number 2 we have the iPhone 6S Plus - probably the best-looking phablet around. Some feel its sheer size does make it tricky to hold, but there's no denying Apple's beautiful 5.5 incher is a winner. If you're an iPhone user and you fancy picking up a much bigger phone, this could be for you. But beware - it's super expensive! If the price doesn't suit, the obvious alternatives are the standard iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Read the full review: iPhone 6S Plus


3. Samsung Galaxy S6

A brilliant phone that shows Samsung still has what it takes

Great camera
Strong design
A little pricey
Battery not great

We can't tell you how close it is between the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6S Plus and S6 Edge for the title of 'best smartphone in the world.' All three are beautiful but the curved screen just won out for us. But this is still great. Whether it's the improved camera, the metal-and-glass chassis, the oodles of power involved (from Samsung’s own octa-core Exynos chipset) or just the fact that the TouchWiz software it runs on top of Android looks less childish these days, Samsung's got a lot right here and this is a brilliant phone.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S6

4. Apple iPhone 6S

A similar design to the iPhone 6, but it's even better inside

Stylish design
Slick hardware and software
Screen not full HD

This is the main iPhone you can buy right now and it boasts a similar design to the iPhone 6 with the same 4.7-inch screen on the front. That said, it's a gorgeous little phone and there are lots of little changes under the hood that make this a much better choice. There's a new screen technology called 3D Touch that means the phone can tell how much pressure you're putting on it, and that's not even mentioning the new A9 processor.

Read the full review: Apple iPhone 6S

5. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung's latest phablet even has those gorgeous curved edges

Beautiful, innovative screen
Loads of power
No S Pen like the Note
It's really expensive

Sadly the UK isn't getting the Galaxy Note 5, instead we've got the Galaxy S6 Edge+. If anything, it's more exciting to get this phone. Those curved screens of our favourite phone of the year are back again but this time on a much bigger phone. In fact the set up is very similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge apart from the 5.7-inch screen. There's a slightly larger battery this time to power it, but otherwise it's much the same as our number 1 phone on this list.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

6. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Here's the first ever phone with a 4K display

Great camera
Battery life is bad
Sometimes overheats

Sony has just made the world's first ever 4K smartphone, but we're not exactly sure if it's necessary yet. It’s a huge 5.5-inch screen with a huge 806 pixels-per-inch as well so is perfect for any phablet lovers out there.There’s a new fingerprint sensor running along the side of the phone that works perfectly and then there's a great 23MP camera on the back of the phone. The battery life may not be perfect, but this is one of the best phones if you love to have the newest tech first.

7. Sony Xperia Z5

Sony has come back from the brink with a new design

Brand new design
Good battery life
No wireless charging
Can get rather warm

The Xperia Z3+ was a big issue for Sony as it overheated and proved to be an all round boring phone. Sony has done some great work with the Xperia Z5 though including a new design with a frosted glass back and much better corners that don't jab you in the hand like previous Xperia phones. This time there's also a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone, and it's one of the best we've seen so far on a phone.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia Z5

8. Nexus 6P

Huawei takes over the Nexus responsibilities

All metal design
Fingerprint scanner
Still pretty big
No wireless charger

One of the new Nexus phones is made by Huawei and includes a 5.7-inch 2K display, 2GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset inside. The battery life is very impressive for a phone this size but sadly there’s now wireless camera. The camera offers a 12MP sensor and there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back for the very first time. The design is especially lovely this year with a metal back and a rounder design than before - but it may prove too big for some.

9. HTC One M9

Not quite up to the 5 star standard, but HTC still has a beautiful phone

Cool theme generator
Improved sound
Battery isn’t great
Camera rather average

The HTC One M9 is a phone that takes the design heritage, DNA and all the other good bits of last year’s One M8 and, well, does them again. It’s again shown the rest of the competition how to make a premium smartphone, and its camera and performance is right up there too. However, HTC has merely polished last year’s model without adding many new features so it's a very good phone, but not brilliant. And that's why in 2015 this is the fifth best smartphone and not the absolute best smartphone.

Read the full review: HTC One M9

10. LG G4

LG's best ever phone has a leather back

Great screen
Lots of power
Plastic option feels cheap

This phone is aimed at the fashion conscious, and while it doesn't look as special as the Galaxy S6 Edge, it does have a kick-ass unique feature. This phone, you see, has a leather-clad rear. If leather really isn't your thing then LG also offers three plastic back colour options; gold, grey and white - which feel decidedly cheap in the hand sop leather is the way to go with this one. And with leading specs, an excellent screen and the latest version of Android, this is definitely LG's best smartphone ever and comes highly recommended.

Read the full review: LG G4 review