What are the very best Android phones that you can buy in the UK in 2016? Here's our pick of our favourite Android mobiles that we've reviewed and rated in the past year, including those with the best performance, battery life, camera tech and overall user experience.
With so many new Android phones being launched every month, it can be hard to decide which mobile is best for you. That's why we've compiled this guide to our favourite Android devices that you can buy right now, including some seriously premium feature-packed handsets.
If you're on a bit of a stricter budget, we've also included some affordable options such as the Moto G4 Plus. But check out our 'best mobile phones' guide to see our pick of the most impressive handsets that you can buy right now, at any price point.
Best Android Phones 2016: HTC 10
After last year's disappointing One M9, HTC came back swinging hard in 2016. The HTC 10 is its best smartphone in donkeys, boasting a gorgeous Quad HD screen, powerful BoomSound audio, strong performance courtesy of the Snapdragon 820 processor and some decent battery life too. Specs-wise it happily competes with other 2016 flagship Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, especially with bonus features like the highly accurate fingerprint sensor adding to the slick hardware.
HTC also introduced the brilliant Freestyle Desktops feature in the HTC 10, which mixes up the tried-and-tested Android design and gives you total freedom over your desktops. It's just one more funky addition that makes the HTC 10 so lovable.
Best Android Phones 2016: Google Nexus 6P
This all-metal masterpiece (made by Chinese company Huawei) boasts stunning performance and a killer screen for an all-round sensible price, slaying many other flagship Android phones when it comes to value for money. We love the gorgeous and rather stand-out design, which feels great in the hand thanks to those perfectly-formed curves. But there's plenty to enjoy on the inside too.
Android Marshmallow appears in a gloriously vanilla form, with no clunky overlays sat on top. The camera tech is brilliant too, shooting crisp and clean photos across a range of conditions, while you can also expect some pleasingly smooth performance.
Read our full Nexus 6P review
Best Android Phones 2016: Moto G4
Motorola's Moto G3 was one of the best value phones released last year, thanks to its impressive hardware and sub-£200 asking price, and this year's Moto G4 continues that tradition. The screen size has been boosted to a mighty 5.5-incher, which may annoy some Moto G fans who preferred the 'compact' 5-inch design. However, this just makes the Moto G4 even more of a media monster.
Motorola has also really impressed us with the Moto G4's excellent 13-megapixel camera, easily one of the very best Android cameras at this price point. And as if that wasn't already enough, the Moto G4 is also one of the few Android phones to offer customisable design (via the online Moto Maker service).
Check out our full Motorola Moto G4 review
Best Android Phones 2016: Moto G4 Plus
As if one new Moto G phone in 2016 wasn't enough, the Moto G4 Plus was also launched, offering up the same 5.5-inch handset but with upgraded specs. Not only do you have a fingerprint sensor housed beneath the screen, but you also get an all-improved 16-megapixel camera on the rear end, for even sharper snaps. And all that for just £30 more.
At £199, the Moto G4 Plus really is one of the best Android phones you'll find on a budget. Check out our Moto G4 Plus review and other features over at our Moto G4 hub.
Best Android Phones 2016: Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is one of the biggest Android blowers you can buy, at a mighty 5.7-inches. It's also one of the most feature-packed Android mobiles of all time, appealing to creative and business users with its excellent S Pen stylus, impressive security features like a built-in iris scanner and some of the best camera tech of 2016.
Of course, this seriously premium mobile also comes with a seriously premium price tag. If you want to grab yourself the latest Note, you'll need to stump up a rather painful £700 SIM-free. If that's just too much to bear, check out the Galaxy S7 instead (see a little further down), which boasts the same slick performance and awesome cameras.
Best Android Phones 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7
One of the best Android phones you can buy in 2016 is undoubtedly the Samsung Galaxy S7. This gorgeous handset may not look massively different to last year's Galaxy S6, but the new curves make it even more comfortable to clutch, while there are plenty of other little tweaks. For one, the Galaxy S7 boasts one of the very best mobile phone cameras we've ever had the pleasure to play with, taking amazing photos in almost any conditions.
That said, if you already own last year's Galaxy S6, you might not want to jump on the upgrade bandwagon. Take a look at our Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S6 comparison review to find out more.
Check out our full Samsung Galaxy S7 review
Best Android Phones 2016: LG G5
LG has always been at the beating heart of innovation when it comes to Android mobile tech. So it wasn't much of a surprise to see the LG G5 emerge as one of the very first modular mobiles, with the ability to pull off the bottom edge and slot in one of LG's new 'Friends' to expand the phone's functionality. In this way you can add extra batteries, bolt on a super-powered speaker and all sorts.
Of course, the G5 isn't just a gimmick that'll cost you hundreds of pounds to enjoy. As an Android phone it's one of the best you can buy in 2016, boasting a funky dual-lens camera, solid performance and a chunky, cheerful metallic design. Who knows what Friends we'll see launched for the G5 in the future, but it's definitely the Android mobile with the most potential so far.
Check out our full LG G5 review
Best Android Phones 2016: Sony Xperia X
Sony's Xperia X is more affordable than many other flagship Android phones from 2016, but still boasts an impressive 23-megapixel rear camera as well as a 13-megapixel selfie snapper. That camera tech comes achingly close to Samsung's excellent 12-megapixel Galaxy S7 shooter, proving just as dependable in almost any conditions (although the S7 has the edge in low light).
Media fans will love the colourful 5-inch Full HD display, while Sony's support for Hi-Res audio tracks should be music to your ears. We also really like the metallic design, which looks smart and so far has proven pleasingly hardy.
Check out our full Sony Xperia X review.
Best Android Phones 2016: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Recently the trend has been towards enormous smartphones, so thank the tech gods that Sony delivered us the Xperia Z5 Compact. This colourful 4.6-inch phone is tiny compared with most other Androids, which makes it really comfortable to use one-handed. But, this Android mobile still packs some incredible specs and features for its size, including the same 23-megapixel snapper found in the full-sized Xperia Z5.
With plenty of power under the hood, a pleasingly responsive fingerprint sensor and a gorgeous Full HD screen, the Z5 Compact is so very almost our favourite Android phone of all time. If you've got small hands or tiny pockets, look no further.
Check out our full Xperia Z5 Compact review
Best Android Phones 2016: OnePlus 3
If you're after a flagship Android phone but you don't have £500 to spare, the OnePlus 3 is a great choice. This £300 mobile is a surprisingly easy-to-handle 5.5-inch handset boasting a 13-megapixel camera, super-fast 'Dash Charge' battery charging, a remarkbaly fast and responsive fingerprint sensor and plenty of other premium features.
When you can get phones this good for this kind of price, you have to wonder how much longer those full-priced phones like the Galaxy S7 will stay popular.
Best Android Phones 2016: Motorola Moto X Force
The Moto X Force isn't the only Motorola handset in our top ten Android phones list, but it's the only one that will happily survive a proper tumble to the ground from a great height thanks to its impressive shatter-proof screen. In fact, no other mobile in this round-up can take so much punishment and come out unscathed.
Of course, that's not the only thing the Moto X Force has going for it. This 5.4-inch Android also enjoys smooth performance, a dependable 21-megapixel camera, gorgeous Quad HD visuals and decent battery life, making it an all-round wonder rather than a one-trick pony.
Check out our full Moto X Force review