10 Best phones of 2016

Apple or Android? Which was best?

As we approach the end of 2016, it's time to start ranking the phones from this year.

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Pixel XL
5.00

1. ​Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter

It is as good as or incrementally better than everything else on the market but the A.I-enhanced Google Assistant elevates it to another level of smartphone technology. However, now that Google's amazing Daydream VR is here - and it's currently ...
Review Date: 11th Nov., 2016
RRP: $ 1,269.00
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P9
4.50

2. ​Huawei P9 smartphone review: lifting photography to another level... sometimes.

The P9 is a decent mid-range phone with best-on-the-market fingerprint reader and potentially the best camera of any phone (including many compact cameras).
Review Date: 20th Oct., 2016
RRP: $ 799.00
Mate 8
4.25

3. ​Huawei Mate 8 review: probably the best all-round Android phone you can buy

A great-value, great all-round Android phone.
Review Date: 23rd June, 2016
RRP: $ 899.00
Galaxy S7 Edge
3.50

4. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

It's priced to ride the coat tails of the iPhone. But while it is a very good Android device, there is much better value to be had elsewhere.
Review Date: 14th July, 2016
RRP: $ 1,249.00
iPhone 7
4.00

5. Apple iPhone 7 full, in-depth review: Value depends on your relationship with Apple

It's a decent phone that's very well made but represents poor value in the phone market on its own. However, buyer's relationships with Apple and its ecosystem will dramatically affect value.
Review Date: 11th Nov., 2016
RRP: $ 1,079.00
X Force
4.00

6. ​Moto X Force review: Leading features from a mid-range phone

If you can put the fact that this phone launched overseas a year ago out of your head, this is still one of the best mid-range phones on the market and one that beats the best on the market in ...
Review Date: 6th Sept., 2016
RRP: $ 599.00
G4 Plus
4.00

7. Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus review

It's not much of a looker but its a great performer. Specs and features are high end and the price stays low. Camera performance could be better though.
Review Date: 8th July, 2016
RRP: $ 399.00
Idol 4S
4.00

8. ​Alcatel Idol 4S review: King of the mid-range?

Alcatel is pushing out of its budget-brand comfort zone with a well-specified mid-range offering. The screen and cameras are attractive, but prices of better rivals are falling fast.
Review Date: 15th July, 2016
RRP: $ 599.00
F1s
4.25

9. ​Oppo F1s review: 2016 has another King of the Best Value phones

At under $350 the F1s is a steal. It has features we'd like to see on top-end phones like fast fingerprint unlocking, free case and a three day battery life. Just beware of the camera performance and processing delay with ...
Review Date: 2nd Sept., 2016
RRP: $ 348.00
10
4.00

10. HTC 10 review: A great phone, but avoid paying full price for it

A great camera, 24-bit audio, decent interface and Vive VR partnership are all attractive.
Review Date: 17th May, 2016
RRP: $ 950.00
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