Best Android Phones of 2016

Last updated: Jul 1st, 2016.

If you’re in the market for a new Android phone, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our picks for the best Android phones currently available as voted on by the Phandroid staff.

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  • 1

    Pure and simple expand_more

    The HTC 10 is a solid, all-around good phone. In a day and age where every phone has some kind of shiny gimmick, the 10 might seem a little boring. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. All that glitters is not gold. The HTC 10 is one of the most pleasant experiences you’ll have with an Android phone.

    Key Features:
    • Premium design and build quality
    • Excellent software
    • Good camera
  • 2

    Livin' on the edge has never been better expand_more

    The Edge variant has finally surpassed the regular Galaxy S7. This year’s Edge model has a slightly bigger display and the all-important bigger battery. For a device with 5.5-inch display, it feels really great in the hand. The extra boost in battery life is a critical feature. All in all, this is the S7 you want.

    Key Features:
    • Excellent display
    • Powerful performance
    • Good battery life
  • 3

    The Galaxy has been refined expand_more

    The Galaxy S7 seems like a boring device on the outside, but that’s only because Samsung took care of everything that hampered the Galaxy S6. This is one of the most polished and refined Galaxy devices we’ve seen in a long time. It might not be as exciting as the Edge model, but it’s still a great phone.

    Key Features:
    • Excellent display
    • Powerful performance
    • Great camera
  • 4

    The best Nexus ever made expand_more

    The Nexus 6P is Huawei’s first attempt at a Nexus device, and they knocked it out of the park. This is the first time a Nexus can truly claim the title of best Android phone. It has an excellent camera, beautiful, big display, and a charming design. If you don’t mind big phones, this is the one to get.

    Key Features:
    • Great camera
    • Insanely fast performance
    • Beautiful display
  • 5

    The playground is open expand_more

    The LG G5 is a great phone that suffers from living in the Galaxy S7’s shadow. The modular design isn’t for everyone, but it’s amazingly useful for some people. The G5 doesn’t quite live up to the hype of a modular phone, but it’s still a very solid Android device.

    Key Features:
    • Great camera
    • Speedy performance
    • Modular design is a cool concept
  • 6

    A phablet with a purpose expand_more

    The Galaxy Note 5 is the best Note Samsung has ever made. It has all the great features we’ve come to expect from Samsung. Some people will miss features like the IR blaster, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Note to self: the Note 5 is a great phone.

    Key Features:
    • Best camera on the market
    • Excellent display
    • S Pen is great
  • 7

    Beauty without the price tag expand_more

    If you’re looking for a well-rounded flagship device and a unique camera experience, the P9 is definitely worth considering. It features dual-rear cameras made by Leica and a beautiful all-metal construction.

    Key Features:
    • Impeccably crafted aluminum and glass build
    • Competitively priced
    • Solid camera performance
  • 8

    The unbreakable phone is here expand_more

    Motorola set out to create a phone with an unbreakable display. Somehow, they were able to succeed. The DROID Turbo 2 is great for many reasons, but the nearly invincible display is the most amazing. It can take almost anything your throw at it and come out without a scratch. The great battery life and good camera make the phone even better.

    Key Features:
    • Nearly invincible display
    • Great battery life
    • Good camera
  • 9

    The best hardware ever is not enough expand_more

    The Mate 8 is a beastly phone with specs that will make most people drool. Performance and battery life are off the charts, but Huawei’s weird EMUI software will be a turn-off for some people. If raw power is your #1 priority, it’s hard to find a better phone that the Mate 8. Unfortunately, the Mate 8 won’t be available in the U.S.

    Key Features:
    • Blazing fast performance
    • Exceptional battery life
    • Premium build quality
  • 10

    Bringing the weird back to Android expand_more

    The LG V10 has a secondary display, aptly named “Second Screen.” It can be handy if you’re willing to give it a chance, but the Second Screen is not the most notable feature of the V10. This phone has one of the best cameras ever assembled. If you’re looking for a beast of a phone with a great camera and quirky features, this is it.

    Key Features:
    • Excellent camera
    • Second Screen can be useful
    • Beautiful display
  • Honorable Mentions

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    1. Nexus 5X – A nice little device with stock Android and a fingerprint sensor, but it’s a little underpowered.
    2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Active — A great phone if you need something a little more durable, and with better battery life.
    3. LG G4 – Even with the G4’s successor in the top of our list, this is still a very solid and reliable phone.
    4. Motorola Moto X Pure Edition – a new contender is on the horizon, but this is still worthy of attention.
    5. Motorola DROID MAXX 2 One of the best devices you can get for under $400.
    6. HTC One A9 – Beautiful software meshes perfectly with mid-range specs to make an underrated phone.
    7. Motorola Moto G4– The Moto G is still the best phone you can get for the price. It’s an amazing little device.
    8. OnePlus Two – A big, powerful phone at an approachable price.
  • Upcoming Phones

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    There are still some key phones and flagships on the way in 2016, which means there will be no shortage of great options throughout the rest of the year. Here’s a quick look at what’s on the horizon.

    Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force

    Out with the X and in with the Z. Motorola — under Lenovo’s direction — has finally announced their 2016 flagship. The Moto Z looks pretty great and ticks all the usual boxes, but what really turns our head is their take on modularity. Look forward to this one later this summer.

    Lenovo Phab 2 and Phab 2 Pro

    Lenovo is on a roll this year, with the company having revealed the first consumer-available Tango phones. These phones will deliver augmented reality experiences like none other, with depth-sensing cameras to give you the absolute most advanced augmented reality experience you can have.

    ASUS Zenfone 3 Family

    ASUS has 3 ZenFone 3 devices on the way. The company’s focus for these phones was an affordable price tag with the specs to make an Android experience fast. Prices will range between $249 and $499.

  • Rumor Mill

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    With most of the top flagships from 2016 out of the way, the list of rumored phones has shrunken a considerable amount. Still, there are a couple of juicy nuggets we’re still waiting to hear about later this year.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 6

    We know Samsung will be making a new version of the Galaxy Note 6. So far, the rumored specs include the Snapdragon 823 processor, but not much is known about this phone yet.

    2016 Nexus Phones

    We’re expecting as many as 2 Nexus phones this year: one each from Huawei and HTC. The Huawei model will reportedly be a souped up version of the Nexus 6P with 4GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 820 chipset for Daydream VR. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting on fresh details for HTC’s efforts.

    Blackberry Neon, Argon, and Mercury

    Blackberry is said to be working on as many as 3 smartphones this year, though the company has only confirmed 2 to date. The Blackberry Neon will be a full-touch mid-range device that could be made in partnership with TCL, while another mid-range phone is expected to have a PRIV-like keyboard.

    Xiaomi Mi Note 2

    Xiaomi is reportedly working on a phablet with as much as 6GB of RAM. This thing will also have Force Touch capability, too.