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The 5 best smartphones in the world right now

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There’s nothing quite as fast-paced and competitive as the smartphone market. Keeping up with the latest and greatest handsets can be difficult, so we’ve compiled a handy list of the five best smartphones in the world right now to help you choose which device you should go for in 2016.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge takes everything that was right about its predecessor and enhances what was wrong to create not only a beautiful handset, but a powerful one too. The futuristic curved edges of the display make it distinct and unique from its competitors, showcasing a 5.5-inch screen with a stunning Quad HD resolution. It’s bigger than the Galaxy S7, allowing it to host an impressive 3600mAh battery, alongside a brilliant camera and sleek fingerprint scanner. There’s not much more you could want in a handset that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge doesn’t provide, making it undoubtedly one of the best smartphones in the world right now.

HTC 10

The HTC 10 is the best smartphone out there for music lovers, boasting beautiful Hi-Resolution audio that sounds sublime. It’s also an attractive handset, taking all the best bits of the HTC One M9 and going a step further to produce a premium smartphone that packs a punch, too. The handset comes with a superfast Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, as well as a hefty 3000mAh battery behind the 5.2-inch screen. But, it’s the camera performance that really stands out on the HTC 10, with a 12-megapixel rear camera designed to absorb more light and offer optical image stabilisation, so you can take some pretty stellar photos. If you’re after a device that offers unbeatable sound quality, slick performance and a great design, the HTC 10 is the best smartphone for you.

Sony Xperia Z5

Sony has made big leaps forward with the Xperia Z5, offering a speedy smartphone that blitzes anything they have produced before. The camera features an unbelievably fast autofocus, which means you can take crisp shots in a heartbeat, even in dull lighting. The remarkable thing about the Sony Xperia Z5, however, is that it’s waterproof – you can immerse the device in water for up to 30 minutes and it will surface unscathed. If the 5.2-inch screen isn’t quite big enough for you, there’s always the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium available, which offers a slightly bigger 5.5-inch display with all the same features as its sibling. For those prone to dropping their phone in unfortunate places, the Sony Xperia Z5 is the best smartphone out there for you.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Our list of the best smartphones in the world right now wouldn’t be complete without a phablet. The Apple iPhone 6s Plus is the biggest handset the company has ever made, but there’s no denying its beauty, as it features an innovative 3D Touch screen and vibrant HD display. The larger device also offers a bigger battery than the iPhone 6s, with a better camera including optical image stabilisation to provide sharper pictures. If you’re a loyal Apple fan looking for something a little bit bigger than your average iPhone, then the 6s Plus is definitely the best device for you.

Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P is the first device Chinese manufacturer Huawei has been involved in developing – and it shows. It’s an Android superphone, featuring a huge 5.7-inch display alongside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 2GB of RAM. Nexus devices are always guaranteed Android updates first when they become available, so that is undoubtedly a selling point of this handset. The Nexus 6P is not as cheap as its predecessors, but it boasts a brilliant design and impressive battery performance, as well as a pretty great camera. Huawei has also moved the fingerprint scanner to the rear of their premier device, which is a nice touch for those looking for a change. For those willing to shell out more than your average smartphone and reap the rewards, the Nexus 6P is perfect for you.