Best phones of 2016

Here are the phones with the best cameras, screens and battery life.

  • $599.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
    Samsung Galaxy S7

    This is the phone to beat

    The Galaxy S7 strikes an ideal balance of features and performance. It has an awesome camera, lightning-fast performance and great battery life -- plus expandable storage and water-resistance.

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  • Apple iPhone 6S

    Iconic Apple

    An excellent all-arounder and the midsize of three iPhones, the 6S is well-built and easy-to-use, and it's the obvious choice for anyone who also uses an iPad or Mac. Another perk? You can buy it straight from Apple.

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    $550.00 at eBay See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 9 Camera
  • $489.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
    OnePlus 3

    Our perfect midprice phone

    At $400, the OnePlus 3 is the best budget Android phone you can buy, with a premium look and feel, and performance fast enough to go head-to-head with any high-end handset on the market.

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  • Motorola Moto G4

    An unbeatable Android bargain

    When it comes to price, this is the phone that torpedoes every other argument. Sure, it can't compete against top dogs from Samsung and Apple, but it isn't supposed to. You just can't find better value than this.

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    $149.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 7 Camera
  • $499.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
    Google Nexus 6P

    Best-ever Nexus

    Get cutting-edge Android on a large-screen phones that's fast, with an accurate fingerprint scanner, loud speakers and a reliable camera -- for less than most high-end phones.

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Still not convinced?You may want to consider these other options...

  • A 'modular' phone that just clicks
    Motorola Moto Z
  • Bulky and overpriced
    Motorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition
  • If Superman was a phone
    Cat S60
  • A minor step up, but not the best deal
    Motorola Moto G4 Plus
  • A water-resistant speed demon
    Sony Xperia X Performance
  • Good, but too much phone to handle
    Xiaomi Mi Max
  • A great one-handed phone
    Sony Xperia X