Best Android phones of 2016

CNET editors picked 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. Who it's for: Android fans who want the best phone to date. Top strengths: Awesome camera, lightning-fast performance and great battery life -- plus expandable storage and water-resi...

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  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

    The ultimate splurge

    The Edge is our first 5-star phone for a reason. It has everything the S7 does, but with a larger, sexier design and bigger battery. Prepare yourself to pay top dollar.

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    $693.31 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 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 sets new standard for bi...

    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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  • LG G5

    Removable battery king

    The modular add-ons you can snap onto its battery aren't the main reason to get an LG G5. Instead, it's all about the removable battery and an extra rear camera lens for taking wide-angle shots.

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    $727.22 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera

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

  • Good, but too much phone to handle
    Xiaomi Mi Max
  • Best budget Android phone, period.
    OnePlus 3
  • A great one-handed phone
    Sony Xperia X
  • Big, cheap and comfortable
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  • A great camera is the best thing about the Huawei P9
    Huawei P9
  • HTC 10 brings the noise, but it's not a Galaxy killer
    HTC 10
  • Small wonder
    Apple iPhone SE