Top, Best Android Phones of 2015 to 2016

With so many great Android phones being available to UK and global customers you can spend literally hours trying to decide which one to get with your next mobile contract. So we keep an Android Top 10 list up to date to help me your decision easier.

Rankings our list of the best Android phones have been decided upon by adding together and averaging out the scores from Tech Radar, CNET, Phone Arena, Wired and Trusted Reviews for each phone.

1. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
  • OS: Android (5.1, 5.0) TouchWiz UI
  • Dimensions: 5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches (142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm)
  • Weight: 4.66 oz (132 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 5.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 577 ppi
  • Camera Res: 16 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Exynos 7 Octa 7420
  • Computer Processor: 8-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 , 64-bit
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 128 GB
  • Battery Talk Time(3G): 18.00 hours, the average is 15 h (904 min)
  • Front Camera Res: 5 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Black, White, Green, Silver, Gold Platinum

Crisper & Clearer. The intuitive camera launches in a split second, capturing crisp and clear images even in low light situations.

After charging for just 10 minutes, you get 4 hours of usage. When you need to save battery, Ultra Power Saving Mode will help you conserve power.

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2. Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6
  • OS: iOS (8.x, 7.x)
  • Dimensions: 4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches (124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm)
  • Weight: 4.66 oz (132 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 4.0 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 326 ppi
  • Camera Res: 8 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Apple A6
  • Computer Processor: Dual core, 1300 MHz, Swift
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 128 GB
  • Battery Talk Time (3G): 10.00 hours, the average is 15 h (882 min)
  • Front Camera Res: 1.2 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Blue, Green, Pink, White, Yellow

The Samsung Galaxy S6 presents a radical redesign into the flagship Galaxy S line. With a renewed focus on premium looks and cutting edge specs, the Galaxy S6 sports a Quad HD display, an improved 16MP camera, and - finally - super-fast UFS 2.0 based internal storage starting at 32 GB up to 128 GB.

The Galaxy S6 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with the company's proprietary TouchWiz skin on top, and it will be the first 64-bit Samsung flagship, coming outfitted with a homemade octa-core chip.

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3. LG G4

LG G4
  • OS: Android (5.1) LG UX 4.0 UI
  • Dimensions: 5.86 x 3.00 x 0.39 inches (148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm)
  • Weight: 5.47 oz (155 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 5.0 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 538 ppi
  • Camera Res: 16 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • Computer Processor: 6-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 and ARM Cortex-A57 , 64-bit
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 32 GB
  • Battery Talk Time(3G): 19.00 hours, the average is 15 h (904 min)
  • Battery Standby Time: 15.0 days (360 hours), the average is 17 days (419 h)
  • Front Camera Res: 8 megapixels
  • Available Colours: White, Grey

LG has tried to focus on what everyone actually wants out of a smartphone, a great looking design, color rich display and the great camera for photos - but it doesn't quite deliver as impressively as we'd hoped.

The 5.5-inch Quad HD display features a next-generation IPS Quantum display, which makes watching movies feel like you?re at the cinema. The LG G4 produces high-contrast, vibrant images that are rich and authentic in colour and amazingly true-to-life - even in direct sunlight.

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4. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • OS: Android (5.1) TouchWiz UI
  • Dimensions: 6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches (153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm)
  • Weight: 6.03 oz (171 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 518 ppi
  • Camera Res: 16 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Exynos 7 Octa 7420
  • Computer Processor: 8-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 64 GB
  • Front Camera Res: 5 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Black, Gold

It's still as big but now slimmer, framed by sleek metal and glass. Use S Pen on a gorgeous flat surface while the phone's dual-edge back lies snuggly in your hand.

It's what makes Galaxy Note5 click. And it's even more like an actual pen, one that writes just as well. But achieves a lot more, making life that much easier. You'll never want to put it down.

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5. HTC One M9

HTC One M9
  • OS: Android (5.1, 5.0) HTC Sense 7.0 UI
  • Dimensions: 5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm)
  • Weight: 5.54 oz (157 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 5.0 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 441 ppi
  • Camera Res: 20 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
  • Computer Processor: 8-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 32 GB
  • Battery Talk Time(3G): 21.70 hours, the average is 15 h (882 min)
  • Battery Standby Time: 21.70 hours, the average is 15 h (882 min)
  • Front Camera Res: 4 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Silver, Grey, Gold

An award-winning tradition continues: 20 MP camera with sapphire camera cover lens to deliver crisp, clear photos. Front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amp and Dolby AudioT surround for the ultimate audio experience.

Dual-tone all-metal body features mirrored edges that are ergonomically tapered to effortlessly fit your grip. Its unibody back is curved to achieve the streamlined look and feel of the iconic HTC One series smartphones.

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6. LG G3

LG G3
  • OS: Android (5.0, 4.4.2)
  • Dimensions: 5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches (146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm)
  • Weight: 5.26 oz (149 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 538 ppi
  • Camera Res: 13 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC
  • Computer Processor: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 32 GB
  • Battery Talk Time(3G): 21.00 hours the average is 15 h (904 min)
  • Battery Standby Time: 22.8 days (548 hours)the average is 17 days (419 h)
  • Front Camera Res: 2.1 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Gold, Black

The G3's 5.5-inch screen delivers exquisite picture quality thanks to its Quad HD technology - displaying your photos and videos in the same definition used to print high-quality art gallery books. Its ultra-sharp recreation of images in vibrant, life-like colour means you'll never see a pixel again. Seeing really is believing.

With its Floating Arc design and slim side-profile, the G3 is extremely comfortable to grip for one-handed use. Metallic skin with a matte finish keeps the G3 looking clean and fingerprint-free, retaining its premium look. You can also enjoy instinctive control and added functionality with the integrated rear-key.

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7. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
  • OS: Android (5.1)
  • Dimensions: 5.00 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches (127 x 65 x 8.9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.87 oz (138 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 4.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 319 ppi
  • Camera Res: 23 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
  • Computer Processor: 8-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 32 GB
  • Battery Talk Time(3G): 21.7 days (520 hours), the average is 24 days (577 h)
  • Battery Standby Time: 11.50 hours, the average is 13 h (785 min)
  • Front Camera Res: 5 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Black

With Xperia Z5 Compact, the question isn't just what you can do with your smartphone. It's what else you can do. Our best compact smartphone has all the features of the big guys, but it's designed to slip right into real life. With colours that match your style. Innovations that keep interruptions at bay. And a 4.6" design that hits the sweet spot in size.

Xperia Z5 Compact's comfortable compact size is matched with vivid colours and eye-catching design elements. Like precision debossing on the frame and a frosted glass back that's smooth to the touch.

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8. Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5
  • OS: Android (5.1)
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches (146 x 72 x 7.3 mm)
  • Weight: 5.43 oz (154 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 424 ppi
  • Camera Res: 23 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
  • Computer Processor: 8-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 32 GB
  • Battery Talk Time(3G): 17.00 hours, the average is 15 h (882 min)
  • Battery Standby Time: 13.16 hours, the average is 13 h (785 min)
  • Front Camera Res: 5 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Black, Gold

Xperia Z5 lets you capture life's greatest photo opportunities, before they pass you by. With its Hybrid Autofocus, our best camera phone yet is a master of speed and accuracy. Combined with 23 megapixels and five times more powerful image zoom, Xperia Z5 is able to capture even the most fleeting moments. In sparkling clarity. On the first try.

Xperia Z5 delivers a design difference you can feel. A metal frame with precision engraving. A smooth, simplified form. And a frosted glass back that's both gentle on the eye and cool to the touch.

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9. Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
  • OS: Android (5.1, 5.0, 4.4)
  • Dimensions: 5.00 x 2.56 x 0.34 inches (127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm)
  • Weight: 4.55 oz (129 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 4.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 319 ppi ppi
  • Camera Res: 20.7 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC
  • Computer Processor: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 16 GB
  • Battery Talk Time(3G): 14.00 hours the average is 15 h (882 min) Read more at http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Sony-Xperia-Z3-Compact_id8744#dj1JPb1VgVkCEBs3.99
  • Battery Standby Time: 36.7 days (880 hours)the average is 18 days (421 h)
  • Front Camera Res: 2.2 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Silver, Grey, Gold

An award-winning tradition continues: 20 MP camera with sapphire camera cover lens to deliver crisp, clear photos. Front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amp and Dolby AudioT surround for the ultimate audio experience.

Dual-tone all-metal body features mirrored edges that are ergonomically tapered to effortlessly fit your grip. Its unibody back is curved to achieve the streamlined look and feel of the iconic HTC One series smartphones.

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10. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • OS: Android OS, 4.4
  • Dimensions: 6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches (153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm)
  • Weight: 6.21 oz (176 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.7 inches/1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 20.00 hours
  • CPU Speed: 8-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 32 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 16 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 9/10

There's no denying that Samsung's latest phablet offering is a mighty beast: a 5.7 inch QHD display laughs at much of the competition while 2.7Ghz processor sits hand-in-hand with its 3GB of RAM to make it a performance behemoth. Add that to the up-to-128GB expandable storage and a seriously good 16MP rear-facing camera (as well as its 3.7MP front-facing snapper) and you've got one of the best devices of its size on the market.

The Galaxy Note 4 isn't without its drawbacks however. The sheer heft of the screen that will make it appeal to a fairly niche market out there will more than likely disgust others looking for a more compact solution to their mobile telecommunications. The S-Pen stylus is a questionable feature as well, and for much less than the Note 4's weighty price tag you can pick up similarly powerful beasts like the LG G3. Still, the 600 asking price gets you serious speed, a great camera, admirable battery life, and quite simply the greatest and most well-built phablet in existence.

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11. Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 72mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 5.36 oz (152 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.2 inches/1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 14 hours
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 20.7 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.3/10

There are many reasons why the Sony Xperia Z3 is second (at the time of writing) in this Top 10 Android Phones list. It is a seriously high-end phone that has a premium feel and a blistering performance to boot. The 2.5Ghz Quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM take care of the under-the-hood performance while the 5.2 inch HD screen at 424ppi and gorgeous IP68-rated chassis take care of the aesthetics side of the phone. It's even priced more desirably than the monumentally expensive Galaxy Note 4: you can pick it up for less than $620/500 after all.

There are too many advantages to owning a Z3 to list here in a concise manner, but suffice it to say that the device has incredible battery life (the 3100mAh batter takes care of this), one of the highest waterproof/dustproof ratings, expandable memory, the ability to shoot 4K video, and PS4 Remote play, a feature that will entice the serious gamers out there.

On balance, there are a few bugs in the OS, the 4K video app can crash if you're recording for too long, and Remote Play had some teething problems in the phone's initial few weeks. In spite of these flaws the Z3 is still deserving of second place here because it looks great, performs fantastically, and has a battery life that many other phones manufacturers wish their phones could stretch to.

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12. Nexus 6

Nexus 6
  • OS: Android (5.1, 5.0)
  • Dimensions: 6.27 x 3.27 x 0.40 inches (159.26 x 82.98 x 10.06 mm)
  • Weight: 6.49 oz (184 g) the average is 5.1 oz (145 g)
  • Screen Size: 6.0 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Pixel Concentration: 493 ppi ppi
  • Camera Res: 13 megapixels
  • Computer Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
  • Computer Processor: Quad core, 2700 MHz, Krait 450
  • Graphics Chip: Yes
  • Phone Capacity: 64 GB
  • Battery Talk Time: 24.00 hours the average is 13 h (800 min)
  • Front Camera Res: 2 megapixels
  • Available Colours: Blue

The pixel-rich, 6-inch Quad HD display and dual front-facing speakers provide a crystal-clear, immersive experience. Nexus 6 is perfect for making the most of your choice of entertainment pack, included with all our Red 4G plans.

The large 3220 mAh battery provides up to 24 hours on a single charge. With the Turbo Charger you can get a quick burst of power when you need it most, giving you up to 6 additional hours of battery life from a 15 minute charge.

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13. Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 72mm x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 5.36 oz (152 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 5.2 inches/1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 11 hours
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 2500 MHz, Krait 400
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB
  • Camera Resolution: 20.7 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8/10

If ever a phone on this list could be described as muscling in directly on the iPhone market, then the Samsung Galaxy Alpha would be it. This 4.7-inch device is quite the well-balanced handset with both its size and its power. Its display is bright and crisp, offering the same performance as more premium Samsung devices like the S5, but it s performance also shines through and is more affordable at around $650/500.

For all of the phone's balance, there are a few flaws however, including the lacklustre TouchWiz software, disappointing battery life, finicky fingerprint sensor, and lack of microSD slot meaning no expandable storage. The phone definitely provides some competition for the smaller iPhone, but in spite of taking a well-balance approach it falls slightly short in too many areas to really draw any serious attention to itself.

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14. HTC One Mini 2

HTC One Mini 2
  • Dimensions: 5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches (137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6)
  • Weight: 4.83 oz (137 g) the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
  • Screen Size/Resolution: 4.5 inches/720 x 1280 pixels
  • Battery Talk Time/Standby: 23.2 days (556 hours) the average is 22 days (516 h)
  • CPU Speed: Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
  • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
  • Built in Storage/Expansion: 16 GB/Expanded up to 128 GB with Micro SD
  • Camera Resolution: 5 megapixels
  • Overall Rating: 8.3/10

Good things come in small packages. Boasting the award-winning features and design of its larger counterpart, the HTC One mini has a compact 4.3" display screen and a slimmer build. Its dual frontal stereo speakers, automatically updating home screen and low-light camera come in a premium metal design more compact than ever.

Constructed of polished metal alloy, the HTC One mini features a compact profile that's designed for easy one-hand use. Its durable construction is shaped to seamlessly conform to your grip and provide on-the-go convenience for your busy life.

Dual frontal stereo speakers project sound at you, not away, for unrivalled sound from a smartphone. Built-in amps enhance everything so you'll experience louder, fuller, richer sound for a more immersive experience. The only thing small about the HTC One mini is its size.

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