Best high-end smartphone that you can buy right now (May 2016)

Best high-end smartphone that you can buy right now (May 2016)
Looking for the best high-end smartphone? There are plenty of high-end phones available on the market, which means that picking the single best of them all can be a daunting task. 

Fortunately, we've had the chance to test all of the best smartphones in the high-end segment of the market and we're now ready to highlight the cream of the crop.

When selecting the best handsets on the market, there are many aspects of the overall experience to consider. We're mostly interested in things such as design and build, display size and quality, performance, storage, battery, and camera performance. 

Now, given that there are so many aspects to consider, there's no single best high-end smartphone to discuss. As such, we've rounded up the phones that excel in one department or the other, and we'll also highlight the phones which are very good performers overall.

Before showing you our picks for the best high-end phone, we'd like you to note that the handsets are listed in no particular order.

Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 edge



If you want an high-end Android smartphone that makes no compromise in any department, then the Samsung Galaxy S7 series makes for an excellent starting point. 

The standard Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably the best non-phablet currently available on the market. The phone offers plenty of processing power, a water resistant build with a premium glass-metal-sandwich design, a vibrant display, as well as probably the best smartphone camera around. To find out why the Samsung Galaxy S7 can easily be considered the best Android phone on the market, head on over to our full Samsung Galaxy S7 review.

The larger Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is similar in many ways to its more compact brother, although with the notable difference of a larger and dual-curved 5.5-inch panel running at 1440 by 2560 pixels. For more details on Samsung's curved-screen phablet, head on over to our full Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review.

Apple iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus



Although sales have started to slow down for the first time in history, the iPhone series continues to be the gold standard of high-end smartphones. The current-gen iPhones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, are definitely the best high-end smartphones on the market if you're looking for a premium build, a straightforward OS experience, a lot of processing power, as well as a reliable camera. 

To learn more about Apple's current-gen flagships, make sure to check out our iPhone 6s review and our iPhone 6s Plus review, as there's a lot to discuss regarding these two high-end phones. 

HTC 10



After launching subpar flagships in the past couple of years, 2016 brought us the HTC flagship handset that many of the manufacturer's fans were waiting for. 

The HTC 10 impresses through its double chamfered metal design, which not only looks great but feels premium in the hand. Furthermore, the HTC 10 is one of the smoothest Android phones around as far as the overall performance is concerned, the fingerprint scanner is probably the best on any Android phone, and the software is simplified and less bloated compared to previous HTC Sense versions. 

Another thing to bear in mind about the HTC 10 is that, out of all the high-end smartphones listed here, this one comes with the best battery life. 

To find out why the HTC 10 is one of the best high-end smartphones around, check out our detailed HTC 10 review.

LG G5



The LG G5 - the first all-metal LG smartphone - stands out from the pack through its modular design. Although the actual implementation is far from perfect, LG showed the world that it's possible to create a modular smartphone, and the company's G5 can get new functions through additional modules that LG calls the LG G5 Friends. 

Beyond the LG G5 Friends accessories, the handset's strong points include a fast and accurate back-mounted fingerprint reader, a sharp and very bright display, a clean user interface, as well as a primary camera that works great even in low light conditions. Best high-end smartphone? Not everyone will agree, but you should at least consider it as an alternative. 

Google Nexus 6P




Although it's the oldest smartphone on this list, the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P still remains a very good option if you're in the market for the best large-screened Android phone. As all Nexus fans can anticipate, the best thing about the Google Nexus 6P is that it gets almost instant Android updates, whether if it's a monthly security patch or a major update, and will keep getting them by the end of next year.

On the hardware side, the Nexus 6P offers a unique design and a sleek aluminum build, great all-around performance, a great selfie camera and a performant primary camera, as well as a decently-sized battery that is very fast to recharge. Much more details on Google's current-gen phablet can be found in our complete Google Nexus 6P review.

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22 Comments

1. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

PST..May 2016...

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Dang May 2015? We still in 2015? Where's my flux capacitor doc?

3. calvinerico

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

such error

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

2016 mate.

5. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Interesting enough I bought the HTC 10 because of all the great reviews and It just doesn't hold up. Audio, Camera, Display all are S7 and G5. The only thing I felt better about was if I dropped it. I'm just not understanding why it was praised and g5 being the only phone to replace it's battery which all Samsung people were mad at loosing is not number 1?

7. shnibz

Posts: 504; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

LG downfalls are LGs UI, the (to most people) useless modules, and it's ugly AF. Oh and several reviews have notes sub par build quality.

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Audio is definitely HTC, camera wise, an update gone through which made taking pictures substantially better, funny how the same happened last year too. I hope you enjoy it!

9. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Audio is okay, it's just not loud it sounds good, but low compared to the rest. I'm already selling it.

13. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well dang man, gimme to me for $10

19. hulk_14

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

Audio? Audio is definitelly LG with its V10.

14. Roeshak

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

What you need to understand is that HTC being one of the oldest in android and also one with a history of being nice to the tech community, enjoys a lot of love from the tech blogs. It's good points are always overrated and it's weak points underplayed.

6. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

Am i the only one stuck in 2016?

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what are you doing on 2016?? use ur TARDIS and go back to 2015.. everyone waiting you there

10. Derekjeter

Posts: 1439; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

To me my Nexus 6P has the best sound and best Android experience and the best phone for everything else is my iPhone 6s Plus 128gig. Can't beat the keyboard, apps, sound quality in phone calls and to me has the best battery of any of these phones. When I tried the S7 Edge it would die quicker than my iPhone or my Nexus. That's my opinion.

12. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Really? Strange. I do not think apple has either best battery (not even close in my experience) and keyboard. Also it has high SAR so I would avoid having long calls. Maybe apps. (a few timed exclusive ones)

15. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Apple the gold standard of high end phones.... lol. Only on iPhonearena would you see this

16. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

That's what stops me from buying iphones. Us due to low specs for my money. No 1080p No 3gb Ram No quad core cpu

17. chenski

Posts: 730; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Nexus 6p makes me wonder if snapdragon 810 is really as bad as people claim

18. 444777

Posts: 399; Member since: May 02, 2016

If you root the S810 handsets, they are very good. I have my Z5 rooted. No throttling. Like people claiming.

20. OdysseasP

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

So a pen-tile based screen smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge), a crippled on both hardware & software smartphone (Apple iPhone 6s/Plus), smartphones with no IP68 certification (HTC 10 & LG G5) & finally a smartphone with severe overheating problems because of its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC (Google Nexus 6P) are the best high-end smartphone that you can buy right now (May 2016). Are you f**king serious? Do you consider yourselves to be serious tech journalists?

21. Eclectech

Posts: 336; Member since: May 01, 2013

Since when did not having IP68 certification become a bad thing? Certainly there are use cases for it, but the majority of us are not going to take our electronics anywhere near water. There will never be a perfect phone. Never...because all phones are made by humans.

22. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I think the best phone you can buy now has IP68 water resistance, 4K screen for photos and videos, front-facing stereo speakers, very good battery life, 23 MP rear camera and a beautiful metal and glass design. It is Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

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