So, you want to buy a new phone? If you’re looking for the best smartphone of 2016, you’ve come to the right place. We will guide you through the hottest mobile phones of the year to save you time when you go to your local phone shop. We continually update this best smartphones feature to reflect recent launches, recognise price changes, and ensure 2016’s latest devices appear alongside the best of 2015 (and before, if applicable). All the listed devices have been fully reviewed by us. Our best smartphones list covers all operating systems, all sizes, and prices, so you’ll be armed with everything you need to consider when choosing to buy your next device. Of course, the most important factor in buying a new device is making sure you have the best smartphone for you. The best for your budget, the features you need, the size that feels right and platform that suits you best.
10. BlackBerry Priv
BlackBerry’s Priv was the company’s first Android handset and it is a serious handset worthy of serious consideration, whether you’re a BlackBerry fan or an Android fan. The slider handset with its huge 5.4-inch display, offers all the benefits of the latest Android devices, with a physical keyboard that BlackBerry users will find familiar. It’s blessed with BlackBerry Hub and a range of BlackBerry shortcuts and features reinvented for Android. It’s not the fastest handset around, the camera isn’t the best and it lacks a fingerprint scanner, but it is an innovative handset that offers some charming twists. The Priv is also now available for £399 compared to its £549 launch price.
BlackBerry has trodden a rocky path these last few years that has lead us to a point that some felt was inevitable. With BB 7 and then BB 10 not really capturing the imagination in the way that iOS and Android have, it was of little surprise when BlackBerry announced that it was heading to Google’s mobile platform. In doing so it opens a lot of doors. Having offered compatibility with Android apps for some time – including supplying the Amazon Appstore as a method of delivery – the company has now released its fully-fledged Android handset, the BlackBerry Priv. It’s a silly name for sure, derided for its closeness to “privy” in the UK (a colloquialism for toilet) but the name is derived from privacy and privilege according to BlackBerry. But this isn’t just a “me too” smartphone. This is distinctly different, clinging onto some of BlackBerry’s most popular features, while firing with both bores into the Android space. But is this a best of both worlds?