We’re not even halfway through the year and already there have been a number of new phones released around the world. From large household names to smaller brands, we’ve narrowed down your options to the top 10 smartphones to buy in 2016.

How has the latest iPhone faired? Is Android the future of the smartphone? Has a lesser known brand ascended to the top 10? All will be revealed as Aerial Direct give their verdict.

10. LG G4
Okay, so we’re starting off with a phone that wasn’t released in 2016 – But even a year on from the launch of the LG G4, this is still one of the very best phones you can get your hands on.

The G4 has an incredible camera that’s still at the top end of the smartphone market, whilst the leather case is a welcome change. Specs include a Snapdragon 808 1.8 GHz 64-bit processor, 3GB RAM, 16-megapixel camera with f/1.8 aperture and OIS, front facing 8-megapixel camera, removable 3,000 mAh battery and Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

Plus, there are now some excellent deals to be had for the LG G4, so where better place to start than here for the top 10 smartphones to buy in 2016.

9. Blackberry Priv
Blackberry was once at the top of the industry, but struggled to adapt when its competition grew stronger. Thankfully though, the brand has returned with something to tickle the fancy of all working professionals.

The Blackberry Priv, as with all other incarnations of the Blackberry, provides a Qwerty keyboard as standard – which is obviously different to the various other smartphones you could opt for. A 5.43-inch screen and specs including the Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and microSD card slot, ensure the Priv is something to weigh up.

There’s also wireless charging and a mega battery of 3,410 mAh. So, if you’d rather a physical keyboard and can get on board with Blackberry’s Android offering, why not consider an investment

8. Nextbit Robin
Looking for a budget phone? Then why not consider the Nextbit Robin. This almost unheard of phone delivers a retro styling and with a number of colourful options, you’ll be able to choose something to meet your own tastes and preferences.

The Nextbit Robin is a unique take on Android smartphones and provides cloud for external storage. It’s also highly responsive and has a decent camera to boot. Considering the price point, the specs and features really are superb.

Whilst the Nextbit could do with some handy software updates, you should still consider an investment if budget is an issue.

7. Google’s Huawei Nexus 6P
Ever heard of the Huawei? The chances are you’ll fall into the bracket of those who haven’t, because it’s not considered one of the leading devices on the market. However, that’s all set to change with the Nexus 6P.

This is the most advanced Nexus released from Google, offering high end specs, fingerprint scanning tech and a preview section to find out what’s going to be released in future. It’s also cheaper than some of the other options on the smartphone market, with the opportunity to choose form a 32GB, 64GB and 128GB internal storage.

6. LG G5
LG has struggled to keep pace with Samsung’s Android dominance, so in 2016 they’ve tried a different approach. The G5 launches a removable piece and battery, with an option to slide in a camera grip battery module. It’s an interesting idea and one we’ll perhaps see take off in the years to come. Of course, as of yet it’s too early to determine if it’ll be successful.

So, what can we judge the G5 on? How about the excellent camera it’s equipped with and the highest end processor and internal specifications? Okay, the design is a little behind some of the main rivals, but there’s still every reason to consider this as your next smartphone.

5. LG V10
LG has become a force in the smartphone world and the V10 is sure to capitalise on the growing interest in the brand’s devices. It offers one of the leading camera technologies to grace the market, whilst delivering on a whole host of other fronts too.

Effectively, LG took the success of the G4 model and improved it – superb display and fingerprint scanner being a couple of the handy assets with the V10. It finds its way to fifth spot in our top 10 smartphones guide and certainly provides a viable option to some of the mainstream alternatives.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Galaxy Note 5 offers one of the best displays on the smartphone market, with S Pen technology and a stunning design that’s much changed from previous incarnations.

The specs are excellent, with the Note 5 boasting a Samsung Exynos octa-core processor, 4GB of the fastest RAM, 5.7 inch 2560×1440 pixels display, 16-megapixel camera and 3000 mAh battery. This makes it a serious contender in the mobile world and gives you every reason to consider this for your investment.

If you’re looking for a smartphone with a superb pay feature, the Galaxy Note is for you too. Its Samsung Pay is far superior to the offerings of Apple and Android devices, whilst being competitively priced as well.

3. iPhone SE
Apple has finally answered the call of many, producing a cheaper smartphone with the same great tech you would expect from the brand. That’s right, the iPhone SE is basically a 6S – but smaller.

It has all the features you’d need (only missing the 3D touch tech), and makes a great purchase for those not wanting to spend a fortune on their next phone. Battery life is great, (especially if you take care to ensure not charging too regularly), whilst you’ll have access to all those apps you love.

Apple is missing a trick by not introducing waterproof handsets or wireless charging (expect this with the iPhone 7), but because of the reduced price and continued quality, the iPhone SE has to rank high up the charts.

2. HTC 10
HTC has struggled to gain mass popularity, finding itself down the pecking order behind the likes of Apple, Samsung, Sony and LG. However, with the high quality HTC 10, the brand is back with a bang and ready to take the market by storm.

There isn’t another phone out there with the same audio quality as the HTC 10, making it perfect for music and videos. Meanwhile, the camera is fantastic – a 12 megapixel UltraPixel 2 with OIS.

Whilst the software isn’t perfect (lagging behind the Samsung Galaxy), it’s certainly one to consider and comes at a cheaper price to many of the main competitors.

1. Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung has really upped its game in recent years and thanks to a number of superb innovations in its technology, has ascended to the top of our 2016 smartphone list. Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have proved excellent, with a sophisticated design that stands out from the crowd.

One of the major benefits to the Samsung release is the camera. You’ll be able to take incredible photos and video footage, whilst the fingerprint scanners, Samsung Pay and water resistant qualities all push Samsung to the summit of the smartphone world. There’s even the option for wireless charging, which is brilliantly convenient.

The only downside to the Galaxy is a flaw with the fingerprint magnet. However, this is being fixed and you should expect a software update in the near future.

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