2016: The best Android smartphones

Let's kick off the new year by looking at some of the best Android handsets currently available.

2015 was an epic year for Android smartphones, and it looks like 2016 is also going to be a great year for anyone looking to buy a new smartphone.

Whatever you requirements or budget, there's an Android handset on this list for you. Due to popular demand, I've added a couple of budget smartphones that retail for around $200 too, including one that offers a high level of water resistance.

Worried that your Android smartphone won't make you as cool as the cool kids with their iPhones? Don't be!

These devices not only feature quality hardware, they will also give you an excellent Android user experience (hint: if you want a pure Android experience, got for the Nexus).

As always, prices and availability will vary from carrier to carrier, and if you buy an unlocked handset, expect to pay a premium price upfront. However, unlocked handsets offer you the freedom to switch between carriers as you please, a feature that can be a real help to world travelers.

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