Which smartphone to buy is a highly personal choice: If you're after the fastest phone or the best phone for games or web browsing the answers you need are in our benchmark results. Here we break down the processor-, graphics- and web performance results of each smartphone to find out what's the fastest smartphone 2016 UK. Also see: Best sounding phone 2016 & Best phone camera 2016.

We all have our own opinions on which is the best smartphone, as is evident from the comments on our best smartphones 2016 article.

While opinions and reviews are subjective, the one thing you should be able to count on is that the benchmarking numbers do not lie. Except they do. Benchmark boosters are not a conspiracy theory by advocates of rival smartphones and platforms; they are real. There's little we can do about that, except point out that even benchmarks should be taken with a pinch of salt. 

In this article we hope to show you which is the fastest smartphone 2016 by listing the numbers we've recorded in our own tests using Geekbench, SunSpider and GFXBench. You can also keep an eye on our chart of the best smartphones on the market. We'll update this page with every new smartphone that we review, so keep on coming back to keep in touch with the latest in smartphone performance.

Note that until recently Windows Phone did not support two of the three benchmarking apps we use, Geekbench and GFXBench. GFXBench support has recently been added so we will be using it to test phones from the Microsoft Lumia 640 onward, and you'll find SunSpider scores for Windows Phone below.

What's the fastest smartphone 2016 UK: Processor performance 

We use Geekbench 3 to chart the single- and multi-core performance of each smartphone we review. In Geekbench a higher score is better. More recently we've also begun running AnTuTu, although we have few scores with which to compare phones for now.

Geekbench 3 scores (multi-core)

AnTutu scores

What's the best phone for web browsing 2016 UK: Web performance

We previously used SunSpider 1.0.2 to measure a smartphone's web-browsing speed, but now that it's no longer supported we are using JetStream. In JetStream a higher score is better; in SunSpider a lower score (measured in ms) is better.

JetStream results

SunSpider results

What's the best phone for games 2016 UK: Graphics performance 

We use GFXBench to measure a smartphone's graphics performance. Two tests are available - T-Rex and Manhattan - with Manhattan the latest for those phones that are able to run it. Note that scores may not be available in each of these tests for all phones. In GFXBench a higher score is better.

GFXBench T-Rex test results

GFXBench Manhattan test results:

GFXBench Manhattan scores

What's the best phone for games 2016 UK: Battery life performance 

We use Geekbench 3.0 to measure a smartphone's battery life performance. This is a new test so for now there's not much to compare results with, but we'll add to this list over time.

Geekbench 3 battery life

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