We live in a world where selfie is in the dictionary and as such no self-respecting smartphone manufacturer can afford to ignore people’s desire to take pictures of themselves.
While the rear cameras still tend to be better than front-facing ones on phones a growing number of handsets have impressive selfie snappers, in many cases packing in a whole lot of megapixels, wide angle lenses, a flash and editing tools to help you take the best selfie possible.
In fact it’s becoming an ever more competitive aspect of smartphone creation, with some handsets specifically billed as selfie phones and even those which aren’t often feel the need to compete in that area.
As such there’s a surprising amount of choice for the discerning selfie fan, but to make the decision a little easier here are the best smartphones for selfies.
Sony’s new Xperia X handset isn’t quite the Xperia Z6 replacement we’d hoped for, but with a price that undercuts flagships it doesn’t need to be and with a 13MP front-facing camera its selfie shooter is as accomplished as many handsets rear cameras.
Sony almost always pays attention to the snappers on its phones, so it’s no surprise that the main rear camera impresses too, with a 23MP sensor and phase detection autofocus, so you can focus and snap quickly.
Elsewhere there’s a middling hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor backed up by a meaty 3GB of RAM, a 5.0-inch 1080p screen, a premium metal back and Hi-Res audio for music fans, making for a highly impressive mid-ranger with top-end selfie skills.
The HTC 10 has the honour of being the first smartphone with optical image stabilisation in its front-facing camera, helping you take sharp shots even in low light.
But that’s not the only impressive thing about it, as the 5MP camera also has an f/1.8 aperture, which is fairly large and allows it to take in more light than many rivals, further helping its low light performance.
The HTC 10 is an impressive handset in other ways too, with a premium metal build, flagship specs, a 5.2-inch QHD screen and high-quality audio, which sounds great both through the built-in speakers and headphones.
The rear 12MP camera is pretty decent as well, with large Ultrapixels and fast shooting times. All in all, the HTC 10 is a top tier handset, but it’s especially impressive for selfie fans.
The HTC One M9 takes a different approach to selfies to the HTC 10, but it’s no less impressive.
It has a 4 UltraPixel camera on the front, the same one which got star billing as the main camera on the HTC One M8.
The upshot of that is that it has larger pixels than most smartphone cameras, allowing it to take in more light, which in turn ensures that shots taken in dark environments aren’t too gloomy, noisy or lacking in detail.
Beyond that 4 megapixels isn’t bad for a front-facing camera in any case, so it’s incredibly versatile, allowing you to take great shots no matter what the light is like.
Of course the HTC One M9 is also an HTC flagship, so as well as a great selfie camera you get a stylish metal build and loads of power.
The LG G5 is an innovative and unusual flagship phone and while its selfie camera isn’t one of its most unusual aspects it is an accomplished one, with an 8MP sensor allowing for more detailed shots than many rivals, which often stick with 5MP cameras.
That alone would just about be enough to secure it a place on this list, but it’s a great phone in other ways too with an innovative modular system that allows you to add battery packs, camera grips, projectors and more to the handset.
Plus, as a flagship the LG G5 has no shortage of power, packing a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. It also has a super sharp 5.3-inch QHD screen, a metal shell and a powerful 16MP rear camera, plus an 8MP wide-angle one, so you can pick the perfect snapper for every shot.
There’s good news if you’re fans of Apple’s handsets, as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have significantly upgraded front-facing cameras. Going from a 1.2MP one to a 5MP one.
5MP selfie snappers aren’t that rare these days, but it’s still notable in Apple’s case as only the latest iPhone models have them.
They’re high quality cameras too, capable of taking sharp shots and they even have a flash of a kind. Dubbed ‘Retina Flash’, it lights up the screen three times brighter than normal, to ensure your face is well lit in any and all photos.
As good as it is for selfies the iPhone 6S is an even better phone in other ways, with a great 12MP rear camera, lots of power, a stylish metal build and loads of features, like its Touch ID fingerprint scanner and 3D Touch screen.
While not quite a match for the Huawei P9 in most ways, the Honor 7 has its front-facing camera beat, with an 8MP snapper that, like the LG G5, can take sharp, detailed photos.
But it also has an LED flash, which is rare on selfie snappers and helps brighten up even the darkest of scenes.
The rear camera is worth a mention too, as the Honor 7 has a 20MP snapper there with a dual-LED flash and elsewhere you can look forward to a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, an octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM.
It’s a high but not top end phone then, but it’s also far more affordable than the latest flagships and it looks the part with a full metal chassis. The addition of a fingerprint scanner means it’s not lacking for high-end features either.
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