If they awarded Oscars for smartphones: The 10 best handsets 2006-2016

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This weekend we will see the 88th Academy Awards show announce the Oscars for the best in the movie business. This celebration of the latest movies — and the fact that I am nearing my 10th anniversary here at ZDNet –prompted me to think about the best smartphones in each of the past 10 years.

I’ve tested hundreds of smartphones over the past decade and spent a couple hours reading through past articles and thinking about which device I could give an award to as the best for each of these ten years. Here’s my list and summary thoughts:

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