If you’re looking for the best Android phones around then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your contract or maybe move from an iPhone, we’ve thoroughly tested every top Android-toting device on the market to make sure you choose the best one.
Android is available on a wide variety of handsets. From big to small, powerful to battery efficient, metal clad to grippy plastic, there’s something for everyone.
The headline act in the Android world is Samsung, it just makes so many. Then you’ve got HTC producing some stunning devices and even LG turning its fortunes around and getting back in the game.
Then there are the cheaper options, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the specs. OnePlus combined power, a wonderful screen with a very affordable price-tag and the likes of ZTE, Huawei and Acer all offer plenty of smartphone for your buck.
We’ve rounded up the best Android handsets available today, making sure every device ticks all the vital boxes. We’ve rated them on performance, extra features, camera credibility and of course, how they look and feel in the hand.
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
All phones look pretty much the same, right? Wrong. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a gorgeous piece of tech, complete with a curved display. It's so much better than the regular S7, just thanks to that stand out design (although it does come at the cost of… extra money).
The 5.5-inch QHD display is sublime, probably the best we’ve ever laid our eyes upon, and the 12MP snapper is great in both daylight and nighttime conditions. Everything runs smooth too, thanks to the octa-core processor and 4GB RAM tucked under that metal and glass body. Unlike on the Note 4, the Edge display doesn’t really do that much. But it looks so damn sexy, so we don’t really care.
2. Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung is back with another bang after the brilliant Galaxy S6. The S7 improves on that device in almost every area, with a sleeker metal and glass design, eye-watering QHD display and top-of-the-line specs.
On the back you’ve got an awesome shooter that’ll also capture UHD footage and Samsung has brought back the speedy fingerprint sensor.
TouchWiz has been toned down and the bloated amount of pre-installed software is, thankfully, kept to minimum.
The MicroSD slot is back and so is waterproofing! But a removable battery is nowhere to be seen, but this is still one of the best Android phones we’ve ever used.
3. Nexus 6P
Google’s Nexus 6 wasn’t the best Android we’ve ever seen, but the latest attempt from Huawei is much more exciting.
This phablet has a 5.7-inch 2K display, 2GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset inside.
The battery life is very impressive for a phone this size, but sadly there’s now wireless charging. The camera offers a 12MP sensor and there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back for the very first time.
It’s a lovely looking phone, but may prove a little big for some. If you’re already a fan of big phones though, you really can’t go wrong with the Nexus 6P.
4. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Sony’s first phone in the best Android list is also the first ever 4K smartphone. The screen on the front has a humongous 806 pixels per-an-inch that makes one of the clearest images on a smartphone, ever.
It’s a huge 5.5-inch screen as well so is perfect for any phablet lovers out there.
It also includes the a 23MP sensor camera that has great auto-focus technology that means you can grab moving objects in a way we’ve never seen before.
There’s a new fingerprint sensor running along the side of the phone that works perfectly compared to other options we’ve seen on other phones. Overall, this is one of the best choices for you if you’re a fan of phablets.
5. LG G5
LG's has shaken things up with the G5, which is clearly aimed at the tech fans amongst us. But it's not to everyone's taste, the phone's not as beautiful as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but the novel modular design is certainly innovative.
Fancy a better camera, larger battery or hi-res audio? Simply swap the new module in. The specs excel as well, if you're looking for the top end of the Android market, but also want something a little different, the LG G5 is one of the best choices around.
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6. HTC One M9
The HTC One M7 was fine piece of tech. So was the M8, in-fact both devices won big at our T3 Awards, and the M9 is once again one of the sleekest Android smartphones out there.
While the body hasn’t seen much of a change, other specs have. You’ve now got a 20.7MP snapper on the back which takes adequate snaps and the UltraPixel sensor has been moved to the front. BoomSound speakers still provide the best mobile audio experience around and the Snapdragon 810 processor and 3GB RAM keep everything running smoothly.
Compared to the S7, the M9 doesn’t feel quite so revolutionary as it lacks the fantastic camera and display, but we still can’t help marvel at the build quality.
7. Motorola Moto X Force
The Moto X Force is one of the best phones we've seen in a long time from Motorola and with a customisable design it means you can choose exactly how it looks.
The setup also includes an impressive 21MP camera and a stunning processor that we haven't ever seen on the X range before. Buy this if you're looking for customisation and timely Android updates.
8. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Sony impressed us all with the Xperia Z3 Compact, and it has done it again with the Xperia Z5 Compact. Sony is the only major manufacturer who seems to want to design a phone for those who like a small design but still want top end hardware (apart from Apple with the recently announced iPhone SE).
The screen isn't perfect on the Xperia Z5 Compact but it does pack a much better set up under the hood than other small phones. If you want a small but premium phone, the Xperia Z5 Compact is the choice for you.