If you’re shopping for a new phone, and you’d like something that runs Android, then we have you covered. We test all kinds of Android smartphones at Digital Trends to find out exactly what they’re capable of and we love to compare them. We divided this list into four categories based on different budgets. For each one, we offer our top pick and any alternatives we think are worth mentioning.
Best Android smartphones at a glance
Slick and seductive, Samsung’s top smartphone is unsurpassed right now. It’s extremely fast, it has the best display around, a versatile camera suite, and it boasts a seemingly bottomless bag of tricks. All the basics are taken care of, with solid battery life, accessible and easy-to-use software that also offers plenty of customization options and a gorgeously refined design.
Samsung’s kitchen-sink approach also makes room features like a MicroSD card slot, Bixby, and reverse wireless charging. The S Pen, which acts as a stylus and a remote control for the phone, is the unique extra in the Note series. There’s also a triple-lens main camera with a time-of-flight sensor, a 10-megapixel front-facing camera, and a feature-packed camera app designed to make it easy to squeeze best results from the hardware.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review
Worth considering: The Google Pixel 4 offers the best camera performance in an Android phone and the latest groundbreaking A.I. features from Google, and there’s the Pixel 4 XL if you prefer a bigger screen and slightly longer battery life, though both have serious issues with stamina. You may also consider the impressive powerhouse that is the Huawei P30 Pro.
OnePlus has redefined what you can get in a smartphone without having to pay top-tier prices. The Asus Zenfone 6 is our current pick of the best cheap smartphones, because the OnePlus 7 Pro is a bit too expensive for the list, starting at $670. Make no mistake, though, the 7 Pro is an excellent phone that still offers great value for money. If you opt for this phone, you’ll get yourself a truly stunning 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, speedy performance, plenty of RAM and storage, and solid battery life. There’s also a versatile camera suite, which has been improved since release with software updates. This is easily the most luxurious and refined design that OnePlus has ever turned out. If this is your budget, you won’t find a better phone.
Read our full OnePlus 7 Pro review
Worth considering: The Samsung Galaxy S10e comes in at $750 and brings you much of what makes the more expensive S10 range so special, though the camera and battery life don’t hit the same high notes. There’s also the excellent OnePlus 7T, which starts at $600.
With the same excellent camera as the Pixel 3, the affordable Pixel 3a is a fantastic buy at $400. Google has cut corners in all the right places, with a slightly slower processor, thicker bezels, and a plastic body, allowing it to pack in the same camera hardware and slick software, complete with guaranteed speedy updates. It also has a decent battery life and a good OLED screen. If your budget will stretch by another $80, the Pixel 3a XL will give you a bigger screen.
Read our full Pixel 3a review
Worth considering: There aren’t many worthy competitors at this price, but if you want to save another $50, then the Nokia 7.2 could be worth looking at. It’s a solid phone with a decent design, a capable camera, and a nice display, but it can’t match the Pixel 3a. If you can scrape together another $100, then take a look at the Asus Zenfone 6.
You’ll find a stylish curved glass design, a large 6.2-inch display, and solid performance in this bargain phone. There’s a camera that’s reasonably good in ideal conditions, with an impressive portrait mode, though it inevitably struggles in low light. The Moto G7 also boasts a fingerprint sensor on the back, a USB-C charging port, and a good battery life.
Read our full Moto G7 review
Worth considering: It’s slim pickings in this price range, but you might consider the Moto G7 Power if battery life is your biggest bugbear. It’s cheaper and performs just as well as the G7, but has a bulkier, plastic design and a lesser screen.