The best Android phones

Android devices are known for their variety. Our range of superb phones offer different cutting-edge features – from the latest processors to reverse wireless charging, incredible camera arrays to 120Hz screens. You know which features you need from a smartphone and this guide will help you pick the perfect Android phone for you.

We’ve not just considered the impressive flagship devices on the market. We’ve also covered the best budget Android phones, if you prefer value over features.

Best Android phones to fit your lifestyle

Best Android phone cameras

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G’s cutting-edge rear Quad camera system with 108-megapixel Ultra Wide, 12-megapixel Wide-angle and two 10-megapixel Telephoto cameras is paired with a 40-megapixel Selfie camera – we think it’s one of the best camera phones you can buy. The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, a recent addition to Samsung’s A Series, has a rear Quad camera with 48-megapixel Main, 8-megapixel Ultra Wide, 5-megapixel Macro and 2-megapixel Depth cameras. Both phones have Portrait mode and Night Mode to get stunning shots wherever you are – there’s even a Food mode to snap Insta-worthy treats.

The OPPO Find X3 Pro is just as impressive, with a rear Ultra HD Quad camera setup with 50-megapixel Main, 50-megapixel Ultra Wide, 13-megapixel Telephoto and 3-megapixel Macro cameras that have Beautification Mode for flattering portraits – and Night Mode too. AI Scene Enhancement adjusts colour tones depending on where you are, and Cinematic Mode adds artificial colour reproduction to video, to give your shots a professional look and feel.

If you find an Android phone you love with a triple-lens camera, like the Xiaomi Mi 11 or Sony Xperia 1 II 5G, know that their cameras are just as good. The rule of thumb is that cameras with more lenses are normally superior… but go for the phone with a camera setup that focuses on the features you want. For example, if you want to take close-ups with zoom, a triple-lens camera that includes a telephoto lens might be better than a quad-lens device that’s built for wide-angle photography. It’s not about how many lenses are on the phone - it’s how you use them.

Best Android phone cameras

Best water-resistant Android phones

There are several water-resistant Android phones available, although it’s worth bearing in mind that no phone is completely waterproof - always read the manufacturer’s guidelines before you take your phone into freshwater. Devices shouldn’t be exposed to seawater or pool water - so no underwater holiday shots, unfortunately.

Ideally, you want to look for an Android phone with an IP68 rating – these devices currently offer the highest level of protection against freshwater splashes and spills, and is designed to survive underwater for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres (about 3 feet).

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series and Samsung Galaxy S20 FE series come with an IP68 rating, and so do the Google Pixel 5 5G, OPPO Find X3 Pro and the OPPO Find X2 Pro.

The Sony Xperia 1 II 5G has an IP65/68 rating – it’s built to be water resistant and protected against dust, but all ports and attached covers should be firmly closed for full protection.

Best water-resistant Android devices

Best Android phone processors

Hardworking processors mean silky-smooth streaming and high-quality gaming. The OPPO Find X3 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 11 series all come with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 processor - widely seen as the go-to premium processor for 2021. This hardworking chip means faster interactions, better gaming, superb photography and 5G speed* with minimal lag.

The Samsung S21 series comes with a Exynos 2100 processor, which offers slightly better CPU performance than the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888, but a Snapdragon processor has the edge on GPU performance. The Exynos 2100 processor offers powerful computing, gaming, AI, and camera functions. It’s 8K TV-out-ready, so you can watch 8K video shot on smartphones from the sofa.

Best Android phone processors

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Samsung
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Take professional-looking pictures on the quad rear camera with Samsung’s new 108-megapixel sensor, which is designed to capture extraordinary details. Zoom up to 100x, shoot video in 8K and browse, game and stay entertained on the 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
OPPO Find X3 Pro

OPPO
Find X3 Pro

Take your best photos yet on the Find X3 Pro’s 50-megapixel Ultra HD Quad camera setup with a Main Camera, Ultra Wide-angle Camera, Telephoto Lens and Microlens Camera. Stream and game at 5G speed* powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and stay entertained on the QHD+ AMOLED 6.7-inch screen.

OPPO Find X3 Pro

Samsung
Galaxy A32 5G

Take superb pictures on the 48-megapixel Main Camera, as well as Wide, Ultra Wide, Macro and Depth Cameras, and shoot masterpieces in low light with Night Mode. Take stunning selfies with the 13-megapixel Front Camera, and keep going all day thanks to the 5,000mAh battery with 15W Adaptive Fast Charging.

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

Best Android phones for busy days

Best Android phone batteries

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G has a high-capacity 5,000mAh battery built to go the distance, with the potential for 34 days of standby time. This battery is designed to outperform the competition and could last for up to 3 years before it begins to lose its charge, and has AI battery optimisation for longer use.

The Samsung Galaxy A12, Galaxy A42 5G, Galaxy A32 5G and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G also come with 5,000mAh batteries. The S21 Ultra 5G offers 25W Super Fast Charging, 15W Fast Wireless Charging and Wireless PowerShare, the A42 5G has 15W Fast Charging, and the A32 5G and A21 have 15W Adaptive Fast Charging.

The motorola moto g 5G plus also has a 5,000mAh battery that is designed to last for up to 3 days on a single charge.

Best Android phone batteries

Android phones with the best storage

If you love gaming, taking photos or working on the go, you need good storage. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G comes with up to 512GB of internal storage, and the Galaxy S21+ 5G and S21 5G both come with up to 256GB of internal storage.

The Huawei P40 Pro 5G comes with 256GB of storage, as well as 50GB free cloud storage available for the first 12 months from when you first set up your phone.

Not to be outdone, the Mi 11 also comes with 256GB of internal storage.

An interesting one to look at if you’re big into photography is the Google Pixel range. The Pixel 5 5G, Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 4a come with 128GB of internal storage and Google Photos, which offers unlimited photo storage.

Best Android phone storage

Best 5G Android phones

Best 5G Android phones for gaming

There are a ton of great Android phones on offer if you’re after a great gaming experience. The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G series offers superfast 5G speed* with superb graphics, a 120Hz refresh rate for silky scrolling, Dynamic AMOLED 2x displays and Exynos 2100 processors for a totally immersive gaming experience.

The OPPO Find X3 series is also a great choice for serious gamers. The OPPO Find X3 Pro's responsive 1 Billion Colour Display and next generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 Processor were made for clear, crisp, lag-free graphics with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. You can even charge up in a flash with 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 Fast Charging, so your battery won't stop you reaching the next level.

Best 5G Android phones for gaming

Best 5G Android phones for video and streaming

If you can’t get enough of watching movies and TV shows on your phone, you need a 5G phone with a large screen with incredible graphics, colours, and sound. The Sony Xperia 1 II 5G is built for entertainment, with a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display - so you can watch movies as the director intended with a true cinematic aspect ratio. Motion blur reduction technology reduces frame lag for clearer image quality, expertly paired with Dolby Atmos sound for an immersive 3D audio experience.

The Sony Xperia 5 II 5G has a slightly smaller 6.1-inch FHD+ and HDR OLED display, but still has a 21:9 CinemaWide ratio and120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling with crisp, true-to-life colour and clear sound.

The Huawei P40 Pro 5G is built for comfortable streaming - its 6.58-inch FHD+ OLED screen sits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The Quad-Curve Overflow 90 Hz Display promises a truly immersive experience with an all-over fluid screen for picture-perfect video.

Best Android phone for video

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Samsung
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Take professional-looking pictures on the quad rear camera with Samsung’s new 108-megapixel sensor, which is designed to capture extraordinary details. Zoom up to 100x, shoot video in 8K and browse, game and stay entertained on the 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2x display.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
OPPO Find X3 Pro

OPPO
Find X3 Pro

Take your best photos yet on the Find X3 Pro’s 50-megapixel Ultra HD Quad camera setup with a Main Camera, Ultra Wide-angle Camera, Telephoto Lens and Microlens Camera. Stream and game at 5G speed* powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and stay entertained on the QHD+ AMOLED 6.7-inch screen.

OPPO Find X3 Pro
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Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony
Xperia 1 II

Enjoy vivid, immersive gaming, films and browsing on the CinemaWide™ 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with motion blur reduction and Dolby Atmos® sound. Experience exceptionally fast autofocus with the triple lens camera, enhanced by the power and speed of 5G connectivity.

Sony Xperia 1 II

Best budget Android phones

Best budget 5G Android phones

There’s no denying that flagship 5G devices have it all when it comes to the latest features – however, there are plenty of cheaper options available if you want 5G speeds on Android without the premium price tag. These devices still pack a punch, with impressive displays, powerful processors, and professional-grade cameras.

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has a 64-megapixel AI-enhanced Quad camera with Ultrawide, Macro and Depth cameras. Enjoy super-smooth entertainment on the 6.67-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate, powered by a 4,820mAh fast-charging battery.

The Nokia 8.3 5G lets you film 4K footage with built-in ZEISS Cinematic effects and add anamorphic and blue flares for an authentic look and feel, then edit with colour grading tools. Then, watch your content back on the 6.81-inch screen and use the 64-megapixel quad camera with Ultrawide, Macro and Depth cameras for phenomenal shots.

Cheap 5G Android phones

Choose a cheaper Android phone for great value

Luckily, you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to buy a budget smartphone. Many of the cheaper 4G Android devices we’ve listed below have the performance and features that would have been standard for flagship devices just a few years ago.

Several Samsung Galaxy A Series phones are dependable, stylish devices with speed, power, and performance to rival newer models. The Galaxy A12 has a 48-megapixel Quad camera, a 6.5-inch display and a 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging.

The exquisitely-designed OPPO A72 has as an ultra-high-resolution 6.5-inch display with Neo-design and ultra-narrow bezels, a 48-megapixel AI Quad Camera and 128GB of internal storage. Everything’s wrapped up in a slim, stylish display.

Best Android phones for people on a budget

Best overall Android experience

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

There are several Android smartphones with superb displays, easy-to-use interfaces and the kind of tech which seemed unbelievable a few years ago. However, in terms of best overall Android experience, we’ve gone with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

A stylish, sleek design packed full of incredible features, Samsung’s 2021 flagship device has a 108-megapixel Quad rear camera, a 6.8-inch AMOLED Dynamic 2X display, an adaptable 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and an ultrafast Exynos 2100 processor. It runs on Android 11, which offers better support and security, as well as the usual Google apps and functionality you’d expect from a Samsung device. It weighs just 228g, so slips easily into a pocket or bag, and you can even use the S Pen to draw, write, and remotely take photos or control PowerPoint presentations.

† S Pen is sold separately

Best Android phone experience

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