Because Android is such a popular smartphone operating system, this list has a lot in common with our list of the best smartphones overall. This is a rundown of the best mobiles out there that aren’t made by Apple.
If you want to work out what the best Android phone to buy is based on your budget and needs then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve fully tested and reviewed all ten phones on this list and judged their displays, cameras, battery life and more to decide which we think is best.
Compared to buying an iPhone, buying an Android phone can be a dizzying choice thanks to the huge array of different devices from different manufacturers. While there are mid-range and budget Android options, this list is our collection of the best Android phones overall, so they’re higher in price as they have the best current features like top cameras, displays and build quality.
We’ve included all of the Android world’s big hitters like Samsung, Huawei, Google and OnePlus as well as newer contenders like Oppo, with the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus being the latest additions.
And more phones will likely be added soon. Sony recently unveiled its Xperia 1 II, which looks very strong. We’ll be reviewing it soon, along with the OnePlus 8, which is expected to be announced in the coming few months, so check back then to see if and where they rank.
For now, these are the ten very best Android phones in the world.
1. Samsung Galaxy S20 & S20 Plus
These are the very best Android phones
Release date: March 2020 | Weight: 163g/186g | Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm/161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.2-inch/6.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3200 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990 | RAM: 8GB/12GB | Storage: 128GB (S20) or 128GB/256GB/512GB (S20 Plus) | Battery: 4,000mAh/4500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP | Front camera: 10MP
The best screen around
The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus are – along with the Galaxy S20 Ultra – Samsung’s latest and greatest flagship phones, so it’s no wonder they top this list.
While the S20 Plus has a slight specs edge, thanks to a larger 6.7-inch screen, a bigger 4,500mAh battery, a fourth camera lens (for depth-sensing) and optionally more storage, they’re largely very similar phones, so they’re fit to share the top spot.
Both have a highly capable camera array, with 12MP standard, 12MP ultra-wide, and 64MP telephoto sensors, and both also have top-end power, thanks to a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 chipset (depending on where in the world you are) and up to 12GB of RAM.
They also both have a stunning 1440 x 3200 display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. At the time of writing this is arguably the best screen you’ll find on any smartphone.
The design is premium too, and they’re both packed full of features, like reverse wireless charging, 5G, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and water resistance. They might not quite be the very best at everything, but they’re certainly the best Android phones overall.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy S20 review
Read more: Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review
2. Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei’s best Android phone ever
Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 192g | Dimensions: 158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.47-inch | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256/512GB | Battery: 4,200mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP + ToF | Front camera: 32MP
Display ‘only’ Full HD
EMUI lacks polish
The Huawei P30 Pro could be the best Android phone we’ve used when it comes to photography. Its 5x and 10x zoom capabilities are staggeringly good. It also performs fantastically well in low light.
For those who really want to get up close to their subject, the P30 Pro also offers a 50x digital zoom, and although quality is reduced it’s still impressive.
You also get plenty of power under the hood, an in-display fingerprint scanner, premium design and wireless charging with the ability to wireless charge other devices from the back of the P30 Pro.
It’s a top, top Android phone and only narrowly misses out on top spot due to the Galaxy S10 Plus’ overall slicker and more rounded smartphone experience.
Read more: Huawei P30 Pro review
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
A top Android phone, and the best with a stylus
Release date: August 2019 | Weight: 196g | Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9825 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 256/512GB | Battery: 4,300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP + 3D ToF | Front camera: 10MP
Best screen on a smartphone
Handy S Pen Stylus
Camera isn’t the ‘best’
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus may not top our list of the best Android phones, that’s only because it’s a bit too niche to recommend to everyone, with its huge price tag and S Pen stylus.
There’s a lot to love in Samsung’s Note phablet, from its beautiful 6.8-inch screen to the powerful selfie camera and the S Pen stylus which transforms your smartphone experience.
Sure, the cameras aren’t as good as the Huawei P30 Pro, and the body leaves a bit to be desired with its huge frame and slippery design, but this is still a great smartphone if you can stomach the price.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review
4. Huawei P30
Another top Huawei phone
Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 64/128/512GB | Battery: 3,650mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 16MP + 8MP | Front camera: 32MP
No wireless charging
P30 Pro is superior
What’s this? Another Huawei phone in the top ten? Your eyes do not deceive you, the Huawei P30 really is sixth in our best Android phone rundown.
It has a smaller screen than the P30 Pro, and makes do with just the three rear cameras (rather than four) and a maximum zoom of 30x, but it’s still a great Android phone.
There’s heaps of power, a handy headphone jack (something the Pro can’t boast) and a more manageable form factor for one-handed use. And of course, it’s a little cheaper too.
Read more: Huawei P30 review
5. OnePlus 7T Pro
One of the best mid-range phones around
Release date: October 2019 | Weight: 206g | Dimensions: 162 x 75.9 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 3120×1440 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 4,085mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
Smooth and beautiful display
Still no wireless charging
Limited upgrade from 7 Pro
OnePlus is a Chinese manufacturer that’s been making better and better phones, and this is its second handset that’s got into our top Android phones list, after the OnePlus 7 Pro. The 7T Pro is a small step up over that handset, but a small step up over a great handset is still a good thing.
The OnePlus 7T Pro has an impressive rear camera array and a front snapper housed in a pop-up section. It also has a beautiful 90Hz display, that makes gaming and scrolling through social media that much more enjoyable.
Sure, OnePlus have yet to introduce useful technologies into its phones like wireless charging, and the camera isn’t as good as some of the others higher on this list, but it’s still one of the best Android phones you can buy without breaking the bank.
Read more: OnePlus 7T Pro review
6. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
A new brand to the top Android phones list
Release date: June 2019 | Weight: 210g | Dimensions: 162 x 77 x 9.3mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 4,065mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP | Front camera: 16MP
Novel ‘pop-up’ camera
UI feels a little slow
A little heavy
This is the first time a smartphone from Oppo has made the cut for our best Android phones list – but the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom deserves its place, with a phone that’s as powerful as it is novel.
With three powerful cameras that facilitate up to 10x hybrid zoom and 60x digital zoom, as well as a range of fantastic modes to enhance your photography, the Reno 10x Zoom is one of the best non-Huawei phones for photography. It also has a great design, and it stands out from other Android devices.
The pop-up selfie camera is one of the most intriguing features though, as it’s a novel solution to the front-facing-camera problem that pops up in a ‘shark-fin’ form. It’s a unique look that means the Reno 10x Zoom stands out from the crowd.
The handset isn’t higher on this list because there are a few issues with it, like the heavy weight, questionable UI and because the name is a little misleading (as it suggests there’s 10x optical zoom, not hybrid). Still the device should be one of your first inquiries if you’re looking for a great camera phone without breaking the bank.
Read more: Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 10
All-screen, and it’s a true flagship
Release date: August 2019 | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP
One of the easiest Notes to hold
Great video recording
Only a Full HD display
Battery life is a little mediocre
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is beaten in many ways by the Note 10 Plus, earlier on this list, the Note 10 Plus does have a way higher price too.
The ‘basic’ Galaxy Note 10 loses a rear camera from its bigger sibling, and has a lower res display less RAM so it’s not exactly as powerful in a few ways.
At its core though, the Galaxy Note 10 is the same device as the one sitting at our third slot on this list, with an S Pen stylus, good-looking design, and all of Samsung’s software, so if the price of the Note 10 Plus puts you off, this is a great alternative.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review
8. OnePlus 7T
A handset that doesn’t need to be plus-sized to be great
Release date: October 2019 | Weight: 190g | Dimensions: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.55-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2440 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 Plus | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3,800mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
Brilliant 90Hz refresh rate
Android 10 out the box
No wireless charging
Big camera bump
Many of the top Android phones on this list are plus-sized versions, or premium handsets, but the OnePlus 7T is neither; it’s just a great Android phone that’s made its way onto this list because of its great features.
There are three powerful rear cameras, a beautiful AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate (which is almost unheard of at its price point) and you get an all-around impressive user experience when you’re using it.
It’s not going to blow you away when you put it head-to-head against any of the other smartphones on this list, except in one regard: price. The OnePlus 7T is supremely affordable, and so it’s worth picking up if you want a phone on this list yet can’t afford the huge monsters that precede it.
Read more: OnePlus 7T review
9. Samsung Galaxy S10 & S10 Plus
Two top Android phones
Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/512GB/1TB | Battery: 4,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP + 8MP
Design offers little grip
The Samsung Galaxy S10, and in particular the plus-sized S10 Plus, was for a long time the best Android phone you could buy, and while the S20 range has now superseded them, they’re still great phones.
The Galaxy S10 Plus is a big phone that’s designed for big hands – and it takes the very best of what’s on the smartphone market and puts it together in a compelling package that we’ve loved testing.
The Super AMOLED display has been measured as the very best around (at least, at the time), with super colours, plus there’s a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.
Battery life is an improvement over the S9 Plus, thanks to the larger battery inside, and you also get Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare, allowing you to wirelessly charge other devices on the rear of the handset.
The trio of cameras on the rear of the Galaxy S10 Plus are also great, offering loads of features, shooting modes and overall clarity. The standard S10 is a very similar phone – a slight step down in a few ways, but also cheaper.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review
Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10 review
10. Google Pixel 4 XL
Google’s newest, biggest flagship
Release date: October 2019 | Weight: 193g | Dimensions: 160.4 x 75.1 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 12.2MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP
Face unlock is difficult
Low storage options
The Google Pixel 3 series of phones got high on this list, but only the Google Pixel 4 XL made the cut of Google’s 2019 offerings, due to a few problems introduced, like the fact there’s only face unlocking, and low storage options.
That being said, this is still one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, thanks to Google’s fantastic software. It can tell what picture you’re taking to enhance it, work out what apps you use frequently to pre-load them for you, and the Google Assistant is more intelligent than ever.
It’s also a very simple device, and when more handsets are trying for novelty over simplicity, with pop-up cameras, stylus and foldable phones soon, that’s a good thing.
Read more: Google Pixel 4 XL review