10 Best Android Phones in 2015
Only interested in Android smartphones? If so, our best Android phone round-up has all the top handsets all in one place. Your next mobile is on this list.
Our current favourites are the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but they also happen to be the most expensive phones in the round-up. You’ll be pleased to hear that the cheapest is available for just £100 SIM-free and around £10 a month on a contract, so you don't have to spend ludicrous amounts if you don’t want to.
New to the best Android smartphones round-up is the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6. It's a 5.5-inch phablet that offers quite possibly the best value for money on the market. It's not the best-looking mobile out there, but excellent screen quality and performance, as well as the inclusion of 4G, NFC and a microSD card slot more than make up for that. The only downsides are that it's only available in the UK, and is locked to Vodafone.
There are a handful of really promising phones on the horizon too, so it could be worth waiting a few weeks before dipping into your pockets. Motorola’s launched a trio of mobiles, comprising the £359 Moto X Style, £279 Moto X Play and £159 Moto G 3 (2015). While the first two certainly look decent, it’s the new waterproof Moto G we expect to cause the biggest waves.
There’s also the OnePlus 2 to think about. Nicknamed the ‘flagship killer’ by its makers, it’s designed to compete with the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6, yet only costs £239. That’s incredibly cheap, considering its specs and features.
Click here to view the list or you can preview the list below. Not sure what type of phone is best for you? Scroll down for more buying advice.
Best Android Phone – TrustedReviews Recommends
TrustedReviews Editor's Pick – Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge – A 5.1-inch smartphone with monstrous performance and an optional curved screen
Best for Music – HTC One M9 – A 5-inch smartphone with unrivalled stereo speakers
Best Under £150 SIM-free – Motorola Moto G 2014 – A 5-inch smartphone that's excellent value for money
Best Under £200 SIM-free – Huawei Ascend G7 – A 5.5-inch smartphone with class-leading battery life
Best Under £300 SIM-free – LG G3 – A 5.5-inch smartphone with a stunning 2K display
Best Under £500 SIM-free – LG G4 – Upgrade to the LG G3, the G4 has an improved screen and camera and is available in leather
Best Android Phablet – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – A 5.7-inch smartphone with a 2K display and a stylus
Cheap Note 4 Alternative – Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – A cheaper alternative with a huge 4,100mAh capacity battery
Best Cheap Android Phablet – Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 – A ludicrously cheap, feature-rich phablet
Best Cheap Android Phone – Motorola Moto E 2 2015 – A 4.5-inch phone with 4G that costs just £109
Best Android Phone 2015: What you need to know
Not sure what you need, or even how to choose from the selection above? Here are a few pointers to get you started.
What size Android phone should I buy?
Smartphones in general are getting bigger and bigger. Some of you might remember Steve Jobs explaining at the launch of the original iPhone back in 2007: "It’s got a three-and-a-half-inch screen on it. It’s really big."
Fast-forward to the present day and 4-inch smartphones are the smallest, and often cheapest, handsets out there. They’re good for children and users who don’t care for games and multimedia content, but even smaller Android phones like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact have at least 4.5-inch screens.
5-inch screens are far better for watching movies and playing games on, but they’re right on the edge of too big if you have small hands. Anything between 4.5 and 5.1 inches is generally considered the perfect combo of portability and a display that's good for browsing, gaming and more.
You can, of course, go even larger than this. Phones with 6-inch screens, often called "phablets", are growing in popularity. They’re a good option if have a long commute, as their larger screens are perfect for watching films, playing games and reading, but try one out in a shop first if you’ve never owned a phone this big.
Related: 6 Best Phablets in 2015
Will I get the latest version of Android?
Google is constantly looking at ways to improve the Android operating system, and releases major software updates on a regular basis. But that doesn’t always mean the phone you're buying will get that update.
The latest version is Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is slowly making its way onto existing smartphones. Most current handsets run Android 4.4 KitKat or Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Read our Android 5.0 Lollipop update guide to find out if and when your phone will get the latest version.
Other things to consider
Finally, you need to think about extra features. Things like NFC, water-resistance, fingerprint scanners and microSD card slots might seem like bonuses, but they can dramatically affect the overall user experience of a smartphone.
A microSD card slot is a good idea if you want to watch lots of downloaded videos or music, and it’s an essential feature on some cheaper phones that have limited built-in memory. Any phone with 4GB or less will need a microSD card slot.