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Which is the best Android phone to buy? Now that the HTC One M8, Samsung Note 4, Sony Xperia Z3 and the LG G3 have landed, we pick out the top Android smartphones of 2014 to look out for

Updated: 18/11/2014

The "big four" high-end Android smartphones - the HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z3 and the LG G3 - are now all here and have recently been joined by a plethora of other great handsets of all shapes and sizes, from the mini Sony Xperia Z3 Compact to the maxi Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

So, if you are ready to see which we've picked out as the best, click the links below. Alternatively, read on to find out a bit more about Android below.

Best Big Android Phone | Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Best Google Experience Phone | Nexus 5
Best Small Android Phone | Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Best Cheap Android Phone | Moto G 2014 Edition
Best Android Phone for Battery Life | Sony Xperia Z3
Best Android Phone for Watching Video | LG G3
Best Big Brand Alternative | One Plus One
Best Android Phone Camera | Samsung Galaxy S5
Best Android Phone Overall | HTC One M8

Best Android Phone for Selfies | HTC Desire EYE

The main benefit of choosing an Android phone is of course choice. Choice of manufacturers, prices, shapes, sizes and more.
As such our list of the Best Android Phones includes some cheaper models like the Moto G, smaller models like the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and of course the even bigger ones like the One Plus One.

If you are happy to spend big on a monthly contract or buy a high-end Android smartphone outright, then you've plenty of options and you‘ll get the hardware that pushes the operating system to its limits. Think lightning-fast quad-core processors, huge HD touchscreens and the kind of camera that means you can finally ditch the compact. Some of these handsets are even waterproof now.

At the other end of the spectrum, you can save yourself several hundred pounds and still get a great Android phone - one that is often a more pocket-friendly size, has all the core features you'll need and still runs nice and quick. Crucially though, it will still let you play games, watch YouTube videos, check Facebook, browse the web and access the full wealth of apps available on the Google Play store. If getting the absolute cheapest phone you can is your main priority then also check out our pick of the Best Cheap Mobile Phones.

The Android operating system has been praised for letting you truly customise your phone. It has for some time though lacked the polished, good looks of Apple’s iOS. Google has upped its game recently, though, and in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the more recent Android 4.4 KitKat and the just released Android 5.0 L, we have the cleanest and most user-friendly version of the operating system since it was released back in 2008.

If you really don’t fancy owning an iPhone 5S or a Windows Phone 8 phone, then maybe it’s time to go Google. Hunting out the top rated high end and mid-range handsets, we’ve selected the 10 best Android phones to buy right now.

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