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10 Best Android Phones and Smartphones 2015

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Which is the best Android phone in 2015? That's a tough question to answer right now as new phones are just being announced. We've updated our best Android smartphone round-up to include two outstanding cheap phones, the Motorola Moto E 2 2015 and Huawei Ascend G7.
 
These two are great value phones – the Moto E (2015) is a 4G phone that would make a great first smartphone for anyone, while the G7 is as good as many phones that cost twice as much.

If you're only interested in the most advanced phones, however, we recommend waiting until we've reviewed new models in the coming weeks. Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 go on sale in March and April, so we'll know soon if they're worth buying.

But now is a great time to buy if you're on a modest budget. Not only can you buy last year's best Android phones for less, but there are some great entry-level phones to choose from just now.

Click the ‘Next’ arrow above or browse the list below to see the best Android phones, or read on for more smartphone buying guidance.
 

Best Android Phones 2015 – TrustedReviews Recommends

TrustedReviews Editor's Pick – LG G3
A 5.5-inch smartphone with a stunning 2,560 x 1,440 display

Best Android Phone for Selfies – HTC Desire EYE
A 5.2-inch smartphone with dual 13-megapixel cameras

Best Under £150 SIM-free – Motorola Moto G 2014
A 5-inch smartphone that's excellent value for money

Best Under £250 SIM-free – Honor 6

An affordable 5-inch smartphone with outstanding performance

Best Phablet – Samsung Galaxy Note 4
A 5.7-inch smartphone with a 2,560 x 1,400 display and a stylus

Best Cheap Phablet – Huawei Ascent Mate 7

An affordable 6-inch phablet with brilliant gaming credentials

Best for Enthusiasts – OnePlus One
A 5.5-inch smartphone running a CyanogenMod version of Android

Best 4-inch Android Phone – Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
A 4.6-inch smartphone that's waterproof and dustproof

Best Cheap 4G Android Phone – Motorola Moto E 2 2015 NEW ENTRY
A 4.5-inch phone with 4G that costs just £109

Best Under £200 SIM-free – Huawei Ascend G7 NEW ENTRY
A 5.5-inch smartphone with class-leading battery life

New Android Phones Coming Soon in 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 – Coming 10 April
A 5.1-inch smartphone with a 2,560 x 1,440 display

HTC One M9 – Coming 31 March

A 5-inch smartphone with unrivalled stereo speakers

Last Update: 19/03/2015, added Moto E 2 2015 and Ascend G7, removed Hisense Sero 5

Best Android Phone Guide 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.

Related: Android 4.4 tips, tricks and secrets
 
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.
 
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.

Related: Mobile Phone Buyer’s Guide

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.

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