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10 Best Android Phones in 2015

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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.

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New to the best Android smartphones round-up are the Moto X Play and OnePlus 2. Both are 5.5-inch handsets that offer outstanding value for money. The Oneplus is an incredible all-round package that runs a special version of Android and is capable of competing with the £500-plus big boys on the market. The X Play, meanwhile, features monster battery life and a high-quality 21-megapixel main camera.

Click here to view the list or you can preview the entries 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 powerhouse with an optional curved screen

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

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 that's well-featured yet affordable

Best Under £300 SIM-free – OnePlus 2 A remarkable 5.5-inch smartphone that runs a modified version of Android

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 for Battery Life – Motorola Moto X Play A 5.5-inch handset that can go for two days of heavy use between charges

Best for Music – HTC One M9 A 5-inch smartphone with unrivalled BoomSound stereo speakers

Best Android Phablet – Samsung Galaxy Note 4 A 5.7-inch smartphone with a 2K display and a stylus

Best Cheap Android Phablet – Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 A ludicrously cheap, feature-rich phablet

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.

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