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11 Best Android Phones and Smartphones

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Which is the best Android phone in 2015 out of the hundreds available? That depends on what you want and need and our pick of the best Android smartphones includes phones of every size and price.
 
If you don’t know much about Android smartphones, you can be forgiven for thinking that the most aggressively-advertised models like the brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 reign supreme, but it’s not quite that simple.
 
That's because smartphones running the Android operating system are by far the most diverse on the market. There’s something to suit every taste and budget. You don’t have to spend hundreds of pounds or lock yourself into an expensive contract – our best Android smartphone round-up includes phones available for as little as £100.

We've also updated our list to reflect the fact that new phones are coming very soon. The S6 and M9 were unveiled at MWC 2015, and we’re also expecting the Sony Xperia Z3 to get an upgrade.

All the phones in our list are very good, but proceed with caution if you want to buy something right now. The M9 and S6 are due to hit the shelves on 10 April and 31 March respectively, which means upcoming price drops for older models.

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

TrustedReviews Recommended Android Phones

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 and battery life

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 Cheap 4G Android Phone – Hisense Sero 5

A 5-inch 4G smartphone for under £150

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

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 a 20.7-megapixel main camera

Last Update: 17/02/1015

Best Android Phone Guide: 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.

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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.

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.

For more on these, read our Mobile Phone Buyer’s Guide.

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