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11 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.

Samsung's Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and Google's Nexus 6P are sitting at the top of the Android phone pile this year. And both of Samsung's handsets are a little easier on the wallet now thanks to a few recent price-drops. If you're looking to save a bit of cash, both Motorola's Moto X Play and the OnePlus 2 offer great bang for your buck.

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Our latest best Android smartphone round-up update brings in the fantastic Moto X Style, which happens to be Motorola's best flagship in a number of years, and the spiritual successor to the great Nexus 5 from 2013. LG's Nexus 5X packs a 5.2-inch 1080p display, impressive 12MP camera and a clean version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the Moto X Style puts a quad-HD panel and 21MP camera on a phone that costs less than £400.

Hit the dropdown menu above to head straight to our short reviews or read on for more buying advice.

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 'mini' Android phones like the Sony Xperia Z5 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 you have a long commute, as their larger screens are perfect for watching films, playing games and reading. However, we recommend trying one out in a shop first if you’ve never owned a phone this big before.

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 6.0 Marshmallow, which is making its way onto existing smartphones. However, many current handsets still run Android 5.1 Lollipop or even 4.4 KitKat.

Read our Marshmallow update guide to find out if and when your phone will get the latest version.

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Other things to consider

Finally, you need to think about extra features. Things like NFC, water-resistance, fingerprint scanners and microSD card slots may just seem like bonuses, but they can dramatically improve 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 of storage will need a microSD card slot.

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